Ark Survival Evolved: The best maps for beginners

Do you have a rough start to Ark? Choosing the right card is as important as reading tips and tricks for beginners.

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

The map selection below is of course subjective, and while some players may disagree on the second or third choice, our picks co-align with the most popular choices in beginners.

The Island

It would be obvious first choicee and for a reason. The island is the first base map of ARK which consists of five larger mountains to the north and plains to the south. The level distribution favors lower levels and was designed for beginner players.

The map is easy to learn because all the resources are distributed in a way that is obvious to understand. The outer part of the island is friendlier and safer than the inner part of the island which can get tricky but manageable. The chances of spawning high level dinos are low, so in most cases, you will be surrounded by lower level dinosaurs.

The map has three bosses and a final boss.

So if you are new to the game, this is the card for you. Spend time on it until you feel comfortable and safe, then move on to other cards. If you are a returning player, this map might be too easy for you and we recommend trying the other two maps below.

Island 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-canonical DLC expansion with unique environmental features like an active volcano, Basilosaurus corpses, and huge beaver dams.

Just like the island, Ragnarok is a passive card suitable for low level players who like a challenge, because its environment is a little more difficult to manage than The Island, but nothing too much. It has lots of variety, a pleasant landscape and fun caves to explore, and it’s huge in size so you can dive there for hours and hours.

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

This is a great map for returning players as it will give you space to reintegrate while challenging yourself.

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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. This is a free, official, non-canonical DLC map that will challenge the player in a convenient 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 lots of scarce resources, a massive cluster of floating islands (Apotheosis), and a huge beehive in the form of a cave filled with honey. The map features crystal wyverns, tamable and non-aggressive creatures.

The center of the map is less forgiving so proceed with caution. You might want to check out the southwestern part of the map first, as it’s a quieter tropical area with lots of wood, stone, and metal.

It is also a good map for returning playersand it is player preference between Ragnarok and Crystal Isles.

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