Blood Magic (Basics) – gritty magic for the aspiring necromancer

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The fantasy side of Minecraft has always been light, and the magic-y stuff in the game never showed that dark side of magic that can be very interesting. The Blood Magic mod by WayofTime explores the forbidden side of magic, the kind that requires blood sacrifice…

Blood Magic adds several systems to the game, their focus being upgrading your items and obtaining high tech gadgets. Blood Magic is unstable, has lot of aspects and requires lots of… well blood.  In this article I will cover only the basics – just enough for you to get started with the mod, without going too in-depth.

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Your main and starting crafting block will be the Blood Altar. This neat little monument to the dark gods has no GUI, but rather ties into other systems and just… works. The jist of it is that you put in an item by right clicking, and the blood altar uses your Life Essence (I’ll get to that later) to infuse it with power. Different items will be processed differently by the altar, so there’s lots of experimentation involved.

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I mentioned Life Essence, and it is an important aspect of the mod. You can get it in a lot of different ways, though in the beginning it is mostly using a Sacrificial Knife to take your own health and turn it into essence that the altar then uses to process stuff. Though the altar has its own Life Essence storage tank, it’s only good for beginners and later you’ll need a Blood Orb to store your Life Essence. The first is a Weak Blood Orb you craft by processing a diamond in the Blood Altar. There are multiple tiers of Blood Orbs and they each hold more and more essence. Later on you’ll be able to get life points by killing (sacrificing) animals and other mobs.

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Your Blood Altar can and should be upgraded after a while, using the rune system. The basic rune is a Blood Rune – craft 8 of these and place them below your Blood Altar in a square (as seen in the picture above) and your Blood Altar will become more powerful. Upgrading the Altar further is done by making another, bigger rune square a level below the current runes, making sort of a pyramid shape. This is similar to vanilla Minecraft’s beacon system. You can replace some Blood Runes with other special runes you can obtain later on in the mod.

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While this covers the basics of the mod, this is quite the complicated and large mod, so naturally the mechanics extend beyond these beginner tips. There are comprehensive alchemy and spell systems in the mod as well as other exciting stuff like summoning demons and elementals and all sorts of magical things. You can find out more about this in the mod’s thread. I haven’t played enough of the mod to write about this yet, but if you want us to cover it, feel free to say so in the comment section below.

This is a really enjoyable and complicated mod that explores an aspect of Minecraft not often seen in mods and improves upon the game’s core mechanics in an interesting way without ruining balance. It is one of the most gritty magic mods out there, so if you’re looking for something to spruce up your end-game in a darker way, this is the mod for you. You can get it here:

Download the Blood Magic mod here!

Installation instructions:

  1. Install the Forge API.
  2. Run Minecraft at least once.
  3. Put the mod’s .zip file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  4. For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
  5. Ready to go! Enjoy.

Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.

Version of mod reviewed: V0.7.3E  for Minecraft 1.6.4.