Your tribe can meet a grisly end at the fangs of man-eating sharks, giant stomping carnivores on land, and a whole lot more!

8 Most Terrifying Dinosaurs in Ark: Survival Evolved

Your tribe can meet a grisly end at the fangs of man-eating sharks, giant stomping carnivores on land, and a whole lot more!
This article is over 7 years old and may contain outdated information

Ark: Survival Evolved is filled to the absolute brim with a huge number of creatures both aggressive and benign, with more always being added in frequent patches.

Recommended Videos

While you can get a lot done riding around on a Procoptodon or knocking over trees with a Whooly Rhino, there are some truly terrifying dinos across the island that you don’t want to tangle with until you’ve crafted some decent weapons and armor.

Below we list out the eight most terrifying dinos currently available in the game up to the December patch 253.


Oh hey look, there’s a tiny little river separating me from that location I need to get to. Shouldn’t be a problem, I’ll just go ahead and swim across before anything notices me and… yep, I’m dead again.

Thanks a lot school of unhelpful, ever-present piranha! The bane of all low level players, the Piranha will teach you to be afraid of the water in a way that Jaws only wished it could!

Ark Piranha


Added not too long ago in update 248, this is a water-based carnivore that’s very sleek with the feel of a jackal meeting a crocodile, and it’s as dangerous as that sounds.

These vicious little guys may not have the size of the bigger dinos, but they do have a high speed and can switch from land to water to give chase anywhere you go. They are hard to spot in jungle areas, so keep your eyes peeled anywhere with water nearby!

 Ark Kaprosuchus


A truly vicious dino, you will typically meet these singly (thankfully) rather than in packs, and they are fast and deadly in addition to having a decent size.

Incredibly aggressive, they will give chase as soon as one spots you, and they have a headbutt attack that can knock you flat. Ever wondered what it would be like to be lunch? Carnotaurus will help you find out.

Ark Carnotaurus


Huge, relentless in chasing you down, and unfettered by difficult terrain, the spinosaurus is a sure-fire way to meet the respawn screen. Manage to tame one though, you’ll be on your way to leading a deadly tribe of your own!

Ark Spinosaurus


Mother of god, you don’t want one of these swimming towards you. This is the stuff nightmares are made of! While Piranhas may be the bane of new players, Megalodon will take out the higher level players who think they’ve mastered the game. If you can domesticate a Megalodon (no small feat), you will be king of the sea and open up whole new areas to explore.

Ark Megalodon


Just now added in the new Ark 253 patch, this giant squid is covered in barbed tentacles and will even take down Megalodons. Got a boat to keep you safe while crossing the water? Cool, because that’s not going to help anymore, not when these tentacles come out to play…

Ark Tusoteuthis


There’s a reason it’s called the “Giganotosaurus,” and that’s because it even towers over creatures like the Spinosaurus or T-Rex, and has an absolutely absurd amount of health.

The rage mechanic means that the Giganotosaurus becomes more deadly and more unpredictable the longer you fight him, and can even cause him to turn on you after you’ve tamed him!

Ark Giganotosaurus


Thankfully, this apex predator doesn’t appear randomly on any given server, and instead is only part of specific events. Although it may look like a silly mashup of animals, it has a staggering amount of health far, far beyond that of any other creature and also (rather unfairly) regenerates health.

There’s simply no viable way to take one down without a full tribe riding giant dino mounts dealing large amounts of damage very quickly.

Ark DodoRex

These are the eight most terrifying Ark: Survival Evolved dinos we’ve come across that have messily devoured us or stomped us to bits! What did you think of our picks, and which dinos do you think are the most dangerous?

GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Ty Arthur
Ty Arthur
Ty splits his time between writing horror fiction and writing about video games. After 25 years of gaming, Ty can firmly say that gaming peaked with Planescape Torment, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft spot for games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. He has previously written for GamerU and MetalUnderground. He also writes for PortalMonkey covering gaming laptops and peripherals.