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The best Minecraft servers

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Seeking the best Minecraft servers to play on? There’s so much to pick from in the wide worlds of Minecraft, and so many different kinds of servers available once you step outside of vanilla. If going head to head with other players is your thing, a PvP or mini-game Minecraft server could be just the ticket. Or if you’re more of the introverted type, one of many survival servers could be the perfect choice. Regardless of which kind of Minecraft community you’re looking for, you and your friends can find the perfect fit. 

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We’ve lined up a list of the best Minecraft servers, and inside you’ll find a wide variety of options to try out and find one that matches your preferences. Joining a server is really easy, too, since all you have to do is open Minecraft, enter the name of the server as the title, and then paste in the IP address you’ll find at the beginning of each entry into the box underneath. After you’ve saved your new addition, you can hit play and jump right in. Some servers may also require you to download texture packs, but this best Minecraft texture packs guide walks through how to do it.

Getting into a Minecraft server is one of the best ways to flex your creativity, whether you’re building your own faction, exploring a wide open landscape of dangers, or trying to outfix friends in a string of mini-games. So work out your brain with something from our list of the best Minecraft servers

Hypixel

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IP Address: mc.hypixel.net

Hypixel is a mini-game heavy server. There are all the normal games you would expect from a high-quality server, but there are also a few noteworthy ones as well. Games like VampireZ, where you have to try and survive as a human while the vampires hunt you. There’s even a game called Turbo Kart Racers, which is a surprisingly good racing game that will pit you against other players as you try and reach the finish line first. It’s a lot of fun, and they update it regularly, so it’s worth sticking around for. 

Mineplex

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IP Address: us.mineplex.com or pe.mineplex.com

Mineplex is one of the best Minecraft servers on this list. It's an astoundingly large server and has a vast array of things to do. They’ve got FPS games, painting, and even their own version of Smash Bros. Basically if you can think of a game type, there’s a large chance of it being available within Mineplex. If you're after a Minecraft survival server, they've got a whole section dedicated to survival games. It’s also got an incredibly active staff and as a result, suffers from a lot less grief than some of the less wholesome servers around.  

PirateCraft

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IP Address: mc.piratemc.com 

Sailing a ship around in Minecraft is tricky, but in PirateCraft, they do a surprisingly good job of making it work. As is often the way with these Minecraft survival servers, it takes a bit of time to get used to things, but it’s well worth the effort if you like the idea. The scale of the ships is impressive, as is the ship-to-ship combat. Just don’t be surprised when someone nicks your pirate ship. There’s no honour among thieves. 

ManaCube

IP address: play.manacube.com

With lots of game modes to try out including Parkour, Survival, Towny, and PvP, ManaCube is a great all-purpose server for those who enjoy playing a variety of different things in Minecraft.

Minewind

IP address: server.minewind.com

Looking for a server that lets you do pretty much whatever you want? Minewind is an anything goes (except cheating) free-for-all of PvP chaos. Trying to survive for any length of time in this world is a real challenge, but hey, at least you're free I guess?

Herobrine.org

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IP Address: Herobrine.org

Who doesn't want to play on a Minecraft server named after the game's most popular creepypasta mystery? Herobrine.org has a bunch of different games including survival, skyblock, factions, and more. It also has an Earth, a geopolitical game mode so make sure to check that out. When you're done, why not check out the infamous Herobrine world seed that was found earlier this year.

WesterosCraft

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IP Address: mc.westeroscraft.com

Game of Thrones is over now, and whether you liked or loathed the ending, you’re probably hungry for more. Well, hunger no longer, and feast yourself on this WesterosCraft. While it’s not finished, it’s still going to provide a nice rush for those who want to try their hand at being King for a day. We’ve yet to see whether or not you can pet the Direwolves though…

Pixelmon Generations 

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Pixelmon Generations is a Minecraft mod, but it's spawned a whole bunch of Pokemon-related servers, including PokeSaga, PokeZone, Pixelmon Harmony a strand within Complex Gaming, and many more. Pixelmon Generations features every Pokemon ever from Generations 1-7, and many from the most recent, Generation 8. That means this server has more catchable Pokemon across its many biomes than Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield, which is quite sad when you think about it.

Autcraft

IP Address: mc.autcraft.com

Autcraft is a server designed specifically for children and adults who have autism. It’s designed to be a safe haven for those who want a reprieve from the potentially overwhelming things you would find on other servers. This includes things like no frightening characters and making sure everything is kept child-friendly. You have to apply in order to join the server, but if you make it in then you’re good to go. It’s not doing anything special in terms of how it plays, but it’s a useful one to know about if you or a family member have autism and would like to know there's somewhere safe to go.  

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Minecraft Middle-earth 

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Build IP Address: build.mcmiddleearth.com
PvP and Event IP Address: pvp.mcmiddleearth.com

A team was always going to attempt to recreate the Lord of the Rings universe in Minecraft, and the result is something truly breathtaking. Everything in MC Middle-earth has been meticulously crafted to feel as real as possible. Taking a stroll through the Shire is a lovely way to lose a few hours, but if you’re not here for a sightseeing tour, there’s also a PvP server. Because of course there is.

The Lord of the Craft

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IP Address: mc.lotc.co

While this may sound like a Lord of the Rings server, it’s not quite. It’s fantasy, sure, but with a huge focus on roleplaying. The world, and its lore, is already set up, and a helpful warp command means travelling between the different kingdoms (high elves, dark elves, dwarves, etc) is simple. All you need is a killer skin and an elaborate backstory in Lord Of The Craft and you’re good to go.

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Grand Theft Minecart 

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IP Address: mc-gtm.net

You can probably guess from the title which popular video game series this server is based on. You guessed it, the unstoppable juggernaut that is Hello Kitty Online. Or GTA. It’s one of the two.

Join this server and you’ll be treated to two different game modes (Grand Theft Minecart and Vice Minecart), as well as 35 different GTA-inspired weapons. There are also plenty of vehicle offerings including cars, planes, and of course, tanks.  Because it’s not GTA if there isn’t an option to go on an explodey murder-spree.

Arkham Network

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IP Address: mc.arkhamnetwork.org

Fancy donning a cape while shouting “You have failed this city!”? Maybe you’re an anarchist looking to watch the world burn? Whichever side you choose to join, the Arkham Network has a comic-book world that’s just begging to be explored. And griefed, obviously. There are also a host of different day jobs for making coin, and a wealth of game modes to participate in. One of the key rules of this server is to make friends, and fast. You’ll need them.

Extreme Craft

IP Address: play.extremecraft.net

We couldn’t put out a list of Minecraft servers without mentioning one of the most popular out there. Extreme Craft keeps popping up because of the sheer amount of modes there are to play, including the likes of a fully fleshed out survival mode, hunger games, factions, skygrid, skywars, skyblock, acid island, and eggwars. That’s on top of a creative mode and the option of roleplaying. It’s like a Minecraft greatest hits compilation.

Potter World MC

IP Address: play.potterworldmc.com

When you first enter Potter World, you’re greeted by the boy himself battling a dementor as Hogwarts sits ominously in the background. Much like Middle Earth, Potter World goes all out when it comes to authenticity. Buildings appear as they do in the mind’s eye, complete with inside furnishings. You can learn about potion making, duel other wizards and witches, or go off and play a friendly round of quidditch. This is Minecraft at its strongest: creating game worlds that best those of their AAA counterparts.