Excavation

Excavation is the ability in McMMO related to using a shovel to dig anything on the soil chart, including exotic materials like Soul Sand. High-level Excavators can produce diamonds from dirt easily. (Like most McMMO abilities, it will only work if McMMO drops can spawn on the blocks, and not if they are funnelled into the player's inventory like with some plugins.)

  • The mcMMO Excavation Skill Level is maxed at level 1000 on United Factions.

Abilities

EXCAVATION HAS NEW ABILITIES. LIST THEM HERE!

Increasing skill level

You level up by digging materials that are mined faster with a shovel.

Scouring the entire surface, or at least large hills, is the fastest way to level Excavation.

Another good way is to stock up on shovels and make a trapped snowman. This will allow you to dig the snow underneath it which is constantly refreshed. As the snow is fast to break, it will wear out your tools very quickly, but it will also help you to level very quickly in the comfort of your own home without having to worry about finding stuff to excavate. Keep an iron block nearby and use an iron shovel to clear the snow. When you are running low on durability, just repair the shovel and keep on digging. This method trains up Excavation and Repair at the same time. Stone can also be used at the cost of maintanance and XP. With the right scripting tools and settings, this can be automated as a client-side bot. It can also be automated with dispensers and a timer, and shovels can be gained through a mob grinder if you're lucky, or in the newest update of Minecraft, automatically crafted from iron ore, coal, and wood through hoppers and recipe selection.

You can also use Giga Drill Breaker in bursts to speed up digging, at the expense of extra durability wear on your shovel. To counteract this, use diamond shovels. Past level 350, it is more common than not to get at least 1 diamond from a single Giga Drill Breaker, allowing you to repair the shovel whenever durability starts to drop.

Drops Block Skill Req. XP Rewarded Chance

 Dirt

 Grass

0 40 100%
 Dirt

 Mycelium

0 40 100%

 Dirt

 Dirt

0 40 100%
Snow Snow Layer 0 20 100%

 Gravel

 Gravel

0 40 90%

Flint

Gravel

0 40 10%

Sand

Sand

0 40 100%

Soul Sand

Soul Sand

0 40 100%

Clay (x4)

Clay Block

0 40 100%

Empty Map

Clay Block

25 200 2%

Glowstone Dust

 Grass

25 80 5%
Glowstone Dust  Mycelium 25 80 5%

Glowstone Dust

 Dirt

25 80 5%

Glowstone Dust

 Sand

25 80 5%

 Gunpowder

 Gravel

75 30 10%

 Slimeball

 Clay block

150 10 1%
 Bone 

 Gravel

175 30 10%

 Egg

 Grass

250 100 1%

Music Disc (13)

 Any

250 3000 0.05%

 Apple

 Grass

250 100 0.1%

 Apple

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100 0.1%

 Soul Sand

 Sand

650 80 0.5%

 Spider web

 Clay block

750 150 5%

 Cake

Any

750 3000 0.05%

 Netherrack

 Gravel

850 3000 0.5%

Nether Quartz

Any 850 3000 0.5%
Block Average XP/block
Dirt 80.33
Gravel 95.account6for \4
*Calculated with assuming you can receive every drop and your excavation level is over 900. XP/block can vary between servers as it's configurable by server admins.

Leveling Table (Theoretical Time)

Level

Total Blocks

Total XP

Total Time (seconds)

1

107.5

4300

 

10

695

27800

500

25

1970

78800

900

50

4290

171600

1400

75

7500

300000

1900

100

11422.5

456900

3000

150

21392.5

855700

3500

175

27445

1097800

9300

250

49860

1994400

16300

350

80537.5

3221500

28100

500

149355

5974200

36100

650

187812.5

7512500

45600

750

224747.5

8989900

78886

850

293855

15260000

64100

1000

350245

19731200

71900

This table does not account for earning bonus items or dirt, or for breaking blocks besides dirt for more XP or different drops. Times may also vary based on the player's focus and efficiency at aiming and mining new blocks continuously, what enchants are used, , on tick lag, block lag, and latency, the player's skill level, and whether Giga Drill Breaker is in use continuously.

*It's calculated without receiving drops other than dirt from it. Times may vary depending on the shovel used or other variables, such as accuracy. These variables can be negated using client-side bots.

Trivia

  • The 'Giga Drill Breaker' ability is a reference to the move 'Giga Drill Breaker' from the anime "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann".
    • The original name of the move was "Giga Drill Break" but "Giga Drill Breaker" stuck with the public due to Japanese pronunciation of English. It also was not used to harvest materials, instead being relegated to combat.