Silica Pearls

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Silica Pearls
Silica Pearls.png
These pearls are made almost entirely of silicon. Can be refined into silicon plates.
Tool Hands
Dropped by Trilobite.png Trilobite
Weight 0.02
Stack size 100
Item ID 163
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 163 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Silicon.PrimalItemResource_Silicon'" 1 0 0
Used to craft 26 items

Silica Pearls are a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. They can be found in the deepest areas of the ocean, in more shallow areas along the icy shores of the snow biome, in the Underwater Caves, in Giant Beaver Dam.png Giant Beaver Dams and when harvesting corpses of Trilobite.png Trilobites and Leech.png Leeches.

Being one of the base Ingredients for Electronics.png Electronics, Silica Pearls get very important for the technical side of the game.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

In the Ocean and the underwater caves the Pearls are found in clams, which are usually found in groups of around 5. There is no tool needed to harvest them, they are picked up by hand. Each clam usually yields between 2 and 4 Pearls. Increasing melee damage percentage won't increase pearls harvested.

Silica Pearls are commonly found under the cold sea of the west area of the map as well as the pond in the north by the peninsula. If the player has fur armor and a flying mount an easy place to obtain Silica Pearls is the frozen patches of the northwest coast. Clams can be safely harvested by making short incursions into the water to avoid getting too cold, as fur armor "dries" instantly. As all spawns except Kairuku.png Kairuku are uncommon in these areas, this can be performed in relative safety. The Underwater Caves also provide a large amount of Pearls, which can be harvested easily.

Silica Pearls can also be obtained by harvesting corpses of Trilobite.png Trilobite and Leech.png Leeches and looting Giant Beaver Dam.png Giant Beaver Dams.

On The Center map, the Pearls can also be found at the bottom of the inland rivers, and in hot springs around the volcanic island, but these places are inhabited by Piranha.png Piranhas and Salmon.png Sabertooth Salmon, making it considerably dangerous for new players.

Scorched Earth[edit | edit source]

On Scorched Earth, Pearls are easily gathered at an Oasis and throughout the riverbed in the middle of the map, where they can be found both in the water and on dry land. A Whip can be used to harvest them quickly. They will sparkle at night making them easy to find.

The following table is valid for harvesting trilobites:

Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls
Creature / ToolGain per action
Anglerfish.png Anglerfish★★★★★
Otter.png Otter★★★★☆
Direwolf.png Direwolf★★☆☆☆
Stone Pick.png Stone Pick★☆☆☆☆

Locations[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Silica Pearls are an ingredient in the following Crafting recipes:

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Real life pearls aren't made of silica, but calcium carbonate, while real life electronics are. It was probably made up for the developers to add a difficult way to get the resource.
    • This is especially confusing since certain polymers contain carbonate groups and obsidian is mostly comprised of silica in real life, meaning it makes more technical sense that the two resources should be swapped around for crafting purposes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]