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DLC about the Corrupted Earth of ARK.

Content Type
Price (USD)
$24.87 USD
Release Dates
Nov 6, 2018
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Nov 13, 2018
Nov 13, 2018
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Apr 4, 2023
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Jun 11, 2020
Jesse Twitter.jpg ARK: Extinction is going to challenge and delight you in all sorts of new ways.
~ Jesse[1]

Extinction is the third paid Expansion Pack for ARK: Survival Evolved.

Extinction was released on November 6th, 2018 for PC and released on November 13th for Xbox One and PS4, and is available for purchase through the Season Pass.


Extinction places survivors on an  Element-infested, ravaged planet filled with fantastical creatures both organic and technological. Earth holds both the secrets of the past and the keys to its salvation.

The Corrupted Earth Map

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Regions of the Extinction

This map, set on Ravaged Earth rather than an ARK up in space, forces players to survive an Earth unfamiliar to us: one of strange features and stranger creatures. In the center of the map lies an abandoned city, usually referred to as the Great City or Sanctuary. It is the remains of some great technologically advanced civilization, the same one that built the ARKs. Outside of the city borders, pockets of life can be hard to find among the corrupted wasteland. They are still there, however, in the protective borders of the Proto-ARKs. To the southeast, the desert Proto-ARK exists. To the north, the Snow Dome, a second Proto-ARK. Another exists to the northwest, called the Sunken Forest, which was supposed to be another ARK but failed when it collapsed into the ground, presumably due to there being a large sinkhole underneath it. Strangely enough, the Proto-ARKs represent past challenges the survivor has faced: the Sanctuary and Snow Dome vaguely representing The Island, the Desert Dome representing Scorched Earth, and the Sunken Forest bearing similarities to Aberration.

Toward the bottom left of the map lie the Sulfur Fields. Despite containing acid in place of water, and being harsh, dry and rocky, it is one of the more liveable areas of the wasteland; and due to containing sulfur, gas and sap, it can be worth visiting for it's resources. The Forbidden Zone, considered by some players to be the most dangerous part of the wasteland, makes up the northern center of the map and is overall paler in colour than the rest of the area. It contains a flat, open area at the top of the Zone, where the King Titan is fought.

The central south of the wasteland holds the Sweeping Spires and the Sludge Basin. The Spires are formed of sweeping, curving cliffs and, as it's name suggests, spires, and borders the dropoff at the edge of the map. The Sludge Basin is tucked beneath the cliffs of the Spires, and is primarily filled by rivers of murky goo. Despite being called 'dead' this Earth may be more alive than we first thought, but with life we don't understand.

New Resources

Corrupted Earth features several new resources as well as existing ones from previous DLCs. Some of these resources, such as  Blue Crystalized Sap and  Silicate serve as substitutes for other resources.

New Features

Corrupted Earth contains several interactive structure drops known as  Orbital Supply Drops and  Element Nodes. This new feature requires all survivors with their tamed Creatures to fend off against waves of Corrupted Creatures to obtain the items left behind inside, in the form of PvE style raid.[2] The in parts irregular outer boundary of the map is indicated with poles bearing red lights at the top. Crossing the outer boundary of the map will, unlike in the other maps, instantly kill you and your tamed creature.

New Creatures

Corrupted Earth contains living creatures. The corruption of  Element has led to turning most of the Creatures into a variant known as "Corrupted" which roam around the earth. Due to the over-exposure of the  Element, their minds and bodies have become too Corrupted to be tamed like their original counterparts, and must be killed on sight since not only will they destroy anything non-corrupt in their way, their minds moves in a "hive-mentality" state which makes any previous Temperament they were known for redundant. These include creatures like the  Corrupted Wyvern from Scorched Earth and the  Corrupted Rock Drake from Aberration.

Moreover, these Corrupted Creatures react to activations of  Orbital Supply Drops and  Element Nodes, causing them to amass against the tribes who activated them in waves and will attack not only them, but mainly the activated drop as well.

However, not all creatures mutated by the  Element submit to its "hive-mentality". Some creatures, such as  Gasbags still retain its normal temperament, thus allowing survivors to tame them despite their state of appearance.

Enormous Creatures, known as "Titans" roam across sections of the map accessible through dungeons/caves once their following prototype Obelisks are activated. They are extremely aggressive, but survivors who managed to knock them down will be able to tame the savage beasts temporarily, the 3 "smaller" Titans must be defeated in order to fight the final and strongest Titan for the expansion.

Within Earth lies technologies like the  Enforcer and the  Scout. While these new Mechanical Creatures cannot be tamed like organic beings, they can be crafted by survivors with parts from destroyed Creatures and blueprints from  Orbital Supply Drops to build them as part of their tribe.


Different from its predecessors, Extinction does not contain  Supply Crates or  Loot Crates that descend from the sky or appear on the ground as in Aberration. There are several ways to obtain loot items:

Unique Environmental Features

  • Three proto-Arks which house three biomes: Desert, Snow and Forest.
  • Eclipses that temporarily dim the light.
  • Geysers that launch survivors and Creatures into the air.
  • Meteor showers where meteors rain down upon the land and destroy structures and kill Creatures.
  •  Orbital Supply Drops that fall from the sky and  Element Nodes that rise from the ground that, when activated, start PvE horde-styled events. The orbital supply drops are also attacked by the corrupted dinosaurs


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    Camp Omega
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    Diana Memorial Fountain
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  • Memorial Park (Extinction).jpg
    Memorial Park
  • Memorial Waterfront (Extinction).jpg
    Memorial Waterfront
  • Obelisk Park (Extinction).jpg
    Obelisk Park
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    Sanctuary Obelisk
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    Sanctuary Park
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    Sanctuary Parkway
  • Santiago's Grave (Extinction).jpg
    Santiago's Grave
  • The Trench (Extinction).jpg
    The Trench

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    Arid Steps
  • Badlands (Extinction).jpg
  • Desert Cave (Extinction).jpg
    Desert Cave
  • Desert Dome (Extinction).jpg
    Desert Dome
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    Exposed Dome
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    Geiser Falls
  • Geiser Springs (Extinction).jpg
    Geiser Springs
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    Striker's Landing
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    Striker's Point
  • The Cassinese River (Extinction).jpg
    The Cassinese River
  • The Narrows (Extinction).jpg
    The Narrows
  • The Outlook (Extinction).jpg
    The Outlook
  • Thundering Basin (Extinction).jpg
    Thundering Basin

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    Beckette's Bridge
  • Beckette's Falls (Extinction).jpg
    Beckette's Falls
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    Beckette's Other Bridge
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    Fort Nova
  • Frozen Falls (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Falls
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    Frozen Lake
  • Frozen Tundra (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Tundra
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    Grey Fist Mountain
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    Hulterel Plains
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    Ice Cave
  • Ice Tail River (Extinction).jpg
    Ice Tail River
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    Loose Rock Ridge
  • Picholm Mountain (Extinction).jpg
    Picholm Mountain
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    Relic Of The Past
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    Snow Dome
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    The Frozen Lens
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    The Gallanwell Pass
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    Wisp Vile Ridge

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    Crater Forest
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    Crystal Falls
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    Crystal Path
  • Fallen Tower (Extinction).jpg
    Fallen Tower
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    Forest Cave
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    Secluded Lake
  • The Core (Extinction).jpg
    The Core
  • The Hideout (Extinction).jpg
    The Hideout
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    The UnderForest Ruins
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    The UnderForest
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    Western Ramp

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  • Blood Hollows (Extinction).jpg
    Blood Hollows
  • Bracken Institution (Extinction).jpg
    Bracken Institution
  • Carver Rock (Extinction).jpg
    Carver Rock
  • Control Center (Extinction).jpg
    Control Center
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    Control Room
  • Corrupted Den (Extinction).jpg
    Corrupted Den
  • Corrupted Terminal (Extinction).jpg
    Corrupted Terminal
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    Crater Pass
  • Crater Runoff (Extinction).jpg
    Crater Runoff
  • Crimson Falls (Extinction).jpg
    Crimson Falls
  • Crystal River (Extinction).jpg
    Crystal River
  • Delta Tower (Extinction).jpg
    Delta Tower
  • Dome Treatment (Extinction).jpg
    Dome Treatment
  • Eroded Pass (Extinction).jpg
    Eroded Pass
  • Flodded Pond (Extinction).jpg
    Flodded Pond
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    Flooded Waterway
  • Forbidden Zone (Extinction).jpg
    Forbidden Zone
  • Frozen Approach (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Approach
  • Frozen Grotto (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Grotto
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    Giants Steppes
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    Glaicer Pass
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    The Grip of Torment
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    Ivory Gulch
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    Jagged Lookout
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    Lower Spires
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    Lowlands Runnoff
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    Mt. Bracken
  • Old Ruins (Extinction).jpg
    Old Ruins
  • Searing Springs (Extinction).jpg
    Searing Springs
  • Sludge Basin (Extinction).jpg
    Sludge Basin
  • Spire Lookout (Extinction).jpg
    Spire Lookout
  • Spire River (Extinction).jpg
    Spire River
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  • Sulfur Fields (Extinction).jpg
    Sulfur Fields
  • The Crater (Extinction).jpg
    The Crater
  • The Hopeless Ravine (Extinction).jpg
    The Hopeless Ravine
  • The lowlands (Extinction).jpg
    The lowlands
  • The Ribcage (Extinction).jpg
    The Ribcage
  • The Sweeping Spires (Extinction).jpg
    The Sweeping Spires
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    Treatment Runnoff
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  • Vile Straight (Extinction).jpg
    Vile Straight
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  • Water Main (Extinction).jpg
    Water Main

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    Desert Titan Arena
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    Ice Titan Arena
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    Forest Titan Arena
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    King Titan Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations

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Approximate Spawn Locations

Sunken Forest

Data Maps

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    Strategic Resources
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    Exploring the map
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    Creature Spawns


Unique Creatures

Some of the creatures here can only be "tamed" through crafting from remains of said creature's part.

Additionally, ARK: Survival Ascended's release of Extinction will bring the  Dreadnoughtus and a yet to be announced creature.

Other Spawns

Normal Creatures

Corrupted Creatures

 Corrupted variants can be found wandering around Earth, most notably in the Wasteland. These dino/creatures have been infected by  Element to the point where their minds are under a "hive-mentality", rendering them untameable, and must be killed as they are extremely aggressive (even naturally skittish creatures).

Event Creatures


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



Trophies and Tributes

Weapons, Armor, and Tools




Explorer Notes


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


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  • Extinction was the first Expansion Pack to:
    • not take place in an Ark.
    • have tamable bosses
    • have new types of bosses.
    • have a chronicles event leading up to the release.
    • to have the logo with only one glowing edge and a sharp top end.
    • the first Expansion Pack that features creatures and equipments exclusive to a previous Expansion Pack.
    • This is also the first time that Ragnarok, a non-canon map, had some of its details used.
    • This is the first Expansion Pack to have craft-able creatures.
    • Not have terminals located directly under the obelisks, instead requiring survivors to go on “cave runs” if they wish to access the terminals to fight each of the respective Titans.
    • have 4 obelisks
    • have 2 of the same color obelisk
  • Extinction was the only official expansion map to not include:
    • A new saddle skin (the  Parasaur on The Island,  Thorny Dragon on Scorched Earth, and  Ravager on Aberration all had unique saddle skins).
    • A new shoulder mounted pet
    • A unique armor set
  • The Corrupted Earth, which is the setting for this Expansion Pack, is visible after the final boss fight of Aberration and after you are sent through portal frames in the Element Falls shaft.
    • It is also visible during the Overseer battle and during the Island's Ascension cut-scene, though it can only be seen from space and appears as a desert planet.
    • It is also visible from the surface of Aberration
  • Unlike The Island and the previous Expansion Packs Scorched Earth and Aberration, this expansion pack includes mainly kaiju inspired creatures (e.g:  Ice Titan,  Forest Titan,  Desert Titan and the normal  King Titan) and Mecha inspired creatures typically seen in kaiju films (e.g:  Enforcer,  Scout,  Enraged Creatures,  Mek,  Mega Mek and the  Alpha King Titan).
  • On the Steam page for the Season Pass, the first targeted release date was spring 2018 which was changed in December, 2017 to a general 2018 release date. It was finally released on November 6, 2018.
  • One to two hours after the ARK: ARKaeology event started, the banner time was replaced by another banner, hinting a new creature and one of the tainted areas within the map.
  • On the third day, the countdown was brought over to the Twitch channel, with an updated banner that constantly changed over time.
    • In the 4 hour mark, a dinosaur could be seen in the same banner during the countdown in twitch channel, showing a  Rex within the red mist.
    • In the 3 hour mark, a small object (possibly a  Scout) could be seen above the said creature's head.
    • The trailer was released on June 19, 2018, along with the mention of the prolonged event "Extinction Chronicles" lasting through November.
  • From the start of trailer, the survivor is seen with an  Alpha Ascension Implant, when compared to previous Expansion trailers where they have not ascended.
  • In a trailer Electromagnetic waves were shown to be present at certain locations, rendering items such as  GPS useless. However that never made it to the final version in the game. It may have possibly been scrapped.
  • During an interview with Wildcard, they stated that they were unsure if Mechanical Creatures such as  Enforcers found in Extinction will be normally tamed like other creatures, or if they will be "crafted".[3]
  • One of the new Extinction Chronicles notes, ??? #13 stated that the  Obelisks in Extinction are a “prototype”.
  • There is no large body of water in Extinction due to the fact that water has dried up on the surface of the Earth.
    • the  Tek Sword and the  Tek Shield can be obtained through killing their respective  Titans, and the  Ice Wyvern was referenced in  Managarmr dossier, though it was mentioned that it inhabited the desert, which is false.
  • In Extinction, Proto-ARKs dot the map. These Proto-ARKs are surrounded by a bubble and contain an  Obelisk.
  • Near the Desert Dome where the barrier is, a massive crater from a previous ARK that went to space can be seen.
  • City Terminals can charge Charge Batteries.
  • Both  Cryopod and  Cryofridge were extinction-exclusive engrams. This was changed with the release of Valguero map, allowing access to their engram in all maps.
  • Prior to the release of Genesis, players who logged their survivor out from The Island or any free DLC maps were taken to the same title screen as when they had their survivors logged out of Extinction.
  • In lore, Extinction is the setting of some of the most tragic moments in the ARK lore.
    • The survivors that were with Helena, Mei Yin and Santiago were mentally broken down when they realized they escaped the ARKs only to land in an even greater danger instead of safety.
    • For Santiago, he never got to see the  Mega Mek he created since he had to use a  Mek to lure away the horde that is going to attack Camp Omega, sacrificing himself in the process.
    • For Helena, she had to sacrifice her mind and body to save her friends but she was too late and Mei Yin was the only survivor she saved from the  King Titan. Even though the survivors she couldn't save are buried by Mei Yin and Diana and at rest, Helena isn't at rest as her mind slowly crumbles beneath the knowledge that flows through her as a Homo Deus.
    • For Mei Yin, she has already lost Wuzhui to the New Legion, Ao Yue to  Reapers and Diana to Rockwell, but now she lost Helena, her closest friend who is in a coma and the survivors who died by the  King Titan's hands. After Helena ascended to Homo Deus status, Mei Yin thought she was going to live out a new life in a torturous wasteland alone. On top of that, her promise from Diana about flying a jet seems to be forever out of reach. But different from the other survivors, she rebounds when she reunites with a newly resurrected Diana.
    • For Diana, she returned with Mei Yin to grab the other two  Mek suits only to see those suits be surrounded by badly decomposed corpses of survivors that she deeply trusted back on Aberration.
  • Shortly after the launch of Extinction, the Corrupted Deathworm was removed from the game.
  • This may be a reference to ARK 2 , because in the television series, it said that earth used to be rich and fertile before it was ravaged by pollution, sort of like extinction; it used to be peaceful, but then became corrupted with element.
  • Extinction had been available on Google Stadia from Sep 1, 2021 until Dec 14th, 2022 due to the platform shutting down.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
285.104 Extinction Expansion Pack!
  • Disabled meteor event for now due to meteors causing damage in unintended areas
  • Fixed ice cave water spawner overspawning, added cave water spawner with hostile dinos
  • Updated spawn volumes to fix Beaverpocalypse
  • Updated Wasteland cavern water spawner volumes
  • Fixed sound radius for street lights, no longer can be heard by everyone in the area
  • Fixed various map holes
  • Converted all of the water ppvol DoF to use Gaussian settings matching those on the Island
  • Map streaming fixes
  • Water plane fixes
  • Fixed some floating resources
  • Fixed teleporting between domes breaking their effects
  • Dome streaming fixes
  • Updated drag weight values for dinos that did not have it set so they're not all pick-up-able by a Ptera (Gacha, Gasbags, etc)
  • Deleted unneeded LODs
  • Dino spawn fixes
  • Foliage fixes
  • Fixed holes in the map
  • Prevented structures from building near Ice Titan fight
  • Set City Terminals to have 60 slots instead of 20
287.110 Disabled flyers in Forest Titan artifact cave
  • Fix for King Titan environmental effects starting again after boss despawned
  • Fix for other bosses interrupting King Titan environmental effects
  • Cave entrance cooldown display bug fix
  • Increased radius of city meteor shield
  • Improvements to dome shaders
  • Reduced meteor impact damage to 750
  • Improvements to height fog in desert biome
  • Fix for Ascension skipping cinematics for saved games
  • Fixed spawning below world in Crater Forest
  • Fix for dome transition issue on reload
  • Plugged numerous map holes
  • Updated Forbidden Zone spawners
  • Structure prevention volume updated to allow building in the City Trench eastern sewer pipe/building.
  • Prevented flyers in Desert Cave
  • Floating foliage removed
  • Fixed multiple places where players could get stuck
  • Fixed erroneous Wasteland debuffs
  • Updated several placements of kill barriers
  • Fixed erroneous undermesh teleport spots
  • Removed unnecessary meshes under Crater Forest

Mesh Memory Optimizations for:

  • Extinction - Ascension Props
  • Extinction - Crater Forest Element Column
  • Extinction - Crater Forest Butte
  • Extinction - Crater Terrain
  • Extinction - Desert Butte
  • Extinction - Element Vein Ribbon
  • Extinction - Forbidden Zone Tendrils
  • Extinction - Iceland Glaciers
  • Extinction - Iceland Mountain Peaks
  • Extinction - Sinkhole
  • Extinction - Snow Cave Rock
  • Extinction - Sulfur Pools
  • Extinction - Wasteland Rocks
  • Environment memory improvements
  • SM4 rendering improvements
  • Fixed a meshing location
  • Reduced shadow cost of some meshes
  • Defenders are harvestable for light robotic materials
293.100 Fixed climbable trees in Extinction
294.101 Homestead
  • Added Homestead Tek engrams to the boss dinos on Scorched, Aberration, and Extinction


  • Added Hesperornis spawns to the Desert and Snow biomes
  • Fixed a water volume in the Desert biome that was not set to trigger on collision
  • Adjusted Desert water spawner values to have more fish


  • Hole fixes across Aberration, Extinction, Island, Ragnarok, Scorched Earth, and The Center


  • Fixed location where player could become stuck on Extinction


  • Removed GlobalCuddleFoodList Override array
304.4481 Fixed several anti-mesh false-positives on Extinction and Valguero
  • Fixed a crash with Extinction's horde crate and element node
  • Restored Extinction Horde mode data
309.42 Fixed multiple cases where the Bloodstalker couldn't swing around Extinction
310.68 Fixed an oversized pain volume on Extinction
310.94 Fixed an over-sized pain volume on Extinction that caused players to die due to mesh detection
326.13 Server config value: "AllowCaveBuildingPvP=false" now supports blocking building in caves on Aberration, Extinction, Genesis Part 1, and Crystal Isles in preparation for Conquest server launch.


External links

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