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Disambig.png Metal is referred to as "Iron" in the Primitive Plus DLC

A lump of unrefined metal ore, mined from rocks usually found high on mountains, or in caves. Can be refined in a Forge.
Tool Stone Pick.png Stone Pick
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick
Creature Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus
Weight 1.0
Stack size 200
Item ID 9
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 9 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Metal.PrimalItemResource_Metal'" 1 0 0
Found in Beacon Green
Used to craft 7 items

Overview[edit | edit source]

Metal is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is used to craft many different tools and structures, but must be refined into Metal Ingots with a Refining Forge for most of these.

Metal is mined from rocks and boulders. It is possible to obtain it from normal rocks, but these rocks have a very low drop rate for Metal. Certain rocks and boulders hold a substantially larger amount of Metal. Those rocks can be found on rocky mountain tops, in caves, rivers, coves and deep water sources. Metal-yielding rocks usually look round and not jagged like the usual rocks. They have round-washed edges or a cubic shape, and slightly more sheen. Generally, metal-yielding rock density is higher in dangerous areas and areas that are hard to reach.

Metal can be obtained by mining the rocks with a Pickaxe. Stone Pick.png Stone Pick can be used to obtain Metal, but using Metal Pick.png Metal Pick will yield a lot more Metal per rock. The most efficient way to obtain Metal is using an Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus, which can also make carrying the ore easier.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Metal is smelted using a Refining Forge.png Refining Forge or Industrial Forge.png Industrial Forge into Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot, which is an essential crafting ingredient. It takes 2 pieces of Metal Ore to be smelted into one Metal Ingot. This process takes 20 seconds in the normal forge and 1 second in the Industrial Forge.

Metal is also needed to craft the following items:

Locations[edit | edit source]

Rich Metal Occurrences. The size of the dot is indicative of the concentration of metal nodes.

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Locations on The Island
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Locations on The Center
Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Locations on Scorched Earth

This map is incomplete. Please contribute confirmed resource locations by confirming their location in-game.

On The Center metal nodes are spread all over the map. Some you can find not far from the beach but mostly they are in higher regions.

See the interactive Resource Maps for all occurrences in the official maps as well as some Mod maps.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of creatures and tools that can be used to gather metal.

Metal.png Metal
Creature / ToolGain per action
Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus★★★★★
Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus★★★★☆
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick★★★☆☆
Mantis.png Mantis★★★☆☆
Stone Pick.png Stone Pick★☆☆☆☆

Doedicurus Icon.png Doedicurus can harvest metal from some but not all Obsidian.png Obsidian rocks.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • If you have another player with you, he can pick you and your Ankylosaurus up using a Quetzal. He simply then flies you next to metal rocks on a mountain, and you can harvest them without even touching the ground. This strategy allows for higher mobility and higher carry weight since a Quetzal can carry much more than an Ankylosaurus.
  • Building a small structure on a quetzal platform that contains the opposite gender Ankylosaurus will provide a mate boost to the one you're gathering metal with, providing a 33% bonus in damage, and thus increasing the yield of metal. The Ankylosaurus in the structure can be a low level so if it somehow clips and falls, you will not have to worry about losing it.

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The following creatures reduce the weight of Metal by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:
75% Reduction

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Frozen Tooth at 35 latitude and 55 longitude has extremely high quantities of metal rocks at and around the summit. However caution is advised while attempting to descend the mountain, as it is extremely steep and quite easy to trip and fall.
  • Low level characters can go to a small mountain in the Southern Islets at around 76 latitude and 44 longitude which has a decent number of metal bearing rocks (100+ units with a metal pick) at its summit, along with a small supply of crystal. The eastern side of the mountain is easy to climb and scatted with more metal bearing rocks, and the area itself is fairly benign, hosting mostly low level herbivores with the occasional Raptor or Carno

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