Top 9 Minecraft shaders 1.16.5, Looking for Top 9 Minecraft shaders 1.16.5 on the market to help give your latest world a visual makeover? Look no further!
Our Minecraft shaders list walks you through 12 fantastic shader packs for Minecraft 1.16.5, each of which can be downloaded and tested with ease. We run the gamut between lightweight, performant shaders and beastly packs that require high-end rigs to run, so you can find the best Minecraft shaders for your situation.
How to install Minecraft shaders:
Download and install Optifine for 1.16.5.
Download any (or all!) of the shader packs below.
Place the downloaded ZIP folder(s) in the following location:
And that’s it! You can now go back to Minecraft (making sure you run the Optifine 1.16.5 version from the Minecraft launcher), and under Video Settings you can click on Shaders to bring up the shaders selection screen and customisation options for each pack. Simple as that.
Top 9 Shaders:
- BSL Shaders
- Complementary Shaders
- Oceano Shaders
- Nostalgia Shader Pack
- Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders
- Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders
- Continuum Shaders
- projectLUMA Shaders
- Chocapic13’s Shaders
1. BSL Shaders
Good lord, BSL Shaders are beautiful. Like, really beautiful. In fact, when all’s said and done, this is the shader pack that I always go back to for my own survival worlds. Everything included here, from the amazing depth of field effects to the crisp lighting, the beautiful water reflections, and the fluffy far-off clouds utterly transport you to a place that you could almost imagine to be Minecraft 2.0. Plus, you can turn on World Curvature for some crazy nice screenshots like the one at the top of this article.
You might expect that such stonking pulchritude comes at the cost of lower frames, but… no, not really. It actually runs a little better for me on my (high-end) rig than the other “go-to” shaders on this list (Sildur’s and SEUS). But the fact that Minecraft can look this good and still run at a decent 60 FPS on a good rig just blows my mind.
Download link: BSL Shaders
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2. Complementary Shaders
Piggy-backing off the brilliance and success of the previous shader pack on this list, Complementary Shaders is an offshoot of BSL Shaders, designed to be “as issueless as possible”. Extremely performant, and with just as much opportunity for customization as BSL (check out the world curvature on that screenshot, eh?), whether you choose BSL or Complementary comes purely down to preference.
The download also comes with a Complementary Resource Pack, to be used alongside the shaders if you so desire.
3. Oceano Shaders
As the title might suggest, Oceano Shaders give Minecraft’s water surfaces a much-needed makeover. From a distance, they’re possibly the best shaders out there for oceans, though it does look a little stranger with smaller bodies of water. But the overall look and feel of the shader pack more than makes up for these occasional anomalies.
everything has a very bright, crisp look with Oceano Shaders. It feels a bit like a cross between Continuum Shaders and SEUS (both of which you’ll meet shortly below), but comes away looking very much like its own thing.
Download link: Oceano Shaders
4. Nostalgia Shader Pack
Nostalgia Shaders give you an extremely lightweight and wonderfully subtle graphical overhaul for your Minecraft worlds. Designed to emulate the first few popular shader packs of the early 2010’s, Nostalgia may be a little lacking in the customisation department compared with others on this list, but the flipside of this is that you really don’t need to do much tinkering to get a very performant and great-looking Minecraft experience.
5. Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders
Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders is probably the go-to option right now for Minecraft shaders mods, and it’s easy to see why once you see it in action. Not only does this shader pack give Minecraft a much-needed and incredibly comprehensive makeover, but it’s also made a name for itself as one of the most customisable and flexible shaders mods around. Therefore, in this article, I will review the features of the most beautiful, lightest Shader – Sildurs Shaders Mod.
That’s really where Sildur’s success lies. After all, every single shader pack on this list looks beautiful. But with Sildur’s, it’s very easy to spend ages tweaking little settings to achieve the absolutely perfect look for you and your Minecraft world. You’ve got six different versions of the mod to try out, from Lite through to Extreme, so no matter your specs you’ll be able to run Sildur’s with little effort.
Download: Sildurs Shaders Mod.
6. Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders
Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders, or SEUS for short, is where many players who have dipped their toe into the Minecraft shaders ocean would have started. This shader pack goes for a very clean and familiar Minecraft look, less flashy than many on this list but just as beautiful, particularly in motion.
The downside is that it’s not nearly as customisable as Sildur’s or certain other Minecraft shaders on this list; but the upside of that is that it looks great right out of the gate, no tweaking of settings required.
Download: Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders
7. Continuum Shaders
Continuum Shaders. I waxed lyrical earlier about the stupendous beauty of BSL Shaders, but Continuum Shaders just knocks any other on this list out of the park. Just look at that screenshot. Continuum puts a lot of emphasis on its authentic lighting effects, and it shows.
Download link: Continuum Shaders
But – and it’s a big but – in terms of optimisation, Continuum falls flat on its face compared to many other Minecraft shaders out there. The way I’d put it to you is this: if you want an amazingly good-looking screenshot that makes your Minecraft world look like it came out of a world-class modelling or animation studio, Continuum is what you should use. If you’re after a shader pack that looks amazing in motion and allows you to get on with a spot of building or mining or fighting, then maybe you should give this one a pass.
8. projectLUMA Shaders
The official successor of the venerable KUDA Shaders, projectLUMA Shaders aims to give Minecraft as much of a visual pop as possible without tanking your performance. Sounds much like the aims of most other shader packs, right? But in projectLUMA’s case the results are extremely positive – which cannot be said for many other shader packs I’ve tried.
Rather than opting for the fluffy marshmallow clouds present in most shaders, projectLUMA gives you photorealistic skyboxes, matched with excellent lighting options that give the landscapes below an amazing sense of life and colour. This is a very solid choice for anyone just starting out with shaders in Minecraft 1.16.5.
9. Chocapic13’s Shaders
The venerable Chocapic13’s Shaders pack still stands up today as one of the best options available for 1.16.5, thanks to its vibrant but pared-back style and its ability to run on a great deal of different rigs without too much trouble.
For those looking to really test their Titan XPs with the eyecandiest of eyecandy, well, this probably won’t knock your socks off like you’re hoping. But Chocapic13’s Shaders somehow create a more relaxing Minecraft than nearly any other shader pack I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot).