ARK: How to Get Crystal

ARK Crystal

One of the more valuable resources that players can find in Ark is Crystal, a clear and slightly rare find resource that is used for more advanced items.

Being a rarer resource, it is always best to harvest as much as you can, especially if you are far away from its farming location.

While Crystal is valuable, it is also heavy, making it even harder to collect for those who have just started or lack means of carrying items.

How to Get Crystal?

Crystal can be obtained by using specific creatures that can attack rocks and other minerals or by using a Pick or Mining Drill.

Few creatures can harvest Crystal, the more common ones being an Ankylosaurus, Mantis, or a Dunkleosteus when underwater.

Using a Pick is the most common way when first starting out but later on it is logical to tame a creature to make harvesting easier.

It is possible to obtain Crystal by harvesting the dead bodies of Rock Elementals, but killing them may be a bit tedious, and a Giganotosaurus is recommended.

Best Way to Get Crystal

The best way to Get crystal is to use an Ankylosaurus or a Mantis that is equipped with a Pick, but later on, when you can make one, a Mining Drill is a better option.

An Ankylosaurus is a good creature to use and even better when you have another player carrying it with a flyer so that one player will attack with Ankylosaurus while the other flies them around.

Using an Argentavis is a good early game technique to bring your overweight Ankylosaurus around and you can even store Crystal in its inventory for reduced weight.

Also read our other guides of ARK:

Crystal Farming Locations

The following are some of the best places to farm Crystal in Ark, each map has its amount of Crystal, some may have more than others.

The Island

  • 21 – 14
  • 27 – 24
  • 21 – 54
  • 42 – 39
  • 56 – 48
  • 82 – 53

Scorched Earth

  • 22 – 26
  • 30 – 29
  • 79 – 43
  • 74 – 48
  • 57 – 43

Aberration

  • 18 – 18
  • 13 – 75
  • 65 – 20
  • 53 – 55
  • 51 – 69

Extinction

  • 53 – 36
  • 58 – 45
  • 36 – 72
  • 66 – 28
  • 17 – 24

Genesis Part 1

  • 69 – 31
  • 78 – 33
  • 76 – 71

Genesis Part 2

  • 75 – 10
  • 71 – 71
  • 40 – 8
  • 55 – 37

The Center

  • 23 – 27
  • 41 – 31
  • 57 – 22
  • 12 – 57
  • 12 – 64
  • 53 – 53

Ragnarok

  • 32 – 34
  • 22 – 21
  • 66 – 42
  • 78 – 78
  • 84 – 50

Valguero

  • 32 – 7
  • 29 – 42
  • 26 – 79
  • 90 – 89

Crystal Isles

  • 54 – 53
  • 56 – 46
  • 56 – 34
  • 49 – 41
  • 38 – 67

Crystal Uses

Crystal is mainly used for crafting different items and structures in Ark, which include Greenhouse Structures, Tek Structures, and more.

The majority of the items which seem to have clear glass material on them are crafted using Crystal, making it important also for equipment.

Weapons

  • C4 Charge
  • C4 Remote Detonator
  • Cluster Grenade
  • Electric Prod
  • Homing Underwater Mine
  • Improvised Explosive Device
  • D.S.M.
  • R.L.M.
  • S.C.M.
  • Poison Grenade
  • Tek Bow
  • Tek Claws
  • Tek Gravity Grenade
  • Tek Grenade
  • Tek Grenade Launcher
  • Tek Phase Pistol
  • Tek Rifle
  • Tek Shoulder Cannon
  • Tek Sword
  • Tripwire Narcotic Trap

Tools

  • Camera
  • Charge Battery
  • Cryopod
  • Electronic Binoculars
  • Glow Stick
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Mining Drill
  • Scout Remote
  • Spray Painter
  • Spyglass
  • Tek Remote Camera
  • Transponder Node
  • Transponder Tracker

Armor

  • Desert Goggles and Hat
  • Gas Mask
  • Hazard Suit Boots
  • Hazard Suit Gloves
  • Hazard Suit Hat
  • Hazard Suit Pants
  • Hazard Suit Shirt
  • Heavy Miner’s Helmet
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Riot Helmet
  • Riot Shield
  • SCUBA Mask
  • Tek Boots
  • Tek Chestpiece
  • Tek Helmet
  • Tek Leggings
  • Tek Shield

Ammo

  • Cannon Shell
  • Cruise Missile
  • Rocket Homing Missile
  • Rocket Pod
  • Rocket Propelled Grenade

Saddle

  • Astrocetus Tek Saddle
  • Astrodelphis Starwing Saddle
  • Megalodon Tek Saddle
  • Mosasaur Tek Saddle
  • Rex Tek Saddle
  • Rock Drake Tek Saddle
  • Tapejara Tek Saddle
  • Tropeognathus Saddle

Structure

  • Air Conditioner
  • Behemoth Tek Gate
  • Behemoth Tek Gateway
  • Chemistry Bench
  • Cloning Chamber
  • Cryofridge
  • Egg Incubator
  • Fabricator
  • Gas Collector
  • Greenhouse Ceiling
  • Greenhouse Door
  • Greenhouse Doorframe
  • Greenhouse Double Door
  • Greenhouse Double Doorframe
  • Greenhouse Triangle Ceiling
  • Greenhouse Triangle Roof
  • Greenhouse Wall
  • Greenhouse Window
  • Industrial Forge
  • Industrial Grill
  • Industrial Grinder
  • Lamppost
  • Large Tek Wall
  • Laser Attachment
  • Mirror
  • Oil Pump
  • Omnidirectional Lamppost
  • Refrigerator
  • Sloped Greenhouse Roof
  • Sloped Greenhouse Wall Left
  • Sloped Greenhouse Wall Right
  • Tek Bridge
  • Tek Catwalk
  • Tek Ceiling
  • Tek Crop Plot
  • Tek Dedicated Storage
  • Tek Dinosaur Gate
  • Tek Dinosaur Gateway
  • Tek Door
  • Tek Doorframe
  • Tek Double Door
  • Tek Double Doorframe
  • Tek Forcefield
  • Tek Foundation
  • Tek Gauntlets
  • Tek Generator
  • Tek Hatchframe
  • Tek Jump Pad
  • Tek Ladder
  • Tek Light
  • Tek Pillar
  • Tek Ramp
  • Tek Replicator
  • Tek Sensor
  • Tek Stairs
  • Tek Teleporter
  • Tek Transmitter
  • Tek Trapdoor
  • Tek Triangle Ceiling
  • Tek Triangle Foundation
  • Tek Trough
  • Tek Wall
  • Tek Window
  • Tek Windowframe
  • Toilet
  • Vacuum Compartment
  • Vacuum Compartment Moonpool

Other

  • Flashlight Attachment
  • Holo-Scope Attachment
  • Radio
  • Scope Attachment
  • Tek Hoversail
  • Unassembled Enforcer
  • Unassembled Mek
  • Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff

Verdict

Crystal is more common in certain locations on specific maps where some may be scarce while others have plentiful amounts of it.

Eventually, you will need a good amount of Crystal if you are to advance into later stages of the game where you will start crafting industrial structures or later on Tek.

Making use of creatures to harvest and carry Crystal is a wise choice as this resource can easily encumber you.

Later on, when you can craft a Mining Drill, it will be much easier for you to farm Crystal as you will be able to carry more and harvest in larger amounts.

Michael James

Michael James has been an avid gamer since he was young. He loves to play video games and enjoys writing about it to share his experience and ideas with others. Aside from playing, he also enjoys helping other gamers both ingame and on-site.

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