Now that The Aether II mod is finally out (though in alpha capacity), it's time for our comprehensive guide on what to expect playing it. The guide is split into parts, the first one being “Getting Started”, which is what you are reading right now. Read on to learn how to download and install the mod, get to the Aether and prepare to take on your first dungeon…
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Getting Started - Mobs - Terrain - Equipment - Dungeons
Ok so before you can play the mod you naturally need to install it properly. The Aether II is currently only for 1.5.1, so you have to downgrade from 1.5.2. This step will not be necessary once the mod updates to 1.5.2, whichis supposed to be soon. So here's what you do:
- Force update Minecraft so you get a nice clean .jar file to mod.
- Get THE TOOL FOR DOWNGRADING HERE.
- Use the downgrade tool to downgrade to 1.5.1. and launch Minecraft to check if it worked.
- Now, Install the Forge API, Player API and Player Render API, in that order.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Click here to download The Aether II Alpha mod!
- Put the downloaded .zip file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
There you go, you now have the Aether II installed and ready to go. Before you build a portal you should have some supplies with you. I recommend packing light: iron armor and tools, some food (not too much, there's food in the Aether), a bucket of water, some dirt/planks for climbing and some glass and/or other building materials if you want a pretty house.You will be able to return to the overworld from the Aether using the portal, so don't stress too much.
To build a portal, make the regular portal shape you would make for The Nether, just with glowstone, then pour water in and it will be ready to go. When you go through the portal, you will most likely end up somewhere in the air. This is where the dirt and water bucket come in. You should build a bridge towards the closest land mass, then make a waterfall down using the water bucket. This is the easiest way to get down. You can build proper stairs later.
Your goal now is to obtain better armor and items, food and set up shelter. Let's start with food. In the Aether, there are several food sources, but I found it best in the start to look for berries. Berries grow on bushes which look like leaf blocks just with berries on them. They are fairly common and drop several berries, making it a great starting food source.
Next up, you need to set up shelter. I recommend building your house as close to the portal as possible so that when you need die or need to go to the overworld, it's always close-by. The Aether doesn't have any of the normal building blocks you're used to, but it does have equivalents. You can cut down trees to make planks and then craft stairs, craft benches and fences from them like you would regular wood. Holystone, Aether's version of stone, drops a cobble from when dug, but can be cooked and crafted for some nice looking bricks.
Finally, to be able to brave this beautiful, but deadly new dimension, you need proper armor. The armor I recommend before attempting dungeons is Zanite. You can craft tools with skyroot and holystone, which are equivalent to overworld wood and stone. Craft a holystone pickaxe (just break some holystone and craft it with skyroot sticks) and go looking for a purple ore. Use it to craft your new armor and tool set. It will be more useful than the iron you came here with, and it has a special ability - it gets better the more you use it.
And there you have it, you are now ready to begin fully exploring the Aether, fighting new monsters and exploring deep dungeons. Or are you? More knowledge never hurts, so stay tuned for the other installment of The Aether II guide featuring everything else in the mod like Mobs, Blocks, Items and the magnificent Dungeons.
If you haven't gotten it already, the mod can be downloaded here:
Click here to download The Aether II Alpha mod!
So now that the Aether is finally here, how are you enjoying it? Are you playing non-stop or are you trying to consume it slowly? Let us know in the comment section below!