Carnotaurus Dino Dossier
Common Name: Carnotaurus
Time: Late Cretaceous
Given its aggressive nature, the Carnotaurus will attack anything that it sees in its vision. This visions happens to be quite large, so make sure you are completely out of sight when trying to hunt one of these down. They do, however, seem to prioritize attacking other dinosaurs over human players so keep that in mind if you are trying to hunt or tame them.
They have a few attacks, one of which being a head butt attack that is the most dangerous. This attack knocks the target back, be weary of this attack when standing near any cliffs as it has the potential to knock you off if you are standing too close. The Carnotaurus can be found nearly anywhere on the map. They will drop eggs that are used to make kibble that is most suitable for taming Trikes or Direwolves.
The kibble that the Carnotaurus prefers is the kibble that is made from Ankylo Eggs. Be cautious when picking up one of their eggs as they become hyper aggressive when they see a player picking up one of their eggs. They are also really fast so it is not easy to out run an angry Carnotaurus. Carnotaurus do have the ability to be tamed and ridden. To ride one, you need a level 50 Carno Saddle. Carno saddles require 21 Engram Points. They can also be found in Yellow and Red beacons. To make one of these saddles, combine 320 hide, 170 fiber, and 30 metal ingot in a smithy.
To knock one of these guys out you definitely have to be careful. They are extremely powerful and can often be found in groups, making them even more deadly. I recommend using a scorpion or tranquilizer arrows. If you do not have either of these available to you, I recommend having a powerful dinosaur with you and using a slingshot. Aiming for the head will provide extra damage.
It is hard to run from these guys so if you are trying to fight one, make sure you are ready and committed. The best way to flee from one is to have a flying mount. Killing a Carnotaurus will yield Raw Meat, Raw Prime Meat, Hide, and Keratin. At level 50, it would take 6 tranquilizer darts, 16 tranquilizer arrows, or 58 hits with a slingshot to knock one out.
The Carnotaurus is very useful for its damage. It can easily chase down and kill other dinosaurs. They are also the best at collecting Raw Prime Meat. So use this gathering ability to your advantage. They are also fairly quick and have decent stamina, so that makes them that much better at hunting other dinosaurs. They can also help you carry goods across distances. They have a fairly high carrying capacity, making them one of the best all around dinosaurs for players that are just starting out.
I definitely recommend leveling up its damage, stamina and speed to have the best overall hunting and killing machine. This dinosaur is one of the best starting dinosaurs in the game and it is definitely advantageous to have a few of these in your base. Not only do they have high speed and damage, but they can gather meat for you at an outstanding rate that is definitely useful and saves you a lot of time.
Interestingly, the name Carnotaurus comes from latin meaning “Flesh eating bull”. It also also faster than the T-Rex in game and has much better stamina and a higher sprinting speed. It can also be picked up by a Quetzal.
Wild: Carnotaurus pressor is an interesting creature that falls between medium and large predator. It lives primarily on flat clear ground, where it can capitalize on its speed. Additionally, it seems to have no qualms about running from larger predators instead of fighting.
Domesticated: Carnotaurus fills a very specific role. Larger and almost as fast as a Raptor, smaller but much faster than a Tyrannosaurus.
Known Information: The horns of the Carnotaurus seem to be used more for fighting rival Carnotauri (Carnotauruses?) than actual hunting. This doesn’t mean the horns aren’t dangerous, though; they can still eviscerate larger prey. Carnotaurus is one of the smaller and more compact of the large predators. If Tyrannosaurus is the “Lion” of the island, Carnotaurus would certainly be the “cheetah”. The real threat of a Carnotaurus is not being able to escape it once it sees you. Were it not for the creature’s extremely long down-time after sprinting, it might be among the most capably balanced mounts.