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The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment composed of many natural and unnatural structures above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully Exploring its secrets, you’ll find exotic  Creatures and rare Blueprints. Giant  Supply Crates of colored light mark unknown offerings from above, but beware of other survivors, as the beacons can be seen from far off. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the back-story of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a  Compass or  GPS to aid in exploring with other players whom you can communicate with via proximity text, voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game  Signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet... how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the Ark? A definitive end-game is available.


Supply Crates summon supply drops at their base and spawn twice per in-game day, lasting approximately 30 minutes each time. The locations of the beacons are relatively set though their color will change randomly, and building any sort of structure at the beacon's base will cause the beacon to cease spawning there.

The contents of the beacon supply drops are semi-random, though they typically include level-appropriate items such as saddles, complete armor sets, building supplies, or weaponry.

The colors of the beacons correspond to the survivor level required to loot them, as follows:

The Island/The Center/Ragnarok
Color Level Requirement
White Beacon.png White 3
Green Beacon.png Green 15
Blue Beacon.png Blue 25
Purple Beacon.png Purple 35
Yellow Beacon.png Yellow 45
Red Beacon.png Red 60
Scorched Earth
Color Level Requirement
White Beacon.png White 3
Green Beacon.png Green 15
Blue Beacon.png Blue 30
Purple Beacon.png Purple 45
Yellow Beacon.png Yellow 55
Red Beacon.png Red 70


For interactive maps with a lot of explorable things see Explorer Maps.