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Reskin Your World: Minecraft Texture Packs

The Best Minecraft Texture Packs List

The video game Minecraft is a lush, colorful, and delightfully retro game. One of the great things about Minecraft on the PC is the ability to change the overall look and feel of the world. Downloading and installing a texture pack is a great way to enhance your Minecraft gaming experience. If you’re bored of the overworld’s graphics in Minecraft, you can load texture packs into the game to change the scenery. Go here to learn how to load a texture pack. There is currently no way to add texture packs to the mobile game version of Minecraft.

Do to the constanly changing nature of Minecraft, with all of it’s updates and the changing nature of the game, we’re now going to be picking and adding new texture packs to this list, but some will get moved down to the bottom in the “discontinued” section. Let’s face it: working on a texture pack as an author is a long and often-demanding process and not everyone has the time to keep up with all the newly added features to Minecraft over time. Some authors have abandoned their work, but the version in which is currently works with still looks awesome, so while we aren’t going completely dismiss this, the pack is going to be moved down to the bottom where it can hang out and if you are interested, you can check it out and install it to see how it feels, even on the current version of Minecraft; you just won’t be able to see any of the new blocks in game (often times they will appear at bright pink or grey blocks in the game).

Make sure to install any HD (High Definition) texture packs using the Minecraft Mod MCPatcher. If you don’t use this, your HD texture pack will look strange in game and often times, the text will look incorrect, be off centered, or not even there at all.

Here’s a selection of the best texture packs, hand-picked for your convenience. We’re going to be adding more texture packs here. Feel free to leave a comment below on any texture packs you would like to see listed here.

Featured Minecraft Texture Packs

These texture packs are mostly up-to-date within the last update or so (1.0 compatible to 1.1 compatible) and feature a rich variety of colors, styles and tones. Some packs are bright and vibrant, looking very different from the overall background of the default kit that comes with Minecraft. Others are more subtle, but you might find that you like these more and more as you use them. The featured texture packs are broken down into a couple different categories:

Video Game Themed Texture Packs

These packs are all based upon a video game other than Minecraft. There are some real gems in here that you’ll find yourself using over a long period of time.

Minecraft Portal Texture Pack

Portal Pack

A faithful and amazing homage to the puzzle-based video game, Portal. This texture pack comes in two versions, a “precisely portal” version which is exactly the way the Portal game is and then a “modified” version which has only changed some of the textures, so that you can play with the portal elements but still be able to understand what’s going on in your Minecraft world.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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kakariko village texture pack

Kakariko Village Pack

A sublime homage to the Legend of Zelda games on the Nintendo 64, featuring awesome chests, true-to-form tall grass that looks like bushes from the LoZ games among other treats, like the heart-cut-out doors and more!

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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pokecraft texture pack

PokeCraft Pack

The definitive Pokemon-styled texture pack. With a careful attention to detail and color-matching from the original GameBoy Color versions of the game, this pack will transform your world into your favorite version of Pokemon.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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BioCraft Texture Pack

BioCraft Pack

A texture pack based upon BioShock. Think art deco, Atlas Shrugged, Big Daddies, Litte Sisters.

Compatible version: 1.0 Full

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Original Texture Packs

These texture packs are original ideas and backgrounds made simply for the love of Minecraft. The author has really went all out making these packs look the best they can in line with their artistic vision.

tooncraft texture pack

ToonCraft Pack

A wonderful Minecraft texture pack with a whimsical, cartoonish charm. Special note: This pack was used when recreating Sonic the Hedgehog levels.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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Minecraft SporkyCraft Texture Pack

SporkyCraft Pack

A nice, quirky texture pack with a fun, bubbly feel to it. This texture pack was last updated with the first full version update (1.0.0).

Compatible version: 1.0 Full

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zekocraft texture pack

ZekoCraft Pack

A sweet texture pack which started as a combination of several different packs but has now become something entirely different. Very awesome work.

Compatible version: 1.0 Full

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MixCraft Texture Pack

MixCraft Pack

MixCraft is a highly-detailed, bright texture pack with classical painting decorations, lush texturing and a high attention to detail.

Compatible version: 1.0 Full

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Forgotten Lands Minecraft Texture Pack

Forgotten Lands Pack

A simple, realistic 16×16 texture pack that aims to add photorealism without using HD texture pack mods of any kind.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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ChaoCraft Minecraft Texture Pack

ChaoCraft Pack

A smooth, classy texture pack that blends well and is easy on the eye.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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SubtleCraft Minecraft Texture Pack

SubtleCraft Pack

A texture pack that has subtle changes from the original texture pack with a few big changes, like much better looking cobblestone.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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High Definition (HD) Texture Packs

Default Minecraft texture packs come in 16×16 pixel sizes, meaning that every side of every block in the game has a texture graphic that is 16 pixels across and 16 pixels tall. With the mod MCPatcher, you can install higher quality texture packs that really transform the world of Minecraft into a game that is even hard to recognize at first glance. 32×32, 64×64, 128×128 and even 256×256 texture packs have been built out for Minecraft. Be warned: these higher quality packs can bog down your system and bring it to its knees if you don’t have the RAM to handle it.

Misa's Realistic Texture Pack

Misa’s Realistic Pack

One of the definitive HD packs out there, Misa’s realistic texture pack has is packed with features and awesomeness. This texture pack tanked my computer, but hey, sometimes awesomeness cannot be contained.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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Minecraft Texture Pack: LB Photo Realism

LB Photo Realism Pack

Another one of the greatest HD texture packs out there, LB Photo Realism brings the heat with several different resolutions, so if your computer can’t run the intense 256×256 version, try out the 32×32 one instead.

Compatible version: 1.1 Full

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Glimmar's HD Steampunk Texture Pack

Glimmar’s Steampunk Pack

You had me at Steampunk. Seriously, though, Glimmar’s steampunk texture pack is completely awesome, taking advance of the every opportunity to go above and beyond to create a stellar piece of work.

Compatible version: 1.2 Full

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Retired or Discontinued Texture Packs

These texture packs have either not been updated to the latest version of Minecraft or the author. If you don’t mind installing a pack that has some of the newer blocks not built out, you can find some real gems in here.

bamtastic texture pack

Bamtastic Pack

A smooth, easy and calm texture pack that casts an easy-going, relaxing look to the scenery in Minecraft.

Compatible version: 1.9 Beta

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craftslevania texture pack

Craftslevania Pack

A dark, gritty retro throwback to the early Nintendo Castlevania (also known as Simon’s Quest) games. This texture pack features dark and violent imagery along with class Nintendo coloring.

Compatible version: 1.3 Beta

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QuantumCraft Minecraft Texture Pack

QuantumCraft Pack

A great alternative to the default texture pack, QuantumCraft brings a fresh vibe and style without drastically changing the overall look and feel of the original texture pack of Minecraft.

Compatible version: 1.8 Beta

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Minecraft AwesomeCraft Texture Pack

AwesomeCraft Pack

A nice, clean, and simple texture pack. Somewhere between ClearCraft and the Simplest-Ever texture pack, this pack does a good job of simplifying things while keeping the essence intact.

Compatible version: 1.6 Beta

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markocraft no outlines texture pack

MarkoCraft Pack

A Mario-Brothers-themed texture pack featuring two different styles; an outline version featuring black lines around each block and a softer version without the hard-edged lines around each block. Unfortunately, this has yet to be updated since the early beta days.

Compatible version: 1.3 Beta

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minecraft simplest ever texture pack

Simplest Ever Pack

Like HD 32×32? Standard 16×16? How about 1×1? That’s right, this texture pack is as simple as it gets, reducing every blocks colors down to simply one color. If you have performance issues with running Minecraft on your computer, this can help speed up your game as well as give it a nice, minimalist look.

Compatible version: 1.8 Beta

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Minecraft ClearCraft Texture Pack

ClearCraft Pack

A great texture pack with a careful attention to tone, and color of textures. Very subtle, but very clean work. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been updated for a while.

Compatible version: 1.9 Beta

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  1. ahatrollol says:

    CAN SOMEONE PLZZ MAKE A MAP WHERE THERE IS A MASSIVE CASTLE AND YOU SPAWN IN IT BECAUSE I RELLY WANT TO HAVE A BIG CASTLE PLZZZZ :) )))

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