There are a lot of servers available for Minecraft multiplayer. Each one is a unique experience that allows players to join a community and make friends. Dozens of websites list hundreds of pages of servers that can be joined by anyone with an internet connection. There is a server for just about every kind of gameplay and community imaginable.
This list provides ten of the best and most popular servers currently running for Minecraft multiplayer. We have picked out servers that are unique for the game and give players lots of freedom to play and explore. All of these servers have thriving communities that anyone can join and have commonsense rules that need to be followed to play. All of these servers use version 1.16.4 unless otherwise specified.
This server features standard SMP gameplay, but it is probably best known for its modded game worlds. This server has worlds for Tekkit, Pixelmon, and FTB modded games along with towny factions. You will need to download the appropriate mod packs to play on the different worlds. These are popular mod packs, and the server staff has put a lot of time into creating worlds suitable for them. The Pixelmon worlds, for instance, are based on the original Pokémon games. It is difficult to get bored on this server as there is so much to do in the big worlds that players are welcome to explore. If you get tired of playing with one mod pack, it is easy to jump into another and start playing on the server. There are also regular events to participate in and an active community to join.
Earth MC is a geopolitical sandbox, a scale replica of our planet complete with some of its major cities. This server uses the Towny plugin and focuses on faction-based gameplay. Players get to roam the earth and build a small town or shelter into a new nation on Earth. If you don’t want to create your own nation, you can join one that has already been established. This server also features large scale PvP. Nations can form alliances or go to war with one another. Players can create something entirely new or rewrite history as they see fit.
Extreme Craft is one of the largest Minecraft servers currently available. There are numerous servers connected to the Extreme Craft network that host a lot of different game types. You can play standard SMP, Skyblock, Prison, Eggwars, Hide and Seek, and a lot more. There is also an anarchy server in the network where players can do whatever they like. This network has a vast community that you can join, as well as regular events and contests. Among the events is a monthly build battle for players who want to try their hand at mega builds.
If you liked AMC’s series The Walking Dead or just like zombie apocalypse games in general, you might enjoy this server. This server recreates AMC’s series within the game and allows you to live out your own TWD story. Gameplay on the server feels similar to DayZ with extensive PvP, PvE, and survival elements. The server also features games based on Star Wars and GTA that are currently a work-in-progress. There are numerous minigames and multiplayer events to enjoy as they explore the expansive server.
It is tough to talk about the best Minecraft servers without mentioning the Hypixel network. Hypixel is a minigame server that was created by a group of game developers in 2012. It is one of the most well-known servers for the game and features tons of minigames, many of which have been custom designed and coded for the server. The server features games like Skywars, Hunger Games, Turbo Kart Racers, Murder Mystery, and Vampirez, to name a few. The staff usually has another game type or some big event in the works, so it is difficult to get bored on this server. There is always a vast number of players online that you can compete and play against. If you want to take a break from all the minigames, you can access a creative world with your own fully customizable island to build on as you please.
Minecraft Middle Earth
While this server isn’t finished yet, it is well worth exploring. The expansive map is based on the cinematic version of Middle-earth created by Peter Jackson. You have a few options when it comes to gameplay on this server. You can explore the beautifully constructed map or play in a PvP arena. You can also help finish building the world as long as you follow the rules. There is also a thriving online community that has come together to work on the massive project. The rules for this server are simple but are very strictly enforced. To be able to get access to the server, you have to take a brief quiz about the rules of the server. This is to deter griefers and trolls as the community; understandably, doesn’t want anyone wrecking their hard work. The server also has a built-in tour guide that will give the players plenty of Lord of the Rings lore as they explore the world.
This server, like most of the others on this list, features more than one way to play. The main focus is on faction-based survival gameplay using plugins like McMMO. There are two RPG game modes available featuring factions and MMO-like gameplay. There is also a newly released prison mode and a skyblock game mode. The server offers a lot of competitive elements. Factions vie to hold the top spot on the server, and players can compete to have the best skyblock island. There is always something to do, as the server has regular events and contests that everyone can participate in.
PirateCraft is based on the age of sail. The very ambitious creators of this server have done an excellent job of bringing the pirates’ life to the game. You can build your ships, experience ship-to-ship combat, and develop your vault to stash your treasures. As a pirate-based server, there is a small amount of griefing allowed within certain limitations. Ships can be stolen, and your hidden treasures can be looted so long as the rules of the server are followed.
As the name would suggest, this server is based on the world of Harry Potter. Similar to the Witchcraft and Wizardry adventure map, this server lets you live out your own Harry Potter-esque adventure. You can get sorted into a house, attend classes, play Quidditch, and duel other students. You can also visit areas based on iconic locations like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts. This server also has several minigames and regular events to keep players busy as they explore and gain new abilities. This server uses versions 1.10 to 1.13.
Wynncraft is the largest MMORPG server available for Minecraft players. The entire server has been carefully designed and coded to create a unique RPG experience. It easy to forget that you are playing on a server and not a well-made adventure map. The server functions just like your standard fantasy MMO. There is a large map to explore, complete with unique cities, quests, bosses, dungeons, and player guilds.