All the freedom offered by Minecraft is even better when shared with other players. Therefore, the game’s multiplayer mode allows you to access servers created by other people, each containing its own characteristics, modes, objectives, and minigames. Below, we’ve selected the top 14 to play the original version of Minecraft on PC in 2021.
Attention: all servers below are active and updated to 2021 (versions 1.15 onwards. To access them, just go to the menu Multiplayer>Direct Connection and, in the server address field, just paste the IPs provided below.
The most popular server in the world. Hypixel has been on the air for over 7 years and is still busier than ever. It offers numerous minigame options that are always full of players. Among them, you can find the famous modes Skywars, Bed Wars, Hunger Games, and many others. It’s like a server that leads to specific minigame servers. It also has a Survival mode for those who don’t want so much action.
EarthMC is probably Minecraft’s most ambitious server. Unbeatable in scale, the server aims to be a replica of planet Earth, with its main cities carefully recreated. You can visit cities like London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and many others. In addition, the server also has a focus on Survival mode and allows you to choose the country you want to start from to join other players and build communities.
PvPWars is a server dedicated exclusively to PvP. It doesn’t have a Survival mode, but rather several minigames other than Skyblock and Factions to choose from. All of them have a high competitive focus, with an overall score and an economic system based on player performance.
WynnCraft is Minecraft’s largest RPG server and has around 1000 simultaneous players every time. Serve has all the features you would expect from an MMORPG, with quests, buys and sells, classes, dungeons, tier system, equipment, mounts, secret content, and much more. The server even has lore (world story) behind the quests!
A pirate-themed server! PirateMC lets you build your own ships and team up with other players to form crews and explore the world. Although it is predominantly a Survival server, it also features PVP and allows you to compete in ship battles against other crews, defend and attack strong, etc.
The Mining Dead
As the name suggests, The Mining Dead is a server heavily inspired by The Walking Dead. Here, the main focus is to team up with other players to survive the onslaught of zombie hordes. However, PVP is enabled, so you’ll also need to worry about surviving or attacking other players to secure your loot. The server also has several equipment kits inspired by the characters from the series, as well as directly copied locations such as Prison, Alexandria, Woodbury, etc.
For the more competitive ones, there is an overall scoreboard that can be accessed on the official server page, showing the scores of all active players.
While not one of the most accessed servers on this list, MCParks is one of the most unique, without a doubt. It offers a number of amusement parks inspired by real-world parks like Disneyland, Disney World, Universal, etc, and is full of mechanics inserted through mods and plug-ins. The server also features custom amusement parks created by the owners, in addition to allowing players to set up their own.
SkyBlock is the biggest and best option for SkyBlock mode fans. For those who don’t know, in this mode, you appear on a small floating island and need to survive with very few resources. With thousands of players active every day, SkyBlock has a custom plugin that adds lots of island options for you to play alone or with friends.
Complex Gaming is a server full of worlds that use different mod packs, each dedicated to different gameplay. Among many good options, the server stands out with the famous Pixelmon, a mod totally inspired by the Pokémon franchise that adds to the game several mechanics for you to capture the little monsters, duel, teach attacks, pass the level, etc. Although it requires you to download and run the different mod packs for each game mode, the server shows you how to do this in the simplest way.
Extreme Craft is one of the biggest Minecraft servers today and also has several game modes, from simple multiplayer to Skyblock, Prison, Eggwars, Hide and Seek, etc. The big difference here is the events and competitions organized by the community, including building disputes between players. The server also has an “Anarchy Mode”, in which players can do whatever they want.
Havoc MC is a server with a collection of modes based on other franchises. At the moment, the most complete model is Mining Dead, inspired by The Walking Dead series, which involves PvP, PvE, and various survival elements. The server also has other modes based on Star Wars, Warzone, and GTA, but these are still under development.
As you can imagine, Potterworld is a server entirely based on Harry Potter. Here you can join one of the four Hogwarts houses, duel, play Quidditch, attend classes, visit many places known from books and movies, and participate in various community events.
LemonCloud is a very popular server with thousands of players active every day. The server has numerous modes such as Survival, PVP, PVE, RPG, Prison, Factions, Hunger Games, etc. Among all available, Skyblock mode is the most prominent.
Craftlandia is the biggest Brazilian Minecraft server. On the air for 9 years, the server has a strong focus on Survival mode, with its own economic system, abilities that are not in the traditional version of the game, and daily events to encourage interaction between players. Craftlandia also has a system of clans, skins, and PvP arenas.