North West Cave

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Disambig.png North West Cave is referred to as "Northwest Hollow" in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile

North West Cave
Cave in the North-Western Snow-Area of the Island.
Interior Map

North West Cave Cavemap.jpg

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
19.3° Lat, 19.0° Lon
Artifact of the Skylord.png
Artifact of the Skylord
19.6° Lat, 18.4° Lon
Artifact Level
Loot Quality
Yellow Crate.png Yellow
Red Crate.png Red

The North West Cave is a cave in the northwest of The Island. The cave contains the Artifact of the Skylord, needed to summon the Dragon. This cave is the smallest cave by far and you will have to crouch occasionally to explore. Watch your feet and take it very slow, as there are drop offs that deals 5000 instant damage even if you descend with a grappling hook. If you fall into these pits, retrieval of your gear is only possible by grappling your body out of the pit. Your body may fall through the world if you die to the pits, making it impossible to retrieve your gear without cheats.

After the update, this cave contains very little loot, excluding the artifact.

Creatures in the cave include Araneo and Onyc and spawn at normal levels.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

  • Dangerous jumps
  • Very little space
  • Extreme Cold
  • Easily lost
  • Mega Rabies (Bring antidotes or make sure you have enough HP to survive)

Recommended Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Hug the right wall to reach the Artifact of the Skylord.
  • Melee weapons do not work when prone. Bring plenty of ammo. There are some areas in which you can stand so check constantly with the prone key (default X)
  • Several of the high-quality loot crates within this cave are restricted to the use of grappling hooks to cross pitfalls. It is recommended to bring a few to maximize your rewards from the cave. Grappling hooks can also allow you to escape the artifact chamber if you fall in.
  • Do not build a foundation within the cave or near the entrance, since this can prohibit the spawning of loot crates.
  • If you are only entering the cave for the artifact and do not care about getting loot crates there is a path that allows you to completely bypass any creatures except for the few around the base of the artifact container. To do this you need to bring 1 foundation and 1 ceiling. When you enter the cave you will want to stay on the right wall. There is a passageway that is mostly obscured until you reach it. You want to take this passageway and it will lead you to a narrow ice bridge with an explorer note on it. You want to build the foundation on the very edge of the bridge. Place the ceiling in front of the foundation so you are essentially extending the bridge. There is a ledge in front of you and if you jump up to it you will be lead directly to the artifact container. There will be a couple creatures there but it should be very easy to kill them. You can simply take the same path back and you will be out of the cave. This works on mobile and is unconfirmed on any other platform. You can use photo mode to find the correct path and to scout for any creatures.
  • The enemies are weak and easily die to any weapon. Thus, progressing through the cave without the aid of a companion is fairly trivial. Bring a pike and a shotgun and you'll be fine. The loot is also sub-par and not worth the grappling hooks.

Creatures[edit | edit source]

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
Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
Daeodon Limited Yes
Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Dodo Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Dung Beetle Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Hesperornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole troop.
Microraptor Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bringa whole flock.
Otter Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Thylacoleo Not Recommended Yes
  •  Unable to leave cave.
Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The North West Cave is all about your jumping skills. It is a very narrow cave, you will be crouching mostly. You won't encounter many enemies.
  • Watch your feet. When you first enter the cave and go left, there is a pitfall that will kill you instantly if you fall in. There are likely other pitfalls and recovering your body won't be possible if you fall in, so bringing high value gear is not advised. It may be possible to build over such pitfalls on PvP servers.
  • It is possible to get the artifact without building or jumping. However this requires precise positioning and the chances of falling are very high. If you fall in it is currently impossible to escape the artifact room alive without a Grappling Hook. Tundra Biome graphics are covering up the only escape path from the room, preventing escape.
  • Users of Grappling Hooks will find that the pits will kill you far before you actually reach the spikes. Be cautious when using a Grappling Hook to swing over pits.
  • To recover your body in SinglePlayer you must use the cheat God and Infinitestats at the same time as well as ghost or fly to retrieve your body.
  • If you die in any of the spike pits, it is possible to use a grappling hook to retrieve your body from the death spikes, bring a few, it is kind of like fishing.
  • Dropping items in this cave will cause them to spawn above the cave's roof.

Gallery[edit | edit source]