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The Island
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The Island is the first known ARK.
Content Type
Base Map
Release Dates
June 2, 2015
Xbox One
December 16, 2015
December 6, 2016
Nintendo Switch
November 30th, 2018
Epic Games
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 Waterskin, Water Jar Water Jar, or Canteen Canteen with rainwater, furthermore crop plots will also increase their water amount. When fog rolls in, it is hard to see very far.


The Island Topographic Map
Regions of The Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Approximate spawn locations[]

The Island Map

Spawn Locations

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

Data Maps[]

  • Preview Resources Map (Scorched Earth)
    Strategic Resources
  • Level 55
    Exploring the map
  • MaskOn
    Loot Crates
  • SpawnMapIcon
    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 Explorer Notes can be found across the map. These Explorer Notes document the ARK lore. For more in-depth information, see Explorer Notes


Dossier EmptyDossier Kentrosaurus

In addition to the Explorer Notes, NoteHelena 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.


  • Artifact of the Brute
  • Artifact of the Clever
  • Artifact of the Cunning
  • Artifact of the Devourer
  • Artifact of the Hunter
  • Artifact of the Immune
  • Artifact of the Massive
  • Artifact of the Pack
  • Artifact of the Skylord
  • Artifact of the Strong



  • Many of the dossiers involving the ocean creatures on the island have various misconceptions.
    • Within the Megalodon 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 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 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 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, there is a explanation for this though as the Tusoteuthis was originally intended to be smaller and was changed last minute to the size it is today.
    • In the Cnidaria 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 Mosasaurus and the Plesiosaur 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 the final boss Arena when looking out the windows passed the pedestal the boss spawns from/on, Hudson Bay is clearly visible on Earth below, putting The Island's position over North America. Consistant with Aberration's view of Earth, this means that The Pacific Basin is in eternal day, while the Atlantic, West Africa, and Europe are in eternal night.
  • 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, most creatures are obedient to the survivors (with the exception of the Giganotosaurus).
    • Gestation rates of all the creatures are abnormally quick.
    • Tames of different species never fight amongst each other (although in lore Mei Yins tames were terrified of the Giganotosaurus).
    • 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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