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Disambig.png Oil is referred to as "Crude Oil" in the Primitive Plus DLC

Oil.pngOil (Tusoteuthis).png

A thick blob of unrefined oil. Can be refined with hide to make gasoline.

Stack size
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 159 1 0 0
cheat gfi Oil 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Oil.PrimalItemResource_Oil'" 1 0 0

Variant Oil (Tusoteuthis)

cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Tusoteuthis/PrimalItemResource_SquidOil.PrimalItemResource_SquidOil'" 1 0 0
Crafting time
Used to craft
Crafting yields
12 pieces
Exchange yields
20 pieces
Hexagon Icon.png 120

Oil is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved.

It can be harvested from dark stones near oil patches in the ocean by using a Pickaxe. It can also be obtained from above-water oil deposits found in and around Whitesky Peak on the island, the top left snow mountain on Ragnarok, or by killing  Basilosaurus,  Trilobite,  Leech, and  Enforcer. Another way to acquire Oil is to tame creatures that produce Oil, such as the  Dung Beetle. Oil can also be obtained by harvesting tek creatures.

Crafting with Oil

Oil can be refined in a Refining Forge or Industrial Forge to create  Gasoline.

If it is put into a Preserving Bin together with Sparkpowder and Cooked Meat or Cooked Prime Meat,  Cooked Meat Jerky and  Prime Meat Jerky can be created.

Oil is also needed to craft the following items:

Full list of items crafted with Oil

Producing Oil

Oil can be produced in the following ways:

Gathering Oil

Oil can be mined with either a  Stone Pick or a  Metal Pick in the ocean. The  Stone Pick yields 0-1 oil per oil node, while the  Metal Pick yields 0-10 oil per oil node. Besides using tools it is also possible to use a  Ankylosaurus or  Dunkleosteus to mine oil very effectively.

 Oil (Tusoteuthis) is gathered from the inventory of dead Tusoteuthis and slowly accumulates in the inventory of a tamed  Tusoteuthis or  Basilosaurus.

Creature / ToolGain per action
 Excavation Rig★★★★☆
 Metal Pick★★★☆☆
 Stone Pick★☆☆☆☆

There are 3 main environments where oil nodes spawn: the ocean, Underwater caves and along the beach of the Snow Biome. It is also possible to obtain Oil by harvesting dead Tek Creatures. See the interactive Resource Maps for all occurrences in the official maps as well as some Mod maps.

Ocean oil mining

Oil nodes can be found all around the map in the oceans. Oil nodes in the ocean are easy to spot as they release a dark stream of oil which floats upwards.

To effectively mine oil nodes in the ocean it's a good idea to tame an underwater dinosaur, such as a powerful  Megalodon, or a fast and nimble  Ichthyosaurus.

A more effective method is to tame a  Dunkleosteus, which can gather oil nodes by itself while defending against  Plesiosaur.

While relatively rare, large clusters of oil nodes can also be found in various ocean floor locations. One such cluster can be found at 10.2 latitude and 25.5 longitude, and yields 300-500 oil depending on harvesting method.

Underwater cave oil mining

The highest density of oil nodes can be found in underwater caves, it's possible to get large amounts of oil from just 1 underwater cave. To get to the underwater caves it's recommendable to use both an underwater dinosaur and some way to hold your breath for extended periods underwater, such as  Lazarus Chowder or a  SCUBA Tank.

It's also possible to get an  Ankylosaurus down into most underwater caves. With an  Ankylosaurus in the caves they can be cleared in a matter of seconds.

Snow Biome beach mining

If you don't feel confident underwater, it is possible to gather oil above ground. However these above ground oil nodes all spawn in the treacherous Snow Biome and on various icebergs.

A good strategy to gather these oil nodes effectively as a 2-man team, is to use a  Quetzal and a  Ankylosaurus. Simply pick up the  Ankylosaurus (with your teammate on it), and fly past all the oil nodes, letting the  Ankylosaurus mine them on the fly. The weight stat of the Ankylosaurus doesn't matter as all is carried by the quetzal. An Argentavis also works as it can go slightly faster than the quetzal, however it can't carry as much as the quetzal can in most cases.

Scorched Earth

On the Scorched Earth map, Oil can be gathered in large quantities and autonomously by placing an  Oil Pump on an oil vein. Oil can also be harvested from dead  Rock Elementals and up to 16 Oil can be collected from red  Jug Bugs by getting close to them and pressing E, Y, Triangle, X.


Other than the above main method, the only source of oil rocks are found at the surfaces of the map and the deepest depths of the red zone which has huge oil rocks. However, the surface contains many dangers such as  Reaper King and the accessibility during daytime (the sun will scorch anything during dawn and afternoon) while the red zone contains many rock drakes along with radiation . The other method is killing  Trilobite near water or by using the  Dung Beetle to get oil via feces.


In Extinction, Oil can be harvested from the corpse of a dead Enforcer or Defense Unit.

Resource Maps

For a more detailed view of the oil-locations see

Weight Reduction

The following creatures reduce the weight of Oil by the listed amount while it is in their inventory: