Although mining plays a large role in vanilla Minecraft, the system is not as deep as some players would like. By default, players are restricted to just a few different types of ores, and that has led some players to pursue modding in order to fully flesh out Minecraft’s mining system.
One mining mod called Metallurgy 2 seeks to blow all other mining mods out of the water. Metallurgy 2 enhances Minecraft’s mining system in a number of ways. It adds over 48 new types of ore into the game, and it provides a more balanced and configurable mining experience.
While we won’t list all of the new types of metals here, suffice to say that there are plenty. Metals are separated into six different classes:
Base metals: Base metals include copper, tin, manganese, steel, and others. Base metals provide further variety between stone and diamond, with steel being equivalent to diamond although less durable.
Precious metals: Zinc, silver, platinum, brass, and electrum are the new precious metals that have been added into Minecraft through Metallurgy 2. The main advantage of these metals is that they create tools or weapons with a high enchantability rating. Although the metals have low durability, they can be fitted with some very powerful enchantments.
Nether metals: This is where the Metallurgy metals start to have strange sounding names. Nether metals include things like Ignatius, Shadow Steel, Adluorite, and Vulcanite, among others. These metals can only be found in the Nether, and some of the metals can be used as fuel. In order to make refining these nether ores as easy as possible, the mod also adds an item called the Smelter, which is a lava-powered furnace that players can use in the nether.
Fantasy metals: Many fantasy metals will be familiar to those who have read Lord of the Rings or played Dungeons and Dragons-type games. Fantasy metals include items like Mithril, Tartarite, Black Steel, Quicksilver, and others. Fantasy metals spawn anywhere in the world, although they are relatively rare. The main advantage of fantasy metals is that they have a high enchantability rating, although fantasy metals can also be turned into Experience Orbs through a special item called the Abstracter.
Ender metals: Ender metals, as the name suggests, are only found in the Ender. There are three types of Ender metals, including Eximite, Meutoite, and Desichalkos. Desichalkos is a powerful alloy that can be used to create weapons, armor and tools, and it can only be created by combining Eximite and Meutoite together.
Utility ores: Utility ores include recognizable ores like Potash, Bitumen, Sulfur, and Magnesium. These utility ores can be used for a number of different purposes. Metallurgy 1.6 has added a range of recipes into the game that helps players maximize the usefulness of utility ores. Using utility ores, players can create things like fertilizer, gunpowder, and tar, for example.
That’s not all that the Metallurgy mod adds into Minecraft. Along with adding these new types of ores and metals, Metallurgy 2 includes hundreds of new recipes and items. Each metal tier that we listed above comes with its own unique machine that helps players use the metals in that tier. Crushers, for example, help players break down base metals, while Abstracters are used to transmute fantasy metals. Each of these machines can be upgraded in order to expand their usefulness.
If you’ve grown bored of the vanilla Minecraft mining system and you want to see a range of new features added into the game, then Metallurgy 2 certainly accomplishes that goal. With over 48 new types of ores and metals to discover, Metallurgy 1.6 is one of the most ambitious mods in the Minecraft community today.
How to install Metallurgy 2 Mod for Minecraft 1.7.4/1.7.2/1.6.4
Step 1) Download and install Minecraft Forge, then make sure it’s running properly by opening Minecraft and getting to the title screen
Step 2) Download Metallurgy 2 from its official forum thread. If you just want the basic Metallurgy 2 install, you can download Metallurgy Core. If you want access to all of the metals we’ve listed above, then download the additional metal sets from that same forum thread.
Step 3) Drag and drop the Metallurgy Core .zip folder into the .minecraft/mods folder
Step 4) Drag and drop the Metal Sets .zip folders into the .minecraft/mods folder
Step 5) Start playing and enjoy!