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[1.12.2] Item model depending on capability


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So i basically want to create a item with 20 different models.

1. First of all when creating a ModelResourceLocation what is the use of the variant parameter (when registering a item model)?

2. I have a capability added to my item. Can i somehow change the model of the item depending on the capability? The meta won't really work because i need more than 16 models.

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10 minutes ago, diesieben07 said:

When only using an item model (not a blockstate) it must be "inventory". Otherwise you can set it to a variant and it will pick that variant from the blockstate json.

Yeah i knew how it works with blockstates but i thought it may also work with items.


11 minutes ago, diesieben07 said:

ItemStack metadata is a full short (16 bits)

So i just registered a item model with the metadata of 16 and it seems to work ingame.

This is what i have done:

	public static void registerItemModels(ModelRegistryEvent event) {
		registerCustomItemModel(ModItems.DUNGEON_PLACER, 16, ModItems.DUNGEON_PLACER.getRegistryName().toString() + "_d" + 16, "inventory");

	private static void registerCustomItemModel(Item item, int meta, String modelLocation, String variant) {
		ModelLoader.setCustomModelResourceLocation(item, meta, new ModelResourceLocation(modelLocation, variant));

Is there any reason not to do this?

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10 minutes ago, diesieben07 said:

Also note however that in 1.14.4 it is encouraged you flatten your items, so maybe you want to do that already to aid in updating (i.e. make 20 items instead of 1 with 20 metadata values). 

Iirc in 1.12.2 there is an item limit and you still recommend creating 20 items. Can't this cause issues? I thought only in MC 1.13 and newer i should create 20 items.

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