7 Days to Die mods can spice up your playthrough and allow you to experience the game like never before. After all, the game has been out since late 2013 so it’s not exactly new anymore at this point. However, just because a game is getting older that doesn’t mean it’s no longer fun. Plenty of people are still playing this zombie-themed sandbox RPG on a daily basis and more than a handful of them are using mods. But what mods should you be using to get the most out of your experience? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss here.
In this article, we’re going to go over the best mods for 7 Days to Die that you shouldn’t play without in 2019. Some of these mods are aimed at improving the game’s visuals while others add quality of life improvements and new features. Regardless of which aspect of the game you want to improve, chances are there’s already a mod out there that can do it. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the best mods you should consider installing before jumping into the game for your next playthrough or continuing your current one.
We’re kicking things off with a very popular user interface mod known simply as SMX. The mod aims to bring the game’s vanilla UI to modern standards by adding various improvements that should have arguably been present since the beginning. Some of the highlights include reworked unit frames with custom textures, reworked compass, custom XP display, HUD with indicators for elevation and temperature, reworked quest tracker, and more.
War of the Walkers
By far one of the most popular mods, War of the Walkers is a complete overhaul of the game that introduces tons of new features. Some of the more noteworthy ones include an overhauled loot system, dozens of new quests, new skills and perks to unlock, new workstations, and more. You can also expect to see quite a few new weapons, armor sets, and recipes. New enemies have been added as well, including quite a few challenging bosses. In short, this mod touches upon nearly every aspect of the game and is a must-have if you want to experience 7 Days to Die in a brand new way.
Despite having been released more than 5 years ago, 7 Days to Die is still a pretty good looking game even by today’s standards. However, there’s no denying that the game is starting to show its age and could do with some graphical improvements. Now, you could wait until the developers finally get around to it or you could just grab this mod instead. HDHQ Overhaul adds brand new 2K/4K textures throughout the game while also improving the lighting engine. In addition to making the game look much prettier, the mod also adds a number of new items, including quite a few weapon skins.
Level 200 Skill Cap
This mod is a bit simpler when compared to the ones we’ve discussed so far but its impact on your gameplay is not to be underestimated. The mod does exactly what it says and raises the cap of all the skills in the game up to 200. Perk levels are also increased and, even more importantly, the mod also raises the maximum player level up to a whopping 1000.
If you feel like SMX’s UI changes are a bit much, there’s another mod that brings some simpler, yet still very important, changes to the game’s user interface. Meet Simple UI. This mod’s aim isn’t to completely overhaul the UI but rather enhance by adding extra HUD bars, a reworked toolbelt, increasing player built storage, adding a zombie kill counter, and more. There’s also a version called Simple UI Plus for players who want a bigger backpack.
Die Till Day 7
This is one of the best mod for players who enjoy complete overhauls. This expansive mod brings to the table an absolute truckload of new additions to the game. These range from things like new weapons, armors, and enemies to experience boosts, books, new ammo types, and so much more. The mod also makes significant changes to professions and offers a brand new way of experiencing the single-player component. It would take ages to list everything this mod adds so it’s better to just grab it and check it out for yourself.
The Walking Dead Mod
This one is pretty self-explanatory. As you’ve probably guessed right way, this mod aims to make 7 Days to Die feel more like the hit TV series The Walking Dead. The mod achieves that by carefully balancing certain aspects of the game in order to create a Walking Dead themed survival experience. For example, zombies are slower and easier to kill with well-placed headshots. Meanwhile, ammo is even rarer and loot is harder to find. Essentially, the mod forces the player to take a slower and more deliberate approach as they try to survive in the new walker-infested world.
Farming may not be one of the most exciting things you can do in 7 Days to Die but it’s still a very important aspect of the game nevertheless. After all, you’ll need plenty of food in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. In addition to being useful, farming can actually also be interesting thanks to this mod and its many new features. Among other things, the mod allows you to breed animals, raise livestock, harvest meat, plant new crops, and more. This is one of the newest mods on this list so you can still expect it to receive constant updates for a while longer.
If you’re into guns then this mod will definitely be right up your alley. Firearms 2 greatly expands the game’s weapon system by adding 50 new guns to play around with. All the guns feature custom animations, audio effects, and custom ammo. In addition, players can also modify the weapons, so this is pretty much the entire package. This mod came out just a few months ago and is a follow-up to the original Firearms mod.
Epic Cities is quite small in terms of file size but it is one of the biggest 7 Days to Die mods out there in terms of scope. This mod transforms the game’s primarily rural map into a sprawling urban landscape. Thanks to the mod, your map will look like an interconnected network of large cities that cover almost the entire surface of the world. It’s pretty much just an endless city filled with large buildings and even a good number of skyscrapers. The only disadvantage of this mod is that it won’t work with your current saves so you’ll need to start a new game in order to experience it.
This one is very straightforward and pretty self-explanatory. What this simple mod does is just allow you to stack most items and certain blocks up to 30,000. Some blocks are hardcoded and their default size can’t exceed 500 but you can stack all the other ones. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Not a huge change at first glance but one that can have a big impact on your gameplay regardless.
Survival Zombie Apocalypse
This mod is fairly similar to the Walking Dead one mentioned earlier in the sense that it changes enemies from nuclear mutant zombies to a more classic version. Namely, the new zombies are much weaker to headshots and do slightly less damage. Certain types of zombies have been removed, including ferals, screamers, and all animal variants, among others. This mod is a bit older than some of the others we’ve covered on this list and may not work with all versions of 7 Days to Die. Make sure to check the page description before downloading.
A nice little mod that adds a bunch of new Soviet-themed items, many of which have been inspired by the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. There are 17 new weapons to collect, including the AKM, AK74, Makarov, AK Bayonet, Spetsnaz Machete, and more. In addition, you can also look forward to a couple of new scope attachments along with some other useful items like canteens, binoculars, and of course, vodka. Basically, the goal here is to make you feel like 7 Days to Die is either set in the USSR or you’re a former Soviet special agent trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. The way you want to role-play this is up to you.
7 Days to Die doesn’t have nearly as many mods as games like Skyrim or Fallout 4 but it still has a nice selection to choose from nevertheless. For the purposes of this list, we’ve handpicked the ones that we believe are still relevant in 2019 but there are quite a few more where these came from. This game’s modding community is still very much active so checking constantly on the Nexus for even more fresh mods.