Make Your Own Minecraft Add-Ons

Last Updated: June 9, 2023 1:18 pm
Make Your Own Minecraft Add-Ons

Want to invent your own Minecraft Add-ons? Tynker makes it simple!

But what is a Minecraft add-on, anyway? Add-ons let you customize your Minecraft experience. In particular, you can change how Minecraft mobs look and behave. Mobs are anything that moves in your Minecraft world: Think Creepers and Endermen, but also animals like Turtles and Pigs. 

Want to populate your realm with majestic dragons or fill the depths of the ocean with scary sea monsters? There’s an add-on for that. Interested in building an elaborate castle using unique blocks and textures? You can do that too. The Minecraft community continually produces and shares add-ons, fostering a vibrant ecosystem of creativity.

Whether you’re looking to create a challenging survival experience or a whimsical fantasy world, add-ons offer a vast array of options to enrich your Minecraft gameplay. Let’s dive in!

A minecraft crab. Created with Tynker's add-on editor

This adorable crab started as a scary Cave Spider

Cerberus add-on made with Tynker!

This three-headed Cerberus mob started as a Wolf

Transform an Ordinary Horse into a Wild Unicorn!

Watch this video on the basics! Transform your Minecraft mobs into something extraordinary. 

All Available Starter Mobs

Find a directory of all available mobs in your Student Dashboard: Minecraft > Mobs

Hint: The starting Mob for your Add-on matters. Choose a similar shape and body type to what you have in mind, if one is available. This will ensure that the new mob animates well within the Minecraft world. (If you make major changes to the structure of the starting model, you will likely see unexpected mob animations.)

Need some add on inspiration? Here are a few more ideas to get you thinking: 

  • How about a super-sized Creeper lumbering around your world, causing havoc? Make it larger with the Tynker code editor.
  • What about a rideable flying horse, like Pegasus? 
  • Maybe a friendly Cave Spider as a tamed pet, instead of as an annoying enemy?

Looking for step-by-step tutorials? Make a pig that acts like a Piggy Bank. Or transform a bat into a gigantic, rideable butterfly! Find them at the link below. 

A bat transformed into a majestic Thunderbird. A sample add-on from Tynker's Mythicraft coursework.

How Do I Deploy My Add-On?

So you’ve done it, you’ve completed your first Mob design. 

Here’s the big idea on how to see your add-on in Minecraft: 

Step 1. Change The Mob. Choose your starting mob. Then paint and sculpt your mob in Tynker. Don’t forget you can update your mob’s code using Tynker, too. 

Step 2. Download the Add-on. When your design is complete, download it as an .mcaddon file, and remember where you save your file. 

Step 3. Enable Your Add-on. Open your add-on file in Minecraft (double-clicking is simplest). Then Create a new world. Choose Behavior Packs, then My Packs. Enable your mod, and you should see it appear in Active Behavior Packs. Then go to Resource Packs, and again select My Packs. Activate your add-on here in this location as well. Activating both the Resource and Behavior Pack ensures your custom mob both looks and behaves differently.

A screenshot showing Minecraft add-on is ACTIVE

Step 4. Let’s See It! Go to the Minecraft world where you enabled your add-on. You may want to summon your mob to see your cool creature right away. Try using the command in chat /summon panda, replacing “panda” with whichever base mob you used. 

A Panda add-on shown in Minecraft

Tynker’s Minecraft Modding Courses

Mythicraft — Want to know everything about add-ons? Take this fun course. Transform ordinary Minecraft mobs into mythological monsters! Invent your own Minecraft add-ons using Tynker’s simplified mob editor. You can even change mobs’ 3D models! Watch the cool trailer below. 

Mind Crafters — Take a cool Minecraft modding course that shows you how to use all of Tynker’s amazing modding abilities. Build pyramids, skyscrapers, and even a complete roller coaster!

Mind Crafters course artwork

Even More Minecraft Inspiration

Do you love comics? Take some inspiration from our friends at Epic Originals! Check out their series on making Minecraft Add-Ons and Skins using the beloved characters from Cat Ninja, The Bright Family, and so much more! Recreate your favorite characters, right in Minecraft! 

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Check out Tynker’s Curriculum and learn more about inspiring the next generation to change the world through code.

About Tyler Ortman

Tyler Ortman is an editor at Tynker specializing in STEM resources for young readers. He is the editor behind dozens of best-selling educational books, including Code These Games, Tynker Toolbox, Code These Minecraft Mods, Teach Your Kids to Code, Super Scratch Programming Adventure, The Manga Guide to Science series, and Automate The Boring Stuff with Python. He lives in San Francisco.