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APTERRA - huge custom survival map (download included)

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avatar sabbas apterus
Level 59 : Grandmaster Blob
Hello, fellow minecrafters!

I present to you my latest creation – Apterra.

Apterra is a huge map designed for survival gameplay, or a server, just like a deafult minecraft map.
Even though there are much more basic structures in this world, none are made of any precious material
(well, maybe except for the nether quartz, which simulates marble, so you can build fancy house and do not need to go to hell for it :) ) imagine a default MC structure a bit more site specific and a little bit better.
building cool stuff is your job :)
You can choose your gamemode in-game at start (survival, adventure and creative), and then one of four different starting locations

(selecting a location will automaticly set the spawnpoint to that location). selecting “creative” will transport you to the center of the map and set your spawnpoint there.

You will find everything you need in the map, there is plenty of stuff everywhere. when in doubt, find a road and follow it.

You may need a faster computer for this map (if “AMPLIFIED” (v.1.7 option) runs smoothly, you will be ok)

Size: 6,055 square kilometers (land only)
Map is aproximately 5200×4400 blocks

compatibility: mc version 1.7 and higher

alternative download:


1. download
2. unzip
3. copy folder “APTERRA” to your minecraft saves directory
Windows: hit the Windows button + R and type: %appdata%/.minecraft/saves/
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves/
4. start Minecraft
5. start singleplayer and load APTERRA
6. enjoy

WorldPainter: www.worldpainter.net/
Minecraft Editor: www.axialmedia.com/ProductsMenu/Minecraft.aspx
MCEdit: www.mcedit.net/
Custom tree repository: www.planetminecraft.com/project/native-trees-of-europe-template-repository-1779952/
BDcraft texture pack bdcraft.net/

terms of use:
you can use the map on your server or use it for your projects, just make sure you give me proper credit

Additional Notes

all important technicalities (spoilers):


-default sea level (62)
-mountains up to level 255
- surroundings: ocean
-new blocks (v.1.7)

-all types present, including new v. 1.7 biomes
-varying size
-noisy borders
-realistic placing

-all default resources present
-default density (may vary)
-thick layer of coal few meters below sea level
-iron generated at all heights
-lapis generated up to sea level
-emerald present in all biomes
-sandstone, white/red stained clay, and quartz block generated underground in some areas (size, height and density varying)
-resources are rarely exposed

-worldpainter chasms and caverns in some areas
-many custom cave systems accessible from the surface (standard cave (horizontal, vertical), ice cave, volcanic cave, jungle cave, underground river, huge caverns…)
-lava at layer 8

-custom .bo2 trees (some made by lentebriesje (www.planetminecraft.com/project/native-trees-of-europe-template-repository-1779952/) – leaves may be set to “not decay” on huge oaks or pines
-”acacia” and “dark oak” (v.1.7) are present
-all v.1.7 new plants are present (2 block high plants are rare, but present at spawn locations, you can grow or multiply them using bonemeal

-animals can be found in larger groups further from each other
-all types are present

-custom NPC vilages and cities
-custom dungeons
-mines, bridges, ruins, quarries…
-default structures disabled

-Nether: default
-End: default, there is one portal in the map, throwing an eye won‘t lead you to it, but it is easy to find

non-craftable items
-can be found as treasures, but are rare

Progress100% complete

2 Update Logs

Update #2 : 12/02/2013 5:40:26 amDec 2nd, 2013

changed my mind, i wont update this project, i will make another survival map (with all features below)

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  • Archit3ct
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 9, 2018, 6:58 am
This is absolutely brilliant!
  • _Nomos_
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 28, 2018, 5:52 pm
I just downloaded this map again, and it won't show up in the single player menu. I deleted to .dat and renamed the old to .dat still nothing. I've downloaded several times and I get the same results. Any Ideas on whats going on?
This map is quite awesome
Can someone find the coordinates for the exact center of the map?
I really appreciate the time and effort put into making the map! I am using this world on my modded server and am in the process of building my server and adding onto the world. Credit is in the description of every video pertaining to your world. Once again, thanks for this creation.

Original World
One of my Updates
  • GrapePen
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 16, 2017, 5:38 pm
Can I use this on my server?
the answer you seek is in the 'project details'
Wow Dude you inspired me so much in map creation! Also one question what programs did you use and two of them were world painter and mcedit right? :)
those 2 and a lot was done with WorldEdit mod in MC (or whatever was it called in v. 1.5.2)
  • levji_kralj
  • Level 22
  • Expert Mage
  • November 24, 2016, 5:47 am
Any chances you could update Apterra to have some of the new minecraft version features ?
nah, sorry. I'm retired now
HI I wanna use this map for my animation... Do i have the perms to use it?
Ill give in description that link and youre name .
yup, alright with me.
  • Polentaum
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 7, 2016, 5:59 pm
Sabbas, This project was the most brilliant idea I've ever seen related to minecraft maps. Please continue!
I'm afraid I won't, now I enjoy playing MC more than map making. btw. you should try mods like ATG and custom ore gen to get a bigger, fancier and more realistic nature, which was the point of this map ( big and not chunky mountains mostly :) )
  • lindahelo
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 18, 2016, 4:38 am
I have some sort of a problem, I downloaded the map and it worked well! But then I for some idiotic reason decided to delete the world in the game (if that makes sense) since I thought that's the only way to change the game mode and when I tried to put the map back in there, it didn't work. Like it didn't come in the world selection page. :(
Ps. The map is beautiful!
no idea what is wrong. I deleted and copied it many times when I was making it, always worked.
  • cookieXL
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 29, 2016, 8:04 am
I wanna use this map for my server... Do i have the perms to use it?
Ill give u a 1 hour broadcast {Every hour} That u made it
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 24, 2016, 10:01 am
This map is even better with mods
  • luccaepp
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 18, 2016, 1:40 pm
Hey, can I play this in MultiPlayer? Look a nice map!
I don't see any reason why it shouldn't work.
Something is up. Either to use custom maps, I rename the world save "world", but it doesn't generate a new world but uses the default generation with the seed, aka it's not working.
don't rename anything, and it is not supposed to generate anything, it's already generated. just put it into saves folder and open it as a saved game
  • Polentaum
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 21, 2016, 8:26 am
Sabbas, will continue to make maps as APTERRA? a version 2 or something?
maybe, but not any time soon
  • DuhStark
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 11, 2016, 1:04 pm
Hello, could help me put minerals mods in this world? for example: copper, aluminum, silicon, etc ..
no idea how to do that except manually
what are the cords to the middle? i cant find the cool parts
if you die, you'll spawn somewhere near the center
[code]can someone help me add custom ores that map ?[/code]
  • GarminXX9
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 19, 2016, 7:30 am
plz post a link to the texture pack you are using
find it in the description
  • Lixtn
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 4, 2016, 2:36 am
Where do i find Saddles? that is easy
is it a question, or a sarcastic comment on the easiness of finding saddles ? either way, I don't remember anything about the saddle situation, except that there are some somewhere. probably. :)
  • _JLP_
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • May 31, 2016, 9:28 pm
So we can use this map as long as we give you credit and leave a link somewhere to here?
isn't that the rule if the description doesn't say otherwise ?
  • _JLP_
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 9, 2016, 11:27 pm
Will I just wasn't too sure, had some friends take your map without giving credit, so just wanted to clear this so it is not a problem,
  • WaKid
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 8, 2016, 6:13 am
Best Map What I've played in life
  • Atko_James
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • April 16, 2016, 6:37 pm
please can I used this map in my modded server
sure, go ahead. don't forget to put a link to it somewhere :)
I am in Adventure mode and I don't know what to do. Are there supposed to be items in the chests? I followed the roads for a half an hour and I couldn't find anything but the temple with the End Portal. Also, how can I get back to the original Spawnpoint?
it is just a custom terrain. play it the same as you play regular minecraft. the only difference is that it has pretty mountains. it is not an adventure map with story or treasures behind every corner. it's in the description :)
  • Lufiteab
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • March 29, 2016, 7:14 pm
This map is perfect for a single player role play I want to start I hope you are ready for this map to get crazy hits! I will give full credit of course in the YT description box!!❤️❤️❤️
  • Apperater
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Network
  • April 1, 2016, 2:34 pm
I see you Luffy-boo
This is easily the coolest large-scale survival map I've seen since Eldaria (a massive 5-ish continent beast of a custom terrain map, though lacking comparatively in the dungeon content). The continent is MASSIVE! With little in terms of goals, I've mainly set my own of finding all your hidden maps or making my own until I've mapped out the whole continent.

I've thrown in a few command modules for spice, like TheRedEngineer's waypoints+graves (good luck finding where you died in such a huge map otherwise!), camping tools by TheRedEngineer (the backpack is really finicky but the extra storage is helping, and I like the sleeping bags) and Squids+ (just because).

I've really been having a blast exploring, though I've only managed to find a single diamond in a chest, and caves seem to be drastically more effective than just trying to branch-mine. It's remarkable how much harder natural spawns can be when you're limited to unenchanted iron armor and tools!

The builds are colossal and fantastic to explore, my only request would be a few more adventure map elements in custom areas (spawners, valuable loot chests, bits of backstory)
  • Huehue
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 16, 2016, 9:05 am
Dude, ur a legend for me. I was looking for an amazing map for few years and ofc the game itself couldn't configurate one with its usual bioms, nice one at least. And now i found you. Your map is amazing, just started as jungleman or whatever its called and its so frking amazing, cant wait to check out others. Keep it up with minecraft, ur a God here.
eyy i am from the Netherlands and i really
it's in a very large building that is hard to miss
  • eat_beans
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 2, 2016, 11:01 am
This map is amazing one of the best ever? But i have one question (if you still look at this page)
me and my friends were playing around and found TONS AND TONS of mobs in the caves do you use spawners to spawn mobs?
thanks. some places have almost no caves underground and the mobs have nowhere else to spawn, but in that one dark place. spawners are exclusively in manmade structures ( tombs, mines..) sorry for that
Are there ores in the map?
just like vanilla except iron and lapis can be found also above layer 64, coal is only around layer 50, but there's plenty of it there. there are few places with ores more concentrated, and few places with a low ammount, but those are uncommon. there's a lot of smoothstone areas that are 'covered' with one layer of smoothstone, so the ores are hidden under it.
I cannot find all the map pieces only like 6 pieces! can we have cords to all the map pieces?
I don't remember where I hid them, sorry.
  • elf_erik
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 31, 2015, 10:54 pm
This is an amazing map!
what exsact update is it
Why does this crash on modded?
no idea. is it the only 1.7 map that crashes ?
I would like to know if i could add this map on my server as a survial part. (and yes i will give credit i just would like to make sure)
yeah, of course
  • Jewelman
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Blockhead
  • May 12, 2015, 4:17 am
What texture pack is used in these pictures?
  • Spectre
  • Level 49
  • Master Mage
  • March 22, 2015, 2:53 am
yay! this is the map for the Drobvian knights!
  • Azounstone
  • Level 44
  • Master Architect
  • June 11, 2016, 1:37 am
It is indeed, Sabbas Apterus kindly let us use it :)
  • Spectre
  • Level 49
  • Master Mage
  • June 14, 2016, 5:12 am
Like 12 months later. -_-

  • Azounstone
  • Level 44
  • Master Architect
  • June 14, 2016, 7:42 am
Only just noticed it :)
  • Spectre
  • Level 49
  • Master Mage
  • June 14, 2016, 5:23 pm
Looking back on my bad grammar. ;) Thank you.
  • Xerxes145
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • March 22, 2015, 3:27 am
Yeah I noticed that as well! Awesome map!
  • Myy
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 9, 2015, 4:28 am
Beautiful jungle!
  • SoGamez92
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 22, 2015, 11:02 am
I'm liked this map! Nice job :)
  • yung flock
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Mountaineer
  • January 19, 2015, 8:08 am
nice job!
im making you famus in youtube!
(pay me!)
  • MagikShard
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • January 10, 2015, 2:27 am

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