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Best Minecraft servers for 1.17.1: Survival, Skyblock, Bedwars, Factions, and more

Here are the best Minecraft servers for 1.17.1

Which are the best Minecraft servers? There's no easy answer to this question, because public Minecraft servers are as varied as they are abundant, and it can be hard to hunt around for the kind of experience you're after when you're so spoilt for choice. But whether you're looking for Skyblock, Hunger Games, factions, or just good old fashioned survival, our best Minecraft servers list will offer you a top-tier selection of reliable and reputable servers to play on.

So if you're looking for a new experience and the Minecraft 1.18 update hasn't delivered Dripstone and the Warden quickly enough for you, you can rekindle that sense of wonder and discovery by visiting any of the below servers. We also walk you through how to join a Minecraft server so you can get stuck into playing immediately.

Here are the best Minecraft servers for 1.17.1:


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Hypixel server.

Hypixel

Server IP Address: mc.hypixel.net

Game modes: Survival, Creative, Skyblock, Hunger Games, Minigames

Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way; after all, how could we have a Minecraft servers list without talking about Hypixel, the venerable titan of Minecraft servers? Whether you're interested in PvP and competitive Minecraft or a more relaxed and independent survival experience, Hypixel has about a dozen different modes for you to choose from, all presented through an easy-to-use inventory interface. Whatever kind of Minecraft player you are, whether you want to spend your time fighting players, fighting mobs like Slimes, mining for Diamonds, or creating fantastic Minecraft builds, you'll find something to love at Hypixel. That's what brings in tens of thousands of players day after day.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the TheArchon server.

TheArchon

Server IP Address: org.archonhq.net

Game modes: Factions, Skyblock, Survival

TheArchon is another incredibly popular multi-faceted Minecraft 1.17 server with a variety of game modes, or "realms" to choose from, including regular old survival, Skyblock, Factions, Prison, and more. It's got a refreshing no-nonsense attitude that just allows you to dive right into whatever you like within the first few seconds of joining the server for the first time - but there's a particular emphasis on PvP modes here. You may want to take a look at our list of Minecraft texture packs to give you an edge over other players in PvP, or check out our towers and castle builds if you want to get to work on building some defenses.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the MCCentral server.

MCCentral

Server IP Address: mccentral.org

Game modes: Survival, Creative, Skyblock, Hunger Games, Minigames

MCCentral is another Minigames and multimodal server that has a condensed but still very comprehensive selection of different modes, each usually with multiple servers available. There's a fully functional shared Creative Mode server which resets every day, where you can go to test out your Creative (and WorldEdit) skills. There's a multitude of servers for Skyblock, UHC, Prison, Factions, Hunger Games, Capture The Flag, and much more. Plus, their lobby looks fantastic - particularly with good Minecraft shaders enabled.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Jartex server.

JartexNetwork

Server IP Address: top.jartex.fun

Game modes: Survival, Creative, Bedwars, Factions, Skyblock, Minigames

JartexNetwork is a popular and growing server filled with all the same sorts of minigames and modes as its rivals. Everything on JartexNetwork feels polished: the server controls are intuitive, the servers themselves are solid, the game modes are well-chosen and well-designed. It's a great alternative to the more venerable titans on this list, and is certainly stable enough for a quest to defeat the Wither and get the Nether Star, which you'll need to make a Beacon.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the BlockDrop server.

Blockdrop Network

Server IP Address: bedwars.games

Game modes: Bedwars, Survival, Creative, Factions, Minigames

Blockdrop Network is another very popular variety server, but it specialises in Bedwars - a game mode which requires you to protect your bed and destroy other players' beds to win. Recently they've also added "City Life", a unique Sims-style game mode with rentable apartments, jobs, salaries, and everything else you need for a bit of good old escapism.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the MineSuperior server.

MineSuperior

Server IP Address: hub.mcs.gg

Game modes: Survival, Creative, Skyblock, Factions

If you're after Skyblock shenanigans above all else, MineSuperior should be your first stop. This popular 1.17 server is packed with variations on the standard Skyblock formula, alongside numerous other game modes if Skyblock isn't to your taste. Everything is easily accessible and clear, meaning you can start playing what you want to play straight away.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Wildercraft server.

WilderCraft

Server IP Address: play.wildercraft.net

Game modes: Survival

If the phrases "semi-vanilla", "nature-themed", and "help each other" appeal to you, then WilderCraft might be your best choice in this entire list of Minecraft servers. Within the spectrum of public Minecraft survival servers, it's pretty much the opposite of anarchy servers like Minewind: the emphasis here is on collaboration and community, and working together to build and achieve lots of cool stuff. For those looking to meet new players and have a more down-to-earth, relaxed survival experience, WilderCraft is ready and waiting.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Applecraft server.

Applecraft

Server IP Address: play.applecraftmc.org

Game modes: Survival, Minigames

Applecraft is a survival server, through and through. Well, okay, there's a little parkour minigame accessible from the lobby, but otherwise the point is to play a more-or-less vanilla survival game of Minecraft alongside hundreds of others in a colossal 100,000 x 100,000 world. It'll take you an awful lot of fully-zoomed-out Minecraft maps to fully explore that many blocks! So if you're more interested in traditional Minecraft than all the Factions and Skyblock stuff floating about these days, then Applecraft might be for you.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Seed server.

The Seed

Server IP Address: theseedmc.com

Game modes: Survival

The Seed is another attempt to bring Minecraft servers back to the traditional vanilla survival experience. It's almost entirely vanilla: the only additions are the ability to protect your houses and builds from griefers, the ability to warp to different locations (not for free, though!), and the ability to create shops and exchange goods with other players.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the DatBlock server.

Datblock

Server IP Address: play.datblock.com

Game modes: Survival, Skyblock, Minigames

Another Minecraft server which offers a variety of survival experiences from vanilla to Skyblock, Datblock has the extra attraction of a series of unique concepts for survival experiences that we haven't seen the likes of anywhere else. The ambitious Datearth mode is played out on a map of the Earth, and offers "a geopolitical game with towns, nations and war", while the equally novel Datmars throws you onto a near-inhospitable rock reminiscent of the Martian surface, where you are tasked with surviving - if at all possible.


A Minecraft screenshot of the lobby of the Cubecraft server.

CubeCraft

Server IP Address: play.cubecraft.net

Game modes: Skyblock, Hunger Games, Minigames

CubeCraft features a smaller but arguably more intricately crafted selection of minigames and modes than most Minecraft servers can offer. I've been having a tonne of fun with their absolutely massive selection of parkour maps, with multiple themes each containing various levels across three different modes of difficulty. And that's just parkour. The other modes CubeCraft offers are similarly elaborate and well-designed, with hundreds of players at any given time logging into SkyWars, Tower Defence, Archer Assault, or any of the other modes in their rotating selection of popular games.


How to join a Minecraft server

To join a Minecraft server, all you need to do is copy the Server IP Address text, and then in Minecraft's Multiplayer menu select Add Server and paste the text you copied into the Server Address box. Give the server a name, click Done, and join the server. Easy!


And with that, we conclude our Minecraft servers guide. Hopefully you found a server or two that you like the sound of, and are now joyously off building sky-fortresses or maniacally chopping down enemy beds. If you're looking to gain more of an edge in combat, be sure to consult our comprehensive guides on Potions and Enchantments in Minecraft. Alternatively, if you're looking to set up your own Minecraft server, be sure to check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds to turn into your new home.

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