The Island

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Disambig.png This article is about the ARK. For the region on Valguero, see The Island.

The Island
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The Island is the first known ARK.
Content Type Base Map
Steam Release Date Steam.svg June 2, 2015
Xbox Release Date Xbox One.svg December 16, 2015
PS4 Release Date PS.svg December 6, 2016
Mobile Release Date Logo Mobile.svg May 24th, 2018
Switch Release Date Nintendo Switch.svg November 30th, 2018
Epic Games Release Date Epic Games.svg June 11th, 2020
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The Island is a map included with the base game of ARK: Survival Evolved. It is the first known ARK.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Island consists of multiple climatic and geological regions. There are five larger mountains in the north and plains in the south. Three large Obelisks form a triangle on the Island.

The Island Map[edit | edit source]

The Island is a large landmass with several smaller islands surrounding the central island. Resources become more common as one travels farther inland, but so do the dangers. Some areas are higher in temperature while others are lower which can be life threatening.

On The Island there are two types of Weather, Rain and Fog. When it rains, you will gain Water and be able to fill your Waterskin, Water Jar, or Canteen. When fog rolls in, it is hard to see very far.

Regions[edit | edit source]

Deep Ocean Underwater The Eastern Plains The Southeast Shores The Western Plains Southeastern Shores The Gulch of Lamentation Northeast Shores The Western Coast Cragg's Island Southern Jungle The Eastern Forest The Footpaw The Deep Island The Dead Island Weathertop Far's Peak Frozen Tooth The Grand Hills The Red Peak Writhing Swamps Drayo's Cove Frozen Sea Whitesky Peak Underwater Cave The Frigid Plains The Redwood Forests Winter's Mouth Frozen Fang Volcanic Maw Ice Wyrm's Belly Lava Cave (The Island) The Belly of the Beast The Descent The Frigid Deep The Frozen Maw The Shadow Road The Throat of Borea The Throat of Flame The Caverns of Lost Faith The Caverns of Lost Hope Cave Northern Shores Smuggler's Pass Southern Islets The Hidden Lake The Maw The Western Approach
Regions of the The Island

  • Deep Ocean.jpg
    Deep Ocean
  • CaveNE.jpg
    North East Cave
  • Northeast Shores.jpg
    Northeast Shores
  • Northern Shores.jpg
    Northern Shores
  • Smuggler's Pass.jpg
    Smuggler's Pass
  • Dead Island.jpg
    The Dead Island
  • Northern Plains.jpg
    The Frigid Plains
  • Winter'sMouthNight.png
    The Frozen Fang
  • The Frozen Maw.jpg
    The Frozen Maw
  • FrozenSeaNW.png
    The Frozen Sea
  • Frozen Tooth.jpg
    The Frozen Tooth
  • Hidden Valley.png
    The Hidden Lake
  • The Maw.jpg
    The Maw
  • Winter's Mouth.jpg
    Winter's Mouth

  • Far's Peak.jpg
    Far's Peak
  • The Caverns of Lost Hope.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Hope
  • Eastern Forest.jpg
    The Eastern Forest
  • The Eastern Plains.jpg
    The Eastern Plains
  • Gulch of Lamentation.jpg
    The Gulch of Lamentation

  • The Caverns of Lost Faith.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Faith
  • The Western Coast.jpg
    The Western Coast

  • Drayo's Cove.jpg
    Drayo's Cove
  • Lava Cave.jpg
    Lava Cave
  • CaveLS.jpg
    Lower South Cave
  • Southeastern Shores.jpg
    Southeastern Shores
  • Blank.png
    The Southeast Shores
  • Southern Islets.jpg
    Southern Islets
  • Herbivore Island.jpg
    South Haven
  • CaveUS3.jpg
    Upper South Cave

  • Craggs Island.jpg
    Cragg's Island
  • Southern Jungle.jpg
    Southern Jungle
  • Footpaw.jpg
    The Footpaw
  • The Western Approach.jpg
    The Western Approach
  • Weathertop.jpg

  • Blank.png
    Ice Wyrm's Belly
  • CaveNW.jpg
    North West Cave
  • Blank.png
    Northwest Shores
  • CaveSnow.jpg
    Snow Cave
  • Tek Cave Inside2.jpg
    Tek Cave
  • Blank.png
    The Belly of the Beast
  • Blank.png
    The Descent
  • ChalicotheriumSnow.jpg
    The Frigid Deep
  • Grand Hills.jpg
    The Grand Hills
  • Blank.png
    The Shadow Road
  • Blank.png
    The Throat of Borea
  • Blank.png
    The Throat of Flame
  • The Western Plains.jpg
    The Western Plains
  • Blank.png
    Volcanic Maw
  • Volcano.jpg
  • Whitesky Peak.jpg
    Whitesky Peak

  • CaveC.jpg
    Central Cave
  • CaveSwamp.jpg
    Swamp Cave
  • Deep Island.jpg
    The Deep Island
  • Red Peak.jpg
    The Red Peak
  • Redwood Forests.jpg
    The Redwood Forests
  • Writhing Swamps.jpg
    The Writhing Swamps

  • ArenaBroodmother.jpg
    Broodmother Arena
  • Dragon Arena.jpg
    Dragon Arena
  • Megapithecus Arena.jpg
    Megapithecus Arena
  • ArenaOverseer.jpg
    Overseer Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations[edit | edit source]

Map created by Felski

Data Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Preview Resources Map (Scorched Earth).png
    Strategic Resources
  • Level 55.jpg
    Exploring the map
  • MaskOn.jpg
    Loot Crates
  • SpawnMapIcon.png
    Spawn Map

Creatures[edit | edit source]

The following creatures can spawn on The Island:

Event Creatures[edit | edit source]

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Explorer Notes[edit | edit source]


As The Island is part of the story of the ARKs, NoteHelena.png Explorer Notes can be found across the map. These Explorer Notes document the ARK lore. For more in-depth information, see Explorer Notes


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In addition to the Explorer Notes, NoteHelena.png Dossiers can also be found on The Island, written by Helena Walker to document the research of The Island's creatures. For more in-depth information, see Dossiers.

Artifacts[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many of the dossiers involving the ocean creatures on the island have various misconceptions (there is the upcoming TLC phase 3 however so some of this is possibly subject to change).
    • within the Megalodon dossier it states that "Were it not restricted to the waters, Carcharodon ultramegalodon would be one of the most dangerous creatures on the island." which is extremely exaggerated considering it's stats are lower than creatures such as the rex or spino by a considerable amount and even then its not nearly as strong as other oceanic predators such as mosas, tusos and even plesiosaurs which the dossier claims the megalodons hunted them and that the megalodons were even the apex predators before helena discovered the mosasaurus.
    • In the Mosasaurus dossier it is accidentally called Tylosaurus which is a related species however its likely a mistake as in the actual text for the mosasaurus its just called mosasaurus and not tylosaurus.
    • In the Plesiosaur dossier it states that plesiosaurs only hunt things small like humans however in game they will attack just about anything including megalodons and mosasaurus.
    • In the Tusoteuthis dossier it is given a incorrect size as its stated to be 30 feet long however in the mosasaurus dossier the mosa is stated to be 50 feet long which in game the tusoteuthis is actually larger than the mosasaurus.
    • In the Cnidaria dossier its stated to not be generally aggressive and dont have a very good perception however they will track and shock creatures and even chase them which is nothing like the dossier.
    • Finally within both the Mosasaurus and the Plesiosaur dossier it's stated that they make fantastic bases however this could not be farther from the truth as the structures built on them arent water proof and do not provide oxygen meaning unless you use scuba gear you will drown eventually.
  • On Xbox since v757: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend2. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • On PS4 since v510: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island ascension, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend1. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • Every single story ark has their own themes with the island ark in particular being based around prehistoric animals mostly.
  • In lore, Helena notes about many things about the Island's abnormal ecology.
    • The Island almost has a 2 to 1 predator to prey ratio, the complete opposite of how an ecosystem works where prey always outnumbers predators.
    • Obelisks dot the Island in different colors.
    • Creatures of different time periods are coexisting.
    • Once tamed, the creatures are suddenly obedient to the survivors.
    • Gestation rates of all the creatures are abnormally quick.
    • Tames of different species never fight amongst each other.
    • Dead Island and the South Haven Island shouldn't be existing due to them having only predators and herbivores respectively. Helena notes that predators are prone to carry parasites in their meat and based on facts, herbivores overpopulating an area results in the population starving to death due to lack of food for the massive population.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
309.4 The lava on The Island in caves and the lava in the Wyvern trench on S.E. will no longer damage Magmasaur

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Webresources[edit | edit source]