Darkness Falls Mod – 7 Days to Die Mods (2023)

This is a mod KhaineGB originally created to fix a few “issues” himself, his wife and some friends felt the game had. Turns out he really enjoy modding so he has expanded on it quite a bit. The intent is to drag out the early game, so it will take you longer than usual to get to Iron and Steel. He has also tried to inject a little realism by locking away quite a few recipes behind perks, since most normal folks wouldn’t know how to do/make those things.

Also, he started playing in Alpha 8, so he wanted to try and bring back a few things from that era. Hub city, sharp rocks and sticks are pretty good examples, and he want to try and incorporate more features from that era of gameplay. He will also be trying to add in new zombies/enemies to make the “end game” more difficult.


  • Multiple classes to choose from, with unique perks, and you can learn them all!
  • 96 slot backpack! 12 slot crafting queue!
  • Semi-custom UI! Food/Water bars next to the hotbar.
  • More zombies! Cities are as dangerous as they should be, while the wilderness is quieter. Pick your home carefully!
  • Night time is now dangerous. The ferals come out to play…
  • New tiers of tools and weapons added! Scrap slots between stone and iron, while titanium is better than steel.
  • Coilguns! Lasers! All the pew pew for the new threats!
  • Stainless steel is back! Reinforce your steel with more steel.
  • Titanium can also be used for building!
  • Forge Ahead & Leather Tanning books are back! (can also be purchased as perks)
  • Action skills are back!
  • Skill books added for all 100 level skills.
  • Generic skill point book added so you have ways to get skill points.
  • Skill notes! Find a recipe you already have? Scrap it into a skill note and craft that into something more useful.
  • Extra crops! Grow apple, orange banana and coconut trees, plus wheat, carrots and tomatos!
  • More food! Way too much to list, but bread is now an option. So are sunday roast dinners. YUM!
  • Animal Coops and Snares from Valmod added.
  • Clay bowls are back, and used for more than just pretty plants!
  • Craftable Small Engines and Lead Batteries!
  • Several new guns! Like the P225 Pistol and Winchester Rifle.
  • Gun crafting! Gun parts are back and require the rare, find-only Lathe to be crafted.
  • Arrows can now use cloth fragments instead of feathers. Sticks and Sharp Stones have also made a return!
  • Tree sap is now a thing! Try left-clicking on non-dead trees with jars or bowls…
  • Sterile Bandage! New healing item to fill the void between normal Bandages and First Aid Bandages.
  • Working sinks and ovens! Both types craftable, so pick whichever matches your kitchen.
  • 9 new workstations. The Advanced Forge (required to smelt steel, but no fuel needed!), the Mortar and Pestle, 3 workbenches, Fusion Forge, Writing Desk and Tailoring Station! There’s also the loot and buy only Lathe.
  • Stone hammer added. Counts as a construction tool. Used only for repairing and upgrading.
  • Trader’s are no longer protected! Take care of your local business!
  • Larger player-crafted storage (kitchen cabinets, lockable!).
  • Time REMOVED from under the compass and on the map. Added to the trader window (under restock time). Or you can make a watch!
  • Junction box added for invisible wires. Unlocked via electricity perk.
  • 7 Day hordes re-done (less game stages so difficulty should ramp up faster and ferals appear sooner).
  • Grass spawns reduced for better performance/easier to see things.
  • Traders now have more basic materials for building.
  • Localization HEAVILY edited to show where items are crafted, including if they can be made in multiple workstations (one will have a reduced resource cost) and what tools may be needed.
  • Trader Caitlin has arrived! She has her own POI, her own voice, lives in the wasteland and carries the most powerful items.
  • Hornet from A15 and earlier is back, with it’s original sounds and model! Keep an eye out for them in forest biomes.
  • Scrapped Behemoth added!
  • Many old zombies re-added back to the game!
  • Multiple new zombies, with new models added. Also some new surprises…
  • Demonic tier of zombies! Rads too easy for you? Well give these a try then!

SDX Integration

  • AnimationSDX added so custom models can all be added, rigged and animated in-game.
  • Plants (not tree’s) now REQUIRE water to grow on a farm! They will still spawn in the world with no issues. However, they must have water within 4 blocks of them (any direction, including underneath) otherwise they will die. Water must also be topped up.

Class Information

Civilian Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – Full suit, +1 skill point.
  • Quest 2 – 2 murky water, 2 red meat, +1 skill point.
  • Quest 3 – 2 painkillers, 2 first aid bandages, +1 skill point.
  • Quest 4 – Flashlight and +1 skill point.
  • Quest 5 – 2 painkillers, 2 first aid bandages, +2 skill points.
  • Quest 6 – Bicycle.

Class mastery: None

Farmer Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – Cowboy hat, t-shirt, denim pants, cowboy boots.
  • Quest 2 – 2 boiled water, 2 beef rations, +1 Living off the Land perk.
  • Quest 3 – 2 first aid bandage and +1 Sous Chef perk.
  • Quest 4 – No reward.
  • Quest 5 – Blunderbuss, 50 blunderbuss ammo and +1 Sous Chef perk.
  • Quest 6 – Iron Hoe Recipe.

Class mastery: Gaining the two Mastery perks grants the following:

  • Wheat Seed Recipe.
  • Carrot Seed Recipe.
  • Tomato Seed Recipe.
  • Banana, Orange, Coconut and Lime Tree Recipes.
  • Grandpa’s Awesome Sauce Recipe.
  • Grandpa’s Moonshine Recipe.
  • Grandpa’s Learnin’ Elixir Recipe.
  • Beer Recipe.
  • Roast Dinner Recipe.
  • Blueberry Pancakes Recipe.
  • Banana Pancakes Recipe.
  • Banana Bread Recipe.
  • Orange Marmalade Recipe.
  • Orange Tea Recipe.
  • Meat Bolognaise Recipe.
  • Veggie Bolognaise Recipe.

Hunter Class

Grants the following:

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  • Quest 1 – T-shirt, denim pants, worn boots, Cowboy Hat.
  • Quest 2 – 2 boiled water, 2 chicken rations, The Huntsman Perk.
  • Quest 3 – 2 first aid bandage.
  • Quest 4 – Scrap Machete, The Huntsman Perk.
  • Quest 5 – Pipe Rifle, 100 7.62mm Bullets, Stealth Assassin Perk.
  • Quest 6 – No Reward.

Class mastery: Gaining the Hunter Mastery perk grants the following:

  • Titanium Machete Recipe.
  • Titanium Combat Axe Recipe.
  • Steel Crossbow Recipe.
  • Titanium Bolt Recipe.

Laborer Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – T-shirt, brown denim pants, worn boots, mining helmet.
  • Quest 2 – 2 boiled water, 2 beef rations, Hammer and Forge Perk.
  • Quest 3 – 2 first aid bandage.
  • Quest 4 – Hammer and Forge Perk.
  • Quest 5 – Hammer and Forge Perk.
  • Quest 6 – Nailgun item.

Class mastery: Gaining the Laborer Mastery perk grants the following:

  • Titanium frame recipes for building bases.
  • Titanium bar recipes (normal and centred).
  • All Titanium tools (Hammer, Fireaxe, Pickaxe, Shovel, Auger, Chainsaw)

Mechanic Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – ZU Football T-Shirt, Overalls, Ball Cap, Worn Boots.
  • Quest 2 – 2 first aid bandage, Salvage Operations Perk.
  • Quest 3 – Wrench Item, Salvage Operations Perk.
  • Quest 4 – 2 boiled water, 2 chicken rations.
  • Quest 5 – Salvage Operations Perk.
  • Quest 6 – No Reward.

Class mastery: Gaining the Mechanic Mastery perk grants the following:

  • Motorbike + Parts Recipe.
  • 4×4 + Parts Recipe.
  • Oil Pump Recipe.
  • Steel Wrench Recipe.
  • Car Battery Recipe.
  • Small Engine Recipe.

Scientist Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – White jacket, t-shirt, suit pants, suit shoes.
  • Quest 2 – Physician Perk.
  • Quest 3 – 2 boiled water, 2 chicken rations, Self Medicated Perk.
  • Quest 4 – Scrap Machete Item.
  • Quest 5 – Physician Perk.
  • Quest 6 – No Reward.

Class mastery: Gaining the Scientist Mastery perk grants the following:

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  • Antibiotics Recipe.
  • Painkillers Recipe.
  • Paramedic Kit Recipe.
  • Coedine Pills Recipe.
  • Acid Recipe.

Security Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – Army shirt, army pants, worn boots, ball cap.
  • Quest 2 – 2 boiled water, 2 chicken rations, Pain Tolerance Perk.
  • Quest 3 – Pipe Pistol, 100 9mm bullets.
  • Quest 4 – Flurry of Blows Perk.
  • Quest 5 – Pain Tolerance Perk.
  • Quest 6 – +1 skill point.

Class mastery: Gaining the Security Mastery perk grants the following:

  • Titanium Armor Recipes (Chest, Boots, Gloves, Legs, Helmet).
  • Titanium Spiked Club Recipe.
  • M4A1 and all parts Recipes.

Survivalist Class

Grants the following:

  • Quest 1 – T-Shirt, army pants, cowboy boots, cowboy hat.
  • Quest 2 – 2 murky water, 2 chicken rations, all leather armour recipes.
  • Quest 3 – 2 first aid bandage, 2 painkillers, +1 skill point.
  • Quest 4 – No Reward.
  • Quest 5 – Scrap Fireaxe, Pickaxe and Shovel recipes.
  • Quest 6 – Watch Recipe.

Class mastery: Gaining the Survival Mastery perk grants the following:

  • Titanium Machete Recipe.
  • Survival Torch Recipe.
  • Radio Recipe.
  • Jerky Recipe.

Terms of Use

The use of SDX has allowed him to add various models and sound effects into the game, but some of these had to be purchased. As such, a Terms of Use is now required so he can properly detail what may and may not be used by other people in their projects. Personal use is fine, but they may not be redistributed. As such, here are the lists of what may and may not be used by other modders.

Available For Use

  • Any XML as this is originally property of TFP and KhaineGB has simply expanded upon it.
  • Combat Axe – Available for free on the Unity store.
  • Water Barrel – Available for free on the Unity store.
  • Tomato Plant + Tomato – Available for free online and legally.
  • Original Behemoth – Property of TFP.
  • Frostbitten Worker – Property of TFP.
  • Female Lab Zombie – Property of TFP.
  • Health/Stamina/Food/Water bars – Property of TFP.
  • Item Icons – Either provided for use by Valmar on these forums, icons from previous alphas or icons altered by KhaineGB.
  • Roadhog and sounds.

Not Available For Use

  • New UI textures.
  • Lockpicks.
  • Stone Hammer.
  • Stone Spear.
  • Radio.
  • Oil Pump.
  • Metal Workbench.
  • Laser Workbench.
  • Lathe.
  • Big Forge
  • Advanced Forge.
  • Fusion Forge.
  • Any of the “Sci Fi” stuff, like doors, desks, etc.
  • Laser Rifle, Pistol, Sword and new tool.
  • Male Lab Zombie.
  • AR-15.
  • Combat Shotgun.
  • P225.
  • Apple Tree’s + Apple.
  • Banana Tree’s + Banana.
  • Carrot Plant’s + Carrots.
  • Palm Tree’s + Coconut.
  • Wheat Plants.
  • Female Voice Lines for Bandit.
  • Female Voice Lines for Caitlin.
  • Winchester Rifle.
  • Laser Weapons.
  • Coil guns.
  • Steel Wrench.
  • Both Demons.
  • Armoured Car.

Permission will never be granted to use items in the “not available for use” list due to EULA’s, so please don’t ask! All of them are available on the Unity store and he is happy to provide links to the various store items if people want them (and if they are still available). Any mods found using those assets will be repoted to the moderators. You have been warned.


Darkness Falls is a total overhaul mod, which means KhaineGb has changed large amounts of the XML files on a permanent basis. Not all modlets will be compatible, therefore he thought it might be a good idea to start a list of ones that do work.

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Using mods not on this list means he can not offer you support.

Confirmed Working

  • Sorcery (A19 preview version confirmed working.)
  • Valmar’s Expanded Traps (other modlets here are not confirmed)

DO NOT INSTALL COMPO PACK. It is already included, has been edited so quests work more reliably and better balance for loot/zombies.

DO NOT USE NITROGEN. It does not obey biome restrictions KhaineGB has put in place for some POI’s.

Known Issues

  • Animals have some issues that need to be investigated.
  • Food/Water don’t display correctly. Anything over 100 doesn’t seem to work, so bear that in mind.



  • Updated for A20.6.
  • Should include the fixed twitch file if KhaineGB copied the right one, because twitch nerds apparently can’t live without twitch integration.
  • Potentially fixed CompoPack breaking traders.
  • Moved all CompoPack files into their own folder so players can just delete that if they don’t want it in DF.
  • Fixed Beehives producing too much honey.

In light of the compopack TOS change, it is currently still included in this version of the mod. However, it WILL be removed for 4.1. He decided to do this so that folk’s won’t be forced to restart their games because of something he did.

So just to make it clear, because someone always asks, NO YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESTART! It is RECOMMENDED, just because TFP always recommend it going between alpha subversions, but your 4.03A DF save will work on 4.04 (tested on his youtube series).

Installation Instructions (If you don’t use the mod launcher)

Make a copy of your 7 Days to Die folder first!

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Download the zip file at the link below. Unzip the Mods folder and Darkness Falls Icon and Serverconfig.xml to your 7 Days to Die folder. Overwrite when prompted.

Video here for folks who find that easier.

Installation Instructions for macOS Users

Important Note: He does not have a mac. This is a guide he found for Starvation Mod and Ravenhearst, but it also works on War of the Walkers so it should be fine here.

  • 1) Uninstall 7dtd. Open Finder, from taskbar choose Go -> Home. Open Library -> Application Support -> Steam -> steamapps -> common. Delete 7 Days to Die folder. Reinstall 7 Days to Die.
  • 2) Unzip downloaded mod. Open unzipped folder. You should see 3 folders: 7DaysToDie_Data, Data, and Mods. He will be referring to this as a “home screen”.
  • 3) Open Steam. In your games Library, right-click 7 Days to Die and choose Properties from the drop-down menu. Choose the LOCAL FILES tab and choose BROWSE LOCAL FILES.
  • 4) Copy & paste (do not drag-and-drop) the Mods folder to this location.
  • 5) Open 7DaysToDie_Data -> Managed.
  • 6) Right-click 7DaysToDie.app and choose Show Package Contents. Here you should see 2 folders: Contents and Data. This will be the other “home screen”.
  • 7) Open Contents -> Resources -> Data -> Managed.
  • 8) Copy & paste (do not drag-and-drop) the .dll files into this location. Mac OSX will ask if you want to keep both or replace. Choose replace.
  • 9) Navigate back to each home screen.
  • 10) Drag-and-drop the 7DaysToDie_Data and Mods folders into this location.
  • 11) Open the Data folders in each location. You will see there are Config, Prefabs, and UMATextures folders in each.
  • 12) For each of these three folders, open up its corresponding folder so you can see the contents. Drag-and-drop the mod’s contents into its respective folder. For duplicate files, mac OSX will ask if you want to Skip, Stop, or Replace. Check the “Apply to All” checkbox, then choose Replace.
  • 13) Start 7 Days to Die and enjoy the mod!(edited)

Alpha 20 Version
Download Client and Server for A20 (Not EAC Friendly. Click the 3 dots, select download as zip)
Also available on the mod launcher!
Alpha 19 Versions
Download Client for A19 (Not EAC Friendly)
Download Server for A19 (Not EAC Friendly)
Also available on the mod launcher!

If you appreciate KhaineGB’s work and you want to show support, use the Paypal/Patreon link.

The forum topic of the mod is here.

(Video) Beginners Guide to Darkness Falls: Part 1 - Alpha 20, v4

Credits: KhaineGB


What is the best mod for 7 Days to Die? ›

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  • 7/15 Electricity No Wires.
  • 6/15 SMX Modlets.
  • 5/15 HDHQ Overhaul.
  • 4/15 Ztensity's Unnecessarily Beautiful But Immersive (UBBI)
  • 3/15 VanillaPlus.
  • 2/15 The Wasteland.
  • 1/15 Better Homes And Worlds - Complete Collection.
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How many gigs is darkness falls? ›

yeah seems small. Mine is 11.9 with the folders bundles being 6.43gb and worlds being 4.57gb of that.

How do you get the darkness falls mod in 7 Days to Die? ›

Client installation
  1. Download 7D2D Mod Launcher.
  2. Install 7D2D Mod Launcher and open the application.
  3. Select the 'Darkness Falls' group.
  4. Check Refresh mods automatically.
  5. Make sure EAC is disabled.
  6. Press Play Mod.
  7. First startup will take a few minutes as everything needs to be synchronized.

How do you run Darkness Falls mod? ›

Download the latest version of Darkness Falls here. Extract the downloaded zip file on your PC. Open the Mods folder within the extracted folder. Using an FTP software, drag all the files within the extracted Mods folder to your server's /Mods folder (if this folder doesn't exist, create it).

Is there an end game to 7 Days to Die? ›

With new weapons and quests. A lot of pois to explore. So you log back in, and within hours, or days... you're bored again, because not only is there no real end game, The early game is so incredibly streamlined and rushable now. So you walk away from it, again, faster than any time before.

Can you make cars in 7 Days to Die? ›

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Can you play Darkness Falls mod with friends? ›

We can both play Darkness Falls single player... but, when you hit escape and click “invite friends” like in vanilla, the escape menu disappears. Normally, in vanilla, when you hit escape and click “invite friends” it'll pop up your steam friend list and you can invite them to your vanilla game.

What is the Darkness Falls mod? ›

This is a mod KhaineGB originally created to fix a few “issues” himself, his wife and some friends felt the game had. Turns out he really enjoy modding so he has expanded on it quite a bit. The intent is to drag out the early game, so it will take you longer than usual to get to Iron and Steel.

How do I install darkness falls mod Nitrado? ›

It was actually fairly simple so here goes.
  1. Make sure you have 7D2D Mod Launcher installed. ...
  2. Go to the website for Darkness Falls, there you will download the "Server Master". ...
  3. Download FileZilla which is a free FTP designed to let you remotely mess with the files in your server. ...
  4. Restart your server on Nitrado.
28 Jul 2021

Can you mod 7 Days to Die? ›

Overview. The game has modding hooks which allow modders to add additional content and features. Game XML files may be edited using the XPath system, which allows XML changes without editing the vanilla XML files, directly from the Mods folder of the game.

How do you get 7dtd mods? ›

How to Install Mods
  1. Create a “Mods” Folder. We need to create a “Mods” folder in the directory where the game is installed. ...
  2. Download the Mod. Our website has more than 1000 mods. ...
  3. Extract the Mod and Put It to the “Mods” Folder. Extract the archived mod file. ...
  4. Run the Game and Enjoy the Mod.

Does steam have mods for 7 Days to Die? ›

You can download everything from simple modlets to complete overhauls. Mods can be downloaded from nexus, directly from links in the official 7dtd modding subforum, or you can download the 7dtd mod launcher.

Where can I buy 7dtd mods? ›

Here is a list of fantastic 7 Days to Die mods websites you can use to find and download mods for your 7D2D game and server:
  • NexusMods. NexusMods also includes 7 Days to Die mod collections.
  • 7DaysToDieMods.
  • 7DaysToDie Forums.
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