Best Mining & Ore Mods For Minecraft (All Free)

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A core aspect of Minecraft is mining.

I mean, it’s in the name right?

And these mods will enhance your spelunking experience by adding new items, ores, or just some new changes to the mining environment.


10. Exp Ore Mod

Exp Ore Mod for Minecraft

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Supported Versions: 1.15-1.17

Emerald ore isn’t the only green ore in town anymore.

There’s a new green ore: exp ore, and it’s potentially more rewarding than emerald ore.

I say “potentially” because the amount of exp dropped by this ore is random.

Ironic, considering the ore is physically set in stone!

You can also craft the ore using coal, iron, gold, and a diamond.

This is especially useful if you’ve gotten to the point in the game where you want enchantments more than diamonds.

Mining will give you anywhere from 10 and 200 experience points. Find enough of these and you’ll get enough experience from mining to have black lung!


9. Aroma1997s Dimensional World

Aroma1997s Dimensional World Minecraft mod

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Supported Versions: 1.10-1.12

This mod is for those of you that just want to mine in peace.

It adds a new dimension, named after Aroma1997.

He must have really loved mining.

The dimension is fairly flat, making the aboveground easy to navigate.

Flatlands are tricky to navigate at night since there are no trees to hide behind when a group of angry skeletons gang up on you.

Aroma1997 clearly hates when this happens just as much as you do, which is why the dimension is in an eternal state of daytime by default.

As for the underground, it’s filled with plenty of caves for you to explore.

No more will you have to worry about ugly holes and mines all around your world. Just make ugly holes and mines all around Aroma1997’s world!


8. End Metals

End Metals mod for Minecraft

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Supported Versions: 1.10-1.12

The End isn’t exactly known for being a good place to go mining.

With most of it consisting of either endstone, which is slow to break, and void, which will mercilessly kill you and erase your inventory from existence, mining in the End is something only a crazy person would do.

That is unless you have End Metals installed.

End Metals makes mining in the End rewarding by adding various exclusive ores to the dimension.

You now have another reason to slay the Ender Dragon and conquer the End, in case the massive amounts of experience orbs weren’t enough.


7. Bedrock Miner

Bedrock Miner Minecraft mod screenshot

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Supported Version: 1.12

What are mods for, if not to let you do the impossible?

This mod adds a bedrock pickaxe and a bedrock breaker, which are tools to break the infamously unbreakable block bedrock.

These tools are crafted using bedrock chunks, which can be found in mineshafts and strongholds.

It also adds bedrock armor to make you feel as indestructible as bedrock is, as well as bedrock weapons to make sure your enemies never experience that feeling.

You’ll be like The Pentagon if it had arms and legs!


6. Large Ore Deposits

Large Ore Deposits MC mod

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Supported Versions: 1.14-1.16

If you’ve ever been excited about what you thought to be a diamond vein, only to end up extracting a single diamond, you know the truth that countless miners have known:

The underground can be disappointing.

Well this mod gives you the opposite of that disappointed feeling.

Large Ore Deposits makes mining potentially very rewarding by adding in massive veins.

If you were to use X-Ray, certain parts of your world’s underground would resemble a bodybuilder on steroids.

The reason this only applies to certain parts is that these veins are quite rare.

This makes it much more rewarding when you end up finding them.

If you’re blessed with good luck, you’ll love this mod.

And if you’re cursed with bad luck, you won’t even notice it’s there.


5. Lucky Ores

Lucky Ores Minecraft mod

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Supported Versions: 1.12, 1.14-1.15

Feeling lucky?

Lucky Ores adds a colorful new ore to the game.

If you know what the Lucky Blocks mod is, this ore is essentially that – except instead of blocks that spawn around the world, they’re ores that spawn underground.

When breaking these ores, hold your pickaxe with one hand and cross your fingers with the other because something random will happen.

Could be bad. Could be good.

Could be lava and could be loot!


4. Dense Ores

Dense Ores mod for Minecraft

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Supported Versions: 1.9-1.11

This mod adds a type of ore called “dense ores,” which drops triple the amount that the regular ore would, no fortune pickaxe needed!

Each chunk will contain 1 to 10 dense ores, making this a rare and rewarding find – particularly if it contains something valuable such as diamonds!


3. Hardcore Spelunking

Hardcore Spelunking Minecraft mod

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Supported Versions: 1.12

If your comfort zone is a 1×2 strip mine, then this mod is here to challenge that.

You can definitely try strip mining with this mod installed, but it’s going to take a while, considering you’ll be trying to break through bedrock.

That’s right.

Where there isn’t a cave, there’s bedrock.

The only caveat is you’ll be at the mercy of cave generation when you try to make an underground or mountain base, but if you’re a player that enjoys doing that, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone again!

How about a sky base?


2. Ore Flowers

Ore Flowers mod for Minecraft

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Supported Versions: 1.10-1.12

Mining in Minecraft is realistic in the sense that it can be quite boring.

There’s only so much dirt you can dig through before your brain turns to dirt too!

Ore Flowers is a mining mod for people who hate mining.

After all, Vitamin D is important. And although you won’t get any playing Minecraft all day, you can certainly feel like you are by not spending so much time underground!

It adds in flowers that only grow near ore concentrations.

Each ore has a corresponding pretty flower. Except coal. Coal burned his bridges with what was supposed to be his flower.

This flower-near-ore thing doesn’t just happen at world generation either.

If you use bone meal and an ore flower grows, then that means its corresponding ore is near!

You know how police dogs are trained to sniff out illicit substances and bombs? Your bone meal will feel like a police dog except it sniffs out ores instead.


1. Mining Gadgets

Mining Gadgets Minecraft mod screenshot

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Supported Versions: 1.14-1.16

With the gadget that this mod gives you, you’ll feel like the Batman of mining.

Every cave will feel like The Batcave.

This gadget is essentially a swiss army pickaxe. And that description isn’t even doing it justice, because it’s so much cooler than that. It can shoot lasers.

It can also do many more things, such as turn lava into stone while mining.

Like all incredibly powerful but compact technological devices, its fatal flaw is that it needs to be charged.

You can do this using the charging station from a separate mod, Building Gadgets if you’re on 1.14.4, or RFtools if you’re not.

You can also make this gadget stronger by upgrading it using the modification table.

So powerful, yet it’s just one thing.

This must be how my grandparents feel whenever they use a smartphone!

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