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DLC about the Corrupted Earth of ARK.
Content Type
Price (USD)
Release Dates
November 6th, 2018
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November 13th, 2018
November 13th, 2018
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June 11th, 2020
September 1st, 2021
Jesse Twitter.jpg ARK: Extinction is going to challenge and delight you in all sorts of new ways.
~ Jesse[1]

Extinction is the third paid Expansion Pack for ARK: Survival Evolved.

Extinction was released on November 6th, 2018 for PC and released on November 13th for Xbox One and PS4, and is available for purchase through the Season Pass.


Extinction places survivors on an   Element-infested, ravaged planet filled with fantastical creatures both organic and technological. Earth holds both the secrets of the past and the keys to its salvation.

The Corrupted Earth Map[]

Sulfur Fields The Sweeping Spires Carver Rock Crater Pass Eroded Pass Flooded Waterway Frozen Approach Ivory Gulch Lower Spires Lowlands Runnoff Mt. Bracken Overpass Searing Springs Sludge Basin The Core The Crater The Hideout The UnderForest The lowlands Treatment Runnoff Western Ramp Arid Steps Badlands Barracks Blood Hollows Bracken Institution Control Center Corrupted Den Corrupted Terminal Crater Forest Crater Runoff Crimson Falls Crystal Falls Crystal Path Crystal River Delta Tower Dome Treatment Fallen Tower Flodded Pond Forbidden Zone Frozen Grotto Frozen Lake Frozen Tundra Geiser Springs Giants Steppes Glaicer Pass Grey Fist Mountain Hulterel Plains Jagged Lookout Loose Rock Ridge Old Ruins Picholm Mountain Secluded Lake Spire Lookout Spire River Station The Gallanwell Pass Grip of Torment The Hopeless Ravine The Narrows The Outlook The Ribcage The UnderForest Ruins Thundering Basin Vile Straight Wasteland Beckette's Bridge Beckette's Falls Beckette's Other Bridge Control Room Desert Dome Exposed Dome Fort Nova Frozen Falls Geiser Falls Ice Tail River Relic Of The Past Snow Dome Striker's Landing Striker's Point The Cassinese River The Frozen Lens Underbelly Water Main Wisp Vile Ridge Santiago's Grave Camp Omega Diana Memorial Fountain Memorial Memorial Park Memorial Waterfront Obelisk Park Sanctuary Sanctuary Obelisk Sanctuary Park Sanctuary Parkway The Trench
Regions of the Extinction

This map, set on Ravaged Earth rather than an ARK up in space, forces players to survive an Earth unfamiliar to us: one of strange features and stranger creatures. In the center of the map lies an abandoned city, usually referred to as the Great City or Sanctuary. It is the remains of some great technologically advanced civilization, the same one that built the ARKs. Outside of the city borders, pockets of life can be hard to find among the corrupted wasteland. They are still there, however, in the protective borders of the Proto-ARKs. To the southeast, the desert Proto-ARK exists. To the north, the Snow Dome, a second Proto-ARK. Another exists to the northwest, called the Sunken Forest, which was supposed to be another ARK but failed when it collapsed into the ground, presumably due to there being a large sinkhole underneath it. Strangely enough, the Proto-ARKs represent past challenges the survivor has faced: the Sanctuary and Snow Dome vaguely representing The Island, the Desert Dome representing Scorched Earth, and the Sunken Forest bearing similarities to Aberration.

Toward the bottom left of the map lie the Sulfur Fields. Despite containing acid in place of water, and being harsh, dry and rocky, it is one of the more liveable areas of the wasteland; and due to containing sulfur, gas and sap, it can be worth visiting for it's resources. The Forbidden Zone, considered by some players to be the most dangerous part of the wasteland, makes up the northern center of the map and is overall paler in colour than the rest of the area. It contains a flat, open area at the top of the Zone, where the King Titan is fought.

The central south of the wasteland holds the Sweeping Spires and the Sludge Basin. The Spires are formed of sweeping, curving cliffs and, as it's name suggests, spires, and borders the dropoff at the edge of the map. The Sludge Basin is tucked beneath the cliffs of the Spires, and is primarily filled by rivers of murky goo. Despite being called 'dead' this Earth may be more alive than we first thought, but with life we don't understand.

New Resources

Corrupted Earth features several new resources as well as existing ones from previous DLCs. Some of these resources, such as   Blue Crystalized Sap and   Silicate serve as substitutes for other resources.

New Features

Corrupted Earth contains several interactive structure drops known as   Orbital Supply Drops and   Element Nodes. This new feature requires all survivors with their tamed Creatures to fend off against waves of Corrupted Creatures to obtain the items left behind inside, in the form of PvE style raid.[2] The in parts irregular outer boundary of the map is indicated with poles bearing red lights at the top. Crossing the outer boundary of the map will, unlike in the other maps, instantly kill you and your tamed creature.

New Creatures

Corrupted Earth contains living creatures. The corruption of   Element has led to turning most of the Creatures into a variant known as "Corrupted" which roam around the earth. Due to the over-exposure of the   Element, their minds and bodies have become too Corrupted to be tamed like their original counterparts, and must be killed on sight since not only will they destroy anything non-corrupt in their way, their minds moves in a "hive-mentality" state which makes any previous Temperament they were known for redundant. These include creatures like the   Corrupted Wyvern from Scorched Earth and the   Corrupted Rock Drake from Aberration.

Moreover, these Corrupted Creatures react to activations of   Orbital Supply Drops and   Element Nodes, causing them to amass against the tribes who activated them in waves and will attack not only them, but mainly the activated drop as well.

However, not all creatures mutated by the   Element submit to its "hive-mentality". Some creatures, such as   Gasbags still retain its normal temperament, thus allowing survivors to tame them despite their state of appearance.

Enormous Creatures, known as "Titans" roam across sections of the map accessible through dungeons/caves once their following prototype Obelisks are activated. They are extremely aggressive, but survivors who managed to knock them down will be able to tame the savage beasts temporarily, the 3 "smaller" Titans must be defeated in order to fight the final and strongest Titan for the expansion.

Within Earth lies technologies like the   Enforcer and the   Scout. While these new Mechanical Creatures cannot be tamed like organic beings, they can be crafted by survivors with parts from destroyed Creatures and blueprints from   Orbital Supply Drops to build them as part of their tribe.


Different from its predecessors, Extinction does not contain   Supply Crates or   Loot Crates that descend from the sky or appear on the ground as in Aberration. There are several ways to obtain loot items:

Unique Environmental Features[]

  • Eclipses that temporarily dim the light.
  • Geysers that launch survivors and Creatures into the air.
  • Meteor showers where meteors rain down upon the land and destroy structures and kill Creatures.
  •   Orbital Supply Drops that fall from the sky and   Element Nodes that rise from the ground that, when activated, start PvE horde-styled events. The orbital supply drops are also attacked by the corrupted dinosaurs


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    Camp Omega
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    Diana Memorial Fountain
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    Memorial Park
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    Memorial Waterfront
  • Obelisk Park (Extinction).jpg
    Obelisk Park
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  • Sanctuary Obelisk (Extinction).jpg
    Sanctuary Obelisk
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    Sanctuary Park
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    Sanctuary Parkway
  • Santiago's Grave (Extinction).jpg
    Santiago's Grave
  • The Trench (Extinction).jpg
    The Trench

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    Arid Steps
  • Badlands (Extinction).jpg
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    Desert Cave
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    Desert Dome
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    Exposed Dome
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    Geiser Falls
  • Geiser Springs (Extinction).jpg
    Geiser Springs
  • Striker's Landing (Extinction).jpg
    Striker's Landing
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    Striker's Point
  • The Cassinese River (Extinction).jpg
    The Cassinese River
  • The Narrows (Extinction).jpg
    The Narrows
  • The Outlook (Extinction).jpg
    The Outlook
  • Thundering Basin (Extinction).jpg
    Thundering Basin

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    Beckette's Bridge
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    Beckette's Falls
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    Beckette's Other Bridge
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    Fort Nova
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    Frozen Falls
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    Frozen Lake
  • Frozen Tundra (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Tundra
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    Grey Fist Mountain
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    Hulterel Plains
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    Ice Cave
  • Ice Tail River (Extinction).jpg
    Ice Tail River
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    Loose Rock Ridge
  • Picholm Mountain (Extinction).jpg
    Picholm Mountain
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    Relic Of The Past
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    Snow Dome
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    The Frozen Lens
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    The Gallanwell Pass
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    Wisp Vile Ridge

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    Crater Forest
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    Crystal Falls
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    Crystal Path
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    Fallen Tower
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    Forest Cave
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  • Secluded Lake (Extinction).jpg
    Secluded Lake
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    The Core
  • The Hideout (Extinction).jpg
    The Hideout
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    The UnderForest Ruins
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    The UnderForest
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    Western Ramp

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  • Blood Hollows (Extinction).jpg
    Blood Hollows
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    Bracken Institution
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    Carver Rock
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    Control Center
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    Control Room
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    Corrupted Den
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    Corrupted Terminal
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    Crater Pass
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    Crater Runoff
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    Crimson Falls
  • Crystal River (Extinction).jpg
    Crystal River
  • Delta Tower (Extinction).jpg
    Delta Tower
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    Dome Treatment
  • Eroded Pass (Extinction).jpg
    Eroded Pass
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    Flodded Pond
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    Flooded Waterway
  • Forbidden Zone (Extinction).jpg
    Forbidden Zone
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    Frozen Approach
  • Frozen Grotto (Extinction).jpg
    Frozen Grotto
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    Giants Steppes
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    Glaicer Pass
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    The Grip of Torment
  • Ivory Gulch (Extinction).jpg
    Ivory Gulch
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    Jagged Lookout
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    Lower Spires
  • Lowlands Runnoff (Extinction).jpg
    Lowlands Runnoff
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    Mt. Bracken
  • Old Ruins (Extinction).jpg
    Old Ruins
  • Searing Springs (Extinction).jpg
    Searing Springs
  • Sludge Basin (Extinction).jpg
    Sludge Basin
  • Spire Lookout (Extinction).jpg
    Spire Lookout
  • Spire River (Extinction).jpg
    Spire River
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  • Sulfur Fields (Extinction).jpg
    Sulfur Fields
  • The Crater (Extinction).jpg
    The Crater
  • The Hopeless Ravine (Extinction).jpg
    The Hopeless Ravine
  • The lowlands (Extinction).jpg
    The lowlands
  • The Ribcage (Extinction).jpg
    The Ribcage
  • The Sweeping Spires (Extinction).jpg
    The Sweeping Spires
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    Treatment Runnoff
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  • Vile Straight (Extinction).jpg
    Vile Straight
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    Water Main

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    Desert Titan Arena
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    Ice Titan Arena
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    Forest Titan Arena
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    King Titan Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations[]

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Approximate Spawn Locations

Sunken Forest

Data Maps[]

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    Strategic Resources
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    Exploring the map
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    Creature Spawns


Unique Creatures[]

Some of the creatures here can only be "tamed" through crafting from remains of said creature's part.

Other Spawns[]

Normal Creatures[]

Corrupted Creatures[]

  Corrupted variants can be found wandering around Earth, most notably in the Wasteland. These dino/creatures have been infected by   Element to the point where their minds are under a "hive-mentality", rendering them untameable, and must be killed as they are extremely aggressive (even naturally skittish creatures).

Event Creatures[]


All items from the base game are available on Extinction in addition to the items below.



Trophies and Tributes[]

Weapons, Armor, and Tools[]




Explorer Notes[]


As Extinction is part of the story of the ARKs, NoteSantiago.png Explorer Notes can be found across the map. These Explorer Notes document the ARK lore. For more in-depth information, see Explorer Notes


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In addition to the Explorer Notes, NoteHelena.png Dossiers can also be found on Extinction, written by Helena Walker to document the research of Extinction's creatures. For more in-depth information, see Dossiers.


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  • Extinction was the first Expansion Pack to:
    • not take place in an Ark.
    • have tamable bosses
    • have new types of bosses.
    • have a chronicles event leading up to the release.
    • to have the logo with only one glowing edge and a sharp top end.
    • the first Expansion Pack that features creatures and equipments exclusive to a previous Expansion Pack.
    • This is also the first time that Ragnarok, a non-canon map, had some of its details used.
    • This is the first Expansion Pack to have craft-able creatures.
    • Not have terminals located directly under the obelisks, instead requiring survivors to go on “cave runs” if they wish to access the terminals to fight each of the respective Titans.
  • Extinction was the only official expansion map to not include:
    • A new saddle skin (the   Parasaur on The Island,   Thorny Dragon on Scorched Earth, and   Ravager on Aberration all had unique saddle skins).
    • A new shoulder mounted pet
    • A unique armor set
  • The Corrupted Earth, which is the setting for this Expansion Pack, is visible after the final boss fight of Aberration and after you are sent through portal frames in the Element Falls shaft.
    • It is also visible during the Overseer battle and during the Island's Ascension cut-scene, though it can only be seen from space and appears as a desert planet.
    • It is also visible from the surface of Aberration
  • Unlike The Island and the previous Expansion Packs Scorched Earth and Aberration, this expansion pack includes mainly kaiju inspired creatures (e.g:   Ice Titan,   Forest Titan,   Desert Titan and the normal   King Titan) and Mecha inspired creatures typically seen in kaiju films (e.g:   Enforcer,   Scout,   Enraged Creatures,   Mek,   Mega Mek and the   Alpha King Titan).
  • On the Steam page for the Season Pass, the first targeted release date was spring 2018 which was changed in December, 2017 to a general 2018 release date. It was finally released on November 6, 2018.
  • One to two hours after the ARK: ARKaeology event started, the banner time was replaced by another banner, hinting a new creature and one of the tainted areas within the map.
  • On the third day, the countdown was brought over to the Twitch channel, with an updated banner that constantly changed over time.
    • In the 4 hour mark, a dinosaur could be seen in the same banner during the countdown in twitch channel, showing a   Rex within the red mist.
    • In the 3 hour mark, a small object (possibly a   Scout) could be seen above the said creature's head.
    • The trailer was released on June 19, 2018, along with the mention of the prolonged event "Extinction Chronicles" lasting through November.
  • From the start of trailer, the survivor is seen with an   Alpha Ascension Implant, when compared to previous Expansion trailers where they have not ascended.
  • In a trailer Electromagnetic waves were shown to be present at certain locations, rendering items such as   GPS useless. However that never made it to the final version in the game. It may have possibly been scrapped.
  • During an interview with Wildcard, they stated that they were unsure if Mechanical Creatures such as   Enforcers found in Extinction will be normally tamed like other creatures, or if they will be "crafted".[3]
  • One of the new Extinction Chronicles notes, ??? #13 stated that the   Obelisks in Extinction are a “prototype”.
  • There is no large body of water in Extinction due to the fact that water has dried up on the surface of the Earth.
  • In Extinction, Proto-ARKs dot the map. These Proto-ARKs are surrounded by a bubble and contain an   Obelisk.
  • Near the Desert Dome where the barrier is, a massive crater from a previous ARK that went to space can be seen.
  • City Terminals can charge Charge Batteries.
  • Both   Cryopod and   Cryofridge were extinction-exclusive engrams. This was changed with the release of Valguero map, allowing access to their engram in all maps.
  • Prior to the release of Genesis, players who logged their survivor out from The Island or any free DLC maps were taken to the same title screen as when they had their survivors logged out of Extinction.
  • In lore, Extinction is the setting of some of the most tragic moments in the ARK lore.
    • The survivors that were with Helena, Mei Yin and Santiago were mentally broken down when they realized they escaped the ARKs only to land in an even greater danger instead of safety.
    • For Santiago, he never got to see the   Mega Mek he created since he had to use a   Mek to lure away the horde that is going to attack Camp Omega, sacrificing himself in the process.
    • For Helena, she had to sacrifice her mind and body to save her friends but she was too late and Mei Yin was the only survivor she saved from the   King Titan. Even though the survivors she couldn't save are buried by Mei Yin and Diana and at rest, Helena isn't at rest as her mind slowly crumbles beneath the knowledge that flows through her as a Homo Deus.
    • For Mei Yin, she has already lost Wuzhui to the New Legion, Ao Yue to   Reapers and Diana to Rockwell, but now she lost Helena, her closest friend who is in a coma and the survivors who died by the   King Titan's hands. After Helena ascended to Homo Deus status, Mei Yin thought she was going to live out a new life in a torturous wasteland alone. On top of that, her promise from Diana about flying a jet seems to be forever out of reach. But different from the other survivors, she rebounds when she reunites with a newly resurrected Diana.
    • For Diana, she returned with Mei Yin to grab the other two   Mek suits only to see those suits be surrounded by badly decomposed corpses of survivors that she deeply trusted back on Aberration.
  • Shortly after the launch of Extinction, the Corrupted Deathworm was removed from the game.
  • This may be a reference to Ark II , because in the television series, it said that earth used to be rich and fertile before it was ravaged by pollution, sort of like extinction; it used to be peaceful, but then became corrupted with element.


Patch Changes
309.42 Fixed multiple cases where the Bloodstalker couldn't swing around Extinction


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