Spawn Locations

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Disambig.png This article is about player spawn locations. For creature spawn locations, see Spawn Map.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Spawn Locations are the areas you can spawn in ARK: Survival Evolved. Different spawn locations grant different difficulties on your first days of survival. If you spawn in the north, you'd be likely greeted with cold temperatures and dangerous carnivores, such as the Raptor. If you spawn in the south, you'll have an easier time with warm temperatures and harmless herbivores such as the Trike.

Locations[edit | edit source]

a visual overview of all spawn locations of a map can be found here

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Spawn Locations

Tropical Island South (Easy)
Tropical Island North (Easy)
Jungle North (Medium)
Jungle Mid (Medium)
Jungle South (Medium)
Redwoods West (Medium)
Redwoods East (Medium)
Snow South (Hard)
Snow North (Hard)
Lava Island (Hard)

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Spawn Locations

South 1 (Easy)
South 2 (Medium)
South 3 (Easy)
South 4 (Medium)
Midlands 1 (Hard)
Midlands 2 (Medium)
Midlands 3 (Easy)
Midlands 4 (Easy)
North 1 (Hard)
North 2 (Hard)
North 3 (Hard)
North 4 (Hard)

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Spawn Locations

Jungle 1 (Recommended)
Jungle 2 (Recommended)
Jungle 3 (Recommended)
Viking Bay 1(Recommended)
Viking Bay 2 (Recommended)
Viking Bay 3 (Recommended)
Highlands N
Highlands NE
Highlands E
SW 1
SW 2
SW 3

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Approximate Spawn Locations

Sunken Forest

These locations are also possible teleport destinations. When such destination is determined, points closer to chosen cardinal direction are prioritized over others. A spot won't be chosen if there are conscious hostile carnivores, unallied tames, players or turrets in range of 60 meters around it.

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Approximate Spawn Locations


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Spawn Locations

North West
North East
South West
South East

Early-Game Spawn Locations[edit | edit source]

If you are a beginner survivor, you will want to spawn in the South of both maps. The south is where surviving will be the easiest. In addition, the tropical islands on the center are a great place for a beginner survivor. They add a more basic element to the game, and give you the option to move elsewhere via raft if you might want.

The following creatures will most likely be found in the south:

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Almost all these creatures are harmless. Occasionally, there will be a Dilo or a Raptor and a few minor threats.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Resources are important in ARK, especially when you're trying to get your first shelter built.

These resources will be found in the south:

Resources in the South[edit | edit source]

All the components required for a basic shelter can be found in the south. This is why the south is a great place to start your journey into the ARK.

Challenging Spawn Locations[edit | edit source]

You may feel you can take on the challenging creatures and elements found in the North. The north is much harder to survive in. You will most likely be attacked frequently.

The following creatures will most likely be found in the north:

Creatures[edit | edit source]


There is also the chance for Alpha Creatures to spawn, which is devastating for when you're first starting off.

Resources[edit | edit source]

While the north may be dangerous and difficult to survive in, the resources are more plentiful and valuable than in the south.

Resources in the North[edit | edit source]

Metal is very rare in the south, which is why the north is considered to be resource-plenty.

Temperatures[edit | edit source]

Depending on the north or south, the Temperature will vary. In the south, it will be warm. You should not have a problem with temperature in the south.

However, in the north, the temperatures will be cold. You would want to get into Hide Armor fast, so you can withstand the cold. You may also want to level up in Fortitude. Campfires will also not be a bad idea, as they provide lots of warmth, while giving you Cooked Meat, assuming you have harvested Raw Meat and put it in the fire. Cooked Meat will regenerate your health, which is helpful for when you are attacked.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Stay on the open beach, where forests are not blocking your view. This way you can see all predators in your area and can take precautions in case they decide to attack.
  • Stay away from the mountains, as Argentavis and Sabertooth are fairly common, and will attack you on sight.
  • Try to tame a Pteranodon so you can fly around and see predators from afar.