Dinosaur King
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Dinosaur King

This is a list of all Items available through Drilling in the DS game, divided by continent and depth and with their relative spawn chances (no exact percentages are known). The various Radar and Drill Key Items are required to acquire them, though some may be available through other sources.

Basics[]

Drilling - Using Radar

Radar in use

Outside of specific set items associated with the main story or side quests, all buried items spawn randomly, and vanish/respawn every time the player leaves/enters an area with a new map. Many quest-related items are hidden beneath or in corners behind boulders that only vanish when access to them has been unlocked through the quest, or sometimes NPCs who stand over items and won't leave until the quest is fulfilled.

As explained by the Master Excavator's unskippable tutorial, pressing R opens the current Radar in the top screen and A uses one of the ten charges to scan the surrounding spaces for buried items (with the range of a 5x5 box covering 2 steps in each cardinal direction), which appear as colored pings on the display (one grid space is one step); B closes the Radar (pressing A again will just use it over the same area again, only useful if you forgot where the pings were) and L takes out the current Drill, A triggering the infinite-use Drill where the player is standing. The player is prompted to take out the Drill immediately after if they are standing over an item when they scan; tapping the lower screen can substitute pressing A at any step; and the Radar can be recharged by either buyable Battery items or by entering a D-Site. Reminders of "L-Drill" and "Radar-R" are again displayed on the top screen if the player stands still for several seconds at any later point during the game except in cutscenes. Any objects that vanish when the Drill is taken out, including but not limited to NPCs and item cases, may be inconveniently located over top of item spawns, making them unobtainable.

There are several depths, indicated by ping color, that items can spawn at. Items of every depth can always spawn in any location (except where no items can spawn, like in towns or the Alpha Gang Headquarters); however, players still require the proper Radar to detect these items and the proper Drill to excavate them (items can still be blindly acquired with the right Drill but not Radar if the player is lucky, though). White pings require the Excavation Radar and Mass-Produced Drill (unlocked in Europe, Chapter 1), yellow pings require the Deluxe Radar and Custom Drill (unlocked in Asia, Chapter 2), orange pings require the Super Deluxe Radar and Special-Order Drill (unlocked in North America, Chapter 3), and red pings require the Ultimate Radar and Master's Drill (unlocked in the postgame, “Chapter 5”). All ping colors appear to have roughly equal spawn chances in any given area (though only visible with the right Radar), save for red, which is rarer in all locations.

The most common items always tend to be the local Dinosaur Fossils and plant healing items of each depth. Sometimes the same item will be available at different rates at multiple depths in the same area. Occasionally, items such as Dinosaur Fossils which should be exclusive to one depth will appear rarely at others (not counting postgame red ping Fossils, marked with a "(*)" on the lists below); it is unclear if this is a glitch or intended feature. Likely related and possibly responsible for some cases (though confirmed not responsible for all cases), item pings of multiple depths can spawn at the same spot and be excavated in sequential drillings without moving. The Radar may register the deepest ping color, then change colors to a shallower one when another item is detected later in the sweep, or simply only register the shallowest ping, especially at the farthest range of the radar; they are then drilled out from the deepest up, giving the appearance of a Fossil or other item being at a shallower depth than expected. It also appears that two items of the same depth can spawn in the same spot, making initial assumptions as to which depth the first of two overlapping items was actually from somewhat murky.

Item Table[]

These tables show the relative rarity of each item known to be available in each location with a separate map on a given continent at each ping depth (no precise spawn numbers are known). Some items are available at different depths in the same or different areas of a continent. Like with random Alpha Droid battles, different regions of a map have by anecdotal evidence appeared to have different skews of the items available, usually areas blocked off until the postgame vs. the initial areas. It is also possible that the drilling tables are updated in the postgame, or at least after completing the Chapter of the story they were part of. These differences are not reflected nor addressed in the following tables, instead being primarily accurate during the postgame, with only very rare or expensive items initially missing if ever; also keep in mind which depths are initially available.

Items are listed as plant healing item, Dinosaur Fossil, and Sell Items in menu order, but only the items found at that depth on that continent; any set items are listed last. Though not strict percentages (and subject to change with more data), roughly: Very Common (30%+, dark green), Common (20-29%, light green), Uncommon (10-19%, yellow), Rare (5-9%, orange), Very Rare (<5%, red).

Rarer items on any list may not have been discovered yet. Many deeper pings than initially available for a given continent have far less data and are subject to more extreme change. Any areas marked with an "*" do not currently have much data available to judge from at that depth.

Europe[]

Item (White Ping) North Euro Plain North Mine North Dig Site South Euro Plain Old S. Coal Mine
Leaf Very Common Very Common Common Very Common Common
European Fossil Common Common Common Very Common Common
Ancient Underwear Very Rare Uncommon Uncommon Rare Rare
Ancient Bowl (not found) (not found) Rare Very Rare Very Rare
Ancient Urn (not found) Rare Very Rare (not found) Very Rare
Bronze Mirror Very Rare Very Rare Very Rare Very Rare Rare
Uncut Ruby (not found) Rare (not found) (not found) Very Rare
Uncut Diamond (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Gold Nugget (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare
Knightia Fossil Common Rare (not found) (not found) (not found)
Conodont Fossil (not found) (not found) Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon
Magnolia Fossil Rare Uncommon (not found) (not found) (not found)
Baiera Fossil (not found) (not found) Rare Rare Uncommon
Set Items -European Fossil (tutorial) X X X X


Item (Yellow Ping) North Euro Plain* North Mine* North Dig Site* South Euro Plain Old S. Coal Mine
Sprout Common Common Common Very Common Very Common
Ancient Underwear (unknown) Common (unknown) (not found) (not found)
Ancient Bowl (unknown) Common (unknown) Common Common
Ancient Urn (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Rare Common
Bronze Mirror (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Uncommon Very Rare
Uncut Ruby (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Rare Very Rare


Item (Orange Ping) North Euro Plain* North Mine* North Dig Site* South Euro Plain Old S. Coal Mine
Trefoil (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Very Common Very Common
Ancient Urn Common (unknown) (unknown) Rare Rare
Uncut Ruby Common (unknown) (unknown) Uncommon Very Common
Lg Amber Specimen (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Rare Uncommon


Item (Red Ping) North Euro Plain* North Mine* North Dig Site* South Euro Plain Old S. Coal Mine*
Clover Common (unknown) (unknown) Very Common (unknown)
European Fossil(*) (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon (not found)
Lg Amber Specimen (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Common Common
Dinosaur Egg (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Uncommon (unknown)

Asia[]

Item (White Ping) South Gobi Plain Darkwood Forest East Gobi Plain Wanderwood Forest
Leaf Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common
Stone Weight (not found) (not found) Uncommon (not found)
Ancient Underwear (not found) (not found) Common Common
Ancient Bowl Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon
Ancient Urn (not found) (not found) Rare Rare
Bronze Mirror (not found) Very Rare (not found) (not found)
Uncut Ruby Very Rare Rare Very Rare (not found)
Vicarya Fossil Common Uncommon (not found) Rare
Baiera Fossil Uncommon Common (not found) (not found)
Set Items -Asian Fossil (Torn Note) X X X


Item (Yellow Ping) South Gobi Plain Darkwood Forest East Gobi Plain Wanderwood Forest
Sprout Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common
Asian Fossil Uncommon Common Common Uncommon
Stone Weight Very Rare (not found) Rare (not found)
Ancient Underwear (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare
Ancient Bowl Common Uncommon (not found) (not found)
Ancient Urn Uncommon Uncommon (not found) (not found)
Bronze Mirror (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare
Uncut Ruby Rare Rare Rare Very Rare
Uncut Diamond (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare
Gold Nugget Very Rare Very Rare Very Rare Rare
Five-Colored Bead (not found) Very Rare Very Rare Very Rare
Conodont Fossil (not found) (not found) Uncommon Common
Sycamore Fossil (not found) (not found) Uncommon Uncommon
Set Items -Giant Body X -Dragon Skull X


Item (Orange Ping) South Gobi Plain Darkwood Forest* East Gobi Plain* Wanderwood Forest
Trefoil Very Common Common Uncommon Very Common
Gold Nugget Very Common (unknown) Common Very Common
Five-Colored Bead Uncommon Common Common Uncommon
Mammoth Tusk (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)


Item (Red Ping) South Gobi Plain* Darkwood Forest* East Gobi Plain* Wanderwood Forest*
Clover Common (unknown) Common (unknown)
Asian Fossil(*) Common Common Very Common Common
Five-Colored Bead (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Mammoth Tusk Common (unknown) Uncommon (unknown)

North America[]

Item (White Ping) West Dust Hills Alpha Gang Depot South Dust Hills Alpha Gang Base Warehouse East Dust Hills* Secret Base*
Leaf Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Common
Ancient Bowl Common Common Very Common (not found) (not found) Rare Common
Ancient Urn Rare Uncommon Uncommon (not found) (not found) Uncommon (unknown)
Uncut Diamond Rare Very Rare Very Rare (not found) (not found) Rare (unknown)
Gold Nugget (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon Rare (unknown) (unknown)
Rugosa Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon Common (unknown) (unknown)
Ammonite Fossil (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Sycamore Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare Uncommon (unknown) (unknown)
Set Items -N. American Fossil (Old Note) X X X X -Giant Legs X


Item (Yellow Ping) West Dust Hills Alpha Gang Depot South Dust Hills Alpha Gang Base Warehouse East Dust Hills Secret Base*
Sprout Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common (unknown)
Stone Weight Rare (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Uncut Diamond Rare Uncommon (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Gold Nugget Very Rare Very Rare Uncommon Rare Uncommon (not found) (unknown)
Five-Colored Bead (not found) Very Rare Rare Rare (not found) Very Rare Common
Rugosa Fossil Rare Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Common (not found) (unknown)
Trilobite Fossil (not found) Rare Rare (not found) Very Rare (not found) (unknown)
Coelacanth Fossil (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Sycamore Fossil Common Uncommon Uncommon (not found) (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Zamites Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon Uncommon Very Rare (unknown)
Ginkgo Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Common (unknown)
Nilssonia Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Rare Common
Lepidodendron Fssl (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Common


Item (Orange Ping) West Dust Hills Alpha Gang Depot South Dust Hills Alpha Gang Base Warehouse East Dust Hills Secret Base*
Trefoil Common Common Uncommon Common Uncommon Common (unknown)
N. American Fossil Very Common Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Very Common Common
Uncut Ruby (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Uncut Diamond (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Very Rare (not found) (unknown)
Gold Nugget Uncommon Common (not found) Very Rare Uncommon (not found) (unknown)
Five-Colored Bead Uncommon Uncommon Common Common (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Lg Amber Specimen (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon
Mammoth Tusk (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
Dinosaur Feces Rare Rare Very Rare Uncommon Very Rare (not found) (unknown)
Ammonite Fossil Very Rare (not found) (not found) (not found) Common Uncommon (unknown)
Coelacanth Fossil (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Rare (unknown)
Nilssonia Fossil (not found) (not found) Uncommon Uncommon (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Lepidodendron Fssl (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon Very Rare (unknown)
Set Items X X X -2 Lg Amber Specimen
-Mammoth Tusk
-Lg Amber Specimen
-Mammoth Tusk
-Dinosaur Feces
X -Gold Nugget(?)


Item (Red Ping) West Dust Hills Alpha Gang Depot* South Dust Hills* Alpha Gang Base* Warehouse* East Dust Hills Secret Base*
Clover Very Common (unknown) (unknown) Common (unknown) Uncommon (unknown)
N. American Fossil(*) (unknown) (not found) (not found) (not found) (not found) Uncommon Common
Dinosaur Feces Uncommon Common (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) Common (unknown)
Dinosaur Egg Rare (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) (unknown)

Antarctica[]

As there is only one area in Antarctica which has drilling spawns, Polar Point, its table will be condensed. Antarctic Fossils found at white ping depth instead of orange contain different dinosaurs.

Item (Polar Point) White Ping Yellow Ping Orange Ping Red Ping*
Leaf/Sprout/Trefoil/Clover Very Common Very Common Uncommon (unknown)
Antarctic Fossil Rare (not found) Very Common (not found)
Ancient Bowl Uncommon (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Ancient Urn Rare (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Uncut Diamond Rare (not found) (not found) (unknown)
Five-Colored Bead (not found) Very Rare (not found) (unknown)
Lg Amber Specimen (not found) (not found) Rare (unknown)
Dinosaur Feces (not found) (not found) Very Rare Common
Rugosa Fossil Very Rare(?) Common (not found) (unknown)
Trilobite Fossil (not found) Very Rare (not found) (unknown)
Ammonite Fossil (not found) (not found) Common (unknown)
Coelacanth Fossil (not found) (not found) Rare (unknown)
Nilssonia Fossil (not found) Uncommon (not found) (unknown)

Africa[]

African Fossils found at orange and red ping depths are no different.

Item (White Ping) Kalimba Desert Alpha Fortress*
Leaf Very Common Very Common
Rugosa Fossil (not found) Common
Trilobite Fossil (not found) Uncommon
Sycamore Fossil Common (unknown)
Zamites Fossil Very Rare Uncommon
Ginkgo Fossil Very Rare (unknown)
Set Items -African Fossil (Soiled Note)
-African Fossil (Torn Note)
-Giant Head
X


Item (Yellow Ping) Kalimba Desert Alpha Fortress*
Sprout Very Common Common
Ammonite Fossil Rare (unknown)
Coelacanth Fossil Very Rare Rare
Ginkgo Fossil (not found) Common
Nilssonia Fossil Very Rare Very Common
Lepidodendron Fssl Common (unknown)


Item (Orange Ping) Kalimba Desert Alpha Fortress*
Trefoil Common Very Common
African Fossil Rare Uncommon
Lg Amber Specimen Very Rare (unknown)
Dinosaur Feces Very Rare Rare
Ammonite Fossil Very Common Very Common
Coelacanth Fossil (not found) Rare
Lepidodendron Fssl Common (unknown)


Item (Red Ping) Kalimba Desert Alpha Fortress*
Clover Uncommon Common
African Fossil Very Common Very Common
Gold Nugget (not found) Rare
Lg Amber Specimen (not found) Rare
Dinosaur Feces Uncommon Uncommon
Dinosaur Egg Rare Rare

Trivia[]

  • Confirmed wrong-color Fossils not from overlapping signals: white ping Antarctic Fossils (unique Dinosaurs), orange ping African Fossils (no difference).
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