The Island

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Disambig.png This article is about the ARK. For the region on Valguero, see The Island (Valguero).

The Island
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The Island is the first known ARK.

Content Type
Base Map
Release Dates
June 2, 2015
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December 16, 2015
December 6, 2016
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November 30th, 2018
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June 11th, 2020

The Island is a map included with the base game. It is the first known ARK and is the first map that follows with the storyline. It consists of multiple climatic and geological regions. There are five larger mountains in the north and plains in the south, while three large Obelisks form a triangle on the Island.

The Island Map

The Island is a large landmass with several smaller islands surrounding the central island. Resources become more common as one travels farther inland, but so do the dangers. Some temperatures fluctuate depending on the area and weather, which can be life threatening.

On the Island there are two types of weather, rain and fog. When it rains, you will hydrate and can fill your  Waterskin,  Water Jar, or  Canteen with rainwater. When fog rolls in, it is hard to see very far.


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Regions of The Island
  • Deep Ocean.jpg
    Deep Ocean
  • CaveNE.jpg
    North East Cave
  • Northeast Shores.jpg
    Northeast Shores
  • Northern Shores.jpg
    Northern Shores
  • Smuggler's Pass.jpg
    Smuggler's Pass
  • Dead Island.jpg
    The Dead Island
  • Northern Plains.jpg
    The Frigid Plains
  • Winter'sMouthNight.png
    The Frozen Fang
  • The Frozen Maw.jpg
    The Frozen Maw
  • FrozenSeaNW.png
    The Frozen Sea
  • Frozen Tooth.jpg
    The Frozen Tooth
  • Hidden Valley.png
    The Hidden Lake
  • The Maw.jpg
    The Maw
  • Winter's Mouth.jpg
    Winter's Mouth

  • Far's Peak.jpg
    Far's Peak
  • The Caverns of Lost Hope.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Hope
  • Eastern Forest.jpg
    The Eastern Forest
  • The Eastern Plains.jpg
    The Eastern Plains
  • Gulch of Lamentation.jpg
    The Gulch of Lamentation

  • The Caverns of Lost Faith.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Faith
  • The Western Coast.jpg
    The Western Coast

  • Drayo's Cove.jpg
    Drayo's Cove
  • Lava Cave.jpg
    Lava Cave
  • CaveLS.jpg
    Lower South Cave
  • Southeastern Shores.jpg
    Southeastern Shores
  • The Southeast Shores.jpg
    The Southeast Shores
  • Southern Islets.jpg
    Southern Islets
  • Herbivore Island.jpg
    South Haven
  • CaveUS3.jpg
    Upper South Cave

  • Craggs Island.jpg
    Cragg's Island
  • Southern Jungle.jpg
    Southern Jungle
  • Footpaw.jpg
    The Footpaw
  • The Western Approach.jpg
    The Western Approach
  • Weathertop.jpg

  • Ice Wyrms Belly.jpg
    Ice Wyrm's Belly
  • CaveNW.jpg
    North West Cave
  • Northwest Shores.jpg
    Northwest Shores
  • CaveSnow.jpg
    Snow Cave
  • Tek Cave Inside2.jpg
    Tek Cave
  • The Belly of the Beast.jpg
    The Belly of the Beast
  • The Descent.jpg
    The Descent
  • The Frigid Deep.jpg
    The Frigid Deep
  • Grand Hills.jpg
    The Grand Hills
  • The Shadow Road.jpg
    The Shadow Road
  • The Throat of Borea.jpg
    The Throat of Borea
  • The Throat of Flame.jpg
    The Throat of Flame
  • The Western Plains.jpg
    The Western Plains
  • Volcanic Maw.jpg
    Volcanic Maw
  • Volcano.jpg
  • Whitesky Peak.jpg
    Whitesky Peak

  • CaveC.jpg
    Central Cave
  • CaveSwamp.jpg
    Swamp Cave
  • Deep Island.jpg
    The Deep Island
  • Red Peak.jpg
    The Red Peak
  • Redwood Forests.jpg
    The Redwood Forests
  • Writhing Swamps.jpg
    The Writhing Swamps

  • ArenaBroodmother.jpg
    Broodmother Arena
  • Dragon Arena.jpg
    Dragon Arena
  • Megapithecus Arena.jpg
    Megapithecus Arena
  • ArenaOverseer.jpg
    Overseer Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations

Loading scripts

Data Maps

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


The following creatures can spawn on The Island:

Event Creatures

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Explorer Notes


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


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  • Artifact of the Clever.png
  • Artifact of the Cunning.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



  • Many of the dossiers involving the ocean creatures on the island have various misconceptions.
    • Within the  Megalodon dossier it states that "Were it not restricted to the waters, the carcharodon ultramegalodon would be one of the most dangerous creatures on the island." which is extremely exaggerated considering it's stats are lower than creatures such as the rex or spino by a considerable amount and even then its not nearly as strong as other oceanic predators such as mosasaurus, tusoteuthis and even plesiosaur which the dossier claims the megalodons hunted them and that the megalodons were even the apex predators before Helena discovered the mosasaurus.
    • In the  Mosasaurus dossier it is accidentally called tylosaurus which is a related species however its likely a mistake as in the actual text for the mosasaurus its just called mosasaurus and not tylosaurus.
    • In the  Plesiosaur dossier it states that plesiosaurs only hunt things small like humans however in game they will attack just about anything including megalodons and mosasaurus.
    • In the  Tusoteuthis dossier it is given a incorrect size as its stated to be 30 feet long however in the mosasaurus dossier the mosasaurus is stated to be 50 feet long which in game the tusoteuthis is actually larger than the mosasaurus, there is a explanation for this though as the Tusoteuthis was originally intended to be smaller and was changed last minute to the size it is today.
    • In the  Cnidaria dossier its stated to not be generally aggressive and don't have a very good perception however they will track and shock creatures and even chase them which is nothing like the dossier.
    • Finally within both the  Mosasaurus and the  Plesiosaur dossier it's stated that they make fantastic bases however this could not be farther from the truth as the structures built on them aren't water proof and do not provide oxygen meaning unless you use scuba gear you will drown eventually.
  • 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.
  • Every single story ark has their own themes with the island ark in particular being based around prehistoric animals mostly.
  • In lore, Helena notes about many things about the Island's abnormal ecology.
    • The Island almost has a 2 to 1 predator to prey ratio, the complete opposite of how an ecosystem works where prey always outnumbers predators.
    • Obelisks dot the Island in different colors.
    • Creatures of different time periods are coexisting.
    • Once tamed, most creatures are obedient to the survivors (with the exception of the Giganotosaurus)
    • Gestation rates of all the creatures are abnormally quick.
    • Tames of different species never fight amongst each other (although in lore Mei Yins tames were terrified of the Giganotosaurus)
    • Dead Island and the South Haven Island shouldn't be existing due to them having only predators and herbivores respectively. Helena notes that predators are prone to carry parasites in their meat and based on facts, herbivores overpopulating an area results in the population starving to death due to lack of food for the massive population.


Patch Changes
309.4 The lava on The Island in caves and the lava in the Wyvern trench on S.E. will no longer damage Magmasaur


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