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The Best Shaders For Minecraft 1.18

Posted: Jan 31, 2022 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Ever since the dawn of time, Minecraft updates have been the bane of the community’s existence. Well, not really, but they’re a pain to deal with when considering mods, especially shaders. Minecraft’s most recent update was just recently released, so all of the most popular shader packs are racing to update. Today, we’re going to go over the best Minecraft shaders for 1.18. Let’s begin.

The List

All of these shader packs are up to date to the latest version of 1.18. Some may or may not be updated to 1.18.1, but should still be compatible unless stated otherwise.

bsl shaders

BSL Shaders – A shader package that has achieved over 8 million downloads. Created by Capt Tatsu in 2015, this pack improves Minecraft’s look by adding options to adjust bloom contrast/radius, chromatic aberration, improved TAA, waving plants, and so much more. This is one of the top of the line shader packs.

Ushader minecraft

UShader – A work by RRe36, UShader is fully updated to 1.18.1 with some great features including dimension support, dynamic shadows, volumetric fog, soft shadows, bloom, atmospheric sky, and much more!

cybox shaders

Cybox Shaders – Add impressive graphics to your Minecraft and allow a unique game experience with renewed visuals. Cybox adds dynamic shadows, incredible effects depending on the sun’s position to provide a realistic experience, and more. This shader is not necessarily the most optimized, but feels very bright and prominent in the lighting.

super duper vanilla shaders

Super Duper Vanilla Shaders – Expect various improvements to your game with the Super Duper Vanilla shaders pack! Properly named, this pack provides more detailed sky colors, weather visual improvements, auto-exposure with depth of field, better gamma correction, and much more. Bloom is adjusted to feel more smooth and look natural. Water and underwater visuals receive improvements, and shadows for aquatic materials wave. Overall a great improvement to Vanilla!

ebin shaders

Ebin Shaders – One of the most users shaders for the latest version, Ebin improves graphics and creates greater realism by adding a variety of actions that will ultimately enhance gameplay. Using in conjunction with OptiFine, this shader can help increase performance while adding realistic environment, spectacular illumination, and a brighter sun. Overall a decent pack!

iris shaders

Iris Shaders – A brand new shader mod suitable and designed for 1.18. This mod functions perfectly with Sodium allowing for improved FPS, compatibility, and performance that you usually don’t experience with OptiFine. This shader is great for when you want a firm boost while experiencing a minimal performance increase at the same time. With sleek design, open-source nature, and impressive mod compatibility, this is looking to be one of the greats!

If you’re having trouble installing or using any of these shaders, consider checking out this page which gives more information on installation, common issues, OptiFine, and some other popular recommendations.


That’s all I’ve got! These shaders are all amazing options to improve your Minecraft world. Even better, they’re all up to date with the latest version of the game, ready to enhance your survival experience with you and your friends! I hope that this blog helped you find what you were looking for. In any case, have a great day!

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