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Disambig.png This article is about the ARK. For the region on Valguero, see The Island.

The Island
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The Island is the first known ARK.
Content Type
Base Map
Release Dates
June 2, 2015
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December 16, 2015
December 6, 2016
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November 30th, 2018
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June 11th, 2020
September 1st, 2021

The Island is a map included with the base game. It is the first known ARK and is the first map that follows with the storyline.


The Island consists of multiple climatic and geological regions. There are five larger mountains in the north and plains in the south. Three large Obelisks form a triangle on the Island.

The Island Map[]

The Island is a large landmass with several smaller islands surrounding the central island. Resources become more common as one travels farther inland, but so do the dangers. Some areas are higher in temperature while others are lower which can be life threatening.

On the Island there are two types of weather, rain and fog. When it rains, you will hydrate and can fill your Waterskin, Water Jar, or Canteen with rainwater. When fog rolls in, it is hard to see very far.


Deep Ocean Underwater The Eastern Plains The Southeast Shores The Western Plains Southeastern Shores The Gulch of Lamentation Northeast Shores The Western Coast Cragg's Island Southern Jungle The Eastern Forest The Footpaw The Deep Island The Dead Island Weathertop Far's Peak Frozen Tooth The Grand Hills The Red Peak Writhing Swamps Drayo's Cove Frozen Sea Whitesky Peak Underwater Cave The Frigid Plains The Redwood Forests Winter's Mouth Frozen Fang Volcanic Maw Ice Wyrm's Belly Lava Cave (The Island) The Belly of the Beast The Descent The Frigid Deep The Frozen Maw The Shadow Road The Throat of Borea The Throat of Flame The Caverns of Lost Faith The Caverns of Lost Hope Cave Northern Shores Smuggler's Pass Southern Islets The Hidden Lake The Maw The Western Approach
Regions of The Island

  • Deep Ocean.jpg
    Deep Ocean
  • CaveNE.jpg
    North East Cave
  • Northeast Shores.jpg
    Northeast Shores
  • Northern Shores.jpg
    Northern Shores
  • Smuggler's Pass.jpg
    Smuggler's Pass
  • Dead Island.jpg
    The Dead Island
  • Northern Plains.jpg
    The Frigid Plains
  • Winter'sMouthNight.png
    The Frozen Fang
  • The Frozen Maw.jpg
    The Frozen Maw
  • FrozenSeaNW.png
    The Frozen Sea
  • Frozen Tooth.jpg
    The Frozen Tooth
  • Hidden Valley.png
    The Hidden Lake
  • The Maw.jpg
    The Maw
  • Winter's Mouth.jpg
    Winter's Mouth

  • Far's Peak.jpg
    Far's Peak
  • The Caverns of Lost Hope.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Hope
  • Eastern Forest.jpg
    The Eastern Forest
  • The Eastern Plains.jpg
    The Eastern Plains
  • Gulch of Lamentation.jpg
    The Gulch of Lamentation

  • The Caverns of Lost Faith.jpg
    The Caverns of Lost Faith
  • The Western Coast.jpg
    The Western Coast

  • Drayo's Cove.jpg
    Drayo's Cove
  • Lava Cave.jpg
    Lava Cave
  • CaveLS.jpg
    Lower South Cave
  • Southeastern Shores.jpg
    Southeastern Shores
  • The Southeast Shores.jpg
    The Southeast Shores
  • Southern Islets.jpg
    Southern Islets
  • Herbivore Island.jpg
    South Haven
  • CaveUS3.jpg
    Upper South Cave

  • Craggs Island.jpg
    Cragg's Island
  • Southern Jungle.jpg
    Southern Jungle
  • Footpaw.jpg
    The Footpaw
  • The Western Approach.jpg
    The Western Approach
  • Weathertop.jpg

  • Ice Wyrms Belly.jpg
    Ice Wyrm's Belly
  • CaveNW.jpg
    North West Cave
  • Northwest Shores.jpg
    Northwest Shores
  • CaveSnow.jpg
    Snow Cave
  • Tek Cave Inside2.jpg
    Tek Cave
  • The Belly of the Beast.jpg
    The Belly of the Beast
  • The Descent.jpg
    The Descent
  • The Frigid Deep.jpg
    The Frigid Deep
  • Grand Hills.jpg
    The Grand Hills
  • The Shadow Road.jpg
    The Shadow Road
  • The Throat of Borea.jpg
    The Throat of Borea
  • The Throat of Flame.jpg
    The Throat of Flame
  • The Western Plains.jpg
    The Western Plains
  • Volcanic Maw.jpg
    Volcanic Maw
  • Volcano.jpg
  • Whitesky Peak.jpg
    Whitesky Peak

  • CaveC.jpg
    Central Cave
  • CaveSwamp.jpg
    Swamp Cave
  • Deep Island.jpg
    The Deep Island
  • Red Peak.jpg
    The Red Peak
  • Redwood Forests.jpg
    The Redwood Forests
  • Writhing Swamps.jpg
    The Writhing Swamps

  • ArenaBroodmother.jpg
    Broodmother Arena
  • Dragon Arena.jpg
    Dragon Arena
  • Megapithecus Arena.jpg
    Megapithecus Arena
  • ArenaOverseer.jpg
    Overseer Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations[]

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Spawn Locations

South Zone 1
South Zone 2
South Zone 3
West Zone 1
West Zone 2
West Zone 3
East Zone 1
East Zone 2
East Zone 3
North Zone 1
North Zone 2
North Zone 3

Data Maps[]

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    Strategic Resources
  • Level 55.jpg
    Exploring the map
  • MaskOn.jpg
    Loot Crates
  • SpawnMapIcon.png
    Spawn Map


The following creatures can spawn on The Island:

Event Creatures[]

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Explorer Notes[]


As The Island is part of the story of the ARKs, NoteHelena.png Explorer Notes can be found across the map. These Explorer Notes document the ARK lore. For more in-depth information, see Explorer Notes


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In addition to the Explorer Notes, NoteHelena.png Dossiers can also be found on The Island, written by Helena Walker to document the research of The Island's creatures. For more in-depth information, see Dossiers.




  • Many of the dossiers involving the ocean creatures on the island have various misconceptions, but this may be intentional.
    • Within the Megalodon dossier it states that "Were it not restricted to the waters, the carcharodon ultramegalodon would be one of the most dangerous creatures on the island." which is extremely exaggerated considering it's stats are lower than creatures such as the rex or spino by a considerable amount and even then its not nearly as strong as other oceanic predators such as mosasaurus, tusoteuthis and even plesiosaur which the dossier claims the megalodons hunted them and that the megalodons were even the apex predators before Helena discovered the mosasaurus.
    • In the Mosasaurus dossier it is accidentally called tylosaurus which is a related species however its likely a mistake as in the actual text for the mosasaurus its just called mosasaurus and not tylosaurus.
    • In the Plesiosaur dossier it states that plesiosaurs only hunt things small like humans however in game they will attack just about anything including megalodons and mosasaurus.
    • In the Tusoteuthis dossier it is given a incorrect size as its stated to be 30 feet long however in the mosasaurus dossier the mosasaurus is stated to be 50 feet long which in game the tusoteuthis is actually larger than the mosasaurus.
    • In the Cnidaria dossier its stated to not be generally aggressive and don't have a very good perception however they will track and shock creatures and even chase them which is nothing like the dossier.
    • Finally within both the Mosasaurus and the Plesiosaur dossier it's stated that they make fantastic bases however this could not be farther from the truth as the structures built on them aren't water proof and do not provide oxygen meaning unless you use scuba gear you will drown eventually.
  • 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.
  • Every single story ark has their own themes with the island ark in particular being based around prehistoric animals mostly.
  • In lore, Helena notes about many things about the Island's abnormal ecology.
    • The Island almost has a 2 to 1 predator to prey ratio, the complete opposite of how an ecosystem works where prey always outnumbers predators.
    • Obelisks dot the Island in different colors.
    • Creatures of different time periods are coexisting.
    • Once tamed, the creatures are suddenly obedient to the survivors.
    • Gestation rates of all the creatures are abnormally quick.
    • Tames of different species never fight amongst each other.
    • Dead Island and the South Haven Island shouldn't be existing due to them having only predators and herbivores respectively. Helena notes that predators are prone to carry parasites in their meat and based on facts, herbivores overpopulating an area results in the population starving to death due to lack of food for the massive population.
  • The Island is the only map on ARK Survival Evolved: Mobile. In it, the ichthyornis, thylacoleo, hyaenodon, hesperornis, yutyrannus, megalania, kentrosaurus, ovis, and the giant bee have been removed. The megatherium, daeodon, pegomastax, troodon, and jerboa are only found in the dungeons and do not freely roam the landscape. On the other hand, wild breedable griffins with their own names spawn at Far's Peak. Four of the caves from the base Island have been removed and instead of boss arenas, the Obelisks teleport to dungeons where humans face off against Eerie creatures and the bosses by themselves.


Patch Changes
309.4 The lava on The Island in caves and the lava in the Wyvern trench on S.E. will no longer damage Magmasaur


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