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It looked like a perfect planet. Plans to make a colony ship started that day. But now that we’ve arrived, it’s clear that things are not as they first appeared. A seething, teeming purple biomass covers the surface, spewing forth malign alien entities that cruelly murdered the initial scouts. We aren’t sure if the scans were wrong or if Space Command was just lying to us, but this is not the paradise we were promised.

We’re sending you down to the surface as our last attempt before giving up and taking the Jaded and her colonists back to Homeworld. We’ve got little to offer you besides a glass bioshelter to keep the aliens out. We’re only willing to invest so much more into what will probably be a failed expedition. But if you’re resourceful and lucky, perhaps we can find a way to make this colony work after all.

Blightfall is a modpack for Minecraft that combines exploration, technology, and magic. Unlike most other modpacks, Blightfall is constructed and crafted around an intricate plot that only gets deeper and deeper as you play. Much of Blightfall's gameplay revolves around and expands upon concepts from Thaumcraft, so tropes from there apply here. You play as a member of a colonizing ship's crew, and are sent down to the surface of an alien world in an attempt to turn it into a flourishing colony. Nearly all of the planet is covered in a visceral purplish biomass that renders it almost uninhabitable. As you adventure and explore, you will come across many different structures and uncover the mystery behind the Blight and what it did to this world.


Blightfall is one of the main modpacks included in the Technic Launcher. Its web page can be found here.

Blightfall provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Well, a dimension example. You cannot enter the Nether or The End, unlike in a vanilla game. Nether Portals simply don't work, and the lone End portal instead takes you to the Last Milenium. Archmage Xillith tells you that The End was rendered inhospitable to life due to magical runoff. Fortunately their associated materials can be found in certain biomes in the map. Since the End is not in the modpack, this also means no Ender Dragon.
  • Alien Kudzu: The eponymous Blight, otherwise known as Taint. It takes over mobs and even damages you if you touch it.
  • After the End: The planet is covered in a deadly Alien Kudzu. It's your job to clean it up.
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  • All There in the Manual: The backstory behind the Jaded's initial attempts at colonization are elaborated upon here.
  • Better the Devil You Know: So you've just purified an entire location? Don't Celebrate Just Yet: with the influence of taint removed, normal hostile mobs can spawn. That being said, they are much easier to deal with than the tainted creatures.
  • Big Book Of Everything: Thaumcraft's Thaumonomicon and Botania's Lexica Botania.
    • Notably, the Lexica Botania can only be found among loot chests, and must be translated before you can read it.
  • Body Horror: The Taint can infest living creatures. It is not pretty.
  • Boring, but Practical: Food-wise, emergency rations are this. They cost a small amount of reputation to buy from the supplier, they restore about two and a half bars of hunger, and best of all, they are unaffected by the diminishing returns mechanic that affects all other food.
    • For transport, Boats. Taint does not spread across water, and there aren't any aquatic enemies. In addition, travelling by water means you won't have to deal with taint poison you normally have to deal with if you were travelling on ground.
  • Bonus Boss: The Wither and Gaia Guardians retain this status, but there is one unique to this modpack: The Tainted Hero, located in the middle of the Floating City.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Some of the unique mobs are this. These include the Tainted Arcanist, Tainted Botanist, and the Tainted Thaumaturge.
  • Commonplace Rare: "Tech metals", such as copper, tin, and lead, are rarer than diamonds! Thankfully, if you turn in each type of tech ore, the crew on the Jaded can point you towards some spots where they are plentiful.
    • Materials gained by defeating hostile mobs are harder to come by than usual thanks to most of the map being tainted. You'll need to find spawners to reliably stock up on rotten flesh and bones.
  • Cool Starship: The Jaded. While you don't get to look outside, you can explore around the interior.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Dark One. Despite being an ethereal, creepy, and powerful blood mage, their behavior is not villainous in the slightest. In fact, they actively assist the player in progressing through Blood Magic.
    • An excessively-warped player. Despite suffering from magical insanity and having delved into forbidden realms of magic, you remain resolute in your goal to purify the world.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Played with. While dying in Blightfall is even less of a loss resource-wise than in Minecraft (You will respawn with your entire inventory and experience), it replaces this loss with a loss in your reputation with the Jaded crew. Your first three deaths can be forgiven, but after that, it's not so easy.
  • Determined Homesteader: This is the basis for the game. The entire first phase revolves around the relatively mundane task of creating a sustainable farm within your biodome while all the creepy crawlies are lurking outside the glass.
  • Diminishing Returns for Balance: The more of a certain type of food you eat, the less hunger it refills. Thankfully, there are many, many different food options and emergency rations are exempt from the mechanic entirely.
  • Easter Egg: There are several little secrets hidden throughout the map.
    • Underground at the Eerie Island, you can find a pocket containing a chest filled with saplings, a Tainted Horiculturist, as well as a sign reading: "Agricultural time capsule. To be opened when the world is healed."
    • The one stronghold in the map is instead a portal to Last Millenium. Inside, you can find Archmage Xillith, as well as several items that can help you clean the taint.
  • Eldritch Location: The Eerie Island, located south of the continent, is host to some very, very strange phenomena. This includes a high concentration of Sinister nodes, ender stone deposits underground, the Evil Tower of Ominousness in the center of the island, and your character being contacted by The Dark One upon discovering it.
  • Equipment-Based Progression: A good metric as to how strong your equipment is, is the material's mining level:
    • Soft non-metal (Anything that can be mined by hand)
    • Hard non-metal (Stone of various types)
    • Soft metal (Copper ore)
    • Hard metal (Iron ore)
    • Diamond (Diamond ore, what did you expect?)
    • Supra-diamond (Obsidian)
    • Alien (The harder alien metals, such as Astral Silver)
    • Extreme (Void Metal)
    • Epic
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Since the tainted land itself damages you, we can add the ground itself trying to kill you.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Guns from the Custom NP Cs mod are craftable, as are bullets. Meaning that you can supplement spell-casting with a gun if you choose, though the bullets requiring gunpowder makes them rather hard to stock up on.
  • Fantastic Science: Upon first uncovering the very basics of Thaumaturgy, one of the Jaded's crew, Dr. Sprouse, devotes himself exclusively to studying the mystical phenomena present around the planet.
  • Fire Purifies: Ignis essentia can be piped into the Dawn Machine to amplify the purifying effect it has.
  • Floating Continent: There are three floating islands within the world map. One of these is the Floating City, which contains a massive Info Dump on the backstory for the world.
  • Functional Magic: Blightfall includes three main varieties:
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Considering that Minecraft by itself doesn't have much in the way of story, Blightfall builds its story around gameplay mechanics present within both the base game and included mods. This is most prominently seen with the mod Thaumcraft, with the Taint coming straight out of said mod, and the majority of magic being built around Thaumcraft's progression.
  • Game Over: Reaching low enough levels of reputation with the Jaded crew will result in them abandoning the mission, rendering the main story unbeatable. You can still explore your world, however.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Unlike in Botania, the different colors of mystical flowers required for Botany are only found in specific places. While some colors are in easy to find places, others border on Guide Dang It!. Thankfully, if you do certain sidequests, you can get the coordinates of each color.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Taint was originally made to turn the tide of a war. It worked too well and ended up covering the whole planet.
  • Place of Power: Aura nodes are concentrated areas of magic, which can be drawn from.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Volcano, which obviously has lava nearby, but also has various nether materials available throughout.
  • Magitek: With enough study, thaumaturgy can be used to enhance the Matter-Energy storage system from Applied Energistics.
    • Much of thaumaturgy results in the creation of magical machines which comes to a head with the Dawn Machine, a fusion between a Totem of Dawn, computers, and mechanics.
  • Mundane Utility: Due to the planet's atmosphere disabling standard dynamos, the only way to generate power sans Mana Fluxfield is through Yellorium fission. This results in using a miniature nuclear reactor to power your oven.
    • On the magical side, one can use golems to do many things, from guarding a location, to moving items from one spot to another.
  • Sidequest: Lots are available. These range from fetch quests, to going to certain coordinates, to defeating a certain amount of different monster types. These are important, since they can give you reputation as well as resources required for progression.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: One of the options you have for your starting location is at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Series Goal: The main goal of the modpack is to completely clean the continent of taint.
  • Shout-Out: The sole stronghold in the map has been converted into a portal to the Last Millenium.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Purple is heavily associated with thaumaturgy.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: The aptly-named forbidden knowledge, which revolves around evil magical phenomena though further study delves into things beyond even the evil we know. Delving too far in forbidden knowledge will result in the main character becoming Warped.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Chopping down the Silverwood trees that the biodomes are built around is a really bad idea.
  • Underwater Base: Drop Pod Omega's starting location is completely underwater. It is generally meant to be a Self-Imposed Challenge thanks to the small amount of farmland and it being a hassle to get in and out. However, there is a Mineshaft available from the base, and a Treehouse in a Greatwood tree is pretty close, and has some great stuff for the early game, including a Tool Forge for Tinker's Construct tools.
  • Unequal Rites: Judging by their respective entries in the Thaumonimicon, Thaumaturgists tend to look down on Botanists and are generally wary of Blood Mages.
  • Unobtanium: The planet was almost abandoned due to scans showing up very little amounts of tech metals, with the mission only continuing due to the insane amount of alien metals waiting to be exploited.
  • We Need a Distraction: Upon finding your first Botania flower, several quests will open up where Dr. Sprouse will request several items that they can use to get into the Xenobiologist's lab. Some of the quests, such as asking for some slimes in buckets, imply this.
  • Wham Episode: The Floating City is filled with massive revelations for the backstory of the world, with one thing in particular: The Taint was a magically-engineered corruption designed to turn the tide of a war. It worked.
    • The Last Milennium, where you meet the man who was presumed dead and inadverdently caused the taint: Archmage Xillith.
  • Wham Line: "I am Archmage Xillith, and I was the one who destroyed the world."
  • World-Healing Wave: A fully-powered Dawn Machine will purify the Blight in this manner.


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