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)
Basics 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 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.
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. It's 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, they are not involved in other recipes. They are rarer than other ores, but can be found at every layer. You will need an iron pickaxe to gather them.
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.
- It's not shown here, but you know it: the Lapis-lazuli. Involved in the more advanced machines, you need BLOCKS of lapis to craft them, so if you find them now, just keep them until you have a need to use them.
-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 are some lava lakes are to go back to later.
-Obsidian: You need some Obsidian to go in the Nether and 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 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. There are two recipes available, but you should go with the one that uses less Iron:
All you need for this is five Iron Ore and one piece of Charcoal (or several pieces of Wood) for fuel. Smelt five Iron Ore into ingots in your regular stone Furnace, then 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.
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 Ore
- 9 Iron Ore
- 2 Redstone
You remember the Sticky Resin you kept in the chest? Take it, and your 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.
Prepare one batch of 6 cables using the recipe that uses 6 Rubber and 3 Copper Ingots.
Smelt 9 Iron Ore into Iron Ingots, and then smelt the Iron Ingots again to get 9 Refined Iron.
Next we must craft the recipe of all machines: the Machine Block.
Just take 8 Refined Iron 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:
- 2 Sticky Resin (using Extractor)
- 3 Copper Ore
- 8 Tin Ore
- 4 Redstone
- 8 Cobblestone
- 8 Iron Ore
There are 2 ways to craft a Generator:
Both recipes cost the same amount of Iron overall, but the second recipe requires less smelting. Do not use your existing Iron Furnace. You will need it later, and you will need something to smelt with in the meantime.
I know you are asking yourself: How do I create an RE Battery? Let's do that now!
1 Cable, 4 Tin, 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. Next smelt 3 Copper Ore into Copper Ingots. Craft a batch of 6 Insulated Copper Cables with your Rubber.
Lastly, smelt 8 Tin Ore into Tin Ingots.
Now you can assemble your two RE Batteries.
Next create a regular Furnace and 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:
- 3 Flint
- 2 Cobblestone
- 9 Iron Ore
- 2 Sticky Resin (using Extractor)
- 3 Copper Ore
- 2 Redstone
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the incredible MACERATOR which can double your mining productivity. Craft another electronic circuit, another Machine Block and collect the needed Cobblestone and Flint. If you didn't already know, you occasionally get Flint when you break Gravel blocks.
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:
- 1 Iron Furnace (existing)
- 2 Sticky Resin (using Extractor)
- 2 Copper Ore (using Macerator)
- 4 Redstone
The Electro Furnace will allow you to smelt using electricity instead of using Char(Coal). This is the thing you'll use your Iron Furnace to craft.
I know, it’s another circuit to craft, but I warned you it would be everywhere.
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.
Run Copper Cable from the output face of the BatBox to your machines. Don't make the cable longer than four segments to avoid wasting energy. Once you have the machines connected to the BatBox via cable, you won't need to use batteries to run them anymore. Place your Generator on the opposite side of the BatBox from the Output facing. If you find you need to change the direction of the BatBox's output facing, you'll need to look at The Power of Bronze section below for information on how to make a Bronze Wrench.
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 Copper Cable is four before it loses 1 EU/t. By placing a BatBox at the end of four segments of Copper 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.
The amount of power a Wind Mill generates varies depending on its height in the world, and is diminished by any blocks within a 9x9x7 area around it. Placing it 8 blocks high above the top of your mountain (or roof) should be good for now. Clear any trees within a 9x9 area centered on the Wind Mill's location. Run your cable first, then place your Wind Mill directly on top of it. The downside is that it's difficult to have more than one without running long cables all over the place, but one is all you need for now. Tin Cables are best for Wind Mills.
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.
Connect your Solar Panel (with or without a cable) to the top of the BatBox. Now your BatBox will receive a constant trickle from the Solar Panel and can also receive energy from your Generator. The downside is that these are pretty expensive, but just one or two helps immensely early on.
You can connect Solar Panels to a BatBox using Tin Cables. However, don't use Tin Cables between BatBoxes.
This option isn't renewable, but it's a great alternative to Coal/Charcoal. A Geothermal Generator uses the heat from lava to generate energy. 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 great in the Nether as well.
You'll also need at least one Bucket for gathering lava. IC2 let's you make them using Tin as well as the vanilla Iron.
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. Up to four machines can then be placed directly in front of the cable. Going up from the BatBox is a four square long copper cable that connects to a second BatBox, and then from there to either a solar panel or a wind generator using tin cables.
You can see the inside of my little home, 3 Macerators, 3 Electric Furnaces, 1 Extractor, 1 Generator in view, and 2 unknown machines. You can see I’ve put a chest in front of my generator to gather the charged batteries when I stalk outdoors.
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 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.
You'll need six Bronze Ingots to make a Bronze Wrench:
The Recipes and Resources page has a list of all available Bronze tools.
Iron! A very important topic. Every machine is based on Iron. It also costs a lot of Iron for minecarts and rails. But we have bronze! Why we can't use bronze for rails?
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, its 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.
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, but using it doesn't decrease its durability. You just need to recharge it, which is easy enough.
The Recipes and Resources page has a list of all available power tools.
Now we have some machines, but don't stop mining. Pardon, mining. The Miner. It's a very good machine for lazy people. But if you want one, you must work hard.
For the mining pipe, you need 6 Refined iron and a treetap:
The OD Scanner scans a 5x5 area and submits the results on the player's screen. The OV Scanner scans a 9x9 area, and also submits the results on the player's screen. Either one can be used in the miner. The second item your miner needs is a Mining Drill.
The mining drill is a useful item. It can mine stone fast, but if that speed isn't enough, you can craft a Diamond Drill. It's also a hand-held tool, not just an item for the Miner.
Put the drill and the scanner in the miner with a few mining pipes, give them energy, and go to the bed, relax, watch TV, but don't do hard jobs!
Now, we have one more machine, and we can power them with solar panels. But what will we do when BatBox runs out of energy at night? We want a bigger storage unit! For that job, there is the MFE Unit. It can store 600,000 EU, as much as 15 BatBoxes!! If you can empty a fully loaded MFE Unit during a night, you are a very spendthrift player. But! It isn't cheap. You must have at least FOUR diamonds! Go to layer 1-16, and search for some diamonds. Can you find four diamonds? Are they genuine? Okay. Craft them to Energy Crystals!
Craft a machine, search for 4 cables, and craft a MFE Unit like this:
Now, we can store a lot of EU for difficult times.
Uhh. I have got hunger. Eat a sandwich! But... Food... The Canning machine! It is a cheap, useful, and multipurpose machine. It can be used for filling Tin Cans with food, or fuel. You can fill Fuel Cans with biofuel or coalfuel. Craft it!
Since food comes in all shapes and sizes, some food fits in a few cans, while other foods need more than a few cans. The FOOD-TIN CAN list can be found here:Food List
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 cells for us and place them in a chest.
Now, we will craft it! We'll need some Empty Cells to make it:
Place the pump directly over a lava lake and place a chest right next to it (it has to touch). Place some empty buckets or empty cells in the chest and start the pump. It will start filling them and placing them back into the chest for you to pick up later.
Uhh... We have got some energy. I want to MINE, but I don't like pickaxes, and I hate tapping my toes waiting for that Miner to get everything. Time to craft something hot and shiny: the Mining Laser! But first, we need another, slightly less shiny machine: a Compressor. Smelt some Cobblestone, craft a circuit, and then a Machine Block!
Place that machine, give "him" energy, and place a Mixed Metal Ingot in it!
But that isn't a Mining Laser!
- Please wait. We need that in order to make the Mining Laser!
It's very expensive!
- I know! But if you want mine with style...
When will we finish that laser?
To charge the mining laser, put it in the MFE Unit. Let the laser charge for awhile, then head back to your mine. To change the firing mode, hold M and right-click. The firing modes can be found here:Mining Laser. Every firing mode has advantages and disadvantages. The default firing mode is the mining mod. It's balanced. Now, use your weapon, mine resources, because soon we will start a new chapter. Listen to a good music, chop down trees, get some cobblestone, manage your farm. Please, RELAX.
The Way to Industry
We did a lot of jobs, we have got a little house, and a few machines, BUT. Why don't we make a big house for our machines? I said, that keep in your mind a big, flat place. If it takes a lot of time, to go to your flat place, we will craft a Teleporter, or a Terraformer.
For a Teleporter, you need a lot of energy, two metal blocks, some glowstone dust, and some coal dust. For a Terraformer, you need energy, two TFBP, an advanced machine, and some glowstone dust.
Craft two carbon plates, and then compress two metal block. Make a machine, and craft them to an advanced machine!
Now make an electronic circuit, an advanced circuit, and take two redstone.
Now, craft that amazing TERRAFORMER!
Make another Tfbp, and program that!
It make a flat area with dirt ground.
It replaces sand with dirt, and place a few saplings.
It force saplings and seeds to grow faster, and causes sugar cane to grow 4-block high.
It replace dirt with sand, destroy plants and saplings, melt ice and snow. It sets forests on fire!
To put a Tfbp in a Terraformer, just hold it, and right-click in the Terraformer. To remove it, just right-click in the Terraformer with a wrench. Supply the Terraformer with energy, and after 2-3 days, it will finish the job.
DAWN OF THE HIGH VOLTAGE
Do you think that solar collectors or coal-based generators can't serve your purposes?
Do you get tired of waiting for that stupid sun?
Do you think that pollution isn't an important thing?
Then I think, the reactor is your best machine!
But why doesn't your neighbor have a reactor?
Because it's very expensive!
You can find out all about Nuclear Reactors in the Nuclear Power guide.