RLCraft is a powerful modpack, adding thousands of hours of content to the beloved Minecraft game. RLCraft stands for Real Life Craft, because there’s a lot more realism to your Minecraft world now, including thirst, weather, seasons, and the inability to knock a tree into submission.
It can be overwhelming deciding what to even do, because across its 126 mods, RLCraft adds stacks of challenging monsters, new mechanics, dungeons, and incredible structures. A new player will die – a lot – but once you’ve struggled to get back up, there are so many fun challenges to complete and helpful goals to achieve. This list only features ten of them, and the rest is up to you.
ten Find a house
When everything wants to kill you, and even you need to go to bed to avoid summoning a demon, it’s a really good idea to have a safe place to run (or teleport). RLCraft offers a large number of prefab houses that players can encounter while roaming the landscape.
Some are very simplistic, offering a roof, a bed, and sometimes a chest to hide the loot you’ve managed to acquire. While other structures can be entire medieval villages, including your own castle and village subjects.
Building your own house is also a good idea, but be sure to choose non-flammable materials. Be sure to scout the biomes first, as the dragons have quite large territories and they will viciously protect their treasure.
9 Maximize your armor
Armor is much more exciting in RLCraft than vanilla Minecraft, as it can be crafted from large enemies that you have taken down. Different materials grant the player different perks, with Sea Serpent Scales forming Tide Guardian sets with built-in Strider Breath and Depth abilities. If you manage to take down a dragon, be sure to right-click on the corpse to take all the scales, enough of which can create dragon armor of specific colors and provide fire resistance.
Enchantments are also much more varied in this modpack, with Advanced Protection being the best you can apply to your armor, along with Advanced Feather Falling, Strengthened Vitality, and Agility for your legs. Currently, the strongest armor to find is golem armor, requiring runes and rouge to be collected in order to reveal the items needed to craft the armor. Place them around a piece of diamond armor you want to convert in a crafting table, and you can craft its golem equivalent.
8 Maximize your health
It might not sound very exciting and a bit obvious, but the benefit of having a lot of heart is unmatched. Enchantments like Enhanced Vitality will increase the health you have based on hearts, so they go well together. To greatly improve your chances of survival, you should keep an eye out for Heart Dust, Heart Crystal Shards, and Heart Containers.
These can be found in loot chests and dropped when destroying mob spawners. Heart Crystal Shards also appear as a vein around the diamond level, so use a Fortune Enchanted Pickaxe when you find one to harvest as many as you can.
seven Collect all mounts
It’s a big job, but someone has to do it. RLCraft introduces flying and swimming mounts to the game, some of which can be summoned using a summoning staff and others that act more like vanilla mounts. Dragons, for example, need Dragon Treats to be tamed, and can then fly around the Overworld, laying waste to it at will.
Other mounts are easier to tame and still provide decent buffs to their owner. Salamanders can swim in lava while giving their rider fire resistance, useful for traveling through Nether lakes. A Roa is at the other end of the spectrum, taking the player through dangerous oceans at breakneck speeds while allowing you to breathe normally. It will take a long time to find and tame each type, but consider how fresh your menagerie is.
6 Survive the Nether
The Nether has never been the easiest place to survive, but with RLCraft’s transformation, it’s basically impossible. You’ll need fire resistance, advanced protection, cooling liners, and good mounts to traverse this hellish landscape. Unfortunately, this is the best place to gather important materials, such as Cincinnasite, Nether Wart, and Blaze Rods.
Nether-specific dungeons also appear here, resembling vanilla Nether fortresses but housing Wither Spawners, Trites, and Magma Cubes, and with loot ranging from a Meager Bread to a ready-made Beacon. Flat, open areas are often littered with Behemoths and Pinkies, both of which cause a lot of damage. The reward is great, however, as Pinky Farms are a great source of food.
5 Collect the ultimate trinket set
Trinkets are items that provide buffs and have their own accessible trinket slots in the inventory. Some can be crafted, some found, and some require a combination of weaker trinkets to create something more powerful. Terraria accessories were a big influence on the Bountiful Bauble mod, contributing items like the Ankh Shield, a ball that makes you fall slower and jump higher, and Bezoars that provide poison immunity.
Most trinkets also have qualities, again similar to reforging in Terraria, that have positive or negative effects on the player when equipped. The Ultimate Bauble is often referred to as the Ankh Shield due to all the buffs it has, alongside the Dragon’s Eye, which causes fire resistance and night vision, and can be used to find valuable veins of ore.
4 Find the Shivaxi Monument
Of the hundreds of structures introduced by this modpack, there is one generally accepted as the rarest and hardest to find. The Shivaxi monument is incredibly large and is dedicated to mod curator Shivaxi. Players scour millions of blocks in hopes of finding it, paying particular attention to the icy biomes where it spawns.
It’s not just Shivaxi’s pretty face, as the floating orb-shaped huts contain some of the best in-game loot available. For those who like to complete collections, this is a great place to find Turquoise Sea Serpent Scales to craft the Turquoise Armor Set. There’s also a makeshift fridge containing a stack of each superpowered food in the modpack. Enchanted tools, rare trinkets, and precious ores can also be found in these four containers.
3 Slay the ender dragon
For some Minecraft veterans, the idea of slaying the ender dragon is quite underwhelming; they basically exploit it at this point. But RLCraft is for players looking to punish their hubris, as you’ll find far worse than the Void-rushing Endermen. Flying mobs will suck you above floating islands, and Chaos Mobs will cause instability, causing you to jump randomly.
But in the end, it’s all about experience points and unlocking the rest of the Void. The dragon can still be taken down with a bow, and your best bet to avoid other monsters is to bring along a trusty flying steed. If you’re still feeling insecure, create an end chest to put all your items in before collapsing.
2 Explore other worlds
The basic dimension does not do it for you anymore? Are endless randomly generated dungeons, loot and baddies too boring for an expert like you? Then create a magic portal to another realm and try your luck there. For a mystical quest in a shady forest, simply hop into the Twilight Forest. Fireflies and flying books inhabit this whimsical dimension.
If you’re ready to freeze to death while flying, visit the Aether by crafting a portal of Glowstone and water. There are dimension-specific bosses here, as well as fluffy friends and pastel trees. But if all that sounds too cute, then throw your life into the Lost Cities, a dimension of skyscrapers and hordes of enemies. There’s no way to get home without successfully defeating each wave.
1 Start a winery
When you’ve maxed out your skill trees, defeated every boss in every dimension, and strut around in a new Golem costume every day, it might be time to retire. Wander through your world until you encounter grape seeds, then plant them next to a trellis to discover your favorite varieties. From there, you can squeeze the juice yourself and ferment different qualities of wine, taking your time to get the right yield.
Combining a high quality wine with an Ankh Shield and a Battle Burrito will make any player basically unstoppable. Or, you can sit back in your castle, relax, and just watch the sun set over your world.
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