The subject of potion mixing comes out fairly often in mods, as it is a mechanic in vanilla Minecraft. The default game’s system is admittedly quite lacking, and basically any improvement to it seems great. I do not say this to undersell Apothecarium, a mod by Jt9, for it is excellent in its own right.
My primary appreciation for this mod is its volume of content. It adds a total of twenty potions, involving seventeen new ingredients, and granting a total of ten effects. Needless to say, this rounds out the game’s potion system nicely with a newer and more interesting brewing mechanic.
Firstly, I will discuss the area of the most interest – the potions themselves. I will only be covering a few, as well as giving my opinion of them. To see the full list of potions, take a look at the mod’s download page listed in the installation instructions.
Haste Potion – a simple brew that speeds up the player’s mining speed. Brewed with sugar. This potion is nothing out of the ordinary, though the buff is quite nice and is a great bonus for making the effort to access brewing.
Elixir of Fiery Fist – quaffing this liquid will set the player’s hand aflame for nine minutes, igniting any enemy struck by his fist or weapon. Brewed with Dragon’s Breath Petal and Gunpowder. Interesting, and potentially useful with the right strategy.
Elixir of Projectile Protection – arrows and other ranged attacks may heal you (thus doing less damage). Made with Bonestalk Powder and Golden Grass. This is a potion you will definitely want to drink every night when the skeletons come out to play.
Undying Potion – a mysterious concoction that somehow breaks the laws of death. Provides the player with the Undying buff for ten minutes. Brewed with an Enderpearl and Bloodspike. A fantastic item for any player, regardless of the situation.
Potion of the Saints – said to grant near immortality for a short period of time. Drinking this will increase regeneration and decrease damage. Brewed with a Golden Apple and Frost Lotus. As the “ultimate” potion of this mod, it is definitely quite useful – drink this in a pinch or before fighting a boss mob!
Now that I have your interest, let me explain how to actually make these potions.
First, you will need to create a brewery. This is quite an expensive block, but for mid-game players it is an investment well worth the cost. The recipe looks like this:
Right-clicking on the brewery will bring up a simple GUI:
The first slot requires a glass bottle filled with water, as you might have guessed. The second and third slot use the reagents as described above. Finally, the bottom slot must be filled with Netherwart as “fuel” for the brewery. Luckily, netherwart is fairly easy to find and not all that useful for other aspects of the game.
An example of a full brewery looks like this:
Once you have this block made, it is time to harvest some ingredients. If you do not have a specific potion in mind, you may wish to simply wander the world and collect any mysterious looking plants.
The Dragon’s Breath Petal, used in the Fiery Fist potion, can be found in forests and plains; it is rather common:
Bonestalk Powder to make Projectile Protection elixirs can only be located in the Nether. It grows in netherrack quite abundantly:
For the other half of that recipe, you must find Golden Grass, which grows in savanna biomes:
Brewing an Undying potion requires one to harvest some Bloodspike, also found in the Nether. This is rarer, and quite easy to miss since it blends in with netherrack so well:
And finally, the Frost Lotus for the Saint’s potion can be found amidst the snow in frost plains and cold taigas.
Many of these plants must be made into powders or pastes by grinding them down. The Frost Lotus, for example, can be turned into a paste and used to make the Stoneskin potion.
My thoughts on this mod: quite robust, balanced, well thought-out, and overall a great way to fluff out Minecraft’s content. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this mod, although I keep changing my mind on how I feel about requiring two diamonds to craft the brewery. Ultimately I suppose it’s not a huge investment, and presents the player with a decision once they strike it rich for the first time.
What I would like to see in the future: even more interesting effects. Players are already presented with a slew of useful buffs, my favorite of which is Undying. Diversity is key in mods like this, and I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a total of twenty or even thirty different unique buffs!
Just for fun, here is an idea:
Potion of Samurai Soul – the lost spirit of a dishonored samurai is contained in this potion who can only redeem himself through combat. When consumed, attacking while running deals double damage and moves the player forward quickly. Brewed with an iron sword and Wispy Lotus (only grows among sugar cane). Lasts for one minute.
How to install Apothecarium for Minecraft 1.7.2
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Apothecarium.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
I have posted one new idea for this mod – can you think of any other interesting effects to add to the list? Post them in the comments below – and perhaps on Jt9’s mod page!