ARK: Survival Evolved – How To Hatch Eggs

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  • How To Get An Egg
  • How To Incubate An Egg
  • Egg Hatching Conditions
  • Tips For Hatching Eggs

In addition to taming wild creatures in Ark: Survival Evolved, you'll also be able to hatch creatures from eggs. This can be a long process that requires a lot of care, but we are here to help you become an expert egg-hatcher.

To help you learn more about hatching eggs, we are going to go over everything you need to know about the process. In this guide, you will see the egg hatching process described as incubation. First, let's look at how to get an egg so you can begin incubation.

How To Get An Egg

Before you attempt to get an egg, it's important to know where eggs come from. Not every creature will drop an egg – you can only get them from non-mammalian creatures. Additionally, you can only hatch fertilized eggs. Oftentimes, wild creatures will drop an egg on the ground, but these will not be fertilized.

To get a fertilized egg, you will need to breed two creatures. Breeding requires two creatures of the same species that are the opposite sex. Below, you can check out the requirements for breeding.

  • The two creatures need to be near each other
  • Enabled Wandering

    • If you are worried about the creatures wandering too far, you can build a pen to contain them
  • Enabled Mating
  • The creature cannot currently be following anything (including you)
  • Their inventory shouldn't be too full
  • The creature cannot be mounted
  • The creature cannot be spayed or neutered
  • There is a mating 'cooldown', so the creatures should not have mated recently
  • Once all these conditions are met, your creatures will be able to mate. This will cause red hearts to appear above both creatures' heads and they will begin the process. The mating process takes some time, but it will immediately end if the pair is separated. Once the mating process is complete, the female will drop an egg that you can pick up.

    How To Incubate An Egg

    To incubate an egg, you will need to keep it in an area with a steady temperature. Maintaining a steady temperature can be done in several ways, which you can take a look at below.

    Campfires And Torches

    This is a very simple way to maintain temperature, but it can also be quite difficult. A campfire gives off a fair amount of heat, however, there are external factors that can change the overall temperature. If you choose to use a campfire and torches, be sure to monitor the egg closely.

    Air Conditioners

    This can be used to decrease the temperature in the room for eggs that require lower temperatures to incubate.

    An air conditioner will become available for 21 engram points once you become level 61. You will need the following materials to craft this item.

    • 80 Metal Ingot
    • 15 Electronics
    • 5 Polymer
    • 15 Crystal
    • Egg Incubator

    Egg Incubator

    The egg incubator is available with the Genesis: Part 2 DLC. With an egg incubator, you can place up to 10 eggs inside and choose your desired temperature. This will become available for 55 engram points once you become level 89. Below, you can check out the materials needed to craft the egg incubator.

    • 500 Metal ingot
    • 350 Polymer
    • 200 Crustal
    • 100 Cementing Paste (or Achatina Paste)
    • 250 Electronics

    Egg Hatching Conditions

    As mentioned above, the time and temperature at which you incubate an egg will vary. We are going to take a look at the egg of every non-mammalian species, as well as information on how to incubate it below.

    Egg SpeciesTime To IncubateMin. Temperature (Fahrenheit)Max. Temperature (Fahrenheit)
    Allosaurus1 hr 39 min7990
    Anglerfish4 hr 59 min-103167
    Ankylosaurus2 hr 37 min6168
    Araneo1 hr 25 min3954
    Archaeopteryx2 hr 37min6168
    Argentavis2 hr 56 min5456
    Arthropluera2 hr 29 min6472
    Baryonyx1 hr 59 min8495
    Beelzebufo4 hr 59 min32122
    Bloodstalker2 hr 56 min8186
    Carbonemys1 hr 14 min8693
    Carnotaurus1 hr 39 min7990
    Compy49 min7590
    Crystal Wyvern4 hr 59 min167185
    Deinonychus4 hr 59 min176194
    Dilophosaur1 hr 8 min8290
    Dimetrodon2 hr 29 min8693
    Dimorphodon1 hr 21 min95100
    Diplocaulus4 hr 59 min32122
    Diplodocus4 hr 59 min7984
    Dodo49 min7286
    Electrophorus4 hr 59 min32122
    Featherlight1 hr 39 min8490
    Gallimimus1 hr 25 min7582
    Giganotosaurus2 days, 1 hr 59 min109111
    Glowtail2 hr 29 min8693
    Hesperornis1 hr 30 min7286
    Ichthyornis1 hr 39 min8490
    Iguanodon1 hr 25 min7582
    Kairuku1 hr 30 min7286
    Kaprosuchus1 hr 59 min8495
    Kentrosuarus2 hr 46 min7586
    Lymantria1 hr 30 min95100
    Lystrosaurus49 min7582
    Maewing1 hr 25 min7279
    Magmasaur4 hr 59 min194230
    Mantis2 hr 46 min95100
    Megachelon4 hr 59 min-103167
    Megalosaurus1 hr 39 min7990
    Microraptor1 hr 25 min7582
    Morellatops2 hr 29 min7282
    Moschops2 hr 37 min6168
    Oviraptor1 hr 8 min7986
    Pachy1 hr 25 min7582
    Pachyrhinosaurus2 hr 29 min7282
    Parasaur1 hr 25 min7582
    Pegomastax1 hr 8 min8290
    Pelagornis1 hr 39 min8490
    Pteranodon1 hr 39 min8490
    Pulmonoscorpius1 hr 59 min5461
    Quetzal16 hr 39 min4143
    Raptor1 hr 59 min6882
    T-Rex4 hr 59 min9093
    Rock Drake6 hr 14 min-130-112
    Sarco2 hr 29 min8693
    Snow Owl2 hr 56 min5456
    Spino2 hr 50 min8690
    Stegosaurus2 hr 46 min7282
    Tapejara1 hr 39 min8490
    Terror Bird1 hr 59 min6882
    Therizinosaur1 hr 39 min7990
    Thorny Dragon2 hr 29 min7282
    Triceratops2 hr 29 min7282
    Troodon1 hr 8 min8290
    Tropeognathus1 hr 39 min8490
    Tusoteuthis4 hr 59 min32122
    Velonasaur1 hr 8 min8290
    Voidwyrm4 hr 59 min176194
    Vulture1 hr 21 min95100
    Wyvern4 hr 59 min176194
    Yutryannus4 hr 59 min9093

    Tips For Hatching Eggs

    As you can see, incubation temperatures can range from near frozen to boiling hot. Additionally, many egg types have a very narrow temperature window that should be taken into consideration. For example, a Yutryannus egg has a three-degree range for an acceptable incubation temperature. This means that using a campfire to incubate this egg may not be the best idea; if it becomes cold outside, the egg temperature could drop and the egg won't hatch.

    You can check the current air temperature from your inventory, where your character stats are displayed. On the righthand side of this panel, you will see the current temperature, displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit (the temperature measurement can be changed from the settings menu).

    Temperature can change between regions of the map, but for the most part, a temperature will remain at an average for the region. For example, the south end of the base game island will generally be hotter than any other area. Keep this in mind if you choose to incubate your eggs outdoors.

    Overall, you should prioritize having either an incubator or air conditioner for eggs that require extreme and precise temperatures. If you don't have access to these items, you can create an enclosed area with torches to place the egg inside. This will only incubate eggs that require higher temperatures.

    That's all there is to know about hatching eggs. Don't forget to go exploring and tame new creatures so you can breed and get more eggs!

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