Tools required to harvest blocks

As a side effect of introducing buckets I had to add a concept of minimal tool required to harvest a block. For example if you spill water bucket on the top of a snowy mountain, the water will flow downwards destroying all snow blocks along the way. I didn’t want all these snow blocks to turn into snowballs. They should just disappear. So I added “tool level”.

Water (and all other non-direct effects, such as e.g. removing supporting block) has tool level 0. Bare hands and wooden tools have level 1. Stone tools have level 2. Iron tools have level 3.

All harvestable block types have minimum tool level associated with them. For example snow requires at least level 1 tool to produce snowballs (so using water will not work).

Most blocks have a required tool level of 0, which makes them behave the same as in previous versions. The only exceptions at the moment are:

  • Snow: 1 – (needs at least bare hands to harvest)
  • Copper ore, iron ore: 2  (need  at least stone tools to harvest)
  • Grass trap: 3 – (needs at least iron tools to harvest)

Hope this is not too complicated :-)


  1. Tanner
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 13:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Coop can’t wait to get it.

  2. Nikpol22
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 14:32 | Permalink | Reply

    It’s one of many future updates, I bet!

  3. robert
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 14:44 | Permalink | Reply

    This is good, but bad. Good because of the levels, bad because I can’t find iron

  4. ninja kid
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 14:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Sweet can’t wait:)

  5. YuvbinTrowld
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 15:29 | Permalink | Reply

    So, if everything has a default of 0, doesn’t that mean you can decimate entire landscapes by chucking water at them?

    • Posted March 8, 2012 at 15:55 | Permalink | Reply

      Water doesn’t destroy everything, only certain things. Level has nothing to do with it, level only determines whether the block will disappear completely or turn into a pickable item.

      • YuvbinTrowld
        Posted March 8, 2012 at 16:29 | Permalink | Reply

        OH, yeah thinking about it that’s obvious *facedesk*

  6. Worgun
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 15:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Sounds reasonable. But I think that spikes (trap) should also be on level 3.

    Off the topic – since the last water update – water flows properly,but it does all the time, even when the current is settled? Before, we could make water-lifts in the mines, now water tends to trap me inside all the time… Is this as you want it to be?

    • reundeadified
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 16:39 | Permalink | Reply

      And I traps me under my pier if I fall in the water

  7. Callum James Yates (calgen)
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 16:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Im thinking that now is the right time to introduce a tutorial. So for exapmple. First time play is a tutorial which can be ended.
    I can imaging that at least half the players on survival raft don’t follow this blog. Most people on here only know what to do because of ther blog. And as new WP markets pop up. It would be the perfect time for basics of crafting moving and even the settings in a tutorial :)

    • Buurbinator
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 17:53 | Permalink | Reply

      Really good idea ! I think you should make a tutorial which you can start from the main menue and where you are in a small room of bedrock (or something you can not destroy ) and the programm teaches you the basic movements and settings in small parcour or something like that. :D (sry for my english its bad i know )

  8. jriot10
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 22:11 | Permalink | Reply

    So you need iron tools to recollect grass traps?

    • Posted March 8, 2012 at 22:42 | Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Which is an improvement over 1.7 where you could not collect them at all :-)

    • jriot10
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 23:57 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks cuz that was extremely frustrating since boars are so fat and have to take away all of them…

  9. dova
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 01:07 | Permalink | Reply

    Has anyone got the update

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