Java Edition FAQ

How Does This Stuff Work, Anyway?

If you’ve installed a resource pack, you can use CITs!

CIT stands for Custom Item Textures, and is an Optifine resource pack feature for Minecraft: Java Edition. CIT resource packs allow you to decorate your world with custom 3D models by renaming an in-game item via an anvil, and then placing them inside of item frames. CITs are different from a mod, which means you don’t need to install multiple things or work around compatibility issues when playing on the latest version of Minecraft.

Minecraft mods, on the other hand, rely on mod loaders like Forge or Fabric. They work with only specific versions of the game and require you to have your game modded with mod loader in order to work in your game. Mods and CITs each have their advantages and disadvantages, but neither is better than the other!

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【Main Profile】

∙ Java Edition 1.18.1 + Sodium/Iris/Iridum
∙ FabricMC for
∙ MultiMC/PolyMC (for multi-profiles): or

Custom JVM Arguments: -Xmx12G

【Packs & Mods 】

note: I’m currently moving from Optifine to Sodium! (read more) This list is a work-in-progress, and will be updated frequently with stability improvements.
note 2: In light of the frequent downtime/outages of Curseforge lately, I’ve replaced where possible links to Modrinth, instead.

Fabric Loader & Core Functionality


Fabric Mod Loader: version 0.11 for 1.18.1

Fabric API
Core developer package required for running most Fabric mods.

Rendering engine replacement for Optifine, which greatly improves frame rates and stuttering while fixing many graphical issues.

An open-source, modern shaders mod compatible with Sodium.

Any mod that uses the Fabric Rendering API will require Indium when used with Sodium.

Sodium Extra
Adds most of OptiFine’s “eye-candy” options to Sodium.

Fabric mod that re-writes the vanilla light engine to fix lighting performance and lighting errors.



Fabric Mods


3D Skin Layers
Replaces the usually flat second layer of player skins with a 3D modeled version.

CIT Resewn
MCPatcher’s CIT re-written outside of Optifine, as a standalone mod for Fabric.
Note: There are major compatibility issues with Ghoulcraft that the dev has labeled a wontfix here:

Cloth Config API
Adds in-game Fabric mod configuration and JSON adjustments.

A Fabric mod that allows for efficient connected textures and provides Optifine connected texture support.

Cull Leaves
Adds culling to leaf blocks, providing a huge performance boost over vanilla.

Enhanced Block Entities
Improve FPS with block entities, and make them customizable with resource packs

Entity Culling for Fabric
Using async path-tracing to hide Tiles/Entities that are not visible.

For taking large (and I mean large large) up to 32K resolution screenshots in-game.

Falling Leaves
Makes leaf particles fall from leaf blocks.

Memory usage optimizations for Fabric.

Adds fireflies, glowworms in caves, and more.

LambdaBetterGrass & LambDynamicLights
WYSIWYG: better grass and dynamic lights for Sodium.

Makes the game boot faster by deferring non-essential initialization.

Mod Menu
Adds a mod menu to view the list of mods you have installed.

Ok Zoomer
Adds a highly-configurable zoom key for Fabric.

ReplayMod (Sodium-compatible version)
Record, relive and share your in-game experiences.

Allows you to sit on slabs and chairs.

In-game selection tool for replacement, copy-paste, and inserting schematics.



Fabric API

Core developer package required for running most Fabric mods.


Fabric Language Kotlin

Kotlin language development package required for some Fabric mods.



Adds fireflies, glowworms in caves, and more.



Translates Optifine for Forge to run alongside Fabric mods.


Mod Menu for Fabric



ReplayMod for Fabric

Recording timelapses and speed builds.



Allows me to freely edit the world via commands.



Adds various flower cows + mushroom chickens from Minecraft Earth.



Sit on stairs or slabs via right-clicking.


Falling Leaves for Fabric

Leaves falling from leaf blocks and other customizations.


MultiMC Launcher


Forge Mod Loader (FML) with Log4j Exploit Fix for 1.12.2

∙ v14.23.5.2859



Minia Turia


Lumen Legacy


Hwyla, a fork of Waila


🌷 Spring 

Fresh Leaves Blossoms & Jicklus Spring Blossom Overlay Pack

∙ (mizuno’s)

∙ (vanilla)


🍂 Autumn

Jicklus 1.16 Orange Autumn Overlay Pack (with private edits)



❄️ Winter 

Just Upgrade It: Winter Edition (with private edits)


Hasukko’s Christmas Overlay (from the creator of Minia Turia)


(note: File is password protected, unlock with “hasukko” when unzipping.)

BSL Shaders

Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders (Extreme Volumetric)

(note: I use this less frequently due to the purple window bug.)


SEUS PGTI (mainly E11)

∙ (paid, requires $10 tier)

Lightweight Shaders for Potatoes, Laptops, and MacOS Masterlist



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∙ Windows 11 Pro on 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
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last updated 2 june 2022