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Disambig.png This article is about Oil.png Oil, not to be confused with Oil (Tusoteuthis).png Oil (Tusoteuthis)
Disambig.png Oil is referred to as "Crude Oil" in the Primitive Plus DLC



A thick blob of unrefined oil. Can be refined with hide to make gasoline.

Tool Stone Pick.png Stone Pick
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick
Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet
Dropped by Trilobite.png Trilobite, Leech.png Leech, Basilosaurus.png Basilosaurus
Weight 0.2
Stack size 100
Item ID 162
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 162 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Oil.PrimalItemResource_Oil'" 1 0 0
cheat GFI Oil 1 0 0
Crafting Time 2s
Used to craft 18 items
Crafted in Cooking Pot.png Cooking Pot
Industrial Cooker.png Industrial Cooker
Crafting Yields 12 Pieces
Resources breakdown

Oil is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved.

It can be harvested from dark stones near oil patches in the ocean by using a Pickaxe. It can also be obtained from above-water oil deposits found in and around Whitesky Peak on the island, the top left snow mountain on Ragnarok, or by killing Basilosaurus.png Basilosaurus, Trilobite.png Trilobite and Leech.png Leech. Another way to acquire Oil is to tame creatures that produce Oil, such as the Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle.

Crafting with Oil[edit | edit source]

Oil can be refined in a Refining Forge or Industrial Forge to create Gasoline.png Gasoline.

If it is put into a Preserving Bin together with Sparkpowder and Cooked Meat or Cooked Prime Meat, Cooked Meat Jerky.png Cooked Meat Jerky and Prime Meat Jerky.png Prime Meat Jerky can be created.

Oil is also needed to craft the following items:

Full list of items crafted with Oil

Producing Oil[edit | edit source]

Oil can be produced in the following ways:

Gathering Oil[edit | edit source]

Oil can be mined with either a Stone Pick.png Stone Pick or a Metal Pick.png Metal Pick. The Stone Pick.png Stone Pick yields 0-1 oil per oil node, while the Metal Pick.png Metal Pick yields 0-10 oil per oil node. Besides using tools it is also possible to use a Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus or Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus to mine oil very effectively.

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

There are 3 main environments where oil nodes spawn: the ocean, Underwater caves and along the beach of the Snow Biome. See the interactive Resource Maps for all occurrences in the official maps as well as some Mod maps.

Ocean oil mining[edit | edit source]

Oil nodes can be found all around the map in the oceans. Oil nodes in the ocean are easy to spot as they release a dark stream of oil which floats upwards.

To effectively mine oil nodes in the ocean it's a good idea to tame an underwater dinosaur, such as a powerful Megalodon.png Megalodon, or a fast and nimble Ichthyosaurus.png Ichthy.

A more effective method is to tame a Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus, which can gather oil nodes by itself while defending against Plesiosaur.png Plesiosaur.

While relatively rare, large clusters of oil nodes can also be found in various ocean floor locations. One such cluster can be found at 10.2 latitude and 25.5 longitude, and yields 300-500 oil depending on harvesting method.

Underwater cave oil mining[edit | edit source]

The highest density of oil nodes can be found in underwater caves, it's possible to get large amounts of oil from just 1 underwater cave. To get to the underwater caves it's recommendable to use both an underwater dinosaur and some way to hold your breath for extended periods underwater, such as Lazarus Chowder.png Lazarus Chowder or a SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA Tank.

It's also possible to get an Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus down into most underwater caves. With an Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus in the caves they can be cleared in a matter of seconds.

Snow Biome beach mining[edit | edit source]

If you don't feel confident underwater, it is possible to gather oil above ground. However these above ground oil nodes all spawn in the treacherous Snow Biome and on various icebergs.

A good strategy to gather these oil nodes effectively as a 2-man team, is to use a Quetzal.png Quetzal and a Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus. Simply pick up the Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus (with your teammate on it), and fly past all the oil nodes, letting the Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus mine them on the fly. The weight stat of the Ankylosaurus doesn't matter as all is carried by the quetzal.

Scorched Earth[edit | edit source]

On the Scorched Earth map, up to 16 Oil can be collected from red Jug Bug.png Jug Bugs by getting close to them and pressing E, Xbox: Y, PS4: Triangle. Oil can also be gathered autonomously by placing an Oil Pump (Scorched Earth).png Oil Pump on an oil vein.

Aberration[edit | edit source]

Other than the above main method, the only source of oil rocks are found at the surfaces of the map and the deepest depths of the red zone which has huge oil rocks. However, the surface contains many dangers such as Reaper.png Reaper King and the accessibility during daytime (the sun will scorch anything during dawn and afternoon) while the red zone contains many rock drakes along with radiation . The other method is killing Trilobite.png Trilobite near water or by using the Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle to get oil via feces.

Resource Maps[edit | edit source]

For a more detailed view of the oil-locations see

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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