Taint is an evil force which corrupts the land.
Taint can be easily distinguished due to its purple hue. Grass blocks, tall grasses, leaves of trees will become purple when in a tainted area. This shows that taint can create a new biome known as Tainted Land.
All creatures from vanilla Minecraft (with the exception of horses) can become tainted by entering a tainted area. They gain the effect Flux Taint (Flux Poison, or simply Flux) until they die. When the creatures die, they will be revived as a tainted creature which is hostile to passive creatures and players. In addition, tainted creatures have increased stats over their vanilla counterparts: dealing more damage, having higher health, and being slightly faster.
It is advised to stay wary of taint: move your base if taint is spreading towards it, or use a taint-clearing strategy to choke off the taint.
The tainted land is easily identified, as grass, ferns, and the land as a whole is purple hued, and in extreme circumstances can grow taint tentacles or tainted hives. Additionally tainted land is often densely populated with tainted creatures.
Tainted creatures are aggressive, or in some cases more aggressive than their non-tainted counterparts, and are stronger than their normal counterpart. In addition, Tainted spider eggs and Tainted Tendrils can be commonly found naturally spawned on the land. The Tainted Tentacles are able to attack the player. Tainted spore spawners can also be found which will spawn Tainted Swarms, swirls of purple balls which will fly and attack you.
Tainted spore spawners look like bright purple blocks which are reminiscent of crusted taint. Although they look like a solid block, are unable to move, and do not spontaneously attack. Spore spawners have 35 hearts of health, 75 HP, and are capable of taking damage like standard vanilla Minecraft mobs.
Taint crawlers come out taint spores when players walk within 2-3 blocks of the taint spore. The crawlers have 2.5 hearts of health and look like miniature purple spiders with the typical tainted look. They are aggressive and deal 1 heart of damage when they attack.
Taint spores look like crusted taint blocks with darker space between the tentacles on it. They can only be placed on tainted areas and will burst when hit or placed on non-taint ground, releasing a random number of taint crawlers.
Thaumic Slimes are slimes that appear from evaporating tainted goo. They spread taint wherever they land and act like normal slimes, with stages of separation and getting smaller. Unlike typical slimes all sizes of Thuaumic Slime do 2 hearts of damage and have 13 hearts of health, making all sizes equally dangerous.
Taint swarms seem to have over 10 hearts of health and up to 20 hearts but testing is inconclusive as 4 hits of a diamond sword will kill them but 3 hits with a diamond sword and 13 punches deals overall more damage than 4 hits of a diamond sword but still only manage to kill it on the last punch. Careful consideration of critical hits and possibly unnoticed buffs were in place at the time.
The land can be corrupted by a tainted node or with sufficient amount of Taint being released into the environment. Leftover aspects from the crucible and instability from Infusion crafting will produce Taint.
There are 4 stages to the contamination of the land.
- Stage 1: Vines will appear on trees and grass.
- Stage 2: The vines will become purple in colour.
- Stage 3: Blocks that had vines on them will begin to transform into tainted blocks.
- Stage 4: The rest of the land around the vines will become tainted and slowly spread.
Purifying the areaEdit
It is possible to purify the Tainted land by use of Ethereal Blooms. Pure nodes will also remove the taint around it. It is wise to find and destroy any Taint Nodes that may be lurking in the tainted area.
Though it is very rare, Ethereal Blooms, Silverwood Saplings, and Silverwood Trees spawn randomly within Taint areas. This is rare, and usually only occurs if the taint nodes are severely strong. It's the game's method of containing its own Taint. The Pure nodes counterbalance the taint nodes, ensuring the spread of the taint is at a slower rate.