ARK: Survival Evolved Trophy Guide (Full List)



ARK: Survival Evolved is a popular open-world survival game developed by Studio Wildcard. It is set in a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The player is tasked with surviving in this world by gathering resources, building structures, and taming dinosaurs to aid in their survival.

ARK: Survival Evolved has several achievements or trophies that players can unlock by completing specific tasks or reaching certain milestones. In the ARK: Survival Evolved trophy guide, we’ll provide a comprehensive roadmap to help you unlock all of the trophies in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Key Takeaways

  • ARK: Survival Evolved has a variety of achievements that players can earn by completing specific objectives or overcoming challenging obstacles.
  • Admin commands can be used to quickly obtain the Apex Predator trophy, but players can also attempt to earn it through regular gameplay.
  • There are several useful admin commands, including leavemealone, GiveEngrams, DoTame, Summon, Giveitemnum, Setplayerpos, Addexperience, Ghost, and Walk.
  • Players can use helpful links, including item IDs and dinosaur IDs, to obtain information about in-game items and dinosaurs.
  • To start the game, players should select the HOST LOCAL option from the start screen and click on the PLAY SINGLE PLAYER button to start.
  • The first step towards earning most of the trophies is to reach level 100, which can be achieved by using the admin command addexperience 10000000 0 1.
  • The Ascension DLC introduces Ascension Trophies, which require players to complete the necessary requirements to earn the Gamma Ascension, Beta Ascension, and Alpha Ascension trophies.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved has several miscellaneous trophies that players can obtain from anywhere on the map, including Your first Dino…, Your first Ride…, Maximum Dinosaur, Rex Rider, Giga Rider, and Cure-All.
  • Players can earn the Artifact Archaeologist trophy by using admin commands to teleport to the artifact locations.

Admin Commands

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

In the ARK: Survival Evolved trophy guide, we will provide you with the most efficient way to obtain the Apex Predator trophy in ARK: Survival Evolved. While you can attempt to earn this trophy through regular gameplay, using admin commands (cheats) is the quickest way to obtain the Platinum trophy.

To access the admin commands, simply pause while in a single-player lobby and hold down the L1, R1, Square, and Triangle buttons simultaneously. This will bring up a text bar at the top of the screen with the ADMIN COMMAND button next to it. To activate a cheat, enter the desired cheat into the text bar, then press the ADMIN COMMAND button and unpause the game.

Useful Admin Commands

Here are some useful admin commands that will help you throughout the guide:

  • leavemealone: This cheat makes it so that you don’t take damage from anything, and dinosaurs won’t attack you.
  • GiveEngrams: This cheat gives you all the in-game engrams, which are basically blueprints for building things.
  • DoTame: This cheat instantly tames the creature that is standing in front of you.
  • Summon: This cheat spawns the dinosaur that you specified directly in front of you. For example, to summon a Direbear, use the command summon Direbear_Character_BP_C.
  • Giveitemnum 0: This cheat gives you the specified items. The rarity of the items affects their damage output, with a cap at 100. For example, to get a sword with maximum damage, use the command giveitemnum 140 1 100 0.
  • Setplayerpos: This cheat teleports you to a specific location. For example, to teleport to the coordinates (-195067, -199302, 34000), use the command setplayerpos -195067 -199302 34000.
  • Addexperience 0 1: This cheat instantly gives you the specified amount of experience. If you’re riding a dinosaur, the experience will go to the dinosaur instead. For example, to gain 10,000,000 experience points, use the command addexperience 10000000 0 1.
  • Ghost: This cheat allows you to move through walls and fly around the map. Press the Spacebar to fly upwards.
  • Walk: This cheat takes you out of ghost mode and returns you to walking mode.
  • gmsummon: This cheat summons a creature and instantly tames it.

Helpful Links:

In addition, we have provided some helpful links for you to reference:

  • Item IDs: This link provides a list of all items and their ID numbers. However, some items may not have ID numbers and must be obtained through other means.
  • Dinosaur IDs: This link provides a list of all dinosaurs and their ID numbers. Keep in mind that dinosaurs may occasionally glitch out, so it’s best to move around a bit before attacking them.

If you find it easier to enter codes with a USB keyboard rather than a PS4 controller, feel free to use one.

By using these admin commands and helpful links, you should be able to quickly obtain the Apex Predator trophy in ARK: Survival Evolved by following the roadmap laid down in the entailing ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide.

Individual Trophies Roadmap

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

Now we will go about discussing how to attain every trophy individually. We will also proceed to mention any and all admin codes that will be required to fasten up the process of achieving all the mentioned trophies.

Your First Day…

Congratulations! You have just started your journey on ARK and survived your first day and night cycle. To earn the “Your first day…” trophy, all you need to do is survive for one full day and night without dying. This trophy is easily attainable while going for other trophies, and you can make it even easier by enabling God Mode.

Your First Dino…

One of the most exciting parts of playing ARK: Survival Evolved is taming and riding dinosaurs. It has a variety of different creatures to choose from, and getting your first dino is a significant milestone. To commemorate this moment, there is a trophy called Your first Dino.

Here are the steps to obtain the “Your first Dino” trophy:

  1. Find a dinosaur that you want to tame. This can be any dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Some popular early-game options include:
    • Trike: a three-horned herbivore that is great for gathering berries and thatch.
    • Parasaur: a herbivorous dinosaur that is good for scouting and has a decent amount of speed.
    • Dilophosaur: a small carnivorous dinosaur that can be used for defense and hunting.
  2. Stand in front of the dinosaur so that its name pops up on the screen. This will ensure that you have targeted the creature.
  3. Open the console by pressing the tab key (PC) or touchpad (PS4). This will allow you to enter commands.
  4. Type in the admin command dotame and press enter. This will instantly tame the dinosaur and make it your loyal companion.
  5. The “Your first Dino” trophy should pop immediately, indicating that you have successfully tamed your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.

It’s worth noting that you can also obtain this trophy while going for the Rex Rider or Giga Rider trophies, which require you to ride a T-Rex or Giganotosaurus, respectively. Regardless of how you obtain the trophy, taming your first dinosaur is an exciting accomplishment and a sign that you are well on your way to mastering the game.

Your First Ride…

To unlock the trophy, you need to craft a saddle for your tamed dinosaur and equip it on the creature. This will enable you to ride it and earn the achievement. If you’re aiming for both the Rex Rider and Giga Rider trophies, refer to those guides to obtain them simultaneously.

Maximum Survivor

The release of the Aberration DLC has brought about a change in the trigger point for the coveted Maximum Survivor trophy. With the current trigger point set at 132, some players who do not own the DLC may find it challenging to unlock the trophy. However, there are a couple of workarounds that have been tested and proven effective. We will discuss them in our ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide.

For those who have the disc version of ARK: Survival Evolved, playing it unpatched is an option. This approach reduces the required level for the trophy to 117. To achieve this, players will need to obtain the Alpha Ascension trophy in ARK: Survival Evolved using the command cheat playercommand Ascend3 (remember to capitalize where indicated).

After the credits have finished rolling, players can skip them and respawn. Subsequently, using the command cheat addexperience 10000000 0 1, players can allocate their stats to reach level 117 and unlock the trophy.

On the other hand, for players who do not have the disc version, the following workaround has been tested and confirmed to work:

  1. Load up the Island Map
  2. Ensure the game saves at least once if it is a fresh game; otherwise, it will lead to a loop of character creation, and the workaround will not work.
  3. Use the command cheat playercommand AbAscend3 (this is the Aberration Ascension command, capitalize where indicated).
  4. Skip the end credits, reload the Island Map, and respawn at a random area.
  5. Use the command cheat addexperience 1000000000000 1 0.
  6. Allocate the gained levels into any desired stat by going into the player menu (for instance, weight).
  7. Although this approach only raises the player’s level to 117, the trophy will still unlock.

Maximum Dinosaur

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

To quickly level up your tamed dinosaur in Ark: Survival Evolved, simply use the admin command “addexperience 10000000 0 1” while riding on it. This command will instantly grant the dinosaur with the maximum level. It is suggested to do this after completing the Rex Rider or Giga Rider trophies, as these two achievements require players to ride on a T-Rex and a Giganotosaurus respectively.

Rex Rider

The next trophy in our ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide is Rex Rider. You need to tame a T-Rex and then equip it with a saddle. Then you have to mount your Giganotosaurus. The trophy will immediately unlock.

Giga Rider

This one is the next in our ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide. You need to tame a Giganotosaurus and then equip it with a saddle. Then you have to mount your Giganotosaurus. The trophy will immediately unlock.

Artifact Archaeologist

To earn this trophy, you need to spawn all the artifact crates and loot each of their artifacts. To do this, simply enter one of the commands provided below, and an extraterrestrial-looking crate will appear in front of you. Then, interact with the crate to open its inventory, and move the artifact to your inventory. After moving the artifact, exit the crate, and you can spawn in the next one.

It is advisable to wait around 10 seconds between looting an artifact and spawning in the next crate to allow for the system to have enough time to register that you have looted the artifact.

If the trophy does not appear after looting all the artifacts, it is recommended to delete your save and try again on a new one.

Veteran Paleontologist

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

To obtain this trophy, you must collect all dossiers for every dinosaur breed scattered around the map. Keep in mind that you also need to kill all bosses summoned at the obelisks by paying the tributes, as those three bosses have unique entries. For more information, refer to the Survivor trophies.

Veteran Survivor

In order to obtain this trophy, you need to summon and defeat the Broodmother, which is essentially a giant spider. The first step is to go to the green obelisk on the map and offer specific items to summon the Broodmother.

Once you have arrived, access the little terminal on the ground and select “Tributes”. This menu will show you which materials you need to summon the bosses. Put them in the obelisk, and then go back to the tributes menu and choose the “Generate Broodmother (Gamma) Portal” option.

Click on the “Generate with Tribute” button located below. If the materials for the tribute were successfully taken, exit the obelisk and wait. A laser wall will appear around you and then you will be teleported to the Broodmother’s lair.

Expert Survivor

To earn this trophy, you need to summon and defeat the Megapithecus, a gigantic gorilla. The blue obelisk on the map is where you can summon it by offering certain items.

At the obelisk, approach the terminal on the ground and select “Tributes” to learn what materials you need to summon the boss. Move the required items into the obelisk, and then select the “Generate Megapithecus (Gamma) Portal” option in the tributes menu.

Once successful, back out of the obelisk and wait for a laser wall to surround you, then you will be teleported to the Megapithecus’ lair. Use any weapon to defeat it.

Survivor Evolved

To obtain this trophy, you are required to eliminate all three obelisk tribute bosses. We highly suggest taking them down in the following order: Broodmother, Megapithecus, and Dragon. This is because some players have reported experiencing glitches with the trophy when completing the tributes in a different sequence.

Master Survivor

To obtain this trophy, you need to defeat the Dragon, a fierce creature. You can summon it by going to the red obelisk on the map and offering up certain items.

Once there, interact with the terminal on the ground and select Tributes to see the required materials for summoning the boss. Move all the items into the obelisk, and select the Generate Dragon (Gamma) Portal option in the Tributes menu. If the tribute materials were accepted, leave the obelisk and wait.

A laser wall will appear around you, and you will be teleported to the Dragon’s lair. You can use any weapon to kill the Dragon.

Highest Peak

To obtain this trophy, you only need to reach a particular location in ARK: Survival Evolved. You can easily achieve this by using the admin command:

setplayerpos -97000 -51000 46000

Lowest Depth

The Lowest Depth trophy is the next one to obtain in our ARK: Survival Evolved trophy guide. To obtain this trophy, you need to reach a specific location on the map. To do this, enter the admin command:

setplayerpos -102000 317800 -50000

Map Maker

You should start off by viewing the map first. The areas that have been explored will be colored in, making it easy to keep track of where you have been.

Master Zoologist

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

We highly recommend completing the Veteran Paleontologist trophy first and collecting all of the dinosaur dossiers. This will help you keep track of which dinosaurs you still need to spawn for this trophy. To view your dossier progress, open your inventory by pressing the designated button and navigate to the collectibles list.


Next in our ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide is the Cure-All trophy. To earn this trophy, there are a few steps you need to follow. Once a diseased leech is attached, walk into a cuampfire, and it will burn off the leech. Once the leech is dead, navigate to your inventory and use a lesser antidote. When you use the antidote, the trophy should pop up.

Ascension (DLC) Trophies

Next, we have the Ascension trophies. In order to obtain the Ascension trophies, one must make use of basic admin command cheats. Once you have entered the commands and resumed gameplay, everything will freeze for a brief moment and the trophy will be unlocked, sending you to the credit screen.

It’s important to note that this process enables you to level up to the required level for each trophy, but it may result in the loss of all items in your inventory. Below is a table that displays all of the trophies and their corresponding command codes that must be used to obtain them.

Ascension Trophy Admin Command
Gamma Ascension playercommand Ascend1
Beta Ascension playercommand Ascend2
Alpha Ascension playercommand Ascend3

The Gamma Ascension trophy will allow you to level up to level 105, whereas the Beta Ascension and the Alpha Ascension trophies will allow you to level up to level 110 and level 115 respectively.

In case you have still not yet earned the Maximum Survivor trophy, there is a command you can use to get it. To do so, enter the following command:

addexperience 10000000 0 1

This will grant you enough experience to reach level 115. Once you reach this level, allocate your points to different attributes, and the Maximum Survivor trophy should pop up.

Explorer Notes (DLC) Trophies

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ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer Notes (image credit: eXputer)

There are a total of 10 trophies that can be achieved by collecting unique explorer notes scattered throughout the world of ARK: Survival Evolved. Each trophy requires a specific number of explorer notes to be collected, ranging from 23 to 221. Check out the table below for more information:

Trophy Name Number of Explorer Notes Required
Beginner Explorer 23
Experienced Explorer 45
Adventurous Explorer 67
Studious Explorer 85
Veteran Explorer 111
Adept Explorer 133
Professional Explorer 155
Expert Explorer 177
Master Explorer 199
Perfect Explorer 221

Eliminating The Bosses

After obtaining all of the Dino Dossiers and explorer notes, you will be required to obtain the four additional Boss Dossiers. Prior to defeating the Overwatch (the final boss), you must eliminate all three regular bosses: the Spider, the Gorilla, and the Dragon.

The Center (DLC) Trophy

Last, we have the Survivor of The Center trophy for you to bag. To increase your level, assign your skill points into any ability you desire. Though it is suggested that movement speed is a good option, any choice will suffice.

After you have spawned at the Center, proceed towards the giant obelisk structure located in the center of the island. Approach the pedestal located beneath the giant obelisk and interact with it. You will need to manually select each artifact and place them on top of one of the Generate Center buttons to the right.

Once all artifacts have been placed, select the Generate Center (Easy) Portal and press the corresponding button to create an orange shield around the area. You will see a countdown timer in the top center of your screen, indicating when you will be teleported.

After teleporting, make your way down to the bottom of the area where the two bosses are standing. Once both bosses have been defeated, the trophy Survivor of The Center will pop.


In a world filled with prehistoric beasts and endless challenges, ARK: Survival Evolved is not for the faint-hearted. But for those daring players who are up for the challenge, it offers a wealth of trophies to unlock, providing a sense of accomplishment and bragging rights among your fellow gamers.

Whether you’re taming a T-Rex, exploring a dangerous cave, or fighting off bosses with god-like powers, you can follow our ARK: Survival Evolved trophy guide for a promising, adrenaline-fueled adventure like no other. So gather your resources, prepare your weapons, and get ready to survive – and thrive – in the wild world of ARK!

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