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All of Tinker's Construct tools can be modified to allow for certain upgrades. They are listed below (and in the Materials and You book you receive in-game). Applying any of the below modifiers takes up one modifier slot, for which most tools have a default of three maximum.

Modifier Types

Additional Modifiers, Level 1

Book Text Working the tool with a block of gold and a diamond makes the tool more malleable, allowing for more modification.
Resource 1 Diamond, 1 Block of Gold
  • Adds an additional modifier slot to the tool
  • Single-use

Additional Modifiers, Level 2

Book Text Attaching a solid gold apple and encrusting the tool with a block of diamond warps the tool in places you did not notice before
Resource 1 Enchanted Golden Apple, 1 Block of Diamond
  • Adds an additional modifier slot to the tool
  • Single-use

Additional Modifiers, Level 3

Book Text Working the tool with a nether star gives it the ability to attach parts they would not otherwise stay.
Resource 1 Nether Star
  • Adds an additional modifier slot to the tool
  • Single-use

Additional Modifiers, Level 4

Book Text For the creative types or the map makers in the world, this item is for you.
Resource 1 Creative Tool Modifier
  • Adds an additional modifier slot to the tool
  • Single-use
  • Stackable

Silk touch

Book Text Adding a large glob of gold and a bunch of string seems to give the tool silky-smooth properties.
Resource 1 Silky Jewel
  • Allows blocks to be harvested directly
  • Not compatible with Luck or Auto-Smelt
  • Single-use


Book Text Encrusting lapis on tools is a gift to the gods of luck. They will bless your tool with great fortune and loot.
Resource Lapis Lazuli
  • Adds fortune or looting
  • Tool use has a chance to increase the luck
  • Adding more lapis only uses one modifier
  • Not compatible with Silky
  • Luck I - Can Double Ore/Loot - 60 Lapis Cost
  • Luck II - Can Triple Ore/Loot - Rare Drops to Common Drops - 180(+120) Lapis Cost
  • Luck III - Can Quadruple Ore/Loot - Rare Drops to Common Drops - 360(+180) Lapis Cost


Book Text Adding blaze powder to a tool gives it a fiery tinge. The weapon's edges look like embers. Sadly not bright enough to be a light source.
Resource Blaze Powder
  • Sets enemies on fire
  • Deals additional fire damage on hit
  • Multiple levels
  • Each additional blaze powder adds either .06 or .07 to the additional fire damage, which starts at .07 damage and has a maximum of 1.67 fire damage.
  • Fire duration starts from one second at the lowest level and at the highest level lasts 4 seconds. Each additional second requires 8 blaze powder to be added.
  • The maximum level is twenty-five blaze powder.


Book Text You can use Quartz to sharpen and hone the edge of weapons. The more Quartz is used the better you can sharpen the blade. Works with blunt items as well.
Resource Nether Quartz
  • Increases attack damage
  • Different weapons scale differently
  • Multiple levels
  • Each nether quartz adds additional attack damage
  • Each level costs one modifier
  • Sharp - 1 to 72 Nether Quartz Cost
  • Sharper - 73 to 144 Nether Quartz Cost
  • Sharpest - 145 to 216 Nether Quartz Cost
  • Sharpester - 217 to 288 Nether Quartz Cost
  • Sharpestest - 289 to 360 Nether Quartz Cost


Book Text Working an ender pearl and some obsidian on a weapon has the curious effect of separating the target's head from its body. Just a little off the top?
Resource 1 Ender Pearl, 1 Obsidian
  • Enemies drop their heads
  • Adding more Obsidian and Ender Pearls increases the chance of decapitation
  • Multiple levels
  • Cleavers come with beheading II
  • Each level is on average 10% more effective than the previous level.


Book Text Adding a diamond to the edge of a tool makes it more resilient and increases what the tool can mine. It also makes a fetching fashion statement.
Resource 1 Diamond
  • Extra durability
  • Minor stat increase
  • Mining level increased to Obsidian
  • Single-use
  • Fabulous!


Book Text Adding an obsidian plate to the tool seems to help with its durability, making it stronger.
Resource 1 Reinforced Plate
  • Adds a chance to not consume durability
  • Stacks with previous levels of Reinforced
  • Multiple levels
  • Each reinforcement adds a 10% chance to not use durability.
  • Reinforced level ten makes the tool unbreakable and is the maximum level. This includes shurikens having unlimited ammo.


Book Text Adding redstone to a tool seems to increase its speed. Redstone. Crazy stuff, amiright?
Resource Redstone
  • Each redstone dust increases mining speed by a small amount
  • Increases attack speed
  • Multiple levels
  • Each level costs one modifier
  • Mining Speed = (-.5L^2 + 5L + b) + (.02l + .06)x
  • L = Level = int((x/50)+1); b is the original mining speed, and x is the amount of redstone used.
  • Haste - 1 to 50 Redstone Cost; 0.08-speed increase per redstone
  • Haster - 51 to 100 Redstone Cost; 0.1-speed increase per redstone
  • Hastest - 101 to 150 Redstone Cost; 0.12-speed increase per redstone
  • Hastester - 151 to 200 Redstone Cost; 0.14-speed increase per redstone
  • Hastestest - 201 to 250 Redstone Cost; 0.16-speed increase per redstone
  • Extra Haste: For every new Haste modification, 50 more redstone can be added. Each redstone adds a speed increase following the previous pattern.


Book Text Placing the bone of a Wither Skeleton on a tool gives it nefarious life-stealing powers.
Resource Necrotic Bone
  • Heals when dealing damage
  • Add more bones to increase the heal
  • Multiple levels
  • Each level of necrotic adds an additional 10% life steal


Book Text Affixing an emerald to a tool's weakest point makes it especially resilient and fabulous. Villagers may also covet your tool, be wary.
Resource 1 Emerald
  • 50% durability increase
  • Mining level increased to Iron
  • Single-use
  • Outrageous!


Book Text The raw power of consecrated soil empowers your weapon, smiting enemies from on high.
Resource Consecrated Soil
  • Deals massive damage to undead enemies
  • Multiple levels
  • Each consecrated soil adds more undead damage
  • Each level costs one modifier
  • Five levels in total
  • Each level has a maximum of an additional 7 HP taken away from undead enemies
  • Twenty-four consecrated soil is the cost for a higher level of smite


Book Text Attaching a piston to the tool and activating it at the right time seems to throw mobs further away.
Resource 1 Piston (or Sticky Piston)
  • Adds extra knockback
  • Each piston increases the knockback distance
  • Multiple levels
  • Each level adds an additional average knockback distance of 2
  • Each knockback level takes one modifier and costs 10 pistons (except the first level)
  • The highest level is 99

Bane Of Arthropods

Book Text Striking a spider with its own eyeball causes it to recoil in fear. Got a pest problem? Here is the solution. Kills bugs dead.
Resource Fermented Spider Eye
  • Deals massive damage to spiders and silverfish
  • Multiple levels
  • Each spider eye adds additional arthropod damage
  • Each level costs one modifier
  • Each level costs twenty-four fermented spider eyes and gives a maximum of 7 added arthropod damage
  • Five total levels




Adding a Hardened Flux Capacitor or Leadstone

Energy Cell gives a Tool energy. The tool still functions properly

when the Cell/Capacitor has no charge.

Resource Hardened Flux Capacitor or Leadstone Energy Cell
  • Allows the tool to be charged with Redstone Flux
  • Uses energy instead of durability while charged
  • Available from Thermal Expansion.
Precision Tools Pickaxe · Shovel · Hatchet
Broad Mining Tools Hammer · Lumber Axe · Excavator
Multitools Mattock
Melee Weapons Broadsword · Longsword · Rapier · Dagger
Broad Melee Weapons Scythe
Heavy Melee Weapons Cleaver · Battleaxe
Ranged Weapons Dagger
Ranged Projective Launchers Shortbow · Longbow · Crossbow
Ammunition Arrow · Bolt
Lethal Joke Weapons Battlesign
Utility Tools Chisel
Other Frying Pan