For a seasoned adventurer that has braved many dungeons and strongholds, the loot can get kind of boring. It's coal and bread and rails all the time, and all the awesome stuff is reserved for enchanted weapons. Not anymore, thanks to modder Draco18s and his Unique Artifacts mod, which adds randomly generated items to the loot…
The artifacts the mod adds are generally better than their regular counterparts, mostly due to the useful effects, but also due to their increased durability. The effects on artifacts work a lot like regular enchantments, except that there is a lot more diversity in what they do. Each artifact is randomly generated with some effects and an appropriate icon and name for the effects it has.
Due to the random nature of the items, their usefulness varies. Sometimes you'll get an extremely useful item that lets you sneak on air and dig with extreme speed, sometimes you'll get explosion on drop. This makes every item new and exciting, and really makes adventuring in dungeons more fun.
However, some items in Unique Artifacts are just way too overpowered. Once again due to the random nature of the artifacts, you could get such an overly powerful tool that you just cannot be touched by any vanilla enemy and unless you've got a mod that makes the game harder, it'll ruin the progression. Especially if you happen to get this item from your first dungeon while still on iron tier.
Unique Artifacts also adds display pedestals, a new decoration block that lets you showcase your loot (as seen in our thumbnail). It's an aesthetically pleasing way of showcasing your artifacts, and is a welcome addition to the mod.
Overall, I enjoyed the mod. It's crazy fun sometimes and the random element makes it constantly fresh, but it can ruin the balance a bit unless you've got other mods to balance it out. You can get it here:
Download the Unique Artifacts mod here!
- Install the Forge API.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Put the mod's .zip file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
- For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
- Ready to go! Enjoy.
Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: 0.12.5 for Minecraft 1.6.4.