The new smithing table mechanics are interesting, but at the moment its only use is upgrading diamond to netherite, which is why we should introduce more upgrades to our armor, like shulker plate. Shulker plate would be an end themed side-grade to netherite, created by adding a shulker shell to any piece of diamond gear. Shulker plate would lack he knockback resistance of netherite, but instead would make the player much lighter, increasing jump height and severely reducing fall damage. Netherite does not burn and floats in lava, making dying to lava lakes much less painful than before, so shulker plate would have a similar property in the end, if any shulker plate tools fall into the void, they will automatically float back up to a certain Y level so the player can come back to collect them, this would allow for some gear variety when planning an expedition, if you're going underground or traveling to the nether you would bring netherite, but if you're exploring the end you would be safer bringing shulker plate.
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