ARK: Admins, Server Maintenance, and General FAQ (2023)


  • 1 Performance Issues and General Troubleshooting
    • 1.1 Leveling / Experience Issues
    • 1.2 Destroy Wild Dinos
      • 1.2.1 Questions and Answers
    • 1.3 Harvesting Lag
    • 1.4 Obelisk and Terminal Access Issues
    • 1.5 Cross ARK Transfer Issues
    • 1.6 Unable to Query Server Invite / Mod Mismatch Issues
  • 2 Whitelisting Admins (PC Only)
  • 3 Cheat Command Issues
  • 4 RCON / ARKon (PC Only)

Performance Issues and General Troubleshooting

Sometimes, even a perfectly running server can develop performance issues that require administrative action or maintenance. Listed below are tips that we suggest to help get your server back up and running as smoothly as possible. The information in this article can be used as supplemental information for ARK: Bugs and Glitches.

Leveling / Experience Issues

If you or your players are stuck at a particular level or amount of experience, there is an issue in the custom leveling scheme for your server. There are two different places to look for when correcting this issue.

This code is located in the LevelExperienceRampOverride block and is used to determine a custom leveling scheme for the server. For each ExperiencePointsForLevel, the next value must be equal or greater to the previous value.

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Working Example:ExperiencePointsForLevel[0]=5,ExperiencePointsForLevel[1]=20,ExperiencePointsForLevel[2]=40

Level 2 requires 5 XP. Level 3 requires 20 XP in total. Level 4 requires 40 XP in total.

Failing Example:ExperiencePointsForLevel[0]=20,ExperiencePointsForLevel[1]=25,ExperiencePointsForLevel[2]=15

The player will never reach the first level, because they will be "capped" at 15 XP.

This line of code, which exists for either Player or Dino, determines how much XP a player or dino can accumulate in total. If the ExperiencePointsForLevel values are correct, try setting both of the below mentioned values to high numbers.

  1. OverrideMaxExperiencePointsPlayer
  2. OverrideMaxExperiencePointsDino

If you have corrected both issues but you are still stuck at the same level, the next step is to try a Mindwipe Tonic. Aside from crafting it yourself, the easiest way to obtain these is to use the cheat gcm command to gain creative access, then search for the Mindwipe Tonic via the "Crafting" tab. Have the affected player(s) drink the tonic and re-level up.

Destroy Wild Dinos

If you are experiencing server lag issues and performance problems, a potential cause of this is a large dino population. Sometimes servers can generate up to 35,000 or 100,000 wild dinosaurs and this can affect server performance. There are settings in the Modify Server Config tool and Advanced Launch Params that you can use to specify automatic population control. To do it yourself manually, follow the instructions below.

  1. Login to your ARK server.
  2. Open up the console and activate your account to be an admin.
    PC Users
    1. Press 'Tab' (default button)
    2. Type in "enablecheats ADMINPASSWORD" where ADMINPASSWORD is the value found in Admin Pass in your control panel. Press Enter.
    PS4 Users
    1. Press Options to activate the main menu. Press L1 + R1 + Triangle + Square
    2. In the textbox, type in the admin password for your server. When done, press Request Access.
  3. Run the cheat saveworld command. This will force your server to save the world data at that exact moment. Wait 10-15 seconds for this to complete.
  4. Run the cheat DestroyWildDinos command. All wild dinosaurs will immediately despawn and your server will begin the repopulation process. This can cause momentary lag and will take up to 5-10 minutes to complete.
  5. Once repopulation has finished, run the cheat saveworld command once more after the server is showing to be stable.

Questions and Answers

Q: Will this affect my tames or those taming?
A: Once you begin the taming process, the dinosaur will be marked as "tamed" and will not be removed when using DestroyWildDinos.

Q: Will this affect any newborns?
A: Claiming the newborns after they hatch marks them as "tamed" and they will not be removed when using DestroyWildDinos.

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Harvesting Lag

If you are experiencing lag or stuttering whenever you or other players are harvesting nodes, then your Harvesting Multiplier is set too high. Due to ARK's programming, the Harvesting Multiplier counts how many times a player harvests during a single harvest attempt. If a Harvesting Multiplier is set to 5, then with every harvest attempt, the server will calculate 5 separate harvest calculations.

Our recommendation to avoid this lagging issue is to use the Harvestable Items Multiplier Overrides section within the Modify Server Config tool. These multipliers directly influence the amount of a specific item's return during a successful harvesting attempt. If the multiplier for Narcoberries is set to 10, then you may receive anywhere between 10-30 Narcoberries upon a successful gathering attempt. This does not guarantee that you WILL receive Narcoberries for every attempt, however for every time that you are awarded those berries, you will receive a tenfold yield.

Obelisk and Terminal Access Issues

If you are having issues with your game crashing when you access an obelisk or terminal, the personal data that you have stored in the obelisk is most likely corrupted. To correct this, do the following:

  1. Log out of your multiplayer game.
  2. Start up a singleplayer game and go to an Obelisk.
    (I would suggest Ragnarok, as the blue Obelisk is very easy and quick to access.)
  3. Using the Obelisk or Terminal's console, delete or extract all of the items and dinos from your Obelisk or Terminal.
  4. Try re-uploading the items and dinos once again.
    If this does not work, then one or more of the items/dinos you have has corrupted data.
  5. Return to your multiplayer game and try accessing the Obelisk or Terminal once more.
    If you re-uploaded items/dinos, you will need to delete them. Return to the singleplayer game and do that and then try to access it once more in the MP game.

Cross ARK Transfer Issues

If you encounter issues with you or your players unable to travel between your cluster servers, there are a few things to check for.

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Modify Server Config

  1. No Tributes Download is unchecked.
    This prevents users from downloading anything from the Obelisks, including character transfers.

Advanced Launch Params

  1. No Transfer From Filtering is unchecked.
    This setting prevents users from outside of your cluster from bringing survivors, dinos, or items within. However, sometimes this will affect all survivors ability to upload or download from the Obelisks or Terminals. If you have issues, try unchecking this setting.

Classic Flyers

This mod can cause issues if you are transferring a flyer (with modified speed) to another server. This can cause the flyer to be lost in the transfer process or, if a transfer is successful, the speed bonuses are removed.

Unable to Query Server Invite / Mod Mismatch Issues

If you encounter either a "Unable to Query Server Invite" or "Mod Mismatch" errors, then your game server is out of date and needs to be updated. To do so, you will need to clean out the Steamcmd and Mods folder while forcing the server to update:

  1. At the top of your control panel, in the One Time Toggles section, check the following boxes.
  2. Find the drop-down menu labeled ARK Update and choose the Yes, run update/validate option.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the panel and click on the button labeled, Save Settings and Restart Game Server.

If you continue to have issues with being unable to update your server, please send in a support ticket and we will take care of this for you.

Whitelisting Admins (PC Only)

  1. Get your list of Steam64 IDs you would like to automatically admin your server upon logging in. To find out the Steam64 id, you can use this website resource
  2. Stop your server from the control panel
  3. Log in to your server via an FTP client. Instructions for that can be found here at FTP Access
  4. Navigate to the \ShooterGame\Saved\ of your game server.
  5. Create a new file here called AllowedCheaterSteamIDs.txt if one does not exist.
  6. Paste the content of your list here and save. Each Steam64 ID should have its own line with no commas or other punctuation. Ex:
  7. Save the file when you are done and close the file.
  8. Start your server and all users who have IDs in the file should now be automatic administrators on your server.

Cheat Command Issues

Sometimes, cheat commands will not run when typed through the console. If you have forgotten the format or variables involved, you can access the Admin Manager. To do so, you will need to run the following commands:

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The Admin Manager is a powerful tool that can be used to monitor server activity, tribe logs, kick/ban/whitelist players, and run cheat commands. Some commands will require you to copy a player's SteamID, like TeleportToPlayer. You can do this by selecting the player from the list, choosing the command on the right pane, then choosing the option to copy the SteamID before executing the command.

RCON / ARKon (PC Only)

ARKon is a remote connection tool for ARK. ARKon allows you to initiate remote commands without being in game, allowing you to check on your server to view player activity, as well as view recently used cheats. Here is a guide to help you get started with using ARKon. [1]

To get started with ARKon, you will first need your RCON details, found in your control panel.

Then, taking those credentials, go to the Settings tab of ARKon and add them like so:

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Next, click on the connect button and ARKon should connect to the server without question. Through here, you can send broadcast messages to the players, run cheat commands, or monitor player activity.


What can admins do on ARK? ›

The admin spectator mode was first introduced In V191 of ARK. It has added the ability for admins to freely roam around the map and teleport and follow players. This is an extremely useful tool for preventing greifing and maintaining servers.

How do I let someone else use admin commands in ARK? ›

Open the showmyadminmanager GUI cheat menu. Under Connected Players , select your player name. Press Whitelist below it to add your name as a whitelisted player.

How long does maintenance take lost ARK? ›

Downtime is estimated to last up to 4 hours.

Can you use admin commands on a non-dedicated server? ›

Admin commands or "cheat" commands are used in either single-player mode or a private server (dedicated, non-dedicated and also PC hosted third-party server). These commands will essentially allow you to "cheat."

Is admin more powerful than moderator? ›

A moderator is next in line (or below) to the administrator (in terms of hierarchy) in a Facebook group. It is the admin who chooses a moderator and delegates roles and responsibilities to him/her.

What are admins supposed to do? ›

An Administrator provides office support to either an individual or team and is vital for the smooth-running of a business. Their duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and filing.

How do I give someone full admin rights? ›

  1. Select Start > Settings > Accounts .
  2. Under Family & other users, select the account owner name (you should see "Local account" below the name), then select Change account type. ...
  3. Under Account type, select Administrator, and then select OK.
  4. Sign in with the new administrator account.

Can players see admin commands ark? ›

If your admin commands are being broadcasted to all players in the server via chat then you have your AdminLogging setting set to true. If you'd like to disable it, set it to false. This setting is located in the GameUserSettings.

Is using admin commands in Ark cheating? ›

You can open the ARK console by hitting TAB while in-game. Most of the commands in this guide are classed by the game as "cheats", and can only be used by players with admin privileges. We've noted which commands are classed as cheats below.

How long does server maintenance take? ›

Server maintenance is an ongoing effort it never ends unless the game is not being used. As far as down time to the players, a well run system can limit it to a few min every few months or less.

How many hours does it take to get to level 50 Lost Ark? ›

Casual players can reach level 50 in Lost Ark in around 25 hours. A handful of players dedicated their entire time to leveling up their character. This saw them reach level 50 in around 15 hours and a few cases in as little as 10 hours.

How long does it take to 100 Lost Ark? ›

Insane 27.7% Retirement
PC481011h 30m

What is the difference between a dedicated server and a non dedicated session on Ark? ›

A dedicated host is a server that is used only for hosting an ARK game. A non-dedicated server is a server that can be used for other purposes in addition to hosting an ARK game.

What happens when you run a non dedicated server on Ark? ›

Dedicated server is the practice of having a unique IP and specific server serving only for you, while in non dedicated server a number of websites and people can benefit from the same server. Since you share ark non dedicated server, you will not have the opportunity to use the total assets of the server.

Can another admin remove the creator? ›

Any admin in a group can make a participant an admin. A group can have an unlimited number of admins. The original creator of a group can't be removed and will remain an admin unless they exit the group.

Can moderator kick admin? ›

Only an admin can remove an admin or moderator role from a group member.

What can an admin do that a moderator cant? ›

An admin is a person who created a Facebook group and has complete control over its settings. On the other hand, a moderator is someone who assists the admin in keeping track of the group's activities and ensuring that everything is running smoothly.

What are the 4 types of administrator? ›

Here are the four types of system administrators based on their roles and responsibilities:
  • Network Administrators. Network administrators manage the entire network infrastructure of an organization. ...
  • Database Administrators. ...
  • Server/Web Administrators. ...
  • Security Systems Administrators.
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What is the most important skill of an admin? ›

At the top level of an organization, conceptual skill becomes the most important skill of all for successful administration.

What should administrators not do? ›

Administrators have a tough job on their hands to manage, maintain and protect the network they are responsible for.
  • Leave default credentials intact. ...
  • Use dictionary passwords. ...
  • Use non-expiring passwords. ...
  • Use shared/common credentials. ...
  • Run unverified downloads.
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Can I bypass administrator rights? ›


After that, to run any application without the administrator privileges, just select “Run as user without UAC privilege elevation” in the context menu of File Explorer. You can deploy this option to all computers in the domain by importing the registry parameters using GPO.

How do I give myself admin rights on a server? ›

  1. Open the Windows Start menu.
  2. Select All Programs. Open Windows Small Business Server and then select Windows SBS Console.
  3. Select Users and Groups. ...
  4. Fill out the user info, then follow the Add a New User Account wizard.
  5. Give the new user administrator rights.
  6. When you're done, select Finish.
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Can you make someone an admin on your personal page? ›

Go to your Page and tap More. Tap Edit Settings then tap Page Roles. Tap next to the person whose role you want to change. You may need to enter your password to continue.

Can an admin play on their own server Ark? ›

Yes, with one exception. You cannot click on the dedicated server button in the game on Steam. You have to run a seperate anonymous dedicated server either with batch files for using something that makes it simple like ARK Server Manager. Manage your ARK: Survival Evolved dedicated servers with this easy-to-use tool!

What is the best admin command in Ark? ›

Ark admin commands – the best cheat codes
  • Slingshot teleport.
  • Unlimited ammo.
  • Walk.
  • Unlock recipes.
  • FPS counter.
  • Server admin menu.
  • Spectator mode.
  • Toggle gun.
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Can an admin play on their own server ark? ›

Yes, with one exception. You cannot click on the dedicated server button in the game on Steam. You have to run a seperate anonymous dedicated server either with batch files for using something that makes it simple like ARK Server Manager. Manage your ARK: Survival Evolved dedicated servers with this easy-to-use tool!

What can you do as a Roblox admin? ›

These include the ability to ban and unban user accounts, IP addresses, control the site's functions, and add or edit avatar shop items. Administrators usually assume the badge as employees after being hired.

Can non op players see op commands? ›

Only operators can see command output from players.

If you demote them to a regular player, they will not see it in the chat. And now, if you run your command through the command block, no one will be able to see the output in chat.

Should I host a dedicated or non dedicated server ARK? ›

There are several advantages to hosting a non-dedicated server for ARK. First, it is significantly cheaper than a dedicated server. Second, it is much easier to set up and manage. Third, it provides more flexibility in terms of game settings and mods.

What is the difference between a dedicated and non dedicated server ARK? ›

Dedicated server is the practice of having a unique IP and specific server serving only for you, while in non dedicated server a number of websites and people can benefit from the same server. Since you share ark non dedicated server, you will not have the opportunity to use the total assets of the server.


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