Mods / Primitive Tools

Category: #Crafting #Other #QoL #Utility
Author: Zinth
Side: Both
Created: Apr 18th 2022 at 5:39 AM
Last modified: May 14th 2022 at 3:40 PM
Downloads: 1699
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Primitive Tools:

About: Primitive Tools is a mostly pointless tool mod made for getting to mining and wood building easier at the cost of efficiency. This is my first mod and I did my best to keep the vanilla balance in mind. The tools have very low durablility since the resources to craft them are easily gotten. I also halved the mining speed of the stone pickaxe to show that though rock can break rock it is a slow process. If you find any bugs or have suggestions please post them here. I will try and get to them as soon as I am able. Thanks for checking out my mod!!


Stone Pickaxe -  Can mine at a tool tier 2 level albeit slowly and not for long. (can't mine metal or mantle blocks) 

Stone Hammer - Can smash any none crystalized ore chunck into nugets a few times. Also used with the splitter to make planks.

Wood Splitter - Can split logs into planks when hammered into logs. Can also wedge apart plank blocks with out the hammer. 


 |Stone Hammer | Wood Splitter | Log| = 4 planks (that's 3 times less efficient than a saw for balance) 
Stone Pickaxe:
 Shapeless: |Stone Pickaxe Head(knapped) | Rope | Stick|
Stone Hammer:
 Shapeless: |Stone Hammer Head(knapped) | Rope | Stick|
Wood Splitter:
 Shapeless: |Splitter Head(knapped) | Rope|
Bone Arrowhead + Bone Arrow
 Shapeless: |Splitter Head(knapped) | Bone | & Shapeless: |Bone arrow head | stick | feather |
Grass Rope
 |Dry grass x 15 |
Change Log: 

v1.0.0 - Initial release of Primitive Tools.
v1.0.1 - language file update
                   - added ReadMe file to mod package for "professionalism".
                   - fixed en.json to work propperly - all items added by this mod should have propper names now (Stone Pickaxe,Wood Splitter, etc. . .)
                   - added Ukrainian, Russian, and Japanese Google translated language translation. - Please let me know if something translated wrong!

V1.2.0 - Ground Storage Update
  • added the ability to store all 3 tools on the ground.
  • added the ability to store all 3 tool heads on the ground.
  • added German Translation, thanks to ThePionier for translating it.
  • fixed typo in handbook attribute. Handbook should no longer show all variants of the tools when looking at the recipe.
  • removed some ironias texture files I forgot when I was going to make the wood splitter make splintered wood planks instead.

V1.3.0 - Bone Arrow Update
     - Added bone-arrows and bone-arrowheads. Should be compatible with all other arrow mods (note: damage is based on vanilla values so will         be pointless if you use the Bullseye mod by Rahjital, but is still compatible.)
     - Bone Arrow damage falls between copper(0 added damage) and flint(-0.5 added damage) added damage doing -0.25 damage with a 0.2             chance to break. This makes it a good step before getting metal while keeping it balanced with the default game.
     - Added bone-arrowhead recipe using the splitter and a bone to make 4 bone arrowheads. (may look at adding a new tool for this later)
     - Added bone arrow recipe.
     - Updated language files to support the new items.
     - Added grass rope recipe 15 dry grass to make 1 rope (may need balance tweaking)

Language Translation: I would love to support all languages but feel wierd google translating any more of them as an english only speaker.
If you want to translate or want me to google translate this mod into any Vintage Story supported language let me know below

Language Translation Credits
German - ThePionier
Mod License: CC0 

Version For Game version Downloads Release date Changelog Download
v1.3.1 972 May 14th 2022 at 3:40 PM Show
v1.3.0 169 May 10th 2022 at 7:57 PM Show
v1.2.0 237 Apr 25th 2022 at 12:35 AM Show
v1.0.1 176 Apr 20th 2022 at 2:42 AM Show
v1.0.0 145 Apr 18th 2022 at 5:44 AM Show

18 Comments (oldest first | newest first)

💬 Yanazake, Dec 15th 2022 at 12:32 PM

But it still works amazingly, tho

💬 TheNiteFox, Nov 7th 2022 at 1:21 AM

Can someone please update this mod for 1.17? :c 

💬 GIGAAj1, Aug 19th 2022 at 10:16 AM

In the version 1.3.1 are in the lang files to many "{" it curses the game to crash to be spezific in the "ru.json" , "ja.json" and "de.json"

💬 Zinth, May 14th 2022 at 3:47 PM

Update 1.3.1 is now here: Fixed groundstorage pick up bug, fixed modinfo formatting, hopefully made the mod compatable with Weaponpack Gamma by Mr1k3. Big thanks to Rahjital for patching my mod into his as well as showing me how to patch for Weaponpack Gamma by patching for it for Bullseye

💬 Zinth, May 12th 2022 at 7:53 PM

@ThePionier. I am feeling better and had a few more minutes of free time than I thought so I've been trying to duplicate any bugs related to dedicated servers. However, I haven't had any problems. Before I push this update to fix pixking up toolheads I would like to figure it out. My theory is a conflict with another mod. The warnings you posted are just from my modinfo formated for looks not the way the game expects. If you can send either the server-main.txt or client-main.txt. If you don't feel comfortable doing it via this way you can contact me on this discord server (My old streaming discord server).

💬 ThePionier, May 12th 2022 at 6:00 PM

Hello! Zinth
I hope you are feeling better! And that you get healthy quickly, and above all fit!
I just went back to the previous version, then I was able to start the server again. So no problem, maybe the error message will help you. If you need more, I can see what logs I can give you so you can find the error faster.

💬 Zinth, May 12th 2022 at 2:01 PM

Thank you @ate0ate, I'll see if there is a way to make picking up tool heads more clear. @ThePionier odd that its causing problems with your server I'll look into asap. Sorry for delay in response yesterday I was layed out with a high fever, and today is full of doctor appointments so it may not be until tomorrow 5/13/2022 that I can even look into these issues but I'll try and fit some trouble shooting in tonight.  

💬 ThePionier, May 11th 2022 at 4:24 AM

Good Morning! Zinth

It seems that your mod has problems after the update, my MP server doesn't start anymore as soon as I put the new version on it.

I have this as an error message:
5/11/2022 6:13:23 AM [Warning] [primitivetools] Failed parsing version string 'Version: Mod: 1.3.0 | Game: 1.16.0+' at index 0: Expected MAJOR version number, found 'V' (best guess: 0.0.0-VersionMod1.3.0Game1.16.0)
2022-05-11 06:13:23 [Warning] [primitivetools] Dependency 'game': Failed parsing version string '1.16' at index 4: Expected PATCH version, found end of string (best guess: 1.16.0)

Maybe that will help you with troubleshooting?

I'll start translating tonight too!

How about just breaking the bones into 4 pieces with the Wood Splitter? And then carves the pieces into arrowheads with a knife?

I don't think it was done much differently.

I've had the problem with picking up tools from the ground the whole time, you can place them but you can't pick them up. At least the tools from your mod

💬 ate0ate, May 11th 2022 at 2:28 AM

First time trying this out, very nice work! I am having a small issue where I placed a stone log splitter head on the ground but am unable to pick it up or interact with it in any way. I cannot seem to hit it to break it either. It could be a mod conflict that I am unaware of but thought it worth mentioning. Crouch and clicking, as is how you place them, does not seem to work for picking them up either.

💬 Zinth, May 10th 2022 at 8:26 PM

Update 1.3.0 is now live - Bone arrows and grass rope recipe. See above recipe spoilers and change log for more info.

💬 ThePionier, Apr 28th 2022 at 4:22 AM

Good Morning! Zinth
I'm surprised that they don't do it with the rope with the standard stone tools. Because visually you can already see the rope by the tool, and as far as I know you can already make bone tools, or it's from another mod I use. Only I haven't seen any bone arrowheads yet. As far as I know, there was one next to Feuerstein.

But I'm curious what may come in your mod! :)

💬 Zinth, Apr 28th 2022 at 4:16 AM

ThePionier, I'm not sure if I will change all stone age tools to use rope as I'm really trying to avoid changing the vanilla game and just adding to it (once I learn how to set up cofig files I may do this with config to turn on and off). I can make a rope recipe that uses the most common material in most biomes ;). Also bone tools and weapons sound interesting to implement. I'm working on another project atm but when I'm done with it I will see what I can do. Guarantee new rope recipe in next update for sure. 

To pick up tools and heads off the ground crouch (default shift) right click them again to pick up. (Basicly same way you place you pickup)

💬 ThePionier, Apr 25th 2022 at 4:16 AM

Good Morning! Zinth
Thanks for the update and the credits for translating! :)

I might have a small request/suggestion. Would it be possible for you to change the standard stone tool recipes to use rope as well? That would align things a bit since your tools need rope and the others don't.

And maybe another way of getting rope if you don't necessarily have cattails or vines around. Certainly there are some methods that were used in the past to make ropes etc.

Bone arrowheads! Maybe? ;)

One question :D
How do I pick up the tools/heads off the ground again? They're kind of unusable and sit there, and if I destroy the block below, they just fall onto the next block below?


💬 Zinth, Apr 25th 2022 at 12:45 AM

Updated to v1.2.0 ground storage for tools and tool heads have been added. See full change log for more information.

If anyone thinks of a primitive tool that isn't added by another mod and wants me to look at adding it, I am always up for suggestions. Or a new feature of what is there such as the ground storage that was requested. 

And as always please report any bugs here and I will get on them asap. I'm still new to modding and haven't codded in years so my rust will show. 

💬 ThePionier, Apr 24th 2022 at 8:07 PM


Thank you very much!
That wouldn't be necessary, of course, but I'm happy about it! :)

If new things are added, I will of course translate them ;)

💬 Zinth, Apr 24th 2022 at 7:41 PM

@ThePionier, thanks for the translation it will be part of the next update I'm working on. Credit will be in ReadMe file, and I'll add a section to the post for credits as well. 

💬 ThePionier, Apr 23rd 2022 at 8:47 AM

Hello Zinth,

here is a German translation

💬 Zinth, Apr 19th 2022 at 10:43 PM

Updated to v1.0.1 - Realized I didn't do the language files correctly and now they are fixed. Tools should have their proper names now. Also translated the tool names into Ukrainian, Russian, and Japanese using google translate. I felt weird doing so, so if something is mistranslated please let me know with what tool in english and the propper translation and I will update the language files for the next release.

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