Disambig.png Oil is referred to as "Crude Oil" in the Primitive Plus DLC

A thick blob of unrefined oil. Can be refined with hide to make gasoline.
Stack Size
100 / 5000
Crafting time
Used to craft
Crafting yields
12 Pieces
Exchange yields
20 pieces
Hexagon Icon.png 120

Oil is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved.

It can be harvested from dark stones near oil patches in the ocean by using a Pickaxe. It can also be obtained from above-water oil deposits found in and around Whitesky Peak on the island, the top left snow mountain on Ragnarok, or by killing Basilosaurus.png Basilosaurus, Trilobite.png Trilobite, Leech.png Leech, and Enforcer.png Enforcer. Another way to acquire Oil is to tame creatures that produce Oil, such as the Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle.

Crafting with Oil

Oil can be refined in a Refining Forge or Industrial Forge to create Gasoline.png Gasoline.

If it is put into a Preserving Bin together with Sparkpowder and Cooked Meat or Cooked Prime Meat, Cooked Meat Jerky.png Cooked Meat Jerky and Prime Meat Jerky.png Prime Meat Jerky can be created.

Oil is also needed to craft the following items:

Full list of items crafted with Oil

Producing Oil

Oil can be produced in the following ways:

Gathering Oil

Oil can be mined with either a Stone Pick.png Stone Pick or a Metal Pick.png Metal Pick in the ocean. The Stone Pick.png Stone Pick yields 0-1 oil per oil node, while the Metal Pick.png Metal Pick yields 0-10 oil per oil node. Besides using tools it is also possible to use a Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus or Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus to mine oil very effectively.

Oil (Tusoteuthis) is gathered from the inventory of dead Tusoteuthis and slowly accumulates in the inventory of a tamed Tusoteuthis or Basilosaurus.

Oil.png Oil
Creature / ToolGain per action
Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus★★★★★
Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus★★★★☆
Chainsaw (Scorched Earth).png Chainsaw  Scorched Earth Icon.png★★★★☆
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick★★★☆☆
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth★☆☆☆☆
Stone Pick.png Stone Pick★☆☆☆☆

There are 3 main environments where oil nodes spawn: the ocean, Underwater caves and along the beach of the Snow Biome. It is also possible to obtain Oil by harvesting dead Tek Creatures. See the interactive Resource Maps for all occurrences in the official maps as well as some Mod maps.

Ocean oil mining

Oil nodes can be found all around the map in the oceans. Oil nodes in the ocean are easy to spot as they release a dark stream of oil which floats upwards.

To effectively mine oil nodes in the ocean it's a good idea to tame an underwater dinosaur, such as a powerful Megalodon.png Megalodon, or a fast and nimble Ichthyosaurus.png Ichthyosaurus.

A more effective method is to tame a Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus, which can gather oil nodes by itself while defending against Plesiosaur.png Plesiosaur.

While relatively rare, large clusters of oil nodes can also be found in various ocean floor locations. One such cluster can be found at 10.2 latitude and 25.5 longitude, and yields 300-500 oil depending on harvesting method.

Underwater cave oil mining

The highest density of oil nodes can be found in underwater caves, it's possible to get large amounts of oil from just 1 underwater cave. To get to the underwater caves it's recommendable to use both an underwater dinosaur and some way to hold your breath for extended periods underwater, such as Lazarus Chowder.png Lazarus Chowder or a SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA Tank.

It's also possible to get an Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus down into most underwater caves. With an Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus in the caves they can be cleared in a matter of seconds.

Snow Biome beach mining

If you don't feel confident underwater, it is possible to gather oil above ground. However these above ground oil nodes all spawn in the treacherous Snow Biome and on various icebergs.

A good strategy to gather these oil nodes effectively as a 2-man team, is to use a Quetzal.png Quetzal and a Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus. Simply pick up the Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus (with your teammate on it), and fly past all the oil nodes, letting the Ankylosaurus.png Ankylosaurus mine them on the fly. The weight stat of the Ankylosaurus doesn't matter as all is carried by the quetzal. An Argentavis also works as it can go slightly faster than the quetzal, however it can't carry as much as the quetzal can in most cases.

Scorched Earth

On the Scorched Earth map, up to 16 Oil can be collected from red Jug Bug.png Jug Bugs by getting close to them and pressing E, XboxOne Y.png, PS4 Triangle.png. Oil can also be gathered autonomously by placing an Oil Pump (Scorched Earth).png Oil Pump on an oil vein or by harvesting dead Rock Elemental.png Rock Elementals.


Other than the above main method, the only source of oil rocks are found at the surfaces of the map and the deepest depths of the red zone which has huge oil rocks. However, the surface contains many dangers such as Reaper King.png Reaper King and the accessibility during daytime (the sun will scorch anything during dawn and afternoon) while the red zone contains many rock drakes along with radiation . The other method is killing Trilobite.png Trilobite near water or by using the Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle to get oil via feces.


In Extinction, Oil can be harvested from the corpse of a dead Enforcer or Defense Unit.

Resource Maps

For a more detailed view of the oil-locations see

Weight Reduction

The following creatures reduce the weight of Oil by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:

Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus50%
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