Patches what are those, I've heard of them a lot but never saw them only mods.
Mods use the in-game mod system; patches use manual file replacement. In this regards, Aric's mod is somewhat of a hybrid. Redle often does patches instead of mods for UI changes. I have a bugfix and improvements patch, which is released on the Strive Discord, though Leo's mod hosts a slightly older version of my patch for his mod.