When it comes to playing games that allow mods, half the game seems to be searching for the right mods that fit your needs.
I am personally a huge fan of mods as I feel like they can truly enhance gameplay as choose to stay away from mods that nerf of make mechanics too easy and instead try to focus on mods that simply make the mechanics in game that are annoying… well, less annoying.
Last year I was an avid players of Don’t Starve Together and I found an affinity to mods that messed around with the user interface to be my favourite as it simply allowed me to focus on the more important aspects of the game rather than provide myself with too many perks that ruined my gameplay.
As I recently got back into Trove, I’m happy to see that the Trion Worlds dev team actually made it so that Trove itself implements mods instead of having to download a separate mod loader, essentially making it easier for Trove players to access, download and activate the mods into their game play.
As Trove can be accessed both on Steam and through the Glyph Launcher there is a bit of a difference between how a player will need to install mods, though both are generally pretty easy to interact with once players understand the basics of downloading and installing mods.
The following guide will teach you how to install mods on both platforms though I will be focussing on the mods you can install using the Steam Workshop as those are the mods I have tested and tried more than the ones that can be found on the Trove Forums or Trovesaurus.
That being said, I would strongly recommend installing Trove using the Steam launcher as it tends to be easier to manage than having to always install mods using the Glyph Launcher and I’ll cover why shortly.
HOW DO YOU INSTALL MODS USING TROVE ON THE GLYPH LAUNCHER?
While I usually prefer to install games using the original client that was meant to host the game, I have to say that when it comes to using the Glyph Launcher to install mods tends to be a bit more tricky, simply because players will have to locate and download mod files manually instead of simply “subscribing” to mods in order to activate them
Upon downloading the mods players will need to head to their default mod directory which tends to be: C:\Program Files (x86)\Glyph\Games\Trove\Live\mods
Once placed in the mod folder players can now open Trove in order to access their mods by clicking their Esc key and selecting Mods.
From this menu players should be able to click enable or disable on the mods they want to activate or deactivate.
HOW DO YOU INSTALL MODS USING TROVE ON THE STEAM LAUNCHER?
When it comes to installing mods on the Steam Launcher players will have a bit of an easier and will instead need to head to the Trove Steam Workshop to select the mods they want to install.
When players have located the mods that they would like to install all they will have to do is hit subscribe in order to activate them.
Similarly to when players are using the Glyph Launcher to activate Mods, players will have to hit Esc and select Mods in order to activate or deactivate mods.
Unlike the Glyph Launcher players can simply unsubscribe to mods that they no longer need or want to use when using the Steam Launcher.
WHAT IS THE EXCLAMATION POINT ON THE MOD PAGE?
Sometimes players will notice an exclamation point when they are enabling or disabling mods while in the Trove client and this simply means that there are two mods that contradict each other.
Luckily just because there is an exclamation point doesn’t mean that the mods are currently conflicting each other, however, it is a warning that if players choose to activate two similar mods they may conflict with each other essentially meaning that either one or both will break resulting in no change to the gameplay.
Players are recommended to check which mods are activated upon entering the game, especially if they have recently subscribed to a new mod as there may be unforeseen conflicts that they were not previously experiencing.
WHAT ARE THE BEST MODS TO USE IN TROVE?
The following are my absolute favourite mods to use in Trove.
Many of these mods affect the user interface or allow players to quickly get things done while in game making productivity faster.
Some of these mods affect the way a player will affect the way a player maneuvers around the world, essentially making it easier to locate mobs or higher pieces of loot.
Note that I am only covering mods that I have located in the Steam Workshop, however, many of these mods can be located elsewhere.
As is with all downloads, I strongly recommend only using reputable sources such as Trovasaurus and mods that have been vetted on the Trove Forums as this will greatly reduce the risk of downloading a virus.
QUICK CLASS UI by ExoDave
The Quick Class UI Mod simply makes it so a player will always be able to see all classes they can change to on the same screen instead of having to scroll through all the options they have.
The lovely thing about the Quick Class UI mod is that players can also see all the classes they can choose from when looking at sub classes, making the changes much easier and quicker to make.
The Quick Class UI is amazing, especially for players who like to regularly switch classes or sub classes and was a mod I didn’t realize I needed so much when returning to the game.
EXODAVE SMALL MAP by ExoDave
It can be annoying when you open your map and essentially cover everything on your screen, blocking your vision of the mobs that might be around.
Instead players can use the ExoDave small map to essentially show the same map with only 1/8th of the screen covered.
The compact map isn’t the most game changing mod players can use, however, it does provide the players another option if they do find the default map annoying to use.
I do warn, this compact tends to stay open when players are interacting with objects, so make sure you always have your M key available in case you quickly need to close it, though the small amount of screen space it takes should not be substantial.
MOONLIGHT BULB WAYPOINT by Dikoz
I’m a huge fan of using mods that tell me where resources are hidden on a map, because let’s be honest… first I can’t see anything ’cause I’m literally so spatially unaware, but second I’m also too lazy to actually find anything.
One of the more important resources players can collect is the Moonlight Bulb and this mod simply places a flag above each Moonlight Bulb for players to locate them quickly.
This is an especially useful mod to have as Moonlight Bulbs have a self destruct passive that will require players to always farm them when they need them as they will not be able to store them in their inventory or chests in order to hoard.
Moonlight Bulbs are also not sellable on the Market Board, meaning that players will always have to keep their eyes on this rare resource in order to ensure that they do not miss out.
GEODE WAYPOINTS TIER 1-3 by Phuni
For players who are regularly farming the Delves there is really no better mod they can use other than the Geode Waypoints Tier 1-3 mod as well as the ones I will mention next.
The Geode Waypoints Tier 1-3 mod works similarly to the Moonlight Bulb Waypoint, being that it adds a flag above Tier 1-3 organic resources that can be found in the Delves, though this does not put a waypoint on Day Drops as they are so commonly located.
GEODE WAYPOINTS TIER 4-5 by Program
For players who are able to get further into the Delves they will want to make sure they activate this mod in tandem with the one previously mentioned as it will provide players with waypoints on the final three organic resources players will only be able to obtain in Tier 4-5.
This mod will provide players with a flag on the following resources:
EASY TO SEE CRITTER’S DESIRES by Kentucky
Continuing the mods that affect the Geode world, players will definitely want to grab the Easy to See Critter’s Desires mod as it will provide players with more visibility of nearby Critters who are in need of help.
Players will begin seeing red circles around Hungry Critters, green circles around Injured Critters, blue circles around Cold Critters and gold circles around Treasure Critters.
I personally love using this mod so I can easily choose whether or not to enter a room if I have the Help Critter’s quest.
GARDENING – EASY TO SEE WATERING by Novuhz
For folks using their club world to regularly water their plants you know how difficult it can be to properly water your plants.
The Gardening – Easy to see Watering Mod will place a texture on their plants that allows players to easily see what plants they are about to water.
While not game breaking, this mod can help players in a rush more than they can imagine.
EXODAVE SUPERIOR LOOT COLLECTOR by ExoDave
For players annoyed with the Trove user interface simply because they can’t see as many items as they would prefer they can simply get the ExoDave Superior Loot Collector as it will both increase the amount of items players can see and will auto lock all Shadow Rings as they are regularly unlocked even though they are a fairly good tier of ring still.
The mod will still allow you to see all of the stats on the item you have selected so you can ensure that you are about to break down the right items.
EXODAVE MOD MANAGER by ExoDave
While not that different from the regular mod manager, the Exodave Mod Manager allows players to see more mods in their list and will allow players to scroll more easily through their mods.
Not only that, but players will be able to see more about their mods than they would normally be able to see with the typical mod manager.
If you have no problems with the mod manager as it is, this mod isn’t the most substantial for you.
EXODAVE BETTER COLLECTIONS by ExoDave
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a huge fan of being able to see more items than the regular Trove interface allows you to see.
ExoDave’s Better Collections essentially makes it so players see up to 12 items at a time instead of being able to see about 8, simply by moving where the search bar is on the interface.
Players will also be able to see more information about the items in their collection and will also get the benefit of seeing the item bigger.
While you would think that this would shrink the space players have to see, nothing could be further from the truth as this mod lays things out a lot better than the regular user interface in my opinion.
SUPERIOR MARKETPLACE by ExoDave
As someone who lives and breathes the Marketplace, I must say that I was so happy to see this mod.
Not only does the Superior Marketplace allow players to see a maximum of 15 items at a time, the Superior Marketplace also shows how much Flux you have at all times in the bottom of the Marketplace.
My favourite part of this mod is the fact that it allows players to hover over any item in order to see that the cheapest price is on the Marketboard as well as other comparisons.
TOME REMINDER by The Symbol [Swe]
For lazy people like me, or people who simply do not check their progress on tomes, this semi-invasive mod will always let you know when you have completed your tome.
Why I say that this mod is invasive is because it sends you a hilarious status on your screen that acts very similar to a rampage alert and makes fun of you for thinking that a rampage was happening.
Instead it just gives you a warning that your tome has completed making it extremely useful for changing out legendary tomes.
Luckily this mod doesn’t warn you when you’ve finished a lesser tome, meaning that it is not extremely annoying to use.
FRIENDS+ by The Symbol [Swe]
If you’re looking for an easy way to track friends look no further than Friends+.
Not only does Friends+ allow you to see 14 friends at a time, it will also let you know how many friends you have and will display anyone above 300 Mastery with Yellow Names.
Players can also download the Configuration Creator Tool in order to allow players to select their best friends to display at the top of the list, making it even easier to meet up with friends and less problematic when you have hundreds of friends on your list.
Players will only be able to do this using the Configuration Creator Tool, so if you download the mod and don’t understand how to favourite friends, that’s why! It’s pretty simple to set up though, so do not fret!
BETTER DAMAGE NUMBERS (NEON) by MysticLugia
For players who struggle to read numbers and can’t really tell how much damage they are dealing, they can grab the Better Damage Numbers (Neon) mod.
There are actually a number of these mods out there, but I prefer the Neon version of it as it fits into the aesthetic of Trove.
The Neon version will also add decimals into the damage numbers in order for players to quickly be able to tell whether they are dealing 100,000 or 1,000,000 damage.
This is extremely great especially in Uber-10.
KARMA TOOLTIP by StormReaper
For players who are interested in knowing when their next guarenteed rare drop is, they can simply install the Karma Tooltip.
The Karma Tooltip allows players to hover over their karma bar to quickly see how many more loot boxes they need to open in order to completely fill their karma bar.
While not game breaking, this mod is definitely useful, especially when players are buying loot boxes on the Marketboard to finish their karma bar.
EXODAVE EASY TO SEE BIOMES by ExoDave
If you’re someone who is bothered with particle FX as well as haze or fog, you need to look no further than Exodave’s Easy to See Biomes as it will make it so a player can see through every biome including water.
Easy To See Biomes is one of the best ways for players to locate bosses and mobs that they need to farm and has been a great addition to the list.
MINI BOSS RADAR by Novuhz
As a player who has recently returned to Trove after taking a 4 year hiatus, I can’t deny that the Mini Boss Radar is the most helpful mod I have installed.
The Mini Boss Radar will summon a beacon of light from any mini bosses whether they be in a dungeon or roaming around the Overworld.
I strongly recommend grabbing this mod because darn is it so much easier to find bosses especially in 5-star dungeons or in dungeons that you are simply unfamiliar with.
CLEAN VFX ITEM DROPS by KillerT800
By far my ultimate favourite mod players can install is the Clean VFX Item Drops mod as it drastically impacts how easy it is to locate better loot and gear.
The Clean VFX Item Drops mod is also the most beautiful mod for the task in my opinion and as it will both cause a beacon of light to transcend from the piece of loot or gear and will also place a pulsating circle on the floor so that players can locate the left behind gear more easily.
I personally love the VFX they designed for Crystal Gear because damn can you never miss Crystal Gear anymore.
Shadow will cause a purple beam of light and pulsating circle.
Radiant will cause a white beam of light and pulsating circle.
Stellar will cause a gold beam of light and pulsating circle.
Crystal will cause a blue/water beam of light and pulsating circle.
While Mods in Trove will not drastically change game play, there are a number of mods that I recommend players use in order to make their lives easier, especially if they are trying to collect the best loot or locate bosses.
I strongly recommend that players try out a number of mods before they put the mods down and regularly check the Steam Workshop. I, for certain, will continually be updating this article as I learn about new mods that I find great, though on that note I’m curious what your favourite mods are.
Did I get the majority of the mods you use or did I miss something that I should check out?
Let me know in the comments below!