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CrossARK Transfers is a game mechanic in ARK: Survival Evolved where the player can transfer their survivor, items and tames ("objects") from one ARK to another ARK. Effectively, the player is being transported from one ARK to another via an uploads and downloads system.


Transfers can be used to move objects from one server to another even if the map on both servers differs.

Transfers can take place mainly at Obelisk Obelisk or a Tek Transmitter Tek Transmitter. Other means of transfer are means such as:

There is a chance that objects will be eliminated without any notice whatsoever during the process.

Transferring Limit[]

There are limitations as to how the Transfers work:

  • All items, dinos and survivors can only be transferred within the server cluster.
  • Items, dinos and survivors can only be transferred from PvE to PvE servers and only PvP to PvP servers.
  • Items, dinos and survivors can only be transferred from official to official servers and unofficial servers to unofficial servers within the server cluster.

Not everything can be transferred to other servers either. Assuming unaltered server settings, the following cannot be transferred:



Note that creatures can be sent via Cryopod Cryopod to the maps, but can't be released out if the map does not permit them to be uncryo'd.

Beware that doing so may cause your dino's to reset (they become level 1/their colors may get mixed up/nicknames may disappear/genders may change/or all of the above.)

The same happens with fertilized eggs: levels of hatched dino's get reset to level 1.


The following dinos can only be transferred from or to Valguero:


Flying creatures of all kind cannot be mounted unless the server had permitted it to.

Only the creatures listed below, and all their variants, can be downloaded on Aberration. This limitation can be disabled with the CrossARKAllowForeignDinoDownloads option.

Genesis: Part 1[]

Flying creatures of all kind cannot be mounted unless the server had permitted it. This excludes Managarmr Managarmr

  • All tamed Titan Titan can't be transferred to Genesis: Part 1

How to Transfer[]

When the following above structure is accessed, there are three tabs, "ARK Data", "Creatures", and "Tribute".

  • When the "Tribute" tab is chosen, every item you put in the inventory of the Obelisk Obelisk is accessible by everyone and could be used as a Tribute to summon one of the shown Bosses. (In the case of City Terminal, it is used to craft specific items)
  • When the "Creatures" tab is chosen, the inventory screen changes and is divided into an upper part and a lower part. The upper part shows all tamed Creatures which can be transferred. Select one and press the little footprint-like button to upload the selected Creature. Now it will be listed in the lower part with a cool-down timer. Remove the saddle beforehand and transfer it via the "ARK Data" tab, since everything in the tamed Creature's Inventory will be dropped. Only tames which are near the above structures will be listed and those that have been transferred will disappear. If the tamed Creature has been downloaded, they will automatically be following the player who downloaded them.
  • Items will be transferred via the "ARK Data" tab.
    • NOTE: On servers there will be a cool-down, on local play-throughs, there is no cool-down.
  • To move yourself, use the "Upload Survivor"-Button in the middle.

Dino Transfer[]

It is also possible to transfer your tamed Dino's this way with the same restrictions as listed above. If you upload one of your tames, their inventory will be dropped in the process. Remember to empty it before (including the saddle).

After downloading dinos there is a hidden 12-hour cool-down before you are able to upload them again. Additionally females will get a breeding cool-down as well.

If there are too many tamed dinos in the server, the dino cannot be downloaded into the server (It will remain in the cloud despite multiple download clicks) unless it has at least one spot free.

Utilizing Cryopod Cryopod will preclude the hidden transfer cool-down or the automatic breeding cool-down and since it is regarded as an item, it can be downloaded even if there are too many tamed dinos in the server.


There have been reports of players losing their character by using the transmitting-feature. This is often caused by error, crash or server rollback/maintenance when attempting to download or downloaded before the next server save, so use this feature at your own risk.[citation needed]

If a rollback occurred on servers that you had your character transferred from, and you lost your character on the server you transferred you, the game will still force you to create a new character as if you do not have any on the server despite it existing. This is due to the Anti-duping technology intended to prevent duping of characters. [1]

Characters/Dinos/Items uploaded to ARK cloud have a 24-hour time limit in multiplayer. Ensure you are set to download them into another server before the timer runs out, or else your items will decay in your upload when the timer goes past 0.


  • CrossARK transfer is used on official servers to trade (Steam has a dedicated forum for ARK trades. Note that you must be logged in on an account that owns ARK to access).
  • To transfer your character on a console Player Dedicated server (Not A Cluster). Use "cheat playercommand Ascend1", this will force upload your character. Please note you need to be admin on server to do this. Once your character is uploaded the person who is hosting the server can change the map, when you join select "Download Survivor" you should see your character.
  • For an official list of rules pertaining to CrossARK transfers, please visit the following page:


  • At the start of Genesis: Part 2, several R-Variant dinos were mistakenly permitted into Aberration. These dinos do not have an Aberrant variant in said ARK.