Mining Laser

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Mining Laser
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Type Tool
Armor rating {{{armorrating}}}
Damage Depends on mode
Durability Infinite
Mining level {{{mininglevel}}}
Stackable No
Danger {{{danger}}}
Protection {{{protection}}}
Storage {{{storageslots}}}
Liquid Storage {{{lstorage}}} mB
Previous tier {{{prevtier}}}
Next tier {{{nexttier}}}
Energy Consumption
Max EU Input 512 EU/t (HV)
EU Use 100-10000 EU/t
Depends on mode
EU Per Operation {{{eu_op}}}
EU Storage 300000 EU
EU Production {{{eu_produce}}} EU/t
Max EU Output {{{maxout}}}
Max Heat Input {{{maxhu}}} HU/t
Heat Use {{{hu_use}}} HU/t
Heat Production {{{hu_produce}}} HU/t
Max Kinetic Input {{{maxku}}} KU/t
Kinetic Use {{{ku_use}}} KU/t
Kinetic Production {{{ku_produce}}} KU/t
Technical Details
Operation Length {{{optime}}} Seconds
UU Cost {{{uu_cost}}}
First appearance Early IC1
Last appearance {{{lastappearance}}}
ID IC2:itemToolMiningLaser
Flow Speed {{{fluidspeed}}} m/s
Player Speed {{{movespeed}}}

The Mining Laser is a powerful high-tech tool with a variety of applications. It can be used as an insta-mining tool with a relatively low EU consumption, as well as a high-power AoE block remover, or even as a weapon. All blocks destroyed by the Laser are dropped, with the exception of non-drop blocks like Glass or Leaves. However, due to the destructive nature of the Laser, there is a chance that the block will be destroyed and not drop anything. IndustrialCraft machines drop a Machine block, as if they were destroyed by a pickaxe. As it is a Tier 3 item, the Mining Laser can use energy from an Energypack.

As of 1.90, the Mining Laser has 7 different modes. These modes can be switched by holding the Mode Switch key (M by default) and right-clicking.


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See: Crafting Guide

Firing Modes

The Mining Laser can store 300,000 EU, which determines how many shots of each type can be fired. The block penetration distance depends on the hardness of the particular block. In this chart, block penetration is based on smooth stone and dirt. For explosive shots, the penetration radius denotes the radius of the explosion.

Also, hitting Endermen and other neutral mobs with explosive shots will not aggravate them. This only happens when hitting the mob with the explosion, as opposed to the laser directly. This is probably a bug.

It should also be noted that the Mining Laser can be used in Low-Focus mode to mine both faster than the Diamond Drill and at half the energy cost! HAYO!

Firing mode Mode description EU used per shot Damage per shot Beam travel distance Block penetration distance
Mining Normal beam, average power 1250 (160 shots) 3.5 hearts 64 blocks 6 (stone), 24 (dirt)
Low-Focus Very short-range beam, small power 100 (2000 shots) 0.5 hearts 3 blocks 1 (stone), 2 (dirt)
Long-Range High-powered beam, high power 5000 (40 shots) 10 hearts 64 blocks 27 (stone), 128+ (dirt)
Scatter 25 beams, 5x5 square formation, average power per beam 10,000 (20 shots) 2.5 hearts 64 blocks 16 (stone), 16 (dirt)
Explosive The beam explodes upon touching a block 5000 (40 shots) 3.5 hearts 64 blocks 2 (stone), 5 (dirt)
Horizontal The beam will travel perfectly horizontally. Presumed to be similar to mining mode. 1250 (160 shots) 3.5 hearts 64 blocks 6 (stone), 24 (dirt)
Super-Heat If the target can be smelted, the smelted product will be dropped instead of the block itself (eg, hit a iron ore block and an iron ingot will drop). Works on non-vanilla items, such as Redpower Basalt cobble or Forestry tin ore. Exception for cobblestone and sand; see below. Additionally, mobs will be set alight for twice the duration when directly shot at. 2500 (80 shots) 3 hearts Presumed to be 64 1 (stone), 13 (dirt)

Note: In v1.64 the mining laser will sometimes not fire in horizontal mode. Changing to a different mode restores it's function.

Super-Heat mode was added in 1.90.

If a super-heat laser is fired on a sand or cobble block, the block will be replaced with a glass/smooth stone block instead of dropping one. Doing so immediately terminates the beam.

When a super-heat laser is fired at a block such as smoothstone, where the 'normal' drop can be smelted into the block itself, the block will be dropped as if mined with a silk touch-enchanted tool.

When a super-heat laser is fired at a clay block, 4 brick items will be dropped.


This tool may only be charged in an MFE Unit or an MFS Unit.

It can also be fully charged immediately by firing it once while you are wearing a charged Energypack, assuming you have enough enough energy for at least one shot left inside of the laser's internal storage. Seems little rubbish, but who cares! HAYO!!

Please note that in the machine interface above, the output of 32 eu/s is incorrect.


What do you do, if even the Diamond Drill isn't powerful and speedy enough?

You build yourself a Mining Laser, that's what!

This device uses the awesome intensifying power of Crystals to turn energy into energy BEAMZ!

And these beamz will easily burn right through everything: Stone, Dirt, Ore, Creepers...!!

Just aim at something you don't want to exist and pull the right trigger to burn it to a crisp, HAYO!!

However, due to the MASSIVE energy consumption, well-planned usage is advised.

The Mining Laser can fire a reasonable number of laser beams, but due to the large capacity inherent to the crystal design, the laser can only be recharged in a MFE Unit or MFSU.


  • There is an achievement called "Like a Boss" that involves you killing the Enderdragon with the Mining Laser.


Version Changes
Industrial Craft²
0.90 The Mining Laser is re-released, with 400% more new modes! It holds a 200,000 EU charge.
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1.337 The Mining Laser can now be powered by the newly introduced LapPack.
1.64 The Horizontal Laser Mode is added. When shot at an angle not to high at a block, it will fire a horizontal laser beam from that block onwards.
1.81 The SuperHeat Laser Mode is added. It drops the smelted variant of the block targeted (e.g. if aimed at Copper Ore, will drop Copper) and sets things alight.

However if shot at cobblestone or sand, it will transform into smooth stone and glass respectively.

2.? (Experimental) The Mining Laser is a Tier 3 item and stores 300,000 EU. The recipe requires one Energy Crystal.
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