Mining Cells, ingame also refered to as "Power Cells", are the upgrades to your all-purpose harvesting gauntlet in Creativerse.
The ArcTek gauntlet that your player character wears as an exoskeletal extension of their right arm has the power to act like a pickaxe, axe, shovel, and more - all in one, and Mining Cells make it even stronger.
Since update R22 on September 16th, the ArcTek gauntlet is also used to harvest Crops that players can grow from Seeds, by "pulling" them with left mouse click just like for digging. Strong Power Cells can make the harvest a very fast process, but can also lead to inadvertently additionally pull/pick up blocks of tilled land sometimes. It might be advisable to unequip Mining Cells before harvesting crops to avoid this.
Since update R38 in January 2017, the ArcTek Gauntlet can now also push Creatures away, with or without Mining Cells equipped, by using the left mouse button like for digging.
As Pets are being harvested by "pulling" them with the gauntlet with the left mouse button too, this will often lead to pushing them away unintentionally after receiving their pet-harvest nearly inevitably. Unfortunately unequipping Power Cells currently (April 2017) does not help with avoiding this yet...
What are Power Cells good for Edit
You will have to equip Mining Cells mainly in order to mine all kinds of harder blocks and rocks like Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Tourmaline, Ice, Canyonstones (Dark, Ruddy, common), Peakstone, Siltstone, Stalactite, Glowing Mushrooms, Mold, Igneous Rock, Hardened Lava, Sulfur as well as all corrupted blocks, and also to scoop up Liquids like Water, Tar, Bog Water, Lava, Mineral Water and Corrupted Water (Molasses does not require any Power Cells though).
To obtain your first Mining Cell, the fastest way is to craft it from easy to come by materials. The other option would be to search for Mining Cells in randomly spawning Treasure Chests, but that could take rather long, since they are rare findings and will only appear in Treasure Chests that spawn on underground rocks in the dark.
As long as no Mining Cell is yet equipped, a newly crafted or obtained one will automatically go into the according slot next to your characters portrait. Later on please right-click on any newly made Mining Cell in your inventory to exchange it with the currently worn old Power Cell.
The according equipment slot can be seen next to your character's portrait in the inventory. Currently worn Mining Cells will also be displayed at the right side of your quickbar on the main screen so you can always watch its durability status (the green bar that gets shorter).
So Mining Cells will power the "ArcTek Gauntlet" that your player character is wearing - this will change the look of the Gauntlet depending on the currently equipped Power Cell.
When starting the game your character is already wearing this metal ArcTek Gauntlet as you can see in the Character Customization and on the ride side of your inventory at your player character's equipment and portrait.
Starting to mine Edit
From the very start and without needing any Power Cells you can already harvest ("pull") Grass blocks, all kinds of Wood and Logs, Dirt, Vines, Mushrooms, Beeswax, Flowers (also from trees), all kinds of plants and other soft blocks/materials - by just using the "ArcTek Gauntlet" that your avatar/player-character is wearing on his or her right forearm by left-clicking your mouse.
Since R32 in June 2016 all crafted blocks and items (that are not "protected" by any permission settings like world options, claim options or individual settings via padlock symbol) can also be pulled / taken without having any Mining Cells equipped.
However the deeper you will mine your way down into the ground, the harder the rocks are going to be, so you will need to equip more and more powerful Mining Cells one after another.
When to craft stronger Mining Cells Edit
To mine Bedrock (necessary for crafting Forges), at least a Stone Mining Cell (or a stronger Mining Cell) will be needed. Also Limestone, Magnetite, Tourmaline, Ice, Canyonstones (Dark, Ruddy, common) and Peakstone require at least a Stone Mining Cell to be pulled.
The crafting recipe for this Mining Cell is now unlocked by mining blocks of grey Stone. Stone is easy to find at the entrance of pretty much every Cave leading down from the surface and also not far under the surface layer (often made of Dirt) of nearly all Biomes.
To make Wood Slabs for your first Mining Cell you will have to craft a Processor first, which requires taking some Cragwood; and you will also need Stone Slabs to make Extractors so you can collect Coal that is necessary to craft the Stone Mining Cell. However you can also find Coal in many of the randomly spawning Wood Treasure Chests at night, and you can obtain Coal from Keepas of all kinds.
The currently (as of April 2017) last and most powerful Mining Cell is the Lumite Mining Cell - it's necessary to scoop up Corrupted Water and/or liquid Lava, both needed for advanced types of Food and some other crafting recipes.
In addition to being able to mine harder blocks, the mining action also becomes a bit faster with more powerful Mining Cells, significantly so when using Lumite Mining Cells.
Also: the stronger the Mining Cell, the less durability it will lose when using it on weaker blocks. Mining/pulling very weak blocks will even not make Mining Cells lose durability at all. For example, Stone Mining Cells will not lose durability when being used on soft blocks like Grass, Dirt, all natural plantal objects and all crafted blocks. Lumite Mining Cells will not lose durability when being used to pull all blocks up to and including the hardness of Stalactite layer rocks.
Ores (including Coal) cannot be mined from Nodes (that you will find embedded in rocks, mostly underground) with just your ArcTek Gauntlet / Mining Cells alone. Instead Ores can only be extracted by placing one-time usable Extractors on Nodes. Also "End of the World" blocks at the very bottom of each Creativerse world cannot be pulled/taken nor damaged.
And of course you will not be able to pick up any kind of "protected" stuff when your permission level of these items (mainly machines and crafting stations), or generally on the whole according gameworld, on the claim or within an Adventure has been defined as such by the owners/moderators of these areas or items. As a "visitor" you will not be able to pick up anything on a gameworld or claim for example.
Some Power Cells can rarely be found in Treasure Chests, some can also be obtained by Keepas of any kind, or from Creatures called "Things" that spawn on corrupted blocks. Still it is easier to craft Mining Cells in your Crafting Menu (default key "Q", but this can be customized) than hunting for already crafted ones, as such findings can be very rare.Lumite Mining Cells cannot be found anywhere anyways, but have to be crafted without any alternative. Crafting a new kind of Power Cell is an unlocking requirement of the crafting-recipe for the next stronger type of Power Cell.
Old Power Cells have to be exchanged by newly crafted/obtained ones by right-clicking the desired Mining Cells in your inventory, which will insert them in the tool-slot next to your character's portrait to the right side of the inventory.
To "ready" Mining Cells or rather your avatar's ArcTek Gauntlet you can cycle between weapon, tool and mining cell by typing TAB (this default key can be customized though).
Since the R31 update, the Gauntlet and Mining cell icons were granted a whole new look to go with the added Character Customization, which was then updated several times.
Crafting requirements Edit
Stone Mining Cell Edit
Stone Mining Cells can be crafted after their crafting recipe is unlocked by taking grey Stone blocks. These Power Cells can also rarely be found in randomly spawning Obsidian Treasure Chests on the Stalactite layer underground, but it's much easier to craft them yourself.
Stone is a very common grey rock easily spotted near the entrance of many Caves, on steep hillsides, at recesses near rivers, all over the Mountains that mainly consist of Stone, or simply by digging downwards through the surface layer consisting of softer materials like Dirt or Rocky Dirt under a single layer of Grass (or Savannah Grass, Dead Grass, etc.).
The Stone Mining Cell can be crafted using any type of Mushroom, such as Red Mushrooms, Brown Mushrooms or the rare Glowing Mushrooms. You can also use any type of Flowers for this recipe, including Tundra Flowers or Wildflowers that can be found in abundance on the ground of Tundra respectively Savannah biomes; or tree Flowers that can also very often be found in randomly spawning Wood Treasure Chests on the surface at night.
You can multiply several types of tree Flowers by placing them on the ground and picking them up again which will sometimes yield additional extra Flower blocks. Wood Slabs can be made from any kind of Wood or Log in a Processor without requiring any crafting recipes to be unlocked.
Coal can either be found in randomly spawning Wood Treasure Chests at night on the surface, or obtained from Keepas of any kind, or Coal can also be extracted from Coal Nodes embedded in rocks on the Fossil layer underground, on Mountains, in recesses near rivers and in most shallow Caves. To extract Coal from Nodes, Extractors are required, to be made from Wood Slabs and Stone Slabs in the Processor.
By this, crafting a Processor - from Wood (mainly from Cragwood trees to unlock the crafting recipe) or Logs, Stones and Vines (from many Cragwood trees, nearly all Wildwood trees and/or as a loot or pet-harvest from Leafies) - has now become a more important and much earlier task in the game.
Obsidian Mining Cell Edit
To craft this Mining Cell you'll need to collect Magnetite, either by mining it from the Fossil layer (for example in shallow Caves or recesses next to rivers) which requires at least a Stone Mining Cell, or to loot Magnetite from Warmworms, Night Rocksters and/or Rockzillas (a rather dangerous Creature though) by hunting them or taming, feeding them and then harvesting from them.
Obsidian is another ingridient for Obsidian Mining Cells. You can find Obsidian Ore in Mountains, shallow Caves or by digging mine shafts into the Fossil layer, then you'll have to extract it by using Extractors. You can also rarely obtain Obsidian Ore by killing (or later on pet-harvesting) Silver Keepas or Golden Keepas, and later in the game you'll find a lot of Obsidian Ore in Iron Treasure Chests on the Lava layer.
Bedrock can be found on the Fossil layer, in Caves or Mountain recesses close to rivers, and Bedrock is also required to craft a Forge where the Obsidian Ore has to be smelted into Obsidian bars. As a Fuel you might to use up all abundant tree Leaves and chop down blocks of Wood or Logs to Wood Rods. You will need 8 Wood Rods for each smelting process in the Forge that are made from only 1 block of Wood, or else 2 blocks of "raw" Wood or 4 Wood Slabs that are also made from 2 Wood blocks.
Iron Mining Cell Edit
To craft Iron Mining Cells, only Glowing Mushrooms can be used, no other Mushroom types will do. They can be mined on the Stalactite layer with the help of Obsidian Mining Cells, or can be obtained from Mirus, either when killing them or by taming them, feeding them and then harvesting from them.
Obsidian Slabs can be made from Obsidian (bars) in the Processor without requiring any crafting recipe to be unlocked. Blocks of Saltrock can be mined from the Stalactite layer, which will require at least an Obsidian Mining Cell to be equipped.
Diamond Mining Cell Edit
To craft Diamond Mining Cells, blocks of Hardened Lava will have to be mined from the Lava layer or looted from Warmworms (occasionally), which will require at least an Iron Mining Cell to be equipped. Diamond Bars can be made in a Forge from Diamond Ore that can be extracted from Nodes on the Lava layer or made from Coal Nodes with the use of Fire Bombs. Iron Slabs can be made in the Processor from Iron Bars without requiring any crafting recipes.
Tourmaline can be mined on the Lava layer or obtained from Warmworms either when killing them or taming them, feeding them and then harvesting from them. Ice can be made by placing Water into very cold Biomes, can be found in frozen riverbeds in many snowy Biomes like Taigas and snowy Tundras under a layer of Snow, on frozen Oceans and frozen plains, even in snowy Canyons, but only rarely in Mountains at the entrances of a few Caves.
Lumite Mining Cell Edit
Lumite Bars can be made in the Forge from Lumite Ore that can currently only be found in Lumite Nodes on the Corruption layer and extracted from their by using any kind of Extractor. To craft Lumite Mining Cells, Infused Crystals will have to be produced from Tourmaline in a Forge. Diamond Slabs can be made from Diamond Bars in a Processor without requiring any crafting recipe.
Corruption Dust can solely be obtained from corrupted Creatures by killing them or by taming them, feeding them and then harvesting from them (beware of Things, they are very tough and strong). Cactus Flowers can be harvested from Cacti in Canyons, Dunes or sandy Shores, but these flowers can also be easily and quickly grown on blocks of Cacti placed by players. It seems they cannot be multiplied simply by placing them and picking them up again though.
Durability of Mining Cells Edit
Depending on the blocks that are being pulled, Power Cells will lose their durability bit by bit, and in the end will be destroyed completely. Most more powerful Power Cells won't be drained at all by pulling weaker blocks, like Grass or Leaves.
Lumite Mining Cells, currently the strongest type of Power Cells, as of R41 in April 2017, won't wear down by pulling blocks up to and including the hardness of Stalactite layer blocks. Lava layer-rocks though (like Igneous Rock and Hardened Lava) will wear down Lumite Mining Cells. They will wear down even faster by pulling any kind of corrupted blocks, scooping liquid Lava and/or Corrupted Water.
According to player AvilerED's research, the durability of power cells is as follows (as of R24 in November 2015):
Stone Mining Cell Edit
- 300 uses on blocks of tier 2 like on Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Canyonstone (including Ruddy Canyonstone and Dark Canyonstone), Tourmaline, Mold, Peakstone, Ice and the like
Obsidian Mining Cell Edit
- 350 uses on blocks of tier 3 like Siltstone, Stalactite, Saltrock and Glowing Mushrooms as well as common blue Water
- 700 uses on blocks of tier 1 and 2 like common grey Stone, Fossils, Mud, Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Canyonstone, Tourmaline, Mold, Peakstone, Ice and the like
Iron Mining Cell Edit
- 700 uses on blocks of tier 2-3 like Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Canyonstone, Tourmaline, Mold, Peakstone, Ice, Siltstone, Stalactite, Saltrock, Glowing Mushrooms and Water
Diamond Mining Cell Edit
- 400 uses on blocks of tier 5 like Corrupted Stone, Corrupted Dirt, Corrupted Wood of any kind, Corrupted Leaves of any kind and Corrupted Grass as well as Bog Water and Mineral Water
- 800 uses on blocks of tier 3-4 like Siltstone, Stalactite, Saltrock and Glowing Mushrooms, Water, Hardened Lava, Igneous Rock, Sulfur and Tar
- infinite uses on blocks of tier 0-2 like Organics, Wood, Grass, Dirt, Stone, Fossils, Mud,Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Canyonstone, Tourmaline, Mold, Peakstone, Ice and the like
Lumite Mining Cell Edit
- 1200 uses on blocks of tier 4-5 like Hardened Lava, Igneous Rock, Sulfur, Tar, Corrupted Stone, Corrupted Dirt, Corrupted Wood of any kind, Corrupted Leaves of any kind, Corrupted Grass, Bog Water and Mineral Water
- infinite uses on blocks of tier 0-3 like Organics, Wood, Grass, Dirt, Stone, Fossils, Mud, Bedrock, Limestone, Magnetite, Canyonstone, Tourmaline, Mold, Peakstone, Ice, Siltstone, Stalactite, Saltrock and Glowing Mushrooms and Water
Wood Mining Cell Edit
The Wood Mining Cell has been removed from the crafting tree with R39 in February 2017.
Durability of the Wood Mining Cell:
- 560 uses on blocks of tier 0 like Organics (Leaves from trees, Flowers, Mushrooms, Tallgrass, Cattails, Wood, Logs), Grass (including Dead Grass and Savannah Grass, Dirt (including Rocky Dirt, Detritus, Canyon Floor and Matted Needles), Sand, Sandstone, Snow and the like
Charged Wood Mining CellEdit
Charged Wood Mining Cells have been removed with R39 in February just like the common Wood Mining Cell, These "alternative" Mining Cells could only be crafted after finding a rare Recipe in a randomly spawning Treasure Chest, commonly in Wood Treasure Chests. The crafting recipe asked for the exact same ingredients as the common Wood Mining Cell, however the Charged Wood Mining Cell made with the rare Recipe has lasted longer than the common one by sporting a higher durability.