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ARKs are space stations posing as artificial, self-sustainable environments in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Currently, there are 7 official ARKs, 3 of which are canon and 4 of which are non-canon, as well as 2 additional maps:

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Lore[edit | edit source]

In the 22nd century, The United Republic of Earth (URE) and the Terran Federation (Feds), two identical futuristic super powers on Earth, launched a full-scale Tek war to see who is the better faction. However, both sides ended up weakening themselves and Element, a substance both used during their war, had grown to critical masses and alarming growth rates.

ARKs are space stations intended to house living organisms such as Humans, Creatures, and Plants. These ARKs were sent up prior to a global-level extinction event in which Element wiped out the Humans.

ARKs are powered by the Obelisks, and each ARK contains at least one Guardian.

When a certain signal is given from the Earth through a strange Tek machine via a Specimen Implant, this causes all ARKs to slowly descend onto earth, forming a giant seed that blooms over the Earth's wasteland, turning it into a blooming environment that it once was before the global-level extinction event, and eventually rid the raw, corrupt Element that has overgrown over it.

Homo Deus[edit | edit source]

Homo Deus are beings created to watch over the ARKs. According to HLNA, they are energy-based beings who live in another reality and were an option of escape for humanity. The Homo Deus were instead integrated into the ARKs. These beings can rarely resurrect Humans. A noteable one, The One Who Waits/Helena, guides the survivor through The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration to Extinction. With Element prolonging the ARK's time in orbit, this caused the Homo Deus to lose themselves. Helena is the last Homo Deus whose mind hasn't crumbled yet. While being all powerful and all-knowing, Homo Deus have other abilities:

  • Being able to see the entire universe behind what Helena describes to be a pane of glass
  • Can see millions upon millions of images in the highest detail possible.
  • Overall, their ability to see so much at the same time helped those who built the ARKs.
  • Have power that tends to the ARKs in which all of them share to balance all of them.
  • Can interact with the physical world by touching survivor's minds and making things to help them. Helena leading Diana Altaras to Mei Yin and making HLNA are perfect examples.
  • Have the ability to be present in many places at once.
    • After Helena ascended to Homo Deus, Helena had been present in many places at once
      • Helena doesn't know how much time has passed while testing on survivors in the ARKs so they can cheat death.
      • Helena has been guiding Mei Yin and Diana to Arat Prime.
      • Helena had been guiding the player all the way down to Extinction.
      • Helena appears in front of the survivor and somewhere else on Earth where the sun is rising since the player sees the sun is setting.

Unexpectedly, once a survivor kills the King Titan, the Homo Deus granted that survivor their status to become a Homo Deus for their actions even though the One Who Waits or Helena says they closed the gate to Homo Deus a long time ago.

In Genesis, HLNA notices that the Homo Deus technically don't exist in the physical world anymore and have their own plane of reality, a reality Helena describes that few can ever reach. Even Helena suddenly disappeared for an unknown reason.

Genesis Simulation[edit | edit source]

Even though the Genesis Simulation was virtual, it served as a firm foundation of the ARKs. Many of the technology and creatures in the virtual world were soon adopted by those who built the ARKs. It also shows the origins of the dinosaurs on the ARKs: a virtual animal test subject that the ARK creators decided to add to the ARKs. The dinosaurs in the Genesis Simulation had no primal instincts wired in their brains, explaining their unwavering obedience to humans once they become tamed.

Proto-ARKs[edit | edit source]

Proto-ARKs can be found on Extinction and are prototype ARKs. Unlike the environments that were sent up into space, Human and Creatures can freely enter and leave the Proto-ARKs. When entering or leaving, a de-materialization effect will occur. They also have a prototype obelisk in their center that powers the ARK.

3 Proto-ARKs can be found throughout Extinction, two of which are operational:

The Crater Forest was a failed experiment. This underground forest was formerly an operational, forest-themed Proto-ARK but sunk into the ground. It seems to have no borders. This implies that the ARKs need a boxed in area.

The Desert Dome was an experiment that had improvements since the ARK now has a metal ring, a circular area, but has a massive hole and some ARK structures being exposed. This might imply that the ARKs need solid ground that has very few cave systems underneath it.

The Snow Dome was an experiment that might be the foundation of all the ARKs since it has no exposed structures, few cave systems, and holes. Now all that is left for building the ARKs is making the barrier far sturdier so survivors can't exit, more, larger obelisks to power the ARK, a wider area for the ARK and systems that can carve, and move the chunk of land up and safely down orbit.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "ARK" is a reference to Noah's Ark, a vessel that preserves life, according to theologists.
  • On the island after you defeat the last boss you enter Ascension and during the cut-scene you can see many arks while traveling, ultimately reaching Scorched Earth.
  • According to HLNA, the ARKs were one of the many solutions for escape from the Element corruption and war. They were the main option humans chose to escape, while the other solutions were the Genesis Program and Homo Deus.

References[edit | edit source]