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There are two types of caves that can be found in ARK: Progression Caves and Resources Caves, the latter being found underwater on The Island and most regions of Ragnarok. Some are easy to explore, others extremely difficult. If you survive the dangers of the caves, however, they each contain a variety of resources to obtain.

Progression Caves[edit | edit source]

The Island Caves:

  • CaveC.jpg
    Artifact of the Clever.png Central Cave
  • CaveNW.jpg
    Artifact of the Skylord.png North West Cave
  • CaveLS.jpg
    Artifact of the Hunter.png Lower South Cave
  • CaveNE.jpg
    Artifact of the Devourer.png North East Cave
  • CaveUS.jpg
    Artifact of the Pack.png Upper South Cave
  • Lava Cave.jpg
    Artifact of the Massive.png South East Cave
  • CaveSwamp.jpg
    Artifact of the Immune.png Swamp Cave
  • CaveSnow.jpg
    Artifact of the Strong.png Snow Cave
  • The Caverns of Lost Hope.jpg
    Artifact of the Cunning.png Caverns of Lost Hope
  • The Caverns of Lost Faith.jpg
    Artifact of the Brute.png Caverns of Lost Faith
  • Tek Cave Inside2.jpg
    Overseer.png Tek Cave

Locations[edit | edit source]

Difficulty: Green = Standard; Red = Hard; Cyan = Standard Underwater; Blue = Hard Underwater.


Cave Artifact Lat Lon X Y Z Loot Crate Lvl
Central Clever 41.5 47.1 -23038 -67442 -9 10
North West Skylord 19.3 19.0 -247569 -245067 -11330 40, 55
Lower South Hunter 80.2 53.5 28709 242292 -13245 10
North East Devourer 14.8 85.4 283225 -281474 -13441 25, 55
Upper South Pack 68.2 56.2 49630 145933 -13404 10, 25
South East Massive 70.5 86.0 288663 164598 -14126 10, 40
Swamp Cave Immune 62.7 37.3 -101583 101617 -5167 25, 40, 70
Snow Cave Strong 29.4 31.9 -144083 -164621 24 25, 40, 55
Caverns of Lost Faith Brute 53.6 10.5 -315928 29403 -41974 50, 60, 70
Caverns of Lost Hope Cunning 45.9 88.9 303017 -29089 -33983 50, 60, 70
Tek Cave 43.1 39.1 -87011 -54601 33489

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Note that the Hard Caves spawn creatures at extremely high levels (often exceeding 250), and that these creatures are untameable. Creatures within the Caverns of Lost Faith are also untameable, but spawn at standard levels.

Terrestrial Entrances
Underwater Entrances

Resource Caves[edit | edit source]

Disambig.png Resource Caves are referred to as "Underwater Caverns" in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile

Cavern: A cave, or a chamber in a cave, typically a large one.


There are currently 12 Resource Caves on The Island, and are all found underwater. These caves can often be difficult to find, but often contain a dense collection of Silica Pearls and Oil, although the latter of which provide less oil than nodes found elsewhere in the game. The only indication of the position from the surface is a small flow of bubbles, appearing as a thin white line. On lower graphics settings, a grey box can be seen on the ocean floor from the surface around the cave's entrance.

The entrances to the resource caves also appears to be a spawn location for pairs of Plesiosaurs, who tend to linger in the area, as well as a singular Mosasaurus, which in turn tend to linger near to the Plesiosaurs.


The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Resource Cave Locations


Lat Lon X Y Z
01 16.0 10.4 -316800 -272000 -37010
02 10.2 21.8 -225600 -318400 -41500
03 10.5 39.9 -80800 -316000 -41800
04 08.0 90.1 320800 -336000 -45000
05 36.2 91.1 -311200 800 -45300
06 50.1 11.1 334400 22400 -42560
07 52.8 91.8 -320000 266400 -45500
08 83.3 10.0 -291200 327200 -42000
09 90.9 13.6 -291200 327200 -45900
10 90.1 36.7 -106400 320800 -45000
11 90.7 71.4 171200 325600 -45000
12 87.1 90.2 321600 296800 -44800
Creatures
Resources

The Center Caves:

  • South East Cave (The Center).jpg
    Artifact of the Immune.png Jungle Cave
  • North Ice Cave Room2a.jpg
    Artifact of the Clever.png Artifact of the Devourer.png North Ice Cave
  • South Ice Cave TC.jpg
    Artifact of the Skylord.png South Ice Cave
  • West Lava Cave (The Center).jpg
    Artifact of the Hunter.png West Lava Cave
  • East Lava Cave (The Center).jpg
    Artifact of the Massive.png Artifact of the Strong.png East Lava Cave
  • SE Trench TC.jpg
    Artifact of the Brute.png Southeastern Trench
  • The Center Cave Inside.jpg
    Artifact of the Devious.png The Center Cave
  • Cliffside Cavern (The Center).jpg
    Artifact of the Cunning.png Cliffside Cavern
  • UW TC.jpg
    Artifact of the Pack.png Underground World


Locations[edit | edit source]

Difficulty: Green = Standard; Red = Hard; gray = unknown difficulty; Cyan = Standard Underwater


Cave Artifact Lat Lon X Y Z Loot Crate Lvl
West Lava Hunter 15.8 50.5 -44160 -139351 -10250 ?
South Ice Skylord 60.0 22.5 -312960 284261 -4150 ?
East Lava Massive, Strong 11.2 67.4 118080 -183437 -2500 ?
North Ice Clever, Devourer 18.7 29.7 -243840 -111557 8000 ?
Southeastern Trench Brute 69.1 92.2 356160 371475 -120000 ?

Jungle Cave[edit | edit source]

Entrances Lat Lon X Y Z
Land 54.2 62.7 72960 228647 -3750
Ruins 46.3 63.1 76800 152961 -13550
Flyer-accessible 52.5 67.7 120960 212381 -3500
Underwater River 45.0 64.0 85440 140501 -19000
Ocean 50.8 71.3 155520 196088 -14500

The Center Cave[edit | edit source]

Entrances Lat Lon X Y Z
Top 35.9 34.4 -198720 53287 -4700
Beneath 1 40.3 31.1 -230400 95456 -25000
Beneath 2 36.4 35.0 -192960 58079 -25000

Cliffside Cavern[edit | edit source]

Entrances Lat Lon X Y Z
Flyer 36.0 2.0 -509760 54245 -61150
Land 1 58.1 12.8 -406080 266051 -53900
Land 2 21.0 13.5 -399360 -89514 -63700

Underground World[edit | edit source]

Entrances Lat Lon X Y Z
Flyer-accessible 34.9 65.8 102720 43703 4000
Ruins 1 34.3 53.3 -17280 37952 -13900
Ruins 2 53.5 53.8 -12480 221965 -10750
Underwater River 1 32.7 64.1 86400 22618 -16000
Underwater River 2 44.2 58.0 27840 132834 -16000
Underwater Ocean 66.1 51.7 -32640 343296 -45000

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Missing.

Small Caves[edit | edit source]


The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Small Cave Locations


Lat Lon X Y Z
01 29.7 54.0 -10560 -6134 ?
02 26.1 64.7 92160 -40636 ?
03-1 26.8 65.8 102720 -33927 ?
03-2 26.4 67.0 114240 -37761 ?
04 29.1 61.3 59520 -11884 ?
05 29.9 63.1 76800 -4217 ?
06 35.1 67.4 118080 45620 ?
07-1 33.5 52.3 -26800 30285 ?
07-2 33.3 50.0 -48960 28369 ?
08 38.5 64.3 88320 78205 ?
09 40.3 60.9 55680 95457 ?
10 40.9 57.9 26800 101207 ?
11 42.6 56.6 14400 117500 ?
12 46.9 14.0 -394560 158711 ?
13-1 89.4 38.5 -159360 566031 ?
13-2 96.9 38.6 -158400 637911 ?
14 82.5 53.5 -15360 499901 ?
15 94.2 68.7 130560 612034 ?

Scorched Earth Caves:

  • Grave of the Tyrants Interior ScE.jpg
    Artifact of the Crag (Scorched Earth).png Grave of the Tyrants
  • The Old Tunnels Catacomb ScE.jpg
    Artifact of the Gatekeeper (Scorched Earth).png Old Tunnels
  • Ruins of Nosti Void ScE.jpg
    Artifact of the Destroyer (Scorched Earth).png Ruins of Nosti

Locations[edit | edit source]

Green = Standard Difficulty


Cave Artifact Lat Lon X Y Z Loot Crate Lvl
Grave Of The Tyrants Crag 28.5 29.4 -164800 -172000 15700 ?
Old Tunnels Gatekeeper 58.8 47.9 -16800 70400 -15100 ?
Ruins Of Nosti Destroyer 77.9 75.7 205600 223200 -15100 ?

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Note that Achatina spawn as high-levelled, untameable variants, similar to the creatures found within The Island's Swamp and Snow caves.

Ragnarok Caves: This page only lists the Dungeons and Important Caves of Ragnarok. For a list of all caves in Ragnarok please visit this page: Caves (Ragnarok)

  • The Monkey's Puzzle (Ragnarok).jpg
    Artifact of the Strong.png The Monkey's Puzzle
  • Fallen Redwood Cave (Ragnarok).jpg
    Artifact of the Brute.png Fallen Redwood Cave
  • Carnivorous Caverns (Ragnarok).jpg
    Artifact of the Cunning.png Artifact of the Immune.png Carnivorous Caverns
  • Ragnarok Jungle Dungeon.jpg
    Artifact of the Hunter.png Lava Elemental.png Jungle Dungeon
  • Ragnarok Frozen Dungeon.jpg
    Artifact of the Pack.png Iceworm Queen.png Frozen Dungeon
  • LifesLabyrinth (Ragnarok).jpg
    Artifact of the Skylord.png Artifact of the Devious.png Artifact of the Massive.png Artifact of the Clever.png LifesLabyrinth

Locations[edit | edit source]

Green = Standard; Red = Hard; gray = unknown difficulty


Cave Artifact Lat Lon X Y Z Loot Crate Lvl
The Monkey's Puzzle Strong 24.6 25.0 -327500 -332740 ? N/A
Fallen Redwood Brute 36.0 77.0 353700 -183400 ? ?
Jungle Dungeon Hunter 18.7 27.8 -290820 -410030 ? ?
Frozen Dungeon Pack 30.9 37.8 -159820 -250210 ? ?
Carnivorous Caverns Cunning,Immune 17.7 42.4 -99560 -423130 ? ?
LifesLabyrinth Skylord, Devious, Massive, Clever 51.6 77.5 360250 20960 ? ?

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Note that all creatures inside these caves are high-leveled, untameable variants, similar to the creatures found within The Island's Swamp and Snow caves.

Extinction Caves:

  • Blank.png
    Artifact of Chaos (Extinction).png Desert Titan.png Desert Cave
  • Extinction Forest Cave middle section.jpg
    Artifact of Growth (Extinction).png Forest Titan.png Forest Cave
  • Ice cave 4.jpg
    Artifact of the Void (Extinction).png Ice Titan.png Ice Cave

Locations[edit | edit source]

Green = Standard; Red = Hard; gray = unknown difficulty


Cave Artifact Lat Lon X Y Z Loot Crate Lvl
Desert Cave Chaos 87.4 70.4 163200 299200 ? ?
Forest Cave Growth 11.8 39.3 -85600 -305600 ? ?
Ice Cave Void 20.3 62.2 97600 -237600 ? ?

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

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Surface Caves[edit | edit source]

These are general cave tips. For tips on specific caves, please visit their individual pages.

  • Take Stimberry.png Stimberry or better yet Stimulant.png Stimulants and Water Jar.png Water Jars or if you are a high enough level Canteen.png Canteen. Some progression caves require multiple Canteen.png Canteens.
  • Hide or Fur armor is helpful for many, but not all caves. Chitin is great if you have an available Smithy.
  • Set up a small base at the beginning of a cave with a Simple Bed.png Simple Bed and a chest with tools, weapons, armor, a Smithy.png Smithy and a Refining Forge.png Refining Forge. If possible, in single player you can use a Argentavis.png Argentavis as a smithy IN the cave. Or on multiplayer you can use a Giant Beaver.png Castoroides
  • Most of the creatures found in caves are mostly non-tamable (mostly Achatina.png Achatina), except for a few cases or caves such as Megalosaurus.png Megalosaurus, Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle or Glowtail.png Glowtail.
  • Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hooks are useful for avoiding creatures, getting a good vantage point, and to not have to bring foundations and ceilings to bridge gaps. However, not all caves will permit its uses.
  • In some caves that are very tough, one may use a Auto Turret.png Auto Turret on Wild Creatures to clear the cave to make it easier. However, be mindful as some respawn area will immediately respawn creatures the instant the area is brought to stasis.
  • Flyers brought into the cave under any method will not be mountable, even with saddle.
  • Aberration Climbing Pick (Aberration).png Climbing Pick Aberration Icon.pngs and Glider Suit Skin (Aberration).png Glider Suit Aberration Icon.png are also a big help even though all caves can be traversed without these.
  • Extinction Cryopod (Extinction).png Cryopod Extinction Icon.png allows bringing of creatures into previously inaccessible area due to the opening of the caves. However, some creatures that are too big to fit inside will not be released out of the cryopod, or will be too big to advance anywhere.

Underwater Caves[edit | edit source]

  • Lazarus Chowder will decrease the needed Oxygen while underwater and allow you to dive for longer times, making it easier to find the entrance. A SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA Tank or a powered Tek Helmet.png Tek Helmet could also help with this, then no oxygen is ever needed!
  • Riding a Megalodon can help against other Sharks and allows you a very quick movement in the Water. They are also a good way to spot the bubbles from the surface. In an earlier version, there seemed to be a problem with taking your Shark into the Cave. However, Megalodons can now enter the underwater caves without issue .
  • If you have a Tribemate with a Pteranodon or Argentavis, he or she can transport you directly to the location of the cave and drop you down, avoiding most of the swim, and with that, most of the Megalodons on the way to the cave. Once finished the Pteranodon or Argentavis can pick you up again from the water surface. This is also a very resource friendly method, as it allows you to go down with minimum armor and weapons, as fighting can be reduced to a minimum. That way, the loss of dying is less of a setback. This method does, however, require you to have found the entrance beforehand.
  • Riding a Sarco allows you to use a single mount as he can move quick in both water and ground. Moreover, it's faster than a Megalodon, has near instant stamina regeneration under water and can fit in most underwater caves, making it safer while gathering resources.
  • As of patch 246, Eurypterids can spawn in groups (3-5 at once) in even small underwater caves. Be prepared to deal with their stings!
  • Extinction Cryopod (Extinction).png Cryopod Extinction Icon.png allows bringing of creatures into previously inaccessible area due to the opening of the caves. However, some creatures that are too big to fit inside will not be released out of the cryopod. Care for the Cryo Cooldown though (due to possible constant uses), as wild dinos inside the caves that are aggressive will still attack dino under Cryo Sickness, which will result in a swift death due to damage multiplier towards dino under that state.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is a large flat faced rock that looks like it could be a cave entrance on the South haven island cliff face. Could be another cave in the future.
  • Building a base in an underwater cave will stop resource spawning in that cave.
  • In the North Ice Cave on The Center, one of the two parts (the part with the Artifact of the Devourer) of the cave's crystal nodes are invisible (can still be farmed normally with a pick).
    • This is especially detrimental when trying to get to one of the places that spawns a loot crate, which is along a long, thin corridor that is littered with spiders, wolves, sabertooths, and Yetis (possibly one of the most concentrated areas of aggressive creatures in the game).
    • These nodes can block movement, bullets, arrows, etc. but can be helpful as it blocks some creatures against walls, while other nodes can act as walls, allowing you to be unseen as long as it is between you and a creature.
  • When holding the “H” key, you can see that each cave has its own location. The Tek Cave is “The Belly of the Beast.” The South East cave is “Lava Cave.”
  • In Aberration, there was supposedly a fourth cave planned, but was eventually scrapped after the DLC is released. The names still exist in the database, however. This makes it the first and only official cave to not be implemented into the official DLC map.