PixARK Easy Copper Mining
After the absolute eternity that the original ARK: Survival Evolved spent in Early Access prior to full release, now you can enjoy paying for the privilege of alpha testing the pixel version as well!
Exactly what it sounds like, PixARK is the Minecraft version of ARK, and it will see your blocky avatar harvesting resources like copper to craft new types of tools and equipment. Because of the random nature of resource spawns in different biomes, just finding large amounts of copper can be a whole adventure on its own if you want that copper pickaxe.
Below, we cover everything you need to know to mine copper quickly in PixARK and get started building new tools. Wondering how to tame different kinds of creatures instead? Check out our full guide to taming any PixARK dino over here.
Mining some copper cubes in PixARK (thanks to Mexsus for the screenshot)
Where to Find Copper in PixARK
Copper is frequently found by digging down beneath the surface in absolutely any biome, but it spawns randomly in various sizes and at different block depths.
You may get lucky and find a bunch of copper segments immediately, while digging down just five or six blocks, and at other times, you may have to dig extremely deep tunnels in several locations before finding a copper vein.
Your best bet is to mine in different directions instead of just going straight down, as you are more likely to come across various types of ore if you mine out in cascading branches. The deeper you go, the more likely it is that ore types will start to spawn, so keep heading further down. If you don't find anything after digging in a few different directions, leave and head to a different area to try again. Hills and mountains in particular seem to be good spots for digging copper.
Digging isn't always the best option, though. In some cases you can actually find copper blocks above ground, especially in the bamboo biome with the pandas.
If you search from the air on a flying dino, you will eventually see large clearings filled with stone blocks instead of bamboo, and these often have big deposits of copper right on the top layer, with no need to actually dig down anywhere. If you carve out the pieces of stone around the copper, you will typically find even more copper deposits just a block beneath the surface.
Finally, copper ingots can also be found by raiding hidden ruins, especially in the standard green grass biomes that tend to have lots of coyotes.
PixARK Copper Cheat
Of course, like with regular ARK, you can always pull up the command console and cheat your way to tamed beasts and large stockpiles of resources just by spawning them in directly.
Just hit the Tab key to bring up the console command screen, and then enter the appropriate item code. The command to spawn copper is cheat giveitemnum 44 1 0 0.
Just replace the "1" in the line with however many units of copper you want to automatically spawn, from 2 to 99. Be sure to leave the number 44 in there, as that is the specific item ID number for copper ore.
With the command typed correctly, hit Enter to spawn all the copper ore you could possibly need! You can do this over and over to get large quantities very quickly.
Have you found any other reliable copper ore mining locations? Let us know in the comments and we'll get them added to the article.
If you need more help with resource gathering, dino taming, or console commands cheats, check out our full list of PixARK guides here.