ARK Farming Guide
Making a farm in ARK is perhaps one of the more important things you can do once you start off in the game. Making a farm will allow you to generate more resources that you can use for your own personal adventure. The basics of farming can be a little bit confusing for those who are new to the game, so this is going to be the comprehensive guide of getting started to farm in ARK!
The first thing you need to get started are picking seeds. You can pick seeds from any vegetation that you encounter. I’d definitely recommend getting a hefty amount of seeds, as the more seeds you have, the more crops you will eventually harvest from your plots.
The next thing you’ll need is to make a crop plot. You have three choices when it comes to crop plots, and those are small, medium, and large. There are differences to each one, and each plot offers their own benefits. The difference between the different plots are what you can get out from the plot.
The breakdown is as follows:
Small Crop Plot supports Amarberry Seeds, Azullberry Seeds, Mejoberry Seeds, Narcoberry Seeds, Stimberry Seeds, and Tintoberry Seeds
Medium Crop Plots: They support all of the above plots and Citronal Seeds, Longrass Seeds, Rockarrot Seeds, and Savoroot Seeds
Large Crop Plots: They support all of the above, and Plant Species X Seeds, Plant Species Y Seeds, and Play Species Z Seeds.
For the beginner, we’re going to start with some small crop plots. In order to craft a small crop plot, you need to be level 10, and it requires 9 engram points to learn. You will need 20 wood, 10 thatch, 15 fiber, and 25 stones in order to craft one.
Once you have your crop plot, you will need two more items in order to get started with your farming. The first of which is water. In order to gather water for your crop plot, you will need to make yourself either a water skin, canteen, or a water jar.
The water skin is the easiest and quickest to obtain, as it only requires level 3 and 6 engram points. You will need 4 hide and 12 fiber in order to craft one. Once you have one crafted, simply submerge yourself in the water and use the water skin. It is worth noting that if it is raining outside, you can simply go outside and use the water skin in order to fill it.
Now that you have your seeds, crop plot, and some water, there is only one last item you’ll need to be ready to start farming, and that is feces or fertilizer. Obviously, feces is a lot easier to obtain, as you can get it from either yourself, or from animals you encounter while out in the world. One human feces will fertilize for 10 minutes, one small animal feces will fertilize for 35 minutes, and fertilizer will fertilize for 9 hours.
If you wish to be the most efficient, you can make fertilizer by creating a compost bin. This requires level 15 and 6 engram points. You craft it by combining 50 wood, 15 thatch, and 12 fiber. You then place 3 stacks of feces, as well as 50 thatch inside of the bin to create your own fertilizer. This is definitely the most efficient method to farming, but if you are just starting out, you might not want to wait to collect the resources needed.
Tips for Farming in ARK Survival
Now that we have everything we need to get started, you can go ahead and place the small crop plot in a location that is close to your base. I definitely recommend that if you are going to be looking to get basic crops, you should use the small crop plot, as it yields the same amount as the larger crop plots, and take up less space. Now, you should add your seeds to the empty plot. You simply open the plot’s inventory screen, and place your seeds into the plot’s storage.
As you progress and unlock more resources, you can become extremely efficient with farming, and skip having to do everything by hand. But since this is just the early stages of farming, you will have to give the crop water manually by hand. To do this, you simply place the water skin into the plot’s inventory, and use the “remote item use” function on the inventory.
You will see that the water skin will empty, and the plot will change in appearance. You can also choose to leave the water skin inside of the plot’s inventory, and the game will automatically irrigate the plot over time. So if you have extras, you can irrigate your crops over time with this method.
Lastly, you’ll need to add your fertilizer. You simply add the feces or the fertilizer to the plot’s inventory. You will see that all of the seeds and fertilizer will be consumed, and the plot will again change in appearance. You can see how fertilized the crop plot is by looking at the plot’s main HUD screen. Whenever the fertilizer level is at 0, the crop will slowly wither and die.
If it is already able to be harvested, you will still be able to harvest it, as this does not spoil the crop. If you want to be able to fertilize for 24 hours without having to worry about it, the safe rule is to add 3 fertilizer to the crop plot’s inventory. This will give you more than 24 hours of fertilizer time, which allows you to be more efficient and work on other projects.
As you progress and gather more resources, you can begin to create things like green houses, and make your farm completely automatic. You can have dinosaurs constantly gathering seeds, fertilizing your crops, and have an irrigation system to water your crops automatically. It takes a ton of time to get to this stage in the game, but it is definitely worth investing the time to do so. Farming takes a lot of time and resources to make extremely efficient, but this small starter guide is your key to getting started in the wonderful world of ARK farming.