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ARK Survival Ascended Obsidian Locations & How to Farm

Gather tons of this rare resource with our guide on how to locate and farm Obsidian in ARK Survival Ascended.
ARK Survival Ascended Obsidian Locations & How to Farm
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Surviving on the Island in ARK Survival Ascended requires collecting a variety of natural resources, some of which are more challenging to find than others. One such resource is Obsidian, and obtaining it can be difficult, which aligns with its status as more of an end-game material.

Regardless, understanding how to locate and harvest Obsidian is a crucial yet perilous task. This guide is here to assist you with precisely that. Below, we will outline some of the optimal Obsidian locations in the game and provide tips on how to efficiently farm Obsidian in ARK Survival Ascended.

ARK Survival Ascended Best Obsidian Locations

Obsidian, a valuable late-game resource, is primarily employed in crafting Polymer—a superior form compared to the easier-to-craft but less durable Organic Polymer. This advanced material is particularly useful due to its extended spoil time and more efficient stacking.

Ark Survival Ascended How To Find look and Locations
Obsidian is a large black smooth stone that can be found near large mountains and the volcano of the island. (Picture: Shane / Studio Wildcard)

To obtain Obsidian, one must mine it from smooth black rocks scattered around the Island, commonly found in caves, atop mountains, and near heat sources like lava in the volcano. So for those seeking Obsidian in the wild, these specific coordinates highlight notable farm locations in ARK Survival Ascended:

  • Redwoods Mountain (56.3, 49.3)
  • Volcano (40.2, 37.8)
  • West Snow biome (24.4, 9.2)
  • Northwest Snow biome (16.5, 9.4)
  • Northwest Coast (12.5, 12.3)
  • North Mountain (34.5, 60.9)
  • Northeast Mountain Slope (31.7, 87.5)

It's advisable to clear the less challenging areas first before venturing into the more perilous volcano or snow biome regions, which demand careful traversal to collect all the Obsidian.

How To Farm Obsidian in ARK Survival Ascended 

Mining Obsidian necessitates a Metal Pick, an early-game recipe available at level 20. While crafting it is relatively straightforward, taming an Ankylosaurus is recommended for efficient Obsidian farming due to its high yield per action.

Ark Survival Ascended How To Farm with tame
Using a tame such as the Ankylosaurus will make farming Obsidian far more efficient. (Picture: Shane / Studio Wildcard)

To tame an Ankylosaurus, use Tranquilizer Darts or arrows to incapacitate it. As the Ankylosaurus is docile, there's no need to inflict damage. Feed it Regular Kibble or Mejoberry to complete the taming process. Once tamed, venture into the world and start farming Obsidian. 

However, transporting the gathered Obsidian back to your base efficiently is crucial. Using a tame like the Argentavis, which reduces carried weight by 50%, is recommended. So head out with your Ankylosaurus followed by the Argentavis, depositing the harvested Obsidian into the Argentavis's inventory until both inventories are full.