12 Crucial Tips for ARK: Survival Evolved Beginners (2023)

ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the most popular games you’re probably not playing. Consistently in the top ten games played on Steam, this survival title takes place on a secluded island, where the player arrives, naked and shivering, on a cold beach surrounded by prehistoric life. From there they must build their camp and generate resources in order to bear the harsh landscape, fending off predators, finding food, crafting weapons and tools and ultimately creating a farm / fortress home base from which to rule their world.

The game is already well populated by a large number of Steam users, but with the official release still on the way and updates happening monthly, by no means have you missed the boat. Here are several beginner’s tips to get you started in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Objective: there is none.

Your biggest struggle in learning to play ARK: Survival Evolved will be figuring out what to do with yourself. There’s no Story Mode, and much of the game’s conflict is driven by either self-imposed personal goals, or the chaos of the open server multiplayer community. Always be taming more dinosaurs and building more defenses for your home base. This will both preoccupy your time and toughen you up for the horrors to come.

Don’t be afraid to die.

You’re going to die a lot, especially at the lower character levels of the game, and especially when you re-spawn on the beach. Go with it. It’ll be frustrating at first but after awhile you’ll get used to the failure. Next time you respawn, make it easier on yourself by fetching the possessions off your dead body. As with games like Diablo, ARK will save your inventory after you die and once you revive, you can find your “old” body and grab the items you left behind. Be aware though that the body decomposes after a short time, and that predators or hostile creatures don’t always leave an area once they’ve killed you, meaning they may still pose a threat in the location where you died. It can also be hard to find your body once your character is randomly respawned in a zone so take note of any identifying landscape features.

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Punch the shit out of everything.

The first few minutes of ARK: Survival Evolved play out like Minecraft. Once you awake on the beach, there’s a clear order of operations you should follow. First walk over to the shoreline and spam the hell out of the E button until you collect a few rocks. Then walk over to a tree and punch it until it falls down. Repeat about 4 or 5 times, then use the materials you’ve collected to build a pickaxe. Once the pickaxe is made, walk over to a rock and hit it several times with the pickaxe until you have a nice stash of flint, then make an axe.

The five materials you need the most in this game are Thatch, Wood, Stone, Flint and Fiber. Thatch and Wood are both collected from trees, with the Pickaxe granting more Thatch over Wood, and vice versa for the Ax. The Pickaxe will also mine Stone and small amounts of Flint, while the Ax will net large amounts of Flint and some Stone. Fiber is picked up from the many bushes lining the beach and forest. When collecting Fiber, hit the E button and continue to pick materials until the entire bush dismantles.

Pick on the little guy—dodo birds.

Raw Meat and Hide are the next two vital materials you’ll need to improve your living conditions on the ARK. In the earlier stages of ARK, you won’t have the necessary weapons schematics (called Engrams, which are bought with points at every level) to take on anything stronger than the Dodo bird. It’s defenseless and can be killed with a few punches, and provides Raw Meat, a much better source of nutrition and healing than the many berries you can find in the bushes. The Hide can be used for more sophisticated weapons like the Slingshot and helpful tools like the Waterskin, or saved for clothing to protect you from the elements.

Where to build your home.

I’m fond of a little section of the map called South Zone 3. In that area there’s a cliff overlooking the shore that is well protected by foliage and large rocks obscuring you and your dinosaurs from other animals. As the fork of two intersecting rivers, it also provides enormous resources by keeping you in close proximity to key building materials.

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Get yourself a Trike.

South Zone 3 is also home to a number of Trikes (the Triceratops), which are the perfect dinosaur to tame if you’re crafting a permanent lair. Not only can they hold a lot of stored material, they can also knock down trees and bushes with their horns, allowing you to rapidly build up supplies of berries, Thatch, and seeds. Their horns are also fairly adequate when used for protection, and the Trike can generally hold their own against the smaller predator dinosaurs. They can also be easily tamed with a few Tranquilizing Arrows, but watch out using the Club, as a Trike can very quickly maul you to death.

Taming a Trike will also help with taming other dinosaurs and animals in that you can easily build up a stash of Mejoberries and Narcoberries, both of which are vital to the taming process.

Taming is hard, but necessary.

If you’re stuck twiddling your thumbs in ARK and find yourself without much to do, you should be taming and killing dinosaurs to level up and gain more Engrams. Start with herbivores or small carnivores, then work your way up as you gain more weapons and types of protection.

An animal or dinosaur needs to first be knocked out before you can tame them. This requires a weapon, usually something dull like the Wood Club. If you inflict too much damage, the beast will die instead of pass out, so try not to harm them excessively. Injury will also reduce the effectiveness of your taming, making the process slow or impossible to complete. Keep them intact as much as possible.

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Next you will need to give the sedated animal food to keep up their strength. You will gain their trust as they eat the food placed in their inventory. Narcoberries (which they will not eat voluntarily—use remotely while placed in the beast’s inventory) are necessary, and for herbivores you will need Mejoberries as well. Carnivores prefer Raw Meat, or sometimes, Spoiled Meat. Once the Taming progress bar is filled while they are in an unconscious state, they will be yours to command, however be aware that you will not be able to ride them until you make a proper saddle, and that requires both Engrams and Hide.

Narcoberries not only are used to sedate the beast so that you can earn their trust, but also to make Tranq arrows, which make the process go much faster (Tranq arrows also require spoiled meat, so hold on to that Raw Meat even after it’s gone bad!) Mejoberries meanwhile seem to be the favored berry by most herbivores. A Trike can also provide much-needed backup protection while you’re taming another dinosaur.

Protect your ass…ets.

Hostile or casually destructive players aren’t the only threat to your domicile out there in the ARK. If you piss off a particularly strong dinosaur or prehistoric beast, they have no qualms about destroying your house and belongings. I once got cornered by a Sarco and cowered in fear as I watched her destroy my entire Thatch hut before she killed me. So, while it’s not wise to venture too far from your den early on in the game, it’s also not wise to shit where you eat, figuratively speaking. Try to avoid starting a fight with a dangerous animal if they’re near your shelter. If they do get near your hut, try to lead them away. But don’t get too far—if they can’t find and attack you, they will figure out where your “nest” is and deliberately destroy that instead.

It will also help to build your home out of stronger materials and protect it with walls made of Stone, but that will come later in the game as you progress and purchase Engrams. If playing on a public server, you also need to lock all your items down, either with PIN numbers (as is the case with doors and chests) or with massive stone walls connected to locked doors. Especially do this with your water supply lines but be aware that it will also give away your location quickly to other players.

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Stay out of the water.

It may seem like a good idea to cut across a stream in the woods or walk along the shoreline poaching for Coel, but beware. There are Megapiranhas, Megalodons and Saber Toothed Salmon lurking everywhere, and since the water greatly slows down your movement speed, it’s difficult to escape them. They can surround and kill you quickly so be sure to take a peep underwater (preferably while wielding a Spear) before you dive in.

Press H for help.

On the right hand side of your screen there are several display icons. These will tell you the status of your character’s health. You must pay attention to their water and food intake, their Stamina (used for running and performing actions like chopping wood), their “Torpor” (a measure of general fatigue or weariness, caused by sustaining blows or other forms of damage; it will cause the player to pass out), their oxygen levels (primarily used during swimming) and their carry weight. For an overview of each, you can press the H while in-game to see the HUD.

Keep your hotkey bar organized.

As with most hotkey set-ups, find a dedicated spot for each of your most-crafted items, and stick to it. The ability to rapidly cycle through weapons and tools may save your life.

Respawn points.

There are none. That is, until you build a bed (which you will need to invest by putting points into the appropriate Engram). The sleeping bag can be used to fast travel to a location, but it is one-use only. A regular bed will make the spawn point permanent, however it is subject to a cool down rate once used. If fast traveling between two spawn points, you will also be required to drop all your items, so choose this option wisely.

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What should a beginner do in Ark? ›

Ark: Survival Evolved - Tips For Beginners
  • Stay away from the water. Once you begin your journey in Ark, you will likely be spawned near some water or on the beach itself. ...
  • Build a bed or two. ...
  • Spawn in the right spot. ...
  • Craft a Pickaxe. ...
  • Stay near the beach. ...
  • Avoid glowing dinos at all costs. ...
  • Tame a Dodo. ...
  • Build a modest base.
16 Jun 2022

What is the strongest Tameable creature in Ark? ›

1. Rex. It's difficult to start this list off with anything else but the apex predator of the dinosaurs. Rex is the most powerful of any dinosaur in Ark: Survival Evolved and is certainly worth the daunting task of taming it.

How long does it take to 100% Ark? ›

The estimated time to complete all 18 ARK: Survival Evolved achievements is 1-2 hours. This estimate is based on the median completion time from 2146 TrueAchievements members that have completed the game.

What is the most useful thing in Ark? ›

The Best Items In Ark: Survival Evolved
  • 8/10 Best: Rocket Launcher.
  • 7/10 Best: Pike.
  • 6/10 Best: Flak Armor.
  • 5/10 Best: Simple Pistol.
  • 4/10 Best: Bola.
  • 3/10 Best: Vault.
  • 2/10 Best: Mortar and Pestle.
  • 1/10 Best: Tek Replicator.
9 Jul 2021

Is Ark easier than rust? ›

Ark – Progression. When it comes to progression, Rust is clearly a much simpler and faster game.

What is the longest creature to tame in Ark? ›

The Titanosaur is a humongous beast but there is a downside to it: once tamed it doesn't eat, so it will live until it starves to death.

What is the easiest animal to tame in Ark? ›

Top 16 Creatures To Tame First In Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Fancy Dodo Pen. Dodos are about the easiest creatures to deal with on The Island. ...
  • Tamed lystrosaurus. ...
  • Chasing down dilos. ...
  • Carbonemys close up. ...
  • Dodo riding a parasaur. ...
  • Raptor attack. ...
  • galloping iguanadon. ...
  • dimorphodon and bolas.
25 Dec 2020

What is the largest predator in Ark? ›

With no natural predator, the Giganotosaurus is considered the apex predator of the Island with its strength and size.

How long is 1 hour in Ark? ›

Base time when value is 1 appears to be 1 minute real time equals approx. 28 minutes game time. Thus, for an approximate 24 hour day/night cycle in game, use . 035 for the value.

What happens after hitting 50 Lost Ark? ›

At some point after hitting level 50, you'll want to teleport to Trixion to talk to Beatrice and accept a quest to unlock your first Awakening ability as well as your class's final normal ability.

How long is 24 hours ark? ›

Useful tip for everyone: Ark's day and night cycle is 1 hour in real life (on normal settings). That means if you…

What's the rarest item in Ark? ›

The Phoenix is by far the rarest creature in all of ARK: Survival Evolved. Not only does just one spawn per map, but it will also need to be a heatwave for the mythical beast to appear. It will only ever appear on the Scorched Earth map, however it will re-spawn if the heatwave continues.

What is the ultimate goal of Ark? ›

In the game, players must survive being stranded on one of several maps filled with roaming dinosaurs, fictional fantasy monsters and other prehistoric animals, natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players.

What is the best pickaxe in Ark? ›

The Obsidian Pickaxe is the obsidian version of the Metal Pick. They both have a higher gathering speed than the stone version, but the Obsidian Pick is the primary way of gathering Claystone, Limestone, Coal, and Carbon.

What is the fastest thing in Ark? ›

Fast Creatures
  • Allosaurus.
  • Andrewsarchus.
  • Crystal Wyvern.
  • Enforcer.
  • Fjordhawk.
  • Phoenix.
  • Wyvern.

Is Ark kid friendly? ›

As long as your kid doesn't touch multi-player below the ages of 12-13 it's fine. Your kid most likely learned every curse word in the book by ages 9-10, regardless of parenting. In ARK you must learn to survive by adapting to your environment.

What is the easiest difficulty in Ark? ›

Easy Difficulty, where Creatures spawn at a level range of 1-30, excluding cave dwelling Creatures, and Experience is gained at 100% of the standard rate. Tamed Creatures can be a maximum level of 450.

How long does it take to level 1 50 Lost Ark? ›

Certain dungeons, raids, and more are accessible after a player has made it to the coveted level 50. It can take a bit of a grind to get there, however. Some players have spent dozens of hours moving through the game at their own pace, but the consensus is that it takes between 25 and 30 hours.

What should every Ark base have? ›

The essential items your starter base should have include:
  • Simple Bed.
  • Campfire.
  • Mortar and Pestle.
  • Cooking Pot.
  • Preserving Bin.
  • Storage Box.
  • Smithy.
  • Refining Forge.
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Is it faster to starve tame in Ark? ›

Other than reducing the risk of losing resources, starve taming has no other benefits. Starve taming will not affect the taming effectiveness, time, required food, or any post-tame stats.

What is the biggest flying dino in Ark? ›

Quetzalcoatlus is the largest flying animal yet found on the island. A gigantic, long-necked crested pterosaur, it dwarfs the much more common Pteranodon.

What is the biggest monkey in Ark? ›

The Gigantopithecus (jy-gan-toe-pith-i-kus) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

What is the best weapon to tame in Ark? ›

1/13 Longneck Rifle

This is one of the first modern weapons players craft in the game, but it doesn't mean it's dispensable in the future. It can also be used with tranq darts, making it a great asset for dino taming. Most fans love this because although it's cheap, it's very effective.

What animals Can u not tame in Ark? ›

  • Ammonite.
  • Corrupted Master Controller.
  • Crystal Wyvern Queen.
  • Deathworm.
  • King Titan.
  • Megapithecus.
  • Moeder.
  • Nameless.

What is the most Tameable animal? ›

Dogs. First on our list of the top 10 friendliest animals in the world is man's best friend – dogs.

What is the biggest egg in Ark? ›

The following Eggs have a size of Large:
  • Megalania Egg.
  • Megalosaurus Egg.
  • Moschops Egg.
  • Snow Owl Egg.
  • Spino Egg.
  • Tapejara Egg.
  • Titanoboa Egg.
  • Tropeognathus Egg.

Are there yetis in Ark? ›

With the introduction of the Snow Cave, a variant of Gigantopithecus was added: these Yetis have significantly higher base stats and are untameable. Because they spawn within a Hard Difficulty cave, they are also guaranteed to spawn at exceptionally high levels - anywhere up to 500!

How long is 90% day in Ark? ›

Days ending in 0-3 are 50/50, 4-6 is 90/10 day/night, 7-9 is 10/90 day/night.

Can you sleep in Ark at night? ›

Notes. Sleeping is not achievable in multiplayer. Sleeping may help you tame animals better by passing time without danger. However you can't sleep when a wild dangerous animal is untamed.

How long can you AFK in Ark? ›

The default timer of 15 minutes is the lowest you can set it to, but it maxes out at 60 minutes for those who need to stay away from their keyboards for a little longer.

What is 1st limit in Lost Ark? ›

In PvP, you must grind 66,791 XP to attain the 1st Limit, which is the needed XP for this tier. It's a lot simpler to say than it is to accomplish. In actuality, to reach the 1st Limit, you must be among the top 0.30 percent of your server's players.

Do choices matter in Lost Ark? ›

Much like deciding whether to sell Lost Ark's unused gear or dismantle it, the result is pretty much the same but changes how many steps it took to arrive at the outcome. No matter which choices a player makes in Lost Ark, there is an almost overwhelming amount of content to be enjoyed.

Do you get a free LVL 50 Lost Ark? ›

One of the main goals in Lost Ark is levelling your character to the max level. If you just started with Lost Ark, you might be falling a bit behind, but there is a free way for you to boost your character up to level 50. We can achieve this, by using the Powerpass.

How long is a Megalodon in Ark? ›

Appearance. Resembling nothing less than an oversized great white shark, Megalodon is the most common of the large, dangerous predators in the oceans of ARK. The ones in ARK appear to be based on the minimum estimates for the monster shark's maximum size (16m), which is still slightly above their estimated average size ...

Do generators work underwater ark? ›

It does not work if submerged.

What can damage a Tek generator? ›

It can only be damaged by:
  • Explosives (enemy and friendly fire)
  • Tek Rifle.
  • Titanosaurs.
  • Corrupted Creatures.
  • Mosasaur Tek Saddle lasers.
  • Rex Tek Saddle lasers.
  • Tapejara Tek Saddle lasers.
  • Megalodon Tek Saddle lasers.

Whats the biggest fish in Ark? ›

Leedsichthys conviviumbrosia is probably the largest fish in the waters around the island. Its meat is also extremely succulent, a surprise given its size. It is often traded with the same value as Prime Meat, and colloquially called 'Prime Fish'.

How rare are Ark Twins? ›

There is a 10% chance of twins, and a 2% chance of triplets. It has been confirmed that there is no creature in the game capable of affecting chances of mutations, twins and triplets.

Is there only 1 Unicorn per map in Ark? ›

Only one Unicorn spawn on all map! You can find them anywhere so if you find one grab it and tame it. Another one spawn only If you save your tamed Unicorn in Obelisk.

What is the point of a bed in Ark? ›

The Simple Bed is a structure that acts a spawn point and fast-travel location for players and their Tribes. Players can respawn here upon death, or fast-travel to and from it using another bed. Laying on a bed will heal faster than not.

What is the most liked Ark map? ›

1) The Island

The Island is hands-down the best map in ARK: Survival Evolved. It was the first map that came with the ARK: Survival Evolved base game. There are five large mountains in the north, and plain land in the south. And like Lost Island, there are three Obelisks that form a triangle on the map.

Is axe or pickaxe better for hide? ›

The most effective tool to harvest hide with is a Metal Hatchet or Chainsaw. Direwolf, Sabertooth, Therizinosaurus, or Thylacoleo make for good creatures to farm hide.

Is titanium drill or pickaxe better? ›

The Titanium Drill is a Hardmode drill, and is the drill alternative to the Titanium Pickaxe. Appearances and sounds aside, the two tools are nearly functionally identical. The drill, however is half a second faster. But, unlike pickaxes, most drills cannot be reforged with size, speed, or knockback modifiers.

Is cactus pickaxe better than Copper? ›

The Cactus Pickaxe is an early-game pickaxe. It has the same pickaxe power as the Copper and Tin Pickaxes, but is slightly slower in terms of mining speed.

What should I do first in Lost Ark? ›

Beginner's Tips and Strategies
  1. The Easiest and Most Difficult Classes to Play.
  2. Things to Do Early On.
  3. Good Crowd Control is a Must.
  4. Save Your Good Potions!
  5. Pay Attention to Skill Effects.
  6. Play the Hard Mode Dungeons.
  7. Remember to Hit the Triports!
  8. Don't Be Afraid to Try a New Class.
14 Mar 2022

What is the goal of ARK? ›

In the game, players must survive being stranded on one of several maps filled with roaming dinosaurs, fictional fantasy monsters and other prehistoric animals, natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players.

What should I eat at the beginning of ark? ›

The most nourishing Ark Survival Evolved food you can access early on is meat, obtained by killing animals on the island, and if you target smaller creatures such as the Dodo or Lystrosaurus then they should drop after a couple of weapon hits.

What is the best class in Lost Ark? ›

Best Lost Ark classes: PvE

Up in the S-tier are two Warrior classes: Berserker, and Gunlancer. They're accompanied once more by the Bard, and the Destroyer class has moved to the top in the most recent meta, thanks to its onslaught of attacks that deal powerful AoE damage.

Is it too late to start Lost Ark? ›

It's not too late, it's free & you don't NEED to pay. I've been enjoying it a lot. Don't worry about hitting top level gear ASAP just have fun. There will still be bots in lower levels.

What's the rarest thing in Ark? ›

The Phoenix is by far the rarest creature in all of ARK: Survival Evolved. Not only does just one spawn per map, but it will also need to be a heatwave for the mythical beast to appear. It will only ever appear on the Scorched Earth map, however it will re-spawn if the heatwave continues.

What happens when you reach level 100 in Ark? ›

Once you have reached this limit, you will not be able to level up anymore. On Ark Mobile, the maximum player level is 100, without the need to defeat Bosses. Creatures can level up 88 times. Once your creature has reached this limit, they will not be able to level up anymore.

What is the point of Ark single player? ›

You can create multiple survivors in one Single Player ARK, allowing you to learn all engrams in different characters, and do different jobs, eg. One character for crafting and harvesting, one for combat purposes.

What are the glowing things in Ark? ›

Obelisks are the massive, floating towers that emit light in ARK: Survival Evolved. They are also referred to as pillars, towers, arks, spires, or mega-beacons. At the beginning of your journey, no matter where you spawn, chances are high you'll spot them right away by simply looking around.

How do I survive my first night in Ark? ›

15 Tips For Surviving Your First Days In Ark: Survival Evolved
  1. 15/15 Craft A Few Beds.
  2. 14/15 Focus On Killing The Smaller Creatures.
  3. 13/15 Unlock Engrams.
  4. 12/15 Spawn In Safe Zones.
  5. 11/15 Adjust Your Server Options.
  6. 10/15 Watch Out For Dilos.
  7. 9/15 Go Easy On The Punching.
  8. 8/15 Start With A Pickaxe.
5 Jul 2021

What is the best taming food in Ark? ›

There's one foodstuff, however, that trumps all others during taming: Kibble. Kibble is made by mixing eggs and other ingredients in a Cooking Pot - and every creature in ARK has a favourite Kibble type, made from a specific egg.

What is the best thing to Fish with in Ark? ›

Leech Blood has the highest, followed by Honey and Sap is last. However, Honey can catch bigger Fish than Leech Blood. This means you should only use Honey for fish that are too large to catch with Leech Blood.


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