Metals

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TFC has 22 metals, of which 10 are Alloys. They are split into tiers, 1 to 6, each of which is an advancement in the technology tree bringing improvements such as durability and strength. Metals can be processed in 3 unique ways.

Metals

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Metal Ingots can be welded on Anvils one Tier lower than the Ingot. This allows for the player to weld Ingots into Double Ingots to create the next Tier of Anvil. All other smithing and welding must be done on an Anvil of equal or higher Tier.

Metal Name Anvil Tool Castable Armor Tuyere Tier Alloy
Ingot Bismuth.png Bismuth X X X X 0 X
Ingot Tin.png Tin X X X X 0 X
Ingot Zinc.png Zinc X X X X 0 X
Ingot Copper.png Copper 1 X
Ingot Bronze.png Bronze 2
Ingot Bismuth Bronze.png Bismuth Bronze 2
Ingot Black Bronze.png Black Bronze 2
Ingot Brass.png Brass X X X X 2
Ingot Lead.png Lead X X X X 2 X
Ingot Gold.png Gold X X X X 2 X
Ingot Rose Gold.png Rose Gold X X X X 2
Ingot Silver.png Silver X X X X 2 X
Ingot Sterling Silver.png Sterling Silver X X X X 2
Ingot Platinum.png Platinum X X X X X 3 X
Ingot Wrought Iron.png Wrought Iron X 3 X
Ingot Nickel.png Nickel X X X X X 4 X
Ingot Pig Iron.png Pig Iron X X X X X 4 X
Ingot Steel.png Steel X 4 X
Ingot Black Steel.png Black Steel X 5
Ingot Blue Steel.png Blue Steel X 6
Ingot Red Steel.png Red Steel X 6
Ingot Unknown Metal.png Unknown Metal X X X X X -1
  • ¹For compatibility reasons, double ingots, sheets and double sheets can be made from any metal. However, not every item has a valid use. This chart shows items which have a valid use in vanilla TFC. If you make a useless item, it can be recycled back into molten metal in a Crucible, or in a Forge that has ceramic molds in the side slots.
  • ²Unknown Metal is created by mixing an incorrect ratio of metals in a Crucible.

Metal Processing

Metal Processing is carried out by 3 distinct methods: Melting & Casting, the Bloomery and the Blast Furnace. Melting & Casting are for processing the non-iron metals ores and for alloying, whereas the Bloomery is for Wrought Iron production, and the Blast Furnace is for production of Steel.

Melting & Casting

Melting and Casting will be your first endeavor into working with metals. Melting is achieved by filling a Small Vessel with Ore to which Heat is applied in a FirePit, Pit Kiln or Forge, or you can use a Crucible over a Forge. Just make sure to pick a way that gets hot enough for the metal you are working with, the use of a bellow on the forge will be required to melt high temperature metal such as Nickel. Not only will you be using this to get molten metal for Casting but you can make Alloys with these same methods! When doing this make sure to follow the recipe for the alloy you wish to make otherwise you will end up with Unknown Metal!

Bloomery

The Bloomery is where you will make an Iron Bloom that is then turned into Wrought Iron. This is the only way of getting Wrought Iron as melting Iron will give you nothing.

Blast Furnace

A Blast Furnace is your gateway to Steel and all the Steel Alloys. Smelting Iron Ore in a blast furnace will give you Pig Iron that is then worked into steel.

Temperatures

Each metal has 4 specific temperature ranges that indicate the work you can do with it: Unworkable, Workable, Weldable and Liquid. Metal must be in either the Workable or Weldable range to be worked, but can only be welded in the Weldable range.

  • Working temperature is found by doing Melting Temp * 0.6
  • Welding temperature is found by doing Melting Temp * 0.8
Item Warming Hot Very Hot Faint Red Dark Red Bright Red Orange Yellow Yellow White White Brilliant White
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Ingot Bismuth.png Bismuth 162° 216° 270° 3000°
Ingot Tin.png Tin 138° 184° 230° 3000°
Ingot Zinc.png Zinc 252° 336° 420° 3000°
Ingot Copper.png Copper 648° 864° 1080° 3000°
Ingot Bismuth Bronze.png Bismuth Bronze 591° 648° 985° 3000°
Ingot Black Bronze.png Black Bronze 642° 856° 1070° 3000°
Ingot Brass.png Brass 558° 744° 930° 3000°
Ingot Bronze.png Bronze 570° 760° 950° 3000°
Ingot Lead.png Lead 196.8° 262.4° 328° 3000°
Ingot Gold.png Gold 636° 848° 1060° 3000°
Ingot Rose Gold.png Rose Gold 576° 768° 960° 3000°
Ingot Silver.png Silver 576.6° 768.8° 961° 3000°
Ingot Sterling Silver.png Sterling Silver 540° 720° 900° 3000°
Ingot Pig Iron.png Pig Iron 921° 1228° 1535° 3000°
Ingot Platinum.png Platinum 1038° 1384° 1730° 3000°
Ingot Wrought Iron.png Wrought Iron 921° 1228° 1535° 3000°
Ingot Nickel.png Nickel 871.8° 1162.4° 1453° 3000°
Ingot Steel.png Steel 924° 1232° 1540° 3000°
Ingot Black Steel.png Black Steel 891° 1188° 1485° 3000°
Ingot Blue Steel.png Blue Steel 924° 1232° 1540° 3000°
Ingot Red Steel.png Red Steel 924° 1232° 1540° 3000°