Minecraft Mods

Damage Indicators - The RPG UI and Damage Amount mod!

Minecraft has a lot of RPG elements and it is something a lot of players are very interested in, which also makes mods that enhance that aspect of the game very popular and desired. While some add items, mechanics or mobs, modder rich1051414 decided to improve upon the user interface by adding some RPG indicators with his Hit Splat Damage Indicators mod. The mod adds a special interface element that displays information about a mob when your reticle covers it, as well as damage indicator numbers on hit. Read on for the details…

The added interface element, placed in the top left corner by default, is a very simple display detailing the mod you are fighting. To activate it you need to hover over the mob with your reticle (the thing at the middle of the screen) and be relatively close to it (I found that 10-15 blocks was enough). The displayed element has a small portrait of the mob, the type (hostile, passive), the mob's name, status effects and its health in points. This is a convenient system as it gives you the information you need easily, without cluttering the screen too much.

The other part of this mod is the damage indicator, which displays information about the damage you are dealing to a mob via a number that pops up next to them. This system is often used in many different RPG games from Torchlight to Borderlands. It is a cool way to display damage and doesn't clutter up the interface at all.

While the mod is actually really simple, it does impact your gameplay style and improves the “feel” of the game. It isn't that simple though, as it offers a significant amount of customization. First of all, you can actually set where the mob information panel shows up - there's a setting panel that you can tinker with it.

Secondly, the mod also supports skins, of which there are several, that either accommodate the panel for it to fit in better with a texture pack or even remove some of its elements to make it cleaner and better. The one I liked was a Skyrim inspired one that removed everything but the name and HP bar, which was themed according to the game, making it a very clean and nice skin to use. Here it is:

The mod is also highly compatible. The mob preview as well as fonts work with any texture pack and the mod only requires Forge (a standard for modding nowadays) without overwriting any core files.

I recommend you give this mod a twirl if you were ever interested in the RPG aspects of Minecraft. You can get it here:

Click here to download the Hit Splash Damage Indicators mod!

Installation instructions:

  1. Open minecraft.jar and delete the META-INF folder.
  2. Install the Forge API.
  3. Run Minecraft at least once.
  4. Put the downloaded zip file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
  5. Play!

As always, let us know how you liked the mod in the comment section below!

Version of mod reviewed: v2.7.0 for Minecraft 1.5.2.