The Mana Pool is a block added by Botania. It is the primary block for Mana storage in the mod and can store an extremely large amount of Mana inside (100x more than the Diluted Mana Pool, or 1,000,000 Mana). Mana stored in the pool can be used to power other blocks in Botania that require Mana to function, such as functional flowers.
Mana can be inserted into the Mana Pool via a Mana Spreader, and any adjacent Mana Spreaders will pull Mana from it to fill their internal buffer. The amount of Mana in a pool can be displayed as a bar by right-clicking the Mana Pool with a Wand of the Forest. The amount of Mana displayed in the Pool can be updated with successive clicks.
Many resources can be thrown into the Mana Pool, infusing them into different forms. For example, an Iron Ingot can be thrown into the pool to transform into Manasteel Ingot. This cannot be done with a Diluted Mana Pool.
The NEI recipe displays for Mana Infusion or Runic Altar recipes contain a Mana bar displaying how much Mana the recipes consume. These Mana bars show Mana consumption relative to the capacity of a Mana Pool.
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This information pertains to an older version of the mod.