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Add a new ore called Bismuth which can be mined with an Iron, Diamond or 'Ferrite pickaxe'(See below). When you smelt it you get bismuth crystals. When you put it in a crafting table with iron directly next to it, you get Bismuth Ferrite which can be used for armour and tools.(Ferrite Pickaxe,Sword ect.) (Ferrite Chestplate,Boots ect.)
P.s please pin this
Edit: Bismuth will only be found directly next to lava lakes underground,meaning you'll need spare blocks to block up the lava. Ferrite tools will be the strongest in the game, they are unbreakable, making it a privilege to hold in your hand.
Nobody's going to pin your thread. It's not that special.
Why should this be in Minecraft? What does this bring to the table? We already have a full progression of armor types, so another is just unnecessary, unless it actually adds something interesting, which this doesn't seem to do.
How strong are these tools and armor? How much does the armor protect me? How fast do the tools dig blocks? How much damage does the sword and axe do? What other uses does this metal have? Why should we bother adding another tool tier when we already have 4 tiers that already have a progression system going? (Not to mention gold tools that don't have any use in game progression or at all.)
I get offtopic a lot, be warned. I also often mention a Minecraft clone called Minetest. The clone is nowhere near playable with it's default game in my opinion, but it's at least the start of a good open-source voxel rendering engine, and maybe one day it might be decently playable.
I wholeheartedly agree. While some may argue that individual suggestions shouldn't be pinned, this is such a good idea it should stay on the boards forever- even when the thread dies. While something wildly popular and supported like Cubic Chunks might seem more logical at first, this is a special suggestion that everyone must see for example. After all it's not like there's a guide that explains everything. The idea itself makes perfect sense, bismuth having no unique properties other than another metallic ore is very interesting. Adding another ore set to the progression system would make the game better, even if said ore is effectively useless because the gap to iron-diamond is so quick. I especially like how it requires iron to make the tools, which will lead some to ask "why not just use iron?" but that's silly. The lack of information allows one to fill the void with their own imagination. I have no idea how powerful the ferrite set is, or what color it makes but that's ok I have nothing better to do. All in all I love this suggestion, thank you for sharing with us and please do not post this on reddit.
Why Bismuth? [Its RL qualities make it seem a poor choice for tools & armor and none of it's unusual properties (expanding on freezing, high diamagnatism and electric resistivity, low heat conductivity) seem applicable to minecraft.]
Without some compelling reason to add another ore, NO SUPPORT
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WARNING: I have an extemely "grindy" playstyle; YMMV — if this doesn't seem fun to you, mine what you can from it & bin the rest.