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How to make your own Minecraft mod

You think you’ve had the most of Minecraft and you feel you’re getting bored? Modding is the answer for you my friend. With this article you can become the ultimate Minecraft mod maker. Start making your own minecraft mod today.

Start with MCreator

Making your own mod isn’t that hard. Especially if you’re familiar with “The Best Minecraft Mod Maker Ever”. MCreator is a free tool where you can create your own Minecraft mods. You don’t need to write any code — though if you chose to, you can. For a start visit the MCreator download page and download a version to match your current version of Minecraft.
Go ahead and download MCreator for your operating system, once you’ve chosen a version. It all supports Windows, Mac , and Linux operating systems. If you are running Windows, download and execute the executable (EXE) script. If you use Mac or Linux, the installation is somewhat tougher, but still possible.

Once up and running, it will take MCreator a bit of time to get stuff in order. tThe Minecraft Forge Development Kit must be downloaded with the dependencies and compiled. Depending on your computer and internet speed, this may take some time, but once it’s completed for the first time, it won’t need to do so again.

how to make a minecraft mod

After you have installed your Pylo account, MCreator will ask if you would like to sign in. Go ahead and if you don’t have one press Skip. Now, everything is prepared. The screen you see on MCreator is the main menu. You can import or export current settings, install other people’s developed mods or start writing your own customised mods.

how to make a minecraft mod

Your first attempt in writing a mob

We will be mining a super diamond ore for this example mod, which will produce a large quantity of diamonds when extracted, instead of the normal one or two.

You’ll need a texture for your new block to begin. This is an image that determines what appears to your block. This could be stone, wood or some other design artwork. The diamond ore will be used in this example but you can use any art you like.

how to make a minecraft mod

From the top of the main menu, select Tools. Choose Create item/block texture. This will open the Texture Maker, where you can create your personal texture, using as an inspiration existing Minecraft artwork.

how to make a minecraft mod

The texture maker contains four controls at the layer. These enable you to choose the artwork and a color that combines them all into your finished texture.

how to make a minecraft mod
Except for Layer 1, the layer controls contain the same three settings. From left to right, these are:

  1. Artwork selector: Use the drop down menu or popout interface to select a piece of artwork.
  2. Color picker: Select the three dots to choose a color for this layer.
  3. Lock saturation and brightness: These limit the layer color brightness. Play around to see what you like.

how to make a minecraft mod
Once you’ve built your artwork, choose Use at the bottom and then Block for the type of texture. To return to the Workspace page select Exit. Your texture will now be listed on the Workspace page.

From the Workspace tab on the left hand menu , select Mod Elements. This is where you’ll use your texture to build your theme.

how to make a minecraft mod
Select the New mod element button from the top left, which looks like a large plus.

how to make a minecraft mod

This New mod element page may stress and strain, but it is an easy to use tool. Enter a unique name for Name of the element. This isn’t used in Minecraft, it is used in MCreator and the Minecraft code as an identifier.

You can choose which type of element your new element is for the item type. Block default will do for that super diamond.

If you’re working on a different mod, such as a mob, command, or tool, then select the appropriate type.

Select OK to go back to the Texture page. This is where you can add your texture to the block, as well as customise the block dimensions and transparency.

how to make a minecraft mod

The area of Block textures is to the left. The six squares represent every side of your block. It’s possible to use a different texture for each side, but they’ll all use the same texture for this example.

Click every square, select your texture and then click Ok. Leave all of the other choices at their defaults, then press Next.

how to make a minecraft mod

This screen has different settings but start with Name in GUI. This is the block name inside your inventory. Any name is going to do that so make sure it’s concise. “Super diamond” is a fitting name for this stone. If you are not sure what a parameter does, select the name next to the small question mark. This loads the documents on MCreator.

To make this block drop a different block when mined, tick the box next to Doesn’t drop itself. Next to Block that drops, press the small rectangle. This will load the Block/item selector. Use this menu to search for and choose the block you want to be dropped.

how to make a minecraft mod

After that, change the Drop amount to an acceptable number. Since we want a huge proportion of diamonds to produce the super diamond, 10 is a good place to start.

Select Next to go to Particles Settings. That is where the block animation can be changed. Feel willing to explore here but for this super diamond mod this is not necessary.

Consider leaving the Block’s inventory settings of the at its default, and select Next. The Procedures page lets you configure what follows when some incident that involves this block occurs. For this mod this is not required so click the Next button.

how to make a minecraft mod

Eventually, the Spawning / Generation Block properties page makes it easy to customise when, where, and how often you spawn your new block. If you want to spawn your modded block in the game, then tick Generate in World.

The other settings may remain at their default values, or you may personalize them to make your modded block more common or less.

Start exploring your mods

After you’ve manufactured your mod, you must export it so it’s ready for use with Minecraft.

From the bottom left of the Workspace toolbar, choose the Export workspace into mod file button. This will bundle your mod up into its own package, ready for Minecraft to import If you have changed more than one block then all will appear in your mod.

how to make a minecraft mod

The Mod Details menu provides you with choices to pack your mod. You may enter information about a name, edition, definition, and author. Upload a picture, if you wish. The most important of these options is the extension to File. Leave this on the default .JAR option.

how to make a minecraft mod

When you’re ready, press Recompile and export. This will bundle your mod, but depending on your device it may take some time, and the amount of items that you have updated.

how to make a minecraft mod

You will need to agree to the terms of use but finish by selecting a location on your file system to store your completed mod once it has been compiled.

Minecraft Mods With Minecraft Forge Importation 

Now that your mod is complete, all you have to do is import it into Minecraft. To install this mod, or any other mod, you need Minecraft Forge installed. Forge offers an easy and simple way to install custom mods into Minecraft itself. Download an installer suitable for your operating system and version of Minecraft from the Forge home page. Run the installer, and when prompted, choose Install client.

Once installed, launch or restart Minecraft. From the Minecraft Launcher, press the up arrow to the right of the play button at the bottom. Select Forge. This will load Minecraft with Forge, so you will need to do this every time you want to use your mod.

Select the Mods button, and you will see your mod is not viewable. You must have your mod installed in Forge / Minecraft. Installation includes copying your mod and pasting it into the Minecraft Mods tab.

  • for Windows, this is in AppData/.minecraft/
  • for Mac, this is in Library/Application Support/minecraft/

If you pasted your mod while it is running, you may need to restart Minecraft again. Enter the mods menu and your mod will show up, complete with information about the description, title, picture and creator. Well done!

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Enjoy your new gameplay to the fullest! 

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