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There are two types of caves that can be found in ARK: Progression Caves and Resources Caves, the latter being exclusively found underwater on The Island. Some are easy to explore, while others are extremely difficult to explore. 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 10.1 ? ? ?
02 10.2 21.8 ? ? ?
03 10.4 39.5 ? ? ?
04 07.9 90.1 ? ? ?
05 36.3 91.5 ? ? ?
06 50.5 11.2 ? ? ?
07 52.7 91.9 ? ? ?
08 83.0 09.9 ? ? ?
09 90.8 13.0 ? ? ?
10 89.8 36.8 ? ? ?
11 90.3 71.3 ? ? ?
12 87.1 90.2 ? ? ?
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
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 ? ? ?
Ruins 1 34.3 53.3 -17280 37952 -13900
Ruins 2 53.5 53.8 ? ? ?
Underwater River 1 32.7 64.1 ? ? ?
Underwater River 2 44.2 58.0 ? ? ?
Underwater Ocean 66.1 51.7 ? ? ?

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 ? ? ?
02 26.1 64.7 ? ? ?
03-1 26.8 65.8 ? ? ?
03-2 26.4 67.0 ? ? ?
04 29.1 61.3 ? ? ?
05 29.9 63.1 ? ? ?
06 35.1 67.4 ? ? ?
07-1 33.5 52.3 ? ? ?
07-2 33.3 50.0 ? ? ?
08 38.5 64.3 ? ? ?
09 40.3 60.9 ? ? ?
10 40.9 57.9 ? ? ?
11 42.6 56.6 ? ? ?
12 46.9 14.0 ? ? ?
13-1 89.4 38.5 ? ? ?
13-2 96.9 38.6 ? ? ?
14 82.5 53.5 ? ? ?
15 94.2 68.7 ? ? ?

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 The 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 29.3 ? ? ? ?
The Old Tunnels Gatekeeper 58.6 47.4 ? ? ? ?
Ruins Of Nosti Destroyer 78.5 75.6 ? ? ? ?

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 ? ? ? N/A
Fallen Redwood Brute 36.0 77.0 ? ? ? ?
Jungle Dungeon Hunter 18.7 27.8 ? ? ? ?
Frozen Dungeon Pack 30.9 37.8 ? ? ? ?
Carnivorous Caverns Cunning,Immune 17.7 42.4 ? ? ? ?
LifesLabyrinth Skylord, Devious, Massive, Clever 51.6 77.5 ? ? ? ?

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 ? ? ? ?
Forest Cave Growth 11.8 39.3 ? ? ? ?
Ice Cave Void 20.3 62.2 ? ? ? ?

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.

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.
  • 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 .
  • Alternatively using a Plesiosaur or Ichthyosaur will allow you to travel much faster than a Megalodon. A tamed Plesiosaur can fairly easily take on a wild Megalodon and an Ichthyosaur can easily outrun any wild animals.
  • 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!

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.”