Top 5 Mods for Garry’s Mod

Garry’s Mod has been amusing gamer’s for the last 20 years and has a huge catalog of mods (or plugins) that players can install if they have already played the sandbox mode many times and gotten bored.

My Top 5 Mods for Garry’s Mod

If you’re looking for a new challenge or want to spice up your server (that you may have found using my guide here) with some new mods I have created a Top 5 mods list for 2020, that include the best mods I have used this year.

1. Player Status Icons

When you and your friends are wanting to decipher what is happening between yourselves and fellow players, the Player Status Icon is the best mod to use.

This plugin will show the active status of your friends by highlighting their current menu display. This will take away the frustrations of players dropping out of the server without you realising.

Player Status Icons for Garry's Mod

The status icon plugin includes 7 different statuses, for example the AFK status which will allow you to better understand the activity of the players on your server.

This mod is a great addition to the game and is underused a lot by the community making it a must for first time players to add to their game servers.

2. Prop Hunt

If you have over played the sandbox mode and are looking for a new challenge for you and your friends I would suggest the Prop Hunt mod. It is in my opinion the easiest and most rewarding mod available.

Garry's Mod Prop Hunt

The game-play added by the mod involves one team hiding and one team searching making it an exhilarating game of hide and seek for you and your friends.

You can spend hours investigating trees and shrubs only to discover that your friends have been hiding amongst the greenery the whole time.

There are an abundance of places to hide so every-time you play it is a different experience.

Prop Hunt is one of the most popular downloaded mods on the Steam Workshop. The initial download will give you the base mod, however there are plenty of extensions including new maps, new hiding areas and most of all new adventures for you and your friends to discover!

3. More Materials

If you are already tired of using the same building materials you can expand on the resources list by adding the More Materials addon.

More Materials in Garry's Mod

This mod will give you more textures, equipment and base resources that will greatly expand upon the standard Gmod experience.

Here are some advantages of having the “more materials” mod on your server:

  • Adds multiple textures within the game, changing it from a standard feel to a more expansive experience.
  • Having more materials will give you greater flexibility within sandbox mode allowing you to build more of your internal ideas.

4. Zombie Survival

Zombie survival games have been huge over the last 10 years but Garry’s Mod was one of the first games to introduce the survival horde genre before other games like 7 Days to die and DayZ were even thought of.

Garry's Mod Zombie Survival

The mod (available to download here) dates back nearly 20 years and has been a game mod that is very underrated for how good it actually is.

In the mod you will have to survive with other players against hordes of NPC zombies and other players that choose to play as them. The main focus is to survive as many waves as you can.

Similar to other games of this genre, there are specialized zombies that have certain powers and improved strengths.

Here are a couple reasons to download the Zombie Survival mod:

  • Extremely fast paced and challenging.
  • Fantastic game to play with friends.
  • Great for players who are a fan of zombie based horde games. The mod is free so it’s an easy way to scratch that zombie itch you may have.

5. Customizable Weapons (Version 2.0)

My last recommended add-on for Gmod is Customizable Weaponry 2.0.

Garry's Mod Customizable Weaponry

This mod gives you fully customizable weapons with real life features like recoil and weight.

The mod is based on the game Escape From Tarkov and gives a realistic interpretation of guns.

Why you should choose Customizable Weaponry 2.0:

  • The mod has become more popular over the last couple of years and I’m seeing it more on private servers. If you want to make your server more weapon based and create game modes like “Deathmatches” this is an excellent addition.
  • You can add a more competitive feel to your server with this mod. Challenge your friends to a game of last man standing.


If you like the sound of any of the mods above it’s easy to add them to your server. Simply visit the Garry’s Mod workshop and click download on a mod page.

The great thing is these mods are all free so you don’t have to pay for them and you have a community of coder’s working to keep them udpated.