Minecraft Mods

The Herbology Mod - grow, pick and combine herbs

Sometimes you don't want to fight monsters and explore caves. Sometimes, you just want to hang out on the surface and grow your crops and breed your cattle. Modder CaptainFord means to improve on that aspect of Minecraft with the Herbology Mod which adds all kinds of new flora in Minecraft that you can grow yourself, then mix several herbs into medical herbs that give buffs like potions. Read on for the details.

The herbs that the mod adds can be obtained from tall grass, like seeds, or from naturally spawned plants. The mod doesn't constrict itself to just herbs though, as it also adds mushrooms and berries. One of the main mechanics of the mod is finding them all and then finding out what the property of each herb/berry is, so I won't be spoiling that. After collecting some herb seeds you take them back to your base to become a new addition to the farm.

Herb seeds have to be planted onto farmland, like wheat and most crops. It will then grow, but can be sped up using bonemeal. It's really a lot like growing regular crops in vanilla Minecraft. After they are fully grown, the next step is to use one of the two new tools this mod adds - the tweezers. This is a tool that allows you to get the herb without destroying the plant, making it the only effective way of farming herbs.

Once you have the herbs, you need the second tool - mortal and pestle, an alchemists best friend. Putting three herbs and a mortal and pestle into the crafting bench will result in a medical herb and will do a small bit of durability damage to the mortar and pestle. Its properties will depend on what herbs you used, and you will then know what properties each herb has. If you forget, you can just right click with the herb in your hand and a message will pop up telling you which properties it possess.

You can then consume your medical herb and get the effects. There are also special kinds of herb mixes that do other stuff like repair armor, but it's up to you to find out what they do. And that's really all this mod has to offer. It's small and simple. It doesn't interfere with anything and works fine, but its use is limited. It's worth checking out if you don't already use a mod that expands farming, but are interested in that sort of gameplay.

You can get it here:

Download The Herbology Mod right here!

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!

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For the regular readers, a special message:

I KNOW. I'm waiting for the Aether too. Just be patient. The release is closer than ever. By the time you finish reading this it will be even closer. Just stay calm and try to fill the time with some other mods until it releases.

Version of mod reviewed:  ver. 1.1.2  for Minecraft 1.5.2.