The best mods for Minecraft

Patrick Devaney


So, we’ve shown you how to create skins on Minecraft, we’ve looked at the best Minecraft servers, and we’ve also walked you through how to install Minecraft mods. Now it is time for us to look at some of the best Minecraft mods you can use to modify, tweak, improve, and bolster the vanilla Minecraft experience.

The best Minecraft mods

There are many different types of Minecraft mod. Believe us when we say there is a Minecraft mod for every type of gamer. You can change the way you control your gameplay by adding interface mods or you can get creative with mods that add new textures to the game. If you want to, you can add new worlds, new gameplay elements, HD textures, or even new biomes o’ plenty to your Minecraft world. This list could go on so we’re just going to get started. It is time to go beyond the world created by Mojang and become a part of the video game modding community. Here are the best Minecraft modpacks.

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The best Minecraft mods

With endless modding possibilities, things can quickly get out of hand, if you don’t keep on top of them. Fortunately, Minecraft Forge is a great tool for all modders. Forge is the best way to organize all your best mods in one place while also keeping your modding experience as secure as possible. Not all mods come from trustworthy sources but if the mods work with Minecraft Forge, there’s a good chance they’re safe. You’ll find a clear guide on how to install Minecraft Forge here.

JourneyMap mod

The JourneyMap mod is an interface mod that will make it much easier for you to find your way around the Minecraft world. The mod works by drawing up the map as you explore the world. The map it creates is incredibly detailed, can easily track waypoints, updates in real-time, and can be viewed as a mini-map, a full-screen map, and even in a separate web browser.

JourneyMap Minecraft

Chisel mods

Minecraft is huge and offers many different types of blocks from the off. Minecraft is also addictive, however, which means if you haven’t already, you’ll probably end up sinking a lot of hours into it. There is a good chance that you’ll get to the point where you’re tired of using the same types of blocks again and again, and you’ll want to spice things up a bit and build something that feels new. This is where the Chisel mods come in. Chisel adds many new types of blocks for you to play around with giving you a lot of new customization options.

Chisel mod Minecraft
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Not Enough Items mod

Minecraft! The clue is right there in the name. Minecraft is about mining elements and then crafting them into the items you need or want. What this means though, is there are a lot of different “recipes” in the game that you need, if you’re going to take those elements you’ve collected and turned them into something more. Normally this means skipping over to the Minecraft wiki, but Not Enough Items brings all those recipes in-game so they’re always there at your fingertips. Another good inventory boosting mod is Inventory Tweaks.

Not Enough Items Minecraft

Instant Massive Structures mod

If crafting items and building isn’t really your Minecraft thing, you might be interested in the Instant Massive Structures mod. Considering the amount of hard work and effort that goes into building in Minecraft, this mod is a bit of a cheat. Basically, it gives you the chance to instantly add pre-built buildings to your Minecraft map.  This will add a completely different element to Minecraft, however, as with over 800 different buildings to choose from you can go from building houses to building cities in an instant.

Instant Massive Structures Minecraft

Tinker’s Construct mod & Quiverbow mod

These two mods will expand the number of tools and weapons that are available to you in Minecraft. Tinker will give you a lot of options for building, repairing, and modifying your structures and even your tools. Quiverbow brings a lot of interesting new weapon types to the Minecraft game. From hand to hand “knuckle duster” type weapons to heavy-hitting rocket launchers.

QuiverBow Minecraft

Minecraft Comes Alive mod

Minecraft Comes Alive (MCA) adds a lot of new elements into the game. As well as all the world-building and crafting you get with the vanilla version of Minecraft, MCA offers new RPG elements. NPCs come alive with new personalities, so much so that you can interact with them and even persuade them to marry you. You can also start a family by having children who’ll, in turn, grow into adults, but not before you can set them to work mining, farming, cutting trees, and hunting.

The mod also adds over 500 different skins, 13 new professions, and gives each villager a gender and unique name. If you’re sick of playing Minecraft alone but don’t want to bother with multiplayer servers, this is the mod for you.

Minecraft Comes Alive
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Pig Manure

We thought we’d finish with a bit of a silly mod for you. The pig manure mod does exactly what you’d think it does. Once installed, pigs will leave you little presents that you definitely don’t want to step in. If you’re that way inclined, however, you can gather up these little “gifts” and put them to good use. As you’d expect, pig manure is an excellent fertilizer in Minecraft but, perhaps a little less intuitively, you can also use pig poo to make bricks out of to build your house with. Yep, this mod lets you build a house out of steaming piles of s***!

Pig Manure Minecraft

Wrapping up

Like we said at the beginning, there are a lot of different Minecraft mods available for you to check out. What we’ve tried to do is walk you through a series of mods that show you just what is possible, if you start modding Minecraft. These mods alone will completely alter your Minecraft experience, in essence giving you a brand-new game to explore.

The mods we’ve highlighted, however, are just the beginning. There are many different mods available for each different type of mod. Other mods worth checking out are Feed the Beast, LotsOMobs, Just Enough Items, The Twilight Forest, Galacticraft, World of Minecraft, Rope Bridge, and Caterpillar.

If you think we’ve missed out a mod that should be included in the list, let us know in the comments below and if we get enough, we’ll draw up part two.

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