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The Aether II Guide - Terrain


The Aether is dangerous and you should not go alone. Take this edition of the guide with you! This time we cover the terrain in this exciting new dimension, and there is a lot to cover with a mod this size. Find out what those colorful clouds do, what properties the new ores have and more…

You're currently reading the “Terrain” portion of this Aether II guide. Click on any of the following to view the rest:

Getting Started - Mobs - Terrain - Equipment - Dungeons

To start, here's a list of all the terrain features (basically they're blocks) covered in this guide (click the name to view the block):

  • Aether Tree
  • Golden Oak
  • Cold Aerocloud
  • Green Aerocloud
  • Purple Aerocloud
  • Storm Aerocloud
  • Icestone
  • Zanite
  • Ambrosium
  • Gravitite
  • Continuum

Aether Tree

We begin with the simplest of the terrain features. The Aether tree is a common occurrence, and a sight you will be seeing often while in the Aether. While it's leaves can be of different color and the tree itself can vary in size, all of the trees but the Golden Oak are made of Skyroot, the wood of the Aether if you will. You can use Skyroot to craft regular wood products like craft planks, sticks, benches, stairs, fences and even skyroot buckets! You can also make tools and weapons which are the weakest tier in the mod.

Golden Oak

A Golden Oak is a special kind of tree that spawns uncommonly in the Aether. You can recognize it by it's shining gold leaves and wood infused with gold. It also has a gold particle effect around it so it's pretty hard to miss. Cutting down a golden oak log will, besides the log itself, sometimes also drop a Golden Amber, a special item used in the crafting of dart shooters and golden darts.

Cold Aerocloud

The Aether is filled with clouds - clusters of semi-transparent blocks that have special properties. The most simple and common of these is the Cold Aerocloud. It can be found pretty much everywhere and is white. It's properties are similar to that of soulsand from the Nether - it will cause you to sink slowly but not fall through. It negates fall damage, so it is useful for vertical transport.

Green Aerocloud

This cloud is similar to the Purple Aerocloud. The green cloud blocks that make this aerocloud have a special property - they will throw anything that falls on them (including the player) in any direction. And when I say throw, I mean more send you flying for 20-30 blocks to a probable death.

Purple Aerocloud

Like it's green brother, this purple cloud will send you and anything else that falls onto it flying. The difference is that this cloud will send items flying in the opposite direction from the place they were dropped from (ie. you) and they will send you flying the direction of the gusts coming out of the cloud, so watch out for white particles near these clouds - that's where you're going if you're not careful enough.

Tip: If you're trying to harvest a Purple Aerocloud, it will likely send the drops flying and you'll lose them. Get around this by building a dirt prison around the cloud before harvesting.

Storm Aerocloud

A Storm Aerocloud is a block that's still in the works. It's dark blue, and has the same properties as a cold aerocloud - meaning you sink to its bottom and it negates fall damage, however it's name suggests it will be tied into a storm system that has not been added to the Alpha as of yet.


Icestone is an uncommon block I mostly found at the cliffs of islands. It's only use is that it freezes water around it when placed.


Zanite is a new material tier in the Aether. Pictured is Zainte ore, which when destroyed drops Zanite Gemstones which can be used in crafting weapons, tools, armor and more. The special ability of Zanite is that it gets stronger the less durability it has, so tools made of Zanite will start as weak as wood but grow to be stronger than Diamond by the time they break. It is considered the iron equivalent from the overworld and is the 2nd most common of the 4 Aether ores.


Ambrosium is another Aether material, considered the weakest of the 4 Aether ores and equal to coal from the overworld. When Ambrosium ore is destroyed Ambrosium shards are dropped which can be used as fuel for Altars or to color glass and grass (heh) gold by right-clicking. It is very common.


This is a special Aether material because it is very rare. Gravitite Ore actually floats upwards, so you will only find it at the bottom of islands. Enchanting Gravitite Ore gives you Enchanted Gravitite which can be used to craft armor and tools, or crafted into a block which floats up only upon receiving a redstone current.


The rarest of the 4 Aether ores, Continuum Ore is randomly spawned anywhere in the Aether. Upon digging it you will receive a Continuum orb. Using it will give you a random item, anything from a stick to the most epic dungeon weapon can be spawned from a Continuum Orb, even items usually unobtainable in-game. There are reports of it giving  glitched items, causing crashes until you fix the save file by deleting the item using a third party tool.

Author's note: This is just one of many bugs The Aether II Alpha has. Alpha is alpha, so there will be plenty of bugs. I usually do not point them out because of this, but this one seemed a big enough issue that I made an exception.

So there you have it, another look on The Aether II Alpha, a mod we all love to play. Stay tuned for more issues of the guide. There's still more to cover!

If you haven't gotten it already, the mod can be downloaded here:

Click here to download The Aether II Alpha mod!

Installation instructions:

  1. Force update Minecraft so you get a nice clean .jar file to mod.
  3. Use the downgrade tool to downgrade to 1.5.1. and launch Minecraft to check if it worked.
  4. Now, Install the Forge API, Player API and Player Render API, in that order.
  5. Run Minecraft at least once.
  6. Click here to download The Aether II Alpha mod!
  7. Put the downloaded .zip file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  8. Play!

Did you find any cool uses for the Aeroclouds and their special properties? As always, feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section below.