You will encounter these guys. It’s impossible to not see them at least once in the few days after you start the game. If you’re like me and want to avoid them, listen. I mean literally. They make a sort of chittering noise, very different from dodos. Listening to the world around me has saved my butt too many times.
If you want to fight one, wait until you have an axe and have upped your health and damage some. They’re easy kills if you sprint at em from behind and spam the axe. If you see them flash their frill, get to the side. When they flash the frill it means they’re going to spit.
Similar strategy for taming, but instead of an axe use a club. Toss some raw meat into their inventory and keep some narco berries on hand juuuust in case. They tame very quick.
At high levels they are amazing defenders and distractors, though I’d use carbonemys for distracting. They’re also very moveable thanks to their size.
So I was on a parasaur hunt which my dilophosaurus poisie, and as soon as we saw one, she darted at it. We chased the parasaur for about two minutes before we came to a cliff. The parasaur jumped off. I new better then to follow it because even though it’s not a super long jump, the area at the bottom is wicked dangerous. Yet poisie followed. I didnt have enough time to tell her not to. So of course I had to follow her. We got to the bottom but the parasaur wasn’t to be found anywhere. I could see poisie however. She was swimming in front of me. We came to a small island in the middle of the river. We stoped to take a breath when all the sudden, out of the bushes comes a trio of dilos! I looked at poisie and commanded her to attack after a minute a dilo killed me. This brought me into great alarm because I had no idea which way to go to get her. Soon I got a notification saying that she killed a dilo. Even better, I got a notification saying that she had killed another one. She still had one more to get, but then I got a notification saying that she had been killed. ): Note: 1 UP = RIP for Poisie.
I would highly recommend this as a first time tame. I’d recommend crafting a club for it. When I was new I found one alone and waited until it attacked a dodo, then sneaked up on it and clubed it until it was knocked out. They also only need 3-5 raw meat to tame. My first ever tame was a level 56 dilophosaurus called Greg and he really helped me fend of compys and other dilos