When knocking pteranodons out, be sure to have a bola, it doesn't take many tranq arrows to knock it out. Once it is down, put spike walls up around it (with a little space so you can go in and out) so it doesn't lose taming efficiency or die.
To kill pretty much anything on these birds, tame a high level, then pump stam to 3k, then the remainder in melee. Barrel roll into alphas etc. But keep eye on Stam. Never regen Stan on ground, know your ledges!
Since the bird nerf, these things are not near as useful. Still, if you get one level up stam and a bit of weight. This is so you can fly across an ocean without running out of stam and dropping into a pool of jellyfish to have your butt hair zapped off.
If one were to tame a low level pteradon, it should be put to use as a travel bird, nothing more, for it is too weak for anything else. However. High level pteradons are excellent for fighting, kibble tamed 100+ can be used to kill alphas, in packs, or alone in niche cases.
When you encounter this bird it is passive unless you take its egg. It's battle attacks are a spin attack and it does the most damage. The other one is a bite attack at it's not as effective. So when in battle do a spin attack to beat your foes.
Be sure you whistle (follow) when riding your tame. If you accedntly jump off or get saddle jacked off your bird, he will follow you to the ground and you will have a better chance to recover your tame.
The usual choice for your first flier. Once you get one of these you can more easily explore the island. I use them for expeditions from the safe southern islets to obsidian and crystal rich mountains up north. Just watch their stamina, you don't want to be forced to land in the middle of a war zone.
First find the one u want wait till it's flying low or landed and bolo it take very few narcotics arrows to knock out if u hit in the head then defend and and feed whatever kind of meat u would like or dodo kibble for the best and fastest tame.
tip! For everyone wondering about there new nerfterra!
Stam is a must and probably most important remember this tame was implemented for a scout not an aplha killer was fun wile it lasted...add weight if needed.
I rarely pick anything else to kill with, nearly 300% damage and not much attacks from targets will land. My bird is packed on health stamina and damage. quite simply the best tame ive got by far plus it harvets fairly good amounts of meat.
The grassy area between the north zone 2 and the north zone 3, is full of pteranodons, sense it is a wide area, it is a great spawning place for large quantities of Dino's, just be careful, there have been many sightings of raptors roaming around- good luck.
I will pass this on, as a kind soul in a forum saved me a high lvl ptera with this info. If ever they disappear on you, check way up in the sky above. Seriously, way up, you won't be able to see them from the ground.
These are the best flyers hands down. Tame the highest you can with best Melee and you can clear almost all the caves. I raise health, stamina and melee. My friends with args laughed at me when I beouhht my Ptera for a cave run, they stopped laughing quick and started to beg for eggs.
All around good mount. They are great for traveling, and if you get a well breed one they are bronto killers. They are also great for a slowing moving day in ARK. Pick up a tribe member and drop it into that mosasaureas mouth that you've been wanting to tame