Artifacts are special items in ARK: Survival Evolved that can be found in Caves around the ARK. They can be found in a loot-crate at the end of the cave, and obtaining them can be fairly dangerous. Currently, their only use is to summon the bosses. They can also be placed on Artifact Pedastals for decoration purposes.
There are 20 Artifacts in the game, however not all of them are available on every map. 10 of the Artifacts are available on The Island, The Center, Ragnarok, and Valguero. The Center and Ragnarok both have one additional Artifact (for a total of 11). Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction each have 3 Artifacts exclusive to those maps (and do not have any of the other Artifacts). Cheats can be employed to gain an Artifact on a map where it is not available through normal play.
Artifacts Common to The Island, The Center, Ragnarok, and Valguero[edit | edit source]
Artifact Exclusive to The Center & Ragnarok [edit | edit source]
Artifacts Exclusive to Scorched Earth [edit | edit source]
Artifacts Exclusive to Aberration [edit | edit source]
Artifacts Exclusive to Extinction [edit | edit source]
Unused Artifacts[edit | edit source]
The Artifact of the Lost was added to the game files with the Aberration DLC but is not in use.
Removed Artifacts[edit | edit source]
These Artifacts used to be in the game but were removed from the game files.
Personally retrieved all the Artifacts.
- Personally retrieving all of the obtainable artifacts will award the "Artifact Archaeologist" achievement.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Artifacts are used to summon boss monsters at the Obelisks or placed on a Artifact Pedastal for decoration.
- V254.0 changed that only humans can carry artifacts. But the Otter (introduced in v267.0) can also hold artifacts, even multiple of the same type.
- In Singleplayer, artifacts are set to respawn after 30 minutes (since v260.0). It is also possible that it is not at its expected place when teleporting using setplayerpos command to its coordinates or the player conquered the cave too fast. It might appear after a while waiting in that area.