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Desert Expansion

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Vanilla Deserts are fun to explore, and in more recent times we’ve seen more additions such as Desert Temples and all new “Husk” zombie mobs. However, have you ever felt like the Vanilla Minecraft deserts are a little bland and could use an overhaul? The purpose of the “Desert Expansion” mod is to rebreathe life back into the Desert biomes (Desert and Desert Hills biomes) by adding all new content to them. This mod aims to introduce new plants, mobs, food, structures and more whilst still retaining the Minecraft Vanilla feeling and style.

This mod adds two armour sets – The “Cactus Armour” and the “Desert Grass Fibre Armour” which are two new starter and mid tier armour sets which should offer the choice for players to craft something other than iron or leather if they start off in the desert biome in their map spawn. To craft these sets of armour, players must seek out an all new crop called “Desert Grass” and craft its roots into Grass Fibre pieces.

There’s also a collection of brand new mobs introduced in this mod. There’s Coyotes that roam around the deserts which are pretty common and mostly friendly/passive unless provoked. You can breed coyotes by using uncooked rabbit meat. They are based off Wolves in Vanilla and spawn in large groups in the Desert and Desert Hills biomes.

There’s also a collection of brand new mobs introduced in this mod. There’s Coyotes that roam around the deserts which are pretty common and mostly friendly/passive unless provoked. You can breed coyotes by using uncooked rabbit meat. They are based off Wolves in Vanilla and spawn in large groups in the Desert and Desert Hills biomes.

Desert Fox kits also spawn in the Desert/Desert Hills and behave very similarly to how Ocelots perform in Vanilla and they can be breeded by using chicken eggs. They spawn in groups of 1-4 and are slightly more rarer in the desert.

Sand Creepers also spawn in both of these biomes which are a brand new variant of creepers in the game that drop gunpowder and pack a huge punch when they explode. They spawn in less abundance and frequency so they are not as much of a risk as standard creepers in size and tend to spawn in groups of 1-3.

Scorpions also spawn in Desert and Desert Hills and can also spawn in dungeons too. They are pretty tough and spawn in groups of 1-3. They are pretty rare in the desert but do a fair bit of damage, but they are pretty slow in speed so they don’t pose too much of a threat when you create distance with them.

There is also a collection of structures in the mod. Some of these structures contain exclusive mobs in or around them that I didn’t mention in the mobs list before as they only spawn in the structures and not in the desert itself. The first structure is the Pyramid which is a standard classic style pyramid constructed entirely of sandstone blocks, housing 1-2 mob spawners inside. These spawners spawn Mummy mobs that attack you. If you defeat the mummies, you may be lucky as some of the Pyramids have the chance to contain chests full of loot inside, although this is rare. This was inspired by Ancient Egypt and Archaology which I believe should be in Minecraft.

There is also the Desert Oasis that has a rare chance to spawn in the desert and is a body of water surrounded by desert trees. This structure exclusively spawns desert tortoises all around it as well as sandfish lizards which accompany them all around. This is a great place to use as a water source in the desert to drink or use for potions and other purposes, although they spawn rarely to simulate reality.

There are also desert trees that spawn around the desert, which are semi common and spawn Ostriches all around them and below the trees in the shade. Currently, these Ostriches are smaller like chickens, but provide some more life in the desert and a source of food to cook with.

Sand Cat Warrens spawn on the surface, sometimes slightly a few blocks below the surface of the sand and can be buried in the sand. They only spawn in the standard Desert biome and house around 3 or 4 Sand Cats that live inside. These sand cats drop fish and can be bred with raw fish.

Underground, there are new Dungeons which are Spider lairs. These structures are small boxes like standard Vanilla dungeons and house 3-4 new Sand Spiders and are surrounded by cob webs. If you manage to slay and defeat the Spiders, you will have the chance to obtain the chest within that has a lot of useful items you can loot to help you advance in the game.

The last structure are Desert Farms which spawn in the Desert Hills biomes. These farms house 1 Villager who lives in a Sandstone house, with a bed and chests. Outside, there are crops such as wheat that are fully grown and brand new mobs called “Desert Cows” which graze on the farmland in the stable. Sometimes, due to the intense sun of the desert, the crops can be found broken or already harvested on the ground, which can be collected. These farms can be used as houses or places as rest when starting a new world if you get lost in the desert.

The mod adds a new food type which are found in the Oasises. The Oasis trees have coconuts hanging from them. You can cut the coconuts with an axe and right click on a block (best on stone blocks) to crack the coconuts into cracked coconut pieces and then eat them as food which restores a fair level of hunger.

Most of the accomplishments in this mod are rewarded via all new achievements added in the new advancements tab for the Desert in the mod, which seperates progression in the desert biomes from the Vanilla Content. If you break a coconut or craft various items, you will get advancement achievements to show your progression. This offers a good guide on what you should be doing in the desert, although not everything available has an advancement to offer.