Hardcore Darkness Mod for Minecraft 1.8

Ever imagined Minecraft’s nights to be darker? Have you adjusted the brightness slider all the way down to see that it is still too bright? Or is your system too weak for a shader pack? Luckily, the Hardcore Darkness Mod might be the answer to your question.


Created by username lumien231, HardcoreCore Darkness is a mod that is created to make Minecraft’s night and caves a lot darker than before… and by that, I mean pitch black.

In vanilla Minecraft, even if you are inside a torch free cave, you will still be able to see where you are going regardless of your gamma or brightness setting. This mod is aimed to changed that by making torch free caves completely pitch black.


This mod also removes the sky light so night time is still a lot darker – but not as much as the caves.

Albeit the concept is very simple, it affects the gameplay more than you know. For one, exploring in the night is tad suicide as you will no longer see where you are going unless you spam the area with torches. And two, monsters can easily sneak up on you on caves and at night.


Glowing entities like torches or spider eyes are even more visible at a distance and bows won’t be that useful any more when fighting against skeletons hidden in the dark.

More importantly, night vision status effect are now more valuable.


The mod also features a config file where you can change whether to have surface night time completely in pitch black just like in caves, or a bit brighter due to the stars and moon.

Unfortunately this mod does not work hand in hand with any shader pack we have tested, hopefully it will on the coming updates if its possible.



How to install HardCore Darkness for Minecraft 1.8


  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of here.

  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.

Did did you try to venture out of the comfort of your torch? Try this mod out and see the change in gameplay you will experience.

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