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Dinosaur of the Day #22 - Deinocheirus



Deinocheirus was one of the most mysterious dinosaurs to have ever been found by paleontologists. It was originally found in 1965 in Southern Mongolia—actually, not the whole dinosaur was found but only its gigantic hands. And for the next 50 years, that is all that scientists would have of this elusive dinosaur. That is probably why its name means “terrible hand”.

That changed in 2012, when 3 paleontologists—Phil Bell, Yuong- Nam Lee and Philip J. Currie—discovered 2 new specimens that would reveal all of the secrets that this dinosaur once held. Secrets of its size and what it is believed to have eaten. Up until that point, the only thing that was really known about this dinosaur was that it had massive hands and lived about 70 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period.

Deinocheirus was around 30 feet long, almost 15 feet high and weighed about 6 tons. It was a bipedal dinosaur—from a species called Ornithomimids, which are sometimes called ‘ostrich dinosaurs’ and was the biggest of these dinosaurs. However, it probably didn’t move like an ostrich. Due to its large size and weight, it more than likely lumbered along and didn’t run very quickly. I

It is believed that this dinosaur was a scavenger of sorts. It is believed to have eaten a variety of different things such as fish, invertebrates, plants and maybe even insects. It probably didn’t hunt prey like a predator. However, an interesting fact about this dinosaur is that it was probably frequently hunted by tyrannosaurus dinosaurs, as bite marks on its skeleton would suggest.

Rarity: Common.
Metahub Tier: Scavenger.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1300.
Speed: 131.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Minimal Speed-Up Strike.

So, thoughts on this dinosaur? Is it worth including on a team? Tactics and suggestions? What changes would you make and anything else you can think of?

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Deinocheirus has reasonable health but it’s strengths lie in high damage and speed. No armour and low critical chance are it’s only weakness. In my opinion Deinocheirus is a great dinosaur for starting players and early on they will do them well, but like with many dinosaurs, once you get a way into the game and the Arena, you’ll just find other dinosaurs to be better.

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Never really used this one, or any of the erlikosaurs? Except the gen 2 variant for a while. I do like it’s movekit, that’s about all. It just becomes a DNA farm for its hybrid who’s name I can’t spell. Other than that, like you said, there’s better dinos when you start climbing.

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Used this dino for a very, very long time.

Surprisingly very reliable to have on your team in the early stages of the game, especially when you bring Deino in to defeat an opponent with Minimal Speed-Up Strike. You’re guaranteed to hit first on the next move, especially handy in arenas where Velociraptor prowl.

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Deinocheirus was the favorite on my team! I called him my “raptor slayer” :laughing:

It helped me reach Sorna Marshes, where I was forced to stop using it cause things got a lot harder there… I dream of the day when I can have a Diloracheirus and continue its legacy.


@Arnold same! I had mine at 18 long before it had a hybrid because it was underestimated despite doing a great amount of damage. I love my feathery baby, and even though I know I’ll never get to make its hybrid, I still catch it fondly.


The 1.7 update reduced Deinocheirus damage down from 1300 to 1290. Not a huge drop. Certainly not one that will make much difference so was this another instance of preparing for when players to adjust stats?