ARK: Survival Evolved Trophy Guide [Full List]

The ARK: Survival Evolved trophy guide offers a comprehensive guide for unlocking every trophy in the game, including those from the DLCs.

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 the trophies in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Key Takeaways
  • ARK: Survival Evolved offers various achievements for specific objectives.
  • Admin commands can unlock the Apex Predator trophy, but it’s also attainable through regular play.
  • Useful admin commands: leavemealone, GiveEngrams, DoTame, Summon, Giveitemnum, Setplayerpos, Addexperience, Ghost, Walk.
  • Access item and dinosaur info via helpful links, such as item and dinosaur IDs.
  • Start the game by choosing HOST LOCAL, then hit PLAY SINGLE PLAYER.
  • Reach level 100 with the command addexperience 10000000 0 1 for most trophies.
  • Ascension DLC introduces Gamma, Beta, and Alpha Ascension trophies.
  • Miscellaneous trophies like Your First Dino…, Your First Ride…, Maximum Dinosaur, Rex Rider, Giga Rider, and Cure-All can be earned anywhere on the map.
  • Use admin commands to teleport to artifact locations for the Artifact Archaeologist trophy.

Here’s a quick look at all the ARK: Survival Evolved trophies:

Trophy NameHow to Obtain
Apex PredatorObtain all other trophies.
Your First Day…Survive one full day and night without dying.
Your First Dino…Tame your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.
Your First Ride…Craft a saddle for your tamed dinosaur and ride it.
Maximum SurvivorReach level 132 (117 with disc version) by defeating bosses.
Maximum DinosaurInstantly level up your tamed dinosaur.
Rex RiderTame and ride a T-Rex with a saddle equipped.
Giga RiderTame and ride a Giganotosaurus with a saddle equipped.
Artifact ArchaeologistSpawn and loot all artifact crates for their artifacts.
Veteran PaleontologistCollect all dinosaur dossiers and defeat all boss dinosaurs.
Veteran SurvivorSummon and defeat the Broodmother.
Expert SurvivorSummon and defeat the Megapithecus.
Survivor EvolvedSummon and defeat all three obelisk tribute bosses.
Master SurvivorSummon and defeat the Dragon.
Highest PeakTeleport to specific coordinates on the map.
Lowest DepthTeleport to specific coordinates on the map.
Map MakerExplore and view the map.
Master ZoologistCollect all dinosaur dossiers and complete the trophy Veteran Paleontologist first.
Cure-AllBurn off a diseased leech with a campfire and use a lesser antidote.
Ascension (DLC)
Use admin commands to level up and obtain the Gamma, Beta, and Alpha Ascension trophies.
Explorer Notes (DLC)Collect unique explorer notes to unlock various trophies.
Survivor of The CenterComplete the tasks to reach a specific level and defeat the bosses in The Center DLC.

All Trophies In ARK: Survival Evolved

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

Now, we will discuss how to attain every ARK: Survival Evolved trophy individually. We will also proceed to mention any and all admin codes that will be required to speed 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 various 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, and there are plenty of options to choose from.
  2. Some popular early-game options include:
    • Trike
    • Parasaur
    • Dilophosaur
  3. Stand before the dinosaur so that its name pops up, as this will ensure you have targeted it.
  4. Open the console by pressing the tab key (PC) or touchpad (PS4).
  5. Type in the admin command dotame and press enter.
  6. This will instantly tame the dinosaur and make it your loyal companion.
  7. The “Your first Dino” trophy should pop immediately.

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.

Your First Ride…

To unlock the trophy, you must 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 Aberration DLC release changed the Maximum Survivor trophy trigger point to 132, posing challenges for DLC-less players.

Two effective workarounds are available in our ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide:

  1. Disc version owners can play unpatched, lowering the required level to 117.
  2. Achieve this by obtaining the Alpha Ascension trophy using the command “cheat playercommand Ascend3.”
  3. Non-disc version players can follow this tested workaround:
    • Load the Island Map.
    • Ensure at least one game save to avoid character creation issues.
    • Use the “cheat playercommand AbAscend3” command.
    • Skip end credits, reload the Island Map, and respawn.
    • Apply “cheat addexperience 1000000000000 1 0” and allocate gained levels as desired.

This method raises the player’s level to 117 and unlocks the trophy.

Maximum Dinosaur

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

To quickly level up your tamed dinosaur, 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 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

For this one, you need to tame a Giganotosaurus and 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 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. Remember that you must also 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

To earn the trophy, summon and defeat the Broodmother, a giant spider. Start by heading to the green obelisk on the map and offering specific items. Once at the obelisk, access the terminal on the ground and select “Tributes” to see the required materials. Place them in the obelisk, return to the tributes menu, and choose “Generate Broodmother (Gamma) Portal.”

Click “Generate with Tribute.” If the tribute materials are successfully taken, exit the obelisk, and you’ll be enclosed by a laser wall, teleporting you 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.

Survivor Evolved

To obtain this trophy, you must 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 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 and collecting all the dinosaur dossiers. This will help you track 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.


To earn the Cure-All trophy, there are a few steps you need to follow. Once a diseased leech is attached, walk into a campfire, and it will burn off the leech. Once the sponge 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 losing all items in your inventory.

Below is a table that displays all 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. 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 must 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

To earn the Survivor of The Center trophy, increase your level by allocating skill points to your preferred abilities. While movement speed is recommended, in my opinion, any choice will work.

After spawning at The Center, head towards the central island’s giant obelisk structure. Approach the pedestal beneath the obelisk and interact with it. Manually select each artifact and place it on one of the Generate Center buttons to the right.

Once all artifacts are in place, choose the Generate Center (Easy) Portal and activate it to create an orange shield. A countdown timer will appear in the center of your screen, indicating when you’ll teleport. Upon teleporting, descend to the area’s bottom where the two bosses stand. Defeat both bosses to unlock the Survivor of The Center trophy.

Admin Commands

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ARK: Survival Evolved (image credit: eXputer)

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, press the ADMIN COMMAND button, and unpause.

Helpful Links:

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

  • Item IDs: This link lists 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 lists all dinosaurs and their ID numbers.

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 can quickly obtain the Apex Predator trophy in ARK: Survival Evolved by following the roadmap laid down in the entailing ARK: Survival Evolved achievement guide.

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.

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