Let's face it guys, the Nether is boring. The only true reason why anybody goes there anymore is to go the Nether Fortress rather than actually explore. You see, the Nether is very hard to navigate. You fall victim to the intentionally difficult-to-explore generation, your constantly depleting hunger bar, Lava running really quickly, and those GODDAMN GHASTS. With all of these intentional limitations, there is little incentive to actually explore!
In the overworld, the reason that people have more fun here, is because they struggle and then are rewarded for their struggle. In the Nether, the reward is not very fulfilling. It's just, constant struggle, constant struggle, constant struggle. And this isn't even complaining that "the Nether is too hard!" It's that it isn't rewarding enough!
Add an actual incentive to exploring the Nether, a good way to do this is by rewarding people
Add new terrain variety to the Nether.
Add new unique items which are EXCLUSIVE to the Nether.
So I am planning on fixing this, by adding new unique mobs, areas, and items! Please read them thoroughly, and enjoy.
Ash Desert: Introduces Ash Block and has a new generated structure of its own, Nether Tombs (read below). The Ash Block has no use as of now, but it looks cool and can fall just like sand and gravel. Unlike most of the Nether's terrain, the Ash Desert is fairly flat, without the layers of floating terrain atop of it. In the Ash Desert Gloomroot (read below) appears and grows fairly common.
Magma Lands: A new beach biome which is composed of obsidian, and surrounds lava. This is mainly to add more variety to the Nether’s appearence.
Gloomroot: Yeah I know the name is stupid... Gloomroot is a new plant item which spawns in the Nether. It spawns in clumps. To describe its appearance, it looks like a ton of branches that twist and turn, similar to Chorus Fruit, without the Alien colors. In several parts of the stems, thorns will plock out and can deal damage. Gloomroot branches end with several spiky reddish leaves which when broken you can get the Gloomroot flowers.
Gloomroot Flower: The Gloomroot Flower is a new consumable that grants you the ability to both see and walk on lava for 2 minutes. This, however, does not decrease Lava Damage. This can be used for mining and for killing Wayfarers (read below). In addition, the Gloomroot Flower decreases hunger depletion by 20% but does not have saturation or fills up hunger bars. Note: it looks like a rose.
Wayfarer: A giant Demonoid mob (12 blocks tall, 4 blocks wide) humanoid mob which spawns in lava oceans and in ash deserts. They have a monumental field of view and shoot large "masses of souls" which blow up, without breaking blocks. It takes 20 DMG (10 hearts) if you are hit directly and can also Curse you. Unlike Ghast Balls, these blasts are much slower and can home to your direction. Not to mention they are much much larger and cannot be deflected. When a wayfarer spawns in the Nether, you will hear it's laughter echoing throughout the Nether in a large radius. They have 20 HP (10 hearts) if you hit them directly in their chest which displays their weak spot. Hitting their bodies will not work deal any damage. They are resistant to knockback. When they die they will drop Voidmarkers (read below) and have the normal death falling animation but when they turn into ash, they cause nearby mobs including the player to be stunned backwards with no damage, followed by a loud BOOM! They are not much of a threat if you can escape the homing shots.
Cursing: Cursing is a new "status effect" which causes some of your hearts to become vestigial, meaning that they do not heal unless the curse is removed. You can remove a curse by eating a golden carrot or a golden apple.
Voidmarkers: The Voidmarkers are totems which can be placed to pinpoint a location in the Nether. The Nether does not have a map, making it very easy to get lost. However if you explore, or kill a Wayfarer, you can find Voidmarkers which where ever you place them, based on their coordinance, they will mark that coordinate. You can also name your coordinance with an anvil on the Voidmarker. Voidmarkers can also be color-coded by clicking the Voidmarker totem to the color you want.
Grolems: Grolems is a new corrupt version of the Iron Golem. It is instead made out of terracotta and can spawn in multitudes of colors. Their physique is not buff and more square-like, and they look a bit fat too. Their eyes are black. They walk slowly but have no knockback. Grolems spawn in Nether Tombs which spawns in the Ash Desert but occasionally spawns in the overworld with Witches. Grolems have 52 HP (26 hearts) and take 16 DMG (8 hearts) per hit. When they die they drop Grolem Dust, which can be used to make a Potion of Poise. (5 XP)
Potion of Poise: The Potion of Poise causes you to have no knockback unless you are hit with an enemy with knockback enchantment, in which you are knocked back normally. Potion-Exclusive Effect. Created with Grolem Dust.
Golem's Heart: Exclusive to Nether Tombs (below), Golem's Heart is a utility block which can "fortify" blocks within a radius. Fortifying is when blocks are hardened making them more resistant to creeper explosions and Tnt, and making the blocks longer to mine. In order to get this, you must kill the Yearner miniboss mob (read below) which spawns within Nether Tombs. The radius is 10 x 10, which isn't much, but this can be increased by 5 if you find 4 Golem's Hearts and craft the Sentinel's Heart. This will be incredibly rewarding, but it will be difficult as well. You will know if a block is fortified if you hit it, it will show a star-like effect.
Sentinel’s Heart: The same thing as a Golem’s Heart, but this time it fortifies in a 50 block radius. In order to craft it, you must obtain 4 Golem’s Heart and craft it in a 4x4 block formation in the crafting bench.
Nether Tomb: The Nether Tomb is a new generated structure which resembles a large thick humanoid totem, but within is a labyrinth which consists of Nether Bricks, Red Nether Bricks which form patterns at times, and the new block, Chiseled Nether Brick which is exclusive to Nether Tombs. Unlike any of the generated structures so far, in Nether Tombs the player cannot break any blocks. In order to break blocks normally, you must traverse to the center where you can fight the Hollow miniboss, and obtain the Golem's Heart.
Yearner: This miniboss is a humanoid beast which has a larger head and a large mouth. He floats due to his bloated head, and shoots flaming golden nuggets, and has eyes coming out of it's mouth. If he kills the player he will take all of his items, and will drop them until you kill them. He has the inventory space of two chests. He is very pale like a ghast, and has wings in its head, not in his body. He is symbolic of greed, which is very fitting for the Nether. Killing him makes him drop the Golem's Heart, and rarely drops a golden apple. To kill him you must shoot it’s eyes and it will make him fall down, allowing you to attack his body and take even more damage. His normal ranged attack take 10 HP 5 hearts of damage. And he will shoot a huge flaming clump of gold nuggets which can curse you and deals 10 damage. There is a warning for that attack though. He drops the Golem Heart, and guards a chest full of gold. He drops 50 XP.
Enchanted Collar: Give it to your dog and makes them huge, and doubles their stats, and their speed is enhanced. Can only be found in Nether structures.
Nether Bone Structures (fossils): With new Ghast fossils too!
Ghast Nests: A new cavern pattern which spawns in the Nether, entirely composed of Soulsand and occasionally Nether Warts will spawn. Ghast Nests are very rare. Since Ghasts themselves are living creatures, unlike the undead mobs in the Nether (because Wither attacks them) it would make sense for them to have home. The Ghast Nests act as a cavern of it’s own, but it is MUCH more expansive and vast in size due to the Ghasts spawning there and all.
Great Ghast Egg: This new item can be found in Nether Chests. Holding this around the Ghastmother (read below) makes her passive and placing her in her field of view causes her to close her agitated three eyes. When she is during this state, ALL Ghasts in the Nether will not attack you and remain close-eyed, UNLESS you attack a Ghast, in which they will all become hostile again, including the Ghastmother, until you find another Ghast Egg to offer her. Uncommon Loot, the HARD pert is actually finding a Ghast Nest.
Ghastmother This new Ghast-looking mob is much bigger than the ordinary ghast. And has multiple tentacles which look as if they are ACTUALLY tentacles and not rectangles. Ghastmothers have three eyes, which are always angry. Her attacks shoot 3 balls of fire at the same time which deal the same damage. She also has 100 HP (50 Hearts) and drops 50 XP. However holding the Great Ghast Egg makes her passive and constantly staring at you. NOTE: That in a couple Minecraft Days the Ghastmother will become angry again.
I hope you liked my ideas to make the Nether Great again. Please leave your criticism and suggestions in the comments. Together we can truly make the Nether a rewarding, but nonetheless dangerous experience.