Ever since Beta Testing began last year, I have been captivated by Expert Mode. I have been away from the forums for quite a while now due to yet another change of job (hopefully the last one for a while) but I have still been playing single player expert.
I would like to point out something of interest. If you create a Normal Expert world, that is, Expert Mode but don’t customize it, you will generate a world with 100% more time crystal blocks. Now I know most of you know this, but consider this:
Even though Expert worlds have 100% more TC blocks, you can only get a maximum of 12 TC’s from them using a diamond pickaxe. This is because expert mode reduces the yield you get from all ores and TC blocks. In addition, it takes an extremely long time to reach the point where you can actually craft a diamond pickaxe in expert mode.
The question is: Which world type is good for harvesting TC blocks? Vanilla or Expert?
I would like to reference @Ronnie ‘s thread here for a moment as my basis of comparison.
In this detailed guide, Ronnie showed that it is possible to harvest 10,000 time crystals from a 1X Vanilla World.
Using his same methods, and assuming you have the patience to work your way up to a Jetpack on expert mode (a daunting task!) then let’s see how many TC’s could be harvested from an Expert world.
Let’s first divide 10,000 by 18 to get an approximation of how many TC blocks one could expect from a Vanilla world:
10,000 / 18 = 555 blocks
Ok, now let’s take those 555 blocks and double them (increase by 100%) to represent how many blocks could be expected in a 1X Expert Mode world.
555 * 2 = 1110
Now lets multiply that 1110 by 12, because 12 is the upper limit of tc’s one can extract with a diamond pickaxe on expert mode.
1110 * 12 = 13,320 tc’s.
So, in conclusion, if you can mine 10,000 time crystals on a vanilla world, then you should be able to mine 13,320 tc’s on an expert world.
this represents a 33% increase
The price you pay however is time. It takes a very long time to build up to the point where you craft a Jetpack and a diamond pickaxe. Still… worth it?? You be the judge.
I have been mining my Single Player Expert World now for a few weeks and I’ve netted over 3000 so far
Edit: Forgot to mention 2 things: Crafting on Expert Mode takes longer. This is not necessarily a bad thing because you will find yourself watching more videos than you ordinarily would on vanilla and therefore getting more TC’s that way as well.
And also, Titanium pickaxes on expert mode take 2 chops for stone rather than 1 on vanilla. This will slow down cave exploring, so again, it is important to realize the greater time commitment involved when judging which is best for you.