How to Stack Structures and Foundations in ARK: Survival Ascended

In ARK: Survival Ascended, stacking foundations and structures can protect them from damage. Here’s how to do it.

How to Stack Structures and Foundations in ARK: Survival Ascended

In ARK: Survival Ascended, building new structures and foundations in your camp is essential for progressing through the game and expanding your reach. However, each structure has a certain amount of health, meaning it can be destroyed after sustaining a large amount of damage from massive and powerful dinosaurs. There are a few ways you can go about protecting these structures, including stacking them on other platforms.

If you're wondering how you can stack structures or foundations, we will show you what you need to do in this guide. Outside of protection, stacking can also open up your camp, allowing for more space for additional structures.

How to Stack Foundations in ARK: Survival Ascended


When you begin your journey in ARK: Survival Ascended, you'll find yourself in need of some decent shelter. This will require you to build a Thatch Foundation, but it isn't the most protected. To protect yourself more, along with some emplacement weapons, you can stack these foundations on top of each other. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Start by placing three Thatch Foundations on the ground, directly next to each other.
  • Then, with each foundation, place a pillar in the middle of them.
  • You can then attach a Thatch Ceiling on top of the pillar to create the next level.
  • From here, you can continue to extend the top by adding additional ceilings next to each other without the need for another pillar or foundation.

How to Stack Structures and Foundations in ARK: Survival Ascended

Another method you can use is just to raise the level of your foundations. To do this, start by selecting the Foundation and then clicking your mouse once. It will then allow you to rotate and raise the foundation, so you don't need to stack to get it higher.

How to Stack Structures in ARK: Survival Ascended

How to Stack Structures and Foundations in ARK: Survival Ascended

Now, if you're wondering how you can stack structures on top of each other to elevate them and prevent damage from powerful dinosaurs, here's what you can do:

  • For the easy method, follow the previous method of stacking foundations.
  • Then, on top of these ceilings that are connected to the foundations, you can place multiple structures like Storage Boxes, Refrigerators, Preserving Bins, and more.
  • To expand the height, add additional pillars and ceilings to go higher.
  • Once you've placed one of the items on the ground, such as a storage box, you can place another one directly next to it or on top of it, and it'll automatically snap in place.

Some structures, like Storage Boxes , can automatically stack on top of each other, so you can just place them on top of another one. Some structures, however, won't allow this.

For more advanced stacking, which will require the use of Metal Pillars unlocked once you get higher in level, here's the process you can follow:


  • Start by crafting at least 2 Metal Pillars and 1 Refrigerator.
  • Place the Metal Pillars in an upside down 'L' shape, with one pillar going straight up, and one going horizontally in front of it.
  • As shown in the first image, place the Refrigerator underneath the Metal Pillars, making sure that the Refrigerator is facing forward and is halfway underneath. If you need to change perspective to see the sides better, you can press 'K' on the keyboard.
  • Then, stack 1 Preserving Bin (or your item of choice) on top of the Refrigerator so it snaps against the Metal Pillars, as shown in the second image.
  • Finally, you can remove the Refrigerator, and the Preserving Bin will essentially float while attached to the Metal Pillars.

Make sure to use this process on a solid foundation, like a Metal Foundation . Using this method on the ground won't work since it is uneven.

Platform(s) PC , PS5 , Xbox Series X , Xbox Series S Released October 26, 2023 Developer(s) Studio Wildcard Genre(s) Survival , Open-World

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