Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ark The Center Map Dino and Resource Locations

The Center map of Ark Survival Evolved is a beautiful map full of the "normal" resources and dinos of the game.  Below are links to posts and videos about some of those resources and creatures you may be looking for.  

Dinos and Other Creatures on the Center

Giga and Carcharodontosaurus


Beavers (Castoroides)


Resources on the Center

Beaver Dams

Metal, Crystal

The Center Map
Center Map

Best T-Rex Locations for Taming on the Center Map

You can find T-rexes in many areas of the Center Map of Ark Survival Evolved, but I have a few favorite places for taming them.  

Blue Obelisk

In the plains below the blue obelisk and the forest above it are some good Rex spawns.  I especially like it because it is an easy place to set up a trap for the T-rexes, which will also work with a lot of other dinos too.  By the obelisk, I built a structure to catch dinos.  Simply agro them and lead them off the cliff with a flier or sacrificial tame.  I’ve used it to tame rexes, therri, carno, stego and others. 

T-Rex Center Map
My favorite rex spot on the Center is at the Blue Obelisk.

Volcanic Island

This area is great for the number of T-Rex spawns, and they are easy to spot on the barren terrain.  Carnivores are not too numerous, but you can run across gigas on the beach. There are cliffs here to build traps like I have at the blue obelisk.

Snowy Mountain Base

This is my third choice if I can’t find a good-level rex at the first two locations.  Much like the first two, there are cliffs to build traps, and Rexes are not hiding in the woods.    

More Center Map Dino and Resource Locations

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Yutyrannus Locations on the Center Map

On the Center map of Ark Survival Evolved, Yutyrannus are concentrated in the Western portion of the map, around and between the two mountains.  My favorite place to look for them is around the green base of the mountains, Yuty don’t seem to spawn on the snow peaks of the mountains on the Center map.  The spawn is pretty general, but I throw out the coordinates of the Yutyrannus I saw in the accompanying video. 

Yutyrannus Spawn on the Center Map of Ark
Yutyrannus Spawn on the Center Map of Ark

Monday, November 28, 2022

Corrupted Wood on Ark Extinction: What is it and Where to Find it?

The Extinction map of Ark Survival Evolved has corrupted wood, which can be used just like fungal wood.  The trees that yield corrupted wood are common, but you will have to travel outside the city to get it.  Harvest corrupted wood from trees with grey-blue leaves (they grow most everywhere in the wasteland) and the red wood-like spires in the northern part of the wasteland.  These sources of corrupted wood also yield thatch and crystallized sap.  With corrupted wood, you will be able to craft the Abberation items that require fungal wood.  

Ark Extinction Corrupted Wood
Corrupted Wood (same as Fungal Wood) on Extinction.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Ark Extinction Dino and Resource Locations

Here is a list of blog posts and associated videos on where to find certain resources and creatures on the Extinction Map of Ark Survival Evolved.

Ark Extinction Dino Locations



Castroides (Giant Beavers)

Ark Extinction Resource Locations

Blue and Red Crystalized Sap

Beaver Dams

Silica Pearls / Silicate

Fungal Wood / Corrupted Wood

Tree Sap

Ark Survival Evolved Extinction Map
Ark Extinction Map

Basic Irrigation Setup in Ark Survival Evolved

Setting up a Water Supply in Ark Survival Evolved with irrigation pipes is simple and doesn’t cost much in resources, but there are a few crucial things to know if you have never set it up before.  The first thing you will need and is the most important is the Water Intake Pipe.  The water intake pipe is the start of the pipeline.  The intake must be placed in the water or where water is just below the surface.  I mean just below the surface.  Once you place it, and the grey stone pipe turns blue you, you are in the water business.  To get access to water or to irrigate crop plots, you will need a tap.  Water will pour from the tap and spill onto the ground, watering any crop plots within a certain radius, which covers at least four large crop plots, if you place them where they meet right under the tap.  You can also drink straight from the tap and place water skins, canteens, and water jars in the tap, and they will fill up almost instantly.  

Differences between Stone Pipe and Metal Pipe

There is no difference between metal pipes other than metal is stronger and can be damaged by fewer creatures.  Since I play PvE and try not to set up bases where tough creatures spawn, I usually only use stone pipe because it is much cheaper.  If it does get broken, it is cheap to fix.  Metal reservoirs do hold more water than stone ones.  

Metal Water Reservoirs, filled with rain, run together into a pipe intersection to water this greenhouse in Ark Survival Evolved

Ark Water Intake Pipe
Ark Water Intake Pipe

Water Reservoirs

Stone and metal reservoirs both fill up in the rain the main difference other than health is that metal ones hold more water.   To get access to the water, run a water pipe from the reservoir and add a tap to the end of that pipe.  The reservoirs will not empty, unless they are filling something, like water jars in the tap’s inventory, or crop plots on the ground.  It may look like they will empty since water is always flowing from tap, which just visually indicates that there is water in the connected reservoir.  Multiple reservoirs can be hooked up to one tap.  The easiest way to set that up is to use a 4-way pipe intersection and place water reservoirs on three of the ends, on the remain end place the tap.  This set up usually provides more water than you need for plants, unless you are frequently drinking from the tap.  The other exception is a very dry environment, like on Scorched Earth.   

Ark Water Supply Setup
Simple water supply setup with one stone water reservoir, one stone pipe, and one water tap.

Ark Extinction Tree Sap Locations

Although there are what look like redwood trees on the Extinction map of Ark Survival Evolved, they do not have snap points for tree sap taps.   You can still get tree sap on the Extinction map, though.  Head over to the dome that contains the desert/Scorched Earth biome.  Find Joshua trees.  They are trees with a very shaggy bark and needle-like leaves.  Chop them down, and you will harvest tree sap along with wood and thatch.  The Joshua trees are common in this biome and are not hard to find.  Although it is more convenient to collect tree sap from a tap, there are plenty of trees to harvest, so you don’t have to go without sap.  

Trees to Harvest for Tree Sap on the Extinction Map
Joshua Trees on the Extinction Map can be harvested for tree sap.