The best Minecraft mods

By Kirk McKeand, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 13:48 GMT

The best Minecraft mods are what you’re after and we’re going to give them to you. Whether you want to spawn in huge structures, add new mechanics, or you simply want to make the game look nicer, we’ve collected a list of the very best Minecraft mods around.

But before we get stuck into the Minecraft mods themselves, here’s a handy explainer for what they are and how to use them, as well as the differences between mod packs and mods themselves.

Minecraft mods Vs Minecraft modpacks

Mods are community creations that you can add to your Minecraft game file to alter the game in some way. These vary in size and function, and you install them at your own risk, since they’re not official. Modpacks are the same, except these are usually a collection of mods that some creator has worked on to ensure they’re compatible with each other. Some mods don’t play nicely together, so these are a good bet if you want to install a bunch of mods together.

How to install Minecraft mods

Whatever Minecraft mod you install will have its own installation instructions. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complex than something like Steam Workshop, but it’s just a case of following the steps in the order they’re laid out. If you’re looking to install a lot of mods, MultiMC is a good app that allows you to have multiple versions of Minecraft with different mods installed. This is handy for if you like two mods that aren’t compatible with each other, since you can simply switch between them as your mood takes you.

If you find that you’re having trouble installing some older mods, roll your game back to Minecraft version 1.2.5 – most mods are compatible with this version of Minecraft.

If this all sounds like too much work, allows you to easily install Minecraft mods in just a few clicks.

The best Minecraft mods 2019


Like Minecraft? Like Pokemon? Why not download the Minecraft Pixelmon mod and play them both at the same time? This mod fills Minecraft’s world with Pokemon to capture, while other online players become rival trainers to defeat. As well as filling the world with ‘Mon, it also features a full battle system where you flick through menus so you can take down and capture any Pokemon you see. You can download the Technicpack Pixelmon modpack at that link.

Crafting Dead

Another mod that completely changes Minecraft, this one is all about surviving against savage hordes of zombies. It’s a multiplayer survival game that gives you guns, scopes, swords, crafting, and tactical vests. It also features a DayZ-style inventory system. There’s a large list of servers to choose from, so download the modpack version at Technicpacks and get stuck in.

Aether 2: Genesis of the Void

If you’re looking for a new experience within Minecraft that doesn’t totally alter the game, The Aether is a good start. This mod gives you access to a portal that takes you away to a realm above the clouds – it’s essentially Heaven to The Nether’s Hell. There’s new stuff to mine – such as Ambrosium and Gravitite – new dungeons to crawl, new armour to wear, and other secrets to be uncovered. You can download the latest version of the mod on the Minecraft forum.


As the name suggests, this mod adds a bunch of new mobs to Minecraft, turning it into your very own safari. There are lions, camels, deer, elephants, lizards, and even a wooly mammoth. Why a wooly mammoth? To go with those new cavemen, of course. Download it at MinecraftMods.

Advanced Rocketry

What is missing from Minecraft? Space, of course. The Advanced Rocketry Minecraft mod fixes this silly oversight, allowing you to build and pilot your own rockets and explore into space. You can research and explore planets and moons, and even travel between solar systems with a warp drive. Build your own space stations and look down on these blocky planets from above. Download on the Minecraft forums. There’s also Galacticraft for more spacefaring adventures.

Minecraft graphics mods

If you aren’t looking for new experiences and you instead just want to make Minecraft look better, there are a bunch of Minecraft shader mods just for you. These can alter the look of the game, making more realistic water, lighting, and more. Here are some of the best:

First you’ll need to download ShadersMod. This will allow you to download a bunch of different shaders, but beware that any graphical improvements will come at a cost – you need a decent GPU, in other words. Here’s how to install ShadersMod.

  • Download and execute the .exe:
  • Accept the License Agreement
  • Finish the process and open the downloaded Shadersmod
  • Update Minecraft to your preferred version, if not done before
  • Execute the downloaded JAR file and install the Mod for your version.
  • Download a shader pack of your choice and put it into the shaderpacks folder.
  • Select the newly created profile in the Minecraft launcher and start the game.

Browse the different Minecraft graphics mods here and choose the one you like the look of.

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