Overall, Minecraft is generally considered an easy game, with combat being spam click and easily avoidable mobs. While players can increase the difficulty of the game manually, the option only increases the toughness and damage of mobs, which is pretty underwhelming.

Mods are the answer to this dilemma. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 10 hardcore mods to make Minecraft Harder.

1. RLCraft

RLCraft is a Minecraft modpack consisting of approximately 169 separate mods that have been bundled and tweaked to create a challenging Minecraft fantasy world. The modpack is currently on version 2.9.1, and runs on Minecraft version 1.12.2. While trying to survive in the world you'll fight dragons, explore castles, plunder dungeons, utilize skill trees, and tinker with new crafting systems. If that wasn’t enough, most of the traditional mechanics of vanilla Minecraft have been extensively modified.


It has continued to be one of the most popular modpacks for Minecraft thanks to the immense challenge it brings. However, the modpack has gone through a major update within the last year or so, which means returning players might be confused by certain mechanics and features

2. Isla Nublar: Dinosaurs!

With this mod, you find yourself thrown into a very different world, one with dinosaurs and other dangers. All you have is your knowledge of dinosaurs, toolsmithing, and building skills. You must start with the weakest of tools and make your way up to the toughest blades. Wear armor from what used to be your natural foes and quickly take control of your world.

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Isla Nublar: Dinosaurs!

Welcome, to the NEW Isla Nublar, from Jurassic Park. A modpack created by the Youtuber Forge Labs, this modpack includes dinosaurs from Fossils and Archeology and many other mods to enhance your playing experience. This modpack is intended to be played on the original map found on Patreon, but can run on any world or island map fine. Experience the world of dinosaurs in this modpack!

3. Rebirth of the Night (RotN)

Inspired by Terraria, 7 Days to Die, and more, Rebirth of the Night is a Minecraft 1.12.2 modpack with its own progression system, lore, mechanics, and art. It's built with the idea of remembering the central themes of what made Minecraft enjoyable and expanding them in every way, increasing the overall risk and reward as you progress.

Rebirth of the Night (RotN)

The design philosophy of our modpack is to create an experience where adventure, conquest, progression and survival are all intertwined. This pack is built upon the goal of keeping Minecraft close to the original concept of survival, while also completely re-imagining other gameplay mechanics. A recurring theme in this pack is that your actions have consequences: you are playing in a living, breathing world that will react to your actions. Mobs will mine and build to get to you, combat is greatly expanded upon, danger and dread are amplified, seasons change, and every world-changing event you cause has repercussions... Your skills in all aspects of gameplay will be tested, but in a way that supports many different play styles.

4. The Twilight Forest

The Twilight Forest is a dimension exploration mod that's mostly geared toward adventure. You will be able to explore fully fledged dungeons, fight diverse boss battles with elaborate mechanics... and more. Meet strange creatures, trade and craft unique items to assist in your travel.

The Twilight Forest
The Twilight Forest is one of the best looking  dimension mods for Minecraft

The best parts of this dimension mod are the beautifully haunting vistas that serve as the backdrop as you take down vicious bosses in your journey.

5. Weather, Storms & Tornadoes

This mod adds more localized and more lethal weather effects that can actually kill the player. Players can see rain and nastier storms coming in from a distance with Localized weather.

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This storm mod makes the environmental disasters in Minecraft more realistic than ever.

The mechanic behind this mod is the Stormfront system, which uses biome temperature differences to create nasty storms. Furthermore, there are also Sandstorms that spawn in deserts and build up layered sand to cause intense visuals via fog and particle action.

6. Tough as Nails

Tough As Nails is a survival mod that adds various features to increase the game's difficulty, including a thirst and temperature system. Survival is going to be much more complicated now - players need to find food to fill up their hunger bar, water to fill their thirst bar and lit fire to fill up their temperature meter.

Tough as Nails
Tough as Nails adds a lot more extra elements to survival.

7. Total Darkness

You have probably noticed it yourself but it's never actually pitch black in Minecraft. Even if you are in a cave with no torches you will still be able to see something independent of your gamma setting.

This mod changes this by removing the minimum block & sky light so if there is no light source it's actually dark.

Total Darkness
Total Darkness mod makes the world of Minecraft incredibly dark at night.

8. Epic Fight

Epic Fight revamps the vanilla combat system in Minecraft for both players and hostile mobs. This mod took inspiration from RPGs, with a lot of new features that RPG fans will instantly recognize.

Unlike the usual click spamming fights, you will be able to dodge, use special attacks, abilities and weapon combos. Multiple new types of weapons are also added - from greatsword to katana, spear and even knuckles. Each of them has its own unique combos and special moves.

Epic Fight
Epic Fight is amongst the best Minecraft combat mods that add new mechanics.

9. Lycanites Mobs

Unlike the above mods, Lycanites Mobs turns Minecraft into a challenging horror game. It adds 115 new creatures, with the majority of them being disgusting monsters. New biomes for those creatures are also added alongside new bosses that are harder than the ender dragon.

If you are looking for scarier and more powerful mobs in your Minecraft game, Lycanites Mobs should be one of the best.

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Lycanites is one of the biggest Minecraft mods that add new mobs.

10. MC Eternal

As there are no built-in quest systems in Minecraft, modders usually have a lot of problems adding things in. This makes MC Eternal even more impressive, as devs built it from the ground up with a quest system in mind.

By installing MC Eternal, you will add a whopping 750 unique quests to Minecraft. Each quest would reward you based on difficulty - riskier missions are more rewarding.

MC Eternal
MC Eternal is a kitchen sink of new content. It has everything from magic to science.

Besides quests, this mod pack also adds a wide range of fresh new contents and mechanics like Magic, Automaton, and Science. You would definitely have a brand new Minecraft experience playing MC Eternal.

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