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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.

Currently, 20 Artifacts exist in the game, however only 10 of them can be obtained without using cheats on The Island, 11 on The Center and Ragnarok, 3 on Scorched Earth, 3 on Aberration, 3 on Extinction, and 10 on Valguero.

On ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, Artifacts can be Tributed at Obelisks for loot.

Obtainable Artifacts[edit | edit source]

Artifacts exclusive in Scorched Earth Scorched Earth Icon.png[edit | edit source]

Artifacts exclusive in Aberration Aberration Icon.png[edit | edit source]

Artifacts exclusive in Extinction Extinction Icon.png[edit | edit source]

Artifacts exclusive in The Center The Center Icon.png & Ragnarok Ragnarok Icon.png[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.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Artifact Archaeologist.jpg
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Artifact Archaeologist

Personally retrieved all the Artifacts.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Artifacts are used to summon boss monsters at the Obelisks or placed on a Artifact Pedastal for decoration.
    • More than one kind of artifact (Excluding Tek Cave) is required to start any of the boss on most of the map. However, Extinction boss only require one of such artifact (which is spawned at the same location as where the terminal would be) along with other tributes to summon them.
  • 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. It might appear after a while waiting in that area.