Villages in Minecraft 1.12.2 are relatively simple, as they only received a major rework during the Village & Pillage Update. Although that doesn’t mean they can’t be massively reworked. There are mods that allow relationships, new structures, and even career paths. This list is going to cover 10 of the Best Village Mods available 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 Mod Lists too, for more great mods.
After installing this mod, every Villager will be assigned a random name, which should give them a bit more life. These names are pre-defined, with there being over 5000 different ones included with the mod.
Names will appear above a Villagers head, like in the image above. However, they’ll also appear in any UI frames where a Villager is called. One example is the trade window, which could be something like “Thomas the Farmer”.
Even though the list is pre-determined, it’s still possible to input your own names with a configuration file. And there’s the option to just manually assign one using a name-tag. This mod will also affect other entities, like the Iron Golem, which will have a more robotic/mechanical name.
9Village Spawn Point
Another very simple mod which is going to be useful is Village Spawn Point. If you haven’t already guessed, you’ll instantly spawn in a Village when creating a new world.
The Village that a player will spawn in is the one closest to 0 on the X, Y and Z coordinates. It also has compatibility with the Bonus Chest world generation feature, with it being found around the Village.
Installing mods like this is going to save a lot of time. Especially on the first day when most players search for a Village, as they give access to food, shelter and trades which massively boosts progress.
The spawn system of Villages is a little boring in Minecraft 1.12.2. Especially so because this version doesn’t contain features from the Minecraft Village & Pillage update. One way to change the generation of Villages comes with the Mo’ Villages mod.
Firstly, Villages will now spawn more often. They’ll spawn at around 2-3x the normal rate, and this change is really noticeable. But the most note-worthy feature is the availability of new Village styles.
There’s more variants, so that Villages are made up of different blocks, depending on the Biomes they spawn in. New Villages can be found in Swamps, Taigas, Jungles, Mushroom Islands, Forests and more. On the image above, you can see a Village that’s made from snow.
TekTopia brings an extensive overhaul to Minecrafts Villages. It’s one of the best mods available for updating them. The first change you’ll notice is that Villagers look like humans, and they even have some smooth and realistic animations to match.
From now on, Villagers will be more human-like, with different outfits, names, personalities and stats. Villagers can be assigned to jobs, like being Miners, Lumberjacks, Butchers, Farmers, Guards and more. They require buildings to do these tasks, which are created and assigned by you.
This mod essentially turns Minecraft into a simulation game, and there’s around 20 new professions, as well as structures. Villagers will need to be kept happy with Taverns, and well rested with appropriate and comfortable housing.
Occasionally, merchants will visit the Village to trade, and dark forces may visit. As you expand on a Village, you’ll earn more resources, especially Emeralds, and those small Villages can become large towns.
6Minecraft Comes Alive
Another huge overhaul comes with Minecraft Comes Alive. Just like with Tektopia, Villagers are given a more human-like appearance, as shown above. Though this mod features a lot more when it comes to interacting and communicating with Villagers.
Over time, you can speak to a Villager and build a relationship with them. This might be done by being flirty, or telling jokes and giving gifts. Once a Villager likes you enough, you can even get married.
After marrying a Villager, another interesting option is to have children, who need to be cared for as they grow into adults. As a child, they’ll be able to do chores, such as chopping down trees for you. It’s your job to protect a Village, and keep its inhabitants safe.
Recurrent Complex doesn’t just change Villages. It changes your own world. The mod includes over 200 different structures, which are randomly generated throughout different Biomes.
Quite a lot of these structures are primarily added to Villages, and consist of things like storage rooms, different houses, taverns and more. It’s a great mod, and it’s worth installing even without the Village aspect.
Outside of Villages, it’s possible to discover Forts, Hidden Treasures, Graveyards and Meteors. It’s also possible to add more structures to the mod, and a repository exists online where more can be downloaded.
EasierVillagerTrading is designed to increase the speed at which Villager trading happens. Firstly, when clicking on a trade, it will instantly happen. Whereas normally, it would just be prepared in the trading window.
By holding down SHIFT and clicking a trade, it will execute as many times as possible. Which is either until you’ve run out of trading materials, or the Villager locks the trade. Whereas you can still prepare a trade by holding down left CTRL and clicking on it.
The mod also shows all trades available from a Villager, so you can quickly select it. This option was added to Vanilla Minecraft in the Village & Pillage Update.
Millenaire adds life to Minecraft, by adding new Villages inhabited by NPCs. These NPCs represent 11th century cultures, with the likes of Japanese, Norman, Inuit and Mayan populations.
Although you can also find other structures spawning outside of Villages to aid with immersion. Villagers provided by Millenaire can be traded with, and there’s reputation which can affect the trades received, and the settlers might also build you a home.
By providing them with materials, settlers can undertake construction projects, some of which are large. More life is given to them too, as they’ll often chat to each other, take part in tasks which benefit the settlement, and even prepare for war.
Regrowth adds a few mechanics which affect Villages. With it installed, overtime, Villagers will maintain and improve on their Villages.
Noticeably, they’ll place down Torches, so that Villages are well lit, and the chances of hostile mobs spawning is reduced. For further defences, Villagers will build walls around the Village. Holes in paths will also be fixed, Leaves will be trimmed and Cactus’ removed.
Outside of Villages, mobs and animals will eat plants. They’ll heal from eating, and promote ‘regrowth’.
The final Village mod to make this list is MineColonies. It features lots of NPC workers, such as Guards, Miners, Bakers, Couriers, Farmers, Fishers and more.
These can help you to build a thriving town, which can be scaled up to large colonies. Occasionally, raids will happen, which players will need to help defend from. Like other mods in this list, the Villagers have been given a human-like appearance.
Structures like Apiary’s, Libraries, Houses, Mines, Smelteries and more can all be created. It’s the ultimate mod to turn Minecraft into a simulation game.