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ARK: Survival Evolved Guide - Survivor Engram Point Essentials for Solo, PvP and PvE Servers

Need help figuring out where to spend your Engram Points in a Solo, PvP or PvE server? We've hunted down all the essential engrams for you!

The developers at Studio Wildcard have pumped out updates for ARK: Survival Evolved at an absurd rate over the past month, with well over 50 already under their belts. Along the way they've increased the level limit, added new Engrams, and many other things that change the game in large and small ways.

If you've played ARK for any considerable amount of time, you've probably developed a sneaking suspicion that you're not going to be able to learn every Engram in the game. There simply aren't enough Engram Points where the max level sits, and with the developers constantly adding new Engrams, I doubt it will ever be possible to legitimately cap out.

We've spent a lot of time with Engram Points on ARK: Survival Evolved. There's so many useful Engrams that you can craft in the game that the list is truly dazzling to behold.

After hundreds of in-game hours, we confidently present to you the most essential Engram Points you will ever spend in ARK: Survival Evolved.

ARK: Survival Evolved Engram Points Outline Guide

The Best Engram Points You Will Ever Spend

To cram all the information you need into as tight a space as possible, we've created a simple format to guide you:

  • Engram [Recommendation - Solo/PvP/PvE/Non-Essential]
    • Engrams Needed To Unlock (if applicable)
    • Engram Points Required to Unlock
    • Declaration of Practicality
  • Solo - Assumes you are playing by yourself on a Local-Host server. These "singleplayer" servers shut down the moment that you log off, cutting off the persistent world that ARK touts so heavily. Not only that, but you're not playing with anyone who can interfere with your experience, for better and for worse. You won't need a base, but you will need armor and decent weapons if you ever hope to stay alive.
  • PvP - If you're on a server where other people can directly attack you, there are a lot of things that could go wrong, making base strategy and defense your number one priority. Oh, and explosives.
  • PvE - There may not be other players to worry about, but there are definitely other dinosaurs. Since the ARK continues on no matter who's offline, a base is important to own and defend.
  • Non-Essential - Not required for your survival in any particular mode of play, yet may prove to be incredibly useful or desirable. Only the essentials are marked so you may have extra points to spend on the Engrams you actually want to own.

This list aims to contain the most accurate and updated information on Engrams, so don't forget to check back periodically for more tips on how to spend those Engram Points!

So without any further adieu, let the Engram Point spending spree begin!

ARK: Solo, PVP and PVE Engram Master List

Level 2 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Campfire EngramCampfire [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • A Campfire produces Cooked Meat and Cooked Prime Meat, which both grant large amounts Food. Need I say more?
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Hatchet EngramStone Hatchet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Required for collecting large amounts of wood, stone and hide from trees, rocks and carcasses respectively.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Spear EngramSpear [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Required for Pike crafting later on, and is one of the few weapons that scales with your Melee Damage stat. May also be thrown. Can be skipped if you don't plan on attacking in Melee range.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Note EngramNote [Non-Essential]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Not really needed, but can be used for roleplaying or power-leveling (low material cost). Solo players are recommended to spend their points elsewhere.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cloth Pants EngramCloth Pants [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Clothes and Armor in ARK: Survival Evolved are essential, so make as much as you can.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cloth Shirt EngramCloth Shirt [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • It's more armor, take it where you can get it!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Thatch Foundation EngramThatch Foundation [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Since the world persists while you're offline, if you're playing on a server, it's important to make a base. Otherwise, foundations are required to place later crafting stations.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Thatch Doorframe EngramThatch Doorframe [PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Weak, but it's something. Bases aren't essential for single-player since the world shuts off when you do, but they definitely have unique benefits.
Level 3 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Waterskin EngramWaterskin [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Holds water, which is useful for long treks inland, and helps with creating dyes.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cloth Gloves EngramCloth Gloves [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Each article of clothing produces the same amount of armor protection, making gloves, boots and hats worth learning.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cloth Boots EngramCloth Boots [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • If you do skip any of the clothes, keep it consistent so you can continue that load-out later on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cloth Hat EngramCloth Hat [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • It's recommended you have at least four of five pieces of armor worn at all times. It will save you more times than you know.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Sign EngramWooden Sign [Non-Essential]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Place Wooden Signs and write messages on them, what more could you want? Not necessary, but cool for marking up your territory.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Sleeping Bag EngramHide Sleeping Bag [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • When placed, you can respawn at the Hide Sleeping Bag once when you die. May also be used for fast travel.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Thatch Roof EngramThatch Roof  [PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Enclosing your base with walls and a roof will help moderate the temperature in the area, but it's not perfect.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Thatch Wall EngramThatch Wall [PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • While Thatch is incredibly fragile, it's a necessary stepping stone to reach stronger walls and better protection.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Thatch Door EngramThatch Door [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Doorframe
    • 3 Engram Points
    • The door is automatically locked to you and your tribe. You can unlock it or set a pin code to let members outside of your tribe in.
Level 5 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Slingshot EngramSlingshot [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Used to fire stones and increases Torpor on hit. Useful for knocking out Dinosaurs for taming. Needed to craft the Bow later on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Storage Box EngramStorage Box [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Stores items that you cannot carry. Doesn't need a foundation to be placed.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Simple Bed EngramSimple Bed [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Sleeping Bag
    • 8 Engram Points
    • The bed is a permanent respawn point for bases. You may also travel between multiple beds.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Phiomia Saddle EngramPhiomia Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Phioma make great pack-mules, but are rather slow on their feet and aren't particularly useful when ridden, so a saddle is of minor importance.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Mortar and Pestle EngramMortar and Pestle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • The first crafting station in ARK; needed to make Narcotics, Sparkpowder and Cementing Paste, among other things.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Sparkpowder EngramSparkpowder [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Lights fires and powers the Preserving Bin, necessary for keeping food fresh when you log out.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Blood Extraction Syringe EngramBlood Extraction Syringe [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Waterskin
    • 6 Engram Points
    • This is the only way to get any sort of health-regen in ARK: Survival Evolved. Create Blood Packs out of human blood to transfuse later on when you're in danger.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Narcotic EngramNarcotic [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • If you don't want your Narcoberries to spoil while waiting for a dinosaur to tame, make Narcotics.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flag EngramFlag [Non-Essential]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Claim your territory with dye-able flags!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Paintbrush EngramPaintbrush [Non-Essential]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Used to paint your structures. Has clever potential.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Standing Torch EngramStanding Torch [Non-Essential]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Produces a small amount of light on minimal fuel.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Foundation EngramWooden Foundation [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Foundation
    • 6 Engram Points
    • If you're going to place crafting stations and beds on a foundation, it needs to be stronger than thatch.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Wall EngramWooden Wall [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Wall
    • 7 Engram Points
    • Thatch can barely hold up to a Raptor, let alone another player. Don't take your chances with it. Upgrade to wood.
Level 10 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cooking Pot EngramCooking Pot [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Campfire
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Used in creating advanced recipes, which always add special character buff effects when used. Also makes dyes.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Cementing Paste EngramCementing Paste [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Vital crafting material for multiple items including saddles and metal structures.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stimulant EngramStimulant [PvP]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Restores Torpor and Stamina, like Stimberries without the dehydration effect.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Gunpowder EngramGunpowder [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Sparkpowder
    • 2 Engram Points
    • Required to craft bullets, Grenades and Flare Guns.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flare Gun EngramFlare Gun [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Gunpowder
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Shoots a Flare to help others find your location. Does not deal damage. Needed to learn other guns later on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Compass EngramCompass [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 5 Engram Points
    • Unless you're an incredible navigator, you're going to need this to help find your way around the island.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Spyglass EngramSpyglass [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 2 Engram Points
    • Used to spy on dinosaur and player names and levels from a distance.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Small Crop Plot EngramSmall Crop Plot [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Needed to grow ingredients for advanced Cooking Pot recipes.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Parasaur Saddle EngramParasaur Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 9 Engram Points
    • The Parasaur is the fastest land mount at this level, but has a hard time defending itself.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Ichthyosaurus Saddle EngramIchthyosaurus Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 8 Engram Points
    • The Ichthyosaurus is a small but speedy water mount. Good for underwater cave exploration and oil farming early on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intake EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Intake [Non-Essential]
    • 5 Engram Points
    • Will bring water up through the pipe if connected to a source.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Straight EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Straight [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intake
    • 2 Engram Points
    • A pipe that comes straight off the last placed pipe
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Tap EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Tap [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intake
    • 5 Engram Points
    • A tap to drink and gather water from.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Spike Wall EngramWooden Spike Wall [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 4 Engram Points
    • The best defense against large dinosaurs for your base at this level, and it's cheap.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Wall Sign EngramWooden Wall Sign [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Sign
    • 2 Engrams
    • Write messages on your walls.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Ceiling EngramWooden Ceiling [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Roof
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Doubles as a roof and a floor if you're making extra levels to your base — and is way better than thatch.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Doorframe EngramWooden Doorframe [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Doorframe, Wooden Wall
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Jolly wooden defenses around those doors!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Door EngramWooden Door [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Thatch Door, Wooden Doorframe
    • 4 Engram Points
    • Speaking of door defenses...
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Fence Foundation EngramWooden Fence Foundation [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Foundation
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Needed for placing walls outside of a regular foundation.
Level 15 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Pants EngramHide Pants [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Cloth Pants
    • 9 Engram Points
    • The hide tier effectively doubles whatever armor you could get from the cloth tier.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Shirt EngramHide Shirt [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Cloth Shirt
    • 6 Engram Points
    • It's highly recommended to upgrade to hide, due to the insane armor increase and low crafting costs.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Bow EngramBow [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Slingshot
    • 11 Engram Points
    • A weapon capable of firing both Stone Arrows and Tranq Arrows, making this one of the best ranged weapons currently in the game.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Arrow EngramStone Arrow [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 2 Engram Points
    • A damaging arrow for use with the Bow. Needed to craft Tranq Arrows.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Large Storage Box EngramLarge Storage Box [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Storage Box
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Stores more items than the Storage Box but requires a roof at least two walls high to stand in.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Parachute EngramParachute [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Will save you from a great fall, whether you accidentally hop off your bird from high in the air or get picked up and dropped.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Raptor Saddle EngramRaptor Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 9 Engram Points
    • The Raptor is a great dinosaur partner to have on the ARK. They are one of fastest land mounts and fiercely defend not only themselves but their partners as well.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intersection EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Intersection [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 5 Engram Points
    • Creates a 4-way intersection for pipes to carry water in new directions.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Inclined EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Inclined [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 3 Engram Points
    • A pipe inclined at a 45 degree angle for better movement up hills.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Irrigation Pipe - Vertical EngramStone Irrigation Pipe - Vertical [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 3 Engram Points
    • A pipe inclined at a 90 degree angle to move water up cliff faces.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Compost Bin EngramCompost Bin [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Storage Box
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Needed to create fertilizer for your crop plots.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Fence Foundation EngramStone Fence Foundation [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Fence Foundation
    • 6 Engram Points
    • A much more durable fence foundation for placing walls without a regular foundation.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Wall EngramStone Wall [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Wall
    • 8 Engram Points
    • An incredibly durable wall with much better defenses than wood.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Water Reservoir EngramWater Reservoir [Non-Essential]
    • 7 Engram Points
    • Stores 200 Water whenever it rains. Must be accessed through a Tap.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Billboard EngramWooden Billboard [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Sign
    • 4 Engram Points
    • A much bigger sign to place in front of your yard.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Ramp EngramWooden Ramp [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ceiling
    • 3 Engram Points
    • Helps with getting inside of your base when over-encumbered and there are some clever defensive tricks to be had.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Dinosaur Gateway EngramDinosaur Gateway [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Doorframe
    • 7 Engram Points
    • Offers a suitable sized gateway for medium-sized dinosaurs to fit through.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Dinosaur Gate EngramDinosaur Gate [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Dinosaur Gateway
    • 5 Engram Points
    • You don't want just anybody on a PvP server walking into your territory.

ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Pillar Engram

  • Wooden Pillar [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Foundation
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Holds up a ceiling where there is little support.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Hatchframe EngramWooden Hatchframe [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ceiling
    • 9 Engram Points
    • A small hole in the ceiling perfect for a human to fit through.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Ladder EngramWooden Ladder [Non-Essential]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Used for climbing vertical distances.
Level 20 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Gloves EngramHide Gloves [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Cloth Gloves
    • 7 Engram Points
    • The double armor upgrade from cloth to hide is super desirable.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Boots EngramHide Boots [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Cloth Boots
    • 7 Engram Points
    • It even looks better than the cloth armor.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Hide Hat EngramHide Hat [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Cloth Hat
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Uglier than the rest of the set, but more essential. Do not overlook the hats.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Tranquilizer Arrow EngramTranquilizer Arrow [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Arrow
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Arguably the best projectile in the game due to the tranquilizing abilities. Once you've knocked a target out, it's game over for them.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Refining Forge EngramRefining Forge [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Campfire
    • 21 Engram Points
    • It's currently the only way to turn Metal into Metal Ingots.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Trike Saddle EngramTrike Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The earliest berry picker you can attain is the Trike. It also chops wood, albeit very slowly.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Preserving Bin EngramPreserving Bin [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Storage Box
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Keeps food preserved 20x longer while powered by Sparkpowder.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Catwalk EngramWooden Catwalk [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ceiling
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Useful for connecting areas above the ground.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Trapdoor EngramWooden Trapdoor [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Hatchframe
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Closes up a hatchframe to keep intruders from dropping in.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Windowframe EngramWooden Windowframe [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Wall
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Clever use of windows make for great sniper spots.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Foundation EngramStone Foundation [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Foundation
    • 6 Engram Points
    • A foundation incredibly more durable than wood.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Ceiling EngramStone Ceiling [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ceiling
    • 6 Engram Points
    • A strong ceiling for keeping predators and malicious players at bay.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Doorframe EngramStone Doorframe [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Doorframe, Stone Wall
    • 6 Engram Points
    • A stronger frame to keep that door in.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Reinforced Wooden Door EngramReinforced Wooden Door [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Door, Stone Doorframe
    • 4 Engram Points
    • A reinforced plank of wood to keep invaders from breaking in as quickly.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Dinosaur Gateway EngramStone Dinosaur Gateway [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Dinosaur Gateway, Stone Doorframe
    • 9 Engram Points
    • Some extra protection for your trusty dinosaurs.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Reinforced Dinosaur Gate EngramReinforced Dinosaur Gate [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Dinosaur Gate, Stone Dinosaur Gateway
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Don't want to let your dinosaurs down when they need it most!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Bookshelf EngramBookshelf [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 15 Engram Points
    • A chest with a ton of space specifically made for storing blueprints.
Level 25 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Smithy EngramSmithy [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 16 Engram Points
    • A crafting station required to craft metal tools, weapons, structures and more.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Spike Wall EngramMetal Spike Wall [Non-Essential]
    • 11 Engram Points
    • More durable against attacks and does increased damage against larger dinosaurs.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Pick EngramMetal Pick [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 8 Engram Points
    • A metal tool to gather quicker and get rarer resources more often.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Hatchet EngramMetal Hatchet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Hatchet
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Better at gathering than its stone counterpart.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Pike EngramPike [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Spear
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The strongest melee weapon currently in the game. It scales well with the Melee Damage stat.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Pulmonoscorpius Saddle EngramPulmonoscorpius Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The Scorpion has venom coursing through its stinger, making it the perfect mount for knocking out dinosaurs on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Carbonemys Saddle EngramCarbonemys Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The Turtle is a tank and can swim underwater but isn't very quick and doesn't really excel at anything.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Medium Crop Plots EngramMedium Crop Plot [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Small Crop Plot
    • 12 Engram Points
    • This crop plot has more space than the small one, which means it can grow a bit more at a time.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Sign EngramMetal Sign [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Sign
    • 10 Engram Points
    • A sign of increased durability to plop in front of your house.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Pillar EngramStone Pillar [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Pillar, Stone Foundation
    • 8 Engram Points
    • A reinforced pillar for holding up ceilings.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Hatchframe EngramStone Hatchframe [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Hatchframe, Stone Ceiling
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Reinforced for better protection.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stone Windowframe EngramStone Windowframe [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Windowframe, Stone Wall
    • 11 Engram Points
    • Reinforced sniper's spot.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Wooden Window EngramWooden Window [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Windowframe
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Needed to cover your vantage points when they aren't in use.
Level 30 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Chitin Leggings EngramChitin Leggings [Solo, PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Pants
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The more armor the better.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Chitin Chestpiece EngramChitin Chestpiece [Solo, PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Shirt
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Chitin is where armor truly becomes armor.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Chitin Helmet EngramChitin Helmet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Hat
    • 18 Engram Points
    • The hat is always worth it. Always spec the hat.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Water Jar EngramWater Jar [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Waterskin
    • 12 Engram Points
    • Holds water in a leak-proof jar.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Simple Pistol EngramSimple Pistol [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Flare Gun
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The earliest gun you can craft in the game. Can be useful for surprise encounters.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Scope Attachment EngramScope Attachment [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Spyglass
    • 13 Engram Points
    • This gun attachment allows you to look far off in the distance without putting away your weapon.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Simple Bullet EngramSimple Bullet [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Gunpowder
    • 6 Engram Points
    • A bullet crafted for use with a Simple Pistol.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Stego Saddle EngramStego Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The Stego is much better than a Trike at picking berries, and is one of the largest animals able to still fit through a Dinosaur Gate.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Grenade EngramGrenade [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Gunpowder
    • 20 Engram Points
    • The only reliable way to break into somebody's stronghold in PvP is with explosives.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Wall Sign EngramMetal Wall Sign [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Wall Sign, Metal Sign
    • 6 Engram Points
    • More durable signs for your walls.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Foundation EngramMetal Foundation [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Foundation
    • 24 Engram Points
    • The most defensive foundation currently in the game.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Wall EngramMetal Wall [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Wall
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The most durable wall you can build with.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Doorframe EngramMetal Doorframe [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Doorframe, Metal Wall
    • 24 Engram Points
    • A strong frame for a strong door. Required for the Behemoth Gate later on.
Level 35 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Chitin Gauntlets EngramChitin Gauntlets [Solo, PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Gloves
    • 15 Engram Points
    • Powerful armor that protects your precious fingers.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Chitin Boots EngramChitin Boots [Solo, PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Hide Boots
    • 15 Engram Points
    • Fashionable power-house shoes.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Longneck Rifle EngramLongneck Rifle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Flare Gun
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A rifle made for shooting targets at long-range.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Simple Rifle Ammo EngramSimple Rifle Ammo [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Gunpowder
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Ammunition used in the Longneck Rifle.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Large Crop Plot EngramLarge Crop Plot [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Medium Crop Plot
    • 15 Engram Points
    • An even bigger crop plot for growing plants in, complete with more slots to produce all the crops you'll ever need.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Pteranodon Saddle EngramPteranodon Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The first flying mount you have access to is the Pteranodon, so many opt into learning how to craft this saddle.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Sarco Saddle EngramSarco Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The Sarco is a viscous predator of the land and sea that closely resembles an incredibly large crocodile. It's slow, but knows how to defend its territory.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Shotgun EngramShotgun [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Flare Gun
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Nothing is quite like the safety of a Shotgun if something gets too close, especially if you're ignoring the Melee Damage stat.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Simple Shotgun Ammo EngramSimple Shotgun Ammo [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Gunpowder
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Ammunition for use with the Shotgun.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Pillar EngramMetal Pillar [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Pillar, Metal Foundation
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A durable structure for holding up ceilings with low support.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Ceiling EngramMetal Ceiling [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ceiling
    • 15 Engram Points
    • The strongest structure for keeping out fliers.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Door EngramMetal Door [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Door, Metal Doorframe
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The most defensive door in ARK: Survival Evolved.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Ramp EngramMetal Ramp [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ramp, Metal Ceiling
    • 12 Engram Points
    • A strong ramp for moving up slopes or creating a decorative roof.
Level 40 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Fabricator EngramFabricator [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Smithy
    • 24 Engram Points
    • A crafting station necessary for assembling a lot of the end-game Engrams.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Silener Attachment EngramSilencer Attachment [PvP]
    • 13 Engram Points
    • Restricts sound while shooting a gun.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Ankylo Saddle EngramAnkylo Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 18 Engram Points
    • The Ankylo is an incredible mount that not only gathers berries at an expedient rate but also harvests stone and metal.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Mammoth Saddle EngramMammoth Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A Mammoth is your best friend when you need a lot of wood. The rate at which this beast topples trees in the jungle is alarming.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Tap (Intake) EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Tap (Intake) [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intake
    • 15 Engram Points
    • A durable pipe that collects water from a connected source.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Straight EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Straight [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Straight, Metal Irrigation Pipe - Tap (Intake)
    • 12 Engram Points
    • A nearly indestructible pipe that carries water straight from one place to another.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Hatchframe EngramMetal Hatchframe [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Hatchframe, Metal Ceiling
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A durable hatchframe just big enough for a human to climb through.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Trapdoor EngramMetal Trapdoor [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Trapdoor, Metal Hatchframe
    • 14 Engram Points
    • A defensive door to cover your hatch.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Fence Foundation EngramMetal Fence Foundation [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Fence Foundation, Metal Foundation
    • 12 Engram Points
    • A durable foundation for placing walls without the need to have a regular foundation.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Dinosaur Gateway EngramMetal Dinosaur Gateway [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Dinosaur Gateway, Metal Doorframe
    • 12 Engram Points
    • The strongest gateway for a small-to-medium size dinosaur in the game.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Dinosaur Gate EngramMetal Dinosaur Gate [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Dinosaur Gate, Metal Dinosaur Gateway
    • 8 Engram Points
    • A strong door fitted for the new metal gateway.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Polymer EngramPolymer [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Used in crafting late-game items such as guns and attachments.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Electronics EngramElectronics [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 6 Engram Points
    • Used in crafting electronic devices, such as the GPS and Remote Keypad.
Level 45 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flak Leggings EngramFlak Leggings [Solo]
    • Prerequisite: Chitin Leggings
    • 15 Engram Points
    • Flak Armor provides double the armor value of Hide.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flak Chestpiece EngramFlak Chestpiece [Solo]
    • Prerequisite: Chitin Chestpiece
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Extra armor is great, especially if you're braving jungle with level 90 wild dinosaurs!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Improvised Explosive Device EngramImprovised Explosive Device [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Grenade
    • 30 Engram Points
    • A device that deals explosive damage.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Intersection EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Intersection [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intersection, Metal Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A durable pipe that carries water to multiple locations.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Inclined EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Inclined [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Inclined, Metal Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 12 Engrams
    • A durable pipe that carries water at 45 degree slope inclines.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Vertical EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Vertical [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Vertical, Metal Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 12 Engram Points
    • A durable pipe that carries water at 90 degree slope inclines.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Irrigation Pipe - Tap EngramMetal Irrigation Pipe - Tap [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Stone Irrigation Pipe - Tap, Metal Irrigation Pipe - Straight
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A durable tap to reach water from the pipe-lines.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Water Reservoir EngramMetal Water Reservoir [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Water Reservoir
    • 20 Engram Points
    • Stores up to 500 Water when it rains.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Megalodon Saddle EngramMegalodon Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Megalodon are the predators of the sea. Swimming around with these baddies will net you with a lot of Prime Meat.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Sabertooth Saddle EngramSabertooth Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Sabertooth are similar to the Raptor in versatility, but seem to have a knack for collecting Chitin and Keratin where their Melee Damage is concerned.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Windowframe EngramMetal Windowframe [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Windowframe, Metal Wall
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A strong frame for peeking out of enclosed base without putting yourself in danger.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Ladder EngramMetal Ladder [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Ladder
    • 21 Engram Points
    • A durable structure that assists in climbing vertical distances.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flashlight Attachment EngramFlashlight Attachment [Non-Essential]
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A gun attachment that allows you to see in the dark.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved GPS EngramGPS [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Compass
    • 21 Engram Points
    • A device that shows your exact latitude and longitude.
Level 50 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flak Boots EngramFlak Boots [Solo]
    • Prerequisite: Chitin Boots
    • 16 Engram Points
    • Definitely recommended for higher difficulties.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flak Gauntlets EngramFlak Gauntlets [Solo]
    • Prerequisite: Chitin Gauntlets
    • 16 Engram Points
    • The more armor you can net yourself, the better — especially as a Solo player.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Flak Helmet EngramFlak Helmet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Chitin Helmet
    • 20 Engram Points
    • Never skip the helmets, even if you don't have a reason to use Flak armor. You need this to get the Heavy Miner's Helmet later on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Billboard EngramMetal Billboard [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Billboard, Metal Sign
    • 15 Engram Points
    • A durable billboard to write large messages on.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Window EngramMetal Window [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Window, Metal Windowframe
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Covers the windowframe so nobody can toss a Grenade in your home willy-nilly.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Metal Catwalk EngramMetal Catwalk [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Wooden Catwalk, Metal Ceiling
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A durable walkway great for covering distances above the ground.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Carno Saddle EngramCarno Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 21 Engram Points
    • The Carno is a ferocious beast that will not hesitate to kill on sight. This carnivore is a great partner to have on your team, and a terrifying one to meet out in the wilderness.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Electrical Generator EngramElectrical Generator [PvP, PvE]
    • 24 Engram Points
    • Produces electricity to power your electronics through cables.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Straight Electrical Cable EngramStraight Electrical Cable [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Electrical Generator
    • 16 Engram Points
    • Carries electricity over land.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Electrical Outlet EngramElectrical Outlet [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Straight Electrical Cable
    • 16 Engram Points
    • Provides power to all nearby devices that use electricity.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Fabricate Pistol EngramFabricated Pistol [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Simple Pistol
    • 18 Engram Points
    • A pistol more suited for your advanced needs.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Advanced Bullet EngramAdvanced Bullet [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Simple Bullet
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Ammunition used in the Fabricated Pistol.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Remote Keypad EngramRemote Keypad [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Electronics
    • 18 Engram Points
    • Uses keypad commands to control power to all devices within a certain radius.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Lamppost EngramLamppost [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Standing Torch
    • 20 Engram Points
    • A light-source powered by electricity.
Level 55 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Inclined Electrical Cable EngramInclined Electrical Cable [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Straight Electrical Cable
    • 16 Engram Points
    • Used to carry electricity over slopped distances.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Vertical Electrical Cable EngramVertical Electrical Cable [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Straight Electrical Cable
    • 16 Engram Points
    • Used to carry electricity over vertical distances.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Electrical Cable Intersection EngramElectrical Cable Intersection [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Straight Electrical Cable
    • 24 Engram Points
    • Used to split electrical currents and bring it to multiple locations.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Argentavis Saddle EngramArgentavis Saddle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • 21 Engram Points
    • Currently the best flying mount in the game. The Argentavis can not only pick up humans but also a variety of small dinosaurs.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Bronto Saddle EngramBronto Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 21 Engram Points
    • The best berry-picker in the game. Nothing can match the Bronto's ability to pick a ton of berries at one time.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Refrigerator EngramRefrigerator [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Large Storage Box
    • 20 Engram Points
    • Keeps food preserved through the power of electricity.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Air Conditioner EngramAir Conditioner [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Refrigerator
    • 21 Engram Points
    • Regulates the temperature to keep from overheating or freezing in your own home.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved C4 Remote Detonator EngramC4 Remote Detonator [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Electronics
    • 24 Engram Points
    • Allows you to set off placed C4 Charges.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved C4 Charge EngramC4 Charge [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Improvised Explosive Device
    • 12 Engram Points
    • An explosive device set to the frequency of a remote detonator.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Assault Rifle EngramAssault Rifle [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Longneck Rifle
    • 24 Engram Points
    • The best long-ranged weapon in the game. Aim for the head!
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Advaned Rifle Bullet EngramAdvanced Rifle Bullet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Simple Rifle Ammo
    • 8 Engram Points
    • Ammunition used in Assault Rifles and Auto Turrets.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Laser Attachment EngramLaser Attachment [Non-Essential]
    • Prerequisite: Flashlight Attachment
    • 24 Engram Points
    • Directs a red laser towards the point you're aiming at.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Holo-Scope Attachment EngramHolo-Scope Attachment [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Scope Attachment
    • 24 Engram Points
    • A useful attachment for long-range weapons.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Behemoth Gateway EngramBehemoth Gateway [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Metal Dinosaur Gateway
    • 28 Engram Points
    • A giant metal gateway big enough to fit the largest dinosaurs inside, such as a Rex or a Mammoth.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Behemoth Gate EngramBehemoth Gate [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Metal Dinosaur Gate, Behemoth Gateway
    • 15 Engram Points
    • A massive gate for a massive gateway.
Level 60 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Rex Saddle EngramRex Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 40 Engram Points
    • The Rex is the kings of the jungle, with a huge health-pool and some incredible stamina.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Spino Saddle EngramSpino Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 40 Engram Points
    • The amphious king of the rivers, a Spino is truly a force to be reckoned with. Everywhere they go, they cause devastating chaos and destruction.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Plesiosaur Saddle EngramPlesiosaur Saddle [Non-Essential]
    • 40 Engram Points
    • The king of the sea, the Plesiosaur (better known as Nessie) is the biggest creature found in the waters of the ARK.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Rocket Launcher EngramRocket Launcher [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Longneck Rifle
    • 32 Engram Points
    • Fires explosive rockets.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Rocket Propelled Grenade EngramRocket Propelled Grenade [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Grenade
    • 8 Engram Points
    • The explosive rockets made for a Rocket Launcher.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Auto Turret EngramAuto Turret [PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Assault Rifle
    • 40 Engram Points
    • Fires automatically at anything that comes close.
Level 65 Engrams
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Heavy Miner's Helmet EngramHeavy Miner's Helmet [Solo, PvP, PvE]
    • Prerequisite: Flak Helmet
    • 35 Engram Points
    • Allows you to see without sacrificing a toolbar slot.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Vault EngramVault [PvP]
    • Prerequisite: Large Storage Box
    • 30 Engram Points
    • A durable vault that protects your valuables.

Total Engram Points Spent

If you followed each recommendation in this list, you should still have Engram Points left over to spend on whatever you wish. We know how important it is to know how many Engram Points you have to spare, so we've done the math for you:

Current Max Level: 67
  • Solo: 751 Engram Points Spent — 594 Engram Points Remaining
  • PvP: 1295 Engram Points Spent — 50 Engram Points Remaining
  • PvE: 980 Engram Points Spent — 365 Engram Points Remaining

ARK: Survival Evolved wasn't made to play alone on any PvP or PvE server, so your best bet is to team up to take on the wilds together, with a group. You are barely able to get every PvP-recommended Engram on this list with only yourself!

So team up and split the burden, that way you can all specialize with the Engrams that you actually want to have!

ARK: Survival Evolved Engram Point Builds

Check Back for Updates and More ARK Guides!

ARK: Survival Evolved is shredding early access unlike any game before it. Updates are releasing into the hands of the consumers at a rapid pace — it's hard to believe the developers at Studio Wildcard even sleep!

I had to update this article with new information on three different occasions before it even hit the editing floor, so you can bet your cheeks I'm going to continue updating it as the developers release more Engrams for us to toy around with!

In the mean time, feel free to check out Stats, Attributes, and Leveling Up Explained to plan out every detail of every level in ARK: Survival Evolved. If you're having trouble grappling with the basics, check out our beginner's guide! We even have a guide on how to tame your dinosaur (the brutal way)!

ARK: Survival Evolved Solo PvP PvE Engrams

What Guides are You Itching to See for the ARK?

The island is a foreboding and dangerous place to wake up in. Many things are still a mystery to the players, with wives-tales whispered around the game left and right.

It's our job to clear up all the rumors and get to the bottom of the game, for the game's sake! Let us know what you need help with in the ARK and maybe we'll make a guide about it. At the very least, you questions will be answered in the comment section below, so get typing!

Keep in mind, this is a gigantic list, so if you notice anything outdated or mislabeled, please leave a comment and we will fix it right away!

See you in the ARK, Survivors!

Published Jul. 5th 2015
  • Nick_4849
    Whoa...metal structures are not essential? Large crop pot non essential? That's the strongest structure in game. Large crop pot? That is needed for species x plants. Best defense for your base.
  • James_3086
    Not sure if you guys know they released another update increasing the lvl cap to 80 and new engrams I figured svuba gear would be good perks to get without upgrading oxygen
  • Sonoshi
    I'd love to see this kind of graphics. I currently do not own a $10,000 computer, and have to play with all the settings on low and it still pounds my poor machine. It's such a fun game, shame it's not as pretty as the screen shots.
  • Dan_1724
    The medium crop plot is needed to cook kibble for training high level dinos, this should be essential I think

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