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This article is about the first DLC map. For the floating island of the same name, see The Center (Floating Island).

The Center
The Center DLC.jpg

DLC for ARK with a new map.

Content Type
Release Dates
May 17, 2016
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May 17, 2016
Dec 6, 2016
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Jun 11, 2020

The Center is a free, official, non-canonical DLC expansion map for ARK: Survival Evolved and ARK: Survival Ascended.


The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Regions of The Center

The Center originated as a custom map by modder Ben “EvilMrFrank” Burkart. It was added to ARK: Survival Evolved as free DLC in PC patch 241.0 and Xbox One update 734.0. It underwent a "mega-update" that added the Redwood Forests in PC patch 245.0 and was released on Xbox One and PS4.

The Center DLC has a default difficulty level of 5.0 which means wild dinos up to level 150 and better loot quality from  supply drops. Prior to January 2017,  Giganotosaurus had an extremely rare chance to spawn anywhere on the map; now Giganotosaurus will only spawn in a few areas such as the Lava Biome and Northern Snowy Mountain.

Changes in ASA

The Center Map

The Center consists of multiple climatic and geological regions, including several that are not featured on The Island map. The map's most notable feature, a colossal floating island, can be found to the West of the map surrounded by treacherous swamps. To the far North, an active volcanic island can be found covered in basalt, lava, and dangerous predators. Numerous islands covered in jungles, tropical shorelines, mountains, and ancient ruins dot the varied archipelago. A unique set of caves push survivors to their limits in search of the Artifacts and their hidden rewards. Descend into Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth where survivors will find themselves in a self-sufficient underground ecosystem far beneath the lush jungles. Similarly, survivors can dive down to either of two underwater domes to build their own naval bases of Atlantean proportions!

Unique Environmental Features

  • A Mountain with various ape statues carved from it overlooking the redwoods biome.
  • A large natural bridge connecting from the snow biome to the redwoods biome.
  • An island with lava rivers and lava lakes flowing throughout it.
  • An enormous Ocean that gets much darker the deeper you go (normal maps do it but to a far lesser degree).
  • 2 Underwater Domes which can be used as waterproof bases.
  • A fall which leads to a bottomless ocean.
  • A massive floating island called The Center.
  • A Island which has the appearance of a Skull.
  • Glowing green spores throughout most of the map.
  • A Massive Underground ecosystem with its own miniature sun and branching tunnels that lead further into different portions of the Underground World.
  • The Boss Arena can be seen from the normal map unlike other maps, also due to it being part of the map itself it is also the only boss arena to have a Day and Night cycle.


  • DeepOcean (The Center).jpg
  • Half-Burnt Island (The Center).jpg
    Half-Burnt Island
  • LavaBiome The Center.jpg
    Lava Biome
  • Lava Biome High (The Center).jpg
    Lava Biome High
  • West Lava Cave (The Center).jpg
    Lava Oasis Cave
  • LavaCave (The Center).jpg
  • Scorched Island (The Center).jpg
    Scorched Island

  • Eastern Islets (The Center).jpg
    Eastern Islets
  • SE Trench TC.jpg
    Eastern Trench
  • Tropical Island North (The Center).jpg
    Tropical Island North
  • Tropical Island South (The Center).jpg
    Tropical Island South
  • East Underwater Bubble (The Center).jpg
    Underwater Dome (East)

  • Jumping Puzzle (The Center).jpg
    Jumping Puzzle
  • South East Cave (The Center).jpg
    Jungle Cave
  • Jungles Mid TC.jpg
    Jungle Mid
  • Jungle Mid Beach (The Center).jpg
    Jungle Mid Beach
  • Jungles North TC.jpg
    Jungle North
  • Jungle North Beach (The Center).jpg
    Jungle North Beach
  • Jungles South TC.jpg
    Jungle South
  • Jungle South Beach (The Center).jpg
    Jungle South Beach
  • Ocean Under Center (The Center).jpg
    Ocean Under Center
  • Secluded Island (The Center).jpg
    Secluded Island
  • Skull Island (The Center).jpg
    Skull Island
  • The Center.jpg
    The Center (Floating Island)
  • The Center Cave Inside.jpg
    The Center Cave
  • UW TC.jpg
    Underground World
  • South Underwater Bubble (The Center).jpg
    Underwater Dome (South)
  • Underworld Ocean (The Center).jpg
    Underworld Ocean

  • Cliffside Cavern (The Center).jpg
    Cliffside Cavern
  • Edge of the World (The Center).jpg
    Edge of the World
  • North Ice Cave Room2a.jpg
    North Ice Cave
  • Penguin Iceberg TC.jpg
    Penguin Pond
  • Far West Snowy Grasslands TC.jpg
    Snowy Grasslands
  • North Snowy Mountain (The Center).jpg
    Snowy Mountain (North)
  • South Snowy Mountain (The Center).jpg
    Snowy Mountain (South)
  • South Ice Cave TC.jpg
    South Ice Cave
  • Swamps TC.jpg
  • Western Cliffs (The Center).jpg
    Western Cliffs

  • Redwood Forests (The Center).jpg
    Redwood Biome
  • The Bridge (The Center).jpg
    The Bridge

  • The Center Arena.jpg
    The Center Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations

Loading scripts

Data Maps

  • Preview Resources Map (Scorched Earth).png
    Strategic Resources
  • SpawnMapIcon.png
    Creature Spawns
  • Level 55.jpg
    Exploring the map
  • MaskOn.jpg
    Loot Crates


Unique Creatures

 ARK: Survival Ascended exclusive:

Other Spawns

 ARK: Survival Ascended exclusive:

In other words, all Creatures that can be found on The Island can be found somewhere on The Center, except for the  Polar Bear, the  Polar Purlovia, the  Unicorn, the  Attack Drone, the  Defense Unit, the  Dragon and the  Overseer.

Event Creatures

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:


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


  • Artifact of the Brute.png
  • Artifact of the Clever.png
  • Artifact of the Cunning.png
  • Artifact of the Devious.png
  • Artifact of the Devourer.png
  • Artifact of the Hunter.png
  • Artifact of the Immune.png
  • Artifact of the Massive.png
  • Artifact of the Pack.png
  • Artifact of the Skylord.png
  • Artifact of the Strong.png



  • Prior to January 2017,  Giganotosaurus was able to spawn anywhere in the overworld of The Center including beaches and small islands; now they only spawn in a few areas like Lava Biome
  • The Center has the only arena that can be viewed from the base map as it lies on the mountain overlooking the redwoods biome.
    • It can also be reached and even entered into from the base map itself (tested with the Desert Titan).
  • The Center has its own spawn-in theme, based off of the regular theme found in The Island, Valguero, Ragnarok and Crystal Isles.
    • It also has its own day and night transition themes.
  • On PvP servers, any structures in Caves, the Underground World, Underwater Domes, and any of the Ancient Ruins will take 3x damage.
  • There is a massive underground crystal cave that lies along the southern portion of the cliffs that form the Edge of the World. Similar to the Underground World but filled with cosmetic crystals all over as well as a small but detailed cosmetic ruin.
  • On Xbox since v757: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend2. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • On PS4 since v510: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island ascension, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend1. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • The Center is the only official mod map that doesn't add any new creatures.
  • The Center is the first official mod map to be released to the base game.
    • It is also the first downloadable map because it was released before Scorched Earth.

Original Creator Team


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
241.0 Added The Center Official ARK Mod/Map as Free DLC.
  • Fixed various TheCenter structure placement, teleport, collision issues, dino difficulty curve, and dino spawns.
  • TheCenter clients now work properly on Mac.
  • Generated shadow distance field data for the rest of TheCenter world geometry meshes.
241.3 Fixed ocean spawners continually overflow spawning on TheCenter.
242.0 Fixed incorrect TheCenter dedicated server content.
242.6 Made TheCenter properly use Overriden GameModes (Difficulty Mods, Prim+ Total Conversion, etc).
245.0 TheCenter mega-update (New Biomes, New Islands, New Caves & Creature Spawns, etc).
245.7 Fixed various issues reported on TheCenter, and further optimized. Requires Server Update.
246.0 Fixed TheCenter server/client content mismatch.
246.71 Fixed client-side crash loading TheCenter.
247.0 TheCenter mega-update!
247.2 Improved TheCenter performance/RAM issue.
247.8 Fixed various misc level issues on TheCenter.
247.81 Fixed overspawning and physics/collision volume issues on TheCenter.
248.1 Fixed issue with TheCenter preventing player connections.
252.22 Fixed PhysX crash on TheCenter with large overlaps.
253.2 Fixed some erroneous collision on TheCenter.
253.9 Added latest Dinos to TheCenter.
257.0 The Center mega-update.
  • Fixed incorrect collision on TheCenter, and various other misc map issues.
  • Improved Underwater TheCenter lighting.
257.42 Improved TrueSky and non-TrueSky lighting on TheCenter.
257.49 Fixed incorrect collision on TheCenter, and various other misc map issues.
  • Fixed various lighting issues on The Island and The Center.
  • Fixed low landscape LODs on both the Center when using low viewing distance.
260.0 Added appropriate difficulty to spawn areas on The Center spawn screen.
  • Fix for the black sky on The Center.
  • Fixed lighting issue with The Center volcano.
  • TheCenter and PGMs now use TheIsland's alpha spawner arrays.
  • TheCenter lightning light flashes now stop after it has rained.
  • New Achievement: TheCenter Guardians Achievement for defeating its bosses.
  • Dragon boss no longer present on TheCenter.
  • Center Boss damage reduced by 33% versus TheIsland bosses.
  • TheCenter now has Obelisk amb sounds ala TheIsland.
  • Fixed Cave spawns on TheCenter.
  • Center burned tree LODs have been improved.
  • Made sure TheCenter prevents flyers in its key caves.
  • TheCenter now has combat biome appropriate music.
  • TheCenter now has wind and ambience SFX in the boss area.
  • Fixed a case where TheCenter would have no atmospheric fog.
  • TheCenter Night has been made darker.
262.12 Fixed an issue where clients would crash when joining The Center.
  • Center Underworld Rafts no longer teleport to the top of the map.
  • Fixed a case where TheCenter Barrier wasn't visible underwater.
  • Made the weather effects on TheIsland and Center more visibly clear.
  • Added a bunch of Coel to the main waters in TheCenter.
  • Re mapped some Center Spawns in caves so they aren't clustered as much.
  • Fixed Leed spawns on TheCenter so they should not spawn in shallow waters.
  • Slightly adjusted temperatures across TheCenter so they are more appropriate.
  • Fixed cases of Overspawn in TheCenter.
  • Moved some artifacts on TheCenter map.
  • Increased brightness underwater on TheCenter and fixed the barrier not being visible underwater.
264.32 Fixed TheCenter landscape material issue.
265.3 The Center resource gathering multiplier now matches that of The Island.
273.6 Fixed invisible grapple wall on TheCenter.
278.73 lugged various holes used to undermesh in The Center.
279.22 Hole fixes for The Center.
281.107 The Center bosses now yield more Element.
283.101 Hole fixes on The Center.
295.102 Hole fixes across The Center.
300.1 Fixed weird foliage appearing on TheCenter map.
316.18 Element reward from The Center bosses has been increased by 100%.


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