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The best Minecraft mods for 1.16.5

Use any or all of these best Minecraft mods for 1.16.5

The best Minecraft mods, in my opinion, don't change the game beyond recognition. They keep Minecraft pretty much the way it's always been, but offer new discoveries and tools, or solutions to age-old irritations. Below, you'll find the very best Minecraft mods for 1.16.5 - and the best part is that all of these mods can be loaded and played at the same time, while still keeping Minecraft the game you've always known and loved.


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Best Minecraft mods for 1.16.5

Thanks to the wonderful thing that is Minecraft Forge, all the mods in this list can be played in tandem - no compatibility errors included. So you've no excuse to avoid any of these stellar mods! And yes, they all are up to date with 1.16.5 (though in some cases you may need to find the preview versions of the mod to get the latest compatible versions).

Below are all the best Minecraft mods for 1.16.5 that we've found.


Optifine

What is there to say about Optifine that hasn't already been said a thousand times over? It's the most popular Minecraft mod in existence. It drastically increases the number of customisation options for Minecraft's graphics and rendering, making Mojang's notoriously un-optimised behemoth of a game surprisingly performant.

Plus it lets you run all the best Minecraft shaders 1.16.5 has to offer, making your Minecraft world look more glorious than ever.

To run Optifine with Forge, you'll also need to download OptiForge and MixinBootstrap, and place all three files in your Minecraft mods folder.


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A Minecraft screenshot of multiple biomes added by the Biomes O' Plenty mod.

Biomes O' Plenty

There's a reason for Biomes O' Plenty finding its way onto all the best Minecraft mods lists online: it's damn good at what it does. This expansive mod adds a great many new biome types to Minecraft's world generation, along with dozens of new block types, new foliage, and much more. This is an essential mod for injecting renewed life and interest into your Minecraft worlds, and giving you a reason to explore the Overworld again.


Waystones

  • Download link: Waystones
  • Requires: Nothing!

If you've been playing Valheim recently and lament the fact that vanilla Minecraft doesn't give you the ability to instantly teleport to different areas, then Waystones is the mod for you. This mod allows you to craft Waystones and give them tags, then teleport to them either with one-use scrolls or a Warpstone, or by interacting with another Waystone elsewhere.


Chisels and Bits

Chisels and Bits is a powerful mod which gives players access to various chisel tools, with which you can carve individual blocks down, pixel by pixel, into any shape your heart desires. There's no end to what you can accomplish with the Chisel tool, from decorative statues and blocks to physically etched signs and much more.


Useful Backpacks

A simple, lightweight, and brilliant mod, Useful Backpacks allows you to craft three levels of backpack, each of which gives you extra inventory storage space. There are many mods out there that give you increased inventory slots and the like, but none of them fit in with Minecraft's aesthetic and style like Useful Backpacks does.

A Minecraft screenshot of the inventory window with the Appleskin mod displaying details about a Cooked Porkchop item.

AppleSkin

Can you say with any certainty that you 100% understand the saturation mechanic in Minecraft? I can now, and it's all thanks to AppleSkin. Not only does this super-useful little mod tell you how much hunger a food item will replenish when you hover over it, but it'll also give you the saturation level of each item too - a stat which Minecraft hides by default.


Nature's Compass

Nature's Compass gives you a new item - the titular Nature's Compass - which you can craft by surrounding a regular compass with logs and saplings. Right-clicking this improved compass brings up a list of every biome type, and clicking on one will detect the nearest biome of that type and guide you towards its location. Indispensable for finding Mooshroom biomes, particular wood types, and much more.


Corail Tombstone

Minecraft mods have been providing death chests and other variants of the same concept for years now, but few do it as stylishly as Corail Tombstone, which heaps all your belongings into a nearby tombstone when you die. With all sorts of gravestone customisation options, both visual and functional, you can set Corail Tombstone up to work exactly how you want, and never again have to suffer the indescribable pain of losing your entire expedition’s worth of ores and materials with one careless wrong step.


WorldEdit

  • Download link: WorldEdit
  • Requires: Nothing!

WorldEdit is the ultimate building and construction tool for Minecraft, full stop. With a tremendously powerful series of different commands and tools available to you in Creative Mode, WorldEdit is all but necessary for the timely creation of vast Minecraft construction projects, from adventure maps to colossal structures and landscapes, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Using commands you can create, copy, and paste different blueprints; you can select and fill areas, create shapes such as cylinders and spheres of any size on the fly, and so much more.

A Minecraft screenshot of some Oak Leaves, with the HWYLA mod displaying details about the block to the player.

HWYLA (Here's What You're Looking At)

What HWYLA does, quite simply, is give you a little tooltip when you hover your reticule over literally any world item or block, telling you exactly what it is (and, if you like, which mod it comes from). Probably the most lightweight Minecraft mod in this list, it's also right up there for the most essential and useful. Why is this not just part of vanilla Minecraft by now?


FastWorkbench

For players who played Minecraft before version 1.12, you will likely remember crafting being much more responsive than it's been since. FastWorkbench looks to increase the responsiveness of crafting items in a crafting table, along with disabling the recipe book to increase performance and the speed with which you can log in to your game. A lightweight, must-have mod in my book, alongside the Placebo mod which FastWorkbench requires to work.


Inventory Sorter

Inventory Sorter is a lightweight addon that adds two very simple but very useful mechanics to organising items in inventories or chests. The first: clicking the middle mouse button in an inventory will auto-sort all items inside. The second: you can mousewheel scroll over an item stack in order to move the item one at a time into your inventory, or vice versa. You owe it to yourself to just use this mod all the time until it’s added to Minecraft by default.


Clumps

  • Download link: Clumps
  • Requires: Nothing!

If you've ever been in an XP farm, you'll know how laggy things can get when there are hundreds of XP orbs floating about you like tiny spherical rage-fairies. Thankfully, Clumps exists. As you might expect from the name, this mod clumps together multiple nearby orbs into a single orb, which drastically cuts down on the amount of work Minecraft has to do. It also stops that super-annoying issue where the orbs just continue to float around you without ever being collected.


Fast Leaf Decay

Here's a mod I never knew I needed in my life. Fast Leaf Decay does exactly what it says on the tin, significantly reducing the time it takes for a trunk-less tree to despawn all its leaf blocks. Instead of waiting a minute or more, the whole process is over in less than two seconds. It's very satisfying, and certainly nicer when you're farming for saplings or apples.


SwingThroughGrass

Say it with me now: long grass sucks. And apparently there are many who share this opinion, because SwingThroughGrass has become one of the most downloaded Minecraft mods for 1.16. Quite simply, this mod allows you to swing a sword or other weapon through long grass, preventing that super-irritating issue of the swing being interrupted by the long grass for no reason whatsoever.

A Minecraft screenshot of a new world created with the seed 189354817.

How to install Minecraft mods

To install most Minecraft mods, you'll need a modloader like Forge or Fabric. Only certain mods, such as Optifine, can run without a modloader.

Of these two well-known modloaders, Forge is the oldest, which means that more mods are created with Forge in mind than with Fabric. I'd very strongly suggest that if you're just starting out with Minecraft mods, then you should look into how to install Forge.

Once you've installed Forge, all you need to do to install mods is to move the downloaded Executable Jar File for each of your mods into your "mods" folder in your Minecraft directory. You can find your Minecraft directory by opening Windows Explorer and typing into the address bar "%appdata%\.minecraft" (without the quotes).

Then, in the Minecraft launcher, select the Forge installation and click Play.


And with that, I think we'll wrap up this Minecraft mods discussion. That's quite a hefty array of mods to be getting on with anyway - some of which quite significantly change the game, but most of which simply make Minecraft a little easier and more pleasant to get along with. Now why not take a look at our list of best Minecraft servers while you're here?

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