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A very rare resource, found underground. Can be broken down and used to make modern tech.
Type Resource
Tool Metal Pick
Weight 1.0
Stack Size 100 / 5000
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 142 1 0 0
cheat GFI Obsidian 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Obsidian.PrimalItemResource_Obsidian'" 1 0 0
Used to craft 20 items

Obsidian is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is found in caves and on mountains in smooth, black rocks.

Whitesky Peak and Volcano have rich amounts of obsidian rocks at and around the summit. However smaller amounts of black obsidian rocks can be found in numerous peaks around The Island. On scorched earth it can be found in the artifact caves.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Creature / ToolGain per action
Metal Pick★★★☆☆

Please note that the Doedicurus is not able to gather obsidian from all of the typically black glossy rocks. For instance, it can gather obsidian from the rocks in the caldera of the volcano on The Island map, but not from the rocks on the last part of the way up to the caldera. On The Center map it can't gather from the rocks on the shores of the lake under the floating island or in the mouth of Skull Island.

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The following creatures reduce the weight of Obsidian by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:

Creature Reduced by
Argentavis 50%
Ravager 50%

Locations[edit | edit source]

Obsidian can be found on the slope of The Frozen Tooth and the Far's Peak, as well as on the top of the Volcano. See the interactive Resource Maps for all occurrences in the official maps as well as some Mod maps. Most caves on the Island contain obsidian as well.

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Rich Obsidian Occurrences on The Island

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

The Center Map.jpg
Rich Obsidian Occurrences on The Center
Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Locations on Scorched Earth

Obsidian: You can find it in the lava islands. Follow the smoke to its base to the pools that are on top of the mountains and you will find it.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Obsidian is used as an ingredient to craft Polymer, which is an important ingredient for high-end items. It is also used to craft:

Media[edit | edit source]

Two examples of black, glossy, obsidian-rich rocks