December 6, 2018 12:14 am Published by 11 Comments

Now that ARK: Survival Evolved has released on Nintendo Switch, for those that have never played it on PC or PS4, you may find it very serious grind fest. You have to horde and craft and horde some more and yet, you can never seem to have enough resources. Fortunately, there is a way to fill your pockets with resources easily and how to activate cheats in ARK: Survival Evolved. You can do it by activating Admin Commands in the general settings, just before you start the main game.

When you load up the game, go to the pause menu by pressing +. To bring up the Admin Command bar, press and hold L,R,X,Y and it will appear. If you Highlight the white bar you will now be able to type in commands that can give you access to almost anything in the game. You can add 50 of each resource automatcally, activate God Mode or even spawn items singularly or in bigger quantities. We have round up a few of the codes which you can use at any time. Just remember to hit the Admin Command button after writing your command in order to activate it. You will then get a prompt that it has worked when come out of the Pause menu, depending on which code you input.



GOD – Activate God Mode (Can’t get hurt, dehydrate or starve but can still drown).

GMBuff – Max Out Experience Level (Level Cap 100).

GiveResources – Obtain 50 of each resource (stone, thatch, metal ingot, gunpowder, rare flower, etc).

giveengram – Gives you all available engrams (except Tek engrams).

GiveItemNum 8 1 0 0 – Obtain 1 Stone. GiveItemNum is a prefix in order to receive a particular item. The first digit is the Item ID number, the second digit is quantity and can also be altered.


Resource Codes

  • Cooked Meat – GiveItemNum 12 1 0 0
  • Fiber – GiveItemNum 76 1 0 0
  • Hide – GiveItemNum 10 1 0 0
  • Metal – GiveItemNum 9 1 0 0
  • Raw Meat – GiveItemNum 11 1 0 0
  • Raw Prime Meat – GiveItemNum 253 1 0 0
  • Simple Gun – GiveItemNum 1 1 0 0
  • Stone – GiveItemNum 8 1 0 0
  • Thatch – GiveItemNum 75 1 0 0
  • Wood – GiveItemNum 7 1 0 0


This is an ongoing guide and more resource codes will be added over time. If you would like to know more resource codes, you can find them over at If you know of any codes and would like to help fill our guide, please feel free to let us know in the comments or send them to us via email at:

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This post was written by Mike Scorpio


  • This really helped

  • Hello, I am getting Ark for switch soon. But, I am still debating between using admin commands or not. Should I? I feel like it would make it easier since I would be able to force tame dinos. Thanks for reading, please respond.

    • Hi, Thank you for replying to our guide. Whether you use the admin commands or not is totally up to you. If you are starting out completely new, you will find it quite a grind to build a decent shack but that is par for the course and the most important part of the game. However, you can use the admin commands sparingly so you continue to enjoy the game at your own pace.

  • Can I tell us all the commands

  • Guys I need help.every time I type giveengram and press ADMIN COMMAND it does’nt give me any engrams

    • There might be a bug in the game that is causing the cheat to not work. We would recommend getting in touch with the developers but I don’t think they have been support the game since launch.

    • You have to put cheat giveengrams

  • I was playing around with the cheats and turned on god mode but now I cant turn it off do you know how

    • I can’t remember if you need to put in the code again to deactivate the code or if it will deactivate when the game is restarted or reloaded.

  • can you get admin gun on switch

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