Base Metals by Dr. Cyano

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Base Metals / Credit: Dr. Cyano

This mod adds historically commonly used metals to Minecraft, specifically silver, copper, tin, lead, zinc, mercury, and nickel. You will also find a number of metal alloys in this mod and a new tool: the Crack Hammer.

Fantasy metals have been added to the Nether and the End:

  • Cold Iron
  • Mithril
  • Adamantine
  • Star Steel

Metals and Alloys

Spoiler for atural Metals

  • Copper: Copper is soft, easy to work, and fairly abundant. It is needed to make bronze and brass metal alloys.
  • Silver: Silver is a soft, shiney metal that is valued for both is beauty and its alchemical uses.
  • Tin: Tin is an extremely soft metal that is not useful by itself, but can be combined with copper to make bronze, a metal alloy nearly as strong as iron.
  • Lead: Lead is a very soft metal that is best known for being very heavy and somewhat toxic. Lead tools are fragile, but can dish out a lot of damage when used as weapons.
  • Zinc: Like tin, zinc is worthless on its own, but can be used to make the metal ally brass.
  • Mercury: This toxic liquid metal has many alchemical uses. The Mirthril metal alloys requires mercury.
  • Nickel: This metal is as soft as copper, but it has alchemical properties and forms the invar metal alloy when mixed with iron.


Spoiler for etal Alloys

  • Metal alloys are made by crafting together the powdered forms of the required metals, and then smelting the resulting alloy blend in a furnace.
  • Bronze: This alloy of copper and tin (3:1 ratio) is as hard as iron, but not quite as durable.
  • Brass: This alloy of copper and zinc (2:1 ratio) is soft, but has a beautiful golden color.
  • Steel: This alloy of iron and carbon (8:1 ratio) is as hard as iron and much more durable.
  • Invar: This alloy of iron and nickel (2:1 ratio) is harder than steel, but less durable.
  • Electrum: This alloy of silver and gold (1:1 ratio) can be enchanted like gold, but is slightly more durable.


Spoiler for antasy Metals

  • Cold-Iron (found in the Nether): Cold-Iron is a magical metal that is as strong as iron. Tools made from Cold Iron are extra effective against denizens of the Nether and any creature that is immune to fire.
  • Adamantine (found in the Nether): Adamantine is a rare magical metal that is as strong as diamond, maybe even stronger. Armor made from Adamantine grants resistance to damage and tools made from adamantine are extra effective against monsters that have more than 10 hearts of health.
  • Mithril: Mithril is an alloy of alloy of silver, mercury, and cold-iron (2:1:1 ratio). It is as strong as steel and Mithral weapons are extra effective against undead.
  • Star-Steel (found in the End): Armor made from Star Steel reduces the weight of the wearer, allowing the wearer to jump higher and fall slower. Star-Steel tools slowly repair themselves while held.


Crack Hammer

Also known as a sledgehammer, this tool is designed for pulverizing rocks. Using this tool on ores will cause them to drop powdered metal instead of the standard ore block. Use can then use the powdered metals to make metal alloy mixes or just smelt the powder into ingots. You can crush items by dropping them on the ground and then right-clicking on the ground beneath the items.