Base Metals Mod for Minecraft 1.12.1/1.11.2

Base Metals Mod 1.12.1/1.11.2 adds historically commonly used metals to Minecraft, specifically Silver, Copper, Tin, Lead, Zinc, Mercury, Nickel & Platinum. You will also craft a number of metal alloys in this mod and there’s a new tool that lets you double your ore production: the Crack Hammer.


Fantasy metals have been added to the Nether and the End: Cold Iron, Mithril, Adamantine, and Star Steel.

Metals and Alloys

Natural Metals

  • Copper: Copper is soft, easy to work, and fairly abundant. It is needed to make bronze and brass metal alloys.
  • Silver: Silver is a soft, shiney metal that is valued for both is beauty and its alchemical uses.
  • Tin: Tin is an extremely soft metal that is not useful by itself, but can be combined with copper to make bronze, a metal alloy nearly as strong as iron.
  • Lead: Lead is a very soft metal that is best known for being very heavy and somewhat toxic. Lead tools are fragile, but can dish out a lot of damage when used as weapons.
  • Zinc: Like tin, zinc is worthless on its own, but can be used to make the metal ally brass.
  • Mercury: This toxic liquid metal has many alchemical uses. The Mirthril metal alloys requires mercury.
  • Nickel: This metal is as soft as copper, but it has alchemical properties, forms the invar metal alloy when mixed with iron and forms the cupronickel metal alloy when mixed with copper.
  • Platinum: Mostly decorative but can be used to make other equipment.

Metal Alloys

Metal alloys are made by crafting together the powdered forms of the required metals, and then smelting the resulting alloy blend in a furnace.

  • Cupronickel: alloy of copper and nickel (2:1 ratio)
  • Bronze: This alloy of copper and tin (3:1 ratio) is as hard as iron, but not quite as durable.
  • Brass: This alloy of copper and zinc (2:1 ratio) is soft, but has a beautiful golden color.
  • Steel: This alloy of iron and carbon (8:1 ratio) is as hard as iron and much more durable.
  • Invar: This alloy of iron and nickel (2:1 ratio) is harder than steel, but less durable.
  • Electrum: This alloy of silver and gold (1:1 ratio) can be enchanted like gold, but is slightly more durable.

Fantasy Metals

  • Aquarium: Aquarium is a magical alloy of copper, zinc, and prismarine crystals (2:1:3 ratio). Aquarium is highly enchantable and tools made of aquarium deal extra damage to aquatic mobs. Wearing a full suit of aquarium armor allows you to breath under water.
  • Cold-Iron (found in the Nether): Cold-Iron is a magical metal that is as strong as iron. Tools made from Cold Iron are extra effective against denizens of the Nether and any creature that is immune to fire.
  • Adamantine (found in the Nether): Adamantine is a rare magical metal that is as strong as diamond, maybe even stronger. Armor made from Adamantine grants resistance to damage and tools made from adamantine are extra effective against monsters that have more than 10 hearts of health.
  • Mithril: Mithril is an alloy of alloy of silver, mercury, and cold-iron (2:1:1 ratio). It is as strong as steel and Mithral weapons are extra effective against undead.
  • Star-Steel (found in the End): Armor made from Star Steel reduces the weight of the wearer, allowing the wearer to jump higher and fall slower. Star-Steel tools slowly repair themselves while held.

Crack Hammer

Also known as a sledgehammer, this tool is designed for pulverizing rocks. Using this tool on ores will cause them to drop powdered metal instead of the standard ore block. Use can then use the powdered metals to make metal alloy mixes or just smelt the powder into ingots. You can crush items by dropping them on the ground and then right-clicking on the ground beneath the items.


Elemental Metals


Metal Alloys












Fantasy Metals






Mining Metal Ores


The CrackHammer


Using the CrackHammer to crush a block of copper ore into two piles of powdered copper:


Using the CrackHammer to crush a non-block items:



Most metals have all of the following recipes, but some do not have ores (metal alloys) and some cannot be made into tools. The metal used in this example is copper.


How to install:

  • Download and install Minecraft Forge.
  • Download the mod.
  • Go to %appdata%.
  • Go to .minecraft/mods folder.
  • If the “mods” folder does not exist you can create one.
  • Drag and drop the downloaded jar (zip) file into it.
  • Enjoy the mod.

Base Metals Mod Download Links:

File Name Status Game Version Date
Base Metals 2.5.0-beta2.23 Beta 1.12.1 Sep 28, 2017
Base Metals 2.5.0-beta1.45 Beta 1.11.2 Jun 29, 2017
BaseMetals_1.10.2- Release 1.10.2 Aug 15, 2016
BaseMetals_1.9.4-2.3.0 Release 1.9.4 May 31, 2016
BaseMetals_1.9-2.2.3 Release 1.9 May 31, 2016
BaseMetals_1.8.9-1.8.0 Release 1.8.9 Apr 3, 2016
BaseMetals-1.5.0 for MCForge 1.8.0 Release 1.8 Jan 20, 2016

Credits: DrCyano

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