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Focal Manipulator Research

The Focal Manipulator is a block added in Thaumcraft 4.2.2.0 that allows foci to be upgraded/altered.

The Manipulator requires both EXP levels and centi-vis in order to upgrade foci. Each Focus can be upgraded a total of five times, with the level and vis cost increasing by 8 for each upgrade. Some upgrades can be applied only at certain levels (often only at level 3), and others have prerequisite upgrades. Some upgrades like Frugal and Potency can be applied multiple times. All upgrades are permanent, and there is currently no way to remove them.

Instructions Edit

  1. After placing the block right-click, to bring up the interface.
  2. Place a focus in the central slot and available upgrades will be shown as icons at the bottom.
  3. Click to select an upgrade. The cost in EXP is shown to the right of the focus while the cost in centi-vis is shown to the left.
  4. Click the long horizontal green bar below the focus to begin the enhancement. If you do not have enough EXP this button will not be available.

Caution: The Focal Manipulator does not check that all required types of centi-vis are available before starting the enhancement. If the required primals are not available the enhancement progress will pause indefinitely until they are available. If a focus is taken out of the GUI while upgrading, all progress, centi-vis and EXP are lost. Don't start until you're ready.

  1. The green bar will turn into a multicolored bar reverse progress bar showing how much centi-vis of each type is still required. When the bar disappears a sound is played and the enhanced focus can be safely removed.

Crafting Edit


Arcane Crafting Table:

Place a primal charm in the middle of the grid with arcane stone on either side, a table underneath and an arcane stone brick slab on top. Place two gold ingots in the bottom two corners and iron ingots in the upper two corners.

Essentias:

32x Perditio

32x Ordo

32x Aqua

32x Terra

32x Ignis

32x Aer

Video Edit

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Thaumcraft 4.2 Tutorial -Focal Manipulator-


Thaumcraft 4.2 Tutorial [Focal Manipulator] This video was made by Zautos.

Upgrades: Edit

Wand Focus: Nine Hells: Edit

Level 1

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 3

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Bat Bombs: This upgrade initially costs 8 Perditio, 16 Ordo, 8 Aer and 8 Ignis as well as 24 EXP levels. This upgrade makes the bats summoned by the wand explode instantly upon contact with its target as well as have a larger explosion radius.
  • Devil Bats: This upgrade initally costs 8 Aer, 24 Aqua, 8 Ignis, 16 Ordo, 8 Perditio and 32 Terra as well as 24 EXP levels. This upgrade makes the bats larger, harder to kill and faster. The bats will no longer explode but will attack their target with melee attacks that set them on fire until they either expire or die.

Level 4

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 5

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Vampire Bats: It initially costs 32 Aer, 64 Aqua, 64 Perditio and 64 Terra as well as 40 EXP levels. It makes the bats that you summon give you the health of the enemies they attack. This upgrade is a seperate research you must research to unlock.

Wand Focus: Fire Edit

Level 1:

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Alchemist's Fire: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aqua, 4 Ordo, 4 Terra and 4 Ignis as well as 16 EXP levels. It makes the fire produced by the wand to set enemies alight much longer.

Level 3:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Fireball: This upgrade initially costs 16 Aer, 8 Perditio and 8 Ignis as well as 24 EXP levels. The wand focus will now throw fireballs instead of a cone of flame which will explode on impact with anything. The Alchemist's Fire upgrade makes it set the ground around the explosion crater on fire as well.
  • Fire Beam: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer, 8 Ignis and 8 Ordo as well as 24 EXP levels. It will make the wand fire a very long narrow beam of fire which does massive damage upon impact. The Alchemist's Fire upgrade makes it set some tiles on fire as as well, when the beam hits them.

Level 4:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
    • Alchemist's Fire: This upgrade initially costs 32 Aqua, 16 Ordo, 16 Terra and 16 Ignis as well as 32 EXP levels. It makes the fire produced by the wand to set enemies alight much longer. This upgrade may only be available if Fireball was not taken at level 3.

Level 5:

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Wand Focus: Equal Trade Edit

Level 1:

  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.
  • Enlarge: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 2 Terra and 2 Ordo as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the area of effect of the wand.

Level 2:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge

Level 3:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Treasure: This upgrade initially costs 16 Aer, 32 Aqua, 8 Ignis, 8 Ordo, 32 Terra and 16 Perditio as well as 24 EXP levels. This makes the loot you gain more precious and more plentiful.
  • Architect: This upgrade initially costs 16 Aer, 48 Aqua, 16 Ignis, 24 Ordo, 16 Perditio and 48 Terra as well as 24 EXP levels. This upgrade allows you to see where the blocks affected are going to be and you can adjust its size and shape using G.

Level 4:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge

Level 5:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Silk Touch: This upgrade initially costs 64 Aer, 128 Aqua, 32 Ignis, 32 Ordo, 64 Perditio and 128 Terra as well as 40 EXP levels. This upgrade allows you to simply pick up the blocks you trade instead of the normal drops.

Wand Focus: Warding Edit

Level 1:

  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2:

  • Frugal
  • Architect: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer, 24 Aqua, 8 Ignis, 12 Ordo, 8 Perditio and 24 Terra as well as 16 EXP levels. This upgrade allows you to see where the blocks affected are going to be and you can adjust its size and shape using G.

Level 3:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge: This upgrade increases how large an area the focus's powers affect, or increases the number of targets affected.

Level 4:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge: This upgrade increases how large an area the focus's powers affect, or increases the number of targets affected.

Level 5:

  • Frugal

Wand Focus: Excavation Edit

Level 1:

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.
  • Treasure: This upgrade initially costs 4 Aer, 8 Aqua, 2 Ignis, 2 Ordo, 8 Terra and 4 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. This makes the loot you gain more precious and more plentiful.

Level 2:

  • Frugal
  • Potency
  • Enlarge: This upgrade initially costs 4 Aer, 4 Terra and 4 Ordo as well as 16 EXP levels. It increases the area of effect of the wand.

Level 3:

  • Frugal
  • Potency
  • Treasure
  • Dowsing: This upgrade initially costs 8 aer, 24 aqua, 8 ignis, 8 ordo, 8 perdiot and 24 terra as well as 24 XP levels. This gives the wand the chance to mine native ore clusters instead of normal ore. Native clusters give double the amount of ingots when smelted.

Level 4:

  • Frugal
  • Potency
  • Enlarge

Level 5:

  • Frugal
  • Potency
  • Treasure
  • Silk Touch: This upgrade initially costs 64 Aer, 128 Aqua, 32 Ignis, 32 Ordo, 64 Perditio and 128 Terra as well as 40 EXP levels. This upgrade allows you to simply pick up the blocks you mine instead of the normal drops.

Wand Focus: Portable Hole Edit

Level 1:

  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.
  • Enlarge: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 2 Terra and 2 Ordo as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the area of effect of the wand. For the Portable Hole focus, it extends the range/depth of the hole created by 8 blocks per level of Enlarge (the initial range/depth is 32 blocks)
  • Extend: This upgrade initially costs 2 Perditio and 2 Ordo as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the duration of the spell cast by the wand. For the Portable Hole focus, the hole remains open for an additional 3 seconds per level of Extend (the initial duration is 5 seconds)

Level 2:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Extend

Level 3:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Extend

Level 4:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Extend

Level 5:

  • Frugal
  • Enlarge
  • Extend

Wand Focus: Pech's Curse Edit

Level 1:

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%. It also increases the level of the debuff applied by the focus by 1.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Extend: This upgrade initially costs 4 Perditio and 4 Ordo as well as 16 EXP levels. It increases the duration of the spell cast by the wand.

Level 3:

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 4:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Extend

Level 5:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Nightshade: This upgrade initially costs 32 Aer, 64 Aqua, 32 Ignis, 32 Ordo, 64 Perditio and 32 Terra as well as 40 EXP levels. This makes the Pech's Curse wand inflict all of its debilitating effects at once instead of only a few at a time.

Wand Focus: Frost Edit

Level 1:

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.
  • Alchemist's Frost: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 2 Ignis, 2 Ordo and 4 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. This makes the targets hit by the wand slow down for longer.

Level 2:

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 3:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Alchemist's Frost
  • Scattershot: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer, 24 Aqua, 24 Ignis, 16 Ordo, 16 Perditio and 24 Terra as well as 24 EXP levels. This makes the wand fire multiple smaller shards of ice that do less damage but overall can be devastating to crowds and focused targets.
  • Ice Boulder: This upgrade initially costs 8 Ignis, 8 Ordo, 8 Perditio and 8 Terra as well as 24 EXP levels. This upgrade makes the wand fire a single massive boulder of ice that tends to bounce around and does huge damage.

Level 4:

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 5:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Alchemist's Frost

Wand Focus: Primal Edit

Level 1:

  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2:

  • Frugal

Level 3:

  • Frugal
  • Seeker: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer, 32 Aqua, 8 Ignis, 16 Perditio and 32 Terra as well as 24 EXP levels. This makes the orbs automatically seek out the nearest living target and move towards them.It will also stop it from forming nodes or creating taint; meaning it will do nothing but explode.

Level 4:

  • Frugal

Level 5:

  • Frugal

Wand Focus: Shock Edit

Level 1:

  • Potency: This upgrade initially costs 2 Aer, 6 Aqua, 4 Ignis, 4 Ordo, 2 Perditio and 6 Terra as well as 8 EXP levels. It increases the wand's effectiveness (I.E: Damage or mining speed) by 20%.
  • Frugal: This upgrade initially costs 2 Terra, 2 Aqua, 2 Aer and 2 Perditio as well as 8 EXP levels. It decreases the Vis cost of the wand when being used by 10%.

Level 2:

  • Potency
  • Frugal

Level 3:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Chain Lightning: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer and 8 Aqua as well as 24 EXP levels. It makes the wand fire slower but the damage is increased and each lightning bolt can hit up to two other enemies. Each enemy it chains to reduces the damage by a small fraction.
  • Earth Shock: This upgrade initially costs 8 Aer and 8 Aqua as well as 24 EXP levels. It makes the wand fire a large ball of electricity which damages an area and leaves a large amount of land dangerously electrified afterwards, dealing massive damage to whoever is in the initial explosion and steps on the land. The land will stay electrified only temporarily.

Level 4:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Enlarge: This upgrade initially costs 16 Aer, 16 Ordo and 16 Terra as well as 32 EXP levels. It increases the radius of the Earth Shock ground electrocution and adds two extra hits for the Chain Lightning. The upgrade is available after Earth shock or Chain Lightning

Level 5:

  • Potency
  • Frugal
  • Enlarge

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