What are the best Minecraft mods? It's a question that has been asked for generations - ever since a young Plato attempted to change his game to Socrates' knee. Or something. As the new Minecraft mods have been constantly spreading since the game's first public release, there is a ton of things to choose from.
Minecraft is a block phenomenon. It's the only game that ever existed that lets you build a castle up to Jack's famous Beanstalk and traverse an increasingly challenging chasm for eternity - but it could do with some Minecraft mods to make things better. From interface changes to tools to help you with hours of exploration, you have the ability to make the Mojang classic even better on PC.
The following list compiles some of the best Minecraft mods available right now. All are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the game - from simple tweaks to deep and complex Minecraft tweaks that you can get lost in for months.
These are the best Minecraft mods:
How do I install Minecraft mods?
Each Minecraft mod on this list comes with its own installation instructions which you should follow closely and you will probably also need to downgrade your Minecraft version for many of them - in most cases, version 1.7.10 works best. To help you, you can try MultiMC - a useful piece of software that allows you to manage multiple Minecraft mod installations.
Alternatively, if searching dark folders isn't your cup of tea, grab a modpack instead, which comes with everything pre-installed and preconfigured. We recommend Feed The Beast Direwolf20 1.7.10 pack (which comes with a YouTube Series that will teach you how to use many of the included mods), the Tekkito Pack by creating your own modpack with Cursed Voice. If you're having trouble with any of these, Google is probably a good bet.
Shall we dig into our list of the best Minecraft mods?
Minecraft interface mod
When you have installed a lot of Minecraft mods you will probably find that the default Minecraft UI no longer cuts it. The following downloads make playing modified Minecraft a more enjoyable experience.
Optifine / Fastcraft
Do you have a sturdy computer? Make Minecraft amazing with Optifine, which adds support for HD textures and more control over graphics options. Alternatively, if you're playing with a potato, get fastcraft - it significantly improves performance on low-end machines, particularly with many Minecraft mods installed.
Everyone likes to know where they are going. Journeymap maps your world as you explore, lets you mark waypoints of interest, and can even alert you when mobs lurk behind you. View the resulting map in-game as a minimap, full screen, or even in an external web browser.
Not enough articles
If you need an antidote to the pain of alt-tabbing on a wiki while playing Minecraft, go to Not Enough Articles (or NEI). It allows you to search the recipe for any item from any installed Minecraft mod through an elegant interface on the Minecraft inventory screen.
WAILA stands for “What am I looking at,” And that's a godsend when you've installed a lot of mods. Just point your crosshair at a block and it will tell you what it is and which mod it comes from. With the newest mods, it can also tell you about the status of that block, such as how full a water tank is or the charge level of a battery. You will need the NEI to run it.
Install Inventory Tweaks and you'll soon wonder how you lived without it. Short-lived tools are automatically replaced in the hotbar, stacks of blocks are automatically refilled, and a simple center click allows you to sort chests and inventory. It is also infinitely customizable.
PLAYABLE MINECRAFT IN ONE CHEST
Mini Minecraft, a playable version of Minecraft reduced to the size of a crate. User SethBling posted a video of the mod in action on Youtube with a link to download it in the description. This mod has the same features as the original game, except you can control everything through the interface of a Minecraft chest. When you leave the chest you will see your actions arranged in front of you as if you have been working in 2D the whole time.
This is a delightfully simple mod that will make managing controls a lot easier when you have other Minecraft mods installed. With this mod interface you can simply open a search bar and type in the control you are looking for to see what the keybinding is. You can also filter it so that it only marks overlapping keystrokes so you can fix them in the blink of an eye.
Minecraft creative mods
For many people, creating majestic structures is what Minecraft is all about. The following mods will greatly expand your creative options, from new types of wood to proper furniture.
Minecraft only has a cobblestone texture. Chisel 2 has 24. In fact, it adds alternative textures to a huge number of game building blocks and blocks that come with other mods on this list - allowing you to create any décor you want in your in-game constructions.
Cubes are great and all, but sometimes you want a slope, right? Carpenter's Blocks offer those slopes, along with beds, buttons, doors, flowerpots, torches, and more, that can be customized with the texture of any other block. . Have you ever wanted a spiral staircase? This is the mod that will do it.
If you want a little more variety when it comes to decorating your world, Decocraft is the mod for you. It adds chairs, tables, bowls, bottles, lamps, stuffed toys, beer kegs, and even a kitchen sink. The full list is nearly endless, so dive into the Wiki to see the full range of options.
Bibliocraft also offers a lot of aesthetically pleasing blocks, but these come with their own functionality. Showcases and shelves allow you to show off your trophies, while a printing press allows you to copy game books. It even adds a monocle for the distinguished gentlemen among you.
If Minecraft can be blamed for lacking a thing, it's poop. This humble Minecraft mod solves the problem with aplomb, not only making your pigs drop a steaming pile of the proverbial every now and then, but instead providing you with a new resource to master in Minecraft. Collect droppings and you can use them instead of bone meal to fertilize your crops. Alternatively, you can fire them in a furnace and make bricks that you can use to build a house - don't use them with white wool.
Bacteria never go out of style, so it's time for Mincraft modders to bring it into the creative sandbox. This mod allows you to cultivate a range of different bacteria, each of which will perform different tasks - destructive or creative - and set them free on the world. Make sure you contain it properly, especially if you are experimenting on your base.
HarvestCraft in Pam
Make some serious variations to your Minecraft diet with this production-laden mod that adds over 1.100 new foods and items, including 60 crops, 17 types of fish, tofu for vegetarian and vegan dishes, and 36 fruit or table trees. The end result is a Minecraft diet that is equally sumptuous and balanced. If you want to make it a necessity rather than a simple vanilla Minecraft extension, use it alongside Hunger Overhaul and The Spice of Life, which both punish your bad eating habits.
Minecraft exploration mod
Some people prefer the life of a nomad to that of a builder. The following mods either revive the world generation, add new worlds to explore or give you the tools you'll need to explore them. In the distant lands and beyond!
Biomi O' Penty
Let's start with Overworld. Biomes O 'Penty adds a ridiculous 80 new biomes and 12 sub-biomes to Minecraft - from the Alps to the wastelands. He also adds a little more variety to tools, armor, food, color, and adds some extra blocks to build with.
Working in much the same way as Biomes O Plenty, LotsOMobs adds 25 stunning new mobs to further enrich your Minecraft world and make your biomes a little more realistic. Gone are the days when squid were the only creature in the sea and chickens roamed free across the savannah. If you want giraffes, narwhals, seagulls, elephants and even dinosaurs to appear in your game then this is the mod for you.
Here's a great exploration mod for people who avoid the Nether for the fact that it's just a little bit demonic and hellish. CandyCraft offers greedy Minecrafters a new realm to explore made entirely of candy. There are sugar-coated creatures to kill, marshmallow tools to equip, and honeycomb armor to wear as you make your way through this sweet and sweet realm. Eat the heart, Hansel and Gretel.
The Twilight Forest
Much simpler than some of the other exploration Minecraft mods on this list, Twilight Forest lets you create a portal to an increasingly dark and wooded new realm, filled with new mobs and challenging encounters, the deeper you go.
Boldly go where no other Steve has been before Galacticraft, an expansive mod that allows you to travel, explore and even colonize an entire solar system. Aside from all the interplanetary visits, the main attraction of this mod is the sheer amount of effort you will have to put in to escape the Earth and its notoriously grumpy bonds. It is an engaging and brilliantly constructed series of missions that reward you with play opportunities, such as building a moon base, upgrading your spaceship, and fighting evolved mobs on Mars.
Portals are a bit of a problem when exploring new realms in Minecraft. You can't see the world you are about to enter, which can be quite scary, but you also have to sit through a loading screen. The BetterPortals Minecraft mod recreates the portals so you can see which world you are about to enter, but even then there is no loading screen to stop the dive. There are some incompatibilities like with any mod, so check out the download page for that.
Not enough mods focus on improving the oldest and most beloved of weapons - the bow and arrow. Quiverbow overhauls the options available to budding archers by providing them with a bounty of bullet-based weapons. From basic additions like the humble crossbow to snow cannons and firework launchers, this is the ultimate mod for any aspiring Minecraft sniper.
Minecraft automation mod
There's nothing like a good factory setup in your Minecraft base - automatically extracting and producing resources so you never run out of resources. The following mods offer everything you need to fully automate almost every aspect of modified Minecraft and work best alongside some of the deeper mods in the final section.
Rope bridge Mod
The abysses are a constant drawback for Minecraft explorers - you spend minutes hopping on the highest mountain only to find an annoying series of gaps between its peaks. Simplify your mountaineering by installing this handy mod, which provides you with a portable grip gun that will automatically build a bridge from where you are to where it is aimed. It is also particularly useful for building fortresses in trees.
Digging is the bread and butter of Minecraft, which is why someone did it automatic tunneling, freeing you from household chores so you can explore, kill mobs, and meticulously redecorate your base. You'll have to build it yourself, but once done, you'll save hours on virtual work. The drill head is upgradeable too, with different materials offering their own benefits, so there is some chance for you to really get stuck in this miner's delight.
This mod adds basic automated devices for everything from agriculture to forestry. The best thing about Progressive Automation is that each car can be upgraded as you progress, which means fewer huge rebuilds further down.
Applied energy 2
After spending some time on a large storage base it starts to become a problem. Applied Energy 2 allows you to transform matter into energy by storing objects on hard drives that can be accessed wirelessly from anywhere on your base. It is extraordinarily useful, especially for the hoarders who are in your midst.
Have you ever wanted to be a nuclear engineer without knowing physics and spending many years of higher education? Then Big Reactors is the mod for you. Big Reactors lets you build massive, fully configurable reactors to cope with the power demands of all the other industrial mods you've tinkered with. Better yet, it's designed to interface with ComputerCraft, which means you can monitor, regulate, and program your power plant from a safe distance - should you fumble too much and cause a meltdown.
ComputerCraft e RFTools
Finally, we would be submissive not to mention ComputerCraft. Itadd fully programmable computers and assorted peripherals in the Minecraft world. It also adds RFTools, which allows you to monitor and maintain a complex electrical network. Both are vital tools for any type of automated base.
Expansive Minecraft mods
This leaves only the larger mods - the ones that reward a significant investment of time with substantial changes to vanilla Minecraft. We recommend that you only tackle one or two of them at a time, even when bundled into a pack of mods, for your sanity more than anything else. When you reach their endgame you will be the master of your entire survey.
If you've managed to dress up in diamond and want some new end-game gear shown to your friends, you may want to install the Draconic Evolution mod. In addition to adding loads of new high-level weapons and armor, Draconic Evolution also has its own energy system which is essentially Minecraft's answer to cold fusion. Other features include a time manipulation system, huge chest with built-in crafting facilities, teleportation and mafia generators. In short, it's the ideal mod for anyone who has mastered Vanilla Survival Mode.
Being a wizard is great, and it's no different in the world of Minecraft. Thaumcraft allows you to manipulate the magical energies found in every object in the game to create powerful wands, golems for making your bidding, and essence-infused items and tools. It hooks beautifully into many other mods.
Jetpacks make everything better. Everything. That's why this modest mod isn't trying to load you with countless new systems and recipes to remember, it's just trying to give regular Minecrafters the gift of instant flight. Fly over the skies powered by Redstone Flux, allowing you to avoid dangers and move around the map much faster. Higher-tier Jetpacks will also act as armor and even negate fall damage, so there are plenty of reasons to invest some time in this nifty add-on.
From time to time, Minecraft is a little too cute and fluffy. This is where modders come in, introducing some ritual dark arts to give the vanilla game a twist. Blood Magic - the most heinous of all magic - introduces some new systems and mechanisms based on extracting power from the blood of mobs. Once you have collected enough life essence, you can use it on a blood altar to craft new items such as a sacrificial dagger.
Arguably the best all-round tech mod is Minefactory Reloaded. It adds a ton of machines and devices that allow you to automate almost everything from raising cows to playing game records. As an added bonus, it also works particularly well with many of the mods in the previous section.
Manual extraction is a thing of the past and everyone knows it. That's why there's Build Craft, a hugely expansive mod that essentially lets you put Minecraft in vanilla through its industrial revolution. From automated quarries to autocrafting tables that will pump any desired item with the right ingredients at your fingertips, this mod lets you go full-scale with your production lines.
From the ridiculous to the sublime, this cosmetic mod adds over 100 hats to Minecraft, making sure you always have a way to surprise and, in some cases, shock your friends. You'll have to spend some time hunting for hats, however, as they're programmed to randomly spawn on mobs around the world - expect to see a squid with a phone booth on its head or a creeper sporting a sombrero.
PneumaticCraft exchanges energy for pressurized air by creating a mod that is both highly volatile and incredibly rewarding. Whether it's air cannons, programmable drones, or a range of assembly machines, this mod adds a number of mechanical and automated options to Minecraft.
If those aren't the best Minecraft mods, we don't know what they are. These improvements and changes will turn your block of joy into block and keep you playing for even longer, just like the Minecraft maps that will transport you absolutely anywhere and the Minecraft servers that will further keep things up-to-date. For now, however, we're ready to lose you in Minecraft again.