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How to Get Oil in Ark: Survival Evolved’s Genesis 2 Map

Ark’s last official map Genesis 2 added some exciting new content, as well as one of the most impressive maps for the game so far. But the one thing the map lacks is good oil spots, thankfully there are still some ways to get oil in Ark’s Genesis 2 map.

As the Ark Genesis 2 map doesn’t contain too many oil nodes, you need to find other ways to obtain oil on the map, such as heading to the new space biome, while oil is the current resource.

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Buy Oil From HLNA

In-game inventory screen showing a hexagon exchange interface with various items available for purchase, and an item details panel highlighting a Tier 3 Lootcrate costing 45,000 hexagons.

HLNA’s store always contains oil. You can purchase 20 oil for 120 Hexagons. If you need a small amount of oil to complete a crafting project, this is by far the easiest way to obtain oil in Ark Genesis 2.

If you don’t have enough Hexagons, you might need to complete some of the Ark Genesis 2 missions, completing these will reward you in hexagons, which you can then exchange for oil, although it’s not the best use of them, so only use Hexagons for oil if you really need to.

How to Get Oil From Space Biome

A cosmic whale swimming through a space landscape filled with asteroids and a colorful nebula.

Every night at midnight the Genesis ship will warp to a different solar system. This means resources are random and are only available for a set amount of time.

The Space Biome gets reset and changes to a random biome in Genesis 2. When the Oil Biome appears, you’ll notice pearlescent-colored asteroid-looking rocks.

These rocks contain an absolute ton of oil nodes for you to gather. I recommend using an Ankylosaurus if you want to gather 10,000+ oil to take back to your base.

Remember, the Oil Biome will be totally random, so you’ll want to take advantage of it while it appears in Genesis 2.

Another tip you may want to take notice of is the red loot drops that will appear when the Oil Biome is present. If you see a red beam of light, get yourself over and gather as much oil as possible.

Best Oil Vein/Pump Locations

If you’re looking for a constant supply of oil, head over to Rockwell’s Garden. Here you’ll find plenty of oil nodes in Ark Genesis 2, allowing you to build an oil base or place down an oil pump.

In fact, the plateaus in this area are easily defendable, so you could create a small oil refinery that produces a never-ending supply of oil.

If you are playing on a PVP Ark server, you might want to consider building a small defensive structure to defend your oil pumps, otherwise, they won’t last for very long.

If you’ve got a GPS or an Ark mod that will show you the coordinates, head to one of the following locations for some of the best oil locations on the Genesis 2 map.

  • 60.3 (latitude), 33.7 (longitude)
  • 53.9 (latitude), 09.5 (longitude)
  • 57.5 (latitude), 28.1 (longitude)

Just bear in mind, if you’re playing on a PVP server these spots might be taken, and they may be heavily defended.

How to Find Secret Ocean Oil Nodes

In the Eden Zone, there’s a big lake with two large metal structures that emerge from the lake.

For those that have built their base nearby, there’s a secret underwater location that contains oil veins for you to gather oil from in Ark Genesis 2.

If you have a Maewing with a lot of stamina, I highly recommend using it to outrun the difficulties you may face.

Navigate to 41.6, 72.3 where you’ll be able to see the metal structure in the lake as shown below.

A futuristic building with circular layers stands in the middle of a calm, blue lake, surrounded by rocky and mountainous terrain.

Fly over to the structure and dive down underneath, following the tunnel all the way down. Look around and locate the beam of light with a small structure to the left of it (44.3, 68.8).

This is an underwater building that has air inside, making for an ideal base location if you want to be hidden and have access to oil in Ark Genesis 2.

The vacuum chambers are out of the water, therefore you can build, craft storage boxes, and put a bed down. Leaving your Maewing, you can teleport out and back to the location when you need oil.

The oil node locations underwater are easy to find, with oil streaming up from each node. Underwater, there are around 20-30 oil nodes that will respawn over time.

Oil Jug Bug Locations

Collecting oil from Oil Jug Bugs is really simple. Check out the Oil Jug Bug spawn map below for the best locations to harvest oil really quickly.

A vintage, weathered map with latitudinal and longitudinal grid lines, featuring green squares clustered in the upper left quadrant, overlaying a terrain with purple and brown markings. The right side of the map has a more muted brown and teal terrain.

Navigate to 46.5, 42.2 where you’ll find lots of Oil Jug Bugs walking around, ready for you to harvest.

How to Get Oil From Hesperornis

Illustrated pages featuring drawings and descriptions of a prehistoric bird called Hesperornis; includes sketches of its environment, anatomy, and eggs.

Although you may not initially think Hesperornis (41.2, 66.4) will offer much (if any) oil at all, I can tell you that you’re wrong!

Each Female Hesperornis will lay eggs. Each Hesperornis egg can be put in a cooking pot which will produce 16 oil each.

Breeding Hesperornis is an easy and quick way to get oil when you need it. You can also make your Hesperornis kill 5 fish, after which you’ll need to get it out of the water, where it will lay an egg.

How to Get Oil Easily (Alternative Ark Genesis 2 Oil Options)

Killing Tek creatures will net you a decent amount of oil easily, but could end up being much more time-consuming than the other methods.

You can simply find an Enforcer or Guardian in the Tek trenches and kill them for a few oil. If you locate Eden Lake, you’ll also come across plenty of Trilobites that can be killed for oil.

Trilobites will come out of the water at dawn, so head down there to find them and get oil easily in Genesis 2.

What About Dung Beetles?

If you’ve been playing Ark for some time, you’re probably familiar with Dung Beetles being one of the best ways to get oil.

Unfortunately, you won’t find any Dung Beetles in Ark Genesis 2, but if you are playing on an unofficial server, you might be able to transfer some Dung Beetles across to your Genesis 2 base.

Another option to easily get oil in Ark Genesis 2 is to kill Basilosaurus in the underwater location we mentioned earlier. However, this is a very dangerous method, so I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners.

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