Wooden Raft

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Wooden Raft
Wooden Raft.png
A floating wooden platform that you can pilot across the water. Can support the weight of structures and be built on.
Type Vehicle
Health 20,000
Weight 85.0
Stack Size 1
Added in v207.0
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 410 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Items/Raft/PrimalItemRaft.PrimalItemRaft'" 1 0 0
Entity Information
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Items/Raft/Raft_BP.Raft_BP'" 500 0 0 1
Required level Level 16
Engram Points 11 EP
Crafting XP 375 XP
Crafting Time 15s

Crafted in Inventory
125 × Fiber.png Fiber
75 × Hide.png Hide
Purchase (Mobile)
Purchased in Lumber Mill Logo Mobile.svg
Outpost Logo Mobile.svg
Cost 100 ×  Cuts Logo Mobile.svg
100 ×  Slips Logo Mobile.svg

The Wooden Raft is a player vehicle that allows for transportation on water. The Wooden Raft platform is useful for establishing a mobile base as structures, beds, and storage items can be placed directly on top. The Raft can also ignore build restrictions allowing you to build inside (Enemy foundation areas, including pillars, walls and even main structures). Good for new players needing to set down a place to build themselves up to survive while looking for a main base location.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Rafts are essentially the wooden boats of Ark with their many fundamental uses. They can be used as cargo ships transporting resources, other survivors and even large Creatures. With building modifications, Rafts can be a type of shelter, mobile home, a houseboat, or even built to be a battle ship for raiding and pirating other players. The sections below will teach you all you need to know about Rafts.

Controls[edit | edit source]

Controlling the raft is easy. Though because it is on water, it continues to slide some distance before stopping.

To start controlling the Raft press E, Y, Triangle.

You can move the raft forward and turn when moving by pressing WASD, Left Stick, Left Stick and Move the Camera with the Right sticks on PS4 or Xbox and the Mouse on pc. The Raft cannot move in Reverse except only on Ark Mobile.

Hide/Unhide Sail[edit | edit source]

You can hide or unhide the raft's sail by pressing and holding E, Y, Triangle.

This makes it easier to see in front of the raft, especially if you've built structures on it.

Attachments[edit | edit source]

On ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, a Sail Plume can be attached to increase the speed of the Raft.

Building[edit | edit source]

For more information and tips on building see also Building.

The raft on its own does not block any spawns; but will prevent natural spawning if there's a foundation or another structure such as pillars, walls etc. attached. Many structures can be placed directly on the raft, however, walls and other building structures require a Foundation. Foundations do not snap to the raft, therefore careful placing is needed.

Players should be careful when building structures obstructing the rudder (the steering part of the raft, consisting of a lever and bottom rudder), as their survivor may become stuck in the structure upon dismounting the raft.

Since structures do not snap to the raft itself, it's wise to use the wood lines in the raft's floor to align floor foundations. To make tiny adjustments while rotating the foundation, lower control or looking sensitivity. To quickly and easily get structures aligned to the raft, utilize the camera reorientation when your avatar mounts the raft. Sometimes a very minor camera adjustment is needed to be considered a valid building location, but your alignment will be within a few degrees. Place a pillar from this orientation and a foundation will snap to the edge. Foundations will snap to each other until the center of the next foundation is no longer above the raft platform; ceilings may then be attached to the edge foundations and new foundations will have a valid snap point under these ceilings. These ceilings may then be removed, and any foundation placed under them (which can calculate a valid snap path back to the raft) will remain in place. Placing a 3x3 foundation pad centered on the side of the first placed pillar facing the player (after dismounting the raft) will overhang the raft front by about a half foundation. If the foundations are sunk into the raft from this alignment, they will protect every portion except the rear pontoon tips, which may be used to mount the raft (but will take damage from anything capable of harming wood structures).

Pillars can also make it possible to build a foundation inside the boat model and may fully enclose the raft's platform, protecting the bottom and top from damage until the foundation is removed. This method allows you to build over the rudder without risk of getting stuck upon dismount.[1]. Using ceilings, you may also extend the raft's size beyond the platform (and foundations will snap beneath the ceiling's overhang), however this must not be used to grief or exploit (PvE and Aesthetic uses allowed[2]).

As is current with build 311.99; pillars, ceilings and foundations may be used to lower successively built foundations further into the raft. The method involves placing a pillar, snapping a foundation to the side, destroying the original pillar, placing a new pillar at one of the lower snap points of the foundation, and placing a new foundation at the pillar's snap point. Rinse and repeat This can be tricky online because the vertical snap points are very close together and latency can cause the structure to snap at a different point than the player thinks they're looking.

Lowering foundations into the raft is possible using only finesse, pillars, and foundations as described; but a second pillar may be placed into the foundation after the first pillar is destroyed, a ceiling placed atop this pillar, another ceiling placed adjacently to make an overhang, and another pillar placed under this ceiling extension at a lower snap point (although it may look very similar). Over several iterations, this will place the newest foundation fully inside the raft. When using thatch foundations, remember that the thatch model looks to be a plane or two higher than the actual surface. You'll know when you're building into the raft deck because the option to mount the raft will appear instead of interaction with the foundation; any exposed deck surface may be damaged by metal tools and some creatures.

Multiple levels of foundation may be placed on the same raft and will snap to each other horizontally (as well as at the vertical snap points of each foundation). This mechanic can be utilized to make a 1x1 enclosed structure over the rudder, where the floor can be used to mount the raft, while the rest of the raft surfaces sit safely inside the slightly higher placed foundations.

If you decide to build a mobile home on a raft, you should be aware that making your home too high can severely limit your visibility when sailing it. A small improvement is to hide the sail in the radial menu. You can use the Third-Person, Orbit Camera Mode (see your options for the key - hold the key, not just press once like the K-Mode), zoom out, and turn around moving the mouse. You can also move the camera beneath the raft to see creatures and other things in the water. But in selfie mode you can't change direction. Building tall structures primarily to the rear or sides of the raft (especially when built on extension ceilings or foundations) can make visibility much better.

Limitations[edit | edit source]

  • Structure limit: 88 (176 in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile)
  • Height limit: Survivors can build up to 6 walls high above the raft, and up to 80 walls below it.
  • Size limit: 9x9 (with the corners being cut off).
  • Transponder Nodes will work on the raft, but must be placed on the raft itself rather than on placed structures
  • C4 Charges do not attach to the Wooden Raft platform.
  • The only way for a raft's ownership to be changed with structures on it is for a server admin to use Admin commands such as cheat ForcePlayerToJoinTargetTribe 0 to join another tribe and then cheat GiveAllStructure for transferring Ownership.
  • No matter the size of the raft, it will fit through a 1 foundation wide gap. Structures inside the raft will not be affected by this clipping; any animals though (even if totally enclosed by walls) will be pushed off the raft if they collide with the obstacle.

Stats[edit | edit source]

The raft has 20,000 health in total, and is considered wood tier regarding to health. Metal pike does 20 damage, a grenade 788. The mast and helm are damageable by player attacks. Items inside of containers do not add to the raft's weight limit, and the raft itself does not store items. The raft has a total weight limit of 1800 units of the dinosaurs/structures on it.

  • The Wooden Raft is treated as a wooden structure and can not be damaged by hands, stone weapons, or non-explosive ranged attacks.
  • The following aggressive creatures can not damage the Wooden Raft:

Dangers[edit | edit source]

  • Stay close to shore to avoid Leedsichthys. These are capable of destroying even the greatest of rafts. Be careful to not aggro dinosaurs (such as by taking an egg or accidentally hitting it with a hatchet) because they may destroy all your storage boxes. If you want to hunt dinos, leave your raft at base.
  • Sarcos will not attack the driver (actively driving), but passengers, including tamed Dinosaurs, are fair game to it. If the tamed are not visible to the possible attackers though (surrounded by high walls or low walls with ceilings), they will be left alone.
  • It is possible to travel through the narrowest and shallowest of rivers, such as the Eastern Redwood one with a raft as long as you destroy rocks ahead. If caught within them the raft will be destroyed in seconds and leave you vulnerable to surrounding predators.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Purely aquatic creatures, such as the Megalodon and Megapiranha, will not attack the raft if passengers or dinosaurs are on the raft.
  • Because the resources needed to build a raft can be easily acquired, and building a raft grants you a whopping 80 XP, building rafts can be used to quickly level your character, especially during the earlier levels.
  • Animals capable wearing platform saddles, such as Paracer, Brontosaurus, and Quetzal are unable to stand on other platforms, which includes the raft. When such an animal attempts to stand on a raft, it will slide right off it. The Quetzal, on the other hand, will automatically take off upon landing on the raft.
  • If your raft appears to be stuck on land, try relogging. If this doesn't fix the issue, your raft may be stuck on a log or rock underneath it. Clear the resource and try again.
    • If this problem is still not solved, then "ghost" command becomes the must to rescue your raft.
  • Wooden Raft is not fast enough to outrun a Leedsichthys.
  • Driving the Wooden Raft into a lava stream on The Center map will cause the raft to be pushed back and demolished.
  • The Motorboat is the upgraded version of the Wooden Raft.
  • Wild animals will occasionally land on or walk upon your raft.
  • Having a raft is similar to a tamed animal. They can be named, unclaimed, or destroyed, and have their own health level which will take damage from predators when ridden. However, predators will ignore rafts unless unridden.
  • On ARK: Mobile, Leedsichthys do not destroy rafts.
  • All predators will ignore players riding rafts. However they will notice you if you "dismount" and become aggressive. The raft will take all damage but animals capable of dismounting like Raptors and Kaprosuchus will remove you from the raft.

Painting and Color Regions[edit | edit source]

As the Wooden Raft is a Vehicle, it is actually treated as an Entity (such as a Human or Dinosaur) rather than a static Structure, thus it does not have any preset paint regions.

Instead, you can still doodle on it by "attacking" it with a Paintbrush, which will open the "Apply Paint" Menu. Then, click and drag your cursor over the 3D model (like a paintbrush) to draw anything you want. See Painting for more information on doodling.

Video[edit | edit source]

Showcase Of Wooden Rafts
Easy Foundation Lowering
Sunken Raft Foundations Tutorial

References[edit | edit source]