Best Nether Mods for Minecraft 1.12.2

The Nether received a huge update in Minecraft 1.16. But for those of us who remain on Minecraft 1.12.2, it’s slightly lacking in content. That’s why this list is going to cover the Top 10 Best Nether Mods for Minecraft 1.12.2.

All the buttons in this list link back to CurseForge. There, you can find more information about these mods, and download them for Minecraft. Make sure to read our other Minecraft 1.12.2 Mod Lists too, for more great mods.

Nether Portal Spread

nether portal spreading netherrack

The Nether Portal Spread mod would go great in any RPG pack setups. With it installed, Nether themed blocks, like Netherrack will slowly seep from your Portal. It feels like the Nether is leaking into the Overworld.

Players can determine how far Nether Blocks will spread from a Portal in the configuration files. However, by placing 4 Coal Blocks around a Nether Portal, the spread can be disabled and controlled all together.

NetherEnding Ores

diamond ores in nether

Ores will be able to spawn in both the Nether and End Dimensions, once NetherEnding Ores is installed. All Vanilla blocks are supported, and ores like Quartz which can only be found in the Nether are also added to the Overworld.

Support is also provided for some other mods too, such as Tinkers Construct, Thermal Foundation, Aether II and Project Red. There’s also a chance for ores to explode when mined, so that there’s still a sense of danger to mining here.


NetherEx, known as Nether Expansion also brings lots of additions to the Nether. It includes some new Biomes, Mobs, Ores, Equipment and more.

The number of biomes this mod adds is relatively small. Unfortunately, the changes the Biomes make aren’t too drastic either, and the Nether feels like it’s received a minor update, instead of a major one.

New tiers of equipment can be made from Wither Skeleton Bones, Orange Salamander Hide and Black Salamander Hide. Whereas mobs-wise, it’s likely you’ll discover Gold Golems, Wights, Brutes and Gastlings, but there’s a lot more.

Nether Dungeons

spider dungeon in the nether

This mod will allow Dungeons to generate inside the Nether. The design of them is simple, as they just replicate Dungeons that can be found in the Overworld.

However, now they’ll be made up of Nether Bricks. On average, a Nether Dungeon will attempt to spawn once per four chunks, so they shouldn’t be too difficult to find. Chests also spawn in these structures, with around 2 on average.

Smaller Nether Portals

smaller than average nether portal

A simple mod is Smaller Nether Portals. In Vanilla Minecraft, a Portal needs to be at least 2 blocks wide and 3 blocks high to be functional. With this mod installed, a Nether Portal only needs to be 1 block wide and 2 blocks high.

So it’s the same size as a Minecraft Door. Overall, it means when crafting a Nether Portal, 4 less Obsidian are required, so only 6 are needed in total when omitting the corner blocks.


One of the biggest changes of all comes with the BetterNether mod. Lots of new Biomes are implemented, like the Magma Land, Mushroom Forest, Nether Grasslands, Bone Reef and Nether Jungle.

These are also made up of sub-biomes, for more variation. New creatures can spawn in these Biomes which are Nether themed. The creatures you can come across are the Hydrogen Jellyfish, Firefly and Naga.

There’s quite a lot of Nether themed structures too, like Portals, Ruins and even large Nether Cities. Installing this mod is the best overhaul to the Nether that you can make.

Natural Nether Portals

broken nether portal

Natural Nether Portals will cause Portals to spawn naturally. This mechanic exists in more modern versions of Minecraft already. But having the option to add it to Minecraft 1.12.2 is great. There’s a few different Portals to find, most of which will be broken.

If they’re repaired with the missing Obsidian, you can quickly use them to jump between Dimensions. These Portals don’t just spawn in the Overworld either. They can also be found naturally generating in the Nether, allowing you to get back to the Overworld, if you’re lost.

Nether Update Backport

netherite armor

The Nether received some major updates with the release of Minecraft 1.16. After installing this mod, lots of those additions, like blocks and equipment will be backported to Minecraft 1.12.2.

Firstly, it’s worth nothing that structures and mobs aren’t added. So don’t expect to find Bastions infested with Piglins. Instead, blocks like Basalt will spawn randomly in the Nether which can be collected.

The most noteworthy addition is Ancient Debris, which can be mined and turned into Netherite Scrap, like in Vanilla Minecraft. Netherite Equipment, including Armor & Tools can then be crafted.

Nether Chest

nether chest

Nether Chests are interesting storage blocks. A single Chest can be crafted using 4 Nether Bricks, 4 Iron Ingots and 1 Blaze Powder.

What makes a Nether Chest so interesting, is that it can store stack sizes 8 times bigger than what’s normal. This is due to how the Nether compresses to a factor of 8. As an example, a single slot of a Chest can hold 512 stackable items, instead of just 64.

Therefor, expect to make storing items a lot easier with the Nether Chest. Although don’t try and open it in the Nether, as it will explode, similar to how a Bed does.

Nethercraft Classic

glowood tree in the nether

The Nethercraft Classic mod is designed to make surviving in the Nether easier. Most useful items from the Overworld, now have a variant which can be obtained and crafted from inside the Nether.

New Ores are added, which can be used in the creation of armor and tools. Whereas even killing Ghasts will drop Ghast Bones, a new crafting material. By harvesting Glowood Trees in the Nether, there’ll be a constant source of Wood for Chests, Bookcases, Boats and more, which are all fire resistant.

New mobs and creatures are even included with the mod. Although you’ll still initially spawn in the Overworld.


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