Recently, Ark: Survival Evolved has experienced a surge in popularity like it never has before. The open-world survival game surpassed its all-time concurrent player count on Steam thanks to a free period following the Xbox Games Showcase. As the game is attracting a horde of new players, there’s going to be a plethora of adventurers with questions about how Ark works. Set in a world where dinosaurs run rampant and there’s danger at every turn, newcomers don’t have much time to learn the game’s mechanics and intricacies.
With this in mind, we thought it would be prudent to go over a few beginner tips that can help players during their first few hours in Ark: Survival Evolved. These tips won’t be too useful outside of the beginning of the game but they will serve as a basis for the more advanced mechanics players will learn the more time they spend in-game. Below, see all 10 tips we compiled for players just starting out in Ark: Survival Evolved.
1. Stay away from the water
Once you begin your journey in Ark, you will likely be spawned near some water or on the beach itself. The beach is one of the safest spots in the early game and it’s where you should stay for the majority of your first few hours (more on that later). However, even though it might be tempting, we advise every new player to avoid going into the water at all costs. While it looks inviting, the water is extremely dangerous. It’s filled with fish and other predators that would love nothing more than to snack on you during your first few minutes on the island.