This guy is my favorite dino to start. It can farm LOTS of fiber, chitin, berries, rare mushrooms, rare flowers, polymer, etc. And it has a considerably good melee and health. But people don't see its value just because its a big coward iguana... Lmao. But for real, they're really one of the best dinos to get at the beginning, if not the best. Give this an up to let people know.
Early game Mount. This was my first mount I ever had in Ark. Not the fastest but when you are just starting out, having a mount that doesn't require a saddle is a godsend. (level Health and Movement Speed)
Fiber Harvester. After taming, bring it to your base and set to wander. It will collect a crap ton of fibers, more than any dino in the early game! (level Weight)
Combatant (if mounted). Sadly these will not fight for you if you are not mounted on them, but their natural bulk makes them a decent fighting mount in the early game (level Health and Melee Damage)
Kibble Maker. They lay massive eggs. Great for making higher level kibble if you have the ingredients.
My name is ShinyChimchar01 and if you like this tip, I've done similar on the Trike, Raptor, Para, Carbonemys, and Lystro. My next tip will be on the Iguanodon.
An easy mode to start gathering low level ressources and with the gather leveling you can
Specialize them in usefull ressource gathering like organic polymer, rare flower, rare mushroom, leech blood, superior meat, superior fish meat and resine making them the best gatherer of those ressources and a reduct weight for those ressources (personaly i just never made crafted polymer i just had a ton of organic polymer with a moshop and ready to go)