Essential Mods for Planetary Annihilation

My Essential Mods

  • Date: 2nd January, 2017
  • Updated: 10th September, 2017
  • Category: Mods

Mods are baked into Planetary Annihilation and are a key part of tailoring the game to suit your tastes. This guide will walk you through all the mods I find I cannot live without. All mods are found and installed via Community Mods on the game’s main menu.

AI Personalities for Skirmish and Multiplayer

AI personalities, all based on Absurd difficulty. Allows you to tailor the AI’s strategy to your tastes. Want it to play smarter on a naval map? Absurd Naval. Want it to camp? Absurd Turtle.

Author: Quitch Mod Type: Server
Tailor the AI to play how you want it to play at Absurd difficulty. Want it to mass ships? Absurd Naval. Want it to play defensive? Absurd Turtle. Compatible with the Queller AI. Does not affect Galactic War. See forum thread for full personality descriptions.
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Alpha2546 Map Pack

A superb selection of multi-planet maps from an uber ranked player. Most are suitable for anything up to ten players, shared or unshared.

Author: Alpha2546 Mod Type: Client
Gives you 52 detailed maps to play with which have been made with a lot of love by Alpha2546. Continues to grow.
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Auto Name for Titans and Classic

Communicate everything someone needs to know about your game in its title. Add %default, and now the game title will automatically communicate how many people still need to join, whether it’s shared or unshared teams, etc.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Client
Adds tokens to the game name for automatic titles.
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Auto Start Game

Launch the game automatically as soon as everyone is ready. Don’t lose your players just because you popped out to grab a drink and they gave up on waiting for you.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Client
Adds a checkbox to auto start games when all players are ready
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Bot Attack Fix

Corrects an issue in the game which causes bots to close to point blank range when attacking. Only effective if used by the lobby host.

Author: Quitch Mod Type: Server
Stops bots from moving to point-blank range to attack.
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Continuous Build Stance

Have infinite build enabled on all your factories by default. Remember, you can use CTRL-click to add units to the front of the queue without them being added to the build loop.

Author: N30N Mod Type: Client
If a selection consists of only idle factories, set them to continuous build stance.
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Cover The Line

Let’s you drag a line with the right mouse button and have your army form along it. Great for when you want to maximise your fire, or deploy to perfectly block a choke point.

Author: Cola_Colin Mod Type: Client
Adds simple line formation drawing via right click dragging
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Display Ranks

Any game you host will show the ladder rank of the players in it. Use to avoid getting trolled, and to get a decent balance of skills between teams. If you’re hosting a game for a range of skills I generally recommend setting a handicap of 0.9 eco for gold players, 0.8 for platinum and 0.7 for uber.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Server
Displays 1v1 ranks for players in new game lobby.
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Don’t Look At Me!

The camera won’t zoom to your Commander on spawn.

Author: N30N Mod Type: Client
Don't focus the camera on commander at spawn, create the camera anchor or control group.
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eXodus eSports Map Pack

Curated map pack of the best 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 maps the community has made. Also includes the current rotation for the PA League.

Author: eXodus eSports Mod Type: Client
A hand-picked selection of the best maps the community has to offer. This pack is used in all eXodus eSports tournaments.
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FFA Map Pack

And some maps for use in your FFA games that aren’t called PAX.

Authors: andreasurne, N00N, wmurderface, Qzipco, protz Mod Type: Client
FFA Maps from the very best AndreasG, AdmiralGeneral, N30N, Protz and Qzipco
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Galactic War AI Overhaul

Adds personalities both to the factions, their minions, and the sub-commanders you can collect on the way. Also adds new difficulty levels intended to provide a smoother difficulty curve.

Author: Quitch Mod Type: Client
Creates personality differences between the factions and introduces variations of them within factions for Commanders and sub-commanders: Legonis Machina focus on land, Foundation on air and naval, Revenants on orbital, Synchronous take a balanced approach. Sub-commanders are better at handling their eco. Overhauls the difficulty settings to provide more variety along with greater challenge at the higher settings. Uses the vanilla AI brain. Not compatible with other GW mods which adjust difficulty. One of the difficulties prefixed with a Q must be selected for the changes this mod makes to take effect. I recommend starting with Silver difficulty.
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Hotbuild2

A hotkey mod I cannot live without and used by most top players in place of the vanilla system.

Authors: PRoeleert, Tripax, Cola_Colin Mod Type: Client
Map 1 Key to multiple build actions and more... (See forum link for screenshots and instructions.)
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Legion Expansion

Adds an entire second faction into the game, balanced by a number of the game’s top players. The biggest and most essential mod there is. Check out the eXodus eSports Legion Expansion article which goes into more detail. Only works with TITANS.

Authors: Nicb1, KillerKiwiJuice, mgmetal13, Crembels, zx0, mikeyh, Alpha2546, PRoeleert, wondible, Quitch, Stuart98, dom314, Elodea, Graushwein, CptConundrum Mod Type: Server
Adds an entirely new faction with over a hundred units for use in skirmish and multiplayer. Requires TITANS. Not compatible with mods which add additional units. If you don't like the new theme it can be disabled in Settings.
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More Pew Pew

Adds more pizazz to the effects, but also more intel to. Tell what’s shooting you from the FX, as well as how much damage it does from the colour.

Author: dom314 Mod Type: Client
More pew, more color, and more distinguishable unit weapon effects! Tell at a glance what is shooting at you.
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No Default System

Save a little time by not having a system start loading when you host a lobby. Note that people won’t be able to join your game until you select a system.

Author: wondible Mod Type: Client
Stop the new game lobby from loading a system you are not going to use.
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Public Local Server

If you want premium performance for a mega-game then try running it off that beast PC under your desk.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Client
Allows port mapped local servers on TCP 20545 to work with game invites and optionally show in the public server browser. READ THE FORUM POST
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Queller AI

If you’re big on skirmish games or comp stomps then this is the mod for you. Whether Hard is too hard, or Absurd is too easy, this mod has something to offer. Only works with TITANS.

Author: Quitch Mod Type: Server
A smarter and more humanlike non-cheating AI for Titans and Legion, with easier and harder difficulties than vanilla. Normal through Absurd remain the vanilla AI, while Casual through Uber are Queller. See the forum thread under details for more information on the differences between difficulties. Doesn't affect Galactic War due to it lacking server mod support.
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Ready Up

If you’re hosting a game, once the lobby is full and system loaded all players will be automatically notified to ready up, even if they’re alt-tabbed.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Server
Adds a ready up mode to prompt players to READY UP once the game is full and system is loaded
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Sandbox Unit Organizer

If you use sandbox mode at all then this is something you’ll want. Gain easy access to every unit in a sidebar. It’s all just a copy & paste away.

Author: wondible Mod Type: Client
Puts the sandbox unit toolbox in order, and removes most not-normally-buildable units. Incorporates the 'Sandbox Unit Toolbox' mod.
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Section of Foreign Intelligence For Galactic War

Shows you the number of enemy Commanders and their eco bonus in Galactic War. Very help to allow you to make more informed decisions on the strategic map.

Author: wondible Mod Type: Client
Provide some information about enemy commanders on the Galactic War map.
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Team Colored Chat

For ease of seeing who said what.

Author: dom314 Mod Type: Client
Adds team color indicator to global messages the live game's chat.
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Who Deleted That

Alerts you to which player on your shared army deleted that unit to help you avoid trolls.

Author: mikeyh Mod Type: Server
Sends a team chat message when a team player deletes units.
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Who Unpaused That?

Alerts you to which player unpaused the game so you know who to talk to if needs be.

Author: flubb Mod Type: Server
If a player unpauses the game, they will send a chat message.
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