There are few games as instantly recognizable as Minecraft. The game has an iconic, blocky style that adds a lot of charm and is incredibly nostalgic for people that have been playing since their childhoods.
Minecraft is a testament that you don’t need the most realistic graphics for a game to be breathtakingly gorgeous. However, despite how great Minecraft’s look is, sometimes you want to change it up a bit. Luckily, there are hundreds and hundreds of texture packs that can help with that!
Whether you want to change your game’s look to keep things fresh or make the game look ultra-realistic and sleek to help enhance your builds, texture packs are the way to go. Texture packs are collections of files that will replace your game’s textures and can be installed very easily.
It’s important to note before deep-diving into this that people who are new to texture packs may see them referred to as a “resource pack” instead. Texture packs and resource packs are the same things.
Texture packs are the name for the older method of changing the game’s textures, whereas resource packs can change textures and add things like custom animations or items. All the packs listed here are resource packs, but the community largely uses the two terms interchangeably.
Table of Contents
- How to Install Texture Packs
- The Best Realistic Texture Packs
How to Install Texture Packs
Firstly, you want to ensure that the texture pack you want is available for your version of Minecraft. Most texture packs you find are likely for Java. However, Bedrock players can find plenty of custom textures via the Minecraft Catalog. A handful of the packs listed here are available for Bedrock, and we’ll mark the ones.
At the time of writing this, Minecraft was recently updated to 1.19. The texture pack authors will need some time to update their packs with all the new models that have been added to the game; however, texture packs for 1.18 will still work with this new version of Minecraft. Once you know which texture pack you want to use, follow these simple steps:
- Download the pack (it will likely be a .zip file, but don’t extract it).
- Start Minecraft
- Go to the options menu and click on ‘Resource Packs”
- Click ‘Open Resource Packs Folder’
- Drag your texture pack file into this folder
- The resource pack should now show up as an available resource pack
- Double click on the resource pack or hit the arrow to activate it
The Best Realistic Texture Packs
There are hundreds of texture packs for Minecraft in various styles, making it overwhelming to find the perfect one. To make this a bit easier, we’ll highlight the best texture packs to make your game look as realistic as possible. Many of these resource packs require shaders to work correctly, and due to their high quality, they also need to run on a decently powerful PC to avoid lag.
Stratum is one of the most jaw-droppingly realistic texture packs currently available. Its excellent -use of high-quality light and shadow and its impeccable attention to detail make it a nearly unbeatable option for anyone wanting to make their game look like a real place on Earth. Unfortunately, there are a couple of drawbacks to using this pack. It is still in early access and does require a paid subscription to use, so keep that in mind when you’re picking your texture pack.
LUNA HD is another impressively accurate realistic texture pack, but what makes it stand out from the rest is the fact that a single passionate 3D artist makes it! According to their Patreon page, the artist has such a deep love for Minecraft that they enjoy being able to use their skills to share that love with the rest of the community.
Realistico transforms your game into a breathtaking photo-realistic work of art. However, Realistico stands out from the rest because it stays faithful to Minecraft’s vanilla textures! By watching the example videos on Developer Matteo Rizzo’s website, you can see that all of the blocks still use the style of the original vanilla Minecraft textures but with incredible 3D detail added. This unique texture pack is a great way to improve your game experience while still keeping that iconic Minecraft style.
Ultimate Immersion goes beyond the other texture packs on this list. Not only do you get top-of-the-line lighting and insanely realistic textures, but this mods your game to let you build modern-looking structures. In the previews found on the Ultimate Immersion website, you can see the incredibly modern furniture that the pack adds, as well as the triangular roof blocks you can use to improve the architecture of all of your builds. This is quite the overhaul for Minecraft and may not appeal to many players, but for builders searching for a more modern feel for their game, this pack is the one for you!
If you want a texture pack that will improve your game’s look while still feeling distinctly like Minecraft, then go no further than Hera Ultra. This pack focuses on improving the details and appearance of Minecraft’s textures so they look the best they can while retaining the game’s blocky charm.
LB Photo Realism Reload
LB Photo Realism Reload is one of the most popular and well-supported packs on this list. Not only does it hold its own when it comes to giving the game an unbeatable realistic appearance, but it has a unique appearance that may appeal to any player wanting to give their game a medieval look. This resource pack is a labor of love from the many, many different artists who have worked on it in the several years it’s been around, and it comes highly recommended from a vast portion of the Minecraft community.
RTX Ray Tracing Pack
Before you panic, the RTX Ray Tracking pack doesn’t need an RTX graphics card to run. These textures were made in collaboration with Nvidia to show off Minecraft’s RTX mode for Bedrock. This pack has been converted to also be usable on the Java edition. However, it should be noted that this isn’t a full texture pack, with many blocks retaining their original vanilla textures.
Harkenburg City isn’t the most HD texture pack on this list, but it has an incredibly detailed level of realism. Similar to Ultimate Immersion, this pack is designed to give the game a modern overhaul. The scope of builds capable with this pack is nearly endless, especially with the furniture it adds to the game. This pack may not be the best option for those wanting to play in survival, but it will shine in the hands of capable builders in creative mode!