Metal Pillar

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Metal Pillar
Metal Pillar.png

This metal-plated concrete pillar adds structural integrity to the area it is built under. Can also act as stilts for building on inclines.

Decay time
Stack size
Found in Supply Crate
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 173 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_MetalPillar.PrimalItemStructure_MetalPillar'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
18 EP
Crafting XP
27.2 XP
Required stations

The Metal Pillar is the third unlockable pillar. A pillar is a stackable form of a foundation, which is used for building structures.


The Metal Pillar can be placed on even or slightly uneven ground, or on the top or bottom of foundations, ceilings, or other pillars. Once the first Metal Pillar is placed, subsequent pillars can snap into place on the top or bottom of the first one, provided there is adequate room to do so.

A pillar or series of pillars with the bottom touching the ground and a ceiling on top will function as a foundation, providing support and allowing structures to be built on top of it.


Disambig.png See also:  Foundation

Pillars provides sufficient support to allow a structure built on top of it to extend up to 2 ceilings in any direction on the x and y-axis, and up to 1 ceiling diagonally, not counting the center ceiling. However, the ceilings on the far end will not support walls.


A diagram showing how a single pillar or foundation (✖) can support 13 ceilings (indicated in green). The edges marked in red will not be able to support a wall without additional support beneath.


  • There seems to be a max height of 78 pillars before you are prevented from placing more.

Painting and Color Regions

The  Metal Pillar and  Metal Dinosaur Gateway share the same paint regions.


For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.

Metal Pillar PaintRegion1.jpg

Region 1:

Metal Pillar PaintRegion2.jpg

Region 2:
Thin Bars

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Object.

Metal Pillar PaintRegion4.jpg

Region 4:
Decorative Plates

Metal Pillar PaintRegion5.jpg

Region 5:

X mark.svg

Region 6 is not used
for this Object.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
180.4 Fixed issue where pillars were sometimes not being considered "foundations".