A significant portion of your time in ARK Survival Ascended will be devoted to scouring the map for resources to enhance yourself, fortify your base, upgrade equipment, and even support your tamed creatures. However, manually performing this task can be laborious, and the most efficient solution to this issue is to enlist your tamed creatures to carry out these tasks on your behalf.
Not all tames are equally proficient in this role, and some are notably more adept at farming resources at a faster rate than either you or other creatures. In this guide, we will delineate three of the best tames on the island specifically designed for efficient resource farming in ARK Survival Ascended.
ARK Survival Ascended Farming Tames: Best Tames For Resource Farming
Each item in the game can be farmed manually, of course, but specific tames are much better suited for the job as they usually have boosted rates for harvesting certain items, or active abilities that grant them better resource collection numbers. So, let's break down each of them by category and discuss which tames are best for farming specific resources in the game.
Best Tames To Farm Fiber In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Moschops takes the top of the podium here as the ideal Fiber farmer in the game thanks to its ability to increase its harvesting levels, and can even be leveled to farm other resources such as Sap, Organic Polymer, and more. Add the fact that it's so easy to tame, the Moschops is arguably one of the best all-around farmers in the game.
The Gigantopithecus comes in next thanks to its ability to farm resources while running around at full speed, making it a faster Fiber farmer even if it doesn't collect as much per bush as the Moschops. Finally, the Therizinosaur can also have a harvesting level that can be scaled for collecting delicate resources, though not as fast as the Gigantopithecus or as much per bush as the Moschops.
Best Tames To Farm Crystal In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Ankylosaurus is one of the best hard resource farmers in the game, as its ability to farm for metal and in this case Crystal is almost unmatched, and when combined with a flying Tame to move it around the map you can easily farm tons of Crystal in short periods. The Dunkleosteus is the second best when it comes to Crystal and rock-type resource farming and is almost as good as the Ankylo, but since it's limited to water, its utility is somewhat hamstrung.
Best Tames To Farm Chitin In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Megatherium is the best Chitin harvester thanks to its bug buff, which means that whenever it kills an insect creature, it will harvest Chitin from it at an extremely high rate. The Diplocaulus is next on the list and is a strong Chitin (as well as pearl and black pearl) collector when attacking Trilobites in the oceans of the game. And finally, we have the Sabertooth which, while not as good at collecting Chitin in large amounts, makes up for this by being able to collect Keratin as well.
Best Tames To Farm Wood In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Castoroides stands at the top as the most effective wood gatherer per tree in the entire game and can carry tons of wood thanks to its 50% reduced carry weight for wood. Now the Mammoth and Therizinosaur don't have as high wood harvesting rates, but when you take their wider swing and place them in a dense area of trees like the swamps, they can farm a vast amount of wood extremely quickly, even faster than the Castoroides.
Best Tames To Farm Thatch In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Bronto is the best Thatch gatherer in the game, sporting the highest harvesting rate for this resource among any other creature. Then we have the Mammoth coming in close second and possibly able to rival the Bronto if it's a higher level, and finally, the Stego, which can harvest a lot of Thatch if it's set to attack scale mode.
Best Tames To Farm Stone In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Ankylo is arguably the best when it comes to stone gathering since it collects stone in addition to other resources such as metal and Crystal, and if it's a high enough level, it can easily be your main stone farmer. The Doedicurus is realistically the best stone farmer and can get 3-4 times more stone than the Ankylo per swing, but because it can only farm stone it is less appealing than the Ankylo for long-term usage, but if your focus is solely Stone, then the Doedicurus is your best bet.
Best Tames To Farm Hide and Meat In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Carcha and Giga are the best meat and hide gatherers in the game without question, and thanks to their high melee damage, they can also easily put down most creatures that you're trying to farm for resources. However, the Carcha pulls out ahead thanks to its rage ability which boosts its Meat and Hide harvesting abilities.
But, if you aren't at the point where taming any of these two massive beasts is an option, the Direwolf is a great alternative as it's easier to tame and can harvest Hide and Meat at almost the same rate as the T-Rex.
Best Tames To Farm Oil In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Ankylosaurus and Dunkleosteus are tied for the top spot as the best Oil gatherers in the game since the Anky excels at harvesting it on land with some ability to do so in water as well, whereas the Dunkleosteus is the best at gathering Oil while the water from the underwater Oil nodes. Finally, the Basilosaurus can produce Oil naturally from its body, making it a decent producer of Oil, but its actual farming capabilities for the resource are quite low, putting it in last place.
Best Tames To Farm Polymer In ARK Survival Ascended:
- Dire Bear
The Dire bear is the ideal Polymer tame throughout the game since it has a high damage output which boosts its Polymer collection when farming the Penguins (Kairuku) in the northern region of the map. However, it can be hard to navigate this dangerous area, especially for new players, which makes the Yuty your next best farmer thanks to its simple taming method and spawning areas being a fairly early game. Finally, there's the Pelagornis which gathers them naturally and can be harvested from their inventory, though at a lower rate than the other two.
Best Tames To Farm Silica Pearls In ARK Survival Ascended:
The Anglerfish is the prime Silica Pearl collector as it can easily swim to the bottom of the ocean and gather around 50-60 Silica Pearls per hit, and thanks to its fast swim speed, it can easily farm tons of this resource very quickly. Then we have the Diplocaulus which can harvest a decent amount of pearls from attacking Trilobites on the ocean floor or beaches, and finally, the Otter, which can attack creatures in the water and bring you back one or two Silica Pearls passively over time.
So there you have it, an extensive look at each of the best tames for farming the natural resources you'll need in ARK Survival Ascended. All credit for this breakdown goes to YouTuber Teachers Game Too, and for a full breakdown of everything mentioned above, be sure to check out their video embedded below for more information.