Minecraft is famous for its blocky pixelated world that provides a unique gameplay experience. Similar to Minecraft mods, developers also make texture packs to offer you a new and enhanced experience in your Minecraft world. Texture packs, unlike mods, don’t exactly change the way you play the game, but their visual impact is powerful nonetheless.
The texture packs are add-ons that replace the original textures of this sandbox game, giving it a visual makeover. You can find everything from FPS boosting packs to the ones you want to run on an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti. Moreover, whether you see the term resource or texture packs in the game, it’s more or less the same thing.
While many texture packs are usually focused on the Java Edition, Bedrock players get the RTX advantage with a few of them. But that’s for later. For now, let’s look at the best Minecraft texture packs in 2023.
We will first go over the texture packs that might tone down your graphics but improve the overall performance. Moreover, we’ve included a comparison image between the texture pack and the vanilla game, as well as the descriptions and download links for each of the packs on the list.
The name says it all. This pack tones down the game just enough to get you 60+ FPS gaming on even the lowest-end PCs. The game looks more minimal than what you are used to, though it doesn’t entirely take away the usual Minecraft look and feel when you start looking at the entities. Take a look at the quick comparison with and without this texture pack above.
2. 2×2 Textures
True to its name, this texture pack takes the lower resolution texture change to a more drastic stage by making them 2 x 2 in resolution. For comparison, Minecraft considered 16 × 16 as the default lowest resolution in its native version. The developer has kept some textures at 4 x 4 to keep the game playable, but what you experience in this pack can look like a bug at first glance.
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3. Bare Bones
Instead of focusing on adding more details and colors, Bare Bones texture pack reduces the details of vanilla textures in-game. Taking a look at the image above, you can see that this texture pack uses just a couple of main colors of each texture. This way, it makes everything look so much simpler and even cartoonish. This effect is extremely pleasing and is proof that sometimes less is better.
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If you have a PC that can take Minecraft to its highest visual levels, these packs might quickly become your favorite. One of them will require powerful GPUs or a compromise with the FPS to make it work, but it will be worth it. All other packs will run fine on almost every Minecraft-supported computer.
If you’re a long-time Minecraft player, then this pack is going to blow your mind. ModernArch brings extremely detailed and truthful textures to the game. You can clearly see all the logs’ bark cracks and growth rings, each blade of grass, and even every single tiny pebble in a gravel block. As the name suggests, those textures are also done in a modern style inspired by nowadays technology and era.
One of the coolest looking textures is the modern iron door, along with the furnace and redstone dust being replaced by cables. Not all the vanilla blocks have their unique textures, but many natural ones do. So, exploring a dense jungle biome in Minecraft is rather disorienting and even difficult. To make this pack even better, try using some shaders in Minecraft 1.20.
5. Misa’s Realistic
If we are already mentioning realistic texture packs, we cannot skip the unbelievable Misa’s Realistic. This amazing pack adds high-resolution textures that all have darker and more desaturated colors than the vanilla game. This way, players can play for longer periods of time without the art being too harsh on the eyes.
Every block is designed in a way that it is clearly visible what it is made of. Although the textures look completely different than the vanilla ones, the same theme is kept and hasn’t been drastically changed. For this texture pack to work as intended, you will need to install OptiFine.
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This texture pack refreshes the all-around plantations in your worlds. We get better trees, realistic plants, improved stones, new items, and a lot more. Not to forget, it works even better if you are using one of the best Minecraft shaders from our list here. If you are planning to create a realistic base in the game, this is the texture pack you need.
With performance and graphics out of the way, let’s now look at some fun cartoonish texture packs for this blocky game. The whole point of these packs is to make your game look cute and more enjoyable.
This entry on our list is my personal favorite. It mostly simplifies vanilla’s textures and adds a lovable sweet cartoon feel to them. The bright and vibrant colors stand out and will make you feel as if you are in a dream world. However, blocks were not the only ones to get a makeover.
Some Minecraft mobs, like axolotls, have been modified and given an even cuter appearance with big eyes. Also, just look at the paintings, items, and the glazed terracotta block. This texture pack’s details and beautiful colorful vibe make it truly one of the best.
8. Rodrigo’s Pack
This soft-styled texture pack not only makes your world a lot rubber-style but also provides a performance boost with its minimal blocks. Rodrigo’s Pack has 8 x 8 blocks, but you won’t feel them lowering your quality. The designers have focused on keeping the Minecraft feel intact while adding a cartoonish layer on top. This makes it one of the most fun packs to play with a performance boost.
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9. Pastel Craft
One of the best texture packs, Pastel Craft focuses on colors and cartoonish effects but ensures that each block is identifiable individually. Many minimal or cartoon-based packs tend to oversimplify blocks so much that you have to put in extra effort to identify them. This pack is one of many limited ones which focuses on keeping quality high while using pixelation for cartoonish effect.
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Hafen, when closely translated from German, means Pottery. And this texture pack gives your world a pottery clay-like look. Among the top texture packs, this one has the most dynamic-looking cartoonish textures. It has a heavy focus on looks and the color interaction that you notice in the way each color fits with the other in this pack.
These texture packs are entirely dedicated to specific effects, random fandoms, or just any theme to take Minecraft out of its comfort zone. Each of them brings a world that feels different than each other and the default Minecraft world.
11. Dandelion X
Dandelion X is currently one of the most popular and best available texture packs. It uses a limited color palette from each block which simplifies the textures. Everything has kind of a warm tone to it, so there are fewer contrasts and the transitions are smoother.
Even though most blocks have some kind of a cartoonish feel to them, there are some highly detailed textures as well, such as the stunning armor pieces displayed on the armor stands. Mobs have also been changed, to fit in nicely with the new world appearance. OptiFine is not required for this texture pack, but it’s highly recommended.
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This texture pack not only makes the game more interesting and realistic but also makes it feel darker at night (see screenshot comparison above). We get scarier entities, a new nether, biome-based creepers, and a lot more upgrades. If you want to see where it goes, you can explore more when you download it.
This retro-styled texture pack will take you straight to the days of classic video games, to the time when you didn’t have the liberty to play Contra on your smartphones. The effects, unfortunately, are limited to the world blocks and don’t change the entities. You will still get a chance to play with the same Minecraft creatures, but in a setting closer to the vibrant retro pixelated world it’s inspired from.
Minecraft building usually tends to focus on the medieval style, because of most blocks and items creating that feel. Texture packs inspired by this style are therefore frequently loved and used. So, let’s check out some of the best medieval packs available right now.
14. John Smith Legacy
This is one of the most up-to-date Minecraft resource packs on the list. That means the effects in this pack have their proper sound effect and cover almost every block in the game, including netherite-based armors and weapons. You are transported to a world out of the period of European knights. The texture pack makes it easy to see the enemies with the toned-down texture of the world while giving you an overall majestic feel. The funny-looking villagers are just a bonus.
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This entry on our list of texture packs is a powerful one. It provides a complete medieval adventure within your existing world of Minecraft. With a claim to replace 99% of in-game textures with a classic theme, this is easily one of the largest texture packs ever. And it even takes the mobs and buildings in your world to the medieval period.
The Mythic texture pack adds extremely truthful textures that in some cases change the block so much that you’re not sure which one it is. Moreover, as you’ll notice quickly, every block has that old-fashioned, rough, and medieval feel to it.
The scary and spooky style is well noticeable in the textures of some paintings, armor pieces, and even mobs. So, try not to scream when you encounter illagers or a warden because they are especially terrifying.
The world of Minecraft doesn’t have any seasons yet. So, this next resource pack brings the amazing cycle of the season to the game. Well, at least for one season. Replacing the greenery in Minecraft, all the forests and jungles of the game turn brownish-red in color. You can even find traces of autumn in the lush caves though the effects aren’t as dramatic as the aboveground world.
18. Amberstone – Realistic Winter Pack
As the name suggests, this texture pack simply gives us a frozen world. It leads you to the winter that Minecraft has deserved forever. This realistic pack has a variety of features, ranging from biome changes to new plantations. In many ways, it feels like one of the best Minecraft modpacks, and it only does that by changing the textures.
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Sometimes, players don’t want to change Minecraft appearance drastically and that’s completely okay. There are charming features of the vanilla textures in-game. So, these texture packs aim to improve them in any way possible without disorienting the player too much.
19. Stay True
This texture pack focuses on improving the default texture pack by adding more clarity and realism to the game. In simple terms, it breaks the blocky limitations of most textures like leaves. With that, the Minecraft world feels more open and free. Fortunately, this texture pack doesn’t do it too much. So, you get a taste of the enchanted world of Minecraft without going far from its vanilla touch.
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20. Tissou’s Zombie Pack
Minecraft has introduced a variety of mob upgrades over the years, with camels and sniffers added in the most recent update. But for some reason, the zombies from day one are still the same. However, this texture pack fixes that. It gives an updated look to the zombies, husks, villager zombies, and drowned. The new look is bound to make your Minecraft nights scarier than usual. Not to forget, it also replaces the bluish-green zombie skin with a human-based zombie texture.
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21. Better Dogs
Cats in Minecraft have been updated a long time ago. There are eleven in-game cat variants and even a whole advancement has been dedicated to taming all of them. What about the dogs? Vanilla Minecraft includes only one dog variant, and it’s a white wolf. If you’ve ever wanted more dog breed variants in the game, the Better Dogs texture pack might be the best choice for you. First of all, it introduces more detailed wolf variants.
When you tame those wolves, they change completely into one of the over 100 different textures. Most well-known breeds are covered, so if you want to know more about them, check out the download page linked below. This texture pack requires OptiFine or Fabric to run. Lucky for you, we already have a guide in place to download and install OptiFine in Minecraft 1.20.
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22. Better Vanilla Animals
The next entry on our list is one of the simplest yet highly effective texture packs. It aims to upgrade the existing vanilla world of Minecraft by improving its mobs. Changing the texture and appearance of just the animals doesn’t seem like much at first. But in the game, it completely overhauls the experience. Not to forget, we also get some variants of textures.
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X-ray texture packs have a controversial history in the Minecraft community. They allow you to see blocks like diamond ore by turning the rest of the world transparent. While using these packs on some servers can get you banned, it is the ultimate tool for a personal voyage. You shouldn’t miss it on a solo survival adventure.
23. Better X-Ray
This is one of the most optimized and lightest X-ray packs out there. You can see all the ore blocks as far as your render distance goes. Then, to make them easier to find, the texture pack also highlights the chunk borders of the world.
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24. Night Vision
Whether you venture into the deep caves, dive into the ocean, or just take a troll at night, darkness will greet you like an old friend. It is just perfect for aesthetic purposes, but it can be challenging in resource collection. This texture pack aims to counter that by righting up all dark areas in Minecraft.
While there is already a Potion of Night Vision for this purpose in the default game, it is nothing in comparison to the always-active and extra-bright texture pack. Not to forget, this texture pack only works with Optifine.
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25. Visible Ores
Most X-ray texture packs, in a way, destroy the default world by making all non-essential blocks invisible. But this texture pack is different. It only makes the ore blocks glow with a rather distinctive border, so that they are easier to find, locate, and collect. So, the most rewarding blocks of Minecraft finally glow in their glory.
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These packs and Minecraft itself are already popular among MCPE, PC & console players, but Chrome OS players can get a taste of the game as well. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Minecraft on your Chromebook. Also, you can expect most of the listed texture pack to work in Java as well as the Bedrock Edition of the game with no problems. Finally, don’t forget to share any more texture packs that you like with our readers in the comments section.