Element

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Disambig.png This article is about Element, not to be confused with Element Shard, Element Ore Aberration Icon.png, Element Dust, Unstable Element Extinction Icon.png, Unstable Element Shard Extinction Icon.png, or Eery Element Logo Mobile.svg

Element
Element.pngEery Element (Mobile).png
A strange, highly advanced material humming with energy. It dissolves when transferred across ARKs.

This glowing material appears to constantly reconfigure itself into the most efficient geometric shape. Cannot be used for ammo.

Resource
Rarity Uncommon
Renewable Yes
Refineable No
Combustible No
Item
Weight 0.01
Stack Size 100
Added in v254.0
Spawn Command
cheat GFI Element 1 0 0
or
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Element.PrimalItemResource_Element_C'" 1 0 0
Crafting
Used to craft 102 items
Crafted in Tek Replicator
Charge Node Aberration Icon.png
Crafting Yields 3 Pieces
Ingredients
Ingredients (Charge Node)
Hexagon Exchange
Hexagons Hexagon Icon.png 2,000
Purchase (Mobile)
Purchase type Special Item
Purchase Yields 100 Pieces
Cost 300 ×  Ancient Amber Logo Mobile.svg

Element is a primary ingredient for equipment in the Tek Tier.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Boss[edit | edit source]

It is gathered from the inventory of Bosses (except Rockwell and the Overseer) after killing them. The amount depends on the difficulty of the bosses. The harvesting method will not multiply the amount. Make sure to grab it quick, because once you are teleported out of the arena, you can't retrieve it anymore. Another way of getting Element is by finding and defending the Element Nodes in the ARK: Extinction DLC, which spawn around the Wasteland. This is by far the fastest way of getting Element!

Amount per Boss[edit | edit source]

Gamma Beta Alpha
Broodmother Lysrix 20 56 148
Megapithecus 40 110 220
Dragon 80 220 440
Manticore 38 135 285
The Center Arena 60 166 368
Ragnarok Arena 65 200 410
Forsaken Oasis 85 255 520
Crystal Wyvern Queen 40 110 220

Note that Rockwell and the Titans do not leave Element on death, regardless of difficulty. Read the below section on how to obtain it in the respective DLC section.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Element is used to craft Tek Tier armor and items. It also functions as a fuel for Tek structures and ammunition for Tek weapons.

It is also used to create Element Shards which are needed to power some Tek structures.

Aberration[edit | edit source]

Aberration DLC.jpg Crystal Isles DLC.jpg This section is about content exclusive to the DLC: Aberration, Crystal Isles

On the Aberration map, the boss (Rockwell) does not drop any Element. But, it can be crafted by using Charge Nodes, which are naturally found on the map. Crafting Element requires Aberration-specific resources like Gem, Charge Batteries, and Element Ore. Producing Elements will 'overcharge' the Charge Node for 5 minutes, disabling all functions. Even after this time, the node must fully restore all 5000 charge before being considered 'active'. Until 'active', the Charge Node cannot be used to charge batteries, provide charge light or craft Element.

Including the time it takes to recharge the 8x Charge Battery required for the Element on top of the time it takes for the node to recharge itself to 5000, Charge Nodes can produce 3 Element every 43 minutes. Be wary not to have more than 9 batteries within a Charge Node when forging Element, as fully charging 10 batteries will fully deplete the Charge Node and render it inactive until recharged.

Extinction[edit | edit source]

Extinction DLC.jpg This section is about content exclusive to the DLC: Extinction

Unstable Element can be unlocked at Level 58, and can be crafted using 1000 Element Dust. Once crafted, there will be a 2 minute spoil timer before Unstable Element turns into regular Element.

Alternatively, these can be rarely harvested from a completely defended Element Node.

Genesis[edit | edit source]

Genesis Part 1 DLC.jpg This section is about content exclusive to the DLC: Genesis: Part 1

One Element can be bought from HLN-A for 2,000 Hexagon.

Element Shards can also be rarely mined from the green-marked stones found in Lunar Biome.

Red crystal formations in the Volcanic Biome can be mined for significant amounts of Element Shards.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In-game
    • Element was first revealed in ARK Digest 22 on November 18, 2015.[1]
    • Element cannot be transferred between official servers or clusters.
      • With the introduction of Extinction DLC, it is possible to "transfer" Element across server in the form of its dust variant. However, the survivor on the server the dust is being transferred from must have learned Unstable Element from the said DLC to make full use of it.
    • Throughout the ARKs from Aberration to Genesis: Part 1, any form of Element tends to be commonly found in the most dangerous locations in the game.
      • Aberration: The Surface and Element Region
      • Extinction: The Wastelands
      • Genesis Part 1: Volcano and Lunar Biome

Explorer Note Lore[edit | edit source]

  • Edmund Rockwell proclaimed the name of the Elements as "Edmundium".
  • in Genesis: Part 1, a buff known as Empowered apparently sometimes occurs in Gauntlet missions, The message occupying it is ‘THE EDMUNDIUM SURGES’ pointing to Rockwell’s name for Element.
  • Liquid element seems to corrupt creatures and survivors as Rockwell was corrupted by it.
    • Based on Rockwell note#29 and according to Homo Deus Helena/The One Who Waits, Element seems to have a mind of its own.
    • In Helena's Extinction note#24, Element seems to be able to see through dreams and act accordingly because Helena saw a vision in the prism of a purple figure clawing at a molten heart and the same purple figure suddenly marched towards her. This is turned a reality when a horde of Titans are marching to where Helena and the survivors were just after Helena experienced the dream.
      • In the Extinction DLC some creatures have been corrupted by raw element and robbed of their mentality, moving as a single cluster with no regards to its natural instinct and temperament.[2]
      • In Helena's/The One Who Waits explorer note #16, she describes Element luring its victims into twisting them with promises of warmth, needs, and desires until they can't get out of the pit of madness that is so deep even the strongest and smartest are stuck.
    • In Extinction, explorer notes state that the Titans are massive concentrations of element and help element to expand by creating more titans to make more space for even more element to grow.
    • In HLN-A Genesis:Part 1 Story Explorer Note #20, inventors that used Element never predicted the chemical changed in a corruptible way. She also noted the Element levels are increasing inside the Genesis Simulation, this is possibly due to the Corrupted Master Controller’s influence on the simulation.
    • The Element that is in game is the stable version where gems and other elements contain its energy in its solid form.
    • Rockwell notes that liquid Element is Element at its most purest, yet most unstable form when it is separated from its impurities that keeps the metal's stability.
  • Element is a chemical that has properties that make it better than any known real-life material.
    • In the One Who Waits Explorer Note #14, she noted it was harder and can take much higher temperatures than tungsten, more flexible than copper, and can make unprecedented levels of electricity and radiation that are far higher than any known realistic chemical. Its properties made it rapidly go through discovery, impact, invention, and production.
    • In Rockwell Scorched Earth Explorer Note #26, Rockwell noted that Element has abnormally strong metallic bonds and high melting point since he noted a normal forge can't melt i
    • In HLN-A Genesis: Part 1 Tidbit Note #64, HLN-A talks about a 19th century novel "The Coming Race" and its culture of focus: the Vril-ya. The Vril-ya had a society that relied on Vril, an all-permeating fluid they mind-control. HLN-A thinks the Vril sounds like characteristics of liquid Element.
    • At the Genesis: Part 1 ending cutscene, Element and its corruption followed HLN-A and the survivor outside the simulation, something that is impossible since it was only in the simulation, But possible due to the boarding Rockwell.
  • The origins of Element are unknown, even to Helena who is a Homo Deus.
    • In Santiago Note #6, Santiago explains that Element wasn't common during his time in the early 22nd century, only in small amounts. Because they were initially found in small amounts, he notes a single tiny vein of Element can turn towns into cities in mere days. He also noted that Element mines were needed to extract the chemical from the ground when he said that the city in Extinction must have been on top of an undiscovered vein. This implies that Element was found in minuscule amounts deep underground in its solid state, being unable to corrupt organisms and enter the lower crust.
      • In the One Who Waits Note #15, she has wondered if Element came from meteorites or from the ground. Referring to Diana Extinction Note #18, she notes Element infected the lower layers of Earth's crust, as if Element came from the sky and began to rooting itself deeper into the planet. Where Element came from is unknown.
  • In-lore, Element was a major factor in making Earth a dangerous wasteland in the first place in the ARK universe.
    • In Diana Note #18, a histogram shows that Element's concentration is the 3rd highest on the Corrupted Earth, ahead of Iron and Aluminum, two common metals found today. The potentially heavy concentration and mass of Element being added to the entire surface and deep crust of Earth could potentially explain why the planet's rotation around its axis has drastically slowed to a point that it has stopped.
    • In Santiago Note#7, technology that runs on Element emits a minuscule amount of the said substance back into the atmosphere, planting itself in the soil. Even thousands of years can't make Element grow to dangerously high levels. He even notes that a century of warfare with Tek weaponry is the only thing responsible for creating a massive Element spike.
      • This is later confirmed by HLN-A who says that the United Republics of Earth and the Terran Federation (two TEK powered Waring nations that Diana and Santiago belong to respectively) both vied for supremacy over each other.
      • In Santiago Note #8, Santiago noted that from several of his spy missions, he noticed that Element was being applied for civilian use. How both civilian and military use of Element tie in together is unknown.
    • In HLN-A Genesis: Part 1 Tidbit Note #51, people, of all backgrounds, were using Element before Earth collapsed. She also says that Element is the main reason Earth in the ARK universe is a complete mess.
      • An image of what looks like a massive figure of either a giant human or titan is shown in the tidbit note. Given that the century long war between the URE and Federation took a heavy toll on Earth and its resources, people will resort to eating anything once food supplies run dry. This leads to mutations by Element in humans that turn them into giants like Rockwell.
        • The idea comes from reading several of the holo banners in Sanctuary that mention "an emergency ration" where violation of the ration results in punishment. But when those emergency rations ran out, people resorted to consuming Element as food once the natural food supply was mostly wiped out due to the war.
    • In HLNA Genesis: Part 1 Explorer Notes, HLN-A describes Element as an endlessly strong and adaptive substance.
      • Throughout Extinction, all the in-game titans except the King Titan are examples of this since they all adapted to the environments of the Proto-ARKs by having abilities that utilize the weather.

The Science Behind Element[edit | edit source]

  • All of the observations that have a degree of science are based on theory as the method of how Element corrupts something in more detail, its abnormal properties, and how Tek tier technology applies its use are unknown.
    • Element’s main method of corruption appears to be growth on an organism, like a fungus, but it appears to emit, in liquid form, high levels of radiation that has forced creatures like the Nameless to adapt and evolve, but it also appears this radiation doesn’t ionise cells like Gamma rays but bends and re-shapes the genetic material of an organism if injected directly into the blood stream, hence the quite hideous malformation of Rockwell.
    • On the genetic level and the image from HLNA discovery #11, it is seen that when DNA is broken up by Element and somehow, the Element fits the DNA back together, but with Element replacing many chemicals found inside DNA. This makes it a substance that can somehow act out multiple chemical properties at once. Given that DNA causes mutations when it gets altered, Element seems to cause mutations but on a more lethal and bigger scale on the organism with the relentless changes to the organism's DNA.
    • On the charge node of Aberration, a projection of a molecule is shown. The molecule seems to have 5 tetrahedrals connected to each other. Since element is made at the node, the projection may be its molecular structure.
      • Since Element is shown to be similar to any molecule that can make a tetrahedral, its corruptive nature could possibly replace and substitute the elements in the ground or in an organic creature. This may possibly explain why the corrupted creatures appear to be mostly made of element, and how element's abnormal properties in energy and durability makes them stronger than their uncorrupted variants.
      • When being looked with the naked eye, stable Element can form a hexagonal shape as it bonds with other stable Element molecules/ formula units.
      • Being able to make a tetrahedral, Element seems to be a nonpolar molecule when bonded with other Element.
        • The property of being nonpolar allows Element to freely enter the cells of a living organisms since cell membranes are mostly made of fat, which is also nonpolar/hydrophobic. This in turn begins corruption by manipulating DNA through oxidizing it but the other materials needed to make stable Element makes it polar, preventing it from freely entering the cell. This is further proven in the HLN-A Discovery #11 where Element is rearranging DNA back together with some additional Element.
    • Element seems to have a mysterious property that allows creatures and titans to grow to titanic sizes. The titanosaur of the Island is the largest land creature ever that has no contact with Element. Any creature bigger than the titanosaur has Element in their bodies. Rockwell, and the Titans are an example of this.
    • Element has one of the strongest, if not, the strongest metallic bonds and highest melting points of any chemical. High melting points indicate the chemical can absorb and release a lot of energy in the form of kilojoules. Because of the abnormally high melting point and its properties, some creatures have adjusted to using Element in their environment:
      • The Snow Owl
        • On its talons, the element seems to absorb a lot of heat from its victim, explaining its cold talon touch.  Element's ability to absorb heat seems to be greater than water, one of the best chemicals that insulates heat since a lot of joules are needed to increase the temperature of a water by a single degree in celsius.
        • It also seems to emit extremely cold Element particles to freeze its prey. Element absorbs all of the heat to make this happen.
      • The Managarmr
        • The managarmr's bottom of its body is lined with element.  With the sockets in its feet, combustion can happen on a concentrated scale at its feet, moving it forward while in the sky with the propulsion.  Element is storing all the energy from the food it eats.
      • The Gacha
        • The Gacha's digestive system may be lined up with element.  It could possibly act as a high quality filter to sort out any random substance and lets the high quality resources be excreted.
      • The Velonasaur
        • The element on a Velonasaur is focused on its gut, allowing the energy/heat to benefit itself and the element that is a part of it.  The spines on its head and tail are embedded in a cavity and the element seems to act like gunpowder because the root of the spine is glowing.  This makes element more explosive than gunpowder.
      • The Gasbags
        • Being affected by element, it seems the substance can withstand immense pressure, allowing the gasbag to absorb more air than any other creature.  The element could possibly withstand great levels of pressure that to enable the gasbags to float for a time.
    • Based on all of the explorer notes of Extinction, the Element hive mind and its minions seems to follow this order of hierarchy of control:
      1. Element Hive Mind (Element in general)- controls Element's activities
      2. Element Hive Mind Pillars (King Titan and Rockwell)- sends the commands of Element to its minions; considered the nerve tract of Element hierarchy.
      3. Titans and Corrupted Creatures- execute the orders from the Element hive mind.

References[edit | edit source]