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ARK: Survival Evolved – How To Paint Dinosaurs

Taming dinosaurs is a key part of Ark: Survival Evolved. Once tamed, a dinosaur can gather materials for you, as well as provide a quick mode of transportation for running around the island. As you start to get more dinosaurs though, many of them can start to look the same. If you use the same species of dinosaur for different tasks, this could be confusing.

Thankfully, you are able to paint dinosaurs. This will add uniqueness to each creature, as well as help you tell your dinosaurs apart. In this guide, we are going to go over how to paint your dinosaurs. First, let's look at where to get the dye to do this.

How To Get Dye In Ark

To paint a dinosaur you will need dye, which can be made from the Cooking Pot or Industrial Cooker.

The Cooking Pot is an early game item that will unlock for nine engram points once you become level eight. Prior to unlocking the Cooking Pot, you will need to unlock the campfire engram. To make the Cooking Pot, you will need the following materials.

  • 75 Stone
  • 15 Thatch
  • 10 Wood
  • 5 Flint

The Industrial Cooker is essentially an upgraded version of the Cooking Pot that will unlock with 60 engram points once you become level 89. This will take a while, but you can easily make dye with a Cooking Pot too.

To make the dye, you will need to place the required materials in the inventory slot of the Cooking Pot. Below, you can find the materials to make dye.

  • 1 Full Water Jar, Canteen, or Water Skin
  • Charcoal, Gunpowder, or Sparkpower

    • The material needed depends on the color desired
  • Berries

    • This depends on color desired
    • As you can see, the berries needed will depend on the color that you want. In total, there are 25 different dye colors, which we will take a look at next.

      All Dye Colors In Ark

      Placing these ingredients in the Cooking Pot will produce five dyes that you can use.

      Dye ColorCharcoal, Gunpowder, or Sparkpowder?Berries Needed
      Black2 Charcoal
      • 15 Narcoberry
      Blue2 Charcoal
      • 15 Azulberry
      Brick (deep red)1 Sparkpowder
      • 12 Tintoberry
      • 6 Narcoberry
      Brown2 Charcoal
      • 6 Amarberry
      • 3 Azulberry
      • 9 Tintoberry
      Cantaloupe (tan/yellow)1 Sparkpowder
      • 7 Amarberry
      • 7 Tintoberry
      • 4 Stimberry
      Cyan1 Sparkpowder
      • 6 Amarberry
      • 12 Azulberry
      Forest1 Gunpowder
      • 7 Amarberry
      • 7 Azulberry
      • 4 Narcoberry
      Green2 Charcoal
      • 9 Amarberry
      • 9 Azulberry
      Magenta1 Sparkpowder
      • 9 Azulberry
      • 9 Tintoberry
      Mud1 Sparkpowder
      • 4 Amarberry
      • 1 Azulberry
      • 7 Tintoberry
      • 6 Narcoberry
      Navy1 Sparkpowder
      • 12 Azulberry
      • 6 Narcoberry
      Olive1 Sparkpowder
      • 12 Amarberry
      • 6 Narcoberry
      Orange2 Charcoal
      • 9 Amarberry
      • 9 Tintoberry
      Parchment1 Gunpowder
      • 12 Amarberry
      • 6 Stimberry
      Pink1 Gunpowder
      • 12 Tintoberry
      • 6 Stimberry
      Purple2 Charcoal
      • 9 Azulberry
      • 9 Tintoberry
      Red2 Charcoal
      • 15 Tintoberry
      Royalty (deep purple)1 Gunpowder
      • 7 Azulberry
      • 7 Tintoberry
      • 4 Narcoberry
      Silver1 Gunpowder
      • 6 Narcoberry
      • 12 Stimberry
      Sky (light blue)1 Gunpowder
      • 12 Azulberry
      • 6 Stimberry
      Slate1 Sparkpowder
      • 12 Narcoberry
      • 6 Stimberry
      Tan1 Gunpowder
      • 4 Amarberry
      • 1 Azulberry
      • 7 Tintoberry
      • 6 Stimberry
      Tangerine1 Gunpowder
      • 7 Amarberry
      • 7 Tintoberry
      • 4 Narcoberry
      White2 Charcoal
      • 15 Stimberry
      Yellow2 Charcoal
      • 15 Amarberry

      How To Paint A Dinosaur In Ark

      To paint a dinosaur, you will need to drag dye in your inventory to a paintbrush. This is a simple item that will unlock for three engram points once you become level nine. You will need the following materials to make a paintbrush.

      • 1 Wood
      • 3 Hide
      • 10 Thatch

      With the dye dragged on top of the brush, you can now click on a dinosaur and apply the paint. When applied to the paintbrush, you will be able to use the dye ten times. After this, the dye will run out and you will need to apply more. As you paint, you can click on different parts of the dinosaur to have a variety of colors.

      Once you reach level 53, you will have the chance to unlock the Spray Painter for 20 engram points. This is a more advanced version of the paintbrush, allowing you to paint quickly without using as much dye as the paintbrush. To place dye in the Spray Painter, you will just need to drag the dye on in from your inventory.

      To make the Spray Painter, you will need the following materials.

      • 50 Metal Ingot
      • 35 Polymer
      • 40 Crystal
      • 60 Cementing Paste
      • 20 Oil
      • 5 Hide

      In addition to painting dinosaurs, you will also be able to paint buildings, armor, weapons, robots, and even yourself. Painting these objects works the same as painting a dinosaur; all you need to do is click while holding one of the two painting tools mentioned above.

      That's all there is to know about painting dinosaurs. There are a lot of colors available, allowing you to personalize all of your creatures!

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