What mods can be used on the server?
Minecraft modifications are a large part of the Minecraft experience for many players, with modifications ranging from small performance and visual improvements right through to gameplay-altering ones. As Minecraft modifications provide such a wide range of functionality, not all modifications are permitted to be used on our server. This guide outlines what types of modifications we do allow on the server.
Before using any modifications please be aware that all use of modifications on our server is at your own risk, including the ones we list as examples in this guide. We cannot review every version of every modification, and as such we cannot provide any guarantees of modifications being within our server rules.
Any modifications you do install should always be obtained from the official source for that given modification, be that the creator's website, GitHub or other profile (e.g. YouTube channel). Unofficial downloads from other sources may not behave as expected, which could include bugs or unadvertised features (which could result in punishments on our server), or even malicious code (e.g. viruses, spyware, etc.).
What is and isn't allowed?
Categories of Allowed Modifications
Provided below is a list of the categories of modifications we permit on the server, along with an explanation of what each of these categories does and does not include and permit. If a modification does not fit into one of these categories, it should be assumed that it is disallowed by default.
- Client Performance Improvement Modifications
Modifications that simply seek to improve the performance of the Minecraft client without making changes to the game itself, such as those which improve the FPS of the Minecraft client.
- Aesthetic Modifications
Modifications that change only the look and feel of the game without modifying gameplay, such as standard shader modifications or even resource packs. However, these must not change the properties of blocks (e.g. make non-transparent blocks transparent) or change the player's perspective (e.g. allowing them to see around or over objects they normally wouldn't be able to).
- Cosmetic HUD (Head-Up Display) Modifications
Modifications that alter the look and feel of the in-game head-up display (HUD), without adding extra information which would normally be unavailable to the player. For example, HUDs adding armor and status effects, which are available to the player in their inventory screen, are permitted, while mini-maps, other player health/armor indicators, player distance/range, etc. are not.
- Brightness & Gamma Adjustment Modifications
Modifications that alter the brightness and gamma settings of the Minecraft client, allowing you to see in darker areas that would normally be too dark to see in.
Though we do not provide a thorough list of disallowed modifications, a general rule of thumb is that any modification which provides any significant advantage to the players in any of our games - even if not in the specific game you are playing - using them anywhere on our server will be against our rules.
Additionally, we do also note that anything which automates any player gameplay action is strictly disallowed, be those Minecraft modifications, external software or hardware. This includes things such as (but not limited to) auto/burst clicking buttons or macros, auto-sprint, and aim assists.
Finally, modifications that alter the way in which your Minecraft client interacts with and communicates with our server are also strictly disallowed, even if they otherwise fall into an allowed category. Please ensure that any modifications which are used are strictly client-side only, with them not changing or altering the behavior of the game.
If a modification does not fit clearly into any of the allowed modification categories, it should be assumed to be disallowed.
Mods you can use on the server.
These are modifications that you can use on the network. For the most part, these are cosmetic modifications or modifications which show limited amounts of additional information which should not give you an in-game advantage.
As stated previously, any modifications listed here are still to be used at your own risk. If the features of any modification have changed since we added it to this list or if bugs have accidentally been introduced, those modifications may no longer be permitted. If you believe that to be the case with any of these, please let us know and we'll investigate that.
Armor & Effect Status
Armor Status, Effect Status, HudPixel, 5Zig*, etc.
Client modifications which add armor and/or potion effects to the Minecraft GUI (Graphical User Interface), outside of the inventory.
Although this may be considered an advantage in a sense, it doesn’t give players any physical advantages in a fight. They’re killed the same way and do the same amount of damage.
Example of Armor Status
Example of Effect Status
* 5Zig contains optional features which are not permitted for use on the network, such as macros. Please make sure that you are only using the features of the modification which are permitted on the network.
Animations Mods (Cosmetic Only)
Orange's 1.7 Animations
Client modifications that change in-game animations, such as those associated sword/weapon swings, provided these do not change the underlying functionality of the action associated with the animation(s) or add new functionality to the game (e.g. being able to "crawl" in 1 block high spaces).
These are modifications that change the animations within Minecraft, such as reverting version 1.8+ animations associated with weapons to their 1.7 (and older) equivalents.
These must not change the underlying functionality associated with these actions for the version of Minecraft you are using. The client must behave (in terms of gameplay) as it would without the modification installed.
Orange's 1.7 Animations Mod Introduction & Rundown
Client Optimisation Mods
Client modifications with the main goal of improving client FPS (Frames Per Second).
Modifications that have the primary objective of improving the player to have an improved experience when playing Minecraft in terms of the game's playability (e.g. FPS improvements). Optifine is a popular example of one of these modifications, which optimizes the way Minecraft operates to improve frame rates, as well as offering more customizable "Video Settings".
Minecraft Video Settings with Additional Optifine Settings
Client modifications that allow for the recording and playback of gameplay, while also allowing for the changing of perspective during playback (but not in live gameplay).
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept evidence which were recorded using these modifications. This is due to the potential for these to be edited or falsified.
Replay Mod Trailer
Shaders Mod, Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders, etc.
Client modifications that change the visual appearance of the game to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
The shader’s mod attempts to make the game look more aesthetically pleasing by adding more details to things, primarily shadows, such as from clouds or people. Side effects may include animated, transparent water or flowing tree leaves. This mod is purely aesthetic and only affects the client-side.
These modifications are permitted provided they do not make changes to the game which affect the player's perspective of the game, such as allowing them to see around or over blocks they normally would not be able to see.
Example of Shaders in Minecraft
Clients / Mod Packs (Including Only Allowed Modifications)
Badlion Client, Lunar Client, etc.
Minecraft client mods (sometimes made available as self-contained clients) that contain a variety of modifications grouped together into a single package are permitted, provided the included modifications are permitted on our server by themselves.
Please note that this does not include cheat / "hack" clients or similar, any use of which is against our rules.
Modifications that are not single mods in themselves but rather a collection of several useful modifications.
In these cases, please check that each individual feature of these clients is permitted under our rules and make sure that any disallowed modifications can be fully disabled. In some cases, and where possible, we may forcefully disable disallowed modifications to prevent their use, but please do not rely on this and do ensure you are only using allowed modifications (you, as the player, are responsible for this).
Badlion Client Running on the Hypixel Network Server
F3+B (Minecraft Debug Tool)
Built-in to Minecraft. Not a modification.
Debug tool in the vanilla Minecraft client which shows entity (player, mob, etc) hitboxes. Activated using the key combination F3 + B.
While not technically a modification (this is available in vanilla Minecraft), F3+B gets a mention as it shows you entity hitboxes, the entity's eye level (red line), and the direction they are looking in (blue line). As this is available to everyone in the unmodified vanilla Minecraft client, this is allowed (and can be useful for catching certain types of hacks).
Example of the F3+B Debug Hitboxes in Minecraft.
The Hypixel Network does not endorse any of the mods named above, which are provided solely as examples of commonly used modifications on our server. We (Hypixel, Inc.) are not the developers of any of the named modifications unless explicitly noted, and we do not have control over those modifications.
We are not responsible for the behavior or actions of any modification, which may be updated or changed (even automatically) at any time by their individual developers.