ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki
Advertisement
The Center DLC.jpg This article is about content exclusive to the DLC: The Center
Steam.svg Xbox One.svg PS.svg Epic Games.svg Stadia.svg This article is about content exclusively available in the version on Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Epic Games, Stadia.
LavaCave
LavaCave (The Center).jpg
Location
Underwater Ocean Under Center Edge of World DeepOcean Western Cliffs Boss Arena Snowy Grasslands Jungle Mid Beach Jungle North Beach Jungle South Beach Lava Biome Lava Biome High Jungle Mid Jungle North Jungle South Jumping Puzzle Redwood Biome Underworld Ocean Tropical Island North Tropical Island South LavaCave Skull Island Snowy Mountain (South) Snowy Mountain (North) Swamp The Center (Floating Island) Lava Oasis Cave
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Location
11.2° Lat, 67.4° Lon
Loot
Artifact of the Massive.png
Artifact of the Massive
10.2° Lat, 52.9° Lon
Artifact of the Strong.png
Artifact of the Strong
15.2° Lat, 57.4° Lon
Loot Quality
Red Crate.png Red

LavaCave is a region in The Center DLC.

Overview[]

The LavaCave is in the East of the Lava Biome, and it is one of the hardest caves in the DLC: The Center.

It is almost impossible to access the cave without a Pteranodon, Argentavis, or Quetzal. One could enter using Grappling Hooks or Climbing Pick (Aberration), albeit an extremely difficult prospect.

This cave contains two Artifacts. For the Artifact of the Massive, take the path to your right, and you will come to its chamber. For the Artifact of the Strong, take the left path heading toward the first ruined archway in the cave.

Dangers[]

  • Extreme Heat
  • Dangerous jumps, not even a parachute will save you from lava

Recommended Equipment[]

Tips[]

  • Bring Grappling Hooks, and lots of them; should you fall, grappling is the only thing that can prevent you from losing everything.
  • IMPORTANT: If you're playing Official or any server with cave flying disabled, land your flyer as soon as you fly down the initial chamber. You will be ejected from your mount (possibly over a lava pit) if you continue flying.
  • A   Therizinosaur is probably the most suitable dinosaur in this cave, since it doesn't aggro any of its inhabitants. Even with a low level one, this cave is a piece of cake. You do not even need to jump on the way to the Artifact of the Strong like with smaller tames. Just watch out if you dismount it. In addition a   Wyvern can carry it to the initial chamber (mind above note).

Creatures[]

Compatible Tamed Creatures[]

Warning:

  • All creatures taken into the cave will be unable to leave unless they can fly, be carried by a flyer, or ride on top of a Quetz Platform Saddle.

This table is incomplete.
You can help us by adding the tamed creatures you know can enter the cave. If the creature can't enter, please exclude it.

Accessibility Ratings:

  • Excellent: Full-Cave Access (Entrance-to-Artifact)
  • Limited: Can Access Portions of the Cave Safely
  • Not Recommended: Can Get Stuck/Unable to Leave Cave
Creature Accessibility Rideable Notes
  Allosaurus Limited Yes
  Ankylosaurus Limited Yes
  Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
  Argentavis Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Arthropluera Limited Yes
  Beelzebufo Excellent Yes
  Brontosaurus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
  Carbonemys Limited Yes
  Carno Limited Yes
  Castoroides Limited Yes
  •  Unable to go up the first stairs section towards Artifact of the Strong.
  Chalicotherium Limited Yes
  Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
  Dilophosaur Limited No
  Dimetrodon Limited No
  Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
  Diplocaulus Limited Yes
  Diplodocus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
  Dire Bear Limited Yes
  Direwolf Excellent Yes
  Dodo Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
  DodoRex Limited Yes
  Doedicurus Limited Yes
  Dung Beetle Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
  Gallimimus Limited Yes
  Giganotosaurus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
  Gigantopithecus Limited Yes
  Hesperornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
  Ichthyornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
  Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
  Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
  Kaprosuchus Excellent Yes
  Lymantria Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Lystrosaurus Limited No
  Mammoth Limited Yes
  Mantis Limited Yes
  Megaloceros Limited Yes
  Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole troop.
  Microraptor Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulderor bring a whole flock.
  Morellatops Limited Yes
  Onyc Excellent No
  Otter Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
  Oviraptor Limited No
  Pachy Limited Yes
  Paracer Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
  Parasaur Limited Yes
  Pegomastax Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
  Pelagornis Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Phiomia Limited Yes
  Procoptodon Excellent Yes
  Pteranodon Limited Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Quetzal Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Raptor Excellent Yes
  Rex Limited Yes
  Rock Elemental Limited Yes
  Sabertooth Excellent Yes
  Sarco Limited Yes
  Scorpion Limited Yes
  Spider Limited Yes
  Spino Limited Yes
  Stego Limited Yes
  Tapejara Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
  Terror Bird Excellent Yes
  Therizinosaur Limited Yes
  Thorny Dragon Limited Yes
  Titanosaur Not Recommended Yes
  •  Is too large for much of the cave. 
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
  Trike Limited Yes
  Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
  Woolly Rhino Limited Yes
  Wyvern Excellent Unofficial/
Single-Player
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave past the initial descent. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.

Resources[]

From local creatures[]

Notes[]

  • Take   Otter because he can carry many Artifacts.
  • The cave is so massive, that if you manage to get a Giganotosaurus or anything smaller down, you'll be able to navigate it around the majority of the cave. Getting it back out would be the issue.
  • Lava will not kill you instantly, but will do massive damage quite quickly. It is possible to save yourself if you manage to find a rock to jump on.
  • Before The Center became a DLC, reportedly one could retrieve the Artifact of the Devious here. After its official release however, it seems to have been replaced by the Artifact of the Strong.
  • There is a bug where while attempting to fly into the cave entrance, you will clip to the top of the volcano's caldera. It is recommended to land your mount outside the entrance and walk it manually inside before flying down into the cave.
  • There is another bug where the game will think you are underwater in much of the cave and display ocean particle-effects. This is only cosmetic, and you will not be affected otherwise.

Gallery[]

References[]


Advertisement