The betweenlands

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The Betweenlands

The Betweenlands is a mod developed by the modding group for the indie sandbox construction game Minecraft. This large and expansive mod focuses on a whole new fully fleshed-out dimension for Minecraft that adds a plethora of exciting new content.

The Betweenlands dimension is a dark, swampy realm crawling with strange, monstrous creatures. It is the dimension that the majority of the mod revolves around.

Creating Issues

When reporting problems you must...

  • use a descriptive and concise title
  • include the version of Forge and the Betweenlands you are using
  • specify whether it happens in singleplayer or multiplayer (and if so, what server is used, e.g. Vanilla, Thermos, Sponge etc.)
  • provide a detailed and comprehensible description, if possible also include instructions on how to reproduce it
  • include a link to your mod pack so we can try to reproduce it, otherwise if no such link is available provide a list of all mods you have installed
  • upload the full crash log if available and include a link to said crash log
  • not post multiple problems in one issue. Create multiple issues instead

Feel free to include pictures of the problem you are having, if that helps. You may also create issues for suggestions. If you have multiple suggestions please post them in one single issue.

If you do not follow these rules your issues will be closed and ignored.

But before you start writing an issue, please read up on the following common issues


If you intend to contribute via pull request please read our contributing instructions.

Common Issues

  1. Common issues caused by OptiFine

    1. My screen is totally black!
      This is a common issue when OptiFine is installed.
      The "Fast Render" option in OptiFine causes our shaders to not work.
      To fix this problem you can either set "Fast Render" to OFF
      or disable the Betweenlands shaders in the Betweenlands config.

    2. Everything is invisible!
      Newer versions of OptiFine have built-in shaders that
      don't work well with our shaders. You can either disable the
      Betweenlands shaders or disable the OptiFine shaders by going to the
      main Minecraft directory, opening optionsshaders.txt and changing
      to .

    3. The mod crashes on startup in 1.7.10
      The 1.7.10 version of the Betweenlands is incompatible with some
      OptiFine versions. Try instead which should

  2. Other common issues

    1. The water is only yellow/brown/beige
      Download the latest recommended version of Forge.

    2. Everything is black, invisible or looks strange
      If you have any other mods installed that add shaders, make sure you either
      disable the shaders of those mods, or disable the Betweenlands shaders (see 1.1)

    3. The sounds or music sometimes stop working
      That's something we're still working on. If this happens to you, you
      can fix it by pressing F3+T (might freeze the game for a few seconds)
      instead of restarting the game.

    4. This mod makes my game lag horribly!!1!
      Try disabling the Betweenlands shaders (see 1.1). Some graphics cards,
      especially integrated ones such as Intel HD Graphics, cannot handle the
      shaders well.

For Developers

Features Include

  • A complete independent survival experience with hours of gameplay
  • A whole new dimension to survive in
  • Many new creatures and monsters to fight
  • Bosses to defeat
  • Plenty of unique biomes and structures to explore and loot, from towering fortresses to scattered underground ruins
  • An extensive herblore system that allows you to create over 30 unique infusions from 14 different aspects found in plants
  • A unique farming system with several new crop types
  • Over 300 new blocks to build with, including various machine blocks and a whole lot of plant life
  • Over 350 new items, including lots of unique weapons and loot, complete tool and armour sets, plenty of food items, new raw materials, scraps of lore and more
  • Over 250 new sounds, including 7 immersive ambient tracks and 33 music tracks
  • Lots of new mechanics, including food sickness, corrosion of tools, decay of the player, and a combat circle revolving around 3 new gem items
  • Randomly occuring events, including changes in the weather as well as sometimes more supernatural occurrences
  • Special built-in custom shader effects to make the worlds look even prettier
  • Multiplayer compatibility so you can survive with your friends
  • ...and much, more more!


  1. USED TERMS MOD - modification, plugin, a piece of software that interfaces with the Minecraft client to extend, add, change or remove original capabilities. MOJANG - Mojang AB OWNER - , Original author(s) of the MOD. Under the copyright terms accepted when purchasing Minecraft ( the OWNER has full rights over their MOD despite use of MOJANG code. USER - End user of the mod, person installing the mod.
  1. USE Use of this MOD to be installed, manually or automatically, is given to the USER without restriction.
  1. REDISTRIBUTION This MOD may only be distributed where uploaded, mirrored, or otherwise linked to by the OWNER solely with the exception of CurseForge modpacks. All other mirrors of this mod must have advance written permission from the OWNER under the joint agreement of the Angry Pixel modding group. ANY attempts to make money off of this MOD (selling, selling modified versions, adfly, sharecash, etc.) are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, and the OWNER may claim damages or take other action to rectify the situation. In any cases, full credit to the Angry Pixel modding group must be given.
  1. DERIVATIVE WORKS/MODIFICATION This mod is provided freely and may be decompiled and modified for private use, either with a decompiler or a bytecode editor. Public distribution of modified versions of this MOD require advance written permission of the OWNER and may be subject to certain terms. Use of small sections of code is allowed as long as the result is transformation. The code may also be viewed and learned from for educational purposes.

The Betweenlands adds a new dimension, which is very interesting and dangerous to explore. It is a swamp world with new biomes, plants and animals.

Before you go to a new world, you should thoroughly prepare. Previously, it will be necessary to find and kill four dark druids, removing the fragments of the medallions from them. Next, they need to be put on the altar, which will allow you to get a staff. Find an open space, plant a tree and use a staff on it. After this, a huge tree will grow, which is a portal to the swamp dimension.

It is useless to stock up food before the trip, because when it moves it will rot. Take powerful weapons and armor with you, as swamp mobs are quite dangerous. It is also worth considering that ordinary fire does not burn here, it will need to be mined from special ore.

How to install The Betweenlands mod

  1. Make sure you have installed Minecraft Forge.
  2. Download the mod for your version of the game.
  3. Put it in the ‘mods’ folder, which is located in the game folder.

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(This article is only about reaching the Dimension. For tips getting started in the Betweenlands itself, see the Basic Guide to Survival. For a guide on installation, see Installation)

Getting to the Betweenlands is not an easy task. Decent gear is recommended (preferably good armor, a bow, arrows, optional feather falling boots, etc) in order to obtain the Talisman needed to create a portal.

Obtaining a Swamp Talisman

The first step is to locate a Swamp biome in the Overworld. There, you may find a Druid Circle, a small circle of runed stone spires with a mysterious altar in the center.

Be careful when coming close to this structure, it continuously spawns Dark Druids. The druids attack by throwing you into the air, dropping you to cause fall damage. This is why feather falling is useful, although you can also use the Swamp's water to break your fall. Druids also cannot attack players that are swimming (not standing) in water, which can be a useful vantage to attack from with your bow.

Each Dark Druid has a chance to drop a Swamp Talisman Piece on death. There are 4 unique pieces that must be collected. Once each piece has been obtained, the player can optionally break the Dark DruidMonster Spawner below the altar to prevent further spawns. It can be recreated if need be by placing any 4 saplings in the altar.

Finally, right-click the altar and place the 4 pieces in each corner slot. The altar will then combine the fragments to create the Swamp Talisman, the key to creating a Betweenlands portal. After that, simply right-click the altar again and claim the finished talisman.

Creating a Portal

From there, creating a portal is easy. Place any sapling in a flat, wide area (remove nearby tall grass too), and right-click the sapling with the Swamp Talisman. The Portal Tree will generate around the sapling, complete with four portals to the Betweenlands. (Note that the Tree is quite large, so don't create it near anything too important)

Once the portal is created, you can begin your journey! You can go in as prepared, or unprepared as you'd like, but keep in mind that non-Betweenlands food, potions, torches, and weapons don't work as well in the Betweenlands. Weapons receive a severe damage penalty, torches extinguish when placed, and food and potions become completely rotten, so you will likely have to craft Betweenlands equivalents anyways. You can get a slight head start by using the floor of the Portal Tree to make basic Weedwood tools.

All that's left is to dive into the portal to start your adventure in this dark, swampy, terrifying dimension!

(For tips on getting started in the dimension itself, see the Basic Guide to Survival)


What are the Minecraft BETWEENLANDS?

The Betweenlands mod is currently in active development. While the experience is mostly fleshed out and playable with minimal stability issues, keep in mind that it is still not finished.


Installation is relatively simple, generally the same as any other minecraft mod.

There are two ways to download The Betweenlands, through the Curse Forge site, or Github. Note that Betweenlands requires Minecraft Forge for 1.12.2 first, generally the most up to date 1.12.2 version.

The Official Betweenlands Discord Server also has a support section for questions, along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions pinned in said channel. Please check the FAQ first before asking a question to see if it's already been answered.


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You can download the mod from the Curse Forge site, found here, where official releases and updates are uploaded. Simply click Download for the latest build, and then drop the downloaded file into the .minecraft/mods folder like with other mods, and run Minecraft with Forge through the launcher. Although this is a simpler process and provides a more stable version, it is not always the most up-to-date as beta versions of updates are often released on Github first.


The mod is also available for download on Github, and development of the mod is committed there whenever it is worked on. If you want to play the absolute latest versions, you can follow these steps (for Windows). Note that this is a lengthier, more confusing process, the version may be more unstable.

This process requires the Java SDK, found here. After installing it, follow these steps to set it up properly:

  1. Go to the Github repository link, found here. You can do one of two things here. You can click Download ZIP near the top-right corner to download the .zip directly. Alternatively, if you have Github Desktop installed, you can press the clipboard-shaped button to the left of the download button, press the plus sign at the top left corner of the Desktop program, tab to Create, and paste the repository link you copied in the empty bar (you can also choose the file path you want it to install to from here). Through this second method you can simply press "Sync" on the program whenever the repository updates to get the latest code without having to redownload, but it is entirely optional.
  2. Navigate to the .zip you downloaded and extract it to somewhere on your computer using your choice of extractor program, such as WinRAR, 7zip or just Windows 10's built in .zip extraction (this step is only necessary if you have downloaded it directly from the Github website).
  3. After unzipping/syncing the BL download, you'll get a folder named The-Betweenlands or The-Betweenlands-master. Shift-right click on the folder. There should be an option to open command prompt there, just click on that and then you have your file location. Then type 'gradlew build' after the line in your command prompt, press enter, and the build will begin compiling. After a certain amount of time it will be done and you can close the command prompt.
    The universal .jar should end up in build>libs.
  4. Navigate to your .minecraft directory. This can be found by typing "%AppData%" (without quotes) into the start menu. From there, click Roaming, and then .minecraft.
  5. If you don't already have a mods folder under .minecraft, click new folder and name it "mods" (again, without quotes). Drop the .zip file you found into the mods folder.
  6. Start the Minecraft launcher. Click the arrow to the right of the Profile bar and select the version of Forge you downloaded. Then launch the game.
  7. Success!


As the Betweenlands is run on Minecraft Forge, it is compatible with almost any other 1.12.2 forge mod. Notable incompatible mods or types of mods are shown below:

  • Shader mods: If you are using outside shader mods with the Betweenlands mod, you may experience visual glitches and issues, as the Betweenlands uses its own custom shaders which conflict with outside shaders. This includes Optifine.
  • Biomes o' Plenty (or any other major biome mod, really): You may experience biome ID conflicts with the Betweenlands's biomes. If this occurs, simply change the IDs in the mod's config to unused IDs and you should be set.

Modpack Policy

Modpacks are allowed for use with the Betweenlands as long as they are non-profit. However, the mod is primarily built for vanilla, so you should not expect any balancing with mods that you use, and it may break the consistency of the game.

(This policy is subject to change in the future. When in doubt, ask for permission)


Betweenlands the

The Betweenlands is a dark, swampy realm crawling with strange, monstrous creatures. It is the dimension that the majority of the mod revolves around.


During the time when the light in The Overworld had just begun to shine and the flames of The Nether had just begun to burn, there existed a dimension which is little other than a void of nothingness. But out of nowhere, a giant inter-dimensional rift appeared and energy seeped into it, giving it potential for life to populate and grow in this dimension. A race of NPCs inhabited it, including a powerful Druid. He and his followers worked to twist the Nether's evil into a weapon of peace. However, when they opened the portal in this dimension, evil surged out into it. This caused the NPCs to become Wights. The Druid himself became the Prime Wight, and he now wielded power over this dimension. He caused the Betweenlands to become a swampy, deathly land, as it is now. After much time, a traveler (the player) found their way to the dimension.


The Betweenlands is so foul that Players will decay simply by living in it. The dimension has no day/night cycle of its own, although it experiences some effects from the Overworld's day/night cycle through the periodic Rift event. Additionally, several blocks and items from the Overworld are nullified:

  • Clocks and Compasses spin wildly, unable to function in any useful way; whereas Beds, Bone Meal, and Flint and Steel do not function at all.
  • Torches from other dimensions become Damp Torches, so alternative light sources, like Sulfur Torches, must be used instead.
  • Due to the warm and wet environment of The Betweenlands, food from other dimensions rots when traveling through the portal, becoming Rotten Food. Similarly, Potions from other dimensions will become Tainted Potions.

Tools and weapons from other dimensions are much less effective in the Betweenlands, prompting the player to use the Betweenlands tools. However, Betweenlands tools in your inventory gradually undergo Corrosion, which is a process that causes the tools to become less effective.

Players also suffer from Food Sickness when eating the same food too often, causing it to become less filling.

As Flint and Steel doesn't work in the dimension, players need to use alternate methods to make fire. Simply hold right-click on Moss, Cave Moss, Lichen, or Thorns (either placed as a block or dropped as an item) with an Octine Ingot to light it on fire. The plant will slowly build up flame until it turns into a fire block, without consuming the ingot in the process. This is essential for getting an Infuser started.

Ground Dried Swamp Reed must be used in place of Bone Meal to fertilize plants and crops in the Betweenlands.

Players must use Moss Beds in place of normal Beds to set their spawn point in the Betweenlands. However, since there is no proper day/night cycle, players cannot sleep in Moss Beds to skip any "night", not even through the Rift event.

How to Access

The Betweenlands can be accessed by creating a Portal Tree, which contains four portals to the dimension. For more information on how to access the dimension, visit the How to get there page.


The Betweenlands is a dark, swamp-themed dimension.

The sky is usually an animated green patchwork of mysterious, hazy stars, although these are often covered by the dimension's various weather Events, like Auroras, Heavy Rain, Fog, etc, along with other much more dangerous ones.

The dimension is composed of many biomes. Swamplands, Patchy Islands, Coarse Islands, Sludge Plains, Deep Waters, Marshes and even some sub-biomes. These biomes are crawling with very thick, uncontrolled flora and fauna, and many ruins of long lost civilizations, among other mysterious structures. The Betweenlands also contains several dungeons which can then be explored to get loot or to fight bosses. As the Betweenlands is still in development, it may introduce some new biomes in the future with many more structures and mobs.

The Betweenlands features many trees and wood types. Small Weedwood Trees are often most ubiquitous, although there are also many other variations. Sap Trees, Rubber Trees, Hearthgrove Trees, Nibbletwig Trees, Hollow Logs, and Giant Roots, as well as the rare Spirit Tree boss.


Sea level in the Betweenlands is y=121, meaning caves in the dimension are much deeper. They are also very dark, with a black fog completely covering anything too far away from the player. Betweenlands caves are also split up into two layers, the upper Caverns and the lower Lake Caverns, each with different resources available. The caves themselves are often wide, interconnected, and filled with underground flora and dripping stalactites, along with echoing cave ambiance and occasional hostile mobs.

The dimension has many ores, such as Sulfur Ore, Slimy Bone Ore, Octine Ore, Syrmorite Ore, Valonite Ore, and Life Crystal Ore.

Caves are also interspersed with occasional structures you can explore.








  • Release 3.3.9:
    • Added config to let players start in the Betweenlands.
    • Added config to let players always respawn in the Betweenlands instead of the Overworld.
  • Release 3.3.1: Added day/night cycle.
  • Release 3.3.0: Added Advancements.
  • Alpha 3.0.0: Now has proper lighting.
  • Beta 1.0.0: Introduced.
R.A.D Minecraft Modpack Ep. 29 The Betweenlands Adventure

The Betweenlands Mod 1.12.2/1.10.2 (Strange New World)

The Betweenlands Mod 1.12.2/1.10.2 is a mod for the sandbox construction game Minecraft developed by the Angry Pixel modding group. This large and expansive mod focuses on a whole new fully fleshed-out dimension for Minecraft that adds a plethora of exciting new content. The Betweenlands dimension is a dark, swampy realm crawling with strange, monstrous creatures. It is the dimension that the majority of the mod revolves around.

The Betweenlands Mod


  • A complete independent survival experience with hours of gameplay.
  • A whole new dimension to survive in.
  • Many new creatures and monsters to fight.
  • Bosses to defeat.
  • Plenty of unique biomes and structures to explore and loot, from towering fortresses to scattered underground ruins.
  • An extensive herblore system that allows you to create over 30 unique infusions from 14 different aspects found in plants.
  • A unique farming system with several new crop types.
  • Over 300 new blocks to build with, including various machine blocks and a whole lot of plant life.
  • Over 350 new items, including lots of unique weapons and loot, complete tool and armour sets, plenty of food items, new raw materials, scraps of lore and more.
  • Over 250 new sounds, including 7 immersive ambient tracks and 33 music tracks.
  • Lots of new mechanics, including food sickness, corrosion of tools, decay of the player, and a combat circle revolving around 3 new gem items.
  • Randomly occuring events, including changes in the weather as well as sometimes more supernatural occurrences.
  • Special built-in custom shader effects to make the worlds look even prettier.
  • Multiplayer compatibility so you can survive with your friends.
  • …and much more.


Druid Circle

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The Portal Tree

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Biomes – Swamplands

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Biome – Patchy Islands

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Biome – Coarse Islands

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Biome – Deep Waters

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Biome – Marsh

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Biome – Sludge Plains

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Underground – Limestone Cave

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Mob – Swamp Hags

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Mob – Wight

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Mob – Mire Snails

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Mob – Blood Snails

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Mob – Fireflies

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Mob – Dragonflies

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Mob – Sporelings

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Mob – Termite

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Mob – Leeches

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Mob – Geckos

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Mob – Silt Crabs

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Mob – Lurkers

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Mob – Anglers

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Mob – Tar Beast

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Mob – Sludge

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Mob – Peat Mummy

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Giant Weedwood Tree

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Wight Fortress

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Boss – Primordial Malevolence

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Event – Dense Fog

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Event – Heavy Rain

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Event – Auroras

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Event – Blood Sky/Cragrock Tower

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Event – Blood Sky

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Fancy animated skies!

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Fresh liquid rubber on tap!

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Seasonal Event – Spook

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The Betweenlands Mod Wiki Page:


Minecraft Forge

How to install:

  1. Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge.
  2. Locate the minecraft application folder.
    • On windows open Run from the start menu, type %appdata% and click Run.
    • On mac open finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for Minecraft.
  3. Place the mod you have just downloaded (.jar file) into the Mods folder.
  4. When you launch Minecraft and click the mods button you should now see the mod is installed.

The Betweenlands Mod 1.12.2/1.10.2 Download Link:

For Minecraft 1.7.10

Download from Server 1

For Minecraft 1.10.2

Download from Server 1

For Minecraft 1.12.2

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