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
cheat GFI Silicon 1 0 0
Used to craft 26 items
Crafted in Factory (Mobile).png Factory Logo Mobile.svg

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. They are also obtained from Phoenix.png Phoenixes after defecation as silica pearls are in the place of feces for Phoenixes.

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]

Silica Pearls are found in the Ocean and in the underwater caves. The Pearls are also 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, Eurypterid.png Eurypterid, and Leech.png Leech or looting Giant Beaver Dam.png Giant Beaver Dam.

Using an Otter.png Otter or Anglerfish.png Anglerfish to harvest Coelacanth.png Coelacanth will yield small amounts of Silica Pearls.

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.
  • When dropped on the ground, Silica Pearls appear as white clams instead of the standard boxes.
  • Anglerfish.png Anglerfish do not harvest Silica Pearls in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile because Silica Pearls can be found on the beach. This is due to the fact that ARK: Mobile wasn't originally set to include Aquatic Creatures.

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