Lower South Cave

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Disambig.png Lower South Cave is referred to as "Cave in the South" in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile

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Lower South Cave
Cave in the South of the Island
Interior Map

Lower South Cave Map.jpg

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
80.3° Lat, 53.5° Lon
Artifact of the Hunter.png
Artifact of the Hunter
83.5° Lat, 56.0° Lon
Artifact Level
Loot Quality
Green Crate.png Green

This cave is in the South of the Island. The entrance can be reached through a valley by following a dirty path.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

  • Very Cold (especially if your armor is broken!)
  • Getting Lost (it is easy to turn around and forget which way you came in) - to find the way out, try to remember to keep going uphill.
  • Ambushes from cave creatures lurking in crevices and dropping from holes in the ceiling - watch your back!
  • Arthropluera, Pulmonoscorpius, Titanoboa, and Araneo can all inflict Torpidity.png Torpor damage.
  • Araneo spit webs that apply a slowing effect, allowing cave creatures to mob the player.
  • Arthropluera are a serious hazard to armor and melee weapons - engage with caution!
  • Bypass sleeping Megalosaurus with care! If you lose track of time, the beasts might wake up between you and the cave entrance.
  • Sarcos are found in the waters, be sure to take them out before going for crates or the Sarco eggs
  • Drowning (if one is not careful with Encumbrance while mining at the bottom of the underground lakes).

Recommended Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Using Bug Repellant.png Bug Repellant will make it easier for you in the cave.
  • You can quickly get the artifact out if you can climb the cliff between the first branch point and the artifact chamber (Using a Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hook with a crossbow).
  • You can get lots of Metal.png Metal and Crystal.png Crystal in the cave (and even some Obsidian.png Obsidian), but you need to make sure that you're not encumbered by weight and can defend yourself from the creatures that reside there.
  • There are several crystal nodes and a few that can be encountered before you reach points where creatures spawn
  • There are two loot spawns, with eight possible locations. Six of the potential locations are on the right side path towards the Explorer Notes; two are on the left where the Artifact room is. Don't forget to check the lakes: three of the potential drop locations are underwater!
  • There is a cul-de-sac at the bottom of a spiraling ramp near the entrance to the cave where creatures can be led and trapped and shot at from above. This area is very safe for taming, being far away from the areas where creatures begin to spawn, yet deep enough into the cave that a battle with surface predators or enemy tribe members at the entrance to the cave likely won't disturb a tame.
  • Since one can farm a lot of Chitin.png Chitin and Hide.png Hide (not to mention Experience) from the creatures in the cave, it's a good idea to wear Chitin Chestpiece.png Chitin Armor while farming. If Arthroplueras break your armor, all you need is fiber and a nearby Smithy.png Smithy or Giant Beaver.png Castoroides to repair it!
  • At night, a Megalosaurus is the safest choice for a mount inside the cave. Not only is it too big to be grabbed by other active Megalosaurs, it also lifts the rider above the level of an Arthropluera's spit attack. Just don't forget to leave before morning!
  • Allosaurus is the largest creature that can enter the Lower South Cave, which means you can ride an Allosaurus into the cave and cave creatures will ignore you if you don’t attack them.
  • Take Caution, as Megalania.png Megalania will deal Mega Rabies.png Mega Rabies, leaving most players below 300HP to die a slow and annoying death. Bring healing items!

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Loot Drops (Items & Blueprints)[edit | edit source]

in the section Generic Caves, Green - Level 10

Compatible Tamed Creatures[edit | edit source]

This table is incomplete.
You can help us by adding the tamed creatures you know can enter the cave. If the creature can't enter, please exclude it.

Accessibility Ratings:

  • Excellent: Full-Cave Access (Entrance-to-Artifact)
  • Limited: Can Access Portions of the Cave Safely
  • Not Recommended: Can Get Stuck/Unable to Leave Cave
Creature Accessibility Rideable Notes
Allosaurus.png Allosaurus Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the final room, sometimes, during leaving the cave, you have to mine crystal in order to access
Archaeopteryx.png Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Argentavis.png Argentavis Limited Unofficial/
  •  Can explore most of the cave, but can become stuck near the artifact and unable to leave.
Arthropluera.png Arthropluera Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
Baryonyx.png Baryonyx Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the artifact room.
Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
Carbonemys.png Carbonemys Excellent Yes
Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter final room.
Giant Beaver.png Castoroides Excellent Yes
  •  Can be used to repair armor and weapons.
Chalicotherium.png Chalicotherium Excellent Yes
  •  Can explore majority of the cave and is effective against enemies.
Compy.png Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
Daeodon.png Daeodon Excellent Yes
Dilophosaur.png Dilophosaur Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring a whole pack.
Dimetrodon.png Dimetrodon Excellent No
Dimorphodon.png Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Diplocaulus.png Diplocaulus Excellent Yes
Direbear.png Direbear Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter artifact room. Mining of crystal deposits near entrance is sometimes necessary to exit smoothly.
Direwolf.png Direwolf Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one or bring a whole pack.
Doedicurus.png Doedicurus Excellent Yes
Dodo.png Dodo Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Enforcer.png Enforcer Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the artifact chamber.
Equus.png Equus Excellent Yes
Gallimimus.png Gallimimus Excellent Yes
Gigantopithecus.png Gigantopithecus Excellent Yes
Hesperornis.png Hesperornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Hyaenodon.png Hyaenodon Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring a whole pack.
Ichthyornis.png Ichthyornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Iguanodon.png Iguanodon Excellent Yes
  •  Can not enter final room.
Jerboa.png Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried by player.
Kaprosuchus.png Kaprosuchus Excellent Yes
Kairuku.png Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kentrosaurus.png Kentrosaurus Excellent No
Lystrosaurus.png Lystrosaurus Excellent No
Megaloceros.png Megaloceros Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can enter but will hit an 'invisible wall' further in that prevents entry.
Megalosaurus.png Megalosaurus Limited Yes
  •  Can reach all rooms but the artifact chamber. Can get stuck in lakes if not ridden out.
Megatherium.png Megatherium Limited Yes
  •  Can enter but have problems with exit. It's possible but difficult.
Mesopithecus.png Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or can bring a whole troop.
Microraptor.png Microraptor Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Moschops.png Moschops Excellent Yes
  •  Really good for killing Araneos.
Onyc.png Onyc Excellent No
Otter.png Otter Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Oviraptor.png Oviraptor Excellent No
Ovis.png Ovis Excellent Yes
Pachy.png Pachy Excellent Yes
Pachyrhinosaurus.png Pachyrhinosaurus Excellent Yes
Parasaur.png Parasaur Excellent Yes
Pelagornis.png Pelagornis Excellent Unofficial/
Pegomastax.png Pegomastax Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Phiomia.png Phiomia Excellent Yes
Procoptodon.png Procoptodon Excellent Yes
Pteranodon.png Pteranodon Excellent Unofficial/
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave.
    Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Purlovia.png Purlovia Excellent No
Raptor.png Raptor Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one in or bring a pack.
Ravager.png Ravager Excellent Yes
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth Excellent Yes
  •  Got changed, invisible wall is gone.
Sarco.png Sarco Limited Yes
  •  Can't make it down the first narrow path
Scorpion.png Scorpion Excellent Yes
  •  Can leave cave, tested 257.48
Spider.png Spider Excellent Yes
Terror Bird.png Terror Bird Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one in or bring a flock.
Therizinosaur.png Therizinosaur Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can not enter it's head also get stuck in the ceiling at the entrance of the cave.
Thorny Dragon.png Thorny Dragon Excellent Yes
Thylacoleo.png Thylacoleo Limited Yes
  •  You will have to do some jumping to get in and out and it can't get in the artifact room.
Titanoboa.png Titanoboa Excellent
Trike.png Triceratops Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can get in, but gets stuck. Charge into first area, then reverse.
Troodon.png Troodon Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring whole a pack.
Vulture.png Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Considered one of the easiest caves, very good for farming experience. The green area where the tunnel forks in a "T" leading down to the areas with the Explorer Notes and the area with the Artifact of the Hunter marks the start of where creatures begin to spawn, but beware: they may chase players to areas closer towards the entrance!
  • You can tame Scorpion.png Scorpions and Arthropluera.png Arthroplueras inside, although they won't be able to leave the cave due to the 'invisible wall'. Although if you ride an Arthropluera and fall through the map, you can glitch it out. As of 2/17/17 you can get the Scorpions out, but you have to destroy the crystals that block the way to the entrance. With patience, Megalosaurus.png Megalosaurus can be lured out of the cave itself and grabbed by a Quetzal.png Quetzal. As of 5/30/2017, an Arthropluera can be tamed inside and led out by a player on foot.
  • As of version 242.x, there is still a bug just inside the entrance to the cave at approximately 82.3 52.9 that will teleport you to the surface or fall through the world. Try to attempt one or more of the following as a workaround:
    • Run and jump through the teleportation point.
    • Crawl (prone) through the teleportation point.
    • Walk along the left wall (without touching the wall).
    • Remove any items from your hands (or hotbar).
  • There are two dossier notes in this location; one for Kaprosuchus.png Kaprosuchus and one for Leech.png Leeches.
  • Apparently, Allosaurus is the largest creature that can fit this cave.

Gallery[edit | edit source]