6 BEST Grounded Mods & How To Install

A comprehensive guide to installing Mods in Grounded.

Since Grounded is a new game, it currently has a relatively small yet active modding community. With new mods being created daily, it offers quite a selection of mods providing a wide variety of features ranging from new weapons like the great Excalibur to game-breaking features like an infinite hauling capacity. One way of doing just that is by installing mods.

Story Highlights:

    • To have more control of their Grounded experience, players can install mods.
    • Mods allow players to add or remove features from Grounded and tailor the game to their own playstyle.
    • Some of the best mods improve upon pre-existing features in the game and make the experience more enjoyable.

Mods In Grounded

Some mods manage to make the game easy for new players, while others add a whole new layer of difficulty for the more experienced players to enjoy. Therefore, mods allow the players to use the game to its full potential. Mods are also generally open source, meaning the code for the mod itself is publicly available for anyone to mess around with and modify.

How To Install Mods

The installation process is simple, and we’ll break it down into a few simple steps. To find a list of mods for Grounded, head to the Nexus Mods page for Grounded and scroll through the list of available mods.

You can see what mods are popular right now or just see all the new ones posted today. Once a mod catches your eye, open its page and read through the description. In this example, we’ll be installing the Bigger Storage Mod.

Be sure to read its requirements; If the desired mod depends on another mod, remember to download it too. If the mod requires the Mod Loader, refer to the next section for more details.

You will have to create a Nexus Mods account to proceed with the download. Thankfully, this only takes a few moments. Once you’re done downloading the files, we’ll get right to installing them.

Installing Mods for Grounded is as simple as copying files from one folder to another. Open the files you’ve downloaded and copy the “.pak” file. Check the description of the mod to find the install location. In case it doesn’t specify an install location, follow these steps:

If you installed the game using Steam, copy this text into your file browser navigation bar: “%LocalAppData%\Maine\Saved\Paks

On the other hand, if you installed the game using Microsoft Store, copy this text into your file browser navigation bar: “%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Maine_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Local\Maine\Saved\Paks

If the Pak folder doesn’t exist, make it and be sure to name it “Paks”

In this case, the mod description has a specific location, so we’ll open this location. 

Folder for Mods – [Image Credits: eXputer]
Open your downloaded files and copy their contents.

Better Storage Mod Files – [Image Credits: eXputer]
Copying Mod Files – [Image Credits: eXputer]
And paste your files here.

Files Copies to the Game Mod Folder – [Image Credits: eXputer]
Now all that’s left is to run the game and enjoy your newly installed mods.

Bigger Storage Mod in Action – [Image Credits: eXputer]

Via Mod Loader

Some mods require an external Mod Loader program to be run to work correctly. Thankfully, the process of installing these mods is easy and can be broken down into a few simple steps.

In this case, we’ll be installing the Compass Mod. This mod requires the Unreal Mod Loader, which is an external program that hooks onto your game and runs mods.

You’re going to have to download both the Unreal Mod Loader and the Grounded Unreal Mod Loader Profile. 

Download the release file and extract it into a folder. Download the Grounded Unreal Mod Loader Profile and copy the “Maine-Win64-Shipping.profile” and paste it into the Profiles folder.

Unreal Mod Loader – [Image Credits: eXputer]
Unreal Mod Loader Grounded Profile – [Image Credit: eXputer]
Now the Mod Loader is ready for use. Install the mod itself using the same steps as before; Download and extract the file and paste it into its respective folder. 

Whenever you want to use mods, run the “UnrealEngineModLoader.exe” file and launch the game.

Compass Mod In-game – [Image Credits: eXputer]

Best Mods For Grounded

Here is a comprehensive list of the best mods for Grounded. Since the game is new, the modding community is still growing and changing. Support and development for some of these mods might stop, and they might be unavailable for your game version. Be sure to check if the mod is compatible with your installed version of the game.

Compass Mod

The Compass mod adds a simple yet extremely useful compass to your Heads-Up-Display. Normally, navigating through the dense grasslands is done by paying attention to the large landmarks around you. However, this requires a great sense of direction and a strong memory. The compass, on the other hand, simplifies the experience and makes it easier for players to navigate the backyard.

Increased Stacks And Better Processing

This Increased Stacks and Better Processing mod increases the number of items in a stack to 60 and cuts processing time in half. This saves a ton of time that you would normally have wasted waiting for your machines to finish processing. Having an increased carrying capacity lets you move around an enormous number of resources from one place to another. Never again are you gonna have to worry about not being able to carry all your resources.

You can go for longer expeditions without repeatedly having to take trips back to your base to drop off all your newfound goodies and resupply.

Bigger Storage

The Bigger Storage mod doubles the size of all storage containers. It affects everything from Baskets to Fridges allowing you to store twice as many goods as before. Therefore, you no longer have to cover every square inch of your base with storage containers to make enough room for all your resources.

ZipUp

The ZipUp mod reduces the time it takes for you to use a zipline. Since Grounded doesn’t have fast travel ziplines are the next best thing. Ziplines allow players to cover great distances in a small amount of time. It greatly reduces the time taken in going back up a zipline, making traversing the map much faster. 

Better Perfect Block

The Better Perfect Block mod increases the perfect block window. When being attacked, there is a small window in which a player can get a perfect block that protects the player from taking damage. By increasing the time window, it becomes easier for you to achieve a perfect block. This, in turn, makes combat much easier.

More Active Mutations

The More Active Mutations Mod allows you to have more mutations active at the same time. Mutations in Grounded are perks that you unlock over time by playing the game. Initially, you have no mutations unlocked, but as you progress and do tasks like hunting and farming, you unlock new Mutations. Mutations make some tasks easy for you or make you stronger from increasing your stamina capacity to increasing your maximum health. Mutations can give you an advantage and help you progress faster through the game.

Sadly, you initially only have two mutation slots open, and you can purchase the third from BURG.L. Thankfully, this is where the mod comes in. It greatly increases the number of mutation slots available, allowing you to be the strongest version of yourself possible.

With all these mods and more yet to come, players can tailor their Grounded experience to their own liking. Mods introducing new content will keep the game fresh for ages to come. With a sandbox game like Grounded, the community is sure to keep the game alive for more and more players to enjoy.

Summary

Grounded is a co-op survival game that allows players complete creative freedom in a giant sandbox world, from building floors in a friend’s game to fighting horrifying enemies with menacing weapons like the Club of Mother Demon. However, sometimes you want more control of the game, or you might want to make some changes to the game’s features.

Video game mods are inherently modifications made to a game by the game’s community. They can be made to change pre-existing mechanics in the game or introduce entirely new ones. 

Some games even provide a modding interface that allows anyone to create their own mod. Find the game too easy? Make a mod to make it harder. Have a great idea you want to see added to the game? Make a mod to add it. The possibilities are actually endless.

Modding also allows old games to stay fresh and withstand the trial of time. Some older titles, like Skyrim, have a very active modding community that has kept the game alive for a long time. New mods manage to breathe new life into an old game and refresh the playing experience.

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