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Element Exchange

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A Minetest mod to exchange nodes into other nodes. This is mod is inspired by the "Equivalent Exchange" mod for Minecraft.

Stopping Development

I am no longer working on this project.

Another user has taken up development of this project and whilst I am not affiliated with this project (nor tested) but seems like a good continuation:


  • Orb that holds energy
  • Collector that collects energy from the sun
  • Constructor that can convert one node into different node
  • Deconstructor that can extract energy from a node


You can change the default values in the minetest settings under mods > element_exchange.


Copyright (C) 2021 Leo Spratt

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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Do you recommend this mod?

  • Customizeability and Balance

    While I like the fact I could easily tweak the values in this mod to rebalance it, I still think it would of been smarter for the mod author to put some very basic thought into balancing the exchanges.

    For example, 1 diamond is currently worth more than a diamond block in the default configuration you download. (To configure this simply edit the energy.lua file)

    Now, onto more serious issues i have with this mod:

    I can't add a category for lava buckets or flowers. Trying to add a category using the example in the energy.lua trying to add a buckets category like how it is done with "default" and "moreswords" does not work and simply crashes on startup.

    I wish the mod could do more without me diving deeper into it.

    That being said I do like what the mod has already been able to prodive for me, I just am hesitant to recommend it or recommend against it since it may offer someone else a better or worse experience depending on what they want from this mod. The only way to know if this mod is for you or your server is to try it, and then troubleshoot later.