Defenders Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4

Ever wish you could amass an army of Steves to do your dirty work while you mine and build?  No?  Well, regardless, with the Defenders mod by Beardilover, you can!  This mod is slightly outdated, but nonetheless quite fun and worth a look.




Essentially, this mod allows players to create “defenders” as companions (basically pets).  Defenders look exactly like Steve, and can be given one of four commands:


  • Wander – defenders will mindlessly wander around, attacking any hostile mobs in sight.

  • Defend position – the defender holds their ground, fending off anything that comes too close.  May move short distances but will always return to their original point.

  • Follow and attack nearby – just as it sounds, this is the perfect mode when forging into battle.

  • Be a puppy – okay, actually it’s called simply “wolf ai”, and causes the defender to act like a tamed wolf.


These commands can be accessed by shift+right clicking on any defender owned by the player.  Doing so also allows their name to be changed and will display their current owner/health.


Defenders can also be equipped with items and healed.  Healing is quite simple – just right-click one with some food in your hand.  Wish it was that easy to heal yourself!


To equip a defender, right-click them with a piece of equipment.  No matter what it is, they will put it on – even if it is from another mod.




All enchantments and effects (to my knowledge) function the same when the item is given to the defender.


Obtaining a defender is quite simple.  One must craft together two swords and a gold ingot.  The swords can be of any material, with higher level materials producing higher tiers of defenders.  Wooden swords yield a defender with a standard 20 hit points, for example.  There is also a Herobrine tier that has a special recipe and produces a unique defender.


Aside from adding awesome companions, this mod also includes the Invaders:




These are essentially hostile versions of defenders that have a chance to spawn at night.  They are quite deadly and can come fully equipped (meaning they can also drop equipment).


So, what is this mod good for?  Well, off the top of my head:


  • Create a mercenary shop on a server by only allowing certain players to use the recipe for defenders.

  • Going on a long journey while your friends work on a building project?  Take a diamond tier defender with you in case of an ambush.

  • Forget testificates – populate your town with useful and far less creepy Steves (or both)!

  • Place defenders in towers with bows to keep creepers and spiders at bay during the night.

  • Give that Sharpness V sword to your defender while you play the tactician from afar with your knockback bow!


Needless to say, I enjoy this mod.  The only thing holding it back is the fact that it is only for 1.6.4 as of now.  With the recent release of 1.8, this means 1.6.4 is even further in the past.  Perhaps with enough support, Beardielover will update this great mod.


How to install the Defenders Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4


  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Defenders.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.


Aside from an update to 1.8, what are some additions you would like to see in this mod’s future?  I think more AI patterns would be fantastic – for example, the ability to set which mobs each defender attacks.  Post your ideas in the comments!

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