Ark Survival Evolved Lost Dinos: How To Find Them

This guide mentions the simple and effective ways to help you find your lost dinos in Ark Survival Evolved

Studio Wildcard released an action-adventure video game in 2017 called Ark: Survival Evolved where you have one main objective: survival. The game starts off with you stranded on one of the total maps, and you see monsters, hostile human players, and prehistoric animals such as dinos. Moreover, you can tame the dinos in-game, but they might run away. If your dino did the same then don’t worry, we will explain how you can find lost dinos in Ark: Survival Evolved.

To stay on top in Ark: Survival Evolved, you need to read the Ark Survival of The Fittest guide. If you have the new DLC of the game then you should definitely read our Ark Survival Evolved Fjordur Map Detailed Guide to keep the area in your control. Moreover, if you are in the early stages of the game, read Ark Survival Evolved Starter Guide For Beginners.

What Are Dinos In Ark: Survival Evolved?

Ark: How to Find Lost Dinos:
Ark: Survival Evolved Dinosaurs

To make it easier in navigating Ark’s harsh terrain and landscapes, you should take advantage of dinos. You have some options, and they include either taming them or killing them to extract materials. Moreover, there are a number of dinos roaming around in Ark.

There are different types of dinos, and each has a different purpose, use, and taming method. Before taming any dino, you should know its stats and uses such as base stats, utility, and the ease of training them. The list of best dinos contains Rex, Giganotosaurus, and Diplodocus.

How To Find Lost Dinos In Ark Survival Evolved

It is normal to lose your dino in Ark: Survival Evolved. It will happen every now and then if you don’t keep it close. Therefore, you must know how to find a lost dino if it happens to you while playing Ark. Apart from that, consider reading the Ark Survival Evolved Fjordhawk and Quetzal guides if you like them.

Sometimes, you might be riding on your dino, and a powerful creature will come preying on you. The creature will probably make you disoriented which will make you get off of your mount. In these situations, you are left stranded, and you lose the track of your dino.

If you are attached to your dino or think it is hard to find again in Ark then don’t worry, we have some methods which will help you find the lost dino. However, most methods are only for PC players, but we have managed to get a few for console players as well.

Transponder Tracker

Ark How to Find Lost Dinos: Transponder Tracker
Using Transponder Tracker to Find Lost Dino

One of the easiest ways to track your dino is by simply putting a transponder node onto your dino. You will be able to track it anywhere on the terrain by using the transponder tracker. Moreover, we prefer that you place the transponder node as soon as you tame a dino.

The transponder node, however, is expensive and some players might not be able to afford it in the earlier stages of the game. In terms of getting your hands on a transponder tracker, you will not find it as it is in Ark. Rather, you will have to craft it. If you are new to crafting methods then read our Ark Survival Evolved Crafting guide.

You can craft the transponder node only by using the fabricator. It will require these materials:

  • Twelve Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste
  • Scrap Metal Ingot or Three Metal Ingot
  • Fourteen Electronics
  • Primal Crystal or twelve Crystal
  • Ten Polymer, Corrupted Nodule, or Organic Polymer

On the other hand, the transponder tracker will also be crafted through the fabricator only and it will require the following materials:

  • Thirty Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste
  • Twenty Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot
  • Eighty Electronics
  • Twenty-five Crystal or Primal Crystal
  • Fifty Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule

It is quite understandable that the required materials are a lot, and they will require quite some time and effort to collect. If you are in the early stages of your game, we recommend you keep a list of these items and collect them whenever possible. If you are in the middle or late stages of the game, you will be able to extract these items in higher quantities without putting in much effort.

Extended HUD Arrow

Ark: Extended Hud Arrow
Using Extended Hud Arrow to Find Lost Dino

If you are not looking to put in enough effort and want an easy way to find your lost dinos in Ark, then this is it. Ark: Survival Evolved has a core mechanic called ‘Extended Hud,’ It shows you the additional information that is not required firsthand. You can enable it temporarily by holding the ‘H’ key.

Apart from the additional information, it will also highlight the dinos you have tamed. The highlight mark is an arrow that you can see from a distance. However, if there is a long distance between you and your dino, the arrow mark will disappear.

Therefore, you should not rely on the extended HUD arrow method for long range. You can also use the feature in instances where you get ambushed in foreign areas of the map. If you still don’t know the best map yet, read the Best Ark Map guide to find out.

Spectator Mode

Ark How to Find Lost Dinos: Spectator Mode
Using Spectator Mode to Find Lost Dino

In case you have just lost your dino and it has not gone far, but far enough that the extended HUD Arrow is not working then you should use the spectator mode. The mode will give you the ability to traverse the map quickly.

To enable the spectator mode, you will have to open the console command and type in ‘enablespectator.’ If you are in the multiplayer server, then type ‘cheat enablespectator.’ If you don’t know how to open console commands, then depending on your platform use the following key:

  • PS4 – Press L1, R1, Square, and Triangle
  • Xbox One – Press LB, RB, X, and Y
  • PC – Press “TAB”

Once you are done spectating, you can disable the mode by simply typing ‘stopspectating’ in the admin command. The benefit of the mode is to roam around the map freely at a faster pace while having the ability to phase off through any object or structure. It will help you search for your lost dino and get intel on a new territory to measure the risks.

Console Commands

Ark: Console Commands
Using Console Commands to Find Lost Dino

Assuming you did not have enough materials or means to craft a transponder tracker and you relied on the extended HUD arrow. But now your dino has gone far away and you have been roaming around for hours with no clue where it is. In that situation, you have the option of using console commands which will allow you to track down your tamed dino.

Moreover, if you find yourself playing on a multiplayer server then you will have to turn on the cheats manually. You can do that by typing ‘EnableCheats <Admin Password>’ in the admin command console. You might like our Ark Caves Guide guide.

Mainly there are three commands in Ark through which you can find your lost dino. They are ‘DestroyWildDinos,’ ‘GetAllState <Creature ID>,’and ‘TeleportToActorLocation <Creature ID + _Number>.’

Once you open the command console you have to use the first command which is DestroyWildDinos. The command will remove all the wild dinos which can be referred to as non-tamed dinos as well. This command is necessary as it will narrow down your search and make it easier to locate your lost dino using other commands.

Once all the wild dinos are removed, type the second command in the console which is GetAllState <Creature ID>. Here you will have to put in your tamed dino’s creature ID in the <Creature ID> field. In case you don’t know your creature’s ID then check it here.

Once you input the creature ID, you will get a list of all those tamed creatures. Now it is time for you to enter the last command which is TeleportToActorLocation <Creature ID + _Number>. Here you see two fields, in one you have to put the same creature ID.

However, you will have to put the number of the tamed dino in the ‘_Number’ field. Once you enter the last command, you will instantly teleport to your lost dino. However, make sure that you enable the creative mode (gcm) if your lost dino is a flyer. Otherwise, bring a parachute with you.


All in all, depending on the situation use the method that will suit it best. If you are at the later stages of the game then the transponder tracker will be the most convenient thing for you, just make sure you use it as soon as you tame a dino.

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel is an English lit major from Canada. She enjoys medieval fantasy novels, cats, power metal, and of course, video games. When it comes to video games, she prefers to play RPGs with great stories and characters. Her favorite games are Tales of Symphonia, Persona 5, and Darkest Dungeon.