I’ve always felt that the underground of minecraft didn’t get enough attention. They have, what, 15+ biomes for the surface of minecraft, yet only one for underground. You spend most of your time on survival mode underground looking for ores and items to help you build up your world and survive (I do, at least). This mod fixed that by adding a ton of new types of stone. The first ones you’ll see are the Seimentary rock, which are Limestone, Chalk, Shale, Siltstone, Lignite, Flint, Greywacke, and Chert. When broken they give you their respective blocks, not cobblestone or cobblestone versions of them (kind of like sand, but they’re not affected by gravity). Picture of all of them:
They appear in the same order as I listed them. These are pretty boring and don’t do much. I don’t believe you can use them to craft anything. They’re basically just dirt that you can’t plant anything on. The next ones, which are Igneous Rock, can be used to make anything you could make out of regular cobblestone. You can make cobblestone with it by putting four in a square in a crafting table (just in case you have a mod that needs cobblestone for recipes). Here’s a picture of all of the Igneous rocks, along with their cobblestone and brick versions. From left to right; Red Granite, Black Granite, Rhyolite, Andesite, Gabbro, Basalt, Komatiite, and Epidote:
The brick slabs are on the very top. It’s also worth noting now that normal stone is almost completely removed with this mod, and there are no stairs with these bricks. If you try making stairs with the new stone bricks it will give you normal stone brick stairs. All other recipes are the same. The next rocks are Metamorphic. All of the rocks are listed by the depth which they appear, starting from the surface. These are the deepest. They are Gneiss, Eclogite, Marble, Quartzite, Blue Schist, Green Schist, Soapstone, and Migmatite. This is what they look like:
This mod also adds in other new items and blocks. You’ll find massive clusters of Lignite (and when I say massive, I mean massive. I’ve found one vein three layers thick at about 32×32 in size. And you thought you had a lot of coal). This stuff is very weak coal, only burning for one item. It can be made into normal coal, but you need nine of them. It’s up to you whether to lose efficiency for inventory space, or to lose inventory space for efficiency. Picture of the ore and item:
Picture of a cluster of Lignite:
Not quite as big as the one I described, but you can see how massive it would be without the gap in the middle.
Anthracite is made by putting four coal in a crafting table, and it will cook 32 items inside of a furnace. No fuel efficiency lost with this one, just sweet inventory space gained. The mod also changes the way ore generates, and you can turn it off if you need/want to. If you have a mod that adds ores into minecraft, you’ll want to turn it off.
This mod also has a place in creative mode, giving you a ton of new decorating options. I don’t see much of a reason not to download it, except that the item names are a bit hard to say. On a side note, all of these rocks do exist in real life, which is pretty cool in my opinion. It also takes the blame for the weird names off of the mod maker and puts it on the geologists.
Underground Biomes Mod for Minecraft 1.6.2 Main Features
- 22 new types of stone
- A more common and weaker form of coal
- A way to store coal
- New ore generation, which can be toggled
Underground Biomes Mod for Minecraft 1.6.2 Pros and Cons
- More variety underground
- New stuff to make buildings out of
- Coal is a whole lot less annoying
- The names of the rocks are weird
- There’s a new form of coal to fill your inventory with
- Some people don’t like the textures, I personally don’t mind them though
- The rocks don’t stack, which is a bit of a nuisance early on
- Cobblestone has been removed almost completely
Underground Biomes Mod for Minecraft 1.6.2 Changelog
- New Russian, Hungarian, French, German localizations
- Replaced flint with dolomite
- Updated to Minecraft 1.6.2
How to Install Underground Biomes Mod for Minecraft 1.6.2
- Install Minecraft Forge
- Download the Underground Biomes Mod
- Open the downloaded archive, then the ”Add Contents to Mod Folder” folder within it
- Add the files from there into your mods folder
- Run Minecraft and enjoy.