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How do I keep a mob spawner active without being near it?

Discussion in 'General FTB chat' started by milocricket, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. milocricket

    milocricket New Member

    I am trying to keep a blaze spawner active for a machine, but I cannot stand near it constantly. Is there some way to keep a mob spawner active without a player?
  2. angelnc

    angelnc New Member

    Soul Shard's Soul Cage with a Tier 5 shard and any kind of Chunk Loader.
  3. Yusunoha

    Yusunoha New Member

    no, a vanilla spawner only spawns mobs if a player is near it. however, you can use other mods to spawn mobs, like Soul Shards and Minefactory Reloaded. they can spawn mobs even if you're not close to it, except you've to keep the spawners chunloaded
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  4. milocricket

    milocricket New Member

    Thanks guys, now I have more power.
  5. Bomb Bloke

    Bomb Bloke New Member

    Bear in mind that mobs despawn if a player isn't nearby. Even though a tier 5 soul shard spawner (for eg) will always spawn mobs, they'll be deleted from the world as soon as they pop in if there're no players in range.

    Granted that range is a lot further then you're stuck with using vanilla spawners, but ultimately a mob farm needs a player at least logged in to work.

    Or maybe not. I've a vague memory that a quirk of alternate dimensions lets you get around this, but I'm not sure of the particulars.
  6. Juanitierno

    Juanitierno New Member

    Thats correct. Player-mob distance can only be calculated if theres a player in the same dimension, if there is not the distance rule is skipped and the mob wont instantly despawn.
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  7. twisto51

    twisto51 New Member

    Which is why we put most of our constant operation mob farms in their own age, where nobody ever goes. Was very annoying the first time I started working with stuff like that in the overworld only to have it mysteriously break when I got X distance away, even with it chunkloaded. :)
  8. LoanOfDeath

    LoanOfDeath New Member

    What do you mean that MFR lets the spawners spawn mobs, do you mean that if you have MFR installed the spawners work?
  9. ScottulusMaximus

    ScottulusMaximus New Member

    No,you have to build an MFR autospawner, the mod doesnt change the vanilla mechanic.

    If you want to use a vanilla spawner put it on a block of cursed earth, this will let it spawn even when you arent nearby

    nice necro btw
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