Ghastly Wail

Ghastly Wail


When a ghast dies in a portal, the frame becomes crying obsidian and shatters.

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Ghastly Wail

Minecraft versions environment: server
loader: Fabric available for: Quilt Loader
Requires: Fabric API supports: Cloth Config supports: Mod Menu
license: MIT source on: GitLab issues: GitLab localized: Percentage
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When a ghast dies in a nether portal, the frame becomes crying obsidian and shatters.

Works server-side and in single player.

Adds a new mechanic for renewable crying obsidian.

When a ghast dies in a nether portal, all the obsidian blocks that make up the portal frame will be converted to obsidian and then shatter into item form.

Ghastly Wail


  • It thematically connects normal obsidian and crying obsidian
  • Ghasts' tears mean it makes 'video game sense' for them to be involved in the conversion to crying obsidian
  • "But crying obsidian is already renewable through piglin barters!" I recommend removing crying obsidian from bartering using the builtin "piglin_bartering_sans_crying_obsidian" datapack (since 1.1.4, default disabled).


As of 1.1.4, two game rules allow control over how obsidian is converted:

  • ghastly_wail:obsidianConversionChance; 0 to 100, default: 100

chance for nether portal frame obsidian to convert to crying obsidian

  • ghastly_wail:convertedObsidianBreakChance; 0 to 100, default: 100

chance for converted crying obsidian blocks to break

Between versions 1.1.0 and 1.1.4:

  • ghastly_wail:breakConvertedObsidian; default: true

controls whether crying obsidian is dropped as an item or replaces the portal frame in block form


localized: Percentage
As of version 1.1.4, there are several translatable lines.
If you'd like to help translate Ghastly Wail, you can do so on Crowdin.

This mod is only for Fabric (works on Quilt, too!) and I won't be porting it to Forge. The license is MIT, however, so anyone else is free to port it.

I'd appreciate links back to this page if you port or otherwise modify this project, but links aren't required.

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