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How to use Worldedit for terraforming.


A simple island I made when I was first learning this stuff, I made it in what felt like a minute.

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Hello everyone! I recently heard that the Angel Block society was back! So I decided I would do a terraforming project. I have used Worldedit many times before but I have never really attempted a large scale project with it. Before I do that I would like to teach my fellow players how to use it themselves.

1. Getting Worldedit

There are two versions of Worldedit, the multiplayer plugin and the one in the single player commands mod.

You must have permissions on a server to use it, or you can get it for your server here: http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/worldedit/ There is also the single player version, here: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/94310-125-single-player-commands-v322-official-download/

2. Basic commands

Make sure you are holding a tool when using these commands.

First thing you need to know is the brush command


after that you can do //br sphere , //br cylinder and //br smooth

//br sphere grass 3

Instead of grass you can pick any block you want. the "3" is the size, the max size is 5.

//material grass

this command allows you to "transmute" as I call it from a long distance away and not create a sphere instead of what you want.

//mask grass

This combined with the //material command allows you to make all of the blocks you chose in //mask to be turned into //material

//smooth is a command that smooths out the terrain you right clicked, so if you had a large spike sticking out of the ground, you could turn that spike into more of a hill.

3. How to use the commands in terraforming.

Ok so let's say we wanted to make an island. First select a large area of water to remove, do //wand, left click position one and then right click position two. Do //replace water air, make sure the area you selected was the area with the water in it, the selection forms a cube. Next start using the brush command to make a hill. I would recommend //br sphere stone 3. Make sure this hill goes above water.next smooth out the hill, use //br smooth 3, and just right click at the bottom of the hill, it will smooth it out and make it look more realistic. Next you need to make this island look normal. So use //material sand, and //mask stone, and make the whole island sand, do //material grass mask sand and make the top grass, use //material dirt, and //mask sand, and add patches of dirt into the sand, also add some clay if you like. You can use //size 3, to increase the size of the brush. Now you should be able to use //replace air water to make the sea come back and you should have a new island!

Thanks for reading! If this helped, let me know, if I made any mistakes or you thought It wasn't helpful let me know, I would like some feedback please! Remember to keep crafting!

Update #1 : 02/02/2013 10:05:17 am2/02/13

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  • Jmar
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 2, 2014, 1:14 pm
Thanks for the helpful article :D
  • samkee00
  • Level 47
  • Master Pyro
  • December 2, 2013, 4:41 pm
to put the water back, you could just do //fixwater 10
  • upuu
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • November 26, 2013, 3:35 pm
Thanks. You totally helped me out. 1+ diamond for you. I hope to see you doing more World Edit tutorials.
I just saw this, this is the material I exactly wanted. You deserve a praise :)
Thanks, but it might be outdated. I haven't played in so long.
  • SnowyOxygen
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • September 25, 2013, 8:38 am
Good tutorial :D. Maybe try Voxel though? :o (Not saying it's better, just a suggestion lol)
I had forgotten about this tutorial lol. I didn't use voxel because I just liked worldedit more. Also I don't terraform anymore. :P
  • gbdoger
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 27, 2013, 3:01 pm
is this also for 1.5.1?
If singleplayer commands or bukkit and worldedit have updated, then yes.
I tried the worledit delete of water but it was too laggy and irritating, if you just use the simple MCedit cut and delete feature it is much simpler :D
You can't use mcedit in game for one, and you can't terraform with mcedit. Mcedit is much slower. It is not simpler at all, you just need a better computer.
I have mac which is pretty much best computer for minecraft, mcedit is sooo much better for deleting large areas as worldedit can be really sucky for deleting
  • vc12rox
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 21, 2014, 7:26 am
macs are completely the wrong thing for minecraft if you want a good gaming computer get an alienware ok thank you
Lol a mac is the best computer for minecraft? I could explain for an hour why that is wrong. Long story short, macs are just not gaming computers. Also if you want to delete a massive hole then yes, but even in mcedit it takes a long time for it to finish. For the area that you will need you only really need to delete a small area. My computer does just fine deleting nice sized holes and it is one of the worst computers out there. It is over 8 years old.
  • Luis
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  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • February 2, 2013, 1:19 am
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  • Luis
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  • February 2, 2013, 11:10 am
Just leave them, that feature was removed due to abuse
I did change the submission, sorry I didn't think that fixing a whole lot of grammar errors wasn't considered that big of a change.
  • Luis
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  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • February 2, 2013, 11:11 am
Newer restrictions so it's understandable
  • JacobT10
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 11, 2012, 7:28 am
That little island turned out really well. Good tutorial, not too many folks realize the true power of WorldEdit when it comes to terraforming.
  • crafter4ever
  • Level 48
  • Master Blob
  • September 12, 2012, 12:22 pm
Sadly because of people who hack or abuse op, people mostly see it as a tool of destruction because of it's dangerous power on servers, sure it is dangerous, but in the right hands it can be a very powerful terraformer, I am now working on a canyon that may take a month to finish, I am not so good with smoothing out huge steep cliffs.
  • JacobT10
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 12, 2012, 2:30 pm
Mmm, which is why my server's whitelisted, and no one I don't personally know has ever gotten in. I'm not sure if you're using WE on a server, or via the SSP installation, but one tool I've found invaluable for smoothing large terraforming projects has been VoxelSniper. It has a few different brushes designed just for smoothing, but like WE, people generally see it as a tool of destruction, thanks to its long range terrain modification capabilities.

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