Mana in Botania is like RF to Thermal Expansion, it's the mods “power”, Botania is more of a tech mod than a magic mod.
Before we get into generating Mana we need to first explore how to store Mana, as you will need some kind of storage before you can put it to good use. Mana can be stored in Mana Pools. There are 2 sizes: a Diluted Mana Pool which will hold a small amount of Mana and a normal Mana Pool which will hold 100 times the amount of a Diluted Mana Pool (1,000,000 Mana).
The Diluted Mana Pool is mostly used as a buffer for bigger contraptions as it only holds a small amount which is perfect for smaller projects.
With a Wand of the Forest in hand you will be able to see how much Mana is within the Mana Pool, as this bar is so small and it's not possible to make it any bigger. You can also see how much is in a Mana Pool by just looking at it, if you can’t see any Mana then it's probably empty and if it looks around half full then it's probably half full, you get the picture.
Once you have Mana in your Mana Pool (more on this later) you can then start crafting more essential Botania items. Dropping certain items into a Mana Pool (Q by default) will cause them to be infused with Mana. These new Mana infused items can be then used to craft more Botania items.
You will be able to see if the Mana Pool has enough Mana to convert the item by hovering over the Mana Pool with any of the below items in hand, a check mark means you have enough and a cross means you need more Mana.
|Original Items||Mana Infused Version||Use|
|Ender Pearl||Mana Pearl||Crafting Material|
|Diamond/Block of Diamonds||Mana Diamond/Block||Crafting Material|
|Iron Ingot/Nugget/Block||Mana Steel Ingot/Nugget/Block||Crafting Material|
|String||Mana infused String||Crafting Material|
|Quartz||Mana Quartz||Crafting Material|
|Glass||Mana Glass||Crafting Material|
|Sugar/Any Floral Powder/Redstone/Glowstone||Mana Powder||Crafting Material|
|Cookie||Biscuit of Totality||When eaten gives Saturation for 20 ticks|
Glass bottles (empty) can also be thrown into a Mana pool, this will craft a “Mana in a Bottle”. When drunk the Mana in a Bottle loses durability to show how much is remaining in the bottle and you briefly acquire positive and negative effects. Some events may occur:
When drinking a bottle of Mana, one of the following events will be randomly selected to happen.
Using JEI we can roughly guess how much Mana is needed for each of the above crafts. Mana Steel, Mana Diamond and Mana Pearls will be used a lot in the future so It's a good idea to stock up on these items.
You can place a Redstone Comparator next to a Mana pool and it will give off a Redstone signal, the signal strength depends on the amount of Mana within the Pool.
Any mention of Mana Pool from here on will reference the bigger of the 2 sizes unless otherwise specified.