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It’s June! And that means it’s also National Zoo and Aquarium Month in the United States! In these warm summer months, it’s a great opportunity to get outside and see a lot of creatures you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. Or to get inside a nice, air conditioned aquarium and see all the beautiful aquatic life living inside.
But if you don’t feel like going outside; fear not! because the wonderful world of modded Minecraft has its own huge selection of wonderful and terrifying creatures to keep you entertained all month, and beyond.
Certainly not a recent mod, but definitely one that’s still alive and kicking. Mo’ Creatures adds a large variety of passive and aggressive mobs to the Minecraft world. The range of mobs it adds extends from the common (such as rabbits, deer or little birds), to the exotic (including large cats, various snakes and sharks), as well as a handful of fantastical creatures, such as orcs, werewolves and tamable mobs like wyverns and unicorns. Several other of the domestic mobs can be tamed as pets, including cats, goats and turtles!
While some of these new mobs can be dangerous; they, altogether, make for a very enriching Minecraft wilderness.
With Mo' Creatures and some Sugar Cane, I can have as many turtle pets as I want!
While the name makes it sound like you’re going to be attacked by all kinds of evil, Dark Menagerie is actually a very pleasant mod. The creator, RWTema, has stated their goal as wanting to add some mobs to Minecraft without taking anything away from the vanilla experience of the game. And true to that word, many of the creatures fit in seamlessly with the vanilla mobs. Mummies behave a lot like Zombies, and the Fire Ants are similar to Spiders. I think the only exception is the rare Energy Ghost, which can only be dispatched with any type of enchanted sword. Several of the creatures interact with each other, as well. Elephants will run away from the mice, and the Infested Villager will provide potion-like buffs to all other hostile mobs it finds. Additionally, the Mantikittens will attack mice and Creepers with their claws and stingers.
Mantikittens will chase Creepers, and attack them by shooting barbs from their stingers.
While Dark Menagerie only adds 9 new mobs at the moment, RWTema has mentioned an interest in adding even more mobs in the future.
So you might be thinking, “Those mods are nice, but I really want a mod just full of creatures that want to kill me.” Well lucky for you, Lycanite is able to give you just that! Lycanite’s Mobs is a mod that adds several dozen new, biome-specific (including the Nether and The End) mobs to Minecraft—and most of them are hostile and deadly. While the most dangerous of the mobs are slightly rarer, this mod definitely adds a whole new layer to the survival aspect of the game. But it also adds a number of new, passive mobs that can be farmed for food and supplies. Almost every new mob also has its own, unique drops, and Lycanite has added several things to craft or make use of each of these drops.
Lycanite's Mobs are as dangerous as they are handsomely rendered.
The mod also has its own list of achievements, allowing you to keep track of how many of each unique creature you’ve killed. While this is a very dangerous mod, it’s also very rewarding!
Now, maybe you’re like me and you’re not looking for a tougher survival game, and instead just want to make friends with all the new creatures. If that’s the case, you may want to look into Inventory Pets. Rather than adding a number of new creatures to the world, Inventory Pets is more of a tool or utility mod. You’re able to craft of find your little friends, who can perform a variety of neat functions for you as long as you keep them in your hotbar… and fed! There are mob-based pets, like the Enderman (lets you teleport) or the Ocelot (gives you night vision, catches fish and sends Creepers running!), but there are also tool-based pets (the Crafting Table pet lets you use a crafting table anywhere, and the Anvil pet slowly repairs your tools) and utility pets (the bed pet lets you sleep anywhere, and the Nether Portal pet lets you teleport to/from the Nether, and even remembers where you teleported from, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost).
There are also four “legendary pets” that can only be found in four mod-created “dungeons,” which are usually guarded by some kind of mostly vanilla creature, like Blazes in the cloud dungeon, or water-breathing spiders in the beach dungeon.
All four of the dungeons in Inventory Pets. Each one has a chance of spawning the "Legendary Pets."
Inventory Pets also has its own achievements, letting you know when you’ve obtained certain milestones in the number of pets you’ve obtained, including when you have all of them.
Things sure are getting crowded in here!
These are just some of the mods available that add wildlife. You can find more by clicking on the "Mob" category on Curse.com or CurseForge, or sorting mods by category in the CurseVoice client. Try adding some new wildlife to your world.
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Weasel UHS by claycorp brings a new flavor of hardcore to modded Minecraft. The world becomes a hostile place to players through the use of additional mobs and dungeons, along with altered behavior for pre-existing mobs. You are limited early on by the tools you use, foods you eat, and the deep darkness that has replaced night. Once you are lucky enough to forge tools, would-be strip miners will find no luck in the depths of the world. Whether you want to create a beautiful garden, construct a technological base, or set up a magical labyrinth, your only way of getting your resources will be through treacherous adventure.
At first glance, Weasel UHS seems to throw in just any dangerous or inconvenient mods. You will find Lycanite’s Mobs, Deadly World, Doomlike Dungeons, Spice of Life, Hardcore Ender Expansion, Iguana Tweaks, and Roguelike Dungeons—all of which are go-to hardcore mods in 1.7.10 packs. While all of these certainly add to the immersion of the world, experienced players of Hardcore packs might miss the novelty of the pack and pass it up as soon as night arrives and perfect darkness occurs. Iguana Tweaks in particular is a frustrating mod to include, since it forces players to use a single mod before progressing to later mods.
Before going through Tinker’s Construct, you will be unable to battle, explore, smelt, mine, or…really, anything. This becomes very important when night arrives—if you don’t have a bed, expect to spend 10 minutes in perfect darkness, because you literally won’t be able to see a thing. There is nothing in the world that creates natural light at night, and the modpack forces the client to have a completely black screen unless there is some form of light nearby. Players might be lucky enough to find some gravel to convert to flint so that they can mine some stone and coal before darkness falls…but, well, not everyone is lucky.
So, what is the correct way of playing this modpack, once you get through Tinker’s Construct? The modpack has a tagline that helps with that question: “Hardcore like you never thought! Adventure is rewarded based on the risks you take!” Wondering if this was actually true, I made it my priority to go caving immediately. Several of the mods add incredibly difficult mobs, dungeons, and features to caves. You can consider yourself lucky if you find lava without some kind of creature reigning fiery death upon you. Even regular mobs will have bonus effects, armor, and behaviors that will make them far more deadly than usual. But, just as their catchphrase claims, you will also find loot.
Loot chests in the game are incredibly generous. Metal armor, ingots, potions, and rare items are guaranteed to grace your presence if you dare to try and find them. Because of how difficult these items are to obtain in the early game, it’s worth it to craft a sword before anything else and battle through the caves until you find a chest to jump start your play through.
After you get into the swing of things, you’ll start to notice the different tweaks that are built into Weasel UHS. Poor Ores makes metal even more precious than usual, and encourages players to ration out the use of their ores. Hardcore Hunger was deliberately left out, despite the inclusion of Spice of Life. This keeps the modpack from being downright impossible. Mine Safety is a clever mod that was included and forces players to wear helmets while underground, lest they take damage. All of these are deliberate and unique ways of making the modpack more difficult without causing frustration for players. Unfortunately, you don’t notice them until you’ve progressed through the same old stuff you deal with in other hardcore modpacks.
Along with those hardcore tweaks, Weasel UHS includes some mods that make it perfect for server play. TapeMouse makes it easier to AFK farm, which is sometimes a necessity. The direction HUD helps players navigate together without pulling up the debug menu every two minutes to locate each other. The Kappa Experience creates a custom chat menu that encourages people to chat with one another from across the world. There are plenty of decoration mods to construct with as well—something that is missing from many other packs.
Although the beginning of the modpack might be something hardcore players are familiar with, the rest of the modpack manages to create a unique experience. As long as you get a lucky seed, it should be easy to progress through the modpack and create a home. You just have to be prepared to die. A lot.
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