Black Pearls are a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. They can be obtained by harvesting dead Trilobite, Deathworm, Eurypterid, Ammonite, Tusoteuthis, Alpha Tusoteuthis and Alpha Mosasaur. They can also drop as rare loot when catching fish with a Fishing Rod. Gacha can also produce many items as well as black pearls depending on the gacha. A tamed Phoenix will also rarely poop them out instead of its usual Silica Pearls.
Black Pearls are used in crafting and are a key component in Tek Tier crafting recipes.
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Use an Ichthyosaurus or Manta to hunt Eurypterid. They have no knockback and don’t gain any Torpidity, which the Eurypterids can massively inflict. This allows you to attack and kill them effortlessly. Be wary however, the eurypterid also rapidly drains the stamina of tamed dino and will leave you vulnerable to the other terrors of the deep.
Otters have an ability to rarely collect Black Pearls from fish corpses.
An End-Game way is making use of a Megalodon, equipped with the Megalodon Tek Saddle, it can kill a Tusoteuthis with the element pulses. When killed, the Megalodon can harvest the Black Pearls very easy. (Also works with / on Mosasaurus, but harvesting with Megalodon gives more Black Pearls, and the Mosasaur is harder to kill.)
The following creatures reduce the weight of Black Pearl by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:
Genesis: Part 2
Black Pearls can be collected in large amounts from the light blue pearls on the pearl asteroids in the -Space- biome. These appear to respawn rather quickly.
A black variant of the clam, like Silica Pearls, can be found in Ragnarok. These can be harvested for 5-20 black pearls. Black Pearl collection from said clams now scales with the Harvest Amount setting of your server.
A black variant of the clam, like Silica Pearls, can be found near the rivers at Graves of the Lost. These can be harvested for 5-20 black pearls, but can be dangerous due to radiation and nearby threats (such as Nameless, Rock Drake and any aggressive dino dropped from above).
In Extinction, Black Pearls can be produced by Gacha. This allows one to easily acquire large amounts of Black Pearls by feeding Stone and other resources to a Gacha. Using the Gacha is the best way to get black pearls.
Black Pearls are also dropped by large corrupted carnivores such as Corrupted Spino, Corrupted Rex, Corrupted Wyvern, and Corrupted Giganotosaurus in the north. These creatures have a small chance of dropping 1-7 black pearls.
Orbital Supply Drop difficulties of Hard and Legendary also have a chance to drop black pearls.
A black variant of the clam, like Silica Pearls, can be found in the Crystal Isles. They can be located in the water bubbles in the Eldritch Isle. These can be harvested for 5-20 black pearls. Black Pearl collection from said clams now scales with the Harvest Amount setting of your server.
2 variations of these black clams exist, the smaller one which can be harvested by hand (and by Anglerfish for higher collection rate), and a larger variation that can't be harvested by hand. These can only be harvested by Dunkleosteus and give very large quantities. (Tested on official, imprinted X Dunkelosteus withy 400 melee can collect up to 500 black pearls per large clam on x1 rates.)
A black variant of the clam, like Silica Pearls, can be found in Lost Island. These can be harvested for black pearls. They can be located in the Shoola Falls Cave, and also in the sunken shipwreck in the left down corner of the map (78.3 lat, 20.6 lon).
Black Pearl is used to craft the following items:
- Absorbent Substrate
- Astrocetus Tek Saddle
- Astrodelphis Starwing Saddle
- Broth of Enlightenment
- Cloning Chamber
- Cruise Missile
- Megalodon Tek Saddle
- Mining Drill
- Mosasaur Tek Saddle
- Rex Tek Saddle
- Rock Drake Tek Saddle
- Tapejara Tek Saddle
- Tek ATV
- Tek Boots
- Tek Chestpiece
- Tek Claws
- Tek Crop Plot
- Tek Dedicated Storage
- Tek Forcefield
- Tek Gauntlets
- Tek Generator
- Tek Grenade Launcher
- Tek Helmet
- TEK Implant Chamber
- Tek Leggings
- Tek Light
- Tek Phase Pistol
- Tek Railgun
- Tek Replicator
- Tek Rifle
- TEK SCUBA Mask
- Tek Shield
- Tek Shoulder Cannon
- Tek Surveillance Console
- Tek Sword
- Tek Teleporter
- Tek Transmitter
- Tek Trough
- Unassembled Exo-Mek
- Unassembled Mek
- Vacuum Compartment
- Vacuum Compartment Moonpool
Black Pearls are the preferred, but not exclusive, food of Tusoteuthis.
- Black Pearls restore 30 Food and grant 50 Taming Affinity.
- When dropped on the ground, Black Pearls appear as black clams instead of the standard boxes.
- In Mobile black pearls can be obtained in dungeons from chests but very rare Free gifts also give black pearls(×20) sometimes.
- Dungeon chest can drop black pearls in numbers of(×10)(×20)(×30)