What are Minecraft Realms and how to create one

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Minecraft realms: How to create one

Trying to discover the details on Minecraft Realms? If you've been a part of the blocky Minecraft world for awhile now, you've probably thought about founding your own space for you and your friends. The best way to get set up for it is with Minecraft Realms—a subscription service from Mojang that provides you with your own server, and is perfect for anybody looking to invest in their own shared spot.

These Realms can fit up to ten people, and since they're private you won't have to mess around with things like whitelists, since you control who gets to hang out on yours. Plus, only one person needs a subscription to the Realm for all their friends to join in for free, which also makes it a great option for younger players. Plus, they do have crossplay, so your friends with different platforms can join, though Java players are still stuck with just each other.

The only big downside is that all the best Minecraft mods (opens in new tab) can't be used with Minecraft Realms. But since they are online 24/7, there's no worry about hosting anything for your other Realm occupants to jump in and play. If Minecraft Realms sounds like just the pick for you, we've got the details, including the different levels of subscription, and how to set up your very own. 

How much does Minecraft Realms cost? 

There are two versions of Minecraft Realms, which are essentially a basic version and a deluxe package. As you might expect, the more expensive one comes with more benefits.

First off, the basic version costs $3.99 / £3.29 per month, and that enables you to create a realm for a maximum of two players plus you, which will remain constantly online. As a rolling month-long subscription, you can stop at any time if you aren’t really getting the use out of it you need. Mojang offer a 30-day free trial for those who want to test the subscription out first. 

What is Realms Plus?

The more costly version, Realms Plus, costs $7.99 / £6.69 and allows up to 10 players plus you. This version also gives you free access to over 50 marketplace packs, which includes mini-games, maps, and skins. You get a 30-day free trial of Realms Plus too, so it basically comes with a free month.

What extras are offered from Realms Plus gets updated all the time, with tons of community maps and modes coming in hot monthly. You can check out what the latest additions to Minecraft Realms (opens in new tab) are over on the news section of the Minecraft Realms site. Just scroll to the bottom and check out what's been introduced lately to see what kind of minigames, maps, and modes are available.

How to set up Minecraft Realms

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Once you have decided which Realms subscription you want, it’s time to start setting it up. You do this by opening the game (obviously), then clicking Minecraft Realms on the main menu, then choosing to Buy Realm. Once you've set up and paid, you can go back to the client and click on the 'Click to start your new realm' text. This will prompt you to name and describe your realm, and then give you the option to upload a world, start a new one, use a world template, or a few other options like Adventures or Experiences.

Once you've set up your world, it will appear in the Minecraft Realms list with a wrench button next to it. Clicking this will allow you to configure your world(s), back them up, or invite players.

How to replace your world in Minecraft Realms

Minecraft Realms - Configure Realm menu options

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Replacing a world in Minecraft Realms is literally as easy as pushing a button. Which button? The ‘Reset world’ button in the Realms configuration menu, of course. This will clear out the currently selected world, and allow you to start fresh. You can also push the World backups button instead, which will pull up each of your previous backups and give you the option to restore them. This list comes with timestamps too, so it’s pretty convenient and easy to navigate.

There’s also a Reset Realm button, which allows you to create a new realm from scratch to replace your current one.

What’s the difference between a realm and a server?

As with most things in life, the big difference is cash. Like we said above, Minecraft Realms costs money. Servers don’t. Another difference is that Realms will always be online, whether the creator is or not, but Realms do have stricter limits on how many people can participate.

And that’s all you need to know about Minecraft Realms. Now, whenever you’re talking Minecraft, you can be in your realm-ement.

Rachel had been bouncing around different gaming websites as a freelancer and staff writer for three years before settling at PC Gamer back in 2019. She mainly writes reviews, previews, and features, but on rare occasions will switch it up with news and guides. When she's not taking hundreds of screenshots of the latest indie darling, you can find her nurturing her parsnip empire in Stardew Valley and planning an axolotl uprising in Minecraft. She loves 'stop and smell the roses' games—her proudest gaming moment being the one time she kept her virtual potted plants alive for over a year.