2020 was a challenging year, but on a brighter note, it gave us some pretty decent Minecraft mods. Just when you thought this long-running, multi-award-winning game couldn’t get any cooler, the Minecraft modding community continues to exceed expectations.
And given the current global health crisis and people being encouraged to self-isolate and stay indoors, it maybe makes sense that uber-talented content creators would have more time to invest in the game.
2020 may be the year of quarantine, work-from-home spikes, and face masks galore, but it’s also the year of JourneyMap, Fastcraft, Pam’s HarvestCraft, and The Lost Cities.
We’ll explain what those mods are (and why you should download them) in a sec. But without further ado, here’s our list of the 11 best Minecraft mods.
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Pam’s HarvestCraft modpack gives Minecraft’s food and farming mechanics the sort of substantial update it’s needed for years. Without it, Minecraft players are doomed to chomp on nothing but cooked pork chops for the rest of their natural lives. The vanilla cooking/food crafting system is that bad.
All joking aside, this mod is an ever-growing delight that expands the game’s culinary creativity. As of the version compatible with Minecraft 1.12.2, Pam’s HarvestCraft mod has added 80 new crops, 6 garden bushes, 50 fruit/item bearing trees, and 19 new fish. That’s not counting the 1,400+ other items – and foodstuff – that it’s added on top of:
- Re-balancing Vanilla food
- Introducing placeable cake blocks for all-new cakes
- Implementing Market blocks (to buy seeds, saplings, farm animal spawn eggs, and more)
- Implementing Shipping blocks (to sell crops, fish, meats, and beekeeping items for emeralds)
- Allowing players to plant crop items in lieu of seeds
So if the current Minecraft cuisine is just a little too lackluster, grab Pam’s HarvestCraft mod ASAP.
How do 75 brand-new Minecraft biomes sound to you?
Sounds like the best thing ever?
Then the Biomes O’ Plenty mod is right up your alley. As the name suggests, this mudpack basically introduces brand-new biomes for Minecraft players to explore (and plunder, if you’re into that sort of thing). Available in both the Overworld and The Nether, these new biomes come with their own unique plants, blocks, trees, and other interactive content pieces.
If you feel like you’ve explored and conquered the vanilla game’s landscape a hundred times over, this mod pack will spice up your gaming experience easily.
Take note! If you want the biomes to actually generate, make sure you use the “Biomes O’ Plenty” world type when creating a world.
For Minecraft players struggling to get Minecraft running at reasonable speeds, you might want to consider FastCraft for your next download. This super sophisticated mod significantly improves client and server performance without altering gameplay.
What does this mean?
It means that you can kiss lag spikes, sporadic framerate drops, and slow game startup moments goodbye. The FastCraft mod optimizes your game by tweaking certain areas and eliminating unnecessary fluff and filler that could be slowing it down. It’s like constantly defragging a drive. This mod can improve TPS/simulation through cleaner codes and faster algorithms that allow for up to 200MB of RAM savings for a number of mods, and loads and renders chunks more efficiently.
Among other things.
Breathe some life into your Minecraft maps – and give them a much-needed update – with the Minecraft JourneyMap mod. This client mod (with optional Server mod) enables real-time mapping in-game or in a web browser as you explore the Minecraft world.
You no longer need to worry about getting turned around, losing your way, or mining in circles. Your map automatically updates as you move, letting you see exactly where you are and how far you may have traveled.
JourneyMap also introduces a fully customizable Minimap with two presets, a full Waypoint Management system, an Auto-Follow Player option, and a super handy Mobs radar.
If you love the exploration and discovery side of Minecraft more than you do the crafting or fighting, this is a mod you definitely want in your downloads.
You’ve heard of Dungeons & Dragons.
Get ready for the Minecraft mod counterpart.
Roguelike Adventures and Dragons (RAD) is, in the simplest sense, an incredibly extensive modpack that generates large underground dungeon structures that generate loot by the ton.
They also happen to generate monsters, mobs, and overpowered spellcasters by the same volume.
If you’ve vanquished the Ender Dragon and now have your sights set on your next big quarry (and ultimate victory), this mod can deliver. Breathe some fantastical life into your game and experience a classic dungeon-delve with proper RPG leveling as you uncover loot, currencies, airships, spells, and maybe some never-before-seen alternate dimensions. All yours for the taking, if you have the skill!
If the name alone isn’t enough to sell you (because how cool is the name? Seriously – it sounds like a truly addictive RPG), then maybe the modpack’s contents will.
Continuing the legacy of the original Aether mod – which was, by and large, one of the most popular Minecraft mods back in the day – is Aether 2: Genesis of the Void. Visit the celestial, heavenly counterpart to The Nether’s doom-and-gloom by using a 4×5 glowstone portal (and a bit of water) to open a path to the skies. Explore one-of-a-kind dungeons, experience a brand-new advanced party system, and mine some Ambrosium or Gravitate while you fight off original mobs and craft fancy new armor.
Given enough time, you might even uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath The Aether’s seemingly innocent floating islands in the sky …
It takes a truly dedicated Minecraft player to be able to tell blocks apart. Sure, a lot of them have distinct colors and characteristics. And sure; maybe more than half the total population of Minecraft players can tell what’s what the moment they see it.
But the fact of the matter is that there are so many Minecraft blocks out there. And there are Minecraft mods that even add to the sum total. So it is not unheard of – nor is it improbable – for some players to occasionally see a block and wonder, “what on earth?”
If this sounds like a familiar scenario – as in, you’ve found yourself in such a scenario several times – get this mod. This Here’s What You’re Looking At (HWYLA) mod does exactly what its name says. It tells the players what they’re looking at.
So simple and yet so, so brilliant.
If you love the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic survival setting, then you’re gonna love this mod. It blends immersion and adventure with quasi sci-fi elements to give players one of the best exploration mods this side of the Minecraft modding community.
You basically get to play in an old, forgotten city set in the Overworld. Where it is, no one knows. What happened to it? No one knows, either.
But there are highways, tunnels, and broken bridges. There’s a subway system, abandoned structures, and plenty of spawners to keep things interesting. Head down into the city’s dungeons to snag yourself some unique, mod-added loot or stay above ground and explore the ruins of what must have been a thriving civilization.
Want to make things really spicy? Combine this mod with the Biomes O’ Plenty mod and the JourneyMap Minecraft mod to build yourself a grander, more saturated world.
Minecraft is, by definition, a survival game – but how about upping the stakes by a lot?
Turn this awesome, chill sandbox game into an apocalyptic, multiplayer, end-of-the-world FPS experience with the Crafting Dead Minecraft mod. See if you can survive a massive, pixelated zombie apocalypse with your friends as you scrounge, score, and craft tons of mod-added guns and melee weapons to stack the odds in your favor.
Don’t forget the cool new scopes, swords, and tactical vests!
This Z-Day-style mod also allows for complete character customization. Get kitted out with your backpack, tac vest, and end-of-the-world clothing of choice as you stake your claim on your gun via attachments and paints.
Enjoy the alternative inventory system, because every item you scrounge during this mad, high-stakes rush for humanity matters.
And if your friends aren’t online when you feel like killing some Minecraft zombies, don’t worry! The Crafting Dead mod has a large list of servers that you can hop on whenever.
The perfect pair with Pam’s HarvestCraft mod, the AppleSkin Minecraft mod also adds a pretty practical update to the food and food crafting mechanics of the game in that it makes it completely transparent.
Ever wonder how long a cooked pork chop actually keeps you full? Or just how satiated you’ll be once you chow down on some spaghetti?
This Minecraft mod takes all the guesswork out of hunger mechanics and tells you everything you need to know.
Can you eat this? Will it matter? How long will it keep? We’ve been asking these questions for months (in-game), but only now do we get the answers we want. With a mod, no less.
Take note! The AppleSkin mod provides information about all food-related mechanics – even ones that are invisible (or hidden) by default. But don’t worry; this mod doesn’t actually alter the game’s mechanics.
Eevees, Pidgeys, and Mareeps – oh my!
If you’re a big fan of those adorable, pocket-sized “monster” animal characters we know as Pokemon (okay, seriously – who doesn’t know Pokemon?), you’ll be happy to know you can now bring them into your Minecraft world.
Thank the awesome people over at Complex Gaming – Pixelmon for making this dream a reality.
This modpack lets you explore Generations 1-8 of the Pixelmon world. Aside from adding cute, cuddly, pixelated versions of beloved Pokemon, there’s also an incredibly extensive battle system that lets you fight and capture them – just like the original game! Collect all the Pixelmon, explore the Pixelmon wilds, or conquer all gyms to prove your worth as the ultimate Pixelmon trainer! Whatever storyline you choose to follow, you’re in for a treat.
Take note! This mod is rather heavy (considering all the cool new stuff it adds to your game), so a minimum of 2GB RAM is required in order for it to run properly. Need to allocate more RAM to your launcher? Check out our tutorial on how to allocate more RAM to Minecraft!
Keep in mind that, new Minecraft mods come out frequently. We will keep this list updated throughout the year to ensure you’re getting the latest information on the best Minecraft mods.
To recap our best Minecraft mods here is what we covered:
Table of Contents
- Pam’s HarvestCraft Mod
- Biomes o’ Plenty
- Minecraft: FastCraft Mod
- JourneyMap Minecraft Mod
- Roguelike Adventures and Dragons (RAD)
- Aether 2: Genesis of the Void
- Here’s What You’re Looking At (HWYLA) Mod
- The Lost Cities
- Crafting Dead Minecraft Mod
So there you have it! Our top Minecraft mod picks. Which ones piqued your attention? Which ones do you think are just cool enough to save the year? Whatever your picks are, we’re confident you’re going to thoroughly enjoy the depth and dimension they add to your game!
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