Forbidden and Arcanus

Forbidden and Arcanus is a fantastic mod that adds a bunch of new magic themed items to Minecraft to make your world a little more mythical and mysterious. Most of the new items can be crafted with three new ores added with this mod: Arcane Crystal Ore, Runestone, and Dark Runestone. Each one can be found in various levels below the overworld surface and are necessary for crafting enhanced armor and tools as well as more powerful weapons. But more importantly they are also crucial elements needed to craft some key structures that allow the player to unlock the ability to forge these new items.

There are five new sets of armor that you can now craft with the ores added in this mod. Each set of armor also comes paired with matching tools made from the same ores. The armor and tools range in quality and strength and while the lowest tier falls around the level of iron armor durability, this mod is sure to compensate with higher tier sets of armor that go beyond diamond durability in protection. Plus they look pretty menacing compared to the standard sets of armor already available in the game.

There are of course several new and intense weapons as well to take full advantage of with your recently acquired arcane conjuring skills. You can craft some significantly improved melee weapons like the arcane golden sword, the draco arcanus axe, and the draco arcanus scepter, which shoots powerful energy balls in the form of lightning bolts. The scepter functions similarly to a bow so aiming and striking enemies should be fairly accurate.

The soul extractor is also a neat tool that removes souls from soul sand. This will turn it into soulless sand and allows you to craft many different soul stone blocks! So now you can utilize soul sand in a more decorative or at least architectural way by crafting soul brick blocks or stairs or even polished soul stone blocks. You can also easily turn the blocks back into soul sand by right-clicking while holding the soul that came out of it.

There are also three new trees added with this mod, Cherrywood, Mysterywood, and Edelwood. These will give you even more varieties of wood blocks to build with and craft any of the existing items made with the standard wood types already available.

But with the addition of these new trees, you can craft an Edelwood bucket the same way you would craft a normal bucket but the extra benefit of using Edelwood is that it will hold four times as much water as the normal bucket would. So if you need to transport water this way or simply need buckets of water for any other reason, this mod gives you the ability to carry much more simply by using the wood from one of these mythical trees.

And there are a few new candle based light sources to add some variety to how you illuminate a room: the lantern and candelabras. The candelabras can be customized to hold one, two, or three candles depending on how many you place in one spot. And you’ll now have a new glass framed lantern that can be displayed just like standard lanterns can.

This mod requires an additional API found here.

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Forbidden and Arcanus, 4.02 / 5 (100 votes)


  1. Looks great! Where can we find some of the raw materials for these items? The documentation is a bit thin in this regard.

    For instance, where is Runestone and Dark Runestone found, or the Stellarite pieces?

    Thanks for a great mod!

    September 23, 2020
    • Hey Eric! I’ve been doing quite a lot of research on this mod recently, and I’ve figured out some of your questions!

      Runestone is an ore you can find underground at y levels 0-20.
      Stellarite pieces can be found underground at around the same level. They are a lot rarer and explode when mined.
      Dark Runestone can be made by right-clicking a rune on a Runic Tenebris Core.
      A Runic Tenebris Core is crafted by right-clicking a Dark Nether Star on a Runic Tenebris Frame.

      Hope this cleared some of your questions!

      October 10, 2020
  2. Is the Soul Extractor able to be made yet?

    April 28, 2021
  3. I’ve been looking all over the web trying to find info on this mod and where I can find darkstone. Does this resource spawn in naturally like ores or the -ites you can find underground, or is there a specific biome it’s found in, or something else?

    April 2, 2023
    • Darkstone spawns similar to granite, diorite, and andesite.

      May 9, 2023
  4. What Y levels can I find stellarite pieces in 1.19.2v

    June 1, 2023
  5. How do you find the Growing Edelwood Sapling? Are there actual Living trees out in the wild or are they found in special Chests or mob drops?

    September 16, 2023