I love playing minecraft with friends. I love modded minecraft. But when I try to mix the two, that doesn’t always go very well. This article serves two purposes, 1. to teach about Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla, and setting it up on a server and client, and 2. If you already have it set up, you can share this with your friends and family so you don’t have to all this explaining. The server setup in here applies to any host, but I’ve included an example that gives you a free trial to share with your friends. Will you help me share the modded minecraft love? Thank you!
What is Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla?
Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla is a Minecraft 1.18.2 modpack on the Fabrick mod loader platform. It’s developed by the Vahelsia development team. It’s a modpack that brings adventure, magic, and tech in a tightly developed modpack designed to gate progression behind developing skills in an RPG like fashion. Most actions, tools, and many blocks are blocked behind the progression in one of 14 different skills like strengh, mining, and farming. The more you level up, the more you can do. This forces you to experience the earlier game more rather than rushing to the end of the game or a particular mod. If you quickly get bored of modpacks because you become OP too quickly, then VEV may be just the thing!
If you’d rather watch this in video format, here it is. Otherwise see below for the text instructions.
From here, we’re going to go through the complete process for Installing Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla client and server, and how to play.
- Install CurseForge
- Installing Valhelsia Enhanced Vanilla
- Installing a Free Valhelsia Enhanced Vanilla Server
- Playing the Game
- More Resources
1. Install CurseForge
If you don’t already have the CurseForge mod loader, you should download it for your Operating system.
Then run the installer from your download directory. This may require that you also install the Overwolf desktop app, which is the company that owns CurseForge. This is required to run curseforge and is not a problem. It’s a legitimate software if not extraneous.
Once it is installed, run the CurseForge App, which will look like this if you have a fresh install
Choose “Minecraft” and you’ll be on the Minecraft Java Edition “My Modpacks” page
2. Install Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla Instance
In CurseForge, click on Browse Modpacks and search for Valhelsia Enhanced Vanilla
Hit “Enter” and Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla should appear at the top. Click Install
The modpack will start installing and when it’s finished, the Play button will appear
Click Play to launch the client
The Minecraft Launcher will load in its own window. At this point, you can close CurseForge if you want. It’s important to note here that while CurseForge loads the Minecraft Launcher, you should always start in CurseForge by clicking the play button. If you run the Minecraft Launcher directly, you may not get the right mod launcher changes. Always start with CurseForge and let it run Minecraft. Unless you’re just playing vanilla minecraft, of course, then it’s fine.
Now that we’re in the Minecraft Launcher, be sure you’re logged in with your Microsoft account.
Make sure the installation next to the Play button reads “Valhelsia Enhanced Vanilla…” and hit play
It’ll take a while for Minecraft to load. That’s completely normal, and for some modpacks it can take many minutes and can look like it has crashed with a white “not responding screen. This is normal! Give it up to 20 minutes (seriously!), though Valhelsia Enhanced Vanilla should only take a few minutes.
Once Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla loads, you will see this screen.
Before we play, let’s set up a server.
If you or a friend already have a server, or don’t want one and you’re just going to play locally on your own computer, you can skip to step 4 after Minecraft loads.
3. Install the Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla Server (optional)
There are many places and ways to host a server, but the very easiest one is to get a free 24 hour trial on StickyPiston.co where you can try out a modpack for free, alone or with friends! No credit card is required and it just takes a minute.
Be sure that Minecraft is running and ready to go before you do this step. If nobody logs in in a few minutes, this trial server is shut down and deleted. If that happens, you can start another one, but that’s just more time!
Click here to go to Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla on StickyPiston.co
From here you can either click the blue button to get a free 24-hour trial or click the yellow button to order a server directly.
If you do the free trial, you can convert your server to a paid 7-day, 30-day, or longer.
Here’s what the Free Trial process looks like. After clicking tht blue Trial button, you should end up on the trial page for Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla.
Note: You may need to search for “Valhelsia” and you’ll see it. Click on “Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla 1.18” and scroll down.
Click on “Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla 1.18” and scroll down. Click the “Start Server Now” button. You can check the box that you’ve installed & started the modpack because you have! You should make sure that the versions match.
You can see the version of the modpack in CurseForge on the “My Modpacks” screen. If these don’t match, it won’t run!
Once you start the server, you’ll get this prompt, if you choose “Yes” you can enter your email to get the server link sent to you in case you want to keep this server later. If you choose “No”, you’ll have another chance in the server screen on the StickyPiston website before the trial ends, but this is safest because after it’s gone, it’s gone!
If you’re quick, you can watch the server load and see the console log fill up with messages.
When it’s finished, the Orange “Starting” spinner changes to green “Online”. That’s it! you’re all set.
Click on the IP address and port to copy it. Send it to your friends so they can log in too!
And let’s go back to Minecraft…
4. Play the Game!
If you’re playing on a server, click the “Multiplayer” button. If you’re playing by yourself with no server, click “Singleplayer” and create a world there, and you’re finished. Playing on a server with friends is fun, and there are also lots of other good reasons to play on a server, which you can read about here: 10 Reasons to Play Minecraft on a Hosted Server. If you want to try a server, jump back to step 3.
Click the “Add Server” button to enter your server info.
Enter anything you want for the Server Name, and paste the IP address and port into the Server Address field. you need the whole thing!
Then click Done.
After the server is loaded, you’ll see it appear with a “0/4” and a green set of bars. You may see spinning blue bars, which means the server is still loading.
Click on the server name and click “Join Server” or you can click the arrow that appears over the icon on the left.
You’ll see some loading screens and then you’ll be in the game. You’re ready to play!
As long as someone is logged in, your server will be available for up to 24 hours. After that, you can continue your world in a paid server.
Click the Yellow button to order a server with this world (or a new one) or if you’ve entered your email, there will be a link there!
If you do order a premium server, use the code “JANGRO” for 20% off monthy or longer plans, for life! That let’s them know that I sent you, and I get a small commission. Your purchase helps support my content creation and spreading the modded word!
5. More Resources
Valhelsia: Enhanced Vanilla is a modpack that has a number of differences from Vanilla minecraft. In addition to some great content mods, there’s an RPG like leveling system with Skills.
The first thing you’re going to notice though is how great it looks with shaders installed by default. Because this is on Fabric, there are open source mods like Sodium, Lithium that do the same work as Optifine. And because they’re open source (unlike Optifine), they can be included in modpacks. That means shaders by default!
Check out this video series starting with this episode to see what it’s all about.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any feedback or questions, please post them in the comments. And please do check out my YouTube Channel. Link below.