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The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment composed of many natural and unnatural structures above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully Exploring its secrets, you’ll find exotic Creatures and rare Blueprints. Giant Supply Crates of colored light mark unknown offerings from above, but beware of other survivors, as the beacons can be seen from far off. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the back-story of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS to aid in exploring with other players whom you can communicate with via proximity text, voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game Signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet... how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the Ark? A definitive end-game is available.


Supply Crates summon supply drops at their base and spawn twice per in-game day, lasting approximately 30 minutes each time. The locations of the beacons are relatively set though their color will change randomly, and building any sort of structure at the beacon's base will cause the beacon to cease spawning there.

The contents of the beacon supply drops are semi-random, though they typically include level-appropriate items such as saddles, complete armor sets, building supplies, or weaponry.

The colors of the beacons correspond to the survivor level required to loot them, as follows:

The Island/The Center/Ragnarok
Color Level Requirement
  White 3
  Green 15
  Blue 25
  Purple 35
  Yellow 45
  Red 60
Scorched Earth
Color Level Requirement
  White 3
  Green 15
  Blue 30
  Purple 45
  Yellow 55
  Red 70


For interactive maps with a lot of explorable things see Explorer Maps.