The Aether Wiki: Genesis of the Void


A hostile paradise

The Aether is one of, if not, the largest Minecraft mods in history and was released on July 22th, 2011. The mod includes the Aether realm, the opposite of The Nether that includes several new blocks, mobs, and items, as well as a whole new accessory system. A full version history is here and a list of known bugs is here.

The sequel to The Aether, The Aether II: Genesis of the Void, was released on June 11, 2012, and contains various new mobs, features, and overall adds to the experience.


The Aether is an inverse to The Nether, with the Aether being large solid areas in empty space while The Nether is empty space in large solid areas. Its main features are large floating islands and formations of Aerclouds, which are solid cloud-like blocks. There are many new mobs, items and blocks in the Aether, some being entirely different from those in the Overworld, but few are similar to overworld mobs.

To get to the Aether, one must first make a Aether Portal formation out of Glowstone, and place water with a water bucket in one of the top corners. When the player step through the portal for the first time, a portal will spawn in a randomly generated Aether.


Normal Overworld tools have extremely low efficiency in harvesting and mining blocks of the Aether, so even using hands to harvest skyroot logs would be faster than using diamond tools. Normal torches and fire cannot be used in the Aether due to the oxygen level being too low[1], although water brought from the Overworld works properly, so the player is limited to only using Aether originated items and tools etc, much like starting in an entirely new Overworld with nothing, as Overworld tools are not so efficient. When a player falls off of an Aether island, they will not fall into The Void. Instead, they'll leave the Aether and be spawned high above their original portal in the Overworld and fall straight down, so one is advised to put water around their portal or they will die of fall damage, unless they fell too far away from their original Aether spawn, in which case they'll fall far away from their Overworld portal. Death from falling off the Aether can also be prevented by using Aether items and mobs that give the player the ability to not take fall damage. The Aether can be used for unreliable fast travel through the Overworld much like The Nether.

Upon arrival, the player will see large flying whales, plus an entire cast of new mobs. Many of them are hostile, but a few are still friendly. Sheepuffs can also be seen floating gently to the ground, as well as Phygs.

But there are still many things that make this place not so heavenly. Zephyrs, the Ghasts of the Aether, will try to spit snowballs at the player to push them off the map. Blue Swets will try to drown any mob within itself, including the player. Golden Swets will throw the player high up into the air and attempt to make the player go splat all over the Aether's Holystone hills. At nightfall, the Cockatrices will come out to play. Although they may look like the peaceful Moas, a tamable creature, Cockatrices will spit poison darts at the player, and they'll find it hard to walk back to safety! But they're not the only source of poison up in the Aether. Aechor Plants carrying precious Aechor Petals will spit poison darts at anyone, even other mobs.

That's not all though, throughout a player's ventures, one may find dungeons of varying difficulties. These dungeons are divided into three types: Bronze Dungeons, Silver Dungeons, and Gold Dungeons, and all will carry treasures and accessories that the player may have never seen. Getting these items will not be easy though because strong boss mobs will stand guard over their treasure, some of which can't be defeated by a sword alone! Many, many more armours, weapons, and accessories are now accessible.

Basically the Aether adds more adventure, excitement and possibilities to the game. But all of this is just the start to something incredibly new and refreshing to the Minecraft world. A trip to the Aether, and the player just may never set foot in the Overworld again.

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It will be possible to see the Overworld from the Aether in future updates.







  • Zanite Armor (armor that gets stronger with use, by default, iron-level protection)
  • Gravitite Armor (a full set grants the ability to jump 6 blocks high, and takes no fall damage, even when they fall back down to the Overworld, and provides diamond-level protection)


Dungeon Items


Dungeons in the Aether are much more complex than in normal world. Each of them will have a boss which has to be defeated to get the Key required to open the Treasure Chest located inside the dungeon boss room. Blocks which make up the main structure of the dungeon cannot be destroyed or obtained until the boss of the dungeon is defeated.

Bronze Dungeon

Bronze Dungeons have entrances that are located on the sides of normal islands. Bronze dungeons can have a varying number of rooms. Non-boss rooms contain sentries which attack the player, and sometimes have chests on 4x4 tables. Some of these chests are Mimics, however. The boss of this dungeon can't be attacked with a sword. He can, however, take damage from any tool (pickaxe, shovel, etc.). 9 blocks on the floor of each antechamber aren't minable at all. The boss room's walls are only minable once the boss is dead.

Silver Dungeon

Silver Dungeons are located within structures resembling a parthenon in the sky. These have multiple floors, typically three, each with multiple rooms. Most rooms have chests inside them, and while the majority of the chests are fake (Mimics), others contain some items. Silver Dungeons are inhabited by Valkyries, which only attack when the player attacks them. When playing on Peaceful, Valkyries still appear, but will teleport away when the player tries to attack them. Killing a Valkyrie yields a single Victory Medal. The boss of this dungeon can only be attacked by presenting it with 10 Victory Medal, which can be done by right-clicking on it with the Victory Medals in hand. The Silver Dungeon boss can be attacked with any weapon.

Gold Dungeon

Gold Dungeons are located within spherical islands with lots of Golden Oak trees growing on top of them. This dungeon normally will only have the boss room in it, with no treasure/mob rooms beforehand. The Sun Spirit cannot be killed by attacking it directly and must be killed by hitting the white object he throws back at it multiple times. Every time it is hit with the white object, it sends out a smaller version of itself to attack the player. Once the player kills the Sun Spirit, the sun will finally set in the Aether. Before the player kills the Sun Spirit, the sun will never go down. If the player fails to kill the Sun Spirit, their spawnpoint will be reset over lava, forcing the player to delete the map.



Allied mobs serve the player, for various reasons.

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Blue Swet Cloud Sentry Tamed Moa


Passive mobs will never attack the player.

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Aerbunny Aerwhale Flying Cow Phyg Moa Sheepuff


Neutral mobs will not attack the player unless provoked. The act of provoking neutral mobs varies between mobs.

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Mimic Valkyrie


Hostile mobs will attack the player when in range, each with their own abilities.

AetherAechorPlantFace AetherCockatriceFace AetherSentryFace AetherSentryGolemFace AetherBlueSwetFace AetherZephyrFace AetherTempestFace Whirlwind (The Aether)
Aechor Plant Cockatrice Sentry Sentry Golem Swet Zephyr Tempest Whirlwind


Boss mobs have more complicated attack patterns and movements. They also have a large amount of health and may require special means to kill.

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Slider Valkyrie Queen Sun Spirit

Mod Compatibility

The Aether I is compatible with most mods that use Forge or with earlier versions, ModLoader.


For a list of all Achievements, see here.

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different)
Hostile Paradise Hostile Paradise Ascend to the Aether through a glowstone portal None Enter an Aether Portal and then travel to the Aether.


  • Initial release: Introduced
  • 1.02:
    • From now on, beds which are placed in the Aether will not explode, and can be slept in as usual
    • When first entering the Aether in Minecraft, you will now gain a Cloud Parachutes
    • Completely restructured sound files for the Aether