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Baroque Obama avatar Baroque Obama
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Welcome to the Minecraft Magic System Add-on!

This project is now available for download! Don't forget the resource pack!

**Now for 1.17! Download includes separate packages for 1.16 & 1.17!**

While removing nothing from vanilla, this pack adds a new magic system, with spellbooks, spellcrafting, wands... and more!

The intent is to add a whole new mechanic without disturbing anything else, so the maximum amount of worlds/projects can make use of this pack. It literally consists of only functions and a resource pack.

Let's get started!

Magic Types

Magic and spells in this add-on are divided into four categories/colors:

•White Magic (healing & protection)
•Gold Magic (beneficial effects)
•Red Magic (detrimental effects)
•Black Magic (damage & harmful effects)

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Spellcrafting Table

The core of the magic system is the new Spellcrafting Table. This is an 'upgrade' of a Crafting Table via enchantment. Specifically, all you have to do is smash a Bottle o' Enchanting on or directly beside a crafting table to upgrade it to a Spellcrafting Table.

You spellcraft with a Spellcrafting Table in a manner similar to crafting on a Crafting Table - in a 3×3 grid. Placement must be exact, per the recipes below.
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Wands, Spells, & Spellcasting

are spellcrafted using various ingredients, and are 'one-use-only' items (the spell item will be consumed in the process of casting it). In order to cast a Spell once it's been spellcrafted, take up the Spell in your off-hand, and Use (right click) your Wand. It will fire the spell as a projectile toward the intended target, and generate the actual spell effects when it collides with a player or solid block (i.e. aim at your feet to target yourself).

Wands are also spellcrafted with ingredients using the Spellcrafting Table; there are three levels of Spells and three levels of Wand. The higher the spell's level, the higher the level of Wand needed to cast it. Every spell also has a 'cooldown time' - this is a number of game ticks that your wand must wait before casting another spell. The more powerful the spell, the greater the cooldown period; the more powerful the wand, the more all cooldowns are reduced.

All of the spellcrafting recipes are listed below for reference.
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You can spellcraft your spells into Spellbooks as well. These function the same way as their spell version, except they don't get used up on casting. This is effectively a method of 'learning' the spell permanently.

The basis of this is upgrading any Enchanted Book on the Spellcrafting table (recipe below) to a Spellbook. This base Spellbook does nothing on its own, but can be spellcrafted with a Spell to make a Book of <Spell Name>. Again, recipes are below.

Spell Reference & Recipe Guide

Inspired by vanilla Witches, many spellcrafting recipes make use of the four 'granulated pile' items in vanilla - Sugar, Glowstone Dust, Redstone Dust, and Gunpowder. Each of these is used in making spells of its matching color, and all four are needed to craft Wands and Books of Spells.

Making a Wand
There are three wands, which increase in difficulty with respect to making as their power increases. As spells also come in three levels, one needs to have a wand powerful enough to cast them. The Nether Wand reduces spellcasting cooldown time by 50%, and the Ender Wand reduces it by 75%.

Wand recipes need (at least) each of the four powders, two of a 'stick'-style ingredient, and a 'core' ingredient.

Wait... what's that mysterious ingredient being used for the core of the Ender Wand?
There can be only one proper ingredient for the core of an Ender Wand...

Making Spells
Here are the recipes and functions for the 40 spells included in the pack (there are 10 of each type). Crafting them requires some Paper, some of the appropriate type of Dust, and a different core ingredient for each spell.

Each spell's cooldown time is listed at the lower right corner of its plate. This is given in game ticks - divide by 20 to convert to seconds with a Wand; divide by 40 with a Nether Wand; divide by 80 with an Ender Wand.

White Magic

Gold Magic

Red Magic

Black Magic

Making Spellbooks
Spellcrafting Books of Spells starts with making the basic Spellbook. It can be spellcrafted using an Enchanted Book (any one will do), one of each Dust, and four Ender Pearls. This basic Spellbook does nothing on its own, but can be spellcrafted with spells to make their Books.

In order to spellcraft Spells into their Books, you'll need 1-3 of the Spell itself (depending on its level), a Spellbook, and one of the appropriate Dust. The following examples depict recipes for spellcrafting level I, II, and III White Magic spells into their Books:


P.S.: Because my computer is poo, I'm hoping someone will volunteer to record a video of blowing something up with magic. My goal is to convert to animated GIF and place here in the description, so passersby can see the pack in action... DM me if you're interested, and credit will be given directly below the GIF in the description!
CompatibilityMinecraft 1.16
toMinecraft 1.17

2 Update Logs

Update #2 : by Baroque Obama 10/29/2021 6:46:27 pmOct 29th, 2021

Updated download to include separate packs for 1.16 and 1.17 versions

The update has not been tested because my current computer is poo (lost my previous machine a few months back). Based on the changes introduced in 1.17 this pack should function perfectly, however feel free to drop feedback if it doesn't.

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12/31/2021 9:56 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Joelh17897 avatar
How do I make a dark magic spell book it doesn't show the crafting recipes for them
12/31/2021 10:39 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Baroque Obama
Baroque Obama avatar
I'm going to refer you to the Making Spellbooks section above. This clearly outlines the method of making spellbooks.

It's my intention to help you understand how this pack works. Because the information presented in the description is so very clear, and because I'm willing to help you overcome any lack of understanding of the pack, I'll be happy to reply to a DM you send me regarding your lack of understanding of the above description; that being said, I'll just as easily report you for slander if you opt to publicly disparage this project with false statements instead.
10/30/2021 10:17 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Explorer
Skwerps avatar
seriously cool!
my computer is also complete poo and can´t work this without lagging, but it´s a great pack!
07/05/2021 10:05 am
Level 1 : New Miner
User3550572G avatar
Sorry for asking but when will this be ready for 1.17 (or do you not plan on moving it to 1.17)?
06/19/2021 11:30 am
Level 1 : New Miner
CygnusSchmygnus avatar
Amazing datapack! There are a bunch of really cool features in this datapack. I updated my server to 1.17 so unfortunately this won't work on there. Can't wait for it to be updated for 1.17!
06/11/2021 3:42 amhistory
Level 1 : New Crafter
ArchAngela avatar
Hey, I like this datapack quite a bit, but I'm planning on using this on a server and have encountered some problems.

Due to the spells using nether stars as their base items, players could effectively craft nether stars with 2 sugar, a paper and an apple. Unfortunately makes beacons worthless, so it's just something to consider. I looked into the code for a couple minutes and tried to get it working with bricks as the item instead, as they don't have any major functionality and being able to craft brick blocks using spells would just be a waste of time, but I wasn't able to get it working. Then I realized why.

The full release of 1.17 seems to have broken this pack. From a fresh install I couldn't seem to get the wands working with spells or spellbooks. 1.17 did change some command stuff last minute from what I can tell, so that may be worth looking into. This pack worked wonderfully in 1.16.5 and earlier 1.17 snapshots from what I remember though.

Regardless of whether you try to update the pack or not, thanks for making at least a great 1.16.5 pack. I'll be watching for future projects.

Edit: Crafting of everything seems to work fine, so I believe the problem is just the wands. I'll probably give it a look through myself with the patch notes to see if I can get them working again :)
06/11/2021 10:49 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Baroque Obama
Baroque Obama avatar
Two changes introduced in particular newer 1.17 have made the current release version not work the same way as the pack works in 1.16. This pack will be updated shortly, now that 1.17 has been released.

Beacons being easier to make really doesn't make a great deal of difference when they're also so much easier to destroy.

And lastly, I don't really condone taking someone else's work and modifying it to suit one's own needs rather than doing the work onesself, so I won't offer any suggestions on how you can do that with my work.
06/11/2021 4:17 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
ArchAngela avatar
Totally fair, thanks for responding. Looking forward to an update.
06/11/2021 5:36 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
ArchAngela avatar
After bashing my skull into the wall for over an hour, I have found that something regarding resetting the carrot swung doesn't seem to be working and something with cooldowns or cast level seems to be involved as well. From what I can tell the issue seems to stem from the wands rather than the spells or spellbooks, but I can't seem to figure it out myself. I don't think I have enough experience with datapacks or the new 1.17 changes to ascertain what's going on here, as nothing I looked through seems to match with the technical changes on the change log from what I can tell.

Maybe I missed something completely obvious, but its 4:30 AM my time now, and I need to put aside my hellbent fury on getting this pack working for tonight. If anyone else could look through a fresh install and figure out what changed in 1.17 that would cause this pack to break, that would be great. I feel defeated for tonight lol.
05/23/2021 1:54 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Baroque Obama
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Please review my reply to Epicly11NeedsHelp below
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