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Landed Beacon

The Beacon or Supply Crate are caches of random gear or resources provided periodically by the Ark.

Behavior

Beacons spawn in set locations, although their density varies between regions, with more dangerous or difficult to access areas often reported to receive more supply drops. A beacon spawn point will randomly spawn beacons of all possible colors, with higher-level colors being rarer than lower levels; beacons will stop spawning if a structure is placed too close.

When a beacon first spawns, a large, tangled web of lights is visible at the very top. This indicates that the supply crate has not yet reached the ground. The supply crate will take a few minutes to fully descend; from a distance it can be seen as a bright orb moving down the beacon, while up close the shape of the actual crate can be seen. When the supply crate hits the ground, the tangled web of lights atop the beacon disappears, and the beacon appears as a somewhat shorter spire of light which tapers towards the top. The supply crate drops with 100 health and slowly decays over time, and bursts apart when its health reaches 0 or when it is looted by a player. The crate's health has no bearing on the loot found inside.

Although extremely useful, there are several hazards associated with beacons. It is not advisable to stand directly in the beam of light as the supply crate descends because if it hits the player, the player falls through the ground into water, and either drowns or must swim to the sea in order to escape (This a bug, present as of v.186). Additionally, a beacon lights the surrounding area brightly, and this light disappears abruptly when the supply crate is looted or de-spawns, potentially leaving a player who had relied on this light blind or disoriented. Finally, beacons on PvP servers draw other players, who will generally fight each other for the crate's contents.

Some beacon spawn points are over water and the player must tread water to loot the crate. Others are obstructed by trees. Supply crates will go through trees to land on the ground, however, some crates may not be accessible due to, for example, spawning on an extremely steep incline (such as the rocks by the Obelisks).

Supply crates cannot be opened by a player whose level is lower than the beacon's.

Beacon Colors and Levels

Beacons are noted by a large bright beacon indicating where the drop will be sent. Once the Beacon appears a drop will slowly descend. Each color indicates the required level to open the beacon. There are also Loot Crates in caves that follow a similar color and level scheme to Beacons and Deep Sea Loot Crates that contain one high quality item or blueprint.

  • White/Prismatic - Level 3
  • Green - Level 15
  • Blue - Level 25
  • Purple - Level 35
  • Yellow - Level 45
  • Red - Level 60
  • Deep Sea - Level 80

Possible Loot

White

Thatch Structure: 3 Thatch Wall, 1 Thatch Foundation 1, 1 Thatch Doorframe, 1 Thatch Door, 1 Thatch Roof.

Cloth Outfit: Cloth Shirt, Cloth Pants, Cloth Hat, Cloth Gloves, Cloth Boots.

Mixture of the following Items:
Raw Meat, Hide, Berries, Wood, Stone, Thatch, Flint, Simple Bed, Hide Sleeping bag, Flare Gun, Stone Pick, Stone Hatchet, Slingshot, Spear, Phiomia Saddle. Blueprints:
Thatch Structures, Phiomia Saddle, Cloth Outfit, Torch, Note.

Green

4-5 Random Wood structure components:
Wooden Wall 3
Wooden Foundation 1
Wooden Doorframe 1
Wooden Door 1
Wooden Roof 1
Wooden Ladder
Wooden Hatchframe
Wooden Trapdoor
Wooden Ramp 1
Wooden Catwalk 1
Wooden Wall Sign
Wooden Sign
Wooden Billboard

Hide Outfit: Hide Shirt, Hide Pants, Hide Chest, Hide Gloves, Hide Boots.

Mixture of the following Items:
Raw Meat, Hide, Berries, Wood, Stone, Thatch, Flint, Hide Sleeping bag, Flare Gun, Spyglass, Bow Stone Arrow, Tranquilizer Arrow, Paintbrush, Cooking Pot, Mortar And Pestle, Storage Box, Narcotic, Sparkpowder, Small Crop Plot, Stone Irrigation Pipe – Straight, Stone Irrigation Pipe - Tap, Stone Irrigation Pipe - Intersection, Stone Irrigation Pipe – Inclined, Stone Irrigation Pipe – Vertical, Compost Bin, Simple Bed

Blueprints:
Wooden Structures, Stone Irrigation Pipes, Trike Saddle, Phiomia Saddle, Parasaur Saddle, Raptor Saddle, Hide Outfit

Blue

Metal Structure: 3 Metal Walls, 1 Metal Foundation, 1 Metal Doorframe, 1 Metal Door, 1 Metal Ceiling.

Chitin Outfit: Chitin Chestpiece, Chitin Leggings, Chitin Helmet, Chitin Gauntlets, Chitin Boots

Mixture of the following Items:
Raw Meat, Hide, Berries, Wood, Stone, Thatch, Flint, Metal Pick, Metal Hatchet, Carbonemys Saddle, Pulmonoscorpius Saddle, Ichthyosaurus Saddle Blueprints:
Metal Structures, Water Jar, Chitin Armor, Medium Crop Plot, Compass, Metal Hatchet, Metal Pick, Pulmonoscorpius Saddle, Stego Saddle, Smithy, Pike, Refining Forge, Metal Sign.

Purple

Chitin Outfit: Chitin Chestpiece, Chitin Helmet, Chitin Leggings, Chitin Gloves, Chitin Boots.

Mixture of the following Items:
Grenade, Simple Pistol, Scope Attachment, Flashlight Attachment, Silencer Attachment

Saddles:
Ankylo Saddle, Mammoth Saddle, Pteranodon Saddle, Carbonemys Saddle, Stego Saddle

Blueprints:
Water Jar , Metal Irrigation Pipe - Intersection, Chitin Armor, Mammoth Saddle, Stegosaurus Saddle, Ankylosaurus Saddle, Sarco Saddle, Simple Rifle Ammo, Simple Bullet, Smithy.

Yellow

Flak Outfit: Flak Chestpiece Flak Chestpiece, Flak Leggings, Flak Helmet, Flak Gauntlets, Flak Boots

Mixture of the following Items:
Fabricated Pistol, Longneck Rifle, Carno Saddle, Ankylo Saddle, Pulmonoscorpius Saddle, Megalodon Saddle, Mammoth Saddle, Water Jar, GPS, Inclined Electrical cable, Straight Electrical Cable, Electrical Outlet, Electrical Cable Intersection, Vertical Electrical Cable, Large Crop Plot Blueprints:
Metal Structures, Flak Armor, Electrical Generator, Large Crop Plot, GPS, Water Jar, Advanced Bullet, Ramshackle Longneck, Ramshackle Shotgun, Ramshackle Pulmonoscorpius Saddle, Ramshackle Carno Saddle, Ramshackle Sabertooth Saddle, Megalodon Saddle.

Red

Mixture of the following Items:
Assault Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Scope Attachment, Flashlight Attachment, Laser Attachment, C4 Charge, C4 Remote Detonator, Bronto Saddle, Argentavis Saddle, Rex Saddle, Spino Saddle, Plesiosaur Saddle

Blueprints:
C4 Remote, Compass, Ramshackle Carno Saddle, Ramshackle Flak Gauntlets, Auto Turret, C4 Charge, Heavy Miner's Helmet, Holo-Scope Attachment, Behemoth Gate, Behemoth Gateway, Metal Catwalk, Ramshackle Argentavis Saddle, Ramshackle Pteranodon, Water Jar, Medium Crop Plot, Simple Pistol, Improvised Explosive Device.

Deep Sea

Known Issues

  • Supply crates are able to, on occasion, clip through structures that are in the way.
  • Be careful while standing under a supply crate as it can push you through the ground.
  • Drop rate for compass, medium crop plot, and water jar blueprints is excessively high (approximately 80-90%) for blue, purple, and yellow drops. Due to this, they are far less valuable to those who are hunting for them and the items in them. Many players won't bother looking for these beacons, because that's often times all there is to be found in them.

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