Is your Minecraft looking a little bit dull and boring? Why not spruce it up with a new fancy texture pack that can turn your old wooden house into a modern, sleek, contemporary home. Texture packs can even be used to turn Minecraft into a Martha Stewart simulator - or at least the closest thing to it.
While there is the option to create your own texture pack – whether it is a mash up of your favorite packs or simply with your own art – many players choose to use the easier method of downloading texture packs that are available online. The best thing about texture packs is that fact that you can significantly alter how you wish your game to look based on your particular tastes.
Before you begin downloading any texture packs though, be sure to download MCPatcher as it will allow you to run HD textures – which most texture packs now support - within the game.
Having released in 2011, Minecraft has taken the gaming world by storm with over 122 million downloads across all platforms – it is safe to say that Minecraft is one of biggest selling games in the world. Mojang – the developers of Minecraft – have even revealed, that over 55 million players are logging into the game on a regular basis each month – that’s a lot of players potentially looking for a new texture pack for their game.
With a list that ranges from cartoony textures to ultra-sleek modern designs, here are the 8 best and 7 worst texture packs currently available for Minecraft.
15 The Best: Annahstas Beastrinia (Pokémon Texture Pack)
Having only just been released in April this year, the Annahstas Beastrinia resource pack mashes two of the world’s most popular games together – Minecraft and Pokémon. After many failed attempts of trying to source a decent Pokémon texture pack for the popular Pixelmon mod, the creator - Artisan Princess - decided to take matters into her own hands.
If you are in the market for a new texture pack, it is without question that the Annahstas Beastrinia resource pack is one of the most beautiful texture packs to come out of 2017. What gives this texture pack so much beauty is the simple fact that Artisan Princess has ensured that each block is easily recognizable to vanilla Minecraft players. The simplicity of this texture pack - while still staying true to Pokémon – is what really makes it shine.
With over 30,000 downloads in just over a month across Curse and Planet Minecraft, it is hard not to recommend Annahstas Breastrinia as one of the best textures packs currently available.
14 The Worst: Angry Birds Resource Pack
Everyone – unless you have been hiding under a rock – has heard of the classic mobile game, Angry Birds. So it comes as no surprise to find that someone has dedicated their time to creating an Angry Birds texture pack for Minecraft. But what does surprise me though, is just how terrible it looks.
Now, I’m not one to intentionally go looking for problems as I will usually just overlook them and move on. But this particular texture pack will shock you – because other than the Angry Birds character’s making an appearance on a few selected blocks, the texture pack shows no other resemblance to the mobile game.
When you think of Angry Birds, you imagine bright, vibrant maps and colorful items – not dark blue dirt and mint colored grass. There really is no other way to put this, but this texture pack is just plain ugly! To top things off the creator of the Angry Birds Texture Pack – Frog2face – has received an astounding 69,000 downloads on just Planet Minecraft alone.
13 The Best: White Architecture Pack
Wait… are we still talking about the same game? We are in fact, still talking about the same game – even I was shocked when I first found the White Architecture resource pack as it transforms Minecraft into what looks like a completely different game.
The creator – Cube_Studio – wanted to create a texture pack that looked as if you were viewing and architectural drawing. With the help from nearly all white textures (with the exception of a few colored blocks), Optifine and Sildur’s Shaders, Cube_Studio was able to create this ultra-modern and sleek design. With all the features put together, you would think you were playing some kind of modern, almost sci-fi looking indie game.
In addition to the texture changes, a number of special 3D models have been included in the resource pack such as book stacks, table legs, vertical slabs, and even roller blinds. Having released just earlier this year, the White Architecture resource pack has gained over 21,000 downloads and is by far the most unique Minecraft texture pack currently available.
12 The Worst: CraftBoy Resource Pack
You’re probably wondering why the CraftBoy resource pack is listed as one of the worst Minecraft texture packs. Well, it was actually quite a tough decision to make, as it ultimately came down to just one factor that was repeatedly an issue – its color.
Now, while the CraftBoy resource pack brings something new and unique to Minecraft, it was ultimately the constant four shades of green that made this texture pack tiresome and bland. The resource pack essentially makes you feel as if you are trapped in one specific area that you cannot escape.
Now don’t get me wrong, the CraftBoy resource pack looks fantastic and the creator – Maligree – did a great job at conveying a sci-fi feeling environment. But, the constant green atmosphere quickly becomes over-used and rather boring which eventually makes you want to change to another resource pack.
11 The Best: Xray Ultimate
The Xray Ultimate resource pack won’t be winning awards anytime soon for its beauty - but that isn’t what it was intended for. The resource pack is actually designed to be used as a method of locating ores and other rare minerals that are hidden deep under the ground – some would even say that this is a form cheating. Let’s be honest though, we have all experienced – after searching long and hard for a cave entrance or even those sneaky diamonds – the need and desire for a quick and simple solution that doesn’t involve entering creative mode.
If you do find yourself downloading this texture pack, be sure to use it with Optifine for the extra night vision effect. It should also be noted that if you do not want to use this texture pack all the time, the invisible blocks can be toggled off.
The Xray Ultimate resource pack currently has over 2,100,000 downloads – making it the third most downloaded Minecraft texture pack on Curse.
10 The Worst: Martha Stewart Resource Pack
I never thought I would say these words – but sometimes you can have a little too much Martha Stewart in your life. Just when we thought we had seen everything, Johnknee2010 – the creator of the texture pack – decided to reincarnate Martha Stewart into Minecraft and it is truly as glorious as it sounds.
This texture pack changes the GUI of your furnace and crafting table, the moon, paintings, and even the block breaking texture as it now becomes an image of Martha’s face. The creator states that the texture pack was heavily inspired by Matt Damon Craft – a resource pack that has since been taken down.
While the texture pack may be one of the worse resource packs in Minecraft, I will give it one thing – it is hilarious and will definitely give you and your friends a few good laughs. So if you have a friend or family member that is lacking a little bit of Martha Stewart in their lives, just set them up with this texture pack.
9 The Best: Adventure Craft
Having only released in February 2017, Adventure Craft – created by InnovationNation – is one of 2017’s most popular texture packs with over 27,000 downloads. The realistic style – while also maintaining the resemblance to default Minecraft – is what really makes people fall in love with this resource pack. To be completely honest, this texture pack looks unbelievably beautiful, and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a lot of peoples go to texture pack.
Although the texture pack is not yet 100% complete, InnovationNation is working hard by constantly providing updates on a weekly basis to add new textures into the game. While no shaders are required for this texture pack, it is recommended to use Optifine and Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shader to get the most out of the Adventure Craft texture pack.
The Adventure Craft resource pack currently works with Minecraft’s latest 1.11 update.
8 The Worst: Green Hill Pack
The key to creating a great texture pack for Minecraft is to ensure that the game's core essence isn’t lost while using the new texture. Since each block – given its theme – should still show some resemblance to Minecraft’s default textures. The reason why it needs to show some resemblance is purely because people do not like change as they have become accustomed to what each block within Minecraft is supposed to look like.
Now, this is where the Green Hill Pack falls flat, as its textures – such as trees, gravel, and cobblestone – do not resemble their original forms in any sense. Now don’t get me wrong, the creator– Drazile – has clearly put a lot of effort into this texture pack, but it is clear after reading the comments that a lot of people are confused by the drastic changes that have been made to each block.
The Green Hill Pack – which is heavily based around the original Sega Genesis Sonic games - was first released in 2014 and has since only received 2,000 downloads.
7 The Best: Default 3D Resource Pack
Just when you thought Minecraft couldn’t get any better – there is now a texture pack that allows you to convert your old boring 2D blocks into fancy, detailed 3D items. The Default 3D resource pack is easily one of the most unique texture packs in Minecraft as it takes your old, ugly standard 2D blocks and changes them into a more eye-catching, 3D item.
Crafting tables, ladders, ores, and furnaces are just some of the many items that have been given a facelift. Although the texture pack was released in July 2014, the developer Know2Good has constantly kept this resource pack up-to-date with all of Minecraft’s latest updates. If you are worried about whether or not your computer can handle the texture pack, don’t fear as Know2Good has provided 5 different download methods to suit every computer.
Default 3D is currently sitting with over 1,200,000 downloads – making it one of the most downloaded texture packs for Minecraft. If you are still yet to try out this resource pack, I highly recommend doing so as it is definitely a must own.
6 The Worst: Aleph Setei Resource Pack
Created by NewEvolution, the Aleph Setei resource pack is heavily based around aliens and futuristic themes. Judging from the picture, it is quite easy to tell that the creator didn’t skimp on the texturing as everything in the game is either alien looking or futuristic.
The overall concept and vision that the creator had for the Aleph Setei texture pack was fantastic, and it was evidently clear that a lot of work went into completing this pack - but the color schemes that has been used within the game looks absolutely hideous. When will people start to learn that colors such as gray, dark purple, and mint just don’t work together?
The Aleph Setei resource pack currently has more than 70,000 downloads on Planet Minecraft – which is more than most of the best-looking texture packs on this list. If you do happen to try out this resource pack, be sure to set your Alternate Blocks to Off - otherwise, the textures will tile incorrectly.
5 The Best: SapixCraft Original HD
There are countless cartoon themed texture packs available for people to download across the internet but none seem to compare to SapixCraft Original HD as it is quite possibly the best cartoon themed texture pack that is currently available for Minecraft. Although that is a large title for SapixCraft to live up to, its vibrant colors, simplicity, and resemblance to default Minecraft will quickly make you realize just why it holds this title.
SapixCraft Original HD was first released in May 2015, and has since received over 470,000 downloads from across the globe. While the texture pack is quite old, it is still being updated on a very regular basis by its creator, Sapix.
To receive the full support and potential of this texture pack, it is important to use MCPatcher and Optifine. Player’s should also be aware that a 3D texture add-on is available for this resource pack via Sapix’s website.
4 The Worst: Candy Craft
You are never going to want to eat candy again after looking at this texture pack – unless you are looking at the official CandyCraft resource pack that actually looks very cool. While the creator – Eatoncheese – had a great concept behind this texture pack it is clear – that while a lot of work did go into it – the execution didn’t pan out as well as he may have hoped.
When the textures are all placed together, it is very clear – and even a little overwhelming – just how unorganized and out of place all of the textures are as none of them seem to match or even go together. Many of the textures even appear to look stretched and a little pixelated.
What surprises me most about this texture pack is the fact that it currently has over 18,000 downloads on Planet Minecraft.
3 The Best: Equanimity
With over 2,400,000 downloads on Curse alone, the Equanimity texture pack is among the top five most downloaded resource packs for Minecraft. With its clean, simplistic and realistic feel, it comes as no surprise that Equanimity is one of the best-looking texture packs you can find online.
Although Equanimity was released in November 2013, the creator – Filmjolk – has continually updated the pack on a regular basis to ensure that all new items are added into the pack. Filmjolk has also stated he can create up to 12 or more different textures per hour, meaning that each texture is usually created in less than 5 minutes. This is just one of the many reasons why – after three years - that the texture pack still remains one of the most updated and downloaded texture packs for Minecraft.
It is also recommended that you use Optifine and the Continuum Shader to receive the texture packs full potential.
2 The Worst: Worst Texture Pack Ever
There isn’t much to say about this texture pack – it is pretty self-explanatory. The Worst Texture Pack Ever doesn’t lie; it really is the worst Minecraft texture pack that you can find on the internet. While many go out of their way to create terrible texture packs, I have yet to find one as bad as this one.
The Worst Texture Pack Ever is currently sitting at just over 2,000 downloads, which is surprisingly less than I would have initially thought given that it was released over 5 years ago.
If you are looking for a texture pack that will hurt your eyes or simply want to prank your friends, this is the texture pack that you are looking for.
1 The Best: Serene HD
Serene HD is among one of the most realistic, modern resource packs you can own as it allows you to create content that wouldn’t otherwise be possible in other texture packs.
We all know just how hard it is to create modern looking buildings in Minecraft, so it came as a surprise when Serene HD appeared in the list texture packs. While there have been countless modern texture packs created, none have really met the standards of Serene HD as they usually look modern, but lack the realistic aspect. The Serene HD resource pack -when paired with Optifine and a realistic shader of your choice – looks absolutely beautiful, especially when building a sleek and modern house on the water.
Created by FlyingV in June 2016, the Serene HD texture pack has been updated on almost a weekly basis – which is just one of the many reasons why it has been able to gain over 180,000 downloads in such a short period of time.