Knochenbowser, on 21 October 2012 - 08:44 AM, said:
The beacon is probably the most underpowered block in the game. To get it, you have to defeat a very hard boss and to make it fully functional, you have to collect about 1000 iron ores. Maybe they should turn it a bit down, or make the buffs more useful.
In it's current state, it's absolutely beyond useless.
I use potions alot, as well as enchantments, and EVERYTHING the beacon does, the potions and enchantments can do MUCH MUCH BETTER, and without utterly insane costs. The ONLY unique effect the beacon has is the higher jump, but.... notice, the higher jump DOESNT EVEN WORK RIGHT unless it's the level 2 version (because that one increases the height to 2 blocks; the other only to 1.5, which ONLY lets you jump over fences). You need the FULL pyramid to get a buff that wont actually help you get anywhere, because there's no way to use that buff in exploring or stuff; and if using it at your base...... MAKE A DAMN LADDER instead, it's not hard!
If I *ever* need ANY of these buffs at my base..... there is something ridiculously wrong with my base, and it's likely on fire and half-exploded. The damn thing provides things like buffs for combat and buffs for exploration, but..... most players will never, EVER need these within the extremely tiny, limited range that the thing produces. If I want some buffs like this, I'll go grab my flaming uber-sword (enchantments, yay!), a potion of speed, a potion of strength, and diamond armor of incredible invincible doom, and I'll be able to run around splattering things like an unstoppable juggernaut..... and guess what, doing THAT doesnt cost me 1500 iron and HOURS of farming for stupid wither skulls.
And hell, I think this thing actually JUST GOT MORE WORTHLESS with the recent update. Now that the anvils are in, and are USEFUL.... well, I'll say this, originally I was going to get and build one of the accursed beacons to at least experiment with them. But now I'm glad I DIDNT, since that iron can be used for anvils, both the construction of the things (which do break after awhile) and in the repair of iron items and armor.
It's sad, too, because I really liked the idea of this block, but the absurd tiny, tiny, TINY range makes it useless.
As someone up above said already, the only real value of this block is not the buffs, but is the light beam; you only need a (still silly) 70 or so ingots/whatever to produce the tiny pyramid that just activates the light beam. And even then..... that's still a terrible cost for something like that.
.....this also makes the Wither an entirely pointless fight for the vast majority of players. Though, that's fine, since the boss is just a gear-check anyway; seriously, if you wanted examples of how NOT to make a boss, that thing is the best example there is. It just SITS ON YOUR HEAD and spams explosive projectiles. Stick to you and spam..... yeah. That's a GREAT attack pattern.
Sigh. The only way for this terrible block to be useful, I think, is to simply mod it. I've a feeling it's not getting changed otherwise.