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10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

 Do you want to test out the best Minecraft 1.19 shaders? If you've ever glanced at your Minecraft world and wished it looked a little more cinematic, a little more gorgeous, nothing beats downloading some fantastic Minecraft shaders. 

Shaders, often known as shader packs, are a sort of Minecraft graphics mod that totally changes the look of any Minecraft world by adding magnificent lighting, realistic shadows, beautiful skyboxes and seas, flowing grass and foliage, and much more.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

The disadvantage of utilizing shaders is that it puts a greater strain on your computer. However, some shader packs are significantly more resource-intensive than others, and the list below spans the spectrum from lightweight, performant shaders to beefier shader packs that push the boundaries of how nice Minecraft can look.

We've collected a list of the greatest Minecraft shaders for 1.19, the most recent version of Minecraft. Each section has a link that will take you directly to the download page for each shader bundle. Continue reading for instructions on how to install and run any of these Minecraft shaders on Sodium or Optifine.

We'll go through each of these shaders and explain why they're so much superior than other shader packs you could find online. But first, we'll show you how to easily install and use Minecraft shaders for 1.19 right now.


How to Download and Install 1.19 Minecraft Shaders

You may install and use any of the shaders listed below with Minecraft 1.19 right now, without waiting for Optifine to upgrade to 1.19. You may run any of the above shaders on Sodium, a performance mod similar to (but in our view better to) Optifine that has already been updated for Minecraft 1.19, thanks to a mod called IrisShaders.


How to Use Sodium and IrisShaders to Install Minecraft Shaders

  1. Navigate to the IrisShaders Download page and click the "Download Universal JAR" button.
  2. Install both Sodium and IrisShaders for the relevant Minecraft version by running the supplied JAR file (1.19).
  3. Download one (or more!) of the shader packs listed above.
  4. Place the downloaded ZIP folder(s) on your PC in the following directory: %appdata%.minecraft shaderpacks
  5. Launch the Minecraft launcher, navigate to the "Iris and Sodium" installation, and press the "Play" button.

Following procedures will install the Sodium and IrisShaders at the same time, allowing you to experience the performance benefits of Sodium as well as the beauty of the shaders below.


How to Use Optifine to Install Minecraft Shaders

  1. Download and install Optifine for your Minecraft version (if you don't see 1.19, check the "Preview versions" section at the top of the website).
  2. Download one (or more!) of the shader packs listed above.
  3. Place the downloaded ZIP folder(s) on your PC in the following directory: %appdata%.minecraft shaderpacks
  4. Launch Minecraft, pick the "Optifine" installation, then press "Play."


Top 10 Shaders for Minecraft 1.19 The Wild Update

Let's take a closer look at some breathtaking panoramas and landscapes as seen through the eyes of some of the greatest Minecraft shaders ever created.


10) BSL Shaders

BSL Shaders are very stunning. Like, very lovely. In fact, once everything is said and done, this is the shader pack I usually return to for my personal survival worlds as well as any Minecraft servers I visit. 

Everything in this pack, from the incredible depth of field effects to the clear lighting, lovely water reflections, and fluffy far-off clouds, completely transports you to a location that you might almost assume to be Minecraft 2.0. You may also enable World Curvature for some very unusual screenshots.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

You'd think that such stonking pulchritude would come at the expense of lower frames, but... no, not really. On my (high-end) system, it actually performs somewhat better than the other "go-to" shaders on this list (Sildur's and SEUS). It blows my mind that Minecraft can look this nice while still running at a consistent 60 FPS on a reasonable setup.


9) Complementary Shaders

Complementary Shaders is an extension of BSL Shaders, meant to be "as issueless as possible." It builds on the brilliance and popularity of the last shader pack on this list. 

Extremely performant and with just as much customization as BSL, the choice between BSL and Complementary is totally personal. A fantastic option for showcasing your most recent home construction.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

The package also includes a Complementary Resource Pack, which may be utilized in addition to the shaders if desired. You may, of course, use this shader pack in conjunction with any texture pack you like.


8) Continuum Shaders

Now, here's the deal with Continuum Shaders. I waxed poetic about the amazing beauty of BSL Shaders before, but Continuum Shaders may have it beat in terms of sheer snapshot exquisiteness. Continuum places a high value on genuine lighting effects, and it shows.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

However, and this is a huge though, Continuum falls a little short in terms of optimization when compared to several of the other Minecraft shaders on our list. To obtain the best performance, you should use Sodium and IrisShaders, however, even that may not be adequate unless you have a really powerful PC. To put it another way, Continuum is what you should use if you want a really good-looking screenshot that makes your Minecraft environment appear like it originated from a world-class modeling or animation company.

When you're looking for a shader pack that looks great in motion and lets you get on with creating a fantastic castle or tower, you might want to pass on this one. Especially if you intend to venture into the Nether for some potion crafting or Netherite mining.

Continuum's beauty, on the other hand, cannot be denied. Seriously, take a look at that screenshot. It's beyond my comprehension. That is the most beautiful Minecraft screenshot I've seen before.


7) Oceano Shaders

Oceano Shaders, as the name suggests, give Minecraft's water surfaces a much-needed update. From afar, they're perhaps the greatest shaders for seas available, albeit it looks a touch peculiar with smaller bodies of water. However, the overall appearance and feel of the shader pack more than compensate for these little flaws.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

With Oceano Shaders, everything seems really bright and sharp. It seems like a mix between Continuum Shaders and SEUS (both of which you'll encounter shortly), yet it comes off as extremely distinct. 

It's an excellent approach to exploring the ocean's depths in search of uncommon Minecraft mobs like Buried Treasure, Axolotls, and other nautical Minecraft monsters.


6) Nostalgia Shader Pack

Nostalgia Shaders provide a very subtle and lightweight graphics update for your Minecraft environments. Nostalgia is a shader pack designed to replicate the first few popular shader packs of the early 2010s. It may be lacking in customizing when compared to others on this list, but the upside is that you don't need to do much fiddling to obtain a very performant and great-looking Minecraft experience.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

The cloud possibilities are by far my favorite aspect of Nostalgia. Do yourself a favor and raise both layers of clouds as high as they will go, then activate Story Mode Style. It appears to be extremely excellent. Why don't clouds appear like this in ordinary Minecraft?


5) Sildur's Vibrant Shaders

Sildur's Vibrant Shaders is perhaps the most popular Minecraft Shader mod right now, and it's simple to see why once you see it in action. This shader collection not only gives Minecraft a much-needed and highly complete makeover but it's also become known as one of the most customizable and adaptable shader packs available.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

Sildur's success is based on this. After all, every shader pack on this list is stunning. However, with Sildur's, it's all too simple to spend hours changing minor parameters to obtain the very best appearance for you and your Minecraft world. 

You may check out six various versions of the mod, ranging from Lite to Extreme, so no matter what your specifications are, you'll be able to run Sildur's with minimal effort. Even at the highest settings, Sildur's is surprisingly lightweight and outperforms most other Minecraft shader modifications in terms of performance.


4) projectLUMA Shaders

ProjectLUMA Shaders, the official successor to the old KUDA Shaders, attempts to provide Minecraft as much visual flair as possible without degrading performance. Doesn't it seem like the goal of most other shader packs? 

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

However, in the case of projectLUMA, the results are really favorable, which cannot be stated for many other shader packs I've tried. Choose project UMA if you want to start a fresh survival save that you want to play for a long period and want a shader pack with minimal bugs. You could travel all the way to the Wither boss (which is recommended if you want to build a beacon) and your frames would still be flying high.

Instead of the fluffy marshmallow clouds seen in most shaders, projectLUMA provides lifelike skyboxes along with outstanding lighting choices that give the landscapes below an incredible feeling of life and color. 

This is an excellent pick for anyone who is just getting started with shaders in Minecraft. It's not nearly as pretty as it gets farther below (unless you find something truly remarkable, like an Amethyst Geode), but the skyboxes alone make this shader pack worthy of inclusion on this list.


3) Sora Shaders

Sora Shaders, a modification of project UMA Shaders, does nothing wrong in my opinion. This shader pack appears to have accomplished what it set out to do. Again, great-looking skyboxes and wonderful subtle lighting effects create a totally new mood in Minecraft.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

This water looks fantastic, the shadows and reflections are fantastic, and everything simply appears very crisp, clean, and colorful, much like Oceano Shaders on the top of this list. It's ideal for establishing a fresh Minecraft world.


2) Chocapic13's Shaders

Another legendary shader set whose name you might recognize even if you've never used Minecraft shaders before. The legendary Chocapic13's Shaders pack remains one of the greatest solutions available today, owing to its bright yet pared-back look and ability to operate on a wide range of systems without issue.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

Those seeking to truly put their RTX 3090s through their paces with the most eye candies of eye candy may be disappointed. But Chocapic13's shaders make Minecraft seem more comfortable than almost any other shader pack I've tried (and I've tried a bunch). This specific mix of swinging foliage, gently shimmering waves and soft, subtle lighting is incredibly peaceful.


1) Beyond Belief Shaders

Beyond Belief, Shaders are the shaders to use if you want to replicate Pirates of the Caribbean in Minecraft. That is, without a doubt, the best-looking water of any shader pack on our list. It truly is beyond comprehension.

10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)
10 Best Minecraft Shader Packs for 1.19 (Sodium and Optifine compatible)

Overall, I'd say there are one or two shaders that appear somewhat higher-quality, but Beyond Belief Shaders absolutely revitalize your Minecraft experience even before you start altering the settings (which is made easy by a lovely and well-presented set of customization options)

The lighting is fantastic, and the godrays and lens flares enhance rather than detract from the experience. It looks especially fantastic at night, which makes this shader set ideal for recording a good old-fashioned fireworks display.

With that, I'll bring our guide on the finest Minecraft shaders for 1.19 to a close. The shader packs listed above span the entire range in terms of appearance, customization possibilities, and performance effect, so perhaps you've discovered the shaders mod that's right for you.

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