|This article is about Ascension as a game mechanic. For the cave you have to complete in order to ascend, see Tek Cave. For the Tribe mechanic on ARK: Mobile, see Tribe Ascension (Mobile).|
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If you want to experience the story ingame, you probably shouldn't continue reading on this page.
Ascension is the process of beating the last boss in ARK and ascending to the next level.
Ascension involves beating all the bosses, completing the Tek Cave (currently only available on The Island), and discovering the true nature of the ARK. After a Survivor has beaten the Overseer, they get transferred and uploaded to the tribunal storage, much like what you would do at an Obelisk. One can choose to download the character on the current ARK to continue playing with an additional 5, 10, or 15 maximum Levels depending on what difficulty one ascended off on, or one could go to another server and follow the way the story portrays.
Tek Cave[edit | edit source]
The Tek Cave, located in the Volcano, is the final cave of the game and completing it will allow the player to undergo ascension. To access the caves, you need the Broodmother, Megapithecus and Dragon trophies of the appropriate rank, which in turn require you to have already acquired all the artifacts (or fought the bosses with somebody who did). Ascensions above Gamma require you to also have the special drops from Alpha Predators.
Upon defeating Overseer, the survivor's Specimen Implant will change into their respective type after returning to Island, along with the additional prefix "(Difficulty) Ascension". This is also shown whenever any inventory is accessed.
Ascension on Aberration[edit | edit source]
With introduction to Aberration, additional levels can be gained for defeating Rockwell depending on its difficulty, located below the Grave of the Lost in its terminal (or in multiplayer servers at any of the damaged obelisk at surface as well as loot crates). To access the Arena, you need the three Artifacts (Artifact Of The Depths, Artifact Of The Shadows and Artifact Of The Stalker). Ascensions at Beta requires specific drops, and ascensions at Alpha require you to also have the three special drops from Alpha Predators.
Upon defeating Rockwell, the survivor's Specimen Implant will be mutated with their respective color icons depending on the difficulty (Green for Gamma, blue for Beta, and orange for Alpha) at upper-left corner of the implant, along with the additional prefix "(Difficulty) Aberrant" (If Tek Cave Ascension is completed, the text will appear at the right after the comma). The Aberrant light glow on the implant will show its respective pattern as well.
Ascension on Extinction[edit | edit source]
With Extinction being accessible through the Aberration Ascension, the plot thickens. To be able to access and defeat the King Titan, you have to find its terminal located at the Forbidden Zone. Unlike the other Bosses and like Overseer, the three Trophies of the Titans along with other drops are required. While there is no level requirement to activate the fight, it is recommended that one comes prepared, especially as the zone containing the terminal is teeming with Corrupted Creatures.
Upon defeating King Titan, the survivor's Specimen Implant is permanently removed, and in place, Homo Deus Record takes over the slot. Unlike previous Ascensions, the item remains the same regardless of the difficulty you faced, with only difference being the record labeled as "Gamma", "Beta" or "Alpha" based on the difficulty of the King Titan that was defeated. Unlike the other version, this does not give any additional level.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
You ascended off the ARK, at Gamma level!
You ascended off the ARK, at Beta Level!
You ascended off the ARK, at Alpha level!
- Awards Clown Mask Skin & Rex Bionic Costume
- Unlocks Hairstyles: Dreadlocks Hair & Dread Beard Facial Hair
ARK Code[edit | edit source]
A code can be seen during ascension, it can be decoded here. Input the ARK code in the input field below. Use the letters according to the following principle. Characters other than w, a, s, d or space are ignored.
- Four consecutive symbols are needed to encode one character. If you see less than a multiple of 4 characters, omit the incomplete group of four at the beginning or the end - wherever the image you try to decode is cut off. If the resulting text doesn't make sense, you can add 1 - 3 zeroes (a) at the beginning of the row to see if a shift gives a better result.
- Sometimes you will see the picture containing the code mirror-inverted. Use the S symbol as an indicator.
ARK Code Translations
Code translations during Ascension[edit | edit source]
- Before transfer
|ARK Transfer Panel
(Gamma ascension on single player)
|Experiment Group 4 Trial 6174
Observation Facility Transfer
Security Protocol: Gamma
- After transfer
|Dragon Panel||Fire Lizard
|Megapithecus Panel||Giant Ape
|Holo Banner||Prehistorical Species|
|Control Panel||Extra Hominid Preservation Record: Extinct|
|Holo Banner||Ancestral Records|
|Control Panel||Homo Sapiens Preservation Record: Extinct|
|Holo Banner||Homo Deus|
|Control Panel||Homo Deus Colonist Group 1327: Endangered|
Spotlight[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Each ascension is possible through admin commands on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
cheat playercommand Ascend1
cheat playercommand Ascend2
cheat playercommand Ascend3
- Aberration Gamma:
cheat playercommand AbAscend1
- Aberration Beta:
cheat playercommand AbAscend2
- Aberration Alpha:
cheat playercommand AbAscend3
- Extinction Gamma:
cheat playercommand EXTAscend1
- Extinction Beta:
cheat playercommand EXTAscend2
- Extinction Alpha:
cheat playercommand EXTAscend3
- Ascended characters cannot enter maps with item download disabled through character download without removing their gears first in another server.