Meta-Tools (GregTech 5)

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This page is about the Meta-Tools added by GregTech 5. For other uses, see Meta-Tools.

ModGregTech 5

GregTech 5, like many mods, adds several tools for mining or block manipulation. However, GregTech tools are not like the tools from other mods. GregTech tools are known as Meta-Tools, as they are generated as a part of the GregTech material dictionary Meta-Item system. All Meta-Tools have their own uses, but they also have certain properties shared across all of them.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Each Meta-Tool can only be used to break blocks appropriate to a tool. Unlike the Vanilla tool, a Pickaxe Meta-Tool may not break dirt, crops, torches, or any other block that is not explicitly harvestable by a Pickaxe. Likewise for each other type of tool - hoes may only harvest crops, swords and knives may only harvest leaves and cobwebs, and some outlier tools like crowbars may only harvest rail tracks, mining pipes, and select other blocks. The Universal Spade has the widest range of harvest ability, able to harvest anything that can be harvested by a Shovel, Saw, or Crowbar.

While other mods add individual tools for each of their materials, each tool an individual item, GregTech creates a set of tool templates, and fills in their material, properties, and durability as NBT data. As a result, when a GregTech tool is looked up in NEI, it will show a tool that has 0/0 durability, no coloration, and extremely low mining speed and attack damage statistics. Upon looking up the recipes for a Meta-Tool, there will be pages upon pages of them, each resulting in a tool with a differently colored head and made of a different material. Most Meta-Tools can be crafted out of almost any metal and many crystals, and will have mining speed, attack damage, mining level, and durability values corresponding to that metal. The most basic Meta-Tools are made of Flint, and are usually the main tools in the early game, since GregTech significantly reduces the durability of Vanilla tools.

The most noticeable aspect of the Meta-Tools is that they all appear to have absurdly high durability. The weakest tools have 3200 durability, most of the good ones have amounts in the hundreds of thousands. However, this absurdly high durability is somewhat misleading, as GregTech Meta-Tools take much more damage when used than conventional tools do. More importantly, when Meta-Tools are used to break blocks, they take durability damage proportional to the hardness of the broken block. Using a Shovel on a block of Sand causes it to take 25 damage; on a block of Gravel, 30 damage. Breaking a block of Stone deals 75 damage to a Pickaxe. Most Ores deal either 100 or 150 damage. Tools used for crafting will take between 100 and 800 damage, depending on the type of tool.

Meta-Tools cannot be enchanted in an Enchanting Table, but most materials give certain enchantment effects to tools they are made of. For example, Bronze, Iron, and Steel Swords gain levels of Sharpness. See #Material Properties for a list of all usable materials for most tools, including their Durability, Mining Speed, and innate Enchantment properties.

Common tools are crafted out of a Tool Head and a Stick. This gives the convenience that, when leaving for a mining run, a miner can take a stack of Sticks and several Tool Heads, allowing them to carry extra tools without having to give each extra tool its own inventory slot. Up to 16 of the same tool head can fit in a single inventory slot.

Meta-Tools also come in electric versions. #Electric Meta-Tools are more durable than conventional meta-tools, but must be charged and consume EU while in use. Electric Meta-Tools are not unbreakable the way other mods' powered tools are; every time they are used they have a 4% chance to take durability damage. Electric tools have increased mining speed when compared to basic tools, and the HV Drill can break blocks at one level above its head's material's normal mining level. The JackHammer is the fastest tool in GregTech, operating at 12x the speed of a standard Pickaxe of a given material, but it can only be used to break blocks that may be mined with an ordinary Pickaxe (unlike the Drill, it cannot break Shovel-harvestable blocks). While electric Meta-Tools can break, they can also be disassembled via the Disassembler. This allows the parts from damaged Drills and Chainsaws to be re-used, which can significantly reduce material expenses.

Properties[edit | edit source]

The attributes of a tool are determined by the material the tool is made of, combined with tool-specific modifiers. Durability and Mining Speed are multiplied against the material's base attributes, while Attack Damage is added to the material's base damage.

Meta-Tool Attributes
Tool Mining Speed Durability Base Damage Crafting Damage Properties
Axe 2.0x 1.0x 3.0 N/A Cuts down entire trees if the timber_axe config is enabled
Branch Cutter * 0.25x 0.25x 2.5 N/A Harvests saplings from Vanilla and Forestry leaves
Butchery Knife * 0.1x 1.0x 1.0 N/A Attacks slowly, has innate Looting enchantment
Buzzsaw * N/A 1.0x 1.0 100 Crafting tool, cannot harvest blocks
Crowbar * 1.0x 1.0x 2.0 100 Removes machine covers, opens crates, breaks tracks and mining pipes
File * N/A 1.0x 1.5 400 Crafting tool, cannot harvest blocks
Hard Hammer † 0.75x 1.0x 3.0 400 Crushes ores and stones
Hoe 1.0x 1.0x 1.75 N/A Harvests melons, pumpkins, and crops
Knife * 0.5x 1.0x 2.0 100 Harvests cobwebs and leaves
Mortar 1.0x 1.0x 2.0 400 Crafting tool, cannot harvest blocks
Pickaxe 1.0x 1.0x 1.5 N/A
Plow 1.0x 1.0x 1.0 N/A Harvests snow in an area, does extra damage to Snow Golems
Plunger N/A 0.25x 1.25 N/A Removes fluids from machines
Rolling Pin N/A 1.0x 2.0 100 Crafting tool, cannot harvest blocks
Saw * 1.0x 1.0x 1.75 200 Crafting tool, can also harvest wooden blocks
Scoop * 1.0x 1.0x 1.0 N/A Harvests beehives
Screwdriver * 1.0x 1.0x 1.5 400 Adjusts machine and cover settings
Sense 1.0x 4.0x 3.0 N/A Harvests crops and leaves in an area
Shovel 1.0x 1.0x 1.5 N/A
Soft Hammer † 0.1x 8.0x 3.0 800 Turns machines on and off
Soldering Iron * 1.0x 1.0x 1.5 N/A Repairs circuits in Maintenance Hatch. (GT5-U only)
Sword 1.0x 1.0x 4.0 N/A
Universal Spade 0.75x 1.0x 3.0 400 Is a Crowbar, Axe, Saw, and Shovel
Wire Cutter * 1.0x 1.0x 1.25 400 Harvests wires and cables
Wrench * 1.0x 1.0x 3.0 800 Harvests machines and pipes, rotates machines

* Requires a Smashable, non-Bouncy tool material. This excludes Wood, Rubber, Plastic, Gems, most types of Stone and softer materials such as Redstone and Saltpeter.
† Wood or Bouncy tool materials (such as Rubber and Plastic) craft a Soft Hammer instead of a Hard Hammer. All other materials craft a Hard Hammer.

Changes to Vanilla Recipes[edit | edit source]

Vanilla tools are still functional, but their durability is greatly reduced. The recipes of tools made with Gold, Iron, and Diamond are changed to require a File and Hammer to craft. Vanilla tools are still a viable alternative to Meta-Tools. Since their durability loss per block broken is constant, when breaking hard blocks such as Obsidian, a Vanilla tool will be able to break many more blocks than the corresponding Meta-Tool before running out of durability.

Electric Meta-Tools[edit | edit source]

Electric Meta-Tools

ModGregTech 5

Electric tools have an internal energy storage which is depleted instead of its durability when the tool is used. The tool's battery may be charged in a Battery Buffer or in the battery slot of an electrical machine of the appropriate tier. The tool's battery cannot be discharged in this manner; in other words, an electric tool cannot be used to power machines.

Electric tools have a 4% chance of taking durability damage when used. When the tool's durability is depleted, it will be destroyed as usual. An electric tool with any amount of durability may be placed in a Disassembler to recover some or all of its components.

Electric tools also have additional mining speed and durability:

Electric Meta-Tool Attributes
Tool Mining Speed Durability Base Damage Crafting Damage Properties
Chainsaw (LV) * 2.0x 1.0x 3.0 800 Cuts down entire trees if the timber_axe config is enabled (GT5-U only)
Chainsaw (MV) * 3.0x 2.0x 3.5 3200 Cuts down entire trees if the timber_axe config is enabled (GT5-U only)
Chainsaw (HV) * 4.0x 4.0x 4.0 12800 Cuts down entire trees if the timber_axe config is enabled (GT5-U only)
Drill (LV) * 3.0x 1.0x 3.0 N/A Harvests blocks as a Pickaxe and Shovel
Drill (MV) * 6.0x 2.0x 3.0 N/A Harvests blocks as a Pickaxe and Shovel
Drill (HV) * 9.0x 4.0x 3.0 N/A Harvests blocks as a Pickaxe and Shovel, +1 Mining Level
JackHammer (HV) 12.0x 2.0x 3.0 N/A Crushes ores and stones
Screwdriver (LV) 1.0x 1.0x 0.0 200 Adjusts machine and cover settings
Wrench (LV) * 2.0x 1.0x 1.0 800 Harvests machines and pipes, rotates machines
Wrench (MV) * 3.0x 2.0x 1.5 3200 Harvests machines and pipes, rotates machines
Wrench (HV) * 4.0x 4.0x 1.2 12800 Harvests machines and pipes, rotates machines

* Requires a Smashable, non-Bouncy tool material. This excludes Wood, Rubber, Plastic, Gems, most types of Stone and softer materials such as Redstone and Saltpeter.

Material Properties[edit | edit source]

The material's Tier reflects the quality of the material. This determines its Mining Level, restricting which blocks a tool of the given material may break or harvest. For example, to mine Diamond or Obsidian requires a Tier 3 tool or higher.

Tier 0[edit | edit source]

Tier 0 Durability Mining Speed Needs Other Mod
Sealed Wood 2400 3 Not obtainable
Rubber 1600 1.5
Wood 1600 2

Tier 1[edit | edit source]

Tier 1 Durability Mining Speed Enchant Needs Other Mod
Bismuth 6400 6
Blaze 1600 2 Fire Aspect III
Brass 9600 7
Certus Quartz 3200 5
Cupronickel 6400 6
Epoxid 3200 3 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Flint 6400 2.5
Graphene 3200 6 Not obtainable
Lead 6400 8
Nether Quartz 3200 1
Polycaprolactam 3200 3 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Polyethylene (Plastic) 3200 3
Polysiloxane 12800 3 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Polytetrafluoroethylene 3200 3 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Stone 3200 4

Tier 2[edit | edit source]

Tier 2 Durability Mining Speed Enchant Needs Other Mod
Aluminium 12800 10
Astral Silver 6400 10 Metallurgy 4
Beryllium 6400 14
Bismuth Bronze 25600 8
Black Bronze 25600 12
Black Steel 76800 6.5
Blue Steel 102400 7.5
Bronze 19200 6
Carbon 6400 1
Cobalt Brass 25600 8
Damascus Steel 128000 8 Only found as Loot
Deep Iron 38400 6 Metallurgy 4
Electrum 6400 12
Emerald 25600 7
Gold 6400 12
Graphite 3200 5
Green Sapphire 25600 7
Invar 25600 6
Iron 25600 6
Iron Wood 38400 6 Fortune I
Kanthal 6400 10
Magnalium 25600 6
Magnetic Iron 25600 6
Magnetic Neodymium 51200 7
Magnetic Steel 51200 6
Manganese 51200 7
Meteoric Iron 38400 6 Galacticraft
Meteoric Steel 76800 6 Galacticraft
Midasium 6400 12 Fortune II Metallurgy 4
Molybdenum 51200 7
Nichrome 6400 6
Neodymium 51200 7
Nickel 6400 6
Olivine 25600 7
Opal 25600 7
Palladium 51200 8
Pig Iron 38400 6 Tinkers' Construct
Platinum 6400 12
Red Garnet 12800 7
Red Steel 89600 7
Rose Gold 12800 14
Ruby 25600 7
Sapphire 25600 7
Silver 6400 10
Shadow Iron 38400 6 Metallurgy 4
Shadow Steel 76800 6 Metallurgy 4
Stainless Steel 48000 7
Steel 51200 6
Sterling Silver 12800 13
Tanzanite 25600 7
Thorium 51200 6
Tin Alloy 9600 6.5 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Wrought Iron 38400 6
Yellow Garnet 12800 7

Tier 3[edit | edit source]

Tier 3 Durability Mining Speed Enchant Needs Other Mod
Aer 6400 8 Thaumcraft 4
Amethyst 25600 7
Aqua 6400 8 Fortune III Thaumcraft 4
Black Granite 6400 6
Blue Topaz 25600 7
Chrome 25600 11
Cobalt 51200 8
Dark Iron 38400 7 Metallurgy 4
Diamond 128000 8
Enderium 25600 8 Silk Touch I Thermal Expansion 4
Fiery Blood 25600 8 Fire Aspect III Twilight Forest
Fire Stone 128000 6 Fire Aspect III
Fluxed Electrum 51200 16 Redstone Arsenal
Force 12800 10 Silk Touch I DartCraft
HSLA Steel 50000 6 RotaryCraft
HSS-G 400000 10 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Ignis 6400 7 Fire Aspect III Thaumcraft 4
Infused Gold 6400 12 Not obtainable
Mithril 6400 14 Fortune III Metallurgy 4
Plutonium-241 51200 6 Radioactivity III
Plutonium-244 51200 6 Radioactivity I
Ordo 6400 8 Silk Touch I Thaumcraft 4
Red Granite 6400 4
Steel Leaf 76800 8 Fortune II
Terra 25600 8 Thaumcraft 4
Thaumium 25600 12 Fortune II Thaumcraft 4
Titanium 256000 8
Tungsten 512000 8
Topaz 25600 7
Ultimet 51200 6
Uranium-235 51200 6 Radioactivity II
Uranium-238 51200 6
Vanadiumsteel 192000 3 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Vinteum 12800 10 Fortune I Ars Magica 2

Tier 4[edit | edit source]

Tier 4 Durability Mining Speed Enchant Needs Other Mod
Duranium 128000 8 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Enriched Naquadah 128000 6 Radioactivity IV
HSS-E 512000 10 GregTech 5 Unofficial
HSS-S 300000 14 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Iridium 512000 6
Osmiridium 300000 8 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Osmium 128000 16
Naquadah 128000 6
Naquadria 51200 1 Radioactivity V
Nether Star 512000 1 Silk Touch I
Perditio 6400 32 Thaumcraft 4
Tritanium 256000 6 GregTech 5 Unofficial
Tungsten Steel 512000 10
Tungstencarbide 128000 14 GregTech 5 Unofficial

Tier 5[edit | edit source]

Tier 5 Durability Mining Speed Enchant Needs Other Mod
Adamantium 512000 10 Metallurgy 4
Naquadah Alloy 512000 8 GregTech 5 Unofficial

Tier 6[edit | edit source]

Tier 6 Durability Mining Speed Needs Other Mod
Neutronium 8192000 6 GregTech 5 Unofficial

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