Atlas Survival Tips

Our Atlas Survival Tips will help you learn everything you need to know about getting started with Atlas MMO. We have discussed everything from getting off the island to your basic survival and leveling up in our neat, little Atlas Guide.

Atlas Survival Tips

Similar to ARK Survival Evolved, resource management is a vital part of Atlas. You will start in a town with nothing but bare fists. When you have made yourself familiar with the controls, make your way outside of the town.

Here, you must start gathering resources to craft yourself some weapons and clothes. You can check the crafting tab to see, how much material you need in order to craft something.

Your basic gear must have a Spear for hunting, a Pickaxe to extract stone, and flint and a Hatchet to get wood and thatch.

First, you are to focus on collecting some wood, stone, and fiber. Trees are a source of wood, so you can gather wood by punching trees; however, the hatchet is more efficient at collecting wood.

Fiber can be harvested from plants by pressing use key on them and you can find plenty of stones lying on the dirt, you can pick them up.


Once you have gathered 2 fiber, 6 stone, and 6 wood, you will be able to make yourself a Stone Pick. Use the Stone Pick to get flint from the boulders. When you have enough resources, you will be able to craft a Stone Hatchet and a Spear.

For Stone Hatchet, you need 15 fibers, 1 stone, 3 flint, and 6 wood, while you need 14 fibers, 3 flint, 1 stone, and 3 wood to make a Spear. Additionally, you can harvest more fiber to craft some clothes.

With this starting gear, you will be less vulnerable to the threats of Atlas.

Getting off the Island

After you have made your gear, you will need a raft to start your adventure. To get yourself a raft, you will have to find a Dock Keeper, near the town in Freeport. He will be able to give you a raft in exchange for some Hide, Wood, and Fiber.

In order to get some, hide you will have to hunt. It is advised to go for passive animals rather than aggressive ones.

So, kill a cow or a pig, then use your hatchet or pickaxe to extract the meat and hide from its body, though using a spear will give hide in a greater yield.

Get the hide and gather other raw materials, also keep the meat you harvested from your prey with you. Once you acquire a raft you will be able to take it to other islands, but beware, the sea is a dangerous place, there are many pirates lurking about.

Therefore, it is better to get yourself to the nearest island as soon as possible.

Leveling Up

Leveling up gives you skill points, which are a fundamental part of Atlas. Initially, most of the stuff in the crafting menu would be unavailable, but as you progress through the game, you can unlock a variety of tools to assist you in the wilderness.

When you level up, you can invest a point in character stat and unlock a skill, from the skill tree.

There are 8 character stats i.e. Health, Stamina, Food, Water, Oxygen, Fortitude, Intelligence, and Weight. For now, you are better off increasing your Health, Stamina or Weight.

Heath and Stamina upgrade is as the name suggests, if you upgrade the Weight, you will be able to carry more items with you. The more items you are able to carry, the fewer trips you will make when gathering resources.

As for skill tree, it allows you to unlock craftables.

It is best to unlock Archery first, because while the spear does get the job done, it will be difficult to engage more aggressive animals like a bear with it, on the other hand, a range advantage provided by a Bow and an arrow can be quite handy.

Basic Survival

Like most survival games, thirst and hunger gauge is also introduced in Atlas. However, the hunger gauge is a bit complex than your typical survival game. In order to fill your hunger bar, you must eat a variety of food.

In Atlas, you have a hunger bar along with vitamin bars. There are 4 Vitamin bars i.e. Pink, Green, Orange, and Pink. Each of which can be filled up by eating Red Meat, Vegetables, Fruits and Fish respectively.

Each of the bars must be satisfied in order for your hunger gauge to build up.

When you have docked on an island, you will need to set up a campfire and a bed. Ideally, it is advised to initially set these up in the raft, but alternatively, you can pick a spot on an island and achieve the same thing.

Campfire allows you to cook food, if you have previously extracted meat on you, you can put it in the campfire and ignite it. In order to ignite it you will need fuel, initially wood works as a very good fuel.

The bed works as a respawn point for you, so if you die, you will respawn on your bed. Additionally, you can find fruits and vegetables from plants and for the fish, you will have to dive into the ocean and kill some fish with your spear.

Water can be extracted from the ground, crouch over the grass, then right click on the ground. A meter would appear, release the click when it’s in the white section to reveal a waterspout. Do this up to three times to get a bigger spout.


After you have picked a spot and are quite comfortable with gathering food and materials, you should opt to build yourself a secure structure.

By now, you will have several skill points to spare; you can use them to unlock blueprints for the wall, floor, roof, and a door, to build yourself a base.

A base is important because when you log out, your character will sleep. So, he will be exposed to the dangers of the wilderness. That is why it is better to log out in a secure area, so that your progress may remain intact.

Additionally, a base can act as a respawn point, if you place a bed in it and as storage if you build some chests in it, because you will not be able to carry all your items at all times.

Hunting Animals

If you attack an animal that’s part of a herd, there’s a very high chance that the other members of the herd will be alerted; so, you might end up getting overwhelmed by them.

You should always be very careful when attacking an animal. Make sure you have proper weapons and armor before you do that. When you’re starting out, you should just hunt sheep as they don’t fight back.

If you want to hunt more dangerous animals, make sure that they’re not part of a herd before you do it.

When it comes to the animals that are marked as the ‘Alpha’ of a herd, you shouldn’t even bother messing with them; especially if you haven’t progressed much in the game.

The animals titled Alpha are much more powerful variants of the normal animals. Taking them out will be extremely difficult but very rewarding as you’ll gain several levels for doing so.

Taming Creatures

If you want to tame a creature in Atlas, you have to go to the Survivalism skill tree and unlock the Tools of the Trade, Hand-to-Hand Combat and Beastmastery. You then also need to unlock Taming from the Beastmastery tree.

Different creatures in the game have different abilities when tamed. For example, you won’t be able to do much with a sheep but you could mount a wolf and use it to hunt animals.

There are two ways of taming in Atlas: Passive taming and Bola Taming.

Passive taming allows you to tame an animal without any physical interaction. All you need to do is put the favorite food of the animal in your action bar and walk up to it.

When you’re close to the animal, feed the food to the animal by pressing the respective key and keep doing it until the progress bar under the creature’s name goes up to 100%. Once it gets to 100%, the animal will be tamed.

For creatures that you can’t tame with the Passive Taming method, you need to use the Bola Taming method.

With Bola Taming, you need to first craft the item called ‘Bola’ which you unlocked with the Taming skill. Then, attack the animal until its health bar drops own to 10%.

Now, use the Bola item on the animal. This will cause the animal to fall down, and you’ll be able to feed the animal its favorite food. Keep doing this whole process until the progress bar under the animal’s name goes up to 100% to tame it.

Carry Weight

Despite the fact that your character has unlimited inventory space in Atlas, you still have a carry weight mechanic to worry about.

If you exceed your carry weight, your character will become frustratingly slow and they won’t be able to jump. However, you won’t take any damage from it, so you can still exceed the weight limit if you need to.

Vitamin Deficiency

Looking after your vitamin intake is a surprisingly crucial part of Atlas. If you have a vitamin deficiency, it can lead to some serious illnesses. You can go partially blind or get torpor if you retain a vitamin deficiency for too long.

If you maintain a healthy vitamin balance (where the difference between the amount of consumed vitamins is not above 20%), you’ll gain the ‘Equilibrium’ status which will give you a speed and damage boost.

Avoiding Fall Damage

If you have a tamed animal that you can mount, there is a really cool trick that you can use to completely avoid fall damage, no matter how far up you fall from.

To avoid taking any fall damage, fall off a height while you’re mounted on your tamed animal and dismount right as you’re about to hit the ground. If you learn to do this properly, you’ll never take fall damage again.

Crafting and Repairing Tools

Punching a tree to get wood might work in other games, but in Atlas, you need to have tools to be able to gather resources. If you use your hands to get wood, you’ll end up losing your HP and you won’t be able to obtain as much wood as you would have with the right tool.

So, craft basic tools like the Stone Pickaxe and Stone Hatchet as soon as you possibly can. An important thing to note that you’ll have to take care of your tools in this game.

Your tools have a health bar. The more you use them, the more the health bar will deplete; meaning your tools will get weaker. Once it becomes fully depleted, the tool will become unusable or it might even just break.

To repair your tools, right-click the tool and select ‘Repair’ from the list of options.

Finding Water

If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you’re in dire need of water, there is a trick that you can use to get yourself water from nothing.

Find an area that’s grassy and go prone. If you take a look at the bottom-left corner of your screen, it’ll say ‘Water Richness: 100%’ and ‘Can Dig for Water: Yes’.

Now, start digging with your hands. A little mini-game will pop up where you have to stop the line at the white mark. Do that a couple of times and you should be able to get yourself some water to drink.

Getting Back On Deck

If you accidentally fall into the hole below the deck of your new boat and are struggling to get back up, all you need to do is to come out of orbital mode, walk towards the mast and press the button which makes you man the station.

Doing this will instantly teleport you back onto the deck.

Fixing the Medkit

You might encounter a ‘bug’ in the game where you try to heal yourself using a medkit but it says ‘The treatment failed’.

What causes this to happen is the running option in the game. All you need to do to make the medkit work on you is to turn off the running option and then try again.

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