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The Best Subnautica Mods and How to Add Them to Your Game

How to Add Mods to Subnautica

Subnautica is an open world survival action-adventure game developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. In it, players are free to explore the ocean on an alien planet, known as planet 4546B, after their spaceship, the Aurora, crashes on the planet's surface.

How To Add Mods To Subnautica


Subnautica offers a rich and immersive gameplay experience, but some players may want to customize their adventure with mods. Mods are modifications or additions to the game that can change or enhance various aspects of it, such as graphics, gameplay, interface, items, creatures, and more.

However, adding mods to Subnautica is not as straightforward as some other games. Subnautica does not have official mod support, so players need to use third-party tools and follow certain steps to install and use mods. In this article, we will show you how to add mods to Subnautica in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Install QModManager

QModManager is a tool that allows you to manage and load mods for Subnautica. It is essential for most mods to work properly. You can download QModManager from Nexus Mods, a popular website for modding games.

To install QModManager, you need to have Subnautica installed on your computer. You also need to run the game at least once before installing QModManager. Then, follow these steps:

  • Download the QModManager installer from Nexus Mods.

  • Run the installer and select your Subnautica game folder. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Subnautica.

  • Click Install and wait for the installation to finish.

  • Launch Subnautica and check if QModManager is working. You should see a message saying "QMods initialized" in the main menu.

Step 2: Download Mods

Now that you have QModManager installed, you can start downloading mods for Subnautica. There are many mods available for Subnautica on Nexus Mods and other websites. Some of the most popular and recommended mods are:

  • SMLHelper: A mod that helps other mods to work better and adds new features to the game.

  • Map: A mod that adds a map to the game that shows your location, biomes, beacons, wrecks, and more.

  • More Quick Slots: A mod that increases the number of quick slots from 5 to 12.

  • EasyCraft: A mod that automatically crafts items from nearby storage containers.

  • Better Scanner Blips: A mod that improves the visibility and color of scanner room blips.

  • Moonpool Vehicle Repair Module: A mod that adds a module to the moonpool that repairs your vehicles when docked.

To download mods, you need to create a free account on Nexus Mods or the website where the mod is hosted. Then, follow these steps:

  • Find the mod you want to download and click on the Files tab.

  • Click on the Manual Download button and save the file to your computer.

  • Extract the file using a program like WinRAR or 7-Zip.

  • Copy the folder or files inside the extracted folder to your QMods folder in your Subnautica game folder. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Subnautica\QMods.

Step 3: Use Mods

Once you have installed the mods you want, you can start using them in Subnautica. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Launch Subnautica and load your save file or start a new game.

  • Press F3 to open the debug console and uncheck the "Disable Console" option.

  • Press F8 to enable the mouse cursor and close the debug console.

  • Press F10 to open the QModManager menu. Here you can see the list of installed mods, their versions, and their descriptions. You can also enable or disable mods, change their settings, or check for updates.

  • Enjoy your modded Subnautica experience!

Note: Some mods may require additional steps to use, such as crafting items, using commands, or accessing menus. Refer to the mod's description or documentation for more information.

Step 4: Update or Uninstall Mods

If you want to update or uninstall mods, you can do so easily with QModManager. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Launch Subnautica and press F10 to open the QModManager menu.

  • To update a mod, click on the "Check for Updates" button and follow the instructions. Note that not all mods support automatic updates, so you may need to manually download and install the latest version.

  • To uninstall a mod, click on the "Uninstall" button and confirm your choice. Note that this will delete the mod files from your QMods folder, but it will not remove any changes made by the mod to your save file. If you want to revert those changes, you may need to load a backup save or start a new game.

Some Tips and Tricks for Modding Subnautica

Modding Subnautica can be a fun and rewarding way to enhance your gameplay, but it can also come with some risks and challenges. Here are some tips and tricks to help you mod Subnautica safely and smoothly:

  • Always backup your save files before installing or updating mods. You can find your save files in C:\Users\YourName\AppData\LocalLow\Unknown Worlds\Subnautica\Subnautica\SavedGames. Copy the slot folders to a safe location and restore them if something goes wrong.

  • Always read the mod's description, installation instructions, compatibility notes, and changelogs before downloading and using it. Some mods may require specific versions of the game, QModManager, or other mods to work properly. Some mods may also conflict with each other or cause performance issues.