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The player floating in front of the skull rock island in Ark: Survival Ascended The Center.
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Ark: Survival Ascended The Center resource map

Locate all the important items you need.

The Center offers a vast world made up of many unique islands and a huge ocean to explore in Ark: Survival Ascended. This map is quite large but has lots of important resources you can collect as you explore.

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Obtaining resources is one of the most fundamental aspects of gameplay in Ark: Survival Ascended since you need lots of materials to make gear, craft structures, and work on taming dinosaurs around the map. Here are all the resources you can find around The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended.

Ark: Survival Ascended The Center resource locations

Standing by some metal spots in Ark: Survival Ascended The Center.
The Center is rich with resources you can collect. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Here are all the important resources you can find around The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended, the best locations to look for them, and what they can be used for.

A map of The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended with metal locations marked.MetalA lump of unrefined metal ore, mined from rocks usually found high on mountains, or in caves. Can be refined in a Forge.Can be turned into Metal Ingots and used to craft many items like ammunition, armor, and tools.
Crystal locations at The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended. CrystalThis strange crystalline material can be shaped into lenses, used as an electronics component, or mixed into powerful explosives.It’s an essential resource that can be used in many crafting recipes.
Obsidian locations at The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended.ObsidianA very rare resource, found underground. Can be broken down and used to make modern tech.It’s a rare but important item used to craft assets like Polymer.
Oil locations at The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended.OilA thick blob of unrefined oil. Can be refined with hide to make gasoline.Can be turned into gasoline
Silica Pearl locations at The Center in Ark: Survival Ascended.Silica PearlsThese pearls are made almost entirely of silicon. Can be refined into silicon plates.Can be used to craft many important Electronics.

While you’re on the hunt for these valuable assets, keep an eye out for Giant Beaver dams and caves you can explore along the way. Both are generally rich with resources you can grab, which makes them excellent spots to stop at while you’re working on farming materials.

You also might consider looking for the best spot to set up your base while you’re already wandering around for resources. The Center is pretty vast, and there are many great spots to live, so it’s a good idea to view them all while working on other tasks so you can fully take in all of your options before deciding where you want to permanently set up your home.

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Kacee Fay
Staff Writer at Dot Esports covering new releases and a wide array of topics including Minecraft, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Phasmophobia, general gaming, streaming, and more. She has been avidly writing and gaming her whole life and now spends her time combining the two. Kacee graduated from San Diego State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Certificate in Creative Editing and Publishing. She then joined Dot Esports as a Freelance Writer in 2022 before transitioning to a Staff Writer in 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys buying more books than she can read, gaming alone or with friends, drinking too much tea, attending concerts, fangirling over movies and television, listening to music, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets, who are the most important parts of her world.