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Disambig.png This article is about Element Dust, not to be confused with   Element,   Element Shard,   Element Ore (Aberration),   Unstable Element (Extinction),   Unstable Element Shard (Extinction), or   Eery Element (ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile)

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Element Dust
Element Dust.png
A small pile of Dust that could be refined into Element or Element Shards.
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi ElementDust 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_ElementDust.PrimalItemResource_ElementDust'" 1 0 0
Variant Crafted Element Dust
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_ElementDustFromShards.PrimalItemResource_ElementDustFromShards'" 1 0 0
Used to craft
Crafted in
Crafting yields
200 / 2 pieces
1 × Element
Ingredients (Element Shard)

The Element Dust is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved.


Element Dust can be gathered by killing and harvesting Enforcers, Tek Creatures and Defense Units, by harvesting Lampposts, Benches and Tables in the Sanctuary, or randomly obtained in small quantity by picking up   Ferox and throw it down if it sniffs upon picking up. A Doedicurus can harvest Element Dust from Sanctuary's objects such as lamp posts extremely efficiently, automatically destroying and gathering them as it does with stone; carrying one with an Argentavis or Quetzal and letting it hit lamp posts as you fly through the city can be an extremely fast way of gathering large quantities of Element Dust,   Crystal, and even   Electronics.

Another way of getting large amounts of Element Dust,   Element Shards and pure   Element, is by finding and defending the Element Nodes spawned around the Wasteland. Element Dust can then be crafted at a City Terminal by breaking down (at an 80% loss) Element and its shards into 200 and 2 dust each, respectively.

Rarely, some Gachas can even produce a moderate quantity of Element dust from their   Gacha Crystals as a production option.

Unlike   Element, Element Dust can be transferred, and then used to craft   Unstable Element Shards and   Unstable Element, provided the survivor had learned its respective engram.


Element Dust is used to craft the following items:

It is also used to power the Scout and act as Enforcer food/energy source.


  • It can be harvested from Lampposts, Tables, and Benches in the Sanctuary.
  • Element Dust can be freely crafted into   Unstable Element (Extinction) in the player's inventory, even on other Arks. This can be utilized as cheap way to get   Element without fighting bosses.
  • After crafting it into   Unstable Element (Extinction), it spoils into   Element, making it the the second added way to craft Element. The first being via the   Charge Node (Aberration) with the release of DLC Aberration.