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Real's FTB Guide

Discussion in 'General FTB chat' started by RealSketch, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member


    Updated Last: 16/05
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    Orange = Modpack
    Red = Link
    Green = Key Words/Important
    Blue = User
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    Increased Text Size = Section Title

    About FTB
    Starting Fresh
    Tips and Tricks
    Other Guides
    To Do List


    Hello fellow FTB’ers, I have kindly decided I would make a complete guide of FTB, for humble beginners to learn and wise veteran’s to remember.
    This guide will cover almost everything about FTB, and may not be 100% accurate, but it’s worth following if your stuck/struggling/looking for something to do etc.
    Any websites mentioned will be at the bottom of the guide in the "Links" Section.
    So, without further ado, let’s get started...

    About FTB

    FTB is a group of people create modpacks, maps and media, all containing mods for vanilla minecraft.

    FTB originally started off as a modded skyblock challenge, soon the maps became more popular and FTB then needed a launcher, it was that popular!

    Now, at this point in time, FTB is widely known and has more variety in mods.
    It now has modpacks, maps, texture/resource packs and you-tubers videoing their FTB server.
    Don't wait to try it out, its EPIC!

    You can expect more from FTB in the future, meanwhile, go check out the latest news and FTB store.

    Everyone should know what these are, but if you don't, I'll give you a brief explanation.
    A modpack, as you would expect, is a pack of mods put together into what we call a "Modpack", fancy title and all.

    Modpacks (Not in order)
    Below is a list of modpacks with a key information I have included, enjoy.
    Please consider these are only the official or popular modpacks listed.

    Agrarian Skies - 1.6.4 - http://forum.feed-the-beast.com/thr...dcore-quest-tech-rpg-hardcore-skyblock.41906/
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Agrarian Skies: Hardcore Quest
    "As the sole survivor of the cataclysm you must rebuild and repopulate the planet while defeating minions of darkness that leak through from the nether realms."

    FTB Ultimate - 1.4.7 - http://www.feed-the-beast.com/mod-pack/ftb-ultimate
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Ultimate
    The primary modpack for 1.4.7.

    Horizons - 1.6.4 - http://ftbwiki.org/Feed_The_Beast_Horizons

    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Horizons
    Designed to highlight a whole new bunch of mods for minecraft.

    FTB Unleashed - 1.5.2 - http://www.feed-the-beast.com/mod-pack/unleashed

    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Unleashed
    The spiritual successor to FTB Ultimate.

    Monster - 1.6.4 - http://ftbwiki.org/Feed_The_Beast_Monster

    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Monster
    Primary modpack for 1.6.4, currently the largest modpack.

    MagicFarm - 1.5.2, 1.6.4 - http://ftbwiki.org/Magic_Farm

    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Magic Farm 2
    A third-party modpack assembled by Jadedcat.

    BloodNBones - 1.6.4 - http://wiki.feed-the-beast.com/BloodNBones
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Blood N Bones
    A third-party modpack assembled by Eyamaz.

    TechWorld - 1.4.7, 1.6.4 - http://wiki.feed-the-beast.com/Tech_World
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Tech World 2
    An FTB modpack focussed on tech mods.

    FTB Unhinged - 1.5.2 - http://ftbwiki.org/Feed_The_Beast_Unhinged
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Unhinged
    "It is designed for challenging the Player, with all applicable mods set to hard mode, and featuring GregTech."

    FTB Lite - 1.4.7, 1.6.4 - http://feed-the-beast.wikia.com/wiki/Feed_The_Beast_Lite
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/FTBLite 2
    A modpack designed for smaller servers.

    MagicWorld - 1.4.7, 1.6.4 - http://feed-the-beast.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_World_Pack
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Magic World 2
    A modpack containing the best magic mods for minecraft.

    Direwolf20 - 1.4.7, 1.5.2, 1.6.4 - http://feed-the-beast.wikia.com/wiki/Direwolf20_Pack
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Direwolf20
    A modpack created by Direwolf20.

    Unstable - 1.7.2 - http://ftbwiki.org/Feed_The_Beast_Unstable
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Unstable 1.7.2
    "ALPHA: Highly Experimental. Expect frequent world resets. Use at your own risk. No tech support will be offered for this pack"

    Mindcrack - 1.4.7 - http://ftbwiki.org/MindCrack_Pack
    Changelog: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Mindcrack
    "Pack for the MindCrack server!"

    Modifying Modpacks
    Jadedcat has done a video on modifying modpacks.
    If you want to know how to add a mod to the pack your using, and it isn't in there already.
    Go check out Jadedcat's video below, it will definitely help you.

    Theme Popularity
    The most popular modpacks are the one with a technology/magic crossover.
    Arguably, FTB Monster would be the most popular due to this theory.
    Most users are attracted to a good and large selection of mods with a ranged mix between magic and technology. (People like magic and tech in a modpack.)

    It's a big a big world out there, and with FTB you must be prepared.
    With FTB you have double the experience, double the quality and more than double the base and biome size!

    World Generation
    When generating a world, most players like to use a world generation mod. The main and most known one currently are ExtraBiomesXl, Biomes o' Plenty(BoP), Highlands and Alternate Terrain Generation(ATG).
    They are all unique in a way and provide different terrain generation. For example, I have found that Highlands provides wonderful grass textures, the best meadows, and great forest mountains!
    While BoP has given me a bit of everything, mountains that are alright for quality, same for the meadow, but BoP is great for jungles and swamps!

    ExtraBiomesXL Features:
    FTB's first, and original world generation mod!
    -Original and well-known mod.
    -Biggest amount of biomes.
    -Large mod compatibility.
    -Not used by FTB anymore.

    Biomes o' Plenty Features:
    A bit of everything, so you are satisfied.
    Quantity before Quality with this mod!
    -Most unique biomes.
    -Main FTB world generation mod.
    -Compatible with a lot of other mods.
    Disadvantages:-Small to mediumly sized biomes.

    Alternate Terrrain Generation Features:
    Smooth and realistic world generation for those who love realism.
    -Smooth and realstic terrain.
    -Other world generation mods compatibility.
    -Hardly any new biomes.
    -Not many new blocks or items.

    Mountain and meadow specialized.
    -Best mod for mountains and meadows.
    -Great textures.
    -Double Ores!
    -Not many new blocks or items.
    -Other biomes aren't specialized in.

    Starting Fresh

    Imagine starting a world in vanilla minecraft, easy right? You just get some wood, kill some sheep and build your way to vanilla's limits.
    Now imagine a world where vanilla is expanded, expanded so much it can hardly still be called "Vanilla", it becomes modded minecraft, and in this case, it becomes FTB!

    Starting off
    So you just created a survival world in FTB, and you wanna know how to begin, well then, carry on reading!

    Firstly, this is something I can't stress enough, and I'll put it in a simple saying for your convenience, "Don't do big on small".
    Sounds a bit weird right? But what I'm actually getting at here is that on your "small starting" first day don't go and do "big projects" such as entering a dungeon, building a mob spawner, trying to make peace with creepers yada yada etc.
    The only things you need to worry about on your first day are:
    -Bed (A place to sleep)
    -Breakfast (Raw steak)
    -Shelter (Mud hut)
    Just stick with that, and you'll be fine!

    Now I know that wasn't the best guide of all time, but I haven't got all day. So go and view some other people's guides they kindly took the time to make:


    Entites are everything that lives, moves or acts.
    You can be classed as an entity, as you are a player, or human in the Minecraft world.

    All Mobs (Inlcuding FTB W.I.P)
    Vanilla Mobs: - 1.6.4

    Passive Mobs:

    Cave Spider
    Zombie Pigman

    Wolf - Dog
    Ocelot - Cat

    Magma Cube
    Spider Jockey
    Wither Skeleton
    Zombie Villager
    Chicken Jockey

    Angry Zombie
    Tainted Monster

    Lycanites Mobs:

    Plains Creatures:


    Forest Creatures:

    Swamp Creatures:
    Ghoul Zombie

    Jungle Creatures:

    Desert Creatures:
    Crypt Zombie

    Artic Creatures:
    Inferno Creatures:
    Demon Creatures:
    Nether Soul

    Twilight Forest Mobs:

    Bighorn Sheep
    Tiny Bird

    Carminite Brooding
    Carminite Ghastguard
    Carminite Ghastling
    Carminite Golem
    Death Tome
    Fire Beetle
    Hedge Spider
    Hostile Wolf
    King Spider
    Maze Slime
    Mosquito Swarm
    Pinch Beetle
    Redcap Goblin
    Redcap Sapper
    Skeleton Druid
    Slime Beetle
    Swarm Spider
    Towerwood Borer

    Quest Ram

    Knight Phantom

    Thermal Expansion:
    Blizz - http://ftbwiki.org/Blizz



    Elder Farlander

    Classic Enderman
    Mystic Enderman
    Mystic Enderminion
    Ender Guardian

    Mystic Enderminion

    Ender Golem
    Fanmade Enderman
    Rebel Farlander

    Ars Magica 2:
    Evil Mobs:
    Dark Mages
    Mana Creeper
    Mana Elemental
    Water Elemental

    Good/Neutral Mobs:
    Light Mages
    NPC Villager Mage

    Summoned Mobs:
    Summoned Battle Chicken
    Summoned Earth Elemental
    Summoned Fire Elemental
    Summoned Lich
    Summoned Shadow
    Summoned Skeleton

    Neutral until Attacked Mobs:
    Tower Guardian

    More FTB Mobs to be added!

    FTB Multiplayer

    Just like vanilla minecraft FTB is has multiplayer.
    Below are the two ways to setting up multiplayer to your FTB.

    Local Area Network is a very simple but useless way to play multiplayer.
    Your friends will only be able to connect their share your internet and your world is open, and it has very, very limited features.
    To set up LAN, do as mentioned below:
    1. Exit to the Pause Menu (ESC)
    2. Click "Open to LAN".
    3. Choose the settings then press "Start LAN World"
    4. Your LAN is now open.
    Better Explanation: http://www.punchwood.com/index.php?/topic/7727-how-do-i-make-a-minecraft-lan-world/

    Servers a bit more tricky and in a few cases, pricey.
    For example, you would need to host a server on your PC all day not stop for free, or you could pay another company to do it 24/7.
    I would recommend CreeperHost especially as they are FTB's Sponsor.
    Setting up a server is quite hard to explain so I shall provide you with some videos below to explain it:

    Tips and Tricks

    -Wait for a modpack release you know will last long before losing interest.
    -Don’t rush into learning FTB.
    -Don’t do anything related to mods on the first day, just get all the usual resources wool, wood, stone
    -Don't give yourself a headache. When you feel ill, stop and quit technology for a bit.
    -Be wise, if you go into a cave full of monsters with no protection, your screwed, so think before doing anything.
    -Don't jump between mods, learn and master one mod, then expand to cover other compatible mods and how they interact with one another.

    Other Guides
    This is only a general guide, please take the time to view other guides that cover specific mods in complete detail. :)

    Beginner's Guide to Blood Magic - Padfoote

    Getting started with Feed the beast - Kariko83
    Tutorials for all the new Horizons Mods - VikeStep

    FTB Links
    Below is a few links to help you, make sure to check each one!

    FTB Main Site: http://feed-the-beast.com/

    FTB Forum (Where you probably are now) : http://forum.feed-the-beast.com/

    FTB Official Wiki: http://wiki.feed-the-beast.com/Main_Page

    FTB Unofficial Wiki (OUTDATED) : http://feed-the-beast.wikia.com/wiki/Feed_The_Beast_Wiki

    FTB Unofficial Wiki: http://ftbwiki.org/Feed_The_Beast_Wiki

    FTB Official Webstore:

    CreeperHost Server Hosting (FTB Sponsor) : http://www.creeperhost.net/

    FTB Modpack Changelog Site: https://feedthebeast.atlassian.net/wiki/display/PML/Public Modpack Listings

    JVM Arguments for Modded Minecraft: http://forum.feed-the-beast.com/threads/jvm-arguments-for-modded-minecraft-updated-12-30-13.28994/

    Below in the spoiler you shall find a list of frequently asked questions.
    Which Modpack?

    This is a choice of personal preference, however, the most popular is FTB Unleashed, the spiritual successor to FTB Ultimate.

    If your a tech only person, go for Techworld, if your a magic person, then Magicworld is for you, and if you just want the most enjoyment combining tech and magic, go for Monster, Horizons, Unleashed or Direwolf 20.

    What’s with all the new modpacks coming out every month?

    I know, I hate it to, I just wish they could stick to one and update it but with modded minecraft it's always updating and never keeps still.
    As long as your world doesn't corrupt you'll be fine updating to new versions.
    Try to deal with it, I'm sure they'll decide what they're going to do soon.


    If you are getting lag constantly, then I suggest improving your pc or adding Java Parameters.
    I recommend high quality game-able pc for FTB, as there is a very heavy use of mods that will destroy your pc performance.

    But if you have a slow pc, then maybe play a light use of mods modpack, in other words, play FTB Lite.
    You could potentially add Java Parameters or increase RAM but there is not guarantee it will improve your game or performance.
    If you are having trouble running FTB, try what is contained in the links below:
    Potential Crash Fix:

    Java Parameters: http://forum.feed-the-beast.com/threads/jvm-arguments-for-modded-minecraft-updated-12-30-13.28994/

    I need help?
    If you are in need of help post your topic in the "General Discussions" section, if it is technical post in "Technical Support".

    ExtraBiomesXL, Biomes o' Plenty or Highlands?
    Again this is really down to personal preference, but I would like to mention that ExtraBiomesXL probably won't be in FTB again.
    Feel free to add to any modpacks you want, but be warned of ID conflicts.

    In my survival world I use Highlands and just look at the beautiful scenery I get:

    I have a general question?
    Not the place, go here though and I guarantee someone will come to your aid.

    This guide is great!
    Thanks, I'm glad you think so.
    Don't forget to comment and hit that like button before you leave!

    To Do List
    Last Updated: 08/02/14
    -Expand guide to cover more topics.
    -Include more detail in sections.
    -Check everything is up-to-date.
    -Add more information in sections.
    -Build on organizing guide.

    NOTE: This thread may be modified.

    Thanks to everyone who helped down in the comments! :)

    If you enjoyed this thread, please like and comment below to show your appreication,
    Did you like it? Anything I need to include?

    Thanks again,
    Last edited: May 16, 2014
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  2. Lawbroken

    Lawbroken New Member

    Leave the whole FTB Vs any other launchers out of stuff like this. It will only lead to blame wars and another thread lock.

    Other then that have fun.
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  3. Jadedcat

    Jadedcat New Member

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  4. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Oh, really sorry, didn't realize that bit was going to far.
    Thanks for taking it out! :)
  5. Jadedcat

    Jadedcat New Member

    NP. As a side note you are incorrect as to which packs are the most popular. :p
  6. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Fixed, let me know if I got anything else wrong lol.
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  7. Jadedcat

    Jadedcat New Member

    In 1.6 packs it currently goes Horizons ,Monster, MagicFarm, Tech, Lite , MagicWorld. DW20 is a bit more popular than most but its not a FTB pack its a third party pack maintained by FTB. And Ultimate and Unleashed are still the 2 most popular.
  8. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Ok, I'll update when possible along with adding more sections and stuff.
    But thanks for the research. :)
  9. Jadedcat

    Jadedcat New Member

    Oh and also you can use worlds from one FTB 1.6 pack in any other 1.6 pack as long as you move any missing mods over. I did a youtube video on how to do it.
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  10. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Updated 31/01/14
  11. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Added an FAQ!
  12. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Updated 01/01/14
  13. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Comment here with your opinion.
    What do I need to add, remove, change etc. ?
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  15. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Quick update: This thread is constantly being updated, I have added many new features over the past few days and I intend to add much, much more.
    Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts, they go a long way into building this guide. :)
  16. Jadedcat

    Jadedcat New Member

    You need tos tart editing posts. Forum rules do not allow bumping and 1 post every 12 hours is bumping the thread. Please don't do that.
  17. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Sorry, knew I was doing too much, but to be fair it's hard keeping your thread up and I get 100's of views...and no comments :(
  18. SatanicSanta

    SatanicSanta New Member

    You really shouldn't list this. There is 0 staff on here, no rules, no guidelines, and it's been ditched by the old staff. This wiki was pretty much replaced by ftbwiki.org.

    EDIT: The only reason it still exists is Wikia refused to let the admins delete it.

    I don't agree with this. Learning how mods interact with each other, and having fun with that is much more interesting than using, say, TE for everything. Additionally, this is guide, how one prefers to play should be left out of it.

    You should note that for the JVM args it is required to have 64 bit Java 7 installed, with 2+ GB of RAM.

    And not for my own shamelessness, but just to keep things in one place, I would recommend using a single wiki as much as possible (hint hint: official one). For instance, you used 4 different places for information about the different modpacks. Which is strange because there are pages for all but one of the modpacks you listed.

    You didn't list FTB Unhinged, which is the modpack listed by GregoriousT for a ultra-GregTech-pack.

    XBXL has a lot of compatibility issues with mods that add worldgen, you should note this in the op.

    The DW20 pack is a third party pack.

    You might also want to add the help desk to the FTB Links section.
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  19. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    I understand your criticism and I will do my best to improve on the guide.
    But please remember I do his out of my own time and as I mentioned right at the top of this guide, the information might not be 100% accurate. When I can I shall update using your suggestions. :)
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  20. RealSketch

    RealSketch New Member

    Just changed a few things, date, information, detail etc.
    If you all wouldn't mind commenting on what I should improve on so I can please all of you?
    But we've reached over 1000 views so yeah!
    Nearly all mobs listed now including FTB! (W.I.P)
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2014

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