Even though the extended version of the End (that includes Outer Islands and End Cities and Ships and stuff) has been in the game for a little while, now, up until recently I had never visited it. I wasn’t playing a lot of Minecraft when it was introduced, and in my current game I have been more interested in exploring the various mods I have installed.
But my curiosity finally got the better of me, and I decided to go exploring. I’ll probably be spending a good deal of time in the End for the foreseeable future, so I decided that I wanted a fast way to get not only to the End but to the Outer Islands without traveling 1500 blocks in the Overworld (or about 200 blocks in the Nether) to get to the End Portal, then using an ender pearl or two every time to make it through the End Gateway.
Now, to be completely honest, I don’t travel 1500 blocks to get to the End Portal. I don’t travel 200 blocks through the Nether, either. I use a mod called Lemon’s Simple Teleporters, which makes reliable and reasonably priced Teleporters that work within a single dimension, to get to the End Portal instantaneously. The materials to make one are 1 Gold Block, four blocks of Nether Quartz, two Ender Shards (cooked Eye of Ender), and another Ender Shard to link the Teleporter to a destination. So multiplying this by two (to get there and back), Lemon’s Simple Teleporters costs 18 Gold Ingots, 32 pieces of Nether Quartz, 6 Ender Pearls, and 6 pieces of Blaze Powder to make a reliable teleportation system within a single dimension. That puts it out of reach early game, but accessible during mid game.
With these things, all I really needed to do to get to the Outer Islands without using the End Gateway was make two or three more Lemon’s Simple Teleporters – one for the Central Island and one for the Outer Islands, or two for the Central Island (one for where I appear when I come through the End Portal and one to sit in an obsidian building near the return Portal). But at this late stage in the game, Lemon’s Simple Teleporters are a little cheap (meaning they are too easy to acquire). Plus, like I said, they don’t teleport across dimensions. So I like to use them to get down to bedrock quickly or to zip over to my barn lickety-split.
By contrast, my experience with the teleporter blocks from Silent’s Gems has not been super positive. They are also inexpensive, even more so, actually, than Lemon’s Simple Teleporters (with one main exception). These do teleport across dimensions, and a pair of them costs 1 Gem Block (any one of Silent’s Gem, so 9 x the Gem), 4 Enriched Chaos Essence (each of which are made from 4 Chaos Essence, 4 pieces of Redstone, and 1 piece of Glowstone Dust), and 2 Ender Essence (made by smelting Ender Essence Ore). This last material is what puts Silent’s Gems’ teleporters out of reach until you go to the End. Ender Essence is something that can only be found in the End, but once you are there, it is at least as abundant as Chaos Essence is in the Overworld, which is pretty abundant). You also have to make a Teleporter Linker (one Ornate Gold Rod and one Enriched Chaos Essence), and you have to power with Chaos, Silent’s Gems’ magic energy.
So they’re cheap to make, but when I have used them to teleport across dimensions (e.g., to the Nether), I began experiencing a tremendous amount of lag, and I mean real server lag, not frame-rate drop. Let me reaffirm that I really like the Silent’s Gems mod. I need to give Silent’s Gems’ teleporters another shot before concluding for sure that it is a problem with the mod (like a memory leak, for example), but for my Overworld-to-Outer-Islands project, I decided to dig into a teleportation option I hadn’t yet explored, that of Ender IO.
Ender IO’s Telepad is far more expensive in every respect than any other teleportation method I have ever used from any mod. But it looks freaking awesome! Each Telepad is a 3x1x3 multiblock made up of Telepad Blocks (9 blocks). A single Telepad Block is expensive in itself. The recipe consists of 2 Fused Quartz, 4 Dark Steel Ingots, a Travel Anchor, and most expensive of all, an Octadic Capacitor. So the list of base materials you would need to make a single Telepad Block is (if I am counting it all correctly):
- 8 Nether Quartz
- 4 Copper Ingots
- 6 Gold Ingot
- 8 Gold Nuggets
- 9 Iron Ingots
- 4 Obsidian
- 6 Coal
- 3 Ender Pearl
- 1 Diamond
- 1 Emerald
- 19 pieces of Redstone
- 7 piece of Glowstone Dust
- 1 Enderman Soul
- A negligible amount of gravel, sand, and clay to make Conduit Binder.
One of these is easily more expensive than a teleporter from either Lemon’s Simple Teleporters or Silent’s Gems, but you need of them just to teleport one way! If you want to be able to teleport both ways, you’ll need two Telepads, meaning a total of 18 of the Telepad Blocks. Let’s look at that list one more time, but multiplied by 18:
- 144 Nether Quartz
- 72 Copper Ingots
- 108 Gold Ingots
- 144 Gold Nuggets (= 16 more Gold Ingots)
- 162 Iron Ingots
- 72 Obsidian
- 108 Coal
- 54 Ender Pearls
- 18 Diamonds
- 18 Emeralds
- 342 pieces of Redstone Dust
- 126 pieces of Glowstone Dust
- 18 Enderman Souls
- A still negligible amount of gravel, sand, and clay
And that is just to construct the Telepads!
Then you have to power them with RF and a fluid fuel called Dew of the Void! Making Dew of the Void is no mean task. It is made in an Ender IO Vat using Nutrient Distillation, Grains of Piezallity, and Grains of the End. Nutrient Distillation is the cheapest part of this recipe. It is also made in a Vat from a number of different potential recipes. I use Zombie Flesh and Sugar. It takes four buckets of Nutrient Distillation to make one bucket of Dew of the Void.
Grains of Piezallity is made by grinding up a Pulsating Crystal in a SAG Mill. A Pulsating Crystal is made from a diamond and Pulsating Nuggets, which in turn come from a Pulsating Ingot. A Pulsating Ingot is an alloy of Iron and Ender Pearl. So a single piece of Grains of Piezallity uses: 1 Diamond, 1 Ender Pearl, and 1 Iron Ingot.
To make Grains of the End you grind up an Ender Crystal, which is a Vibrant Crystal infused with an Enderman’s Soul. A Vibrant Crystal is made from an Emerald and Vibrant Nuggets, again from a Vibrant Ingot. A Vibrant Ingot is an alloy of Ender Pearl and Energetic Alloy, which is made from Gold, Redstone, and Glowstone Dust. SO, to make a single piece of Grains of the End, you need: 1 Emerald, 1 Ender Pearl, 1 Gold Ingot, 1 piece of Redstone Dust, 1 piece of Glowstone Dust, and 1 Enderman’s Soul.
The amount of RF the Telepad uses varies depending on the distance of the teleport, but it is enough that you will need to have a solid energy system in place. At first, it looked like each teleport would use 500 milliBuckets of Dew of the Void, meaning each bucket you make of the stuff would only support 2 teleports. Honestly, at that point I thought, “Well, that was a big waste of my time, since I will never use this thing if each teleport costs me a half a Diamond, a half an Emerald, and an Ender Pearl.” But it turns out that a single teleport only uses 50 milliBuckets, so each bucket you make fuels 20 teleportations. You still won’t want to use it recklessly, but at least it is affordable if you are late in the game.
You also have to program the Telepad with a destination. This requires making a Coordinate Selector and using it with paper in hand. This will produce a set of written coordinates that you use in a Telepad to program it. The nice thing here is that a Telepad is not exclusively connected to a single destination. You can easily reprogram it each time you teleport, and the coordinates are not used up. They just run through the Telepad and change the destination.
So with it being so expensive, what’s so great about the Ender IO Telepad? Well, for one thing, it makes me work for so much power. It really costs me something to teleport directly to the End’s Outer Islands. When stuff is too easy or too cheap, it kind of breaks the game. For another thing, it looks amazing. Props to whoever designed the look of the Telepad. When you teleport on it, fans within it start to spin up and you hear the machine rev up. It’s a wonderful experience. I made a whole room designed to complement to look of the Telepad in my home base.
So now I’m dimension hopping the über-expensive way, and it is sooooo satisfying.