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DLC for ARK with a new cave map, Creatures, and game mechanics.

Content Type
Price (USD)
$24.87 USD
Release Dates
Dec 12, 2017
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Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
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Dec 26, 2022
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Jun 11, 2020

Aberration is an Expansion Pack for ARK: Survival Evolved. It was released on December 12, 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 at the initial price of $19.99 USD.[1] It is also available for purchase through the season pass.

Any creatures tamed and items received can be brought to the vanilla island and used by people with and without the expansion. Items from the DLC can also be spawned manually if you don't own the expansion pack.

All music was made by Gareth Coker.


Aberration places survivors on a damaged ARK: its internal atmosphere has leaked away, resulting in a harsh surface with intense radiation, and a plethora of lush biomes underground. With the maintenance systems of this ARK malfunctioning, the many hazards, creatures, and nature of the environment present a thrilling new world to explore and master.

The intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in new creatures with amazing abilities! Among others, clamber up walls & glide through the air on the back of a camouflaging chameleon-like ‘Rock Drake’, keep the dark at bay with a friendly ‘Bulbdog’, grab and toss multiple creatures simultaneously with a massive ‘Karkinos’, or—if you are talented enough to tame one—command the vile ‘Reaper’ by being impregnated with a horrifying reproductive chest-burster!

New tools are on-hand to survive on the world of Aberration, while opening up many possibilities for new competitive and cooperative scenarios. Traverse the ARK using  cave-climbing picks,  gliding wingsuits, and  ziplines. Learn advanced Engrams to dominate the harsh environment, protect yourself with Hazard Suits,  Charge Lanterns,  Batteries,  Glow Sticks, and much more. Thrive by gathering new resources, using  fishing baskets,  Gas Collectors, fortify your home within the caverns using  cliff structures, and much more!

Earthquakes, radiation exposure, gas leaks, and Element chambers are among the many hazards that survivors will learn to grapple with Aberration’s varied biomes, both aboveground and below the surface. But among the greatest challenges on this ruined ARK is the hierarchy of unrelenting  Nameless, requiring constant vigilance & Charge Energy to defend against!

And in the deepest depths of Aberration, their terrifying — yet somehow familiar — master awaits… will YOU be among the survivors powerful enough to face him?

The Underground Map

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Regions of Aberration


The map is the underground of a damaged ARK. Most of the features are related to underground, where new Resources exist, such as  Fungal Wood and  Gems. Rather than being an island, the majority of the map is enclosed underground biomes, making it especially advisable to carry a  Compass or  GPS to not get turned around in the dark twists and turns. Radiation seeps in at specific locations of the map, causing exposed players not wearing  Protective Gear to take damage over time. Other new strange effects are also a feature.

There are three main regions, excluding the surface: The green region being the Fertile, the blue region being the Bio luminescence, and the red region being the Element. Fertile Land do not have any negative effects, Bio luminescence is cold, and Element contains radiation, inflicting both survivors and tamed dinos with Radiation sickness over time without protection.

 Oil is harder to get, since other than the  Trilobite,  Dung Beetle,  Lamprey and rare  Seeker drops, the only other natural source of Oil is at the Surface or in the much more difficult area beyond The Spine. But It can be dropped by Tek Dinos.

Like the other maps,  Supply Crates only spawn on the surface, but unlike other maps, crates can still be found below the surface, outside of artifact caves, in the form of  Loot Crates.

New Resources

A new and fairly vital resource to the game is the  Gem, which has three color types found in areas of varying difficulty.  Green Gems are found almost immediately upon spawning in the Portal and are found further on in the Fertile region.  Blue Gems are found within the Luminescent Biome.  Red Gems are found in the more difficult depths of Aberration, in The Spine, Lost Roads, and Element Falls regions.

A lesser vital resource  Fungal Wood is gathered like regular  Wood but from the larger mushrooms scattered around the underground. It substitutes for  Wood in recipes, but is explicitly required for making the new structure  Shag Rug.

 Mushrooms appear around the map as a harvestable resource, similar to the bushes found for  Berries. However, be careful to avoid the Blue or Red mushrooms found across the map, as these are harvestable but dangerous. Blue mushrooms inflict instant Hypothermia. Red mushrooms inflict hallucination, which can be deadly: side effects other than colorful vision include uncontrollable direction change, constant defecation and its attendant increased hunger, and forgetfulness of breathing - better known as Suffocation, but it ignores Oxygen level of the player as it automatically registers as if the player has 0 Oxygen. Any of these side effects could kill unprepared players. These effects can also harm shoulder-mounted dinos, so be careful. However, eating the  Aquatic Mushroom provides temporary immunity to the Freezing Debuff or Luminous Poisons, and eating the  Aggeravic Mushroom provides temporary immunity to the Hallucinating Debuff or Fertile Poisons.

New Features

As the map is mainly underground, Earthquakes often happen which drop random items including  Wood,  Flint,  Rare Mushrooms,  Stone, Gems,  Obsidian, and  Crystal. They also randomly move sleeping survivors that are not anchored to their beds, and cause survivors using a zipline or climbing pick to fall.

There are also locations where  Element can be crafted, called Charge Nodes. These require resources to craft, and one of the main items needed is  Element Ore which is found on The Surface or in The Grave of the Lost.

New Creatures

Two new Creatures, the  Nameless and the  Reaper, emerge with differing frequencies within areas of both the Bio luminescence and Element Regions, in the absence of Charged Light, including inside player-made structures. It is well-advised to keep sources of Charge Light around the base as regular light sources do not prevent them from emerging. Charge Light is usually best provided by the new creatures:  Featherlight,  Bulbdog,  Glowtail, and  Shinehorn.

Another new creature, the  Ravager quickly becomes a survivor favourite as the melee animal of choice, as their damage rapidly stacks with their pack bonus.

Unique Environmental Features


  •  Nameless and  Reaper never spawn here, if they follow you from a surface entrance or other region, they will remain until they lose aggravation, then immediately burrow underground out of sight (possibly) when they reach this region.
  • Dizzy Spores most often happens around this region.
  • Red-Capped Red-stemmed Mushroom and Green Gem cluster are present around the region.
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    Mushroom Forest
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    Old Railway Cave
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    River Valley
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    The Ancient Device
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    The Fallen Nexus

  •  Nameless,  Reaper King and  Reaper Queen (except surface) sometimes spawns here.
  • Element Spores most often happen around this region.
  • Brown-stemmed stalk Mushroom and Red Gem cluster are present around the region.
  • Radiation occurs around certain parts of this region.
  • The liquid Molten Element found within this region damages anyone (and anything on the shoulder) who touches within (excluding wild creatures). Wearing a full  Hazard Suit Armor does not negate this, but a full  Federation Exo Armor or  Tek Armor negates the damaging effect on survivors (but damages the armor in the process), and also charges up their armor.
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    Element Falls
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    Elemental Vault
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    Halls of the Reaper
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    Halls of the Reaper Queen
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    Hope's End
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    Teeming Caverns
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    The Grave of the Lost
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    The Lost Roads
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    The Spine

Approximate Spawn Locations

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Spawn Locations

Portal (easiest)1
Fertile Lake 1 (easy)
Fertile Lake 2 (easy)
Fertile Lake 3 (easy)
Fertile Lake 4 (medium)
Upper Mushroom Forest (medium)
Lower Mushroom Forest (medium)
Fertile River (medium)
The Edge 1 (hard)2
The Edge 2 (hard)
The Edge 3 (hard)
The Edge 4 (hard)

1 Despite being labeled easiest, this is one of the more dangerous spawn points on the map.
2 Despite being labeled hard, this is one of the safest spawn points on the map (when you go north).

Data Maps

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    Strategic Resources
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    Exploring the map
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    Creature Spawns


Unique Creatures

Aberration added the following creatures

Additionally, ARK: Survival Ascended's release of Aberration will bring the  Yi Ling.

Other Spawns

In addition to the DLC-exclusive Creatures, the map is also comprised of mostly new variants of creatures called Aberrant Creatures and 4 other Non Aberrant Creatures, the following creatures spawn on the map:

All Regions

Fertile Region

Bio-Luminescent Region

Molten Element Region

Compared to their standard versions, Aberrant Creatures have 4% less health, deal 6% more damage and glow in the dark.

 Aberrant Dimorphodon was previously thought to not spawn, but has now been found in some regions of the map.

 Aberrant Araneo has been known to be sighted around Grave of the Lost and Rockwell Terminal, but much like Dimorphodon, are a rare sight.

Unknown Spawns

Data containing  Aberrant Megalania exist within game files, but does not spawn on Aberration. This is due to a design choice in favor of Rock Drakes.[2]

Radiation Immune

Radiation is a new hazard introduced on Aberration that deals continuous damage to vulnerable targets that rapidly stacks-up, and cannot yet be cleansed. They are mainly found within Element Regions. The following Aberrant creatures are immune to radiation damage

The regular  Megalania which can be downloaded from other maps is immune. The  Aberrant Megalania is also immune, but cannot be found on Aberration.

Most of the life indigenous to the Aberration ARK is also immune. However, the following native creatures are noteworthy for not being immune:

All imported creatures without the Aberrant mutation and all Aberrant Creatures not included in the above list of those immune, as well as Tek Creatures, are also vulnerable. The most notable radiation-vulnerable creatures are Aberrant Ankylosaurus and Aberrant Doedicurus, due to their high utility in mining. You will need to feed them Mushroom Brew every 120 seconds to keep them from suffering the effects of Radiation.

Event Creatures

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Downloadable Creatures

Only certain creatures can be downloaded on Aberration. This limitation can be disabled with the CrossARKAllowForeignDinoDownloads option. See CrossARK Transfers for more details and a full list.


All items from the base game (not all Tekgrams) are unlockable on Aberration.



Trophies and Tributes

Weapons, Armor, and Tools





Explorer Notes


As Aberration is part of the story of the ARKs, NoteDiana.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 Aberration, written by Helena Walker to document the research of Aberration's creatures. For more in-depth information, see Dossiers.


Disambig.png Main article:  Artifacts

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  • Though not recommended, the element infused water found in the radioactive zone will charge TEK armor and Federation Exo armor if one jumps into the water while wearing it. However, note that this charge will last for a significantly shorter amount of time compared to if you had used element to power your armor. The armor will otherwise protect you from the harmful effects of the water.
  • Unlike the main game and the previous DLC Scorched Earth and like Extinction, this expansion pack includes mainly non-existent creatures from fantasy. (e.g.  Bulbdog,  Nameless, and  Reaper King), and creatures from mythology such as the  Rock Drake,  Basilisk, and  Karkinos.
  • Similarly to Scorched Earth, Aberration never shows all of its Guardians.
    • However unlike Scorched Earth it doesn't show any Guardians at all.
    • In lore it was confirmed that there were once Guardians as the old Overseer of Aberration was mentioned in explorer notes to transform into element versions of its Guardians similarly to the Overseer on the Island and presumably the Overseer on Scorched Earth could probably do the same as well transforming into a element version of the Manticore and the other 2 Guardians.
  • Almost every creature on Aberration is brand new except for the  Tek Parasaur,  Tek Raptor,  Tek Stegosaurus and the  Giant Bee.
  • The Broken ARK, which is the setting for this DLC, is visible during the Ascension cutscene of the Island if one looks out the windows.
  • According to the end video after defeating Rockwell, it appears you are sent through portal frames in the Element Falls shaft, through the Portal, across space then arriving on what looks like a ruined earth, which is the setting for the DLC Extinction.
  • With the information gathered from the dossiers and explorer notes, it's discovered that Diana (a former survivor of Aberration) is responsible for the scorched Surface, dysfunction and instability of the Obelisks, and the rise of  Rockwell as the Overseer of Aberration, when her group destroyed the original Overseer. In the life on Aberration before the damage, it seems the  Overseer would have spawned and been located in the same manner as on The Island. However, with the destruction of the  Overseer and apparent control center for the ARK, the shields fell as earthquakes began.
  • If you stand near those large crystals sticking out of the roof of some regions, you can hear strange humming.
  • Aberration is currently the only map that allows any creature within an Artifact cave to be tamed. Other maps with caves have at least one cave which contains creatures that aren’t able to be tamed.
  • Prior to Patch 282.102,  Tek Teleporter couldn’t be built anywhere within Aberration.
  • Though it is sometimes thought to be molten, the purple liquid in the Red zone cannot be in any way molten or hot, as creatures such as  Aberrant Cnidaria and  Lamprey can live in it. It is far more likely that it is element-infused, poisonous water that can only be tolerated by few organisms.
  • While most of the creatures found on Aberration are fantasy creatures it is possible like most other creatures the animals found on Aberration could have come from a fantasy world in Ark that no longer exists, because most of the creatures kept in the Arks are creatures that come from a world that can't support life anymore.
    • Astrodelphis were also reported to be found in outer space and not created by people, proving that alien life exists in this universe.
  • Additionally for a very long time there was a underwater obelisk planned for Ark and the Kraken boss in Atlas is essentially a Reskin of the Rockwell boss battle in Aberration.
  •  Aberrant Megalosaurus does not stay awake when transferred to other maps such as Valguero or The Island.
  • Prior to the release of Genesis, players who logged their survivor out from Scorched Earth had the same title screen as if players logged their survivor out of Aberration.
  • Besides its formal definition, the level design and name of Aberration might possibly be inspired by the optical effect of chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration is caused when color wavelengths fail to align on the same focal plane which then separate into the three primary colors of white light: red, green and blue.
  • Aberration was also the first map to have a generated structure that is interactable found on ONLY that map other than the terminals and obelisks being the Charge node (You can also find charge nodes on the Crystal Isles map), Extinction having the City Terminal, and Genesis part 1 having the Mission Dispatcher.
  • Aberration is the first map to have two tamable creatures that are only tamed by raising them on birth, which are  Rock Drake and  Reaper.
  • Aberration had been available on Google Stadia from Sep 1, 2021 until Dec 14th, 2022 due to the platform shutting down.
  • Announced in the Community Crunch 355 on March 31st 2023, Aberration should be included in Ark: Survival Ascended, the UE5 remaster of Ark: Survival Evolved, and is expected to debut in Q4 2023. In the following Community Crunch 356 on April 7th 2023, it is mentioned that it should be included in the normal game purchase, without needing extra DLC purchases.


Patch Changes
309.53 Made several collision improvements for meshes on Aberration



External links

1 This expansion pack only available as part of ARK: Survival Evolved Season Pass and is not sold separately.