How To Survive The Beach In ARK “Easily” – 8 Tips

So, you’re new to ARK: Survival Evolved, huh? Do you want to learn more about how to survive in this amazing Dinosaur Survival game? Well, we hope that you’ll learn something here that will help you with the early days on The Island, Abberation, Ragnarok, Fjordur, or any other of the many maps available on consoles, or the extra workshop maps available on Steam. With our first post in this series, we’ll show you how to survive the first few levels, commonly spent on the beaches of ARK. This generally includes levels 1 – 20 or so.

Go survive! You're on the beach!
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Waking Up To Survive (Lvl 1 – 20)

You’ve woken up for the first time on the map you’ve chosen. The first things you should do are collect stone, wood, flint, and some thatch and hide to make your first set of stone tools. You will want to have both a Hatchet and Pickaxe so you can start collecting resources more quickly than by hand, as well as being able to start collecting metal to build yourself a Smithy and starter Forge.

We recommend that you skip the Thatch tier for your base and go straight for wood. It will be a bit more expensive, but is a bit more sturdy against hostile beach dinosaurs like Dilophosaurus, and rarely, Raptors. You don’t really have to worry about anything much larger than that if you’re sticking with the beach at the moment. Along rivers, you may have to worry about Piranhas in the water. I would recommend staying along the beach until around level 20 or 25, when you’ll start unlocking some more useful engrams, like stone base structures, to start advancing.

As for your base size, a good starter base size is at least 3×3, if not larger. Should give you enough space inside to put storage, critical crafting stations, and a bed or two without feeling cramped. You want it to be easy to navigate around your base, right?! Below are a couple of samples of a decently sized starter base in Wood & Thatch! You will likely be at Stone tier for quite a while. Metal tier bases are expensive!

Thanks for taking the pictures for us, Gaian-Commander!

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Advancing Onward (Lvl 21-45)

When you’re at the level 20 – 25 area, you’ll want to start smelting and saving as much metal as you can, since when you hit level 45 (in the next post in the series), you’ll unlock the basic Metal tier base structures like Foundation, Wall, Ceiling, and doors. We recommend building your primary, permanent base structure in the Metal tier at that point, which will last you a long time until you’re ready for the Tek tier.

We recommend saving up, and having the following tools in your hotbar around level 25:

  • Pike
  • Metal Pick
  • Metal Hatchet
  • Crossbow (or two) with arrows for ranged defense

Other items you’ll want to have in your hotbar include a couple of waterskins or water jars (a little heavier but no leakage), a good supply of Cooked Meat (much more efficient than berries) of at least 50 at a time, a couple of parachutes in case you get knocked off a steep hill or cliff to prevent taking a lot of fall damage, and a torch for while you’re running around at night.

My personal setup is melee weapon (Pike/Sword) in slot 1, Hatchet in slot 2, Pickaxe in slot 3, Crossbow in slot 4, food in slot 5, and waterskin/water jars in slots 6 and/or 7. For your parachute, I usually put that in slot 0 since it is at the end, and easy to remember where it is in your hotbar. I stick my torch in slot 9, usually. Slot 8 is pretty much up to you for how you want it set.

Some useful starting dinos - pteranodon & raptors
How To Survive The Beach In Ark "Easily" - 8 Tips

Useful Early-Game Tames

Some of the most useful early-game tames include a Pteranodon and a few Raptors. Pteranodons are good for starting out and carrying a few resources, since they can’t carry nearly as much as an Argentavis, Quetzal, or Wyvern. Raptors are great starter mounts for running along the ground and scouting in forests and similar. I would personally recommend having at least 3 raptors with you in your pack, if not more.

Don’t want to have too many, though, as they can sometimes get stuck in certain areas like between two tree trunks right next to each other, a cluster of boulders, and similar. Keep an eye out and check every so often to make sure you didn’t lose one! That’s happened to us plenty of times! You can most likely get by with 1 or 2 Pteranodons until you’re mid-game and you’re able to saddle and ride an Argentavis.

Concluding Thoughts

We hope this starter guide for ARK: Survival Evolved has helped you. If you have any questions, please, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! You don’t really need to worry too much about higher-tier hostile dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Carnotaurus, or others on the beach. There is a higher chance of encountering Spinosaurus on riverways over the T. Rex. They could wander there, but it is rare unless someone lures it over.

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We are currently writing up the second post now, and it should be ready by next week with a link below!

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