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Lava Cave

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Lava Cave
Lava Cave.jpg
Lava Cave in the South East of the Island
Location
The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Entrance(s)
70.6° Lat, 86.1° Lon
Loot
Artifact of the Massive.png
Artifact of the Massive
67.1° Lat, 86.0° Lon
Artifact Level
40
Loot Quality
Blue Crate.png Blue
Yellow Crate.png Yellow

This cave has dangerous lava-pits and is very hot.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

  • Very Hot (Some green crystals can cool you down)
  • Dangerous jumps, not even a parachute will save you from lava
  • Mega Rabies (Bring antidotes or make sure you have enough HP to survive)

Recommended Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • At one point in the cave, there is an "S" shaped bridge leading further. It is difficult to cross and is not recommended, however it is possible with most animals (including Sabers and Carnos).
  • Green crystals in the cave can help cool you down since the entire cave will overheat you
  • Stay to the right whenever it splits and avoid jumping rocks as much as possible.
  • Try to avoid the lava when you can.
  • It is extremely recommended to bring Grappling Hooks into this cave due to the Artifact being located on a small section of land that has several jumps over lava leading to it. If you do not wish to risk any jumps and one's aim isn't the best with a Crossbow a minimum of 4 Grappling Hooks can safely get you to the Artifact and back to where no jumps are required. Additional hooks can allow you to escape a dreadful fall into lava or a bad shot that puts you in extreme danger.
  • A Megalosaurus can rarely spawn at the Artifact's location. However it can easily be shot with an arrow from afar and it will send itself into the lava. Pulmonoscorpius can also spawn at the Artifact location and can be dealt with in the same manner. Alternatively you can grapple to a location over them and use a Crossbow with arrows to deal with them at no risk.
  • Another strategy is to just run past everything.
  • Long range is extremely helpful when running the South East Cave if you aren't rushing it with grappling hooks. Using a Fabricated Sniper Rifle or a Longneck Rifle with a Scope Attachment to scout out rooms and pick off Onycs from very long range is the easiest way to clear areas and make your way through the cave safely, especially if you are running the cave solo or with a smaller group.

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Common Uncommon Rare

Compatible Tamed Creatures[edit | edit source]

Creatures that do not have the ability to jump will not be able to get to many areas of the cave.

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
Allosaurus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Argentavis Not recommended Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Arthropluera Limited Yes
Baryonyx Excellent Yes
Beelzebufo Excellent Yes
  •  Express caution when jumping; it is easy to miss a jump and fall in lava.
Carno Limited Yes
Carbonemys Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit in cave entrance.
Castoroides Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can get stuck coming back out.
Chalicotherium Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
Dilophosaur Limited No
Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Direbear Not recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Direwolf Excellent Yes
Doedicurus Not Recommended Yes
Dodo Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Dung Beetle Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Enforcer Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit through cave entrance.
Equus Excellent Yes
Gallimimus Not Recommended Yes
Gigantopithecus Limited Yes
Hesperornis Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder.
Hyaenodon Limited No
Iguanodon Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kaprosuchus Excellent Yes
Kentrosaurus Not Recommended No
  •  Cannot fit into the cave entrance.
Lystrosaurus Limited No
Megalania Limited Yes
  •  Can be tamed inside cave but unable to exit
Megalosaurus Excellent Yes
  •  Excellent at night
Megatherium Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Microraptor Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Moschops Limited Yes
Onyc Excellent No
Oviraptor Limited No
Pachy Limited Yes
Pegomastax Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Pelagornis Limited Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave.
    Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Pachyrhinosaurus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Phiomia Limited Yes
Procoptodon Not Recommended Yes
Pteranodon Limited Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave.
    Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Purlovia Limited No
Raptor Excellent Yes
Ravager Excellent Yes
Rex Not recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Sabertooth Excellent Yes
Scorpion Limited Yes
  •  Can be tamed inside cave but unable to exit
Spider Limited Yes
Tapejara Limited Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave.
    Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Terror Bird Excellent Yes
Thylacoleo Not recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Triceratops Not Recommended Yes
  •  Cannot fit into cave entrance.
Troodon Limited No
Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • There is a corner full of Metal and Obsidian Nodes
  • Lava will not kill you instantly, but will do massive damage quite quickly. It is possible to save yourself if you manage to find a rock to jump on
    • On Mobile however, lava kills anything instantly, making escape impossible
  • Be careful when using the orbit camera to look around.
  • The lower levels of both paths have poor collision with player death drops.
  • One is able to use a Thyla provided that they are able to put it into a cryopod. It is important to walk past the cave entrance, a little ways in, before throwing out our Thyla. Should it be thrown out to soon it may get stuck on one of the invisible gates.

Gallery[edit | edit source]