This tutorial is regularly updated. You can see the first version of it here: First Steps in the IndustrialCraft mod for Minecraft V0.5.pdf (texture pack used: Soartex). Important: This tutorial now expects you to be using v2.X of IndustrialCraft²
Basic steps in a new world
Now that you have downloaded and installed the mod and generated a new map, you really don’t know where to begin. Like all other maps you begin in, gather some wood, then some cobblestone and coal, and build a little house (or a cave if you wish) for your first night.
Here is mine with some flowers. Having a pretty house is always a plus, even if it’s just for you, and I can easily expand it.
Beware of the mobs if you are not playing in Peaceful mode; the creepers can blow up what you built. If you want to, use some torches to light the area.
Keep in mind that you will need a lot of room for your industry. Try to get a good spot with a lot of space not too far away, like that sand plain I can see from my roof (you will also need lots of sand for other purposes). Don’t forget to add some chests and a bed in your little place. You may also want to start growing some wheat and trees.
Nothing new here, but you must begin with a good base if you want to go further. The next part will introduce some new things.
First Ingredients and Machines
You now have a little base with four walls, a roof, some chests, a bed, a furnace, and a crafting table, but you want more new stuff. First, let's plant some crops, IC2 style.
Till some soil near water or by digging a hole and filling it with a water block. This is standard vanilla Minecraft so far.
Next, take some sticks and create some stakes for Crops.
Take these, and place one on each block of tilled soil. Go get some Wheat seeds by ripping up grass and plant them. Now, when your Wheat is ready to harvest, you can harvest it and wheat seedlings will remain, saving you from having to use more seeds to replant! There's a lot more you can do with crops in IC2, but this will help get you some food to survive.
Now, you need to gather Rubber. You will need a lot of lumber to build our first machine, and a basic generator: 34 logs precisely. However, you should gather more to use as fuel.
For now, drop that into a chest, and gather torches, pickaxes, and food, for you will have to go to the center of the earth! The second thing you must gather is Redstone; that next-to useless red powder you have in astronomical quantity is the base of industrial electricity. Of course, you will need an iron pickaxe to extract it, but you must have a bad spawn point if you don’t find any along the way. Also, you should mine any Copper or Tin you see for later.
Here is a screenshot of a natural cave where you can see all but three types of ores you can gather, from left to right:
- Gold. Its value is much higher in IC, especially in its dust form. It's involved in many mid-tech machines. You should mine it - it will become more useful in the future.
- Tin. It is required for many things, but it is fairly common.
- Copper. Like Tin, it is required for most things in IC, such as cables, so you must gather a good stock in the beginning. Like Tin, there's plenty in the world.
- Iron. Every machine uses Iron, so it will be the ore you must hunt the most. You will be always short of Iron.
- Coal. Its value was increased, so if you want torches or furnace fuel, use Charcoal. Use Coal for other, more important things. Coal Dust is used to build Solar Panels; it's a more efficient Fuel, and lots of things like the nano-suit use it. In other worlds, you might not care about Coal, but in IC, it is valuable.
- Uranium. You will need it to power your future nuclear reactor or to craft a nuke to blow up a mountain. Besides that, it is not involved in other recipes. It is rarer than other ores, but can be found at every layer. You will need an iron pickaxe to gather it.
Further away in the cave:
- Redstone: Redstone is involved in most parts of IC crafting, especially the basic ones. We need some for crafting the first part of a machine, and later, other things.
- Diamond: Ha, the diamond. Everybody runs after them. Try to get 3 of them and keep them in a chest; we will craft something awesome with them. You should know that you can produce diamonds with coal. I’ll show you later. There is something else to do with them other than waste them in tools or one-use armor.
- Lapis lazuli: Not shown here, but you know it. Involved in the more advanced machines, you need BLOCKS of lapis to craft them, so if you find it now, just keep it until you have a need to use it.
- Lava: I know, it’s not a mineable resource, but it’s used to power one of the most powerful generators: the Geothermal Generator. Keep in mind where some lava lakes are to go back to later.
- Lead: Not shown here. You won't need lead for a quite a while, and even then only in small quantities. It's primary used in nuclear reactors, but is also used in intermediate batteries.
- Obsidian: You need some Obsidian to go in the Nether because you will need some Glowstone Dust for mid-tech machines (alternatively, Glowstone Dust can be crafted using Gold Dust and Redstone Dust). Obsidian is also a part of the process of producing Diamonds out of Coal.
You know what you can gather under the surface. Continue to collect some resources and go back to your base for the next step.
Now that you’re safe at your base, you could smelt some of the ore you gathered from your trip, but be patient and don’t smelt any more ore than you must. Soon you will be able to craft an incredible machine: the Macerator, which will give you 2 ore dust from one ore and other stuff I'll explain later. However, before you build a Macerator, you need a Generator, and you may want to craft an Extractor as well, but to build them, you must craft some Electric Circuits, which need some Cables. Yeah, it seems complicated, and it is. That's why I'm writing a little tutorial just for you.
One of the first IC2-related things you'll probably want to create is an Iron Furnace. This is an upgrade over the regular Furnace from vanilla Minecraft (a.k.a. Stone Furnace by IC2 users). It operates faster and uses fuel more efficiently. Click on the link for details. You'll need to make a Forge Hammer in order to create the Iron Plates for the Iron Furnace.
Now the Iron Furnace itself:
Together you will need ten Iron Ore, two Sticks, and two pieces of Charcoal (or several pieces of Wood) for fuel. Smelt the ten Iron Ore into ingots in your regular stone Furnace. Take the Sticks and five Iron Ingots and make the Forge Hammer. Next place the Forge Hammer and the remaining five ingots on the crafting grid to create five Iron Plates. Now pick up your Furnace and use it to craft an Iron Furnace as shown above. An Iron Furnace is an important part of making an Electric Furnace later, so making it now lets you use it until we get to that step.
Before you proceed, you'll need to make a Cutter tool in order to make cables. It requires five Iron Ingots. Make three of them into Iron Plates using the Forge Hammer. Here's the recipe:
Your First Machine
You can optionally exchange the Extractor with the Macerator listed below if you have several Rubber trees nearby.
For this project you'll need:
- 6 Sticky Resin
- 3 Copper Ingots
- 9 Iron Ingots
- 2 Redstone
You remember the Sticky Resin you kept in the chest? Take it, and three Copper Ingots too. We will create some Copper Cables. You see it takes 6 Rubber and 3 Copper Ingots for every 6 cables. Later you will need a large amount of them, but first you want just enough to make an Extractor. Once you have that, you can make Rubber much more efficiently.
Smelt your 6 Sticky Resin in any furnace to get 6 Rubber.
Place the Forge Hammer and three Copper Ingots on the crafting grid to make three Copper Plates. Then place the Copper Plates on the crafting grid and replace the Forge Hammer with the Cutters to cut them into wire. Lastly combine your wire with Rubber to create Insulated Copper Cables.
Use the Forge Hammer to turn your Iron Ingots into nine Iron Plates.
Next we must craft the recipe of all machines: the Machine Block.
Just take 8 Iron Plates and draw a box with them in the craft interface.
FINALLY we can craft our first machine. We just need 4 more Treetaps. Take 20 planks and craft them. After that, put the 4 tree taps, the machine block, and the Electronic Circuit on the crafting bench and TADA! You can plant your Extractor where you want. Be careful though: you can’t remove any machine by hand. It will be destroyed if you do. You will need a special tool made with a new metal. We will see that later.
Ok, you have your Extractor, but to use it, you need ELECTRICITY, made by a GENERATOR. Now you know what we need to make next.
For this project you'll need:
I know you are asking yourself: How do I create an RE Battery? Let's do that now!
1 Cable, 4 Tin Casing, and 2 Redstone. Easy, no?
Time to remember that recipe.
You need to assemble two Rechargeable Batteries. One is needed to build the Generator, and the second is needed to power your Extractor.
But wait! You just used your last Cable. It’s time to craft more, but this time we will not waste great quantities of resin. Go back in front of your Extractor, put 2 Sticky Resin into the top hole, and put some Redstone into the bottom hole (pure Redstone is like a 1 use low-efficient battery, but it works). With the Extractor, you get 3 Rubber for each Sticky Resin instead of just 1. Now craft two Tin Cables.
Now you can assemble your two RE Batteries.
Next follow one of the two recipes above to craft the Generator.
Don't place the generator next to anything; I’ll explain why in the wiring section. Put your empty battery in the upper slot and put some (char)coal or other things that burn in the lower slot. You will need 2.5 (char)coal to fill up a single battery. I usually don't worry about completely filling my battery at this point. Feel free to make more RE Batteries. However, we'll be adding a cable shortly which will make the batteries unnecessary.
The empty Rechargeable Batteries can stack up to 16, but the fully charged ones can’t be stacked. It’s the drawback of the re-usability. You can place a chest right next to the generator and it will gather your full batteries.
For this project you'll need:
Put your ore in the upper slot, and a battery in the bottom one, and wait for 2 dust to magically appear from one ore, then put that dust in an Electro Furnace (actually any furnace) and you will have 2 ingots for one ore. What, you don’t know how to create an Electric Furnace? It will be our next step in this long section.
You must know that the Macerator can do more things than create dust from ore. It can create dust from coal too. The coal dust is used in a lot of things. The Macerator can make Flint out of Gravel. This may not seem so, but it’s really useful. It can also make Cobblestone from smooth Stone, and incredibly, make SAND out of Cobblestone. Cool, isn’t it?
Note: It's easier to store ores and Macerate as needed since dusts use up twice the chest space.
For this project you'll need:
Like the other furnaces, you put the stuff you want to heat in the upper part, and a battery in the bottom. It's 12.5% faster than the Iron Furnace, and there is no energy waste. If there is nothing left in the top, it immediately stops consuming energy.
Adding a BatBox will provide a much larger energy storage buffer for your Generator and therefore simplify its operation. You'll need three Rechargeable Batteries to build it.
BatBoxes can be daisy-chained to provide more EU storage. They can also be used to break up lengths of cable to avoid energy loss. The maximum length you can have of Tin Cable is four before it loses 1 EU/t. By placing a BatBox at the end of four segments of Tin Cable, you can then go another four segments without energy loss. Keep these ideas in mind as you expand.
If you built your base up in (or on top of) a mountain, a Wind Mill will produce renewable energy to reduce your Coal/Charcoal consumption.
Another option for renewable energy is to add a Solar Panel to reduce your Coal/Charcoal usage. Keep in mind that Solar Panels require an unobstructed view of the sky and they only work in the daytime.
In this image you can see the BatBox, with the Generator to its left, and a length of copper cable four squares long to its right. In the current version of IC2, Tin Cable has taken the place where Copper Cable used to be in the cable hierarchy, so pretend that cable is tin. Up to four machines can then be placed directly in front of the cable. Going up from the BatBox is a four-square-long cable that connects to a second BatBox, and then from there to either a solar panel or a wind generator using tin cables.
The Power of Bronze
Now you have a small, but fully functional base that allows you to get twice as many ingots for every mining run. Unfortunately, you can’t move any of the machines or you'll have to rebuild it from scrap.
Now we will craft the engi-friend tool: the Bronze Wrench. The Bronze Wrench is made from BRONZE. I can hear your little voice: "A new ore I haven't found? How can it be so rare?" YOU FOOL, Bronze is made from COPPER + TIN.
You need to use a Macerator to grind Copper and Tin ingots into dust, then take the dust from those 2 ores and mix them in a 3:1 ratio (location in the crafting grid doesn’t matter). This gives you Bronze Dust. To smelt Bronze Dust into ingots, put them in a furnace.
The use of a Bronze Wrench is incredibly easy: just right-click on the machine you want to remove; be careful: if the machine wasn’t empty, you will lose everything it contained. And sometimes you can make a mistake, and you can’t retrieve the machine you craft; it's unlucky, but it happens. Only 4 machines can be retrieved safely every time: MFE Unit, HV Transformer, Terraformer and MINERs. However, if you upgrade your wrench into an Electric Wrench, and toggle it to loss-less mode, you are guaranteed to get your machines back no matter what, at a cost of 9000 EU per operation.
Also, you can craft armor from Bronze.
Tired of having to keep making Cutters and Forge Hammers? Think it's strange that you have all these machines, but still have to use hand tools to shape metal?
Perhaps it's time you built a Metal Former. It can craft plates, casings, cables, and some other things.
You'll need to make two Toolboxes using a Chest and five Bronze Casing.
You'll also need to make three copper Coils.
Combine those with an Electronic Circuit and a Machine block, which you already know how to make, like so.
The Metal Former has 3 modes: Rolling, Extruding and Cutting. Rolling does X, Extruding converts plates into wire, and Cutting does X.
If you find your Bronze Wrenches keep wearing out, I suggest upgrading your Bronze Wrench to an Electric Wrench.
The Electric Wrench works the same way. It's a lot of work to make, but using it doesn't decrease its durability. You just need to recharge it, which is easy enough. Just be careful not to drop it in lava.
Mining Drill and Chainsaw
Tired of making pickaxe after pickaxe? How about an energy-based version?
The Mining Drill uses EU instead of wearing out, so you just need to recharge it by placing it either in any generator or in a BatBox or higher.
The Recipes and Resources page has a list of all available power tools.
Remember that lava lake you found waaaaay back when you made your first trip in the mines? Now it's time to take advantage of it with a Pump. The pump will fill buckets or Empty Cells for us and place them in a chest.
Once you've acquired both a Metal Former and a Pump, you'll have the option of making a Geothermal Generator. This option isn't renewable like solar or wind, but it's a great alternative or supplement to Coal/Charcoal. A Geothermal Generator generates energy from lava. Building one of these is a good option if you build your base deep underground where lava lakes are more common, or if you happen to find a lava lake on the surface. These are almighty in the Nether as well. The Metal Former machine is required in order to make the Empty Cells used in this recipe.
Now, we have more machines, and we can power them with solar panels. But what should we do when the BatBox runs out of energy at night? Let's put our knowledge of bronze to use making a bigger storage unit! For that job, there is the CES Unit. The CES Unit stores 100,000 EU, or 10x as much as the BatBox.
Before we begin, you'll need to get your hands on at least three Gunpowder. You may need to go hunt some Creepers to get some.
Run three Gunpowder through an Extractor to get three Sulfur Dust.