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Simple Wooden Boomerangs 2.0 (1.16)

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aRockWithGooglyEyes avatar aRockWithGooglyEyes
Level 27 : Expert Enchanter
Wooden Boomerang:

This datapack adds wooden boomerangs from Terraria into your world.

Boomerang sprite was heavily inspired by the official Terraria wooden boomerang sprite, with the shading being a bit more Minecraft-style.

**This pack has not yet been tested/may not work properly in multiplayer, more info below**

**Don't forget to /reload before using, some scoreboards may act weirdly otherwise**


- Smooth-looking boomerang rotation

- Easy crafting

- Simple enchantments

- Serves as an early-game hunting weapon


Craft the boomerang with the following recipe:


0 = Nothing/Empty

1 = Leather

2 = Stick

The output will be a knowledge book - take it and you will receive the boomerang.

How to Use

Right click with the boomerang in your main hand to throw it.

It will always return to you unless it hits a block. If it does, it will drop and you can pick it up.

Boomerangs will also pick up any dropped items they pass through and carry them to the player they return to.

It does some extra damage to certain animals you would hunt for food, such as cows, chickens and rabbits.

The boomerang does about a stone sword's worth of damage to other mobs.


Throw a boomerang on an enchantment table with 20 experience levels to enchant it.

The boomerang will receive one or more of the following enchantments:

Reach: Increases how far the boomerang travels

Blaze: Sets mobs on fire

Velocity: Increases the speed of the boomerang

Blaze and Reach are mutually exclusive.

Thank You!

I hope you enjoy this datapack, its the first one I have made.

Thanks so much to Timber Forge for their great tutorial on custom crafting, link to YouTube channel below:


Don't hesitate to post a comment if you find any bugs or anything like that. This datapack has not been tested in multiplayer, but I assume that boomerangs would simply "return" to the nearest player, regardless of who threw the boomerang (the "return" armor stand moves towards @p). If anyone finds solutions to any multiplayer-related problems, I would love to hear them.
CompatibilityMinecraft 1.16

6 Update Logs

Update #6 : by aRockWithGooglyEyes 01/28/2021 10:08:26 amJan 28th, 2021

- Removed the 1.17 version due to numerous major issues with block tags. Working on a new 1.17 upload with the same functionality as this version.

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07/16/2021 4:14 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
chicky_ avatar
Wow, thats awesome data pack! Keep the great work!!
04/25/2021 5:22 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Foxegory5 avatar
I wish it were possible to use the boomerang on a grindstone, because I don't like the Blaze enchantment and I have to craft a new boomerang every time if I want to try again.
04/23/2021 3:32 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Foxegory5 avatar
A little oddity occurs with collision detection. When I throw the boomerang through most partial/non-solid blocks it works fine, but if it hits sugar cane it stops as if it were solid. Perhaps you could incorporate an exception for that block?
02/24/2021 8:26 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Foxegory5 avatar
I know this isn't currently meant for the 1.17 snapshots, but the boomerang can't be thrown in 21w07a (since I haven't tested in 21w08a, though I doubt it's changed between the two). I'm not sure if the flight, return and block collision functions work properly since I can't test them without throwing the boomerang, but I just thought I'd give you a heads-up on the state of it in the Caves & Cliffs update.
02/28/2021 2:14 pm
Level 27 : Expert Enchanter
aRockWithGooglyEyes avatar
Thank you! I'm aware of this issue, the boomerang isn't throwing because in 1.17 /replaceitem was changed. Fortunately that's easily fixed but In 1.17 block tags were changed as well, and that's why I haven't released a 1.17 version.
04/05/2021 2:26 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Foxegory5 avatar
Oh, gotcha, that makes sense. Waiting until 1.17 comes out in full before you get to work on re-releasing the datapack for the Caves & Cliffs, right?
04/06/2021 5:06 pm
Level 27 : Expert Enchanter
aRockWithGooglyEyes avatar
That sounds about right, it'll be nice to return to this project then. it would also be a good opportunity to go back and re-write some of the functions to make them more multiplayer friendly/incorporate suggestions.
02/17/2021 5:55 am
Level 1 : New Miner
PyngPong avatar
Hey nice datapack there the only thing that is quite annoying is that it goes to the nearby player instead of coming back to the thrower when playing multiplayer maybe you can fix this by watching this video from Timber forge talking about a multiplayer friendly lightsaber (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc8qkE0gQo0)
02/21/2021 12:02 pmhistory
Level 27 : Expert Enchanter
aRockWithGooglyEyes avatar
I just made an id system based on the video to make sure that the boomerangs return to the right person. I tested it with my brother and things worked fine but would you like to maybe test it out with your friends? I can send it to you if you want
02/17/2021 7:32 am
Level 27 : Expert Enchanter
aRockWithGooglyEyes avatar
This is something I have wanted to fix for a pretty long time, thank you so much for the link. I'll set aside some time this weekend to work on this, should be great once I make it work.
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