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Adding Mods and Customizing

Minecraft Walkthrough and Guide by CMBF  
 
 
 



Adding Mods / Customizing the World of Minecraft

One of the easiest places to find information on the most recent game Mods (and the ones that the community is raving about) is actually the official Minecraft Website (http://www.minecraft.net/) which often features that sort of information and content as part of the news feed there and within the deep links in its Community Section.

New gamers will find the official Blog for Minecraft Creator Notch (http://notch.tumblr.com/), and a link to the official Minecraft Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/minecraft) can also serve as a useful resource with respect to the hot mods of the day...  But in the end the real treasure and source for edge-of-the-moment content would have to be the official user forums at Minecraft's Home Site (http://www.minecraftforum.net/index.php), where among other things there are links to the Forums themselves (incredible infos) the official Minecraft IRC Channel, and a selection of videos, blogs, and the Wiki...

Having said all that let us ask the question that begs to be asked: What constitutes a Minecraft Mod?

There is no way to answer that question simply, so rather than try and get frustrated, why don't we examine some of the underlying purposes of the more popular mod packages for Minecraft to give you a better idea of what the player-community has actually managed to accomplish as they took what is already a wonderful game and, using it as the foundation for their Mod Project, added some amazing functions to it!  (After all that is the point of modding the game really, to add additional functionality and game play options)...

The following Mods are the most popular available now -- to obtain the most recent version of each simply paste the title line into Google and click search.

--== The Current Crop of Hot Mods ==--

-- Backpacks (by MightyPork)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader and ModLoaderMP
Adds additional portable storage to the game in the form of backpacks.  MightyPork's nearly magical Backpack Mod allows players to craft backpacks out of Leather in the game in two forms -- the regular Backpack and the Magical Backpack (a backpack with Insurance).  When crafting regular Backpacks you can place a dye in the center of the recipe to craft that color of Backpack, and the Mod allows you to craft as many Backpacks as you want/need.  This Mod can be used for Single-Player and SMP Play.


-- CCTV Mod (by Kaevator)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader Package
Video Camera Screen -- Seriously!  This mod allows gamers to place up to 13 CCTV Cameras around their house/den/stronghold and then monitor them using the multi-sized screens included with the mod.  That's right, you can set up a high-security zone with a wall of video displays in your Security Room so that you will KNOW that there is a Creeper lurking near the corner, waiting for you to emerge so he can tell you "Nysssse Wall - BANG!"  And how cool is that?!


-- Elevator Mod (by Exanadu)
Additional Requirements: None.
This package adds a craftable lift to the game that can be used for travel between the levels of your home/den/stronghold/mineshaft, with fully adjustable speed and Block ID designation.  The controls for this device are simplified, and rather than use a switch simply requires the player to right-click the lift to activate it!


-- Magic Wands Mod (by MightyPork)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader and ModLoaderMP
If you cannot watch a Harry Potter movie without wishing you had your own magic wand, this Mod is for you!  The Magic Wands are universal tools that allow the player to use the same tool for many tasks, to build en entire wall in one click, and even an entire rick building in one click!  Each Wand type is used for different types of construction -- watch the YouTube video for more information.


-- MMW Modern Minecraft Weapons V7 Mod (by MERKgamer)
Additional Requirements: Modloader Link AudioMod Link, ModloaderMP Link, and Minecraft Forge Link
Most players expected that it was just a matter of time before guns were introduced to the world of Minecraft -- but hardly anyone was expecting it to be high-powered military arms that feature the use of ammunition clips, sniper scopes, and a level of realism that includes the kick of a round being fired!

This Mod presently includes the following weapons: FN Herstal P90, MP7 L118A Sniper Rifle, Walther P99 Semi-Automatic Pistol, Smag, Glock G18, Barret M82A1 Sniper Rifle, Magnum, MK14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, Heckler-Koch HK G36C, MK46 Crew-Served MG, M79 Thumper, PP90M1 SMG -- basically all of the weapons you would expect to see in a AAA FPS title.

While this Mod is not compatible for SMP play, compatibility for that mode IS being planned, they jusr do not know when it will actually be implemented. 


-- Rope Mod (by djoslin)
Additional Requirements: None.
Have you ever stood on the top of a ravine and thought to yourself -- if Indiana Jones were standing here he would be swinging from a rope?!  Well now you can!  The rope was created for all those times you wanted to rappel down a large cliff or cave -- and when attached to a solid block on top you can do just that!   This just keeps getting cooler by the minute!


-- TNT Mod Package (by Navist)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader Package
A package that adds additional recipes to the game and their effects, including recipes for the items Firebomb, Miner TNT, Napalm, Nuke, and Scatterbomb, which allow you to obtain designer effects for your explosives.  The names for these new items illustrate their function nicely -- and in addition to adding these new recipes, the TNT Mod includes the ability to alter the characteristics and effects of each of these new items within the game.


-- Turret Mod (by djoslin)
Additional Requirements: None.
Sometimes you simply need to apply concentrated fire on a target and nothing short of a turret will do the trick!  The turret was created for just those times -- providing your home/den/stronghold with a mounted gun that includes complete control over the aiming process.  The movement keys control the rotation of the turret, shift allows the aim to move slower, and the spacebar shoots the turret, which includes three types of cannonball: regular cannonball can break through two blocks, piercing cannonball can break through 10, and the napalm cannonball turns blocks into fire and bounces around.


--== Mod and Beyond ==--

The selection of Mods listed above are intended to give you some ideas about what other players have done in adding to and expanding game play and content for Minecraft -- but these are just a taste of the mods that are out there that you can obtain and install! 

Other Mods include PC computers with full-fledged DOS interfaces and screens you can use in the game to play a text-adventure game called Minecraft (grin) as well as use for opening and closing doors, adding passwords to control access to mines and structures and controlling devices with the computer.  There are mods that add better armor to the game, a wide variety of weapons, new enemies (like dinosaurs) -- there is even a Mod called HarryCraft that adds elements from the world of Harry Potter to Minecraft, including a fully-functional Quiditch stadium and flyable brooms!  Seriously! 

The vast majority of the mods out there add things to the game -- items, objects, and even machines -- there are mods that add cars to the game, there are mods that add wireless switches and cell phones, and there are even mods that add other video games to the game!  How about real world sports?  Care to play basketball?  How about bowling? 

While it is certainly not factual to say if you think of it, someone has created a mod for that, the state of Minecraft mods is getting to the point where most really popular ideas from fiction and games have made a dent into its world -- and of course you could always sit down and create your own mod if there is not one that does what you want to do in the game...


--== How do You Install a Mod? ==--

While the complicated answer to this question can be different depending upon the Mod in question, its structure, and the support programs and utilities required to run it, in general the process is pretty similar for the mods for each platform -- though the installation process is a lot different from platform to platform...  And we do not even begin to address the question of how -- or even IF -- you will be able to install Mods to the Xbox 360 LIVE Arcade version of the game since it is still largely an open question as to whether players will be allowed to add mods to it (though it has been confirmed that there will be a mechanism for adding Skins and Texture Packs via the LIVE Marketplace).

The installation process is very basic for most single player mods since it all revolves around the Jar files in the game.  The process for Minecraft 1.1 for Microsoft Windows is different than that on Mac, and Linux is very different indeed...  The Mobile versions (if they have mod packages) are in package format, with each requiring specific unique steps...

Because each Mod Package may have different requirements you are cautioned to read the installation instructions in a package-by-package basis, and follow the instructions contained therein -- and as always, you should back up your data and game files BEFORE applying a mod package just in case things go wrong.

For Microsoft Windows gamers are advised to create a Restore Point in the Admin Utilities before they apply a mod package each time.

The advice above is meant to apply to content mod packages -- when the mod you are considering installing and adding to your game is an interface mod, there are other considerations you will need to factor into the process...

Called "Client Mods" this second type of Mod Package consists of modifications to your Minecraft program rather than to the game content.  These are not custom clients -- that is to say they do not replace the official Minecraft Client -- but rather they are literal modifications to the official client and are applied to the minecraft.jar files.  It should be remarked that these mods are only for the actual program itself, and are not playable or useable via the Web Browser game interface.

Minecraft Client Mods are largely used to change the appearance of the interface -- meaning that they are mostly aesthetic, or they are used to add display of additional information to the main interface .  While some of the client mods add content to the game, for the most part it is more common for them to use existing game features and content in a different way.



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Please add crazy craft to ps vita

Guest
Added 28th Jan 2015, ID #508289

 
how to down leoad plz help
you need a usb

Guest
Added 27th Jan 2015, ID #508083

 
all of this stuff is fake

Guest
Added 25th Jan 2015, ID #507176

 
How do you get mods on xbox one

Guest
Added 24th Jan 2015, ID #506715

 
I have no clue how to use mods into mine craft. I own an xbox one and I have mine craft. The mods haven't had any other ANIMAL mods. I really wanted to have different animals and such. These are cool mods but I need newer animals: sea life, forest animals, and other cool biomes… I wanted to make a zoo on my mine craft world… but with a couple of base game characters its hard to accomplish. Please help other people to create and a easy install to the new mods. I have wanted to use animals in a special way, someone please help and help me learn how to install and get my hands onto the mods of animals.

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Added 23rd Jan 2015, ID #505769

 
HELLO

Guest
Added 22nd Jan 2015, ID #505381

 
its not telling on how to download mods.next time the shoul tell about on how to download mods then putting a lot of words.

Guest
Added 19th Jan 2015, ID #504234

 
so much words next time please don't put lots of words

Guest
Added 19th Jan 2015, ID #504096

 
cool

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Added 16th Jan 2015, ID #502487

 
how do you download mods

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Added 14th Jan 2015, ID #501620

 
Mod were you can bring up creative invintory in survival in Xbox one[color=red][/color]

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Added 14th Jan 2015, ID #501509

 
how do you download

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Added 13th Jan 2015, ID #500811

 
i need help with getting mods to

Guest
Added 12th Jan 2015, ID #500561

 
i really wish that they would ad mods to ps3,Xbox360,etc.

Guest
Added 11th Jan 2015, ID #500045

 
Considering how popular the Assassin's Creed Series is I would bet real money that there IS an AC Mod - just not for console.

CMBF
Added 10th Jan 2015, ID #499546

 
Is there an assassins creed mod?

Guest
Added 6th Jan 2015, ID #497105

 
mod emeraude mod ruby mod gun

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Added 5th Jan 2015, ID #496579

 
How do I download mods on ps3 or cant i?? Because why does it always have to be PC but if you want to download it on PC and your PC isn't thee best to download mods on then your gonna have to buy a new computer

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Added 2nd Jan 2015, ID #494560

 
How do you put it on ps vita

Guest
Added 29th Dec 2014, ID #491917

 
Can you put mods on Xbox?

Guest
Added 28th Dec 2014, ID #491508

 
MC Is Awesome

Guest
Added 28th Dec 2014, ID #491194

 
I how do I put it on ps3 I want to play it with my brother

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Added 27th Dec 2014, ID #490848

 
funn[strike][/strike]

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Added 24th Dec 2014, ID #489599

 
How do you get modes

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Added 22nd Dec 2014, ID #488595

 
how can u do this for ps3

Guest
Added 22nd Dec 2014, ID #488413

 
TBH I think when they say Jail-broken what they mean is that they have removed the checksum that blocks access to the raw file system. You would have to do that in order to apply mods - but I have no idea HOW you would go about that...

CMBF
Added 16th Dec 2014, ID #485311

 
What is a jail broken ps3???

Guest
Added 8th Dec 2014, ID #482008

 
You need a sub port to mod PS3 or Xbox

Guest
Added 6th Dec 2014, ID #481348

 
Hoe dalotun mod
wet mod van mecrefd 360

Guest
Added 4th Dec 2014, ID #480224

 
Why not make a new skin pack that is free for every version

Guest
Added 30th Nov 2014, ID #478859

 
i want to make a new texture thats free for minecraft playstation 3 editioni want to make a new texture thats free for minecraft playstation 3 edition

Guest
Added 29th Nov 2014, ID #478114

 
whach videos on youtube it worked for me. its awesome!!!!!!

Guest
Added 28th Nov 2014, ID #477546

 
"Why?"

The reason that there are no mods for the console versions of the game have to do with the underlying structure of the version and the platforms that they run on.

Mods require the player to be in a position to - and the ability to - edit the raw data files that are part of the game.

On PC these files are part of the supporting library that the game uses to load that content - as needed - whereas for the mobile version that information is coded into the main game files.

As a consequence of that, the player would need to essentially edit and modify binary files - an action that in addition to violating the ToS for both the game and the device, is also an action fraught with peril.

In other words modding the mobile version is too complicated and potentially dangerous to be worth it.

CMBF
Added 12th Nov 2014, ID #470552

 
why

Guest
Added 11th Nov 2014, ID #470490

 
There are no legitimate mods for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

To add mods to the game you have to access and alter the live file system and you are not only not meant to do so on console, it actually violates your ToA for the game.

CMBF
Added 8th Nov 2014, ID #468743

 
How do u get mods easily for xbox 360 without usb or computer just legit on the game??????

Guest
Added 6th Nov 2014, ID #468112

 
Some expansion content has come out but the mods have not as far as I know. Fingers still crossed.

CMBF
Added 3rd Nov 2014, ID #466766

 
Hey CMBF, have they came out with the console (xbox/ps) mods yet and can I get mods for my minecraft xbox 360 edition yet or do you know if I can or not? I ask because you said that they were working on it months ago.

Guest
Added 31st Oct 2014, ID #465507

 
hi crazy

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Added 27th Oct 2014, ID #463979

 
How do I get this

Guest
Added 22nd Oct 2014, ID #461734

 
Well you can count horses but I am not sure what you mean?

CMBF
Added 30th Sep 2014, ID #453280

 
what about horses dose that count.

Guest
Added 23rd Sep 2014, ID #451088

 
With respect to the HALO Theme and its associated items pack, that was created by 4J studios expressly FOR the Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft - as a unique feature so as (it appears) to draw players into the game who are fans of the HALO series and who might not ordinarily be interested in playing otherwise.

The fact that 4J announced - at the time that the HALO Mashup Pack was launched for the 360 - that it WOULD be launched for the Xbox One version when it comes out (note it is out now) AND that anyone who bought the HALO Mashup Pack for 360 and later switched to Xbox ONE as their prefered platform for Minecraft WOULD get the HALO Mashup Pack on Xbox One for FREE. So how about that?

CMBF
Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448569

 
This is too confusing somieone give a simple answer on how to do it.
>:C

Guest
Added 1st Sep 2014, ID #443162

 
I cant get mod it suck

Guest
Added 28th Aug 2014, ID #441844

 
how do u do it on ps3?

Guest
Added 28th Aug 2014, ID #441643

 
This is pretty much in answer to all of the questions with respect to console (Xbox and PS): You can't mod them.

Mods in Minecraft are exclusive to the PC version for a simple reason, and that is you actually have to have full and unrestricted access to the file system AND the ability to run the patching tools in order to install the mods to the game.

For both the Xbox 360 AND the PS3 you do NOT have access at that level. But take heart - there is an effort as we speak to do it. Unfortunately right now it means loading an illegally modified version of the game and that requires you to do something that voids the license. So for now, the answer is still no mods for console.

CMBF
Added 6th Aug 2014, ID #431906

 
f it I cant do it

Guest
Added 28th Jul 2014, ID #426940

 
Minecraft modus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guest
Added 22nd Jul 2014, ID #423149

 
cool

Guest
Added 14th Jul 2014, ID #418576

 
Can i get blood and bones or crazy craft on my ps3 ?

Guest
Added 2nd Jul 2014, ID #410814

 
 
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