The best Minecraft mods for glorious new worlds

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Mining out the best Minecraft mods from internet deepslate? Despite heaps of options in vanilla Minecraft, even the best tools will eventually break without a rest, and no matter how innovative your builds are they can seem mundane when you fix them up using the same old blocks every time. Once you've peeked behind the door into the wide world of mods, you'll be entranced by the wider Minecraft universe—given the chance to dial in your existing game by tweaking features and slipping in small options for your quality of life. So if you're a brick baron demanding the experiences that only the widest world of mods can provide, you'll need the best Minecraft mods to jump through portals to new vistas, mark your mistakes with a gravestone, or just build with all the colors of wood you can imagineer.

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With treasure rooms piled high with choices, all the mod categories are overflowing with basic quality of life updates or complete overhauls of Minecraft. Mods can demo and remodel your game with entirely with new palettes of blocks, or just dial in your existing Minecraft look to perfect it. 

Minecraft 1.21 has started to show up on radars, and the details of the latest update to Mojang's cubic crafting sim have started to come out. Focused on combat challenges, Minecraft 1.21 introduces the Breeze and the Armadillo, alongside a range of new copper and tuff blocks and the trial chamber. Given the number of additions, mods will have tons of new options to play with in the near future.

We've selected all the best mods to will make your next world more accessible, more mystical, or just way more complex—regardless of what your preference is.

This list of the best Minecraft mods has been updated for 2023, with all the best modpacks and standalone mods you can play right now.

Best Minecraft mod packs

If you want to overhaul your Minecraft experience with super deep tech trees or quests or even Pokémon, modpacks can do that. Instead of making your own mods list and checking for compatibility and version updates, modpacks give you a whole new suite of selections that have already been curated. All of these packs can be played through the launcher specified, which means it's super quick and breezy to install and get playing. 

Better MC

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Minecraft version: 1.19
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or Better MC

Focused on expanding the vanilla Minecraft experience, Better MC brings in biome superstars like Oh The Biomes You'll Go and combines them with dimension altering mods like BetterNether and BetterEnd to really step up the world. If you've ever sort of wondered what a hypothetical or alternate world 'Minecraft 2' would be like, Better MC is a view through the magic lens into that other possible world.

 SkyFactory 4

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Minecraft version: 1.12.2
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or SkyFactory 4

As pretty much the ultimate evolution of the skyblock style of modpack/map, SkyFactory 4 gives some serious quality of life improvements to the experience. No longer will you toil for Minecraft-years on some parts of resource gathering, like sieving. SkyFactory 4 also automatically tracks what you’ve accomplished in an advancement system (without locking you into following it), and adds a new "Prestige" system that lets you unlock new mods and tech in an open progression system that ports across your different worlds.

MC Eternal

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Minecraft version: 1.12
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or MC Eternal

As a kitchen sink styled pack, MC Eternal gives a chest of mod wonders to explore. Bringing together hundreds of quests with mods like Tinker's Construct and Applied Energistics 2, you can do everything from RPG-styled quests to managing your very own town with MineColonies. MC Eternal has something for everyone, and is the perfect pick for puttering around on your own or setting up a server for your friends who can never agree on a single theme.

Engineers Life 2

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Minecraft version: 1.16.5
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or Engineer's Life 2

Focused on using fewer mods with more impact, Engineer’s Life 2 centers around the excellent Immersive Engineering mod (which you’ll find out more about in our individual mod selections below). It adds a variety of quality of life improvements, quests, things to explore for, and revolves around creating interesting looking technology-focused builds at your own pace. It also contains some additions for the explorer that lives in us all, with refinements on underground dungeons and mob spawners and quest-based progression.

Vault Hunters

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Minecraft version: 1.18.2
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or Vault Hunters

Focused on an RPG experience, the Vault Hunters pack points you at a weird dimension called the Vault where you can earn upgrades, new gear, and new skills. Each time you craft a vault crystal, they can be modified in a wide variety of ways to create new and weird types of vaults—since they also serve as the key you use to open them. If you like character progression and dungeon delving, it's never been served up in as slick and engaging a package as Vault Hunters does. 

SevTech Ages

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Minecraft version: 1.12.2
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or SevTech Ages

Similar to the ages of a game like Civilization, SevTech Ages drops you into the world with barely the ability to bang rocks together. As you begin to figure out the basics, SevTech lets you progress through massive tech trees of achievements, gradually unlocking more and more useful features and recipes (and the diverse mods they draw from) as you master each set of tools or blocks. It’s a wonderful slow burn pack to tackle with friends or alone, as long as you enjoy progression at a slower pace. 

Pixelmon Reforged

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Minecraft version: 1.20
Play it on:
CurseForge Launcher or Pixelmon

Pokémon has reached down to the Minecraft world in the form of the Pixelmon Reforged mod, and the Pixelmon modpack optimizes it with a few select additions. Here, you can search the world for rare and unusual Pokémon, capture them with Pokéballs that you purchase in towns or make yourself, breed Pokémon to optimize them, and battle against other players, NPC trainers, or boss/mega evolved Pokémon in the wild. Supremely open ended and the perfect playground to create a multiplayer server (or just mess around living your best trainer life) Pixelmon is a supremely unique experience that captures some of the best of the Pokémon games.

All the Mods 9

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Minecraft version: 1.20
Play it on: CurseForge Launcher or All the Mods 9

More fun than any kitchen sink could ever hope to be, All the Mods 9 doesn't technically contain all the mods, but it certainly tries. With big hitters from Ad Astra to Thermal Expansion and piles of quality of life (which are a lot more necessary when you have over 400 mods to sort through), it's nearly impossible to run out of things to do or discover in the ultimate everything-in-one-place modpack. Just make sure you have your PC do some warm-up stretches before you launch into this monster pack, so it doesn't pull a ramstring.

Best Minecraft Mods


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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: MineColonies

Minecolonies is a huge mod that essentially turns Minecraft into a town management simulation. If you're more about exploring than building, but still want to feel like you've really left your mark, maybe become the caretaker of a Minecraft colony. You'll manage NPC village workers, plan the location on structures, and direct security against monsters. It even works in multiplayer, so you can set this one up on a server with your friends.


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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Terralith

Ever since Minecraft got the 'Update That Changed The World' in late 2013, biome diversity in vanilla hasn't been just the purview of mods. But even in a crowded field including heavyweights like Biomes O' Plenty and Oh the Biomes You'll Go, Terralith is the current king, with nearly a hundred vibrant new landscapes to explore, conquer, and build in. Don't overlook it when you're picking out mods for magnificent vistas.


Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: JourneyMap

Maps are great for trying to keep a rough idea of where you are or where you’re heading. That said, there’s always room for improvement.

Imagine Google Maps, only for Minecraft and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what this mod does. Specifically, it lets folk view a more real-time map in-game, and on the mini-map, as well as being able to view the map online via a web browser. Already compatible with 1.20, then this mod is a must if you're planning a lengthy journey to bring home some Sniffer eggs.

Twilight Forest

Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: The Twilight Forest

Love adventuring? This mod adds a new, densely-forested dimension shrouded in perpetual twilight that hides both valuable treasures and dangerous monsters. Throw a diamond into a pool of water surrounded by flowers to create a portal there, then spend a while roaming around. You'll find hedge mazes, hollow hills, enchanted groves, glaciers, lich towers and more with rich rewards for those that delve the deepest.

Pam's HarvestCraft 2

Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Pams HarvestCraft 2

Pam’s HarvestCraft 2 is the sequel to the extremely popular original, and it’s split itself into four separate—but directly related—mods. Above all else, Pam's HarvestCraft succeeds at making your Minecraft world feel more vibrant and alive. It introduces countless new foods you can find or create, new crops to grow, and dozens of new types of fruiting trees to the landscape. Minecraft with Pam's HarvestCraft sketches your world in shades of Stardew Valley and lets you become an expert chef making everything from mac & cheese to jelly donuts. 

Alex's Mobs

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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Alex's Mobs

Loads of new biomes are wonderful, but what about the existing ones in Minecraft? Wandering through everything from badlands to forests can sometimes feel a bit lonely, and Alex's Mobs seeks to change that with 89+ new critters of all kinds. From kangaroos to rattlesnakes and more, you'll find an entire zoo's worth of new pals (and not-so-pals, in the case of nightmare fuel cave centipedes). But better than just animal wallpaper, all the new mobs have a variety of item drops and useful new features associated with them.


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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Create

Create focuses on automation and takes Minecraft mechanisms to the next level. It's all based on rotational power and kinetics so a range of gears and cogwheels have been introduced and are waiting for you to experiment with. Of course, gearboxes, chain drives, conveyor belts, clutches, pulleys, and levers are also there to help bring your weird and wonderful creations to life.


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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Botania

Some Minecraft mods add powerful magical items. Others add intricate machinery. Botania just adds flowers—but wow, what flowers. Flowers that heal you. Flowers that feed animals. Flowers that turn hostile mobs against each other. Flowers that eat cake. Oh, and did I mention that you've can also use flowers to create a magical portal to a world of elves? If you want to try something wildly different from most other mods, Botania is it.

Astral Sorcery

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Minecraft version: 1.16.5 | Download: Astral Sorcery

Whether you’re really into astrology or just like staring at the night sky, Astral Sorcery has you covered with an incredible suite of magical options. Based around stars and constellations—with all of its major constructions and rituals happening at night—this adds much needed depth to Minecraft’s dangerous dark hours. Astral Sorcery’s structures are also some of the prettiest in Minecraft, with beautiful marble fountains and ritual platforms, plus it lets you set up a stellar travel network to move between locations instantly: an amazing boon for multiplayer servers. 

Nature's Compass

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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Nature's Compass

Nature's Compass solves a classic Minecraft adventuring problem: you desperately want to explore a specific biome, but you don't want to have to wander across miles of procedurally-generated ground to find it. With Nature's Compass, you can craft a compass that'll orient itself towards a biome type of your choosing—and it's compatible with modded biomes, too.

Witchcraft & Wizardry

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Minecraft version: 1.16.5 | Download: Witchcraft & Wizardry

While Witchcraft & Wizardry is actually an incredibly impressive custom map and not a mod, it sure does feel like one. The entire thing recreates the Harry Potter world with such precision and creativity that it’s an amazing choice to play through, either alone or with some friends. It feels like a genuine RPG with quests, puzzles, and your own story of becoming a Hogwarts student.

Additional Structures

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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Additional Structures

Additional Structures functions as a much-needed cosmetic toolbox for Minecraft, adding everything from simple logs, rocks, and bushes to ruined builds, dungeons with traps and treasure, and much more. All told, 155+ new structures spawn in your world with Additional Structures, and really diversify the landscape—even in 1.19's revamped swamps. Best of all, it plays really well with Traverse, Biomes O' Plenty, and Biome Bundle, which are all excellent mods that add more biomes to explore in your worlds. 

Immersive Engineering

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Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Immersive Engineering

Most tech mods in Minecraft seem somewhere between sci-fi futuristic and black box technology, with red pipes and single blocks that spit out resources or control vast functions. Immersive Engineering takes a totally different approach, basing its methods in a more realistic look and process. Power is carried by wires you string, can light up your bases and power your new machines, help you break down ores to get more resources or dig up new ones, mass produce items, and also happens to look amazing with its windmills and power lines. 

Trumpet Skeleton

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Minecraft version: 1.16.1 | Download: Trumpet Skeleton: ReDooted

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Minecraft Utility mods

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Minecraft version: 1.7.2 - 1.20 | Download: OptiFine
Minecraft doesn't scale too well to the power of fast or slow machines. It runs surprisingly poorly on low-end laptops, and a high-end rig can't do much with its extra oomph. Enter Optifine—a mod that not only makes Minecraft run faster but also look far better. It supports HD textures, smooth lighting, and more, and framerate doubling is not uncommon. It's one of the first things we usually add when installing Minecraft.


Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Waystones
All that work discovering the coolest biomes and locations doesn't mean much if they're so far away you can't show them off, or even visit again yourself without tons of travel time. Waystones give you convenient ways to move around the world, and are perfect for multiplayer servers that want to have everyone's cool builds and common areas accessible and at hand.

Just Enough Items (JEI)

Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Just Enough Items (JEI)
Just Enough Items is the successor of the older NotEnoughItems mod that lets you search for materials in-game and see all of its recipes. It's often included in modpacks, helping you learn the recipes for new items you're not yet familiar with.


Minecraft version 1.17 - 1.20 | Download: Jade
Jade is a fork of the discontinued mod HWYLA, which itself was a fork from the old popular utility What Am I Looking At. Among other things, it shows a tooltip with the name of the block or object your cursor is pointing at. This is another utility that's often included in modpacks, and we'd recommend including it in your own mod collection if you're constantly scratching your head wondering what that block you've never seen before is.


Minecraft version: 1.20| Download: GraveStone
Death happens in Minecraft’s survival mode, whether you slipped off a mountainside while exploring, got cornered in a cave, or simply got distracted. It can be devastating to lose the entire contents of your inventory simply because you couldn’t find your chalk outline fast enough. With GraveStone, you’ll drop a grave block when you die—labelled with your name—that you can break to get your stuff any time you’d like. Life after death!

Storage Drawers

Minecraft version: 1.20 | Download: Storage Drawers
Do you have untamed chests? Is your storage system more of a storage disaster? Nothing will ever compare to the feeling of having all your item storage perfectly sorted and tidy. In vanilla Minecraft, this is an uphill task, and often one where it feels like you’re pushing a boulder. Storage Drawers eliminates all of the worst parts of the hassle, and does it with style. You can make quartered, halved, or full sets of drawers in a variety of wood types, and it even displays the contents and capacity on the front. Neat freaks and the messy types can finally coexist with ease.

How to install Minecraft mods

How to install Minecraft mods

We’ve thankfully moved away from the days when mods required complex rituals to install. Modpack launchers have made trying out new collections easier than ever. Of course, if you’d like a more custom experience, you can still install mods manually, you’ll just need to be mindful of version compatibility with your Minecraft install. Many older mods don’t get updated, or have passed on to new keepers to update, mod managers like MultiMC are a huge help.

Alongside this is Fabric, which is required for many other mods alongside Fabric API. In fact, some of the mods below will require them. And be aware, you may have to go back to older versions of Forge to run some mods, as they may not run on the newest version of Minecraft. If you need help, this guide for how to install mods on older versions of Minecraft should be useful. 

Minecraft mod managers

For the best level of control over your Minecraft mods and instances, MultiMC is the way to go. You can keep different groups of mods separate from one another, for instance, if you have a few different configurations you enjoy playing. It's also an umbrella launcher that gives you easy access to installing modpacks from CurseForge, Feed The Beast, Technic, and more. 

If you just want to play some of the best modpacks on this list, or quickly join a server that's using one, the CurseForge launcher will let you do so. It's an easy to use mod launcher that handles mods for lots of other games, so you may already be using it. There are tons of modpacks for all versions of Minecraft on CurseForge, so you can find just about anything you're looking to try.  

Feed The Beast
Feed The Beast is another platform full of great modpacks and using its own launcher is the way to go if you're only interested in loading up something like FTB Revelation or FTB Infinity. New modpacks get added to FTB pretty regularly, so it's a handy way to try out new ways to play without managing your own mods list. 

Philip Palmer

Phil is a contributor for PC Gamer, formerly of TechRadar Gaming. With four years of experience writing freelance for several publications, he's covered every genre imaginable. For 15 years he's done technical writing and IT documentation, and more recently traditional gaming content. He has a passion for the appeal of diversity, and the way different genres can be sandboxes for creativity and emergent storytelling. With thousands of hours in League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, and countless survival, strategy, and RPG entries, he still finds time for offline hobbies in tabletop RPGs, wargaming, miniatures painting, and hockey.