Crocodile (Sarco) Dino Dossier
Common Name: Sarco
Species: Sarcosuchus excubitor
Time: Early Cretaceous
A Sarco is also known as the Crocodile of Ark and is commonly found in the swampy areas of the island. The Sarco is aggressive and will wait to attack you until it deems it the perfect moment. The Sarco is powerful both in and out of the water. Killing a Sarco will yield Raw Prime Meat, Raw Meat, and Hide. Sarcos will lay Sarco Eggs which can be used to hatch baby dinosaurs or made into kibble that is best for taming a Stegosaurus.
Sarcos are rideable and require a level 35 Sarco Saddle to do so. This Saddle costs 15 Engram Points and can be crafted by using 230 hide, 75 fiber, and 20 cementing paste. Sarcos are actually faster in water than on land and have no oxygen meaning they cannot drown.
Knocking out one of these Crocodiles is not an easy task for anyone to handle. I recommend trying to sneak up behind it and using tranquilizer arrows at its head. If you can find a ledge or something to stand on and shoot at it from above, I recommend doing so as their low height will make it hard for them to attack upwards. The preferred kibble of the Crocodile is that which comes from a Trike Egg.
Using the kibble will cost you 14 units of it, and a total taming time of 55:58 (at level 50). If you do not have this kibble, it would take 35 pieces of Raw Prime Meat with a total taming time of 1:27:30. At the same level, it would take 18 tranquilizer arrows, or 67 hits with a sling shot to knock a Crocodile unconscious. Unlike most dinosaurs, you cannot run away from a Sarco simply by jumping into the water. They are excellent swimmers and are much faster than you. The best way to avoid a Sarco is to run away as they walk slowly and have a poor turning radius due to their large size.
Once tamed, the Sarco is one of the best companions for scouting out new areas. The Sarco does not require any oxygen so it can easily cover a large distance in both water and on the ground. The Sarco can also go up most mountains in the game without a problem. All of these characteristics make it a perfect companion when trying to look for new areas, or see what your competition is up to.
The Sarco is also useful because it is both quick in and out of the water. The Sarco also has the ability to collect Raw Meat at an average rate, adding to its usefulness. The Sarco is an excellent dinosaur for players who plan on moving their base, or want to periodically try and spy on other neighboring tribes without risking getting captured. One of their weaknesses comes when they are in the water. Due to their poor ability to turn quickly, these Crocodiles are very weak to attacks from behind or underneath.
I recommend bringing a Megalodon or some other aquatic creature when going on long sea adventures as it will reduce the risk of you being ambushed and hit from behind. Keep in mind when you tame one that the Sarco can only walk through the Behemoth Gateway. The Sarco also is one of the fastest divers in the game, so harvesting Silica Pearls and other deep sea materials will come easily for this creature. The Sarco is a well-rounded dinosaur for any tribe and will show its usefulness as soon as you take it for a spin in the water!
Wild: Among the island’s water-based threats, Sarcosuchus excubitor is a lot what you might expect from a giant crocodile: A patient killing machine. It spends much of its days lazily waiting in the water for prey to walk near. That said, it is not opposed to scurrying onto land and pressing the issue when hungry.
Domesticated: Despite being river-dwelling creatures, Sarcosuchus seem quite at ease in the oceans. More than a few fishing communities use them as mounts simply to help fight off Megalodons, or to gain better access to the resources found within the reefs.
Known Information: A good tactic for escaping many predators is to jump into the water, as most are slow swimmers. This is a bad tactic for escaping a Sarcosuchus, obviously, as they are actually faster in the water than they are on land.