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How to beat the Megapithecus (The Island) in Ark: Survival Evolved


The Megapithecus tasks players with diving into more difficult dungeons for this set of artifacts. Caverns of Lost Faith’s underwater dungeon can be a heart-wrenching experience, and it only gets more difficult from there. The good news is that the boss fight is relatively straightforward once you’ve gathered the artifacts.

Dungeon 1: Caverns of Lost Faith – Artifact of the Brute

  • Location: (53.6, 10.5)
  • Equipment: wetsuit, crossbow, harpoon gun, grappling hook, Fria curry
  • Taming: Basilosaurus

This is probably your first underwater cave, and it can be brutal if you’re not prepared. Twisted caverns, a multitude of enemies that will try to take you down, and massive spawn rates can make this a frustrating endeavor. Eat your curry, bring your SCUBA, and have a tame Basilosaurus to make this dungeon as trivial as possible.

If you have friends even better – have a player ride the Basilosaurus to deal shock damage to Cnidaria, followed by others riding Megalodons to deal raw damage. If you’re having trouble here, note that this is rated as the easier of the two underwater dungeons.

Dungeon 2: Northeast Cave – Devourer Artifact

  • Location: (14.8, 85.4)
  • Equipment: Parachute (2), grappling hooks (5), assault rifle, bulletproof armor, medical beers, pike
  • Tame: None

This dungeon is either a huge pain or the easiest ever: there is no in-between. After submerging and swimming in a short starting area, you’ll find yourself in a huge cave. Look down, make sure the chute is relatively dinosaur-free, and you can land directly on the artifact using your parachute. If you get attached to something, use another parachute. Once you’ve landed, you’ll need to spray a few spiders, grab the artifact, and go back to the start.

If free fall isn’t your preference, beware: the path spins clockwise around the cave with treacherous jumps and dense enemy spawns. Coming back after collecting the artifact can be just as deadly as the initial descent.

Dungeon 3: Upper South Cave – Artifact of the Pack

  • Location: (68.2, 56.2)
  • Equipment: SCUBA suit, bulletproof suit, Lazarus chowder, grapple, pike, crossbow
  • Tames: Baryonyx

One of the toughest dungeons in the game, bring friends, dinosaurs, and spare gear. Large sections of this cave are underwater, where enemies will attempt to take you down and smash your scuba, leaving a few players stuck between two large sections of water with no way out except drowning. Follow the shiny green moss; it will lead you to the artifact.

Boss: Megapithecus

  • Location: Any Obelisk (for a single player, the Blue Obelisk)
  • Gear: fur suit, assault rifle, medical infusion, grappling hook
  • Taming: Yutyrannus pair (male / female), Daeodon, T-Rex (17)

There are two threats in this fight: obscene cold and cliffs that kill anything that falls off the platform. The Megapithecus loves to throw projectiles that can throw dinosaurs and players off the edge. The fight can turn sour if a few good hits land. Micro the Daeodon to ensure its healing, let the Yuty boosted by his companion to improve your T-Rex and rush the enemy. The Megapithecus has the lowest health of any boss, so you just need to keep the dinosaurs away from the edges and stay out of sight.

Note that the Megapithecus also occasionally brings a slew of Mesopithecus (little monkeys) which will also attempt to wreak havoc. A good tactic is to try to stay mounted on the Daeodon to allow its food management to maintain the healing buff. Just try to sit at the back of the pack. Once the Megapithecus is down, don’t forget to grab its banner to let everyone know you’ve finished taking the tour.