When it comes to cultivating crops in Ark, you can't underestimate their importance. Many recipes for boosting foods, crafting Kibble, and creating useful consumables require at least one crop. If you desire a bountiful harvest, you'll need an abundance of Fertilizer. And if you want to obtain Fertilizer without spending a single resource, then the Dung Beetle is your ticket to farming success.
These peculiar beetles can only be found in the caves of The Island, and you can stumble upon them in four out of the nine land-based caves and one underwater cave. Now, taming a Dung Beetle on its own isn't too challenging. They won't bother you unless you provoke them, and like the Arthropluera and Otters, they can be tamed passively.
However, the real trouble lies in the fact that these caves are infested with aggressive creatures like Araneo and Onyx, which makes the taming process a perilous endeavor. To succeed, you'll need more than a sturdy weapon and armor. You'll require a formidable tame to protect you from the relentless onslaught of cave-dwelling horrors.
Once you've mustered the necessary preparations and entered the cave, it's time to find your quirky companion. Dung Beetles are not picky eaters. They happily feast on any type of Feces or Spoiled Meat, making it easy to gather a plentiful supply of food for them. If you already have a Phioma Feces farm or an abundance of Spoiled Meat, consider yourself well-prepared.
When you spot a Dung Beetle, eliminate any threats in the vicinity. Then, create a safe enclosure using Wooden Spikes, Fence Foundations, and walls to isolate the beetle. Position it in a secured area and feed it the taming food from the rightmost slot in your hot bar. Bug Repellent is unnecessary for taming these passive creatures, unless you wish to ward off potential nuisances.
Keep the Dung Beetle safe within its makeshift abode and continue feeding it Feces or Spoiled Meat. Before you know it, you'll have successfully tamed your very own Dung Beetle. Now, don't be fooled by their small size; these industrious insects can be carried in your hand while riding a tame or transported by flying creatures like the mighty Argentavis. They're versatile little fellows, and even the likes of Kaprosuchus or Mammoth can lend a helping hand.
Apart from being delightful pets, Dung Beetles possess an incredible ability that is sure to impress. Not only do they convert Feces into Fertilizer, but they also produce a small amount of Oil, all completely free of charge. Simply place Feces into their inventory, enable Wandering, and watch the magic happen. Each conversion takes a leisurely 15 minutes, allowing you to focus on other tasks while your Dung Beetle diligently works its dung-driven alchemy.
But wait, there's more! When set to Wandering, these resourceful beetles will automatically gather any dropped Feces within a five-foundation radius of their location. They don't need the company of other creatures to carry out this noble task. It's their way of saying, "I got this, human. Let me handle the mess."
So, if you're seeking a loyal companion, an efficient fertilizer factory, and an expert dung collector, look no further than the extraordinary Dung Beetle. They may not be the most glamorous creatures in the Ark, but their devotion to the craft of dung transformation is unmatched. Embrace the wonders of these fecal marvels and let them take your farming endeavors to new heights. Just remember to give them a good scrub before inviting them to dinner.