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Lower South Cave
Cave in the South of the Island
Interior Map

Lower South Cave Map

The Island Topographic Map
80.3° Lat, 53.5° Lon
Artifact of the Hunter
Artifact of the Hunter
83.5° Lat, 56.0° Lon
Artifact level
Loot quality
Green Crate Green

Lower South Cave (More commonly referred to as Hunter Cave) is in the south-central part of the Island, just north of the Sandy Cove, and can easily be reached on foot from the western bank of the river just west of the cove. Begin your trek at approximately (81.2, 49.5) and head east into the small ravine. Cave entrance is in the right cliff wall, a few hundred meters from the beach (80.1, 53.6).

The Lower South Cave is one of the easiest caves on the island, though it is still more dangerous than anything in the nearby surface environment. It houses the Artifact of the Hunter. Multiple creatures will slow and tranquilize the survivor as they swarm to the fight, and narrow, twisty passages and sudden drop-offs into crowds of creatures.


  • Cold, though not enough to cause Hypothermia Hypothermia (50F (10C) inside the cave)
  • Looping, similar-looking paths can cause disorientation
  • Ambushes from cave creatures lurking in crevices and dropping from holes in the ceiling - watch your surroundings!
  • Torpidity Torpidity induced by Arthropleura Arthropleura, Pulmonoscorpius Pulmonoscorpius, Titanoboa Titanoboa, and Araneo Araneo
  • Mega Rabies Mega Rabies contracted from Megalania Megalania (only on PC and consoles)
  • Slowing Webbed Webbed attacks from Araneo Araneo
  • Significant risk to armor from the Arthropleura Arthropleura's acid attack
  • Waters full of Sarcosuchus Sarcosuchus and Piranha Piranha
  • Recoil damage (and durability reduction) from melee attacks to the Arthropleura Arthropleura's armor
  • Easy to get encumbered if harvesting resources. Bring animals that have weight reductions on important items



Loot Drops (Items & Blueprints)[]

in the section Generic Caves, Green - Level 10

Recommended Equipment[]

The equipment recommendations below are likely sufficient for a single trip through the cave, without carting out all of the metal, obsidian, and crystal. If you plan on looting the cave completely (or returning often), you may want to bring supplies to build a Smithy Smithy within the cave to repair armor.

The cave contains limited quantities of plants for Fiber Fiber and various berries, but no trees (so no Wood or Thatch). You will be able to harvest mass quantities of Raw Meat Raw Meat, Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat, and Raw Fish Meat Raw Fish Meat while in the cave, so a Campfire Campfire can be handy to replenish food supplies.

Recommended creatures[]

  • The Direwolf Direwolf can be used by tribes with multiple players as they have great DPS and the ability to harvest large amounts of chitin.
  • The Sabertooth Sabertooth can be used by solo players or tribes with high quality saddles, as they will take less damage than direwolves and are a strong alternative due to their ability to wear a saddle.
  • The Baryonyx Baryonyx is a fantastic cave mount, being able to hold its own on land and packing an unstoppable stun AOE while in water. Baryonyx heal largely with fish meat, which is plentiful due to the cave's underwater sections.
  • The Sarcosuchus Sarcosuchus is extremely fast underwater, scares away piranhas, and can deal large amounts of damage from a good range. For players without baryonyx, it provides enough amphibious utility within a cave (Use cryopod to get past tight tunnels.)
  • The Castoroides Castoroides serves a function as land combatant, water mount, and smithy all at the same time. However, it can not heal with raw meat as it is a herbivore.
  • The Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus is very powerful and can easily defeat all inhabitants of this cave. However, one must carry weaponry to shoot down Arthropleura Arthropleura before they become an issue.


  • Using Bug Repellant Bug Repellant will make it easier to avoid Araneo and Arthropluera. However, they are usually palling around with Titanoboa, so you may have to carefully draw the snakes away to ensure invisibility.
  • Cryopod Cryopods are a necessity for bringing out tames from/into tighter sections of the cave.
  • A good mount is necessary to preserve resources and minimize risks.
  • Set mounts on "Disable resource harvesting" to conserve weight.
  • If cave navigation is a concern, place Standing Torch Standing Torch on the left side of cave paths as you descend; when exiting, keep the torches on your right to be sure you are heading in the correct direction.
  • You can speed-run to the Artifact and back by going left at the first T, then left in the first large room and dropping off the cliff (into a nest of creatures, beware!). Escape back up the cliff using a Grappling Hook Grappling Hook or by riding a Beelzebufo Beelzebufo. On Mobile version you can climb up the cliff by jumping on the left corner of it (there is a small natural rim there, may take a couple tries)
  • The lakes have only small "beach" areas where you can safely exit the water; do not jump into a lake without knowing where the "beach" is!
  • Non-flying tames following you on Neutral or Aggressive will launch themselves off cliffs to defend you and may occasionally stumble down a cliff even if not aggro'd; tell them to Stop well back from any cliff before you walk up to it.
  • Since one can farm a lot of Chitin Chitin and Hide Hide (not to mention Experience) from the creatures in the cave, it's a good idea to wear Chitin Armor Chitin Armor while farming. If Arthroplueras break your armor, all you need is fiber (available from plants within the cave) and a nearby Smithy Smithy or Castoroides Castoroides to repair it.
  • A full looting of the cave (including lakes) will net several stacks of Metal Metal and Crystal Crystal and a few stacks of Obsidian Obsidian (most of this is in the lakes)
  • There are several Crystal nodes (but no Metal or Obsidian) which can be encountered before you reach points where creatures spawn
  • Of the eight cavedrop/loot crate locations shown on the map, only two will be active at a time. Don't forget to check the lakes: three of the potential drop locations are underwater! Note: On Mobile there are only Loot Crates on PVP Servers.
  • There is a cul-de-sac at the bottom of a spiraling ramp near the entrance to the cave where creatures can be led and trapped and shot at from above. This area is very safe for taming, being far away from the areas where creatures begin to spawn, yet deep enough into the cave that a battle with surface predators or enemy tribe members at the entrance to the cave likely won't disturb a tame.
  • Allosaurus is the largest creature that can enter the Lower South Cave, which means you can ride an Allosaurus into the cave and cave creatures will ignore you if you don’t attack them.
  • Take caution, as Megalania Megalania will deal Mega Rabies Mega Rabies, leaving most players below 300HP to die a slow and annoying death. Bring healing items! Note: Not on Mobile.
  • As with any dangerous location, parts of the cave may be safe and devoid of predators while on rare occasions other parts are swarming.

Compatible Tamed Creatures[]

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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 Allosaurus Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the final room, sometimes, during leaving the cave, you have to mine crystal in order to access. Cryopod Cryopod needed to enter the rest of the cave.
Archaeopteryx Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Argentavis Argentavis Limited Unofficial/
  •  Can explore most of the cave, but can become stuck near the artifact and unable to leave.
Arthropluera Arthropluera Not Recommended Yes
  •  Will be unable to leave cave.
Baryonyx Baryonyx Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the artifact room.
Beelzebufo Beelzebufo Excellent Yes
  •  Finicky to get it through the smaller artifact chamber opening; recommend leaving it outside or going long way around to the taller opening. (Verified Xbox v790.19)
Carbonemys Carbonemys Excellent Yes
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter final room.
Castoroides Castoroides Excellent Yes
  •  Can be used to repair armor and weapons.
Chalicotherium Chalicotherium Excellent Yes
  •  Can explore majority of the cave and is effective against enemies.
Coelacanth Coelacanth Limited No
  •  Can be brought in using a Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket (Aberration). But can only be released in into the water in the cave.
Compy Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
Daeodon Daeodon Excellent Yes
Dilophosaur Dilophosaur Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring a whole pack.
Dimetrodon Dimetrodon Excellent No
Dimorphodon Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Diplocaulus Diplocaulus Excellent Yes
Dire Bear Dire Bear Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter artifact room. Mining of crystal deposits near entrance is sometimes necessary to exit smoothly.
Direwolf Direwolf Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one or bring a whole pack.
Doedicurus Doedicurus Excellent Yes
Dodo Dodo Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Dung Beetle Dung Beetle Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Enforcer Enforcer Limited Yes
  •  Cannot enter the artifact chamber.
Equus Equus Excellent Yes
Gallimimus Gallimimus Excellent Yes
Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus Excellent Yes
  •  Can travel and repel enemies with ease, and is also a decent swimmer if you land in the water.
Hesperornis Hesperornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Hyaenodon Hyaenodon Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring a whole pack.
Ichthyornis Ichthyornis Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Iguanodon Iguanodon Limited Yes
  •  Can not enter artifact room.
Jerboa Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried by player.
Kaprosuchus Kaprosuchus Excellent Yes
Kairuku Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kentrosaurus Kentrosaurus Excellent No
Lystrosaurus Lystrosaurus Excellent No
Megaloceros Megaloceros Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can enter but will hit an 'invisible wall' further in that prevents entry.
Megalosaurus Megalosaurus Limited Yes
  •  Can reach all rooms but the artifact chamber. Can get stuck in lakes if not ridden out.
Megatherium Megatherium Limited Yes
  •  Can not enter artifact room. Ideal Chitin Chitin harvester.
Mesopithecus Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or can bring a whole troop.
Microraptor Microraptor Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Moschops Moschops Excellent Yes
  •  Really good for killing Araneos.
Onyc Onyc Excellent No
Otter Otter Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Oviraptor Oviraptor Excellent No
Ovis Ovis Excellent Yes
Pachy Pachy Excellent Yes
Pachyrhinosaurus Pachyrhinosaurus Excellent Yes
Parasaur Parasaur Excellent Yes
Pelagornis Pelagornis Excellent Unofficial/
Pegomastax Pegomastax Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder.
Phiomia Phiomia Excellent Yes
Piranha Piranha Limited No
  •  Can be brought in using a Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket (Aberration). But can only be released into the water in the cave
Procoptodon Procoptodon Excellent Yes
Pteranodon Pteranodon Excellent Unofficial/
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Purlovia Purlovia Excellent No
Raptor Raptor Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one in or bring a pack.
Ravager Ravager Excellent Yes
Sabertooth Salmon Sabertooth Salmon Limited No
  •  Can be brought in using a Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket (Aberration). But can only be released into the water in the cave.
Sabertooth Sabertooth Excellent Yes
  •  Got changed, invisible wall is gone.
Sarco Sarco Limited Yes
  •  Can't make it down the first narrow path
Scorpion Scorpion Excellent Yes
  •  Can leave cave, tested 257.48
Spider Spider Excellent Yes
Stegosaurus Stegosaurus Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can only enter using Cryopod Cryopod limited in a few areas of the cave.
Terror Bird Terror Bird Excellent Yes
  •  Can mount and ride one in or bring a flock.
Therizinosaur Therizinosaur Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can not enter it's head also get stuck in the ceiling at the entrance of the cave. Cryopod Cryopod needed to enter the cave.
Thorny Dragon Thorny Dragon Excellent Yes
Thylacoleo Thylacoleo Limited Yes
  •  You will have to do some jumping to get in and out and it can't get in the artifact room.
Titanoboa Titanoboa Excellent
Triceratops Triceratops Not Recommended Yes
  •  Can get in, but gets stuck. Charge into first area, then reverse. Cryopod Cryopod needed to enter the rest of the cave.
Troodon Troodon Excellent No
  •  Can bring one in or bring whole a pack.
Vulture Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can keep on shoulder or bring a whole flock.


  • Considered one of the easiest caves, very good for farming experience. The green area where the tunnel forks in a "T" leading down to the areas with the Explorer Notes and the area with the Artifact of the Hunter marks the start of where creatures begin to spawn, but beware: they may chase players to areas closer towards the entrance!
  • As of version 242.x, there is still a bug just inside the entrance to the cave at approximately 82.3 52.9 that will teleport you to the surface or fall through the world. Try to attempt one or more of the following as a workaround:
    • Run and jump through the teleportation point.
    • Crawl (prone) through the teleportation point.
    • Walk along the left wall (without touching the wall).
    • Remove any items from your hands (or hotbar).
  • There are three dossier notes in this location; one for Kaprosuchus Kaprosuchus, one for titanoboa, and one for Leech Leech
  • Apparently, Allosaurus is the largest creature that can fit this cave.
  • Since there are not a lot of animals in the cave, it makes for a great place to tame Arthropleura on ARK: Mobile and request them to the surface.