Scorched Earth

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Scorched Earth
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DLC for ARK with a new desert map, Creatures and Engrams

Content Type
Price (USD)
$24.87 USD
Release Dates
Sep 1, 2016
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Sep 1, 2016
Dec 6, 2016
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Nov 8, 2022
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Jun 11, 2020

Scorched Earth is the first paid DLC expansion pack for ARK: Survival Evolved.

Scorched Earth was released on September 1, 2016 for the PC version of ARK and for Xbox One at the initial price of $19.99 USD. It was released on PS4 on December 6 for the same price.

The Scorched Earth soundtrack was composed by Gareth Coker.


Scorched Earth adds 12 new creatures with 5 variations, 60 new engrams, a new boss, and a whole new map.

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. Three of the new creatures have multiple variations, namely the  Jugbug (Water and Oil), the  Wyvern (Fire, Lightning, and Poison) and the  Rock Elemental (Rock and Rubble).

Unique Environmental Features

  • Super Heat, Sandstorms, and Electrical Storms.
  • Extremely hot temperatures in the day.
  • Evaporation of  Water in  Canteens and  Water Jars.
  •  Electrical Generators that take damage whenever used.
  • Heat Stroke, which causes damage and creates a blurry effect on-screen. (Similar to being drunk)
  • Oil and Water Veins, which can be used to produce  Oil and  Water, respectively.
  • The Wyvern Trench and the caves host rich crystal nodes which yield a very high amount of Crystal.

The Desert Map

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Regions of Scorched Earth

Being entirely a desert rather than an island surrounded by water, water collection becomes a more challenging obstacle. Natural water sources are rare, requiring the collection of water from other sources, such as  cactus,  water wells,  Jugbugs, or  Morellatops. Heat stroke is a potential side effect of too much heat exposure, having a similar effect to being  drunk. Also the naturally harsh environment damages generators and certain structures.

Scorched Earth has three unique weather patterns: Sandstorms radically reduce visibility and drain stamina, Superheat will drain your water at a much faster rate than normal heat and induce Heat Stroke fairly quickly, while electrical storms will temporarily shut down electrical devices and prevent firearms (and Tek Saddles) from firing. The  Electrical Generator and the  Chemistry Bench will not turn off if the item Structures are covered.

Superheat can be quickly stopped if you go very close to the Oasis.  Desert Goggle can be used to see better during sandstorms.


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    Eastern Badlands
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    Northern East Badlands
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    Southern East Badlands

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    Central Canyons
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    Northern Canyons
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    Southern East Canyons

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    Central Dunes
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    Eastern Dunes
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    Northern Dunes
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    Northern East Dunes
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    Northern West Dunes
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    Oasis Dunes
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    Southern Dunes
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    Southern West Dunes
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    South East Dunes
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    Western Dunes

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    Central High Desert
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    Northern East High Desert
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    Northern High Desert
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    Northern West High Desert
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    Southern East High Desert
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    Southern High Desert
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    Southern West High Desert
  • Western High Desert (Scorched Earth).jpg
    Western High Desert

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    Eastern Low Desert
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    Southern East Low Desert
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    Southern Low Desert

  • Eastern Oasis (Scorched Earth).jpg
    Eastern Oasis
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    Northern West Oasis
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    Southern West Oasis
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    Central Mountains
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    Northern Mountains
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    Northern Mountains Summit
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    Northern West Mountains
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    Southern East Mountains Summit
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    Southern Mountains
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    Southern West Mountains
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    The Blasted Maw
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    Western Mountains

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    Grave of the Tyrants
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    Ruins of Nosti
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    Old Tunnels
  • World Scar 1 (Scorched Earth).jpg
    World Scar

  • Manticore Arena.jpg
    Manticore Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations

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Spawn Locations

South 1 (Easy)
South 2 (Medium)
South 3 (Easy)
South 4 (Medium)
Midlands 1 (Hard)
Midlands 2 (Medium)
Midlands 3 (Easy)
Midlands 4 (Easy)
North 1 (Hard)
North 2 (Hard)
North 3 (Hard)
North 4 (Hard)

Data Maps

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    Strategic Resources
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    Explorer Map
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    Creature Spawns


Unique Creatures

Additionally, ARK: Survival Ascended's release of Scorched Earth will bring the  Fasolasuchus.

Other Spawns

In addition to the DLC creatures, the following creatures also spawn on the map:

Event Creatures

Creatures that spawned only during an event:


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



Trophies and Tributes


Weapons, Armor, and Tools




Explorer Notes


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


Scorched Earth adds 3 new Artifacts, which are needed as part of the tribute to summon the  Manticore.

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  • Scorched Earth was the first Expansion Pack for Ark.
  • Scorched Earth was released before the actual base game was finished.
  • Scorched Earth and Lost Island are the only two Expansions to be released on time; all other maps have experienced delays.
  • Interestingly, the Manticore is the only Guardian ever shown on Scorched Earth. It's unknown what happened to the other two Guardians.
  • Scorched Earth is the only Expansion Pack to have Trophy Heads of Alpha Creatures.
  • For a long time, Scorched Earth was the only expansion pack to not have an ascension sequence. It has been since added to the game on December 14th, 2022.
    • Initially there was a planned cutscene where the player would be taken to Aberration ARK, much like how defeating the  Overseer takes you to Scorched Earth, and how defeating  Rockwell in Aberration takes you to Dead Earth in Extinction.
    • The DLC has been released while the base game was still unfinished, leaving the transition to Aberration unexplained.
  • Many of the Scorched Earth creatures and items can be found on the Ragnarok map, except the  Phoenix.
  • Scorched Earth is the only Expansion Pack to not have variations of previously existing creatures.
  • Unlike the main game, where almost all creatures are based on extinct animals, this expansion pack added mostly creatures from mythology ( Deathworm,  Rock Elemental,  Phoenix, the  Fire Wyvern  Lightning Wyvern and  Poison Wyvern, and finally the  Manticore).
  • In the DevKit, there is a Tek Wyvern Saddle, as well as two SE creatures that have not yet been implemented: The Hive and The Swarm.
  • Prior to the release of Genesis, players who logged their survivor out from Scorched Earth had the same title screen as when they logged their survivor out of Aberration.
  • Scorched Earth had been available on Google Stadia from Sep 1, 2021 until Dec 14th, 2022 due to the platform shutting down.
  • In the switch version of the game, attempting to visit the Ruins of Nosti will result in the game crashing. Making the Artifact of the Destroyer unobtainable without commands.
  • As of 16.04.2023, Scorched earth will be one of three maps to be available on launch of Ark: Survival Ascended, the unreal engine 5 remaster of original game.
  • Wyvern nests also don't spawn in the World Scar in the switch version. Making them unobtainable by default unless with the use of commands. (Probably because of a bug)


External links

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