The best Rimworld mods (2022)

What are the best Rimworld mods? Rimworld is a colony management game with a very simple premise – you must ensure the survival of a ragtag bunch of colonists, each with their own randomly generated skills, backstories, and idiosyncrasies. Depending on the AI storyteller settings, your experience might fall anywhere between ‘wholesome farming sim’ and ‘relentless cascade of disaster’.

There are plenty of Rimworld mods out there to add extras and quality of life tweaks to your playthroughs. Some of them are basic improvements that let you organise your colony better or become more efficient, some add brand new mechanics like hygiene and children, and there are a few that completely transform the game by adding magic or space exploration.

We recommend trying the mod-free experience first, and gradually adding mods once you’ve tucked a couple of vanilla Rimworld colonies under your belt, and moved on emotionally from the harrowing tales that have emerged from your adventures. Like that time one of your ailing colonists passed away and your doctor immediately fed their corpse to the other patient, or when everyone got food poisoning on a cross country road trip and the only upright colonist, who had sworn never to do violence, was mauled to death by a mad squirrel.

How to install Rimworld mods

The vast majority of Rimworld mods are available from the Steam Workshop, so they can be added to your game with the simple click of a button. However, several of the more complicated mods require you to install Harmony and occasionally Hugslib, which are both libraries that provide functionality to your mods.

Your mods need to be loaded in a certain order, and library mods must load before the core game itself, but as of the Rimworld 1.1 update there’s an auto-sort option to shuffle them into the correct order.

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Some of these mods will allow you to continue playing pre-existing saves, but most recommend you start a new file. At the time of writing, every mod on the list should be compatible with the latest 1.3 update. Keep an eye out for mods that require the Royalty or Ideology expansion as well.

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The BestRIMWORLD MODS

These are the best Rimworld mods:

  • Rimworld Multiplayer
  • Hospitality
  • EDB Prepare Carefully
  • Colony Manager
  • Realistic Rooms
  • Interaction Bubbles
  • Common Sense
  • Wall Light
  • Grim Reality
  • Dubs Bad Hygiene
  • Children, School and Learning
  • Save our Ship 2
  • Vanilla Expanded
  • A Rimworld of Magic
  • Combat Extended

Rimworld Multiplayer

This is an excellent first port of call if you’re looking to try and experience RimWorld with friends. It’s fully compatible up to the latest patch and even the Royalty expansion, and can work with other mods as well.

We’ve put together a more comprehensive RimWorld multiplayer guide if you want to read more about how this one works.

Hospitality

One ofour biggest gripes withearlier versions of the gamewas that visitors had very little purpose. They would wander into your map, stay around for a little while (usually in front of the turrets or out in the rain) and then wander off home. Occasionally traders would come but they were few and far between.

Hospitality fixes this by giving you the ability to build guest rooms, to tell guests where they can and can’t go, to designate items in an area as buyable, and to improve (or damage) your relation with a faction by having someone dote upon them. It adds a lot of options like opening a hotel where you serve colony brewed beer or having a nice human trafficking ring going on.

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EdB Prepare Carefully

Ever spent far too much time refreshing your band of starting weirdos, looking for someone who knows not to hold a knife by the pointy end, or who is capable of slapping a bandage on someone but won’t threaten to burn your colony down? EdB Prepare Carefully lets you modify your initial colonists and items to create your ideal start – there’s also an optional points limit to prevent you from creating unfairly talented colonists.

Colony Manager

Fluffy’s Colony Manager allows you to appoint a manager who will automatically assign jobs to colonists in order to keep the colony stocked with wood and meat, and to manage your livestock. This means you no longer need to keep an eye on dwindling supplies, as they will be topped up as soon as possible. You will, however, need to start a new save in order to use this mod, as it adds a new work type to the game.

Realistic Rooms

Colonists have pretty unreasonable expectations for the size of their rooms, given they’re trying to survive a crash landing rather than picking out an AirBnB.

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Realistic Rooms brings required room sizes more in line with reality, making it easier to create compact bases without upsetting your ungrateful pawns. It’s also save game compatible.

Interaction Bubbles

Your colonists are constantly saying all sorts of bizarre, fascinating things to one another – which you’ll most likely miss unless you’re constantly checking the social log. Thanks to Jaxe’s Interaction Bubbles, these quips and questions will automatically appear over your colonists when they speak, so you’ll never miss an interaction again. It can be added or removed at any time without breaking your save files.

Common Sense

Sometimes, your colonists aren’t so smart. They won’t haul all the ingredients they need at once, or they will cook food in a dirty room – but with Common Sense, their behaviour is a little more, well, sensible. It’s safe to install or uninstall mid-game.

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Wall Light

It’s a light that goes on the wall. Seems simple, but it’s incredibly useful – sleek and unimposing, Wall Light can be placed anywhere on a wall, removing the need for ugly lamps that take up space. You can also research ‘Coloured Lights’ and turn your colony into a garish nightclub.

Grim Reality

It’s a tough life out on the Rim, but in vanilla Rimworld, even as your colonists fight for their own survival, their moods and opinions drastically plummet if they get rained on while they’re a bit hungry, or if they’ve just been rejected romantically by the same person for the fifteenth time in a row. Yeah, that super intelligent doctor might have just saved their life then cooked them a nice dinner of Ibex meat and rice, but your colonists will still pelt them with verbal abuse because their face is a little wonky.

Grim Reality brings a dose of realism to your fussy little pawns, lessening the impact of insignificant drawbacks, while also increasing the impact of truly terrible occurrences.

Dubs Bad Hygiene

The one thing your Rimworld experience has been lacking – toilets. Dubs Bad Hygiene adds a hygiene system to the game. You’ll need to create sewage and plumbing infrastructure to keep your colonists clean and waste-free. The mod also adds irrigation systems, hot tubs, and central heating. It can be added to an existing save, but can’t be removed easily once added.

Children, School and Learning

Dylan’s Children, School and Learning mod adds pregnancy and children to the game, though thankfully they somehow pop out as fully formed teenagers, which we’d encourage you to avoid picturing in your head. The upside is that the kids are immediately useful. You can build blackboards and school tables where your colonists will teach skills to children – but they’re only capable of learning for one year before becoming adults.

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Save Our Ship 2

The goal of Vanilla Rimworld is to build a ship and make it off the planet – but Save Our Ship massively expands the mid to late game by letting you pilot this ship yourself. You can store colonists and items on your ship and travel to distant worlds, leaving your colonies behind in the hands of allied factions – but you can always come back and visit.

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While you’re orbiting a planet, you’ll encounter other ships – some friendlier than others. You can even take your pets with you by building ‘crittersleep’ capsules.

Vanilla Expanded

The Vanilla Expanded collection is a huge collection of mods that expands the game in several new but carefully balanced directions. As they’re all made by the same team, they’re guaranteed to work together seamlessly – and together, they add a lot of new content, including texture mods, more furniture, expanded armour and weapons, more animals, improved cooking, fishing, plants, factions, and books.

A Rimworld of Magic

A Rimworld of Magic completely overhauls combat by introducing 12 magic classes and six fighter classes to the game, each with their own abilities and development trees. There are also a bunch of new apparel and equipment options and new events. While playing about with magic is pretty fun, some users warn that it’s pretty overpowered – though you can tweak some of the settings yourself in-game to claw back a little more challenge.

Combat Extended

Combat Extended changes Rimworld’s entire combat system, rebalancing armour and shields, injuries, and melee and projectile fighting. The frustrating percentage-based shooting system is completely gone, replaced with a ballistic model. It’s a definite upgrade in all areas – with the one caveat being that it requires a new save, cannot be removed from saves, and doesn’t play nice with other mods.

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Those are all the best Rimworld mods we’ve found – time to pile your digital plate high with all of them simultaneously and then try to figure out why your game won’t load. We recommend testing a few at a time as they’re almost certainly not all compatible.

FAQs

Is RimWorld better with mods? ›

RimWorld is a great game already, but you can make it even better with the help of these game-changing mods. RimWorld is a huge and complex game, and things only start to get even more interesting when you delve into the hundreds of mods available on the Steam Workshop.

Can 1.3 RimWorld use 1.2 mods? ›

some 1.2 mods work perfectly fine in 1.3 without any update. They just missing some tag that make them appear incompatible that's all. In Steam library, right-click on Rimworld, click on Properties, and go to Betas. From there just choose which version you want to rollback to.

Are there children in RimWorld? ›

This is the age children are when they're born this mod doesn't actually have babies in it that's

How many mods does RimWorld have? ›

There are tons of mods out there, from quality of life improvements to complete overhauls. The Steam Workshop alone already has more than 15,000 entries.

Does RimWorld end? ›

While RimWorld can be played for several hours or indefinitely, the game can come to an end in a few different ways, two of which ends your current game permanently. For endgame tips, see Advanced Endgame Guide - Ending the game.

How many colonists can you have RimWorld? ›

Randy Random, however, is designed to have more colonists, which means that it will let you have 50 colonists before giving you any hard time.

What does RimWorld Royalty add? ›

The Royalty expansion adds the Empire pootling around space, a load of toffs with expensive tastes, courtly traditions, and some real nice weapons. Colonists will be able to gain titles from the Empire, which gives them great tools like psychic weapons and the ability to call in heavily-armed troops.

How many DLC does RimWorld have? ›

There's 853 DLCs planned to be released every year from now on. There's 853 DLCs planned to be released every year from now on. Praise be!

Can you multiplayer RimWorld? ›

The game can also handle desyncing each settlement running at their own pace, with a separate instance of the RimWorld simulation running to keep everything in check. You can have technically an infinite number of players playing together, but the mod creators recommend you do no more than eight people at once.

Can your colonists reproduce in Rimworld? ›

Can Colonists Have Babies in Rimworld? Even though the game doesn't allow your colonists to have babies, you can install a mod called Children, School, and Learning.

How do you use slaves in Rimworld? ›

Since there is no way to use a slave for anything besides trade in the base game, purchasing a slave will turn them into a regular pawn. The former slave will get a +15 mood buff for 20 days due to being freed.

How do I get more colonists? ›

How to get more colonists in Rimworld
  1. Changing the starting settings when setting up the game.
  2. Saving colonists through the in-game events.
  3. Buying new colonists from slave traders.
  4. Converting enemy prisoners into colonists.
  5. Converting cryo-sleeping colonists from ancient dangers.
  6. Taming a 'wild' person.
  7. The man in black joins.
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Is there fishing in RimWorld? ›

Fishing is a new work type added by the Vanilla Fishing Expanded module for the Vanilla Cuisine Expanded series. It appears in the Work tab after Hunting and before Construction. Colonists who are capable of Animals can be assigned to fish.

What language is RimWorld mods written in? ›

RimWorld mods may make use of XML and C#.

What language is RimWorld written in? ›

Rimworld was created using the Unity game engine, which means most of the interactions are coded in C#. Unity uses C++ for it's runtime but the scripting in the video game engine is mainly done using C#.

Can you win in RimWorld? ›

Ending the game. There are three ways to officially "win" the game, two of which are DLC-exclusive: Research and build a spaceship, then launch it. Travel to Charlton Whitestone's "event ship", which is offered to every colony at some point early in the campaign.

How many endings are there in RimWorld? ›

In total, if we want to get technical, there are six possible endings in RimWorld.

Can you have multiple colonies in RimWorld? ›

One feature of the game is the ability to have multiple colonies. You are not just limited to one colony. AdvertisementsThis guide will show you how to start a second colony in Rimworld. In fact, you can have even more than two colonies.

How Big Should bedrooms be RimWorld? ›

Initially, you might want to go for a small size at the start of the game, such as 3×3,3×4 or 4×3. Due to limited resources at the beginning of the game, Small bedrooms are recommended for beginners. You might want a bed to sleep in for all colonists, so focus on building a bed and a small size room.

Do slaves count as colonists RimWorld? ›

Yes, they count as colonists. It's a bit easier to enslave someone, than recruit them. Slaves do any job, no exceptions. They never take time off for recreation.

Is RimWorld Ideology worth? ›

It is pretty worth it. There's more content added than Royalty. It does allow for a lot of new ways to play rimworld. One of the biggest additions to the game is Colony flavor.

Which is better royalty or Ideology RimWorld? ›

Royalty and Ideology both add more layers to your colonists, though Ideology much more so than Royalty. Royalty you can basically play along with or ignore. Ideology becomes a serious part of the game play. So one of the first patches to the Ideology expansion was the ability to not use it once you had purchased it.

Is royalty worth getting RimWorld? ›

Royalty is a great addition to an already amazing game and while the price might be a little steep, developer Ludeon Studios have managed to keep support for RimWorld going for nearly seven years. If this helps Ludeon keep going for longer then I for one am more than happy to support them.

Is RimWorld fun without DLC? ›

You can totally do a colony and have a lot of fun without the DLC. I recommend it even. I'll go further than what's already been said -- the base game is all you need. Free mods take it to 10/10 for pretty much any playstyle.

Are RimWorld DLCS free? ›

The 1.3 update, and its content, is free. The 'Ideology' expansion is not.

Is Kenshi free to play? ›

What is Kenshi? Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric 'Sword-Punk' style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.

Is it hard to learn RimWorld? ›

RimWorld can be very difficult, but there are ways to make this challenging survival game more welcoming to beginners. When setting up your playthrough, the original Crashlanded scenario is your best choice. It will give you three colonists and a generous amount of initial supplies to help you survive.

How popular is RimWorld? ›

Revenue. In February 2018, it was announced by Sylvester that RimWorld had sold over a million copies. By August 2020, it was estimated that RimWorld had accumulated well over 100 million dollars in revenue, making it one of the most popular indie games on Steam.

Is RimWorld on PS5? ›

RimWorld: Console Edition is available today on PS5 and PS4, and if that wasn't enough for you, the expansive Royalty DLC is available as well.

Do mad animals go away RimWorld? ›

Unless otherwise neutralized, a maddened animal will eventually return to a normal mood after sleeping. Animals in manhunter state will attack doors if colonists try to go in and out of them.

How long does RimWorld last? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, RimWorld is about 63 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 349 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Which animals can haul RimWorld? ›

The following animals: Alpaca, Bison, Donkey, Dromedary, Elephant, Horse, Muffalo, Yak, can carry items in Caravans (See Pack Animal).

Can you recruit prisoners in Rimworld? ›

Prisoners can be recruited into your faction if you set the 'Social Interactions' setting to 'Recruit'. Wardens will come in and chat with the prisoner, then end their chat with a recruitment pitch.

Can you free slaves in Rimworld? ›

Suppress: A warden pawn will scare the slave from time to time and keep their suppression level up. Imprison: Send them back to prison where they can be converted belief-wise or added to the colony. Emancipate: Warden will free the slave and send them back to their original faction.

Can you convert slaves Rimworld? ›

RimWorld Slavery Tutorial - YouTube

How do you raid RimWorld? ›

Once your caravan has made it to the point on the map, right click on the point and select Investigate “raid area”. The game will generate a map for the encounter and your caravan will unload there. Your colonists will have to fight the occupants. Generally 2 or 3 good pawns can take down a small camp.

How do you bury someone in RimWorld? ›

You have a two options for burying bodies in Rimworld; the Grave and the Sarcophagus. Depending on who is being buried, you can pick either of these two. Graves will be a rather simple place for colonists to come to mourn the dead, whereas sarcophagi have an element of beauty to them as well.

How big is RimWorld? ›

Storage: 1 GB available space.

How long did RimWorld take to make? ›

After five years in development, sci-fi colony sim RimWorld is on the "final stretch" to release | Eurogamer.net.

Is RimWorld made by one person? ›

AMA. I'm Tynan Sylvester, lead developer of RimWorld (Steam page), a sci-fi colony simulator inspired by Dwarf Fortress and Firefly. It sold about 120,000 copies off Steam and hit Steam last Friday and took the #1 sales spot (now around #3 with 97% positive reviews)!

How big is RimWorld map? ›

The 275x275 is bigger, but it still work perfectly like the default 250x250 (it just add more tiles without being too much) ? In comparison with the large maps which generates problems as you said. I've played on the largest size before. I like them.

Can my laptop run RimWorld? ›

Provided that you have at least an Intel HD 3000 graphics card you can play the game. The minimum memory requirement for RimWorld is 4 GB of RAM installed in your computer. To play RimWorld you will need a minimum CPU equivalent to an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400. RimWorld will run on PC system with Windows XP and upwards.

Is RimWorld built in Unity? ›

What technology did you use to make RimWorld? – RimWorld uses the Unity framework, though I created my own custom object and time handling systems because RimWorld is a tile-based 2D game with thousands of objects, while Unity is better suited for smooth-space 3D games with hundreds of objects.

How can I make RimWorld run faster? ›

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Does RimWorld multiplayer work with mods? ›

Your main port of call for playing RimWorld multiplayer will be to source a mod called 'Zetrith's Multiplayer mod'. It's available on Steam Workshop, directly via GitHub, and the official Ludeon forums. The mod has an official website you can go to for more information.

What does RimWorld Royalty add? ›

The Royalty expansion adds the Empire pootling around space, a load of toffs with expensive tastes, courtly traditions, and some real nice weapons. Colonists will be able to gain titles from the Empire, which gives them great tools like psychic weapons and the ability to call in heavily-armed troops.

What is Archotech RimWorld? ›

An archotech arm is an artificial body part that acts as a replacement for a pawn's natural arm, increasing Manipulation by 25% per arm while also offering a significantly more powerful punch attack and acting as a body part weapon.

How long is a game of RimWorld? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, RimWorld is about 63 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 349 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How popular is RimWorld? ›

Revenue. In February 2018, it was announced by Sylvester that RimWorld had sold over a million copies. By August 2020, it was estimated that RimWorld had accumulated well over 100 million dollars in revenue, making it one of the most popular indie games on Steam.

How large is RimWorld? ›

Storage: 1 GB available space.

Can you have multiple colonies in RimWorld? ›

One feature of the game is the ability to have multiple colonies. You are not just limited to one colony. AdvertisementsThis guide will show you how to start a second colony in Rimworld. In fact, you can have even more than two colonies.

Can you have multiple bases in RimWorld? ›

Multiple Colonies

Since Alpha 16, you can have up to 5 colonies running at the same time (available in Options > Settings). The larger you extend the more benefits and difficulties you will gain.

Will RimWorld ever have multiplayer? ›

Update 0.6 | RimWorld 1.3 and Ideology

Multiplayer has been updated to RimWorld 1.3 and the Ideology expansion by yours truly and the rest of the team.

Is RimWorld Ideology worth? ›

It is pretty worth it. There's more content added than Royalty. It does allow for a lot of new ways to play rimworld. One of the biggest additions to the game is Colony flavor.

Which is better royalty or Ideology RimWorld? ›

Royalty and Ideology both add more layers to your colonists, though Ideology much more so than Royalty. Royalty you can basically play along with or ignore. Ideology becomes a serious part of the game play. So one of the first patches to the Ideology expansion was the ability to not use it once you had purchased it.

Is royalty worth getting RimWorld? ›

Royalty is a great addition to an already amazing game and while the price might be a little steep, developer Ludeon Studios have managed to keep support for RimWorld going for nearly seven years. If this helps Ludeon keep going for longer then I for one am more than happy to support them.

What is Glitterworld in RimWorld? ›

The universe

The RimWorld universe consists of a variety of planets including: Glitterworlds: these are high-tech planets with advanced society and culture.

What does an Archotech eye do? ›

An artificial eye built by an archotech. It perceives every type of electromagnetic radiation, including radio waves, infrared, light, x-rays, and gamma rays. Its visual acuity is precise enough to read handwriting from twenty meters away.

What does blindness do in RimWorld? ›

Advantages. Blindsight gives up to +15 mood boost to blinded pawns and +30 opinion from other pawns. Increases blinded pawns psypower by increasing their psychic sensitivity. Allows crafting blindfolds, which provides protection, cold insulation and +2 mood boost for sighted pawns.

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