This guide will present you with the best mods that the workshop has to offer. There will be no compatibility errors and this guide is to only give you the most essential mods that you can use in your playthrough. You will have to add very personal mods yourself. Currently 50+ mods in this guide, all compatible.
THIS IS A WIP GUIDE. THIS WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY. IF THERE IS AN ISSUE, PLEASE COMMENT. IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE COMMENT. YOU CAN FIND THE 1 CLICK INSTALL ALL BUTTON BELOW. THANKS
NO COMPATIBILITY ISSUES – July 2022
ONE CLICK INSTALL
I added everything to a collection,
if you believe a mod should be added to this, please comment below!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2835875888 – [steamcommunity.com]
ABSOLUTE CORE MODS THAT YOU SHOULD USE IN YOUR SAVE.
Tsar’s Common Library
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2392709985 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod contains a library that many other mods use. Mandatory for playing modded PZ.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2169435993 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod does nothing on it’s own, but will come in handy later if you ever want to change certain mod settings. An absolute MUST for any player who wants to customize their experience with PZ even further.
Easy Config Chucked
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2529746725 – [steamcommunity.com]
A simple mod that makes other mods work
Alternative Inventory Rendering
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2809595776 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod replaces existing Inventory Rendering Code with Alternative Rendering Code to get more FPS. Also it comes with some new features that could be useful for your Zomboid Run.
This mod does not requires new save.-IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2650547917 – [steamcommunity.com]
Manage Containers is a life changer if used correctly. If you set up all of your storage, you can go on a loot haul and come back and just press ONE simple button, and this mod will sort everything for you in a heartbeat. I highly recommend this mod if you hate trying to organize everything when you come back from a looting trip.
How to use (video at bottom as well)
Right click any container and select “Configure Container”. This will bring up the list of item categories based on the items present in that save.
It works the same as
Left click to set one category.
Ctrl + Left click to add/remove a single category.
Shift + Left click to bulk add/remove categories from the previous click to the current click.
After you’ve set the item categories you want this container to receive, here are the two ways to transfer.
Selecting multiple items in your inventory, right clicking and selecting transfer to assigned containers.
Shift + transferAll for your selected inventory.
https://youtu.be/y23DQpVmplY – [youtu.be]
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2335368829&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
Authentic Z adds hundreds of clothing options that you can wear, or find on zombies. Makes the game feel more real, as zombies have more variation to them. -IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2688538916 – [steamcommunity.com]
FuelAPI changes the way fuel works in your game. Well, at least how you transport it. It is a QoL mod, but also a very essential mod.-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2282429356&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
Are you upset because you had to leave loot behind as your trunk’s storage only had a capacity of 70? Cry no more. This mod adds many trailers to the game, storage trailers, generator trailers etc. IMO, A must have mod. Cannot play without.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2687798127 – [steamcommunity.com]
Despite the simple name, this mod changes the way water dispensers work in the game, in a big way. It’s a bit of a QoL mod, allowing you to remove the water jugs from dispensers rather than take the entire water dispenser. My bases use to be filled with them, but now I can store just the jugs.-RECOMMENDED
Bushcraft Gear – Rare Weapons
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2432621382 – [steamcommunity.com]
Bushcraft Gear – Rare Weapons aims to add in 3 rare melee weapons. You won’t find them easily, but when you do, you’ll be happy until they break.-HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Bushcraft Gear – Tools
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2423906082 – [steamcommunity.com]
Bushcraft Gear – Tools adds 6 new vanilla friendly weapons to your world that include 2 new machete’s, 2 new axes and 2 new knifes. -HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Vanilla Vehicle Enhancer
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2788428718 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod replaces all textures for all vehicles in the vanilla game except for the step van and the trailer which I might do for a future update. The aim of this mod is to enhance the look of the default vehicles and to add some much needed variety to the vanilla motor pool.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2713921292 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod adds currently 3 new outfits called “Stalker”, “Prepper” and “Nomad”
Very unique outfits and rare outfits to find.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2447729538 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod will add for almost all hats new adjusted hair models for the default hairs to keep their original shape when wearing something on the head. No more Ponytails or flat hairs!
Filibusters Rhymes’ Used Cars!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1510950729 – [steamcommunity.com]
Hey dudes, I’ve added a handful of new cars to the game.
Also a few files.
FRUsedCars – The main mod file, activate this.
FRUsedCarsNLF – Lore friendly names. Activate this or FRUsedCarsNRN
FRUsedCarsNRN – Real car names. Activate this or FRUsedCarsNLF
FRUsedCarsFT – The fuel test mod. You don’t need to activate this, but it gives the propane and military fuel truck working gas storage tanks.
Shark’s Law Enforcement Overhaul
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2616752828 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod introduces vanilla-friendly SWAT zombies to be inline with the actual equipment (with some limited liberties) and clothing standards of the 1990’s SWAT units.-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Shark’s (and Peach’s) Military Uniform Improvements
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2530389024 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod entirely redoes military zombies and adds in military equipment both from the 1990’s and later which is inline with the universe of Project Zomboid.-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Expanded Helicopter Events
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2458631365 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod replaces the vanilla helicopter event with a more dynamic suite of events which are both challenging and fair.-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2684045242 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds a Rifle Sling to the game, can be worn with the rifle in four different positions.
Equipping the sling will give you an additional hotbar slot and attach point for Sawn-Offs or full Rifles.-RECOMMENDED
Weapon Condition Indicator
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2619072426 – [steamcommunity.com]
The mod shows condition (durability) of a weapon attached to the hotbar (back, belt, holster, etc.) or equipped in the primary hand. And many other useful features.-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Aquatsar changes the way you can experience PZ. It adds in boats and motorcycles, and more importantly, it adds in cars that you can completely overhaul and make them like mad max. (only 2 cars below can do that)
Aquatsar Tuning Atelier – Dadge Steals TY Twin Turbo ’91
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2743496289 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds a customization car to your game that you can totally customize into a zombie survival machine. End game content. Very fun.
Aquatsar Tuning Atelier – Fjord Mustard
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2681635926 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds another car like above. End game content.
Autosar Tuning Atelier – MolksAgen Luton Van
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2792425535 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds a custom vehicle that you can personalize like the cars above.
Quality of Life mods
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2313387159&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
I’m just going to say it, Vanilla sorting is garbage. Once you use this mod for the first time, you’ll question how you ever played without it. -HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Fuel Side Indicator
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2616986064 – [steamcommunity.com]
Find it annoying to turn your vehicle around in a gas station and attracting MORE zombies? Do you wish there was a way to know which side your car’s gas tank is at?
Fuel Side Indicator is a simple addition to your vehicle’s dashboard that lets you know which side you have to park your car when refuelling!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2831252135 – [steamcommunity.com]
Displays fractions of how impactful a status effect is on the player. When you look at your moodle, it will give you a better representation of how poorly of a position your character is in at the moment.
Just Throw Them Out The Window
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2659216714 – [steamcommunity.com]
This mod is meant to address a single problem. You all know too well that awkward moment when the upper levels of your base get invaded by zombies. If you’re lucky enough to survive this, you end up with piles of corpses all around the place. But then it’s so annoying to get rid of all the corpses, right? Well, in that case you can just throw them out the window! ;D
Desterilize Rags – Use Them In Other Recipes
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2036923155 – [steamcommunity.com]
Many recipes call for ripped sheets and do not let you use sterilized rags. This lets you turn them back into ripped sheets if you want to use them for something else. Useful if you’ve fully upgraded your medical supplies to bandages.
Invisible Clothing Patches
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2464748152 – [steamcommunity.com]
A small mod that hides those disgusting to look at patches that appear on your clothing when you tailor.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2627877543 – [steamcommunity.com]
After you kill 500 (Modifiable through Sandbox Options) zombies through melee or gun combat (no fire burns), you get the chance to become desensitized. This chance increases as you get more zombie kills.
If you reach 2000 (Modifiable through Sandbox Options) zombie kills, you automatically become desensitized.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2809204984 – [steamcommunity.com]
After you kill 350 (Modifiable through Sandbox Options) zombies through melee or gun combat (no fire burns), you get the chance to become brave. This chance increases as you get more zombie kills.
If you reach 1500 (Modifiable through Sandbox Options) zombie kills, you automatically become brave.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2657661246 – [steamcommunity.com]
Rain washes blood and dirt away. Including the character’s body, clothing, equipped bags, equipped and attached weapons, the vehicle your character is in and vehicle attached to it or last used vehicle and vehicle attached to it.
Extra Map Symbols
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2701170568 – [steamcommunity.com]
Extra Map Symbols adds additional map symbols following base game style – HIGHLY PREFER
Map Legend UI
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2710167561 – [steamcommunity.com]
Liking the new map feature, but still don’t remember what all the building colors stand for? Suffer no longer.
This mod adds a legend from old town maps to in-game world map.
More Description for Traits
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2685168362 – [steamcommunity.com]
Hello there ! This mod is intended for players who are confused about what effects each trait and profession has on the character.
It adds description to the traits that need it to describe their effects on the character in detail, instead of leaving people guessing with vague sentences. This way, players can have an easier time imagining their own builds by themselves. It also adds the description on mouse hover in the character’s info screen, in game.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2808679062 – [steamcommunity.com]
Backpack Borders is a small UI tweak that adds a background and border to the container buttons in Zomboid’s inventory windows.
True Actions. Act 2 – Lying
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2487022075 – [steamcommunity.com]
Added the ability to lie/sit on beds, sofas and other suitable items (over 200 tiles for lying).
Lying/sitting is not available on some beds that face north or west.
Katanas and Machetes on Back or Belt
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2016648690 – [steamcommunity.com]
What it says on the tin; allows you to attach Katanas and Machetes to either Back or the Belt Hotbar slots.
Draw on the Map
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2804531012 – [steamcommunity.com]
Lets you freely draw on the map if need be.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2752895143 – [steamcommunity.com]
With this mod, now you can use a treadmill. You will gain fitness XP a little more than squat and gain sprinting XP as well. If you carry weight is more than a half you will gain strength XP too.
Maps – The Great 4 MUST HAVE
The Great 4. Grapeseed, Blackwood, Pitstop and Rosewood Expansion
-All these maps need the 3 tile sets at the bottom of this
-If you want any of these maps, you might as well add them all.
All 4 of these maps interlock with eachother to create something epic. In vanilla, you would spawn at Rosewood and loot the place relatively quickly. But now? You have 3 new locations and an expansion to expand the bottom of your PZ map. IMO, Must have maps for your playthrough. If you decide to download ANY of these maps, you will need these 3 tile mods at the bottom of this section
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2463499011&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
Grapeseed is 1/4 maps in this section that brings life to the bottom of your PZ map.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2536865912&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
Blackwood is 2/4 maps in this section that brings life to the bottom of your PZ map.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2597946327&searchtext=Pitstop – [steamcommunity.com]
Pitstop is 3/4 maps in this section that brings life to the bottom of your PZ map.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2718350686 – [steamcommunity.com]
Rosewood Expansion is 4/4 maps in this section that brings life to the bottom of your PZ map.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2599752664 – [steamcommunity.com]
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2337452747 – [steamcommunity.com]
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2384329562 – [steamcommunity.com]
^These tile packs are needed for Grapeseed, Blackwood, Rosewood Expansion and Pitstop.^
Make sure to download them!
Maps – Essential
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2195155059&searchtext= – [steamcommunity.com]
West Point Expansion does exactly that, expands the town of West Point by 40-50%. It makes the town bigger, and more importantly, more fun to explore.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2711501222 – [steamcommunity.com]
St. Bernard’s Hill is another great addition to the bottom of the map, but this time it’s literally the bottom right corner. It fills in another large void of nothing to the map for you to explore. Also adds in a great place to bunker up in with a giant lake in the corner to fish.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2712480036 – [steamcommunity.com]
Ekron is another map, same author as Pitstop/Grapeseed/Blackwood. This doesn’t fit into the “connect 4” per say, but still expands the map quite a bit in the top left.
THIS SECTION NEEDS SERIOUS MODS. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW YOUR FAVORITE MODDED VEHICLES
91′ Range Rover Classic
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2409333430 – [steamcommunity.com]
Kentucky Emergency Services Pack
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2660896019 – [steamcommunity.com]
adds over 10 emergency service cars to the game (police, fire dep, etc)
all of these cars are intended to belong to their own in-game town. So, you can see a police car with text saying, “Blackwood Police” or an ambulance with a decal saying “Grapeseed Township EMS”
Yes, this mod takes into account modded towns
Kentucky Emergency Services – Bowling Green
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2724141932 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds another police car to the pack above.
REMOVED – WIP
Aquatsar Yacht Club
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2392987599 – [steamcommunity.com]
Adds towable/usable boats to the game. Need this mod for the main mod we want from aquatsar, motorcycles
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2778576730 – [steamcommunity.com]
This day has come! Autotsar Inc. together with KI5-Production, are pleased to present the new vehicles: 1984 BWM R80, 1986 Xarley-Davitsan Sportstep XL 1200, 1988 Suvzuki 250 Quadruiner
This is all about Project Zomboid – Best Mods in Workshop Guide; I hope you enjoy reading the Guide! If you feel like we should add more information or we forget/mistake, please let us know via commenting below, and thanks! See you soon!
- All Project Zomboid Posts List