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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.