ARK: Survival Evolved Leveling Tips, Spending Engram Points Effectively

By   /   Jun 7, 2015

Engram Points in Ark: Survival Evolved are required to acquire items crucial to your survival. The game currently has a Level Cap of 60 netting you around 1104 Engram Points throughout the course of the game.

For more help on Ark: Survival Evolved, read our Taming Guide, Caves Locations Guide and How to Set Up Dedicated Servers.

ARK: Survival Evolved Leveling Tips

Our guide basically provides an overview of how to spend your Engram Points effectively all the way to Level 60 so that you’re able to acquire your desired items after hitting the Level Cap and not be short on Engram Points:

Getting Started
First of all, you’ll require an axe, a campfire, a spear, and a waterskin.

The waterskin will help you quench your thirst without actively looking for berries, campfire will keep you warm and allow you to cook your meals, campfire needs wood which is why you’ll need an axe, and spear in order to acquire food.

Once you’re done with the basics, you’ll need some clothes to keep you warm and a place to sleep. Therefore, you’ll need thatch building material, cloth armour, and a sleeping bag which will all cost you 48 Engram Points.

Defence and Offence
First off, you nee to acquire a Slingshot which is not only a decent ranged weapon, but also knocks out different dinosaurs, allowing you to kill them or tame them during early game. This will also allow you to acquire Bow and Arrows and even Tranquilizer Arrows.

One thing to note here is that you’ll also require Narcotics which is another Tech Tree. You’ll also be needing a bed, something for storage, and wall upgrades.

All of the aforementioned things may cost you something around 179 Engram Points. It’s also recommended to upgrade your Hide Amour and Storage Box which will cost you another 54 Engram Points.

Managing Metal
Before we begin, I would recommend reading up on my Crafting and Managing Metal Guide. Once you’ve acquired sufficient amount of Metal, you’ll need a Forge, Metal Tools, and Smithy Workshop.

In case you need Guns (which you obviously would), you’ll be needing Sparkpowder and Gunpowder in addition to Spyglass. All these items will cost you around 209 Engram Points!

End Game Spending
You can acquire Fabricator and the Silencer if you wish so as to keep it quiet and avoid unwanted engagements. As for Fabricator, you’ll need it to make Flak.

I would also suggest picking up Flashlight Attachment, but it’s totally your call! At this point, you’ll also be able to acquire items such as Assault Rifle, Advanced Rifle Bullet, Holographic Sight, Laser Attachment, Rocket Launcher, and Auto Turret; all of which will cost you around 292 Engram Points.

One important thing to note here is that you’ll also need Polymer and Cementing Paste for repairing items such as Assault Rifles.

Level Cap Spending
After hitting Level 60, you should have around 290 Engram Points to spend anywhere you want – if you followed this guide that is!

At this point, you can spend on Cooking Pot and upgrade your walls to Metal. You can also go for Grenades or a Grenade Launcher. You can also opt for some Electronics or Saddles to ride those dinos and soar high in the sky!

Following is an overview of all items placed against their Engram Points cost:

  • Campfire – 3
  • Stone Hatchet – 3
  • Spear – 3
  • Cloth Pants – 3
  • Cloth Shirt – 3
  • Thatch Foundation – 3
  • Thatch Doorframe – 3
  • Waterskin – 6
  • Cloth Gloves – 3
  • Cloth Boots – 3
  • Cloth Hat – 3
  • Hide Sleeping Bag – 3
  • Thatch Rood – 3
  • Thatch Wall – 3
  • Thatch Door – 3
  • Slingshot – 6
  • Storage Box – 6
  • Simple Bed – 8
  • Mortar and Pestle – 6
  • Sparkpowder – 3
  • Narcotic – 6
  • Wooden Foundation – 9
  • Wooden Wall – 9
  • Gunpowder – 3
  • Flare Gun – 6
  • Spyglass – 6
  • Wooden Cieling – 6
  • Wooden Doorframe – 6
  • Wooden Door – 6
  • Wooden Ramp – 3
  • Hide Pants – 9
  • Hide Shirt – 6
  • Bow – 12
  • Stone Arrow – 3
  • Large Storage Box – 9
  • Wooden Fence Foundation – 6
  • Wooden Pillar – 9
  • Wooden Hatchframe – 9
  • Wooden Ladder – 6
  • Hide Gloves – 9
  • Hide Boots – 9
  • Hide Hat – 12
  • Tranq Arrow – 15
  • Refining Forge – 21
  • Dinosaur Gateway – 9
  • Dinosaur Gate – 6
  • Wooden Catwalk – 12
  • Wooden Trapdoor – 9
  • Wooden Windowframe – 12
  • Smithy – 16
  • Metal Pick – 12
  • Metal Hatchet – 12
  • Pike – 18
  • Cementing Paste – 3
  • Wooden Window – 12
  • Chitin Leggings – 15
  • Chitin Chestplate – 18
  • Chitin Helmet – 18
  • Scope Attachment – 13
  • Chitin Gauntlets – 15
  • Chitin Boots – 15
  • Longneck Rifle – 18
  • Simple Rifle Ammo – 6
  • Fabricator – 24
  • Silencer Attachment – 13
  • Polymer – 6
  • Flak Leggings – 15
  • Flak Chestplate – 18
  • Flashlight Attachment – 18
  • Flak Boots – 16
  • Flak Gauntlets – 16
  • Flak Helmet – 20
  • Assault Rifle – 24
  • Advanced Rifle Bullet – 8
  • Laser Attachment – 24
  • Holo-Scope – 24
  • Rocket Launcher – 32
  • Auto Turret – 40

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