ARK: Survival Evolved Companion
These are my favorite mounts. They're the beaver of Scorched Earth. They gather wood very well. The initial carry weight isn't too bad& neither is the health for small fights. So they're also decent battle mounts if leveled properly. One of their biggest assets is their ranged quill attack. In addition to a small amount of damage, it also deals torpor. Not a lot, but could be helpful in aiding knocking dinos out. Overall, they're a great mount in my opinion. They're biggest downside is their slow movement speed. Getting from A to B can take a while. Leveling in Health, Melee, & Movement Speed is highly recommended.
More Thorny Dragon Utility Tips
I have 12 on platforms 4 pillars high scattered around my base. I have an issuse with dino spawns in the base. So they act as a long range needle launcher. Weigh down with sand because its weight isnt affected by the dragons buff. Set all to long range aggressive and u have a protected base. Add a few plant X for added assurance. I no longer have spawn problems. Found a ready to tame terror bird today too pretty neat.