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[1.16] Custom ItemGroup icon


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Hey y'all,


I'm currently working on a mod that adds a bunch of equipable accessories to the game. I've put them all in their own creative tab, which works fine. The only thing I'm stuck on is the icon. I'd like it to be one of the accessories, but this creates a reference loop. I need to supply the custom ItemGroup to the Item when I register it:

public static final RegistryObject<Item> SHACKLE = ITEMS.register("shackle", () ->
            new Item(new Item.Properties().group(ModItemGroup.ACCESSORIES)));

But at the same time I need to supply the Item to the custom ItemGroup when I create it:

public static final ItemGroup ACCESSORIES = new ItemGroup("accessories") {
        public ItemStack createIcon() {
            return new ItemStack(ModItems.SHACKLE.get();

How do I work around this issue? I've tried registering the Shackle without an ItemGroup first, then creating the ItemGroup, and then setting the Shackle's ItemGroup with SHACKLE.get().getCreativeTabs().add(), but this doesn't work either. I'm probably overlooking something really simple, but my brain has just been refusing to work lately. Thanks in advance for any help!

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You need to use a Supplier<ItemStack>...this way you avoid a direct call to an object that has not been registered yet. Then your createIcon method would need to return iconSupplier.get()..where iconSupplier is whatever name you will give to the supplier

Check out the port of the BetterEnd fabric mod (WIP): https://www.curseforge.com/minecraft/mc-mods/betterend-forge-port

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You can see how I handled it in 1.14:



(IItemProvider is approximately equal to a Supplier<ItemStack>, pretty sure the latter replaced the former, but the end result is pretty much the same)

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Thanks everyone! I got things working with ease thanks to your help. Here's what my ModItemGroup class looks like now for future reference:

public class ModItemGroup extends ItemGroup {

    private Supplier<ItemStack> displayStack;

    public static final ModItemGroup ACCESSORIES = new ModItemGroup("accessories", () -> new ItemStack(ModItems.SHACKLE.get()));

    private ModItemGroup(String label, Supplier<ItemStack> displayStack) {
        this.displayStack = displayStack;

    public ItemStack createIcon() { return displayStack.get(); }


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