Ark Survival Evolved: Best maps for beginners


Did you have a rough start in Ark? Choosing the right card is just as important as reading beginner tips and tricks.

Since Ark: Survival Evolved is free on Steam at the moment, many new players are finding it difficult to adapt to the harsh gaming environment, so we took the time to write about the best maps for beginners in Ark.

The card choices below are of course subjective, and while some players would disagree with second or third choice, our picks match the most popular options among beginners.

The island

That would be the obvious first choicee and for a reason. The island is the first ARK basemap to consist of five major mountains to the north and plains to the south. The level distribution favors lower levels and is designed for beginners.

The map is easy to learn as all resources are distributed in such a way that it is obvious to find out. The outer part of the island is friendlier and safer than the inner part of the island which can get difficult but manageable. The chances of spawning high tier dinos are slim, so in most cases, You will be surrounded by lowly dinos.

The map has three bosses and a final boss.

So if you are new to the game, This is the map for you. Spend some time doing this until you feel comfortable and confident, then move on to other maps. If you’re a returning player, this map might be too easy for you, and we recommend trying the other two maps below.

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Iceland is a great map to learn the basics of the game like taming a dinosaur


Ragnarok is the map released with the free, official, non-canon DLC expansion with unique environment features like an active volcano, Basilosaurus corpses, and massive beaver dams.

Just like the island Ragnarok is a passive card suitable for low-level players who like a challenge as the environment is a bit more manageable than The Island but nothing too much. It offers a lot of variety, pleasant scenery and fun caves to explore, and it’s so big you can dive in it for hours.

Recommended spawn points would be Viking Bay, Highlands and SW2.

This is a great map for returning players as it gives you room to fit back in while challenging you.

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Viking Bay is a good spawn point

Viking Bay is a good spawn point

crystal islands

Crystal Isles falls into the same category as Ragnarok. It is a free, official, non-canonical DLC map that challenges the player in a comfortable way, unlike unofficial maps and custom maps with higher preset default difficulty levels.

The map has large crystals from which it takes its name, an Eldritch island with floating water bubbles and many rare resources, a huge cluster of floating islands (Apotheosis) and a huge beehive in the form of a cave filled with honey. The map contains crystal wyverns, tameable and non-aggressive creatures.

The middle of the map is less forgiving, so go there with caution. You might want to check out the southwest portion of the map first, as it’s a quieter, tropical area with lots of wood, stone, and metal.

This is also a good card for returning playersand it’s the player’s preference between Ragnarok and Crystal Isles.

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