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North East Cave / Carno Cave
Cave on The Dead Island
Interior Map

North East Cave Cavemap

The Island Topographic Map
14.7° Lat, 85.4° Lon
Artifact of the Devourer
Artifact of the Devourer
16.1° Lat, 84.6° Lon
Artifact level
Loot quality
Blue Crate Blue
Red Crate Red

The North East Cave is a cave in the northeast of The Island, on an island known as The Dead Island or "Carno Island". This short cave consists primarily of an open, towering room with a narrow pathway spiraling downwards toward the Artifact of the Devourer Artifact of the Devourer, which is needed to summon the Megapithecus Megapithecus.


  • Big Drops
  • Narrow Pathways
  • Cold (-5° C throughout)
  • Swarms of Onycs

Recommended Equipment[]





Recommended creatures[]

  • Thylacoleo Thylacoleos can deal large amounts of damage to bats. Thylas also have a climbing ability, albeit this will not help you escape many sections of the cave.
  • Terror Bird Terror Birds can glide to the bottom of the cave immediately, but it may struggle to fend off the enemies at the bottom of the pit.
  • Enforcer Enforcers are skilled climbers, bat killers, and can teleport. This makes them a very useful mount for caving, though one would need a powerful enforcer to hold its own.
  • Shadowmane Shadowmanes can make this cave trivial thanks to their super-jump (which can nearly reach the topmost ledge from the bottom), good damage, and natural defense. Likely due to a bug, they also receive the Hydrated bonus no matter where they are in the cave, which only increases their efficacy. Unfortunately, a Cryopod Cryopod is needed to get them past the first tight squeeze.


  • There is a small section of water just after the entrance to the cave. Nothing spawns inside and it is brief enough that a survivor with default oxygen can swim the gap with ease.
  • The fastest way down is by using a Parachute Parachute or Grappling Hook Grappling Hook. However, many Onyc Onyc, Pulmonoscorpius Pulmonoscorpius, Araneo Araneos spawn at the bottom of the bit. Try to land on a ledge out of reach of the land-dwelling creatures so you can shoot them from a safe distance.
  • The spiral pathway is spotted with gaps. All of these jumps, heading both up and down, can be made on foot if you are careful.
  • Bug Repellant Bug Repellant will make this cave much easier. You will lower the aggro radius of some creatures, namely Onyc Onyc.
  • Mesopithecus Mesopithecus Dossier is on the outside of the ruined structure that contains the artifact, on the corner facing the ramp back up.
  • Megalosaurus Megalosaurus Dossier is at the bottom of the pit about halfway back from the artifact.
  • Mosasaurus Mosasaurus Dossier is found on a ledge (not part of the main walkway) above the artifact ruins on the right side. It is very easy to miss. There is a simple guide in the image gallery.




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
Archaeopteryx Archaeopteryx Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Baryonyx Baryonyx Excellent Yes
Beelzebufo Beelzebufo Excellent Yes
  •  Reduced fall damage increases chances of survival in a fall.
Compy Compy Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole pack.
Dimorphodon Dimorphodon Excellent No
  •  Can keep one on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Dire Bear Dire Bear Limited Yes
  •  Can fit into the cave and swim into the main chamber, but will be unable to exit if you proceed further without building exit ramps.
Direwolf Direwolf 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 Excellent Yes
  •  Wall climbing plus teleport and lack of fall damage makes this one of the best suited mounts for this cave.
Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus Excellent Yes
Hesperornis Hesperornis Excellent No
Jerboa Jerboa Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Kairuku Kairuku Excellent No
  •  Can be carried in and out by player.
Megalania Megalania Excellent Yes
  •  Best creature to ride trough the cave only by running down the wall to reach the artifact
Megatherium Megatherium Excellent Yes
  •  Risky to maneuver but can enter and make it out safely.
Mesopithecus Mesopithecus Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder or bring a whole troop.
Pachy Pachy Limited Yes
  •  Ramps will have to be built to safely ride it out of the cave. (Needs AllowCaveBuildingPvE for PvE servers.)
Pteranodon Pteranodon Excellent Unofficial/
  •  Can be glitched in and out of the cave while on-follow at the water portion. 
  •  Official Servers: Cannot mount in cave. 
  •  Unofficial/Single-Player: Requires server setting -ForceAllowCaveFlyers to mount.
Raptor Raptor Excellent Yes
Ravager Ravager Excellent Yes
  •  Reduced fall damage.
Sabertooth Sabertooth Excellent Yes
Terror Bird Terror Bird Excellent Yes
Thylacoleo Thylacoleo Excellent Yes
  •  A tight fit through the initial section and high move speed can be tricky in the water 
  •  Can fire weapons while mounted, though will not be able to climb most cliffs to exit.
Velonasaur Velonasaur Excellent Yes
  •  Its quill attacks can "ground" onycs. However, onycs have no landed state. They will either not respond to the status at all or drop to fly against the ground for a moment. Their speed and damage is never actually reduced.
Vulture Vulture Excellent No
  •  Can be carried on shoulder or bring a whole flock.
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus Limited Yes
  •  Potential problems moving through water section, and some jumps are one-way or impossible.


  • If you bring a dino that can not jump and it falls it will be unable to escape the cave without building escape ramps or using a cryopod
  • While you can use a tame to swim to the island, there are often the Cnidaria Cnidaria and Megalodon Megalodon in the water that can make quick work of you and your dino. A better choice would be to take a raft, or fly over with your cave mount being either carried or within a cryopod.
  • It is possible for players to bring their sabers in to farm chitin however the reward is often not worth the risk. There is a lot of maneuvering that requires foundations and ramps and players are extremely likely to die if they fall.
  • Cave does not exist on mobile