15 Best Minecraft Faction Servers (2022): RANKED

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Yousef Zain
Yousef Zain
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Since its inception, the gaming community established Minecraft as a peaceful and cooperative environment where everybody can meet and work towards a certain self-appointed goal. And while that seems like the utopia of gaming, not all people have the same goals and ideologies. Well, that’s how factions and clans form in a large server.

Some individuals with the same goal group together and form a faction with one objective in mind. And spoiler alert! It’s mostly the quest to be an established superpower in the game’s world. This power, of course, can be achieved in multiple ways. One example is assembling a workforce that aims to gather resources and trade their way into riches.

The other is assembling a clan of merchants that steals everything that crosses their way. Well, we’re not here to discuss future world tyrants or the political status quo.

The Best Minecraft Faction Servers

We’re here to talk Minecraft. We’ve talked before about the best overall Minecraft servers. But today specifically, I’m here to recommend you the 15 best Minecraft faction servers. The ranking is according to my preference, which can be flawed, but you don’t really have much choice.

TIP: If you are looking to host your very own faction server we personally recommend using ShockByte.

1

Stoneworks

Server Address: play.stoneworks.gg
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Previously known as Rathnir, Stoneworks MC has expanded upon its original limitations to include multiple nations and people that actively develop them. It’s probably overwhelming for some, but the server includes multiple layers of lore filled with Minecraft politics and figures that affect the in-game world. Stoneworks MC is basically a fantasy RPG game within a sandbox game.

However, with the active community and the great experience, the server contains microtransactions that are processed through a third-party website. There’s a queue before you get into the server, apparently. And the only way to bypass that is with a hefty $25 one-time pass.

While I might agree that microtransactions in this server are a bit over the top, with some pay-to-win aspects, it’s not usually the thing that will be an obstacle to you trying to have a good time. Besides, it’s one of the most active servers on this list, with masses joining in every month to build history. I mean, this thing has a fandom just entitled to its lore, so it’s got to be worth giving a shot.

2

Complex Vanilla

A screenshot of the lobby of Complex Gaming
The Complex Gaming server lobby. Photo via: Rock Paper Shotgun.

Server Address: hub.mc-complex.com
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Complex Gaming is perhaps one of the more intuitive servers where you know where is where and what is what. It’s probably not a very distinguishing feature, but Complex hosts a variety of game modes. The modes range from sky block and prison, etc. To factions. However, what is a special trait is that Complex hosts about four servers, and each of them functions a little differently.

The one we’re discussing right now is Complex Vanilla, which contains vanilla factions. Complex Gaming is also one of the most active servers on the list. The server comprises a helpful and friendly staff and community. Seasonal resets of factions happen almost every two months or so.

This comes at the cost of having a huge pay-to-win component in the microtransactions. Since Complex Vanilla uses an in-game currency that isn’t diamond or gold, it’s called simply labeled money. I don’t think they have real-life value. However, you can buy them. There are multiple purchasable ranks on this server.

And the $200 rank, titled “Complex rank,” gives you around $5m in-game. Also, since most people won’t spend that much on something easy to gather, this shouldn’t be an obstruction to your fun. Unless, of course, you join PvP arenas.

3

OP Blocks

A screenshot of OP Blocks' faction lobby.

Server Address: play.opblocks.com
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

OP Blocks is also one of the popular kids on this list. The server contains numerous custom in-game crafting recipes to try out. Like many on the list, although the server is primarily known for the faction mode, OP Blocks includes multiple other game modes. Prison, sky block, creative and pixelmon, to name most of them.

The discord server dedicated to the OP Blocks Network has over 20 thousand members, offers good support, and is a very populated server when the active members peak monthly. I’m currently clueless about any kind of microtransactions through a third-party store, which usually means that they stopped the store. So, essentially, a Minecraft faction server with no microtransactions.

Factions have mini-games inside of them, taking mini a bit too literally. You can participate in these smaller peaceful faction activities like rock, paper, scissors, or perhaps do something darker. Something that requires you to get an attorney, perhaps even call a McGill. Well, at least in-game.

4

Purple Prison

Purple Prison Minecraft server Banner

Server Address: purpleprison.org
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Mostly known for just its prison mode, Purple Prison has a variety of PvP modes and mini-games that you can join. Amongst the usual modes is the factions mode. While the server contains in-game currency, it feels completely worthless knowing that you can get $160m in-game currency for just $20 on the Purple Prison store.

The lesson here is that inflation is always on the move, attacking economies when they least expect it to, even if it was Minecraft. Anyways, let’s not get too carried away with inflation. The server operates and uses 1.16.4 and versions below it as the standard, effectively increasing player accessibility.

5

Viper MC

A screenshot of Viper MC's lobby

Server Address: vipermc.net
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Every time a new map sees the light, Viper MC succeeds in assembling at least 10,000 concurrent players at the time. It’s a hardcore faction server, which means that you only get to die once. Following your death, you receive what’s called a “death ban,” which prevents you from joining the server temporarily.

It’s worth mentioning that you don’t typically want to die a lot. Since, in that case, other players will find you easily raidable. That’s not something you wish for, especially in a server where the climate is particularly competitive and unforgiving. It’s also notable that Viper MC currently has over 70,000 members, with the staff offering a great deal of technical support.

6

Pika Network

A screenshot of Pika Network's lobby.

Server Address: play.pika-network.net
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: Yes

It’s no surprise that even one more Minecraft faction server is renowned for nothing other than factions. Pika Network is primarily relevant and populated because of the prevalent sky block mode. And because the server allows cracked clients to join in.

Not a lot of servers pave the path for cracked clients to join, but when they do, it’s probably a very populated server. Due to safety reasons, anyone can impersonate anyone else by just typing their name, which isn’t exactly optimal for factions.

However, since Pika Network requires a register with a password and the additional feature to link an email, it’s probably safe for you to play on the server without being anxious about having your progress stolen.

Additionally, the server contains an in-game currency that has a name. It’s gold. But not the gold, as in the resource melted from ores, as in just value and numbers, more like Robux or V-Bucks. Despite that, Pika Network established itself as one of the best Minecraft faction servers

7

JartexNetwork

Server Address: jartex.fun
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: Yes

Jartex Network is also one of the most popular servers on this list. It shares some similarities with the Pika Network. For example, both were made famous for sky blocks. They feature a multitude of game modes. Both have factions. And most importantly, both are famous because they allow cracked clients to participate.

What makes Jartex Network stand out is that the developer tailors the plugins specifically for their server. Also, Jartex uses registering and password protection for each username, so you shouldn’t worry about your progress. This server, too, contains mircotransactions, and an immense pay-to-win element, so I’d advise playing just for fun.

8

Lemon Cloud

A screenshot of Lemon Cloud's lobby capturing different game modes.

Server Address: play.lemoncloud.org
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Lemon Cloud is about the second or third server we mention in this list that is primarily dedicated to factions. That means that the server utilizes most of its time planning special & competitive in-game events, designing kits, etc.

The server has a sackful of features that participate in keeping each player hooked, for example, auctioning, bots, leaderboards, and hidden chests. And best of all, Lemon Cloud is being consistently updated to this day. With multiple game modes that are maintained besides the usual factions.

Furthermore, The server contains microtransactions. And a pay-to-win approach to them. But instead of money or in-game currency, generally, it’s power. Apparently, paying 100 GBP will give you the ability to fly and keep your exp even after death.

9

ManaCube

A screenshot from Manacube's animation project

Server Address: play.manacube.com
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Lemon Cloud is about the second or third server we mention in this list that is primarily dedicated to factions. That means that the server utilizes most of its time planning special & competitive in-game events, designing kits, etc.

The server has a sackful of features that participate in keeping each player hooked, for example, auctioning, bots, leaderboards, and hidden chests. And best of all, Lemon Cloud is being consistently updated to this day. With multiple game modes that are maintained besides the usual factions.

Furthermore, The server contains microtransactions. And a pay-to-win approach to them. But instead of money or in-game currency, generally, it’s power. Apparently, paying 100 GBP will give you the ability to fly and keep your exp even after death.

10

MassiveCraft

Server Address: Massivecraft.com
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Probably the oldest on this list. How do I know, you ask? The server has a ton of cohesive fandom wiki pages. I’m, of course, talking about Massivecraft. The server that always contended the right to be called the inventor of the faction mode. Well, we can’t argue with that now, but we’ll just assume it’s true since we have nothing against them.

Massivecraft developed itself into being almost a separate game inside of a game, something similar to Rathnir. The server contains a multitude of custom biomes and landscapes to be discovered. If you want to have some fun, I’d always recommend grouping your friends and joining the server for a little adventure. Massivecraft is practically one of the absolute best Minecraft faction servers.

11

Hypixel

Hypixel logo with the background of the server's lobby

Server Address: Hypixel.net
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Vlients: No

Ah, yes, the popular kid. Hypixel was the standard go-to choice if you had just bought Minecraft and wanted to try the multiplayer mode. With many options to choose from, Hypixel doesn’t mainly focus on one game mode. Although it is famous for sky block and bed wars, other game modes are almost always active as well.

However, I would say that Hypixel contains factions, with quests, boss fights, loot boxes, and more that would give it the feeling of a medieval fantasy game. Although Hypixel contains microtransactions, it is not comparable to other servers at any level. And for these reasons, Hypixel puts up a great fight for a position within the 15 best Minecraft faction servers.

12

SnapCraft

A screenshot of SnapCraft's lobby

Server Address: mc.snapcraft.net
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

First of all, I cannot express how many times I confused SnapCraft with Snapchat. Anyways. Our next server is one which I have spoiled the name of and has a lot more than just a faction mode. SnapCraft, as opposed to the norm, allows you to make a faction while you’re solo. Or with another friend. It usually takes about three people to form a faction.

So, microtransactions are at it again. My only complaint about this server is the fact that 225 Euros can make you an unkillable demigod of some sort. Quite literally, the immortal rank gives you commands to kill all entities around you, restore levels of hunger and health, refill a tool’s durability, and finally disguise into animals.

13

The Archon

Server Address: pvp.TheArchon.net
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

The Archon is one of the largest communities for Faction on the internet. Also, deemed, by many, as one of the best Minecraft faction servers there is. The fact that there is a server that assembles everyone is absolutely fantastic. There’s probably one problem that you might face with The Archon. Since the faction mode has been running for some time, many people have learned to become hostile and aggressive.

My only solution for that is to play it cool and friendly, be the peacemaker, or at least in the beginning. Gathering resources and building relationships should be your immediate objective.

14

Herobrine

A screenshot of Herobrine's lobby

Server Address: herobrine.org
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

Herobrine is a name associated with all things sinister, the root of all evil, at least in the early 2010s. Herobrine [the server] is one of the most powerful Minecraft faction servers to ever exist. With some people deeming it the absolute best. Me? Well, by far, it is the most grounded faction experience I have ever had. Not necessarily hyper-realistic. But not absurd either.

If I were to introduce a friend to faction servers, I would undoubtedly show them Herobrine, with its humble playstyle that doesn’t feel complicated. But If I had an absolute saying in this without the need to look at things objectively, I would choose Herobrine over any other faction server.

15

Cosmic PvP

A screenshot of a random lobby

Server Address: cosmicpvp.com
Discord Server: Yes
Cracked Clients: No

This one is a little different because it’s not just a server. It’s an entire client. Cosmic PvP could be classified as some sort of revolution. Let’s imagine what No Man’s Sky did, but then in that parallel universe, we could say that Minecraft actually was the one to do it. Nevertheless, the Cosmic PvP team was nothing short of stellar.

The developers behind Cosmic PvP decided to turn the game upside down with re-designed textures, walls, and kits. It feels as though everything is custom to its core. Every faction owns what’s called a planet. They try to expand their reach and fight off aliens. However, just for that one, you’ll need to download the custom launcher from their official website.

Conclusion

It seems like there are a lot of options and a lot of challenges. Do you go for space and hunt down alien mobs, or do you go with medieval fantasy? Or do you want a grounded journey? It’s all up to you on these servers.

Also, just a note, I’ve seen a lot of dead servers today, but hopefully, the selected bunch will carry on. Now that you’ve seen what we got for the best Minecraft faction servers, what do you think of these servers? Which one of those will you be trying? Feel free to drop a comment below!

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