Mining is an activity that generally becomes available once you have a shovel and a pick.


The topography of the world is rather predictable.

Layer Materials Found Required Tool
0 Dirt, Seed none (Hands OK)
1 Gravel


2+ Stone, other things Pick
5+ Potential Lava flow --

Any pick will suffice for mining stone, although picks do have depth restrictions based on the durability of the pick. 


There are three ways to shaft: a vertical drop, a 45 degree slant, and a horizontal branch. They have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Horizontal BranchEdit

The horizontal branch does not increase depth, so you will be unable to find more valuable metals and gems. However, going back is easy and does not require any sort of climbing mechanism such as stairs or ropes.

Slant MiningEdit

The slant mine increases depth. Going back requires either a staircase (which costs 6 rocks) or 1 cord of rope. Note that this is a one-time cost, and additionally you only have to create an access route starting depths at least 3.

Vertical MiningEdit

There is a risk for vertical mining in deeper depths, which is falling into lava. However, an advantage is that you do not need to light up the way in order to uncover new materials (due to the light falling directly above you). Going back requires a larger expenditure of a vertical staircase (10 rocks) or 2 cords of rope.

Materials FoundEdit

Materials are uncovered by providing a sufficient lighting source.

Materials are described fairly vaguely and until you get a better method of classifying minerals you get these vague descriptors:

By ColorEdit

Color Possible Material
Red Cinnabar, Ruby, Redstone

Sulfur, Gold, Sandstone

Green Emerald, Verdigris, Uranium, Admantine, Kryptonite
Blue Cobalt, Lapis Lazuli, Mithril, Sapphire, Lead
Purple Amethyst, Entropite
Silver Silver, Tin, Aluminum, Platinum, Nickel, Iron
Clear Diamond, Quartz
Black Onyx, Coal, Obsidian, Lodestone, Lithium

Copper, Garnet

White Chalk, Calcite, Salt, Zinc, Limestone
Orange Topaz, Chroniton
Gray Titanium, Tungsten

You can identify minerals by how hard they are (based on pick strength) as well, or how deep you find them.

By HardnessEdit


Bone Pick Tin, Copper, Chalk, Sandstone, Limestone

Wood Pick

Stone Pick

Above, also Coal, Cinnabar, Lapis Lazuli, Verdigris

Copper Pick

Tin Pick

Above, also Silver, Gold, Salt, Calcite

Bronze Pick

Above, also Iron, Quartz, Sulfur
Iron Pick Above, also Topaz, Lead, Redstone, Lodestone
Steel Pick Above, also Zinc, Aluminum, Nickel,  Obsidian
Gem Pick All Gemstones
Steel Drill Steel Pick Materials, also Lithium, Uranium, Titanium
Titanium Drill Steel Drill Materials, also Cobalt, Tungsten
Diamond Drill Titanium Drill Materials, Gem Pick Materials, Mithril
Mithril Drill Above, also Admantium and Kryptonite
Admantium Drill Above, also Chroniton and Entropite

By DepthEdit

Depth Materials
2 Copper, Tin, Cinnabar, Lead, Coal
3 Copper, Tin, Verdigris, Lead, Coal, Iron
4 Copper, Tin, Lapis Lazuli, Silver, Coal, Iron, Salt
5 Zinc, Lodestone, Sulfur, Gold, Nickel, Iron, Limestone, Topaz
6 Zinc, Redstone, Cobalt, Platinum, Nickel, Aluminum, Sandstone, Garnet, Onyx
7 Zinc, Lapis Lazuli, Cobalt, Lithium, Tungsten, Aluminum, Calcite, Chalk, Ruby, Sapphire
8 Mithril, Verdigris, Chroniton, Lithium, Tungsten, Titanum, Quartz, Emerald
9 Mithril, Cinnabar, Entropite, Uranium, Titanium, Diamond
10 Admantium, Chroniton, Uranium
11 Admantium, Entropite
12 Kryptonite

You can also identify them if you have a classification tool. Typically, more valuable minerals are found deeper.

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