The Center originated as a custom map by modder Ben “EvilMrFrank” Burkart. It was added to ARK: Survival Evolved as free DLC in PC patch 241.0 and Xbox One update 734.0. It underwent a "mega-update" that added the Redwood Forests in PC patch 245.0 and was released on Xbox One and PS4.
The Center DLC has a default difficulty level of 5.0 which means wild dinos up to level 150 and better loot quality from supply drops. Prior to January 2017, Giganotosaurus had an extremely rare chance to spawn anywhere on the map; now Giganotosaurus will only spawn in a few areas such as the Lava Biome and Northern Snowy Mountain.
Unique Environmental Features
- A Mountain with various ape statues carved from it overlooking the redwoods biome.
- A large natural bridge connecting from the snow biome to the redwoods biome.
- An island with lava rivers and lava lakes flowing throughout it.
- 2 Underwater Domes which can be used as waterproof bases.
- A fall which leads to a bottomless ocean.
- A massive floating island called The Center.
- A Island which has the appearance of a Skull.
- Glowing green spores throughout most of the map.
- A Massive Underground ecosystem with it's own miniature sun.
- The Boss Arena can be seen from the normal map unlike other maps
The Center Map
The Center consists of multiple climatic and geological regions, including several that are not featured on The Island map. The map's most notable feature, a colossal floating island, can be found to the West of the map surrounded by treacherous swamps. To the far North, an active volcanic island can be found covered in basalt, lava, and dangerous predators. Numerous islands covered in jungles, tropical shorelines, mountains, and ancient ruins dot the varied archipelago. A unique set of caves push survivors to their limits in search of the Artifacts and their hidden rewards. Descend into Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth where survivors will find themselves in a self-sufficient underground ecosystem far beneath the lush jungles. Similarly, survivors can dive down to either of two underwater domes to build their own naval bases of Atlantean proportions!
Approximate Spawn Locations
- Alpha Carnotaurus
- Alpha Leedsichthys
- Alpha Megalodon
- Alpha Mosasaur
- Alpha Raptor
- Alpha T-Rex
- Alpha Tusoteuthis
- Broodmother Lysrix
- Dire Bear
- Dung Beetle
- Giant Bee
- Sabertooth Salmon
- Tek Parasaur
- Tek Quetzal
- Tek Raptor
- Tek Rex
- Tek Stegosaurus
- Terror Bird
- Woolly Rhino
In other words, all Creatures that can be found on The Island can be found somewhere on The Center, except for the Polar Bear, the Polar Purlovia, the Unicorn, the Attack Drone, the Defense Unit, the Dragon and the Overseer.
Creatures that only spawned during an Event:
- Bunny Dodo
- Bunny Oviraptor
- Direwolf Ghost
- Party Dodo
- Rex Ghost
- Skeletal Bronto
- Skeletal Carnotaurus
- Skeletal Giganotosaurus
- Skeletal Quetzal
- Skeletal Raptor
- Skeletal Rex
- Skeletal Stego
- Skeletal Trike
- Super Turkey
All items from the base game are available on The Center.
- Prior to January 2017, Giganotosaurus was able to spawn anywhere in the overworld of The Center including beaches and small islands; now they only spawn in a few areas like Lava Biome
- The Center has the only arena that can be viewed from the base map as it lies on the mountain overlooking the redwoods biome.
- It can also be reached and even entered into from the base map itself (tested with the Desert Titan).
- The Center has its own spawn-in theme, based off of the regular theme found in The Island, Valguero, Ragnarok and Crystal Isles.
- It also has its own day and night transition themes.
- On PvP servers, any structures in Caves, the Underground World, Underwater Domes, and any of the Ancient Ruins will take 3x damage.
- There is a massive underground crystal cave that lies along the southern portion of the cliffs that form the Edge of the World. Similar to the Underground World but filled with cosmetic crystals all over as well as a small but detailed cosmetic ruin.
- On Xbox since v757: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend2. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
- On PS4 since v510: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island ascension, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend1. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
- The Center is the only official mod map that doesn't add any new creatures.
- The Center is the first official mod map to be released to the base game.
- It is also the first downloadable map because it was released before Scorched Earth.