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ItemStack.getItem() returning null


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For some reason, the getItem() part of the following code is returning null, does anyone know why that could be? I made sure that it was that part by separating it from this.getQueen(), the crash report said that it was the line where getItem() was which was causing the problem. The item is an instance of ItemAnt so that's not the problem


ItemStack result = this.getQueen();
result.stackSize = ((ItemAnt) this.getQueen().getItem()).getFertility();





private ItemStack getQueen() {

if (this.getContents()[getQueenSlot()] != null) {

    if (this.getContents()[getQueenSlot()].getItem() instanceof ItemAnt
	    && this.getContents()[getQueenSlot()].getItemDamage() == Metadata
		    .getMetaQueen()) {

	return this.getContents()[getQueenSlot()];



return null;



Thanks in advance.


P.S It's being used in the updateEntity() method in a tile entity.

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