One of the reasons why Minecraft is so fun to play for many players is that there are tons of different mods, custom games created by the community over the years. These mods have become a very important part of the game. Some mods are just fun decorations while others change the game entirely.

In this article, we will show you how to add Minecraft Realms mods as well as the best mods for Minecraft Realms in 2021 so you can explore the endless world with your friends.

Minecraft Realms
Minecraft Realms is a server hosting service by Mojang that allows players to host their own Minecraft server.

1. What is Minecraft Realms?

Minecraft Realms is a server hosting service provided by Mojang. Players can use Realms to create their own Minecraft servers that are always available even if the server owner is offline. Players have to be invited to join a Realms server. Realms servers are meant to be used for a small group of friends or as a family server, not a large public server.

To use this service, players need to subscribe to Realms Plus for the Bedrock Edition or subscribe to Realms for Minecraft Java Edition. The price is $7.99 per month. Only the server owner needs to pay for the subscription. Invited players can join Realms without having to pay anything.

2. Does Minecraft Realms support mods?

The official answer from Minecraft is that the Realms: Java Edition has support for a growing number of minigames and custom maps made by the community while Realms servers for Minecraft Bedrock support Add-Ons and Marketplace maps, textures, and skins, however, full modding support is not available.

This means it's possible for you to play many different game modes in Minecraft Realms and makes many modifications to your servers. However, it is a little bit different from normal modding and there will be some limitations to it.

Minecraft Realms Mods
Players can modify Realms world to a certain extent using data packs.

Minecraft Realms mods will come in the form of data packs. Minecraft data packs can modify Minecraft with new mechanics, weapons, crafting recipes,... However, data packs can only modify the available resources in Minecraft and they cannot add resources from outside of the game, unlike normal modding. Think of data packs as invisible Command Blocks that are always active.

3. How to add Minecraft Realms mods 2021

Players want to know how to add Minecraft Realms mods so they can play and experience different things with their friends. There are basically 2 ways to add mods in Minecraft Realms, one by integrating customized maps and the other by using data packs.

Minecraft Realms maps

As mentioned above, there are a lot of different custom maps and mini-games you can play on your Realms server. These maps are carefully selected from community submissions by the Minecraft Content Team. Mojang updates these maps about every 2 weeks. Some maps may not work due to being phased out or incompatible with the current update.

These custom maps in Minecraft Realms are split into 5 categories:

  • Mini-games: These maps are designed to be temporary and they will reset continuously.
  • World templates: These are maps designed for usage as custom survival world spawns.
  • Adventures: These are maps designed for long-term play.
  • Experiences: These maps lack goals for players to work toward. They are designed to be explored.
  • Inspiration: These maps are designed to inspire people to build new things in Minecraft.
Minecraft Realms Maps
Mojang picks custom maps submitted by the community for players to play in Minecraft Realms.

Minecraft data packs

While there are already a lot of options for you to play in Minecraft Realms, there are even more things you can experience in your Realms with data packs made by the community. Note that this method only works with Minecraft Java Edition.

Follow these steps to install data packs on Minecraft Realms:

  • Download data packs (Minecraft Java realms mods) from websites such as Planet Minecraft, Vanilla Tweaks,... or other players. They should come in the form of zip files.
  • Go to Minecraft, create a single-player world -> Save and Quit to Title.
  • Press Window + R to open Run. Type %appdata% ->.minecraft -> saves -> (the folder with the name of the world you just created) -> datapacks
Minecraft Add Data Packs Realms
Press Window + R to open the Run window to find the folder of the world you created
  • Now copy all the data packs you downloaded to this folder.
Minecraft Add Data Packs Realms 1
Copy all the data packs you downloaded to the folder
  • Now enter that world again, open Settings -> Open to LAN -> Allow Cheat ON -> Start LAN World -> Save and Quit to the Title.
  • Go to Minecraft Realms -> Configure Realms -> Choose a world slot and press Reset World -> Upload World -> Select the world with your data packs.
Minecraft Add Data Packs Realms 2
Upload the world with data packs to your Minecraft Realms
  • Now you have a modded world in your realms.

You can check out the video below to have a better look at the process.

4. Best Minecraft Realms mods in 2021

After knowing how to add mods to Minecraft Realms, you may want some suggestions of which mods to go for. Here are the top five recommended Realms mods or data packs to be exact you should try in 2021.

  • Treecapitator

After installing this mod, you only need to mine one block of the tree and all other tree blocks will be mined as well. Such items as axes and shears will also be equipped with Unbreaking enchantment by default to support your exploration.

  • Multiplayer Sleep

This is a very useful mod on multiplayer servers. Only one player needs to be in bed for the night to become day and other gamers in the same world would be notified, making it much easier to coordinate.

Note that this Minecraft Realms mod only works on servers.

  • Anti Creeper Grief

This mod will make sure the creeper's explosion won't destroy your buildings. However, some versions of Anti Creeper Grief may not kill mobs as expected. That's why you may need to use commands to kill all mobs if you want to do so.

  • Veinminer

This one will help you mine the entire vein of ores by mining only 1 block. The advantage of this Realms mod is that it indeed utilizes the tool to mine blocks, so the drops would be correct. It also offers personal settings to enhance the customized experience of each player.

  • Double Shulker Shells

This mod makes sure that a Shulker will drop 2 or more Shulker Shells, material to make a Shulker box,  on death. The latest version claims it can reach up to 64 shells along with an advanced option of making Shulkers always drop their shells regardless of the drop chance as normal.

Shulkers Dropping Shell
With this Minecraft Realms mod, all shulkers have to drop their shells.

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