Morph: Info on Abilities.

Hey there, this post is here to explain Abilities in Morph to you because it’s too long to explain in the changelog!

Abilities…. Where do I start.. Well, first off right now they’re actually more of “traits” rather than “abilities”. However, for simplicity’s sake, we’ll call them abilities.

Packaged with the mod right now there are 8 abilities, some good, some bad. They are as follows:

  • Climb
  • Fly
  • Float
  • Fire Immunity
  • Hostile
  • Swim
  • Sunburn
  • Water Allergy



Climb: Mimics spider climbing up walls etc, you have to push yourself against a wall and you’ll climb up it. You need to remain pushed against the wall to climb up it, of course, and you fall if you let go.

Fly: Mimics creative flying, available for vanilla mobs that fly.

Float: Only one mob in vanilla supports this, and that’s the chicken. Instead of falling to your doom, you slowly float downwards like chickens do.

Fire Immunity: A variety of mobs have this, especially all the nether mobs. This will make you fire resistant and let you swim around in lava if you want to.

Hostile: Certain mobs are labelled hostile specifically because they try to target players. There is no use of this ability unless you enable Hostile Mode in the config (explained later).

Swim: This ability allows mobs to breathe underwater, and optionally, make them drown when out of water.

Sunburn: Think Zombies and Skeletons burning in sunlight. Yeah.

Water allergy: You take damage when wet. Like endermen and blazes.


To identify abilities, look in the Morph gui under the name of the morph, listed there are abilities that may be available to the mob. (For example, the skeleton has an additional fire immunity which affects wither skeletons and sunburn which affects normal skeletons instead).


Hostile Mode

This is a config option that affects the “Hostile” Ability. By default it is turned off. This modes allow you to walk amongst (some, not all) the hostile mobs in the game, if you are morphed as a hostile mob.

EG: You’re a skeleton and you walk up to a zombie, which completely ignores you unless attacked.

Mod support

Alright… Here’s the interesting bit. In terms of mod support, there’s two ways you can go.

1. Bug the Mod author to support the mod by using the API found here.
2. Allow the mod to try and figure out mod mob behaviour (Ability Tracking)


Ability Tracking

Also bundled with the Morph, is the ability of the mod for it to try and figure out what mod mobs have what abilities.


This is a very slow and time consuming process. It is not *instant* and may never succeed in realising stuff like “the firebat should be able to fly”, or may give mobs the wrong ability. This is provided as a workaround solution to mod support without the API. Once the mod learns a mod mob ability it will save it to the config folder and will be loaded along with the mod.

This also uses the space around y-level 240 of the spawn point to do testing with mobs. I would recommend staying clear of this area if you want to leave the ability tracker enabled.

Once an ability is learnt it will be sent to all the clients currently connected to the server as to sync abilities client-server. That way, clients will be able to fly as well using a mod mob once the server has learnt that said mob can fly.


Simple enough, but this took days to work on, and might be buggy. Forgecraft did me a very good favour of not having to release a fix/update every half an hour for this. However, I find it “satisfactory enough” to be included in the release.


Usable abilities

Right now, usable abilities are planned. What are usable abilities? Stuff you can trigger on command, like teleportation, exploding, shooting projectiles, etc. HOWEVER, these are not included in Morph just yet, and will most likely come in the later update.


That’s about it I guess.



  1. NJM1564 September 27, 2013 5:44 pm  Reply

    Suggestions: Flying as in creative mode is to cheaty and dousen’t really look right. How about making it so you have to pound space/jump to stay in the air. It should make mining almost impossible and mimic the motion of the bat.
    Also you might want to consider using the aria above the nether to conduct your mob testing. That would keep it far away from players.

    • Plaer September 27, 2013 6:18 pm  Reply

      Remember this mod is still in beta. And he is still balancing and changing…

    • iChun September 28, 2013 4:49 am  Reply

      It’s done in each dimension, why? Do you see nether mobs in the overworld? No.
      Do you see overworld mobs in the nether? No as well. That’s why it’s done per dimension.

      Spamming jump to stay afloat is also unrealistic for mobs like the ghast and blaze, don’t you think?

      • HD500 October 2, 2013 10:19 pm  Reply

        What do you click on to turn ON hostile mode

        • acollins October 6, 2013 6:08 pm  Reply

          Its in the config file in the config folder of .minecraft

          • Yetti2001 March 16, 2014 10:19 pm 

            But you can’t really open the config file in the config folder. What program do you need?

    • Petar Stesic August 13, 2014 4:44 am  Reply

      Doods I have a morph mod and herobrine mod and i have been herobrine it’s so awesome also have dinosaur mod 😀

      • Petar Stesic August 13, 2014 4:46 am  Reply

        If you want link for herobrine mod reply me doods!! 😀

  2. Cole September 28, 2013 5:49 am  Reply

    I suggest a really expensive sword that you need to morph like using diamond blocks and blaze rods

    • Chris Ob October 1, 2013 12:26 pm  Reply

      i would not like that as i am not very good at finding recourses

    • Ninjaboy3829 October 1, 2013 11:29 pm  Reply

      a morphing weapon? no

    • ??? November 3, 2013 4:46 am  Reply

      Too much like ShapeShifter Z…

    • Thewolfbuddy January 4, 2014 10:58 pm  Reply

      Ah yes… we won’t even use the flipping mod because you want us to hunt for diamonds for f***ing EVER!

  3. elitez September 29, 2013 1:18 am  Reply

    maybe a good balance point would be to get that mobs health ie: as a bat i would have very low health, or as a blaze i could only fly for so long.

    extra: wither skeleton needs to wither people when it hits them 😀

  4. Chris Ob September 30, 2013 6:28 pm  Reply

    how do u config it?

  5. Lava731 September 30, 2013 7:49 pm  Reply

    i have waited 2 days for it to figure out the mob ability’s and I’m still waiting! how long does it take? >:( i didn’t even go near 240 y!

    • Lava731 September 30, 2013 7:50 pm  Reply

      i also have morph 3.0

      • Lava731 September 30, 2013 7:50 pm  Reply


        • Yetti2001 March 16, 2014 10:16 pm  Reply

          Specific mob abilities are not available at the moment, if you are talking about you being able to blow things up as a creeper, and being able to teleport as an enderman. You also might need a later version of morph.

  6. zMPz DarkZ October 6, 2013 12:20 pm  Reply

    Men, you should take a look to SHAPE SHIFTER, it has also an abilty stick, and a morph selector stick, the only problem its that it doesnt work with any other mods! … just saying…
    Can you help the Creator of SHAPE SHIFTER to make it compatible with other mods? :3

  7. Lava731 October 8, 2013 8:40 pm  Reply

    i have now waited 11 days :'( and it still wont figure out any ability’s :'(

  8. Noah October 14, 2013 10:25 pm  Reply

    Ichun please explane how to change and find the config folder for hostile mode

  9. moder112 October 15, 2013 9:26 pm  Reply

    Ability tracker? *mindblown* Most interesting mod ever.

  10. Ender December 24, 2013 10:14 am  Reply

    I hope in a soon to come update you will add teleporting to the Enderman, because right now i use the Enderlord’s staff from legendary beasts. Once you do add it i’m going to troll my friends as an Enderman.

  11. Yetti2001 March 16, 2014 10:12 pm  Reply

    iChun, can you explain on how to change the config file to go on hostile mode? I have looked several times in the config folder but there’s only a config file of the morph in which I cannot open. The mod is great nevertheless, but it’s getting kinda on my nerves that zombies keep hunting me down. Thanks for the mod anyway though 🙂 I’ll keep using it.

    • Samuel Wiliams November 16, 2016 5:15 am  Reply

      you can use notepad to open config files

  12. JuggernautEnder April 16, 2014 2:48 pm  Reply

    Sry for my English im German <– bad English xD

    the Enderman must be Teleport!!

  13. SkillsXP May 6, 2014 12:55 am  Reply

    PLEEASE make that you can teleport as enderman randomly with q Keyboard button and NO timestuff. I would pay for it if you do that. I tryed to code that myswlf but i’m not coding with Java, i use c++

  14. keita June 12, 2014 12:24 am  Reply

    is there a way to manually add abilities to mobs? so that i can configure some of the mobs that “should” have certain abilities have them instead of doing nothing.

    • keita June 12, 2014 12:27 am  Reply

      oh and if i leave a dimension will the ability tracker still run?

  15. Bob July 28, 2014 12:51 pm  Reply

    Can you tell me if you are working on some abilities for some mobs. Like, if you are a ghast or blaze you can shoot fireballs, ect. Because if you are, that would be pretty sweet.

    P.S. I think that this mod is amazing. It looks very hard to make mods;especially ones that are as hardcore and stuff like this. Love the graphics btw.

  16. Justsaying... October 11, 2014 10:22 am  Reply

    Guys, if you want to turn hostile mode on, go to the config folder of your .minecraft and open Morph.cfg with notepad, wordpad, etc. press CTRL+F (/CTRL+H)
    to open up the wordfinder, type in Hostile Ability Modes, that should help you find it if you are too lazy to scroll down, after that at the bottom of that paragraph or idk, there should be I:HostileAbilityMode=0, if it is 0 change it to 2 or choose one from the above, 0 1 2 3 4, it should recommend you to use 2, but you can just choose anyway.

  17. LachieCairns October 20, 2014 4:55 am  Reply

    i got another mod so i could morph into more stuff then i realized that i couldnt morph int any thing not even zombies please fix.:S

  18. Dark October 21, 2014 6:33 pm  Reply

    I would really like that the when you morph into an Enderman when you hold spacebar and go forward you jump FAR and when you press C you teleport into the direction you are looking or in a random location tha will be AWSOME !!

  19. Gamefury64 January 14, 2015 8:48 am  Reply

    Is there a way to specifically add traits to mobs? Im not going ti this, but an example would be giving creepers passive fire resistance.

  20. Felicia March 10, 2015 9:09 pm  Reply

    Hi, my username in minecraft is Feleafy. What is the teleport key as the enderman morph? and can you make it to the latest version(1.8)?

    • Mysterymage June 1, 2015 8:25 am  Reply

      Just saying he hasnt finished the “Special traits” part.
      So wait for the “Enderman teleport” or “creeper explode”.He is vary busy and has a life to.And to make it 1.8.x.x would be to hard as most of the code of 1.8 nd up is very different.That is why he is re-doing Portal-guns and Grav-guns

  21. SyberWolf908 June 10, 2015 5:34 am  Reply

    I have this mod on Technic Launcher and it is combined with mo’ creatures. It won’t let me turn hostile on. Does it not work with mo’ creatures?

  22. Minecraft lover July 4, 2015 1:17 pm  Reply

    when i watch you tube and they morph there hearts don’t go down but when i play they do when i morph e.g. you tuber morphs into a bat and has 10 hearts i morph into a bat and i have 2 hearts so is this a problem on just my world or is it a config thing that can be changed???

    • Tony November 5, 2015 2:46 am  Reply

      ikr, it’s hardcoded and it’s bullshit.

  23. the oncoming storm October 28, 2015 9:42 pm  Reply

    why is it set to max 4 when there’s 5 options! i keep setting the max to 5 and selecting ability 5, but when the game starts, they get reset to 4 and is really pissing me off. i don’t want to be able to just walk among the hostiles and attack at will without recompense, but not being able to choose the 5th option to do it is absolute bullsh*t

  24. Tony November 5, 2015 2:42 am  Reply

    Please add a config option to disable the max health decrease! For the love of god, PLEASE!

  25. Matthew November 28, 2015 12:51 am  Reply

    Hey iChun, I was wondering how I can turn the hearts up when I’m a bat. Thanks

  26. tilera January 6, 2016 4:01 am  Reply

    can I give the mobs in my modpack the abilities that I want?

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