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Biome Locations on The Island. Blue: Snow, Red: Redwood

Biomes are the different nature zones in the world of ARK Survival Evolved.

  • Biome Beach.jpg
    Beach
  • Biome Canyon.jpg
    Canyon
  • Biome River.jpg
    River
  • Biome Grasslands.jpg
    Grassland
  • Biome Swamp.jpg
    Swamp
  • Biome Jungle.jpg
    Jungle
  • Biome Redwood.png
    Redwood Forest
  • Biome Mountain.jpg
    Mountain
  • Biome Snow.jpg
    Snow
  • Biome Ocean.jpg
    Ocean
  • LavaBiome The Center.jpg
    Lava

Badlands Biome[edit | edit source]

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Beach Biome[edit | edit source]

Beach

Biome Beach.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Variable
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Mixed
Dangers: Suffocating.png Suffocation
Resources: Chitin.png Chitin, Fiber.png Fiber, Flint.png Flint, Stone.png Stone, Thatch.png Thatch, Wood.png Wood, and others depending on nearby biomes


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The beaches are the least dangerous part of the map. They contain the least of everything; they have the least threats, but the least resources. They are the home for Pteranodon.png Pteranodon, Carbonemys.png Carbonemys and various other creatures. The beach is a good place to start your survival, but resources can become scarce if you stay too long. It is adviseable to extend into the inner island for continuity of the game. Some parts of the map barely have a beach zone; others, specially close to bays, have an extended version. This biome is filled with palm trees, dead trees, driftwood, bushes and stones in the ground, making it a viable source of Wood.png Wood, Stone.png Stone and Berries.png Berries.

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Canyon Biome[edit | edit source]

Canyon

Biome Canyon.jpg
DLC:
Scorched Earth DLC.jpg
Climate:
Temperature:  ???
Precipitation:  ???
Resources: Stone.png Stone, Sand (Scorched Earth).png Sand


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Dunes Biome[edit | edit source]

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High Desert Biome[edit | edit source]

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River Biome[edit | edit source]

River

Biome River.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Variable
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Mixed
Creatures: Baryonyx.png Baryonyx, Giant Beaver.png Castoroides, Carbonemys.png Carbonemys, Coelacanth.png Coelacanth, Piranha.png Piranha, Salmon.png Sabertooth Salmon, Sarco.png Sarco, Spinosaur.png Spinosaur, and others depending on nearby biomes
Resources: Fiber.png Fiber, Flint.png Flint, Keratin.png Keratin, Metal.png Metal, Pelt.png Pelt, Stone.png Stone, Thatch.png Thatch, Wood.png Wood, and others depending on nearby biomes


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Although you might not consider it a Biome itself, rivers have their own uniqueness. They are a great source of Stone.png Stone and Flint.png Flint due the amount of rocks inside and at the margins of the river, as well as an invaluable source of water when in the mainland. The other materials available will depend on the Biomes it makes frontier with. The animals at the river will also depend on the other Biomes around, but some will only spawn at rivers, like Piranha.png Piranha, Sarco.png Sarcos and Spinosaur.png Spinosaurs. It's also possible to find Coelacanth.png Coelacanth—and closer to the ocean—Trilobite.png Trilobites. One animal found exclusively in rivers is the Casteroid, or Giant Beaver. Look for the tent-shaped dens that it leaves behind.

There are two main types of rivers, one with clear water and one with murky water. The latter is mostly located at high grounds and is more dangerous since it has very little visibility. It's also possible to find waterholes and bays that have a chance to spawn Sarco.png Sarco and Spinosaur.png Spinosaur, like a river.

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Grassland Biome[edit | edit source]

Grassland

Biome Grasslands.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Variable
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Mixed
Resources: Fiber.png Fiber, Flint.png Flint, Metal.png Metal, Stone.png Stone, Thatch.png Thatch, Wood.png Wood, and others depending on nearby biomes


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Grasslands do not contain the dangers of falling or hypothermia, but otherwise contain the same dangers from animals as mountains. Grasslands are home to Rex.png Rex, Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus and other predators. However, it is equal in its resource yield, unlike the Wood.png Wood and Berries.png Berries of the jungle, and the Metal.png Metal and Stone.png Stone of the mountains. Once you're prepared, it can be the ideal location for a base, due to flat terrain and resources. However, stone structures are recommended, as a Rex can devastate wood. Be sure to encase your base in walling/fencing as predators seem to roam the flat expanse.

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Swamp Biome[edit | edit source]

Swamp

Biome Swamp.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Burning.png Hot
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Ghillie Chestpiece.png Ghillie
Release Date:
September 28, 2015 (v216.0)


Overview[edit | edit source]

The swamp is home to the Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo and theDiplocaulus.png Diplocaulus, but also contains creatures like the Sarco.png Sarco and Titanoboa.png Titanoboa, and sometimes the occasional Spino. The dangerous Plant Species X also inhabits the swamp biome, allowing players to gather seeds to plant their own.
Swamps are a good source of Rare Mushroom.png Rare Mushrooms. They grow on trees and can be easily acquired by chopping them down. Rare Flower.png Rare Flowers and Plant Species X Seed.png Plant Species X Seed can be acquired by harvesting bushes. Some rare bushes provide Plant Species X Seeds in very high numbers.

The temperature in the swamp is rarely optimal; underwater tends to be freezing while the surface tends to be incredibly hot.

Considering the multitude of dangerous creatures that live here, players should be advised to remain away from this biome until they are confident in being able to defeat the creatures within. Almost every creature here employs blinding tactics in their attacks, which can turn the tide of battle if they land a successful attack. The Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo may chase a player mercilessly and group up to blind the player and ultimately render them unconscious. From there, any animal can come along to deal a death blow if the Beelzebufo do not finish the player off, which they likely will. Dilophosaur.png Dilo also roam. They can prove extremely dangerous, as they congregate in big clusters. They can easily dispatch beginners and cause problems for more advanced players.

If one is looking to escape the chaos on the land sections of the swamp by jumping into the water, they may want to reconsider. Titanoboa.png Titanoboa lay in wait in the water, and can strike without warning. Their attack may render the player unconscious and therefore leave him at the mercy of the creatures within the water. Piranha.png Piranha spawn in masses, swimming in the shallow water as they wait for unsuspecting victims to fall in. They can swarm quickly and kill efficiently. The Sarco.png Sarco can swim at extremely fast speeds in the water. If spotted, the player should bolt for land. For these reasons, any trek through the swamp should be quick as to avoid damage to the player and their steeds.

If a player has a high enough level dinosaur, going to the swamp to level may not be a bad idea. Killing the animals within rewards high XP. Titanoboa.png Titanoboa often(but not every time) have inventories when killed, some of which contain useful loot. As long as the player can handle the creatures within the swamp, it is a biome of immense wealth and opportunity. If you are unlucky you can find a Leech.png Leech which can infect you with Swamp Fever.png Swamp Fever.

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Jungle Biome[edit | edit source]

Jungle

Biome Jungle.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Variable
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Mixed
Dangers: Low Visibility, Alpha Rex.png Alpha Predators
Creatures: Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus, Dilophosaur.png Dilo, Dodo.png Dodo, Gigantopithecus Icon.png Gigantopithecus, Dragonfly.png Meganeura, Mesopithecus Icon.png Mesopithecus, Pachy Icon.png Pachycephalosaurus, Raptor.png Raptor, Scorpion.png Scorpion, Titanomyrma.png Titanomyrma, and others depending on nearby biomes
Resources: Fiber.png Fiber, Flint.png Flint, Stone.png Stone, Thatch.png Thatch, Wood.png Wood, and others depending on nearby biomes


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The jungle is filled with fast creatures, such as Raptor.png Raptor, Dilophosaur.png Dilophosaur, and Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus. It is also home to various herbivores and insects. Contrary to popular belief, these insects can be extremely deadly. Besides the obvious Scorpion.png Pulmonoscorpius, many new players do not see the threat in the Titanomyrma.png Titanomyrma and Dragonfly.png Dragonfly. The Titanomyrma spawn in small "squadrons" in the forest, and it is not uncommon for there to be many in a single area. Each squad consists of 2 flying soldiers and 3+ drones that crawl along the floor. They employ slowing and poisoning tactics on prey, which can catch unaware players completely off guard. The Dragonfly.png Meganeura make use of a dangerous spawning mechanic to overwhelm players of all levels. If a dead corpse of any animal is left in the area, Meganeura will appear and begin swarming the area, which often leads to a confrontation with the player. Thus, if a large battle is taking place, Meganeura will add yet more damage, especially if the player is fighting a swarm of them already. While both the Titanomyrma and Meganeura can be dispatched easily, they each employ their special mechanics to prove deadly against all players.

However, the jungle has an incredibly high concentration of Wood.png Wood, due to the large amount of trees; as well as a high concentration of Plants. Some will also have large concentrations of Stone.png Stone, due its proximity to mountains.

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Oasis Biome[edit | edit source]

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Redwood Forest Biome[edit | edit source]

Redwood Forest

Biome Redwood.png
Climate:
Temperature: Variable
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Mixed
Release Date:
June 23, 2016 (v243.0)
Dangers: Dangerous Heights, Alpha Rex.png Alpha Predators


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The Redwood Forests are similar to jungles, with many trees and a good amount of plants, and also feature redwood trees that cannot be destroyed, with wide trunks and high treetops. These trees will allow certain creatures to climb on them. These redwood trees also can have a special structure placed on them, the Wooden Tree Platform.png Wooden Tree Platform, allowing players to build bases off of the ground.

Threats include the Terror Bird, which is fast and can pursue and kill most early to midgame players when in a pack. Troodons and Microraptors also target players. Direbears can spawn here, and while they are only aggressive to player near to them, when accidentally aggroed they can be devastating. Thylacoleo wait, poised on the sides of the large redwood trees and can wrangle a flying mount to the ground, pinning the player. Always look upwards to avoid this. The very rare Titanosaur can spawn in this biome, and extreme precaution must be taken when around them. There are benefits to venturing into this gloomy environment however. Giant Bee hives can appear on the sides of the large redwood trees, wood is obviously abundant and the seldom-remembered Archaeopteryx glides between trees.

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On The Island, the redwood forests are located across the Redwood Forests region in the center of the map (also known as Deep Island) and Red Peak.

On The Center, the redwood forests will most likely be located on a brand-new island in the far southern ocean, according to its developer.[1]

Mountain Biome[edit | edit source]

Mountain

Biome Mountain.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Cold.png Cold
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Hide Shirt.png Hide
Dangers: Hypothermia.png Hypothermia, Dangerous Heights, Alpha Rex.png Alpha Predators


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Mountains are arguably the most dangerous part of the island. They are home to Rex.png Rex, Argentavis.png Argentavis, Giganotosaurus Icon.png Giganotosaurus and multiple other varied threats (like extreme temperatures). However, mountains hold the largest amount of Stone.png Stone, Flint.png Flint, Metal.png Metal, Crystal.png Crystal and Obsidian.png Obsidian. They are also an Alpha Predator spawn point and one of the only sources of Rare Mushroom.png Rare Mushroom, Rare Flower.png Rare Flower and Plant Species X Seed.png Plant Species X Seed. It is not recommended to live in this area, unless you can reach top of the mountains, where very few predators can reach you.

Rexs and Carnos usually patrol the basins between mountains, which means that any passage between will often lead to confrontation with them. Wild packs of vicious Raptors and Terror Birds patrol endlessly, eating anything they can get their mouths on. Sabertooths and Allosaurus packs also prowl the basins. The Giganotosaurus, the apex predator of ARK, calls this land home and will swiftly end any oblivious player's experience, but, alternatively, offers the most powerful biting force in the game to any player willing to tame it. As always, Argentavis flocks keep the airspace on lockdown and can sneak up on players when least expected. Traveling with more than one tame thorugh the mountain region can be life-saving, not only for the player but for the tames themselves. Although mostly all mountains are in the northern area, there are still some zones in the south that resemble a cross between a grassland and a mountain. In these zones there are less threats, but also less materials available.

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Snow Biome[edit | edit source]

Snow

Biome Snow.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Hypothermia.png Cold
Precipitation: Snow
Clothing: Fur Chestpiece.png Fur
Release Date:
September 28, 2015 (v216.0)
Dangers: Hypothermia.png Hypothermia, Blizzards, Dangerous Heights, Alpha Rex.png Alpha Predators


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In order to survive, the player must make several risky moves if they wish to establish a prominent hold within the snow biome. Due to the freezing temperatures, the environment can turn into more of a problem than the creatures. A good remedy to this problem is Fur Chestpiece.png Fur Armor, but this is crafted using Pelt.png Pelt, which is obtained from the animals living within the snow biome itself. Thus, the player will need to launch several "sting operations" into the biome in order to extract pelt. This can be aided by using a dinosaur that can carry animals like an Argentavis.png Argentavis. By grabbing the animals and bringing them back to safely kill them elsewhere, one can amass pelt safely, albeit slowly. A good tip for beginners is the fact that the Sabertooth.png Sabertooth does not drop pelt. All players, however, must note that the use of the Fur Armor is rendered useless if it becomes wet, but it will instantly dry outside of water.

One must also note the animals that live in the snow biome can pose dangers and opportunities. Sabertooth.png Sabertooth and Direwolf Icon.png Direwolves prowl the area constantly, keeping the snowy landscape on constant watch. In addition, the Daeodon clusters prove just as troublesome, but the latter can heal itself in combat. The only prominent dinosaur here is the Rex.png Rex, which can keep players on lock-down for a long period of time, so confrontation is best left avoided. The Rexes here hunt actively and suffer no consequences from the cold, which means they are just as dangerous as the ones on the main island. They are best given a wide berth. Keep in mind that Giganotosaurus Icon.png Giganotosaurus can spawn high on the mountains. Such a creature can devastate any intruders in an extremely quick motion. Unfortunately, nothing can save a player from being pounced upon by a Purlovia, unless they manage to spot the mound in the ground before they are knocked off their mount and paralyzed.

If the creatures on the ground haven't provided enough danger for the player, the air is home to Argentavis.png Argentavis by the masses, and they will swoop down to attack unsuspecting players. The ones that spawn here tend to be higher level as well, which proves challenging when facing a swarm. Despite the dangers, the snow biome can be very beneficial. Mammoth.png Mammoths roam in herds within the forest, and taming one secures a lasting source of Wood.png Wood. Kairuku.png Kairuku drop Organic Polymer.png Organic Polymer, which is one form of Polymer.png Polymer that can be used to make Ghillie Chestpiece.png Ghillie and SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA Armor sets.

If a player considers the pros and cons of the region, they can plan ahead and become very successful within the snow biome.

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On The Island to the North/Northwest, one will find Whitesky Peak, Winter's Mouth, and their snow-covered slopes. The coast is lined with icebergs and Kairuku as well as treacherous cliffs.

To the west of The Center are two snowy mountains (North and South Snowy Mountain) divided by the Floating Island and Swamps. To the far west of these mountains lie the Snowy Grasslands, which bear many similarities to the Snow Biome with a few differences: the snowy grasslands are textured differently and without snow-cover, and they are slightly warmer than their mountainous counterparts. This does not mean it poses less of a danger. If anything, swarming creatures can gather in even larger swarms and sweep an entire group of tames off their feet should the player attempt to pit their convoy against the swarm.

Ocean Biome[edit | edit source]

Ocean

Biome Ocean.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Hypothermia.png Cold
Precipitation: None
Clothing: SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA
Resources: Angler Gel.png Angler Gel, Black Pearl.png Black Pearl, Chitin.png Chitin, Crystal.png Crystal (in underwater caves), Flint.png Flint, Oil.png Oil, Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls, Stone.png Stone
Plants: None


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The ocean can be more dangerous than any other biome if you aren't prepared. The oceans are filled with prowling Megalodon.png Megalodon. Around underwater caves, Plesiosaur.png Plesiosaur can also be a threat. If you are near a lake opening into the ocean, you can also be attacked by Piranha.png Piranha and possibly Sarco.png Sarco. The danger is increased by the lack of oxygen and the difficulty you may experience deep under the water of getting back to the surface, as well as the lower temperatures. This danger can be mitigated by using SCUBA Gear. However, the ocean is resource rich, especially in and around its multiple underwater caves. Trilobite.png Trilobite are the best creature to hunt in the ocean, as they can drop most of these resources. Super-predators like the Mosasaurus and Tusoteuthis prowl the deepest parts, offering intense power to players seeking to tame them. As per most biomes, small swarms of creatures keep player on their toes. In the ocean, Electrophorus and Cnidaria will attempt to paralyze the player, potentially knocking them out. This is highly unfortunate because any tame would be paralyzed as well, leaving player and tame powerless and at the mercy of the ocean. The best counter to this is the Basilosaurus, arguably the best sea-faring mount in the game. It is immune to the electrical attacks and has powerful fighting capabilities, but cannot dip below a certain water depth. In summary, the sea acts as an entire different environment with its own rules. Increase your chance of survival by bringing a mount.

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Lava Biome[edit | edit source]

Lava

LavaBiome The Center.jpg
DLC:
The Center DLC.jpg
Climate:
Temperature: Burning.png Hot
Precipitation: Rain
Clothing: Ghillie Chestpiece.png Ghillie
Release Date:
May 17, 2016 (v241.0)
Dangers: Burning.png Hyperthermia, Fire, Lava, Dangerous Heights, Alpha Rex.png Alpha Predators


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The Lava Biome is unique to the DLC: The Center. It is located to the far north on the expansive Lava Island with twin volcanoes, the nearby Half-Burnt and Scorched Island to the east, and Skull Island further south. The lava biome is a difficult place to survive with its harsh temperatures, dangerous predators, lack of basic resources and plant life, and of course, molten lava. There is no shortage of lava flows, un-contained fires, and smoldering calderas in the lava biome. Scorched trees can be directly harvested for Charcoal, and several large water sources provide haven for Piranhas and Spinos.

Basic resources will have to be imported from the islands to the south, however the rims of the volcanoes are lined with large quantities of Metal, Crystal, and Obsidian. The water sources also contain Oil and Silica Pearls.

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