Minecraft, without a doubt is one of the most enjoyable games created. Starting in an empty world with no items or resources, you as the player are left to survive and build up your in-game Empire. But why not enhance your Minecraft Server to new heights?
Minecraft mods are one of the oldest, and best ways to transform the game. With thousands of mods to choose from, what once seemed like a simple game now has the ability to transform everything you know about how Minecraft works.
Whether you are looking to build a rocket, create magic, play Pokemon (in Minecraft?), our comprehensive list of the top 10 Minecraft mods should give you a great starting point to the seemingly endless possibilities.
If you’ve read this far, you’re likely wondering how exactly mods work and how they can apply to your Minecraft server. Mods in Minecraft are a user-made modification utilizing additional software on top of the base game files. While mods are not limited to using Forge, nearly all Minecraft uses Forge as the mod loader. As Forge is necessary for the mods we will be covering in this guide, you can find a tutorial on how to install forge to your minecraft server here.
Mods can be installed on a Minecraft Server so that players can interact with each other while utilizing these modifications, however keep in mind that the mods will need to be installed on both the server, and every players personal launcher.
Top 10 Mods in Minecraft
Okay, so you made it this far. Let’s get into all of the juicy mods that you can get installed to your server and client!
Single handily the most utilized/popular mod is Optifine. This awesome mod may not change the gameplay in any significant way, however it adds optimizations and new customization abilities to the game such as: the use of shaders, increased view distance, heavily reduced lag, capes, and more.
How does this effect your server you might ask? Unfortunately, this is a client-side only mod. However, is definitely a great one to check out!
2. Just Enough Items
With over 90 million downloads, comes in JEI. Using the regular Minecraft inventory can become quite the pain with it’s lack in features. Luckily, with JEI, some awesome enhancements are set for the inventory. This includes the ability to search items from other mods, enable cheat mode, change the day, find recipes for all items, and so much more!
If you like a simplified, effective gameplay expierence, JEI might just be the mod for you!
Are you a fan of Pokemon? If so, there no better mod than Pixelmon. This mod mix both Minecraft and Pokemon allowing you in-game the ability to capture your favorite pokemon, battle, trade, and breed them. It also brings in a large variety of new items to the game.
Pixelmon is very commonly used alongside Spongeforge and Sponge plugins. The two of these combined can make for one killer server!
4. Immersive Engineering
Dive into a realism-inspired technology mod, Immersive Engineering. Introducing power to the game, wait… not redstone? Nope! This mod adds crazy tech that you wouldn’t think to see in Minecraft such as: power-lines, waterwheels, biodiesel, and some other crazy machines and mechanics.
This tech mod is 100% worth trying out even if you aren’t that into electricity.
5. Pam’s Harvestcraft
Farming is a pretty vital section of Minecraft in order to create a sustainable food source. However, as you may have experienced, it’s quite lacking in the variety aspect. This is where Pam’s Harvestcraft comes into play.
Pam’s Harvestcraft adds over 275 NEW foods and recipes to the game. On top of that, you can experiment with all types of new cooking recipes to cook all types of unique dishes.
6. Blood Magic
Are you a fan of magic? If so, this is the mod for you. Yes, that’s right, a mod that brings magic into Minecraft. Blood Magic is quite the dangerous arcane art that gathers immense power through the use of blood, a forbidden material!
While this great power sounds nice, proceed at your own risk as this magic can become quite dangerous. Anything that might happen to your character while you dabble in forbidden magic is out of our hands now!
7. Chisel and Bits
What is Minecraft without building? Being a core feature in the game, you’d think that it was a pretty complete concept. False, young ones! Chisel and Bits is just the mod for you architects.
This mod adds in a variety of new decorative blocks to improve your own creativity and adhere to your building styles needs. On top of that, it provides a wrench allowing you to copy designs and store bits. Building a base in Minecraft has never been more exciting!
8. Applied Energistics 2
Energy in Minecraft? Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A mod that is centered around the concept of using energy and the transference of it. This mod will really get your brain spinning as you try figuring out how to transfer energy using items such as ME Level Emitter, ME Drives, P2P Tunnels, Wireless Terminal, and so much more. Also, there are plenty of new decorative blocks such as the Sky Stone Block, Certus Quartz Pillar, and Quartz Glass.
Ahh, Thaumcraft – How could I not add such a great mod to this list. Thaumcraft is a mod based off of Thaumaturgy. What is that you may ask? Well simply said, it’s the ability for a magician to work miracles. What’s a magic mod though without a wand? The very first thing you can do as a newly found magician is craft your wand which will open the doors to all types discoveries.
Slowly learn and become the best Thaumaturge (One who preforms “Thaumaturgy”) you can be!
10. Biomes O’ Plenty
Coming in #10 is Biomes O’ Plenty, although please take the fact that this is the last on the list with a grain of salt. This mod is one of the oldest and most used/loved mods. We all know and love the Minecraft terrains, but what about a mod that can expand this to limits we couldn’t even imagine? Biomes O’ Plenty does just that. This awesome mods adds in some crazy awesome biomes to the world that truly enhance the gameplay experience. If you would like to spice up your servers world, I highly recommend this mod.
That is all!
That is our full comprehensive list of what we believe to be the best Minecraft mods. Please do not forget that this list is somewhat opinion/popularity based and you may not complete agree with it. If that’s the case, that’s perfectly fine as there are thousands of amazing mods out there! Well ladies and gentlemen, you made it to the end of this blog, why not check out our other blogs.
If you are looking a way to spice up your Minecraft Server, adding mods is just the way to do so! With our easy to use Game Panel, adding mods is as easy as just quickly dragging the mod into the mods folder on your server. Read our Knowledge Base article on how to install modpacks to your minecraft server now.