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FTB Revelation is a large, general-purpose Feed The Beast and CurseForge modpack created by the FTB Team. This page is a walkthrough guide that is meant to help you get started with playing the modpack by introducing its various mods little by little as you progress through the game. The guide covers the 3.2.1 version of the modpack that was released on Tue 29 October 2019.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

There are many reasons for trying out modded Minecraft. Perhaps you’re getting a bit bored of vanilla Minecraft, want additional content, or find the base game lacks something you think ought to be there. You might have seen videos or streams of people playing modded and found it intriguing. Maybe your friend plays this modpack and wants you to play with them. Whatever your motivation may be, I hope you find this guide useful in helping you get acquainted with the basics that FTB Revelation can offer you!

Of course, you do not need to follow this guide to start playing. You can 100% figure out everything by yourself if that’s how you prefer it. This step-by-step guide is only intended to provide you with some hand-holding early on if anything is confusing you. You can also stray away from the guide at any point as soon as you feel like you would rather discover things for yourself. After all, this is an open-world sandbox game – isn't that kind of the point?

If you have any constructive criticism, feedback or comments regarding this guide, you can post it in the Discussion page. You are also free to make further edits, updates and additions to this guide if you wish. After all, this is a wiki – isn't that kind of the point?

Installation[edit | edit source]

The easiest way to get into modded Minecraft and FTB Revelation is by installing a modpack launcher and using that launcher to access all your modpacks you wish to play. Twitch Desktop App used to have support for FTB modpacks but dropped it, so your best bet is MultiMC. It is free, open-source and available for Windows, macOS and Linux.

  1. Download the latest version of MultiMC from their website at https://multimc.org/ and install it as instructed.
  2. Download the latest version of FTB Revelation from CurseForge at https://www.curseforge.com/minecraft/modpacks/ftb-revelation. You should receive a .zip archive file. You do not need to open it.
  3. Run the MultiMC launcher.
  4. Click the Add Instance button or the Create Instance dropdown menu item.
  5. Click the Import from zip menu item.
  6. Click the Browse button and locate the .zip file containing the latest version of FTB Revelation.
  7. Click OK to add the modpack to the launcher.
  8. Launch the installed modpack. The initialization screen takes some time to prepare all the mods. This is normal.
  9. When the initialization is done, you can start playing FTB Revelation!

Disclaimers[edit | edit source]

Some notes before we get started:

  • This guide assumes a basic understanding of the mechanics of vanilla (i.e. non-modded version of) Minecraft, such as how to move, how to interact with blocks, how to craft, how to mine and how to attack. If you have not played vanilla at all, here's a guide for complete newcomers.
  • When you start playing FTB Revelation for the first time, you are advised to reconsider some things that you are used to doing in vanilla. For instance, if you do not mine
    Coal Ore and do not smelt
    Iron Ore right away, you can get much more out of these resources a bit later on.
  • This guide aims in sustainability and zero waste, i.e. trying to get as much out from natural resources as possible and preferring renewable resources. As an example, use
    Charcoal for fuel and leave
    Coal Ore to the ground until you can craft yourself a Silk Touch tool to harvest it. It also assumes that you want to start gathering tool experience, so we are going to acquire the basic Tinkers' Construct toolset from the very start.
  • This guide is animal friendly, i.e. you do not need to kill, hurt, imprison or otherwise harm any animals to use this guide. As an example, to craft a
    Bed, harvest
    Flax or
    Cotton and craft
    Wool instead of shearing sheep. However, unless you are playing on Peaceful difficulty, you will inevitably come across some monsters and will have to attack them to protect yourself. Since this guide aims in zero waste, it would be a shame to leave all that loot behind, wouldn't it? As such, stuff like Bones are fair game. You can ponder for yourself whether or not you consider it ethical to kill Spiders in broad daylight when they are not hostile.

These ideals are followed in order to create a guide that is accessible, optimized and of high quality. Of course, if you don't mind wasting some resources or time or abusing some animals, nothing can stop you from branching out to the dark side.

First impressions[edit | edit source]

When you first spawn, you should start out with an
Akashic Tome in your inventory. Click the right mouse button with the tome in your hand to display a list of in-game manuals for various mods included in the modpack. Select a manual from the list and the Akashic Tome will transform into that manual, which you can then access with the right mouse button. To reset the Akashic Tome back to the manual list mode, point the manual at the sky or empty space and click the left mouse button. Probably the first manuals that you are going to use are
Materials and You, a book about the Tinkers' Construct mod, and its
Armory Addendum, another book covering Construct's Armory, the armor crafting add-on for Tinkers' Construct. The
Forge Lexicon might also come of use if you ever need to convert some resources to different mod variants, like changing
Marble (from Quark) to
Marble (from Astral Sorcery). Feel free to check out the rest too if you want.

You can see yourself on a minimap at the upper right corner of your screen. That is the JourneyMap mod and, by default, you should be able to access it in fullscreen view by pressing J on your keyboard. Over there, you can also make changes to waypoints. For example, if you die, it creates a waypoint where you were found dead, and you might want to remove that waypoint at some point. Or, if you find a dungeon entrance, a lava lake or something else you want to get back to, you can add a new waypoint there.

When you open your inventory, you will see all the blocks, items and elements listed as a grid. That is the Just Enough Items (JEI) mod. You can search for any block and its crafting recipe by writing its name in the input field and clicking its icon. Clicking with the left mouse button or pressing R will show you the recipe for that item, whereas clicking with the right mouse button or pressing U will show you the uses for that item. Pressing R and U also works in the inventory, so you can check recipes and uses for any items you have acquired without needing to type their names in the input field. If there are any recipes that are not yet documented in this wiki, you can always check the available recipes with this method, so you will likely be using this functionality quite a bit.

Toolset[edit | edit source]

Even with all the possible mods imaginable, some quirks never change, so go gather 5
Wood by punching a tree or two. You might notice that as you get rid of all the wood blocks of a tree, the leaves decay much quicker than in vanilla – that's the Quick Leaf Decay mod at work. The decaying leaves will probably drop some saplings; use them to replant the tree and save extras for yourself.
Oak is preferred because it is abundant, easy to farm and occasionally drops
Apples, but practically any Wood will do at this point. Just don't clog up all your inventory space with all those new fancy mod trees!

When you have 5
Wood, craft a basic Tinkers' Construct workshop: 8
Blank Patterns, a
Tool Station, a
Part Builder and a
Stencil Table. Place the blocks on the ground and the
Blank Patterns on the
Stencil Table.

Tinkers' Construct tools have a number of benefits. They gather tool experience, meaning you will become better at using the tool over time. They also offer a lot of variability and customization options. So, let's make you some cool new tools, shall we? You will use the
Stencil Table to craft patterns, use those patterns on the
Part Builder to craft tool parts, and use those tool parts on the
Tool Station to craft the actual tools. Use the Stencil Table to craft these patterns first:

Now use the
Part Builder to craft the first tool parts with the
Tool Rod Pattern,
Binding Pattern and
Axe Head Pattern. Repeat this process for each of the patterns:

  1. Place the pattern on the
    Part Builder.
  2. Place the required amount of
    Wood Planks on the
    Part Builder.
  3. Pick up your new tool part.

Finally, use the
Tool Station to craft your first tool: select the
Hatchet from the lefthand side menu, place your tool parts in the Tool Station and craft a
Wooden Hatchet.

Gather at least 10 more
Wood with your new
Hatchet and craft some more:

By now, you probably figured out that you can craft the tool parts from something else other than
Wood, of course. Every material has one or more traits associated with it, and the traits can vary depending on what tool part you use the material for. Since you get one trait for each tool part, it is usually a good idea to use different suitable materials for each part, so you will get as much traits as you can for the tool. Then again, some traits also stack, so you might get better traits if you use the same material for several parts. Materials also affect the durability of the tool in different ways, and the material used for the head tool part determines the tool's mining level and speed, attack rating and what materials can be used to repair the tool.

That is a lot of variables to take into account, but basically at this point in the game, you want to craft your tool handles out of
Wood and tool heads out of
Cobblestone. After a while, you can upgrade your tools to also use
Stone Bindings,
Flint heads,
Bone Tool Rods or
Cactus guards, for example.

Gather 10
Cobblestone with your new
Wooden Pickaxe and craft:

Place your
Wooden Hatchet on the
Tool Station along with a
Stone Axe Head and pick up your upgraded tool. Neat! Do the same with the
Wooden Pickaxe and the
Stone Pickaxe Head. Next, using the
Stone Axe Head and the
Stone Shovel Heads, craft two more Tinkers' Construct tools: the
Stone Shovel, and the
Stone Mattock.

If your tools run out of durability, they get broken but not removed from your inventory. Whenever you want to repair a tool, you can either:

  • put the tool on the
    Tool Station along with the material that was used to craft the head of the tool. For example, if you have a
    Mattock crafted from a
    Stone Axe Head and a
    Wooden Shovel Head, you can use either stone or wood to repair it.
  • craft
    Sharpening Kits on the
    Part Builder out of the material that was used to craft the head of the tool, and use them on the go by putting them to a crafting grid along with the tool you want to repair.

That covers the basics of how to craft and repair tools in Tinkers' Construct. Maybe now you want to craft yourself a
Stone Broadsword to protect yourself, or a
Stone Kama to pick up
Grass or to shear
Wool from sheep, for example. You might also want to consider replacing the
Wooden Bindings with
Stone Bindings, or using other materials for your tools, such as
Flint,
Cactus,
Bone or
Paper. You can check out all the material qualities in the
Materials and You in-game manual, and search for more information online in case something is explained vaguely.

Let there be light![edit | edit source]

Craft a
Furnace and smelt 1
Wood to create
Charcoal. Put the
Charcoal in your crafting grid and you will get 8
Tiny Charcoal. They each smelt one item, so this is a way for you to make sure you get everything out of your
Charcoals at this point in the early game.

Smelt a bit more
Wood, and you should now have enough
Charcoal to craft some
Torches. Alternatively, you can create Stone Rods out of
Cobblestone and use them to craft
Stone Torches, or use those
Tiny Charcoals to craft some cute
Tiny Torches. Pushing F7 will show you any places where the light level may become so dark that monsters can spawn there.

Agriculture[edit | edit source]

Another thing you should do is gather and plant some seeds and plants. Try to find at least
Seeds (drop from
Grass),
Rice Seeds (found near beaches),
Flax Seeds (flowers growing near Grass),
Sugar Canes (next to water sources) and
Cacti (deserts).

If you find at least 3
Apples, put them to the crafting grid with any
Sapling and you can create an
Apple Sapling. When it grows into an apple tree, you can right-click its ripe fruits to get a steady source of
Apples.

Don't like waiting for all your crops, plants, trees and fruits to grow? Craft a
Watering Can, put it in your hand and hold the right mouse button while looking at
Water to fill the can with water. Now that it's full, you can use the
Watering Can's water by right-clicking growing crops, plants, saplings and fruits to speed up their growth, similar to
Bone Meal albeit slower.

When you till
Dirt or
Grass blocks, you might occasionally come across some
Worms. If you place them on
Dirt or
Grass, they start tilling the soil for you into
Farmland. They come in real handy early-game when you don't have
Buckets yet to carry
Water around, but if this sort of symbiotic relationship with
Worms is too much animal cruelty for you, you can always find a body of water and grow your plants at the beach instead. Or, if you have a lot of
Bones, you might want to utilize
Fertile Soil. To passively speed up the growth of
Sugar Canes,
Cactus and other plants that normally grow on
Sand, you can craft yourself some Snad.

When you have gathered the resources (or at least most of them – e.g.
Cacti can be a bit tricky to find in some environments, but don't sweat it), you should find a place where you want to build your base. You likely want to live nearby a body of water, at least initially, so that you can craft a
Boat and start exploring the nearby shoreline efficiently. When you have harvested enough
Flax to acquire 12
String, refine them into 3
Wool and craft yourself a cozy
Bed. Good night!

Storage[edit | edit source]

Since you have gathered quite a bit of items by now, you might have already crafted some vanilla
Chests. You will most certainly want to upgrade those to
Small Storage Crates by crafting
Chest To Storage Crate Upgrades. These single-block crates have 13×9=117 item slots, which means more space for your junk than what four vanilla
Chests offer. Furthermore, you can upgrade them later on to
Medium Storage Crates and
Large Storage Crates.

If you have large quantities of certain items like
Cobblestone, you may also want to craft
Better Barrels or
Basic Drawers for this purpose. These can likewise both be upgraded later on to contain more items.

If you need to move crates, chests, barrels and drawers around, you can lift them with single-use
Wooden Chest Transporters.

Workshop[edit | edit source]

You should already have a
Crafting Station, a
Tool Station, a
Part Builder, a
Stencil Table, a
Part Chest, and a
Pattern Chest. Now craft an
Armor Station (we'll get to that in a minute), and you have your basic Tinkers' Construct blocks ready. You can of course put the workshop blocks where you want, but to get the most out of the modpack's functionalities, lay them out in front of you like so:


Small Storage Crate

Part Chest

Stencil Table

Pattern Chest

Crafting Station

Armor Station

Tool Station

Part Builder

Interacting with the workshop is now much more convenient:

Currently, there are a total of 43 different
Patterns and they are easy and cheap to craft, so at this point you might just as well craft the
Patterns for each possible tool part and store them all in your
Pattern Chest.

Now that you have settled on where to build your base, get your first building tool by crafting a
Stone Wand to make building the base faster and easier.

Patience, young padawan![edit | edit source]

Now you have your tools ready, but there are some things you might want to consider before heading off to mine:

  • If a block drops something else than the block itself (e.g.
    Coal Ore drops
    Coal,
    Redstone Ore drops
    Redstone,
    Diamond Ore drops
    Diamonds), you might not want to mine it until you get a tool with Silky Touch that does not break harvested blocks. In FTB Revelation, acquiring a tool like this is a bit easier, so wait if you have some patience.
  • You can mine ores, but do not smelt any of them yet. This goes for
    Iron Ore,
    Copper Ore,
    Tin Ore,
    Aluminum Ore,
    Gold Ore etc. This is because you will soon be able to process your ores so that they will generate two ingots per one ore – or even more!

Pack up[edit | edit source]

The Forestry mod adds a number of backpacks to the game, and they are useful for extending your inventory space. As long as you have 4
String (harvested from
Flax), 2
Wool (crafted from 8
String) and some
Wood, you can already craft yourself a
Foresting Backpack that stores all your different
Wood,
Saplings,
Seeds,
Wheat,
Rice Seeds,
Rice,
Flax Seeds and so on. You might also be interested in:

Suit up[edit | edit source]

Alright, let's craft you an armor next. Each armor piece in Construct's Armory consists of a Core, Plates and a Trim. At this point in the early game, arguably the best armor you can craft is made out of
Cactus Cores,
Bone Plates and
Wooden Trims, but if you haven't acquired enough of those materials just yet, feel free to use any materials you want. After all, you can gradually upgrade the armor to a better version if you wish.

  • Use the
    Stencil Table to craft a
    Pattern for each Armor Core, a
    Pattern for the Armor Plates, and a
    Pattern for the Armor Trim.
  • Then, use the
    Part Builder to craft each of the Armor Cores (e.g. from
    Cactus), 4 Armor Plates (e.g. from
    Bone), and 4 Armor Trims (e.g. from
    Wood).
  • Finally, use the
    Armor Station to craft each piece of armor from the Cores, Plates and Trims, and equip the armor once it is done.

If you want to replace any armor part, e.g. to upgrade to
Obsidian Plates, craft the new Plates, place them on the
Armor Station along with the armor piece you want to modify and pick up your new armor. Like with tools, you should be able to find all the information about the qualities of different armor materials qualities in the Armory Addendum in-game manual, check out the Construct's Armory wikipage, or alternatively search for more information online.

Enough crafting, let's mine![edit | edit source]

You now have a base, a bed, torches, tools, armor and plenty of inventory space for different items. As such, you are ready to delve into the depths of your first dungeons and finally get your loot game going.

Smeltery[edit | edit source]

As soon as you have found a few blocks of
Iron Ore and some
Lava, you're ready for your next task. Tinkers' Construct features a neat multiblock structure called the Smeltery. With it, you can, for instance:

  • Get double ingots from ore blocks by smelting them
  • Create tool parts out of metals and other materials by casting them
  • Blend metals and other materials together by alloying them

Smeltery parts are built from
Seared Bricks that are smelted from
Grout, which is a mixture of
Gravel,
Sand and
Clay. You will need at least 18 of each to get enough
Grout for building the tiniest possible Smeltery, and you need another 5
Sand to smelt some
Glass. However, the Smeltery is much more useful when it is even just a bit larger, so I advise you to get at least 80
Seared Bricks (so 40 of each
Gravel,
Sand and
Clay), and an additional 5
Sand to be turned into
Glass. With these, the Smeltery can smelt 4 items at once, and it's easier to see what's actually boiling inside. You can also expand the Smeltery later even further if you wish. Go dig!

The Smeltery uses
Lava as its fuel source. As you know from Vanilla, to acquire
Lava, you will need a
Bucket, and it requires three
Iron Ingots to craft one. Some people prefer to craft the
Quartz Grindstone solely for this purpose; I suggest you just use up 3
Iron Ore, since crafting the grindstone requires 3
Certus Quartz Crystals, and those are even more rare to come by than Iron. So, craft a
Bucket and go pick up some
Lava.

Once you have your materials ready – a
Lava Bucket, 80
Seared Bricks and 10
Glass – it's time to build all the different parts for the Smeltery. Craft these:

Lay out the blocks like so: (attach the
Faucets on the sides of the
Smeltery Drains)

















If your building skills are decent enough, the
Smeltery Controller should light up with fire particles validating all your hard work. It's alive!

You can now add
Lava to the
Seared Gauge by right-clicking it with the
Lava Bucket. However, if you have more
Lava, you can also create your first
Obsidian Pickaxe with the Smeltery. This is done like so:

Now you can go to the
Part Builder and craft yourself an
Obsidian Pickaxe Head. Or, you can craft an
Obsidian Sharpening Kit and put that, your existing
Flint Pickaxe and a
Flint to the
Tool Station to get a
Flint Pickaxe that can mine anything an
Obsidian Pickaxe could. Do you want a better pickaxe that requires
Obsidian for repairs, or a pickaxe that can be repaired with
Flint but has slower mining speed? The choice is yours!

To smelt ores into ingots, you need to place an
Ingot Cast on the
Casting Table. To create casts, you can use
Molten Gold, but
Molten Aluminum Brass is preferred due to its cheaper material costs. To get
Molten Aluminum Brass, put 3
Aluminum Ores and 1
Copper Ore to the
Smeltery Controller to alloy them. Smelt 1
Clay (item) in a regular
Furnace to acquire 1
Brick, take the
Brick in your hand and right-click the
Casting Table to place it there, and then right-click the Faucet over the
Casting Table to create the
Ingot Cast. You can create more casts out of the spare
Molten Aluminum Brass you have with this same method, or you can just smelt the rest of it into
Aluminum Brass Ingots with the
Ingot Cast and resmelt them later if you ever need additional casts.

Now that you know how smelting, casting and alloying in the Smeltery works, you can finally smelt some of that iron to receive double
Iron Ingots for every
Iron Ore you smelt. The same principle works for
Copper Ore,
Tin Ore and so on. Neat!

Since the Smeltery requires
Lava for fuel, you could really use a portable method of gathering it. Luckily, crafting
Stone Drums is really cheap. They can each hold up to 16 buckets of liquid and you can even stack them.

Power up[edit | edit source]

As you progress further, you can start building various machines to get even more out of your ores and to do much more fun stuff.

When you have acquired at least 8
Copper Ingots, 6
Iron Ingots, 4
Tin Ingots, 1
Gold Ingot and 5
Redstone, you can craft a
Survival Generator and a
Pulverizer. Place the
Survival Generator and the
Pulverizer next to each other. The
Survival Generator burns things like
Charcoal to produce electricity in the form of Redstone Flux (RF for short). This RF is then used by the
Pulverizer to crush your ores into two respective dusts, which you can then smelt in a furnace to get two ingots per ore. The
Pulverizer also creates some byproducts, so you might get some
Nickel Dust when crushing
Iron Ores,
Gold Dust when crushing
Copper Ores,
Iron Dust when crushing
Tin Ores, and so on.

As you build more machines, you likely want to hook them all up efficiently to the same power source. Craft 1
Transfer Node (Energy) and a stack of
Transfer Pipes. Plug the
Transfer Node on a side of your
Survival Generator and add
Transfer Pipes to the general direction where you want to place your machines. When you place the
Pulverizer and other machines beside the
Transfer Pipes, they should all receive RF power from the same
Survival Generator.

More machines also means more power demand, so you likely want to get a
Furnace Generator pretty soon. At some point, you may want to upgrade your power generation system to an easier setup than manually inserting
Charcoal to heat your generators. Mischief of Mice actually has a great YouTube tutorial on how to build a system that provides you with infinite amounts of renewable energy. Check it out at: Thermal Expansion: Infinite Renewable Energy Early Game! Minecraft 1.10+

Fly up[edit | edit source]

Want to explore, find villages and stuff? Farm 30
Rice, craft them into 20
Rice Dough, craft that into 20
Rice Slimeballs, craft them into
Slime Blocks, and craft them back into vanilla
Slimeballs. Now you can use those to craft yourself two items:
Slime Boots and the
Slimesling. Equip the
Slime Boots as your leg armor. If you fall from a great height, instead of getting fall damage the boots now make you bounce. Take the
Slimesling in your hand, go outside, look straight down, hold the right mouse button and release it after the sling has charged. Whee! The
Slimesling propels you to the distance opposite to where you are looking at when you release the slingshot. With these two items, it is now easy for you to start exploring the nearby landscape very fast. Even cavern exploring becomes easier with them. Just make sure you don't fall into a lava lake, as the boots won't protect you then!

The riceball method gets you enough
Slimeballs to get started, but it gets pretty slow when you start needing more of that stuff. Tinkers' Construct spawns floating slime islands in the Overworld, and you can now find them easier with the sling and the boots. Those islands feature slime trees with
Slimy Leaves that drop
Slimy Saplings. Climb up to those islands, get yourself some of those saplings, plant them on
Congealed Green Slime, and in the future, you can farm those slimes more conveniently.

Trade[edit | edit source]

When you have found your first villagers and struck a trade to acquire your first
Emerald, return to your base and craft a
Shipping Bin. You can now use that to sell various types of farmable items and get
Emeralds in return without having to travel to a village for that. Craft a
Market to also have the ability to buy yourself any farming resources that you might still lack.

Soften up… and crush down[edit | edit source]

Now that you have
Emeralds, you might as well craft a
Silky Jewel and attach it to your Tinkers' Construct pickaxe at the
Tool Station to get Silk Touch on it. This means you can now mine
Coal Ore,
Redstone Ore,
Lapis Lazuli Ore,
Diamond Ore,
Nether Quartz Ore,
Black Quartz Ore,
Certus Quartz Ore and a bunch of other ores that require Silk Touch to be harvested without breaking the blocks.

Although you already have the
Pulverizer, you want to craft two machines with the same name: an Extra Utilities 2
Crusher as well as an Actually Additions
Crusher. These will let you get the most out of your newly gathered ores.

Collecting experience[edit | edit source]

If you haven't died too much yet, you probably have gathered some experience that you wouldn't want to go to waste. When you have two
Emeralds and two
Lapis Lazuli, craft a
Tome of Knowledge and use it to store all your experience into it. If later you need experience levels e.g. for enchanting, use the tome while sneaking to gain the stored experience. Click V to make the tome in your inventory autocollect all the experience you receive from now on.

To infinity and beyond![edit | edit source]

Once you reach
Bedrock, expose some of it, get yourself some
Flint and Steel and light some of the
Bedrock blocks on fire. When the dust settles, this spawns a new crafting ingredient,
Grains of Infinity, that you can use to build various machines from Ender IO. Build a
Simple Alloy Smelter and a
Simple SAG Mill.

Now, use the
Simple SAG Mill to obtain
Clippings and Trimmings, make those into
Industrial Dye Blend, use that to craft the
Industrial Machine Chassis and use it to upgrade the
Simple SAG Mill into its more advanced version, the
SAG Mill. (You can also upgrade the
Simple Alloy Smelter into the
Alloy Smelter with a similar process.) Finally, you will need a
Basic Capacitor for the
SAG Mill to work, and you should also put in some
Flints to use as early-game grinding balls that will increase the
SAG Mill's output. With this setup, you get even more ingots per ore than the
Pulverizer gets you. You can also craft better grinding balls such as
Dark Steel Grinding Balls that grant you even more generous output rates, though keep in mind that those grinding balls also use up some of your resources.