Dimetrodon Dino Dossier
Common Name: Dimetrodon
Species: Dimetrodon calorector
Time: Early Permian
The Dimetrodon is usually found by rivers hunting Coels or Piranhas. The Dimetrodon has a reactive temperament, which means that it will not attack unless it is provoked or it notices you trying to take one of its eggs. The Dimetrodon is primarily found in the northern regions of the island and can be found by bodies of water. This creature’s torpor drops extremely quickly, so a large amount of narcotics are needed to properly tame it. The Dimetrodon is not very fast on land, but excels in the waters.
The Dimtrodon drops Dimetrodon Eggs which can be used to hatch baby Dimetrodons or create kibble in the future. The Dimetrodon prefers kibble that comes from the egg of a Quetzal. Killing a Dimetrodon will yield Raw Meat, Hide, and Raw Prime Meat. They are an excellent source of Raw Prime Meat early on for new players as they have a relatively low health pool. Be careful of the higher leveled ones though as they can be a lot more deadly and pack a more powerful punch.
The Dimetrodon is extremely reactive and will attack almost immediately if you are too close to it. I suggest using Tranquilizer Arrows to shoot at it while you are retreating and making it follow you. The Dimetrodon has a really short attack length, so it needs to be extremely close to deal any sort of damage. Use this to your advantage and keep your distance without losing the interest of the Dimetrodon. At level 50, it takes 11 tranquilizer darts, 33 tranquilizer arrows, or 125 hits with a sling shot to knock it out.
Once unconscious, it takes 1349 Narcoberries to keep it knocked out, and a total of 15 units of kibble with a total taming time of 1:11:58. If you do not have the kibble handy, you can use Raw Prime Meat which would take 40 units and a total taming time of 2:00:01. Obviously, due to the long taming period, I suggest kiting the Dimetrodon to a safe place in which you will not get attacked by other creatures on the island.
Taming the Dimetrodon takes a bit of time and patience, but if you have the time and are willing to invest it, there is no better dinosaur to invest it in. The Dimetrodon has the ability to be picked up by a Quetzal, so if you can use this to your advantage and tame it quicker, I recommend doing so.
The Dimetrodon has the unique ability to insulate both players and eggs within a certain radius. Each Dimetrodon you are near provides 90 Hypothermal and 90 Hypothermal Insulation that suffers a reduction the further you are away from it. After much testing, it seems as though you can only have 85 Dimetrodons in a confined area to completely get the maximum value from this stat. This ability has the range of an Air Conditioner and can be used to keep players safe in extreme weather, and insulate eggs if you are in between camps, or do not have the supplies to create an air conditioner on the spot.
The Dimetrodon can be used for its ability to insulate eggs and tribes can set up a breeding facility using this new dinosaur and its ability to maximize their egg output and save resources on electricity that is needed to fuel the air conditioners. If you have are trying to spare resources, or can dedicate those resources to other places, I definitely recommend trying to tame a Dimetrodon and adding it to your tribe as it can definitely save the user a lot of resources in the long run.
Overall, the Dimetrodon adds a completely new element to the game that unique and unlike anything else we have seen thus far. I recommend finding one and taming it immediately to take advantage of this new feature.
Wild: Dimetrodon Calorector is a much calmer predator than most on the island. Because it lives off smaller prey than humans, it generally ignores anything much larger than a Coelacanth. Dimetrodon is one of the few carnivores on the island that could be classified as reasonably friendly in the wild.
Domesticated: If Dimetrodon was a bit larger, or didn’t have that massive sail, it would make a decent mount. However, its main use to survivors is to utilize the sail’s insulating capabilities. Just being near a Dimetrodon gives excellent protection from the heat and the cold, which has saved my life through more than one ice blizzard in the frozen mountains!
Known Information: The sail on Dimetrodon’s back is a fascinating thing. It can be angled to provide shade from the sun, and allows Dimetrodon to disperse heat more quickly. The inner workings of the sail can also restrict blood flow in the creature to hold in excessive heat. Together, these two traits allow Dimetrodon to comfortably survive in any climate, though they are most commonly found in the swamplands which are rich in prey.