Skulls and Monkeys

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The Skulleton Returns and New Mystical Monkey Mischief!!!

Skulls and Monkeys for 1.16.5 (and 1.15.2) is a bit different from the 1.12 release, as it focuses solely on the addition of the skulleton and its undead parts, bananas, banana trees, monkeys and of course, those pesky mystical monkeys.  They’ve developed new gadgets and are more dangerous than ever!  But if you’re more clever than the monkeys, you can get those gadgets for yourself.  Explore the jungle to find their monkey fortress, or search for the rare stone tree tomb for an undead challenge.  There’s lots of fun advancements you can earn too.

Be aware that this mod aims for game balance but also to introduce some fun and highly useful items for players.  For maximum fun, play Skulls and Monkeys on survival, so you can discover the mystical monkeys' secrets in-game.  The JEI mod is recommended for recipes, although I will try to add a guide at some point.


The Banana Jones Update!

Version v2.1.0 or later allow you to follow in the footsteps of that famous explorer, Banana Jones, as he searches for fortune and glory, or at least to recover what should belong in a museum. If you want, you can don his explorer’s hat and boots, and if you’re planning to brave the jungle, you’ll need a machete and Banana Jones’ trusty sidearm, a Weatherford. If you’re out in the wilds of the world, you may even encounter the legend himself!


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Modification files
skullsandmonkeys_v2.0.0_mc1.15.2.jar - Skulls and Monkeys for 1.15.2Uploaded on: 07/17/2021 - 10:19   File size: 2.21 MB
skullsandmonkeys_v2.1.4_mc1.16.5.jar - Skulls and Monkeys v2.1.4 for 1.16.5Uploaded on: 01/23/2022 - 12:07   File size: 3.74 MB
skullsandmonkeys_v2.1.5_mc1.16.5.jar - Skulls and Monkeys v2.1.5 for 1.16.5Uploaded on: 01/23/2022 - 14:12   File size: 3.74 MB

v2.0.0 release

v2.0.1 release

Changelog: fixed banana log rotation and flammability, created banana rocket model, new jungle structure, updated mystical monkey behaviour, server/mod compatibility (e.g. bananas being compatible with other mods that use bananas) but needs further testing

v2.1.0 release

Changelog: added recipes, structures, items, blocks, advancements, mobs.  Fixes include structures, fencing behaviour, ancient sword issues, mob properties and AI

v2.1.1 release

Changelog: added recipes (cross guard, grips, sticks).  Added acacia and birch sticks.  Modified AI for several mobs.  Added advancements for Banana Jones' explorer equipment

v2.1.4 release

Changelog: added cyst, modified structure spawns, added recipe for dandelion seedhead (some changes made in unreleased versions)


Changelog: changed Banana Jones to use Weatherford for ranged attack


Special thanks for the custom blocks shared freely by Northwesttrees Gaming (check out his building tutorial series). Skull of Skarius, barrow blade, cultist axe, carved skull block are all original models. Banana Jones Hat and Machete Original models, but inspired by the ‘classy fedora’ and machete (‘traverse dense jungles faster’) from the must-have 1.710 mod Adventure Backpack by Darkona (and continued by Tiviac1337 although it no longer has the adventurer gear, still must-have). Weatherford and bullet are original models based on film props of a certain heroic archaeologist. Graphics- stefan2063 (Banana Jones), Thatbox (check out their uploaded skins at on the minecraftskins site). Sounds- Nioczkus (Weatherford), bcginn (ammo box), hughesj333 (BJ amb and death), AncientWarrior (BJ hurt), Madmightywhitey (cultist amb), qubodup (cultist hurt, OuchPain Copyright 2013 Iwan Gabovitch, CC-BY3 license), Robinhood76 (cultist death)

Sounds - Aegersum, Sea Fury, Debsound, JavierZumer, kyles, JohanDeecke, VlatkoBlazek, InspectorJ, CosmicEmbers.
Skins and graphics - personisgreat, boio42

As this version is based on the previous 1.12.2 version, many of the credits given there apply to this version as well, including the monkey design and various monkeys sounds.

Special thanks to -
Pylo, NorthWestTrees Gaming, Cursed Warrior (GUI design), MrXuiryus and Everbloom Games (Blockbench)