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Decay (Mystcraft)

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This page is about the mechanic in Mystcraft. For other uses, see Decay.

Decay is a mechanic in Mystcraft where extremely unstable Ages "decay" over time; blocks in the Age gradually get overwritten by blocks of Decay, eventually making the Age unplayable.

Blocks of Decay (excluding White Decay) will spawn between Y=25 and the highest block naturally generated by the Age, including floating islands or tendrils. All types (excluding Black Decay) can spread through Air.

Another effect of Decay is the "crumbling" of an Age: blocks will degrade into lower tiers of blocks. For example, Diamond Ore will degrade into Coal Ore, or Stone will degrade into Cobblestone. Depending of the severity of the instability, Bedrock may also degrade, leaving a void world.

Types of Decay[edit | edit source]

Black Decay[edit | edit source]

Black Decay

ModMystcraft
TypeSolid block

Black Decay is the slowest type of decay, slowly spreading at a constant rate, only through solid blocks. If 2 blocks of Black Decay form on top of each other, they will merge into one and force all blocks above them to obey gravity and fall, even if they normally would not, including Bedrock. This means that Black Decay is the most destructive form of decay, in that it may not be visible in the world until holes start appearing that lead to the Void.

It can be destroyed with TNT or mined quickly (~1 second) with a Diamond Pickaxe. It will never drop as an item.

Blue Decay[edit | edit source]

Blue Decay

ModMystcraft
TypeSolid block

Blue Decay is faster then Black Decay; the speed depends on the hardness of the block it is spreading to: the faster it is to mine, the faster it will spread. As a side effect, Blue Decay will never spread to Bedrock or other unbreakable blocks.

It can be destroyed with TNT or mined quickly (~1 second) with a Diamond Pickaxe. It will never drop as an item.

Red Decay[edit | edit source]

Red Decay

ModMystcraft
TypeSolid block

Red Decay is about as fast as Blue Decay; the speed is inversely proportional to the blast resistance of the block it is spreading to: the weaker it is to blow up, the faster it will spread. As a side effect, Red Decay will never spread to Bedrock or other unbreakable blocks.

It can be destroyed with TNT or mined quickly (~1.5 seconds) with a Diamond Pickaxe. It will never drop as an item.

Purple Decay[edit | edit source]

Purple Decay

ModMystcraft
TypeSolid block

Purple Decay is a severe form of decay, quickly spreading through liquids, other decay blocks, and Air. While it can spread via solid blocks, it is slower then Red or Blue Decay.

It cannot be destroyed with TNT, but can be mined with a Diamond Pickaxe, albeit very slowly (~9.5 seconds). It will never drop as an item.

White Decay[edit | edit source]

White Decay

ModMystcraft
TypeSolid block

White Decay is the most severe form of decay, quickly spreading and destroying through any medium (even other decay blocks). Unlike the other types of decay, White Decay will deal a 1 (Half Heart.svg) point of damage per second to any player moving on it and completely bypasses all armor.

It cannot be destroyed with TNT, but can be mined with a Diamond Pickaxe, albeit very slowly (~9.5 seconds). It will never drop as an item.

Unlike other decay blocks, White Decay will spawn from Y=20 to the highest block in the Age, naturally generated or not.