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Adding Armor


While armor is a bit more complicated to implement than a normal block or item, once you understand it, it becomes simple to implement. To add armor, we'll first make a CustomArmorMaterial class, then register the items. We'll also take a look at how to texture them. There's a special chapter at the end of this document that explains how to add knockback to the armor, since the method is only accessible through a mixin (as of 1.16.3).

An example for this document can be found in this mod GitHub repository.

Creating an Armor Material class

Since new armor needs to be set with a new name (as well as extra things like armor points and durability), we'll have to create a new class for our CustomArmorMaterial.

This class will implement ArmorMaterial, and it'll start by assigning values to armor points (called PROTECTION_VALUES). All its following arguments will make use of @Override.

  1. public class CustomArmorMaterial implements ArmorMaterial {
  2. private static final int[] BASE_DURABILITY = new int[] {13, 15, 16, 11};
  3. private static final int[] PROTECTION_VALUES = new int[] {A, B, C, D};
  5. // In which A is boots, B leggings, C chestplate, and D helmet.
  6. // For reference, Leather uses {1, 2, 3, 1}, and Diamond/Netherite {3, 6, 8, 3}
  7. }

The next arguments are defined as follows (don't worry about the names, you'll see how we implement it below them):

  1. method_7696: how many hits can armor take before breaking. Uses the int we wrote on 'BASE_DURABILITY' to calculate. Leather uses 5, Diamond 33, Netherite 37.
  2. method_7697: calls for the 'PROTECTION_VALUES' int we already wrote above.
  3. getEnchantability: This will be how likely the armor can get high level or multiple enchantments in an enchantment book.
  4. SoundEvent getEquipSound: The standard used by vanilla armor is SoundEvents.ITEM_ARMOR_EQUIP_X, X being the type of armor.
  5. Ingredient getRepairIngredient: what item are we gonna be using to repair the armor on an anvil. It can be either a vanilla item or one of your own.
  6. String getName: what the parent item of the armor is. In Diamond armor, it'd be “diamond”.
  7. getToughness: This is a second protection value where the armor is more durable against high value attacks. Value goes as 'X.0F'

And the new value introduced on 1.16

  1. getKnockbackResistance: leave this value at 0. If you want to implement it, write '0.XF' (in which X is how much knockback protection you want), and I'll teach you how to make it work later on.

I'll leave all variables written as X or A, B, C, D. With those arguments, it should now look something like this:

  1. public class CustomArmorMaterial implements ArmorMaterial {
  2. private static final int[] BASE_DURABILITY = new int[] {13, 15, 16, 11};
  3. private static final int[] PROTECTION_VALUES = new int[] {A, B, C, D};
  5. @Override
  6. public int method_7696(EquipmentSlot slot) {
  7. return BASE_DURABILITY[slot.getEntitySlotId()] * X;
  8. }
  10. @Override
  11. public int method_7697(EquipmentSlot slot) {
  12. return PROTECTION_VALUES[slot.getEntitySlotId()];
  13. }
  15. @Override
  16. public int getEnchantability() {
  17. return X;
  18. }
  20. @Override
  21. public SoundEvent getEquipSound() {
  22. return SoundEvents.ITEM_ARMOR_EQUIP_X;
  23. }
  25. @Override
  26. public Ingredient getRepairIngredient() {
  27. return Ingredient.ofItems(RegisterItems.X);
  28. }
  30. @Override
  31. public String getName() {
  32. // Must be all lowercase
  33. return "name";
  34. }
  36. @Override
  37. public float getToughness() {
  38. return X.0F;
  39. }
  41. @Override
  42. public float getKnockbackResistance() {
  43. return 0.XF;
  44. }
  45. }

Now that you have the basics of the armor material class, let's register your armor items in a new class we'll simply call RegisterItems.

Creating Armor Items

We're gonna make a new class called RegisterItems to implement your new armor pieces. This will also be the place to, for example, register tools, if you're making a new item like an ingot (We'll refer to this as a “Custom_Material”).

  1. public class RegisterItems {
  3. public static final ArmorMaterial CUSTOM_ARMOR_MATERIAL = new CustomArmorMaterial();
  4. public static final Item CUSTOM_MATERIAL = new CustomMaterialItem(new Item.Settings());
  5. // If you made a new material, this is where you would note it.
  6. public static final Item CUSTOM_MATERIAL_HELMET = new ArmorItem(CUSTOM_ARMOR_MATERIAL, EquipmentSlot.HEAD, new Item.Settings());
  7. public static final Item CUSTOM_MATERIAL_CHESTPLATE = new ArmorItem(CUSTOM_ARMOR_MATERIAL, EquipmentSlot.CHEST, new Item.Settings());
  8. public static final Item CUSTOM_MATERIAL_LEGGINGS = new ArmorItem(CUSTOM_ARMOR_MATERIAL, EquipmentSlot.LEGS, new Item.Settings());
  9. public static final Item CUSTOM_MATERIAL_BOOTS = new ArmorItem(CUSTOM_ARMOR_MATERIAL, EquipmentSlot.FEET, new Item.Settings());
  11. }

Now that your items are properly created, let's register them and give them proper names. Your first parameter is going to be your namespace, which is your mod ID, and then next one the name you want to give to your item.

We'll be writing this right below your last ArmorItem.

  1. public static void register() {
  2. Registry.register(Registries.ITEM, new Identifier("tutorial", "custom_material"), CUSTOM_MATERIAL);
  3. Registry.register(Registries.ITEM, new Identifier("tutorial", "custom_material_helmet"), CUSTOM_MATERIAL_HELMET);
  4. Registry.register(Registries.ITEM, new Identifier("tutorial", "custom_material_chestplate"), CUSTOM_MATERIAL_CHESTPLATE);
  5. Registry.register(Registries.ITEM, new Identifier("tutorial", "custom_material_leggings"), CUSTOM_MATERIAL_LEGGINGS);
  6. Registry.register(Registries.ITEM, new Identifier("tutorial", "custom_material_boots"), CUSTOM_MATERIAL_BOOTS);
  7. }

Your armor items are done. Now we'll just call the Registry on our main class (and annotate the new group).

  1. public static final ItemGroup EXAMPLE_MOD_GROUP = FabricItemGroupBuilder.create(
  2. new Identifier("tutorial", "example_mod_group"))
  3. .icon(() -> new ItemStack(RegisterItems.CUSTOM_MATERIAL)) // This uses the model of the new material you created as an icon, but you can reference to whatever you like
  4. .build();
  6. @Override
  7. public void onInitialize() {
  8. RegisterItems.register();
  9. }

That's it! Your armor should now exist in game, untextured still, but present and able to be given with /give.

Now we'll be assigning the textures to each piece.


We're going to assume you

  • Have the textures for each armor item (x_helmet.png, x_chestplate.png etc.)
  • Have the textures for the armor in body (x_layer_1.png and x_layer_2.png)

And assign them to each armor item.

The following should be the same with all armor items, only changing which part are we using. We'll use helmet for our example.

	"parent": "item/generated",
	"textures": {
		"layer0": "tutorial:item/custom_material_helmet"

Repeat with all armor items.

Generally, mod textures go under resources/assets/<modid>, however armor textures go specifically in the minecraft directory: To give your on-body armor a texture, place X_layer_1.png and X_layer_2.png (where X is the getName argument you chose in your armor material class) into 'resources/assets/minecraft/textures/models/armor'.

If you followed everything, you should now be able to have a full armor set!

tutorial/armor.txt · Last modified: 2023/08/20 10:19 by wjz_p