Being a PVP Ark player, I tend to give too much attention to PVP and till now had failed to take a look at the best PVE Ark servers, so I decided to hang up my guns and give peace a chance for a while so I could take these unofficial PVE servers for a spin and see which one really is the king of Ark PVE.
Ark PVE servers are a perfect way to get through the game’s fantastic bosses and storylines, it’s also a good idea for players who are new to Ark to play on PVE servers first, to get to grips with the often complicated taming system.
If you are considering a PVP server, take a look at our guide to the best unofficial Ark PVP servers, where we have found and tested some of the best PVP servers out there.
Regardless of the type of server you choose, it’s recommended to find a server that’s located within your region or country to achieve the highest speeds and lowest ping. You can check your current ping, download, and upload speeds at Speedcheck.
The Best Ark PVE Servers
1. Astral Ark
Founded in 2014, Astral Ark is now voted as one of the best Ark servers and gets our #1 recommendation for the best Ark PVE server.
Astral Ark’s PVE maps include The Island, The Center, Ragnarok, Valguero, Crystal Isles, Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, Genesis 1, and Genesis 2.
The rules on Astral Ark are simple. Essentially, be kind and respectful to others, don’t use cheats, don’t block access, and limit your build locations.
- 1x XP
- 1x Resources
- 2x Taming
- 4x Breeding
Astral Ark uses Discord for in-game chat, meaning you can talk to those on Discord while playing Ark. If you play on multiple maps, your tribe will be the same across all maps. There are also safe zones on most maps where people can collect fresh water, use crafting stations, etc.
You can register a free account on TopArkServers and vote for Astral Ark to claim in-game rewards.
Using high-spec servers, Astral Ark remains mostly lag-free and is always updated with the latest Ark version when it’s released by the developers.
Click the links below to join one of Astral Arks PVE Ark servers.
- steam://connect/126.96.36.199:27020 – The Island
- steam://connect/188.8.131.52:27012 – The Center
- steam://connect/184.108.40.206:27014 – Ragnarok
- steam://connect/220.127.116.11:27018 – Valguero
- steam://connect/18.104.22.168:27016 – Crystal Isles
- steam://connect/22.214.171.124:27002 – Scorched Earth
- steam://connect/126.96.36.199:27006 – Aberration
- steam://connect/188.8.131.52:27022 – Extinction
- steam://connect/184.108.40.206:27024 – Genesis 1
- steam://connect/220.127.116.11:27026 – Genesis 2
Astral Ark are the only Ark community that I am aware of that also feature a dual hub, when players login to Astral, they must first join the hub server, this will allow them to pick if they want to be on the PVP or PVE side.
Once a player has selected their side, they will then be able to go to the tribute terminal and pick a map which they would like to start on.
The dual hub allows players from both PVP and PVE as well as community members on Discord, to all talk from the same chat, even when you’re playing during off-peak times, you never feel alone with Astral.
2. Force of Gaming
Force of Gaming is a large Ark community featuring Ark PVE servers, PVP servers, and Ark Primal Fear servers. The server offers an item shop, donation shop, and Discord channel, as well as events.
- x5 Harvest
- x5 Taming
- x5 Breeding
- x10 Hatching
Force of Gaming has the following Ark PVE server maps: The Island, The Center, Ragnarok, Valguero, Crystal Isles, Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, Genesis, and a separate trading center and arena.
Other PVE server extras include:
- Same mods on all maps
- All engrams automatically learned when hitting the required level
- FOG mod
- Player and dino mindwipes
- Level up speed on flyers
- 2x more weight for players
- Shop points
- Free starter kits and starter dinos
- Cross chat
- … and much more!
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3. Ghost Division
Ghost Division boasts powerful servers and offers a community for Ark players across the world. They have a large and active community, including 24/7 support, a forum, and voting rewards. All of their servers are DDoS protected.
- x3 Harvesting
- x3 Taming
- x3 XP
- x10 Breeding
Ghost Division’s PVE Ark servers are designed to be fun, but also come with a clear set of rules to ensure that players can enjoy the games.
To ensure PVE behaviour, here are some of Ghost Division’s main PVE rules:
- No PvP whatsoever on PVE servers
- Luring dinos into someone elses base is not allowed
- Parking dinos outside of someone’s base is forbidden
- 2 bases per map
- No blocking of resources or beacons
- No building inside or in front of caves
- No placeholder building
4. Ethereal Dominion
Ethereal Dominion boasts 8 different Ark PVE servers, holding 50 players each. You can join their Discord channel to chat to other members and tribes, as well as connect with their staff members of which there are 6 of.
- x1.5 XP
- x5 Taming
- x3 Harvesting
- 0.7x Day Speed / 1.3x Night Speed
All updates to the servers and server information can be found via Ethereal Dominion’s Discord channel.
To keep players enjoying their servers and all aspects of PVE, Ethereal Dominion have included the following mods:
- Kraken’s Better Dinos
- Super Structures
- Platforms Plus
- Auction House
- Dino Storage v2
- Awesome Spyglass
- Lethal Reusables
- Death Inventory Keeper
Keneti have been hosting game servers since 2012 and offer managed Ark servers across 9 maps. You can join in on the auction house which includes cross cluster trading of items, weapons, blueprints, skins, dinos, and more.
- x10 Harvesting
- x10 Taming
- x10 Breeding
- x10 Player XP
Kineti supports The Island, Scorched Earth, Aberration, Ragnarok, The Center, Extinction, Valguero, Genesis, and Crysal Isles.
As well as offering events and an in-game economy system, Keneti also offer the following on their Ark PVE servers:
- 8 players per tribe
- 7-day offline raid protection
- Keneti addons
- Structures Plus
- Offline guard system
- Capitalism series
- Dino tracker
Arkkovia is a German-run Ark community that offers fun across the whole Ark adventure. They run their servers from a German data center with high-performance specs and a friendly and helpful base of members.
- x2 Harvesting
- x3 Taming
- x2 XP
- Max Wild Dino Level 150
You can play on the following maps on Arkkovia’s servers: Ragnarok, Valguero, The Island, Extinction, Aberration, Scorched Eart, The Center, Genesis, Crystal Isles, as well as an RP server on The Island.
Other exciting features include:
- Arkkovia shop
- Auction house
- Cross Ark chat
- Dino tracker
- Loot rescue
- Ovis control