Complementary Reimagined Shaders 1.21 / 1.20

Complementary Reimagined Shaders is designed to improve upon Minecraft Java Edition’s unique style without straying too far from its original appearance. What makes the Complementary Reimagined Shaders stand out from other shader packs is that it isn’t trying to redesign Minecraft. It complements the world by adding stunning shading effects and improving vanilla Minecraft’s visuals. The shader pack creator, EminGTR, set out to make a better looking Minecraft, and that’s what they did. They were inspired by Minecraft Story Mode, Minecraft Legends, concept art for the game, Minecraft Dungeons, and the trailers for Minecraft. They did their best to recreate the smooth shadows and lighting they saw and executed it flawlessly. This makes it perfect for players who enjoy Minecraft’s simple and charming aesthetic but still want an upgrade that keeps its core design in mind. Made in 2022, Complementary Reimagined Shaders was downloaded by more than 490 thousand players when this article was written. It was able to make waves in the Minecraft community before it was even released, so players were eager to download it when it came out. The number of people who were drawn to this shader pack and its rapid popularity growth is a testament to the quality of Complementary Reimagined Shaders. It doesn’t add any unneeded details to the game, choosing instead to enhance vanilla Minecraft’s preexisting features. This makes the game run more smoothly than some other shader packs, who bog down the game’s frames per second with unnecessary additions. The change in lighting alone makes the whole game look more realistic, yet it manages to keep the beauty of Minecraft’s simplicity. In other words, it’s stunning without overhauling everything you know and love about how the game looks. You’ll be blown away by the lighting, which creates breathtaking visuals even while underwater. It enhances every environment in Minecraft, so your world will look gorgeous wherever you go. We recommend looking at screenshots of Complementary Reimagined Shaders to get the full effect, or watching a video. Along with the shadows and lighting, Complementary Reimagined Shaders also adds amazing visual effects like leaves swaying on trees and rain puddles.

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Along with this, it has light bloom, beautiful ambient lighting, a detailed water update, there are wind effects that alter the patterns of fire and smoke, the clouds look better during rain, and it has better performance with high render distances. The Complementary Reimagined Shaders package even makes the night sky look more beautiful by enhancing the stars. Its features are customizable, so if you feel like one of its effects detracts from your game, you can remove it by using the settings. However, you must install Optifine or the Iris to use any shader pack, including the Complementary Reimagined shaders. This pack won’t work without it, so it’s important that you follow this step. The Complementary Reimagined Shaders pack will be unusable without it. Although shaders are resource intensive, meaning they require higher-end devices to run, the Complementary Reimagined Shader pack is on the lower end of demand when it comes to shaders. This means that although its effects are beautiful and require stronger devices than a Mac, they won’t affect your frames per second as much as other shader packs would and they don’t need a super expensive device to work properly. You can get this beautiful shader pack without breaking your wallet! One of the reasons people love Complementary Reimagined Shaders is because of how much love EminGTR put into making it. They focused on making Minecraft’s simplicity more stunning, but their attention to detail cannot be understated. Complementary Reimagined Shaders does stuff like smoothing shadows to make them less unnatural, makes water more realistic, adds rays of light to create breathtaking visuals, has more realistic lighting effects, and much more. The clouds even have volumetric lighting! As previously mentioned, the effects look gorgeous in every biome and terrain Minecraft has to offer since the Complementary Reimagined Shaders pack is very versatile. Even with everything being added, it sticks with Minecraft’s original aesthetic while enhancing everything about it. As if it needed to get any better, the Complementary Reimagined Shaders package was made free by EminGTR as of May 25th, 2022. It’s still being frequently updated, so the pack will only continue to improve over time.

Complementary Reimagined should be compatible with all of these Minecraft versions: 1.21 - 1.20.6 - 1.20.5 - 1.20.4 - 1.20.3 - 1.20.2 - 1.20.1 - 1.20 - 1.19.4 - 1.19.3 - 1.19.2 - 1.19.1 - 1.19 - 1.18.2 - 1.18.1 - 1.18 - 1.17.1 - 1.17 - 1.16.5 - 1.16.4 - 1.16.3 - 1.16.2 - 1.16.1 - 1.16 - 1.15.2 - 1.15.1 - 1.15 - 1.14.4 - 1.14.3 - 1.14.2 - 1.14 - 1.13.2 - 1.13.1 - 1.13 - 1.12.2 - 1.12 - 1.11.2 - 1.11 - 1.10.2 - 1.10 - 1.9.4 - 1.9 - 1.8.9 - 1.8.8 - 1.8.6 - 1.8.1 - 1.8

Complementary Reimagined — Video & Screenshots

How to install Complementary Reimagined Shaders:

  1. Download and install Minecraft.
  2. Open Minecraft launcher and setup your game profile for the Minecraft version you want to run. – in the launcher on the top menu, select the “Installations” tab, click “New installation”, under the “Version” dropdown, select your preferred Minecraft version and click “Create”.
  3. Download and install Optifine or Iris. – we recommend Iris, it’s a bit more optimized;
  4. Open Minecraft launcher and select the newly created Optifine or Iris profile. – if in step 3 you chose to install optifine it will have an optifine profile, if iris it will have an iris profile;
  5. Download the Complementary Reimagined shader pack from the download section below.
  6. Launch Minecraft.
  7. For Optifine: Go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders and click “Shaders Folder” to open shaderpacks folder.
    For Iris: Go to Options > Video Settings > Shader packs and click “Open Shader Pack Folder” to open shaderpacks folder.
  8. Put the Complementary Reimagined shader pack (.zip file) downloaded in step 5 into the .minecraft\shaderpacks folder you opened in step 7.
  9. In the game, select Complementary Reimagined Shaders from the list and click “Done”.

Complementary Reimagined - Comparison Slider #1 day

Comparison slider #1 for those who want to compare vanilla Minecraft without any shaders installed (on the left) with Minecraft using this particular shader pack (on the right).

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Complementary Reimagined - Comparison Slider #2 night

Comparison slider #2 for those who want to compare vanilla Minecraft without any shaders installed (on the left) with Minecraft using this particular shader pack (on the right).

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Complementary Reimagined Shader Pack Download

  • Credit for the creation of Complementary Reimagined goes to EminGTR.
  • We never modify or edit resource packs in any way. None of the resource packs, shader mods or tools you see on this website are hosted on our servers. We use only official download links provided by official authors. Therefore, they are completely safe and secure.
  • Since the links are official and we update them manually - the links may stop working with each new update. We make every effort to update links as quickly as possible and usually we update everything on time and users have no problems, but if suddenly any link stops working - let us know through the comments below.
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DOWNLOAD LINKS
The Java Edition of this shader pack requires Optifine or Iris to run and will not work without them! Get optifine here or get Iris here.

Java Edition:

[1.21.x – 1.8.x] Download Complementary Reimagined Shader Pack

Download instructions:

Curseforge: download starts automatically after a few seconds;

Mediafire: click the big blue button with the text "DOWNLOAD";

Google Drive: in the top right corner you will see a small download icon (down arrow), click it and the download should start;

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Author: EminGTR
Last updated: 14 June 2024
Category: Shaders
Compatibility: Java

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  1. Lennard1126

    I seaeched minecraft shaders 1.21 for bedrock but when I saw this I thought it is for bedrock but its java only

    1. Admin

      We don’t have bedrock shaders here because most shaders are based on Optifine or Iris and are not compatible with the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft. But we have many resource packs compatible with Bedrock Edition, some of them so good that you won’t even need a shader pack. Be sure to check them out)

  2. scal

    hello, im just wondering, can we get mods on iris?

  3. muin

    I cant set it.. could i get indtructions? step by step?

    1. Admin

      We already have an installation guide on every resource pack or shader pack page. Right below the screenshots. Shaders are quite easy to install.

  4. sasi

    hello there i love this shader so much! i want to buy new cpu and gpu in the near future what should i buy so it can run complementary reimagined on ulta high everything and getting 120 fps?

  5. bee

    the wind doesn’t work on the trees, just the other foliage :(

  6. Peej

    The water isn’t realistic anymore after I reinstalled minecraft. I can’t seem to change it even with the shaderpack settings tweaked

  7. Emily

    Where do I find 1.16.5v to download?

    1. Admin

      1.20.x – 1.8.x in the title of the download link means that it is compatible with all versions from 1.8 to 1.20.1 (as of the date the comment was posted).

  8. CraftedBones

    Those shaders are enough i don’t need more realistic i guess

  9. vihaan

    It is great, is n t it .

  10. hugo

    I did everything in the instructions, I already have Optifine from before because I already had shaders and wanted to update the version, but it says system error every time I try to add it to the packs

  11. Luccgft

    I Cant Use The Shader In 1.8.8 and i use cm client

  12. Mad

    these shaders underwater is STUNNING

  13. Sachi

    Ive read the instructions and did everything asked, why doesn’t the pack show in my folder on Minecraft?

    1. Admin

      Have you installed optifine?

  14. go3in

    how do i even put it in minecraft
    it keeps saying failed or whatever

    1. Admin

      Read the installation instructions on this page.

  15. MrHuman

    Lava is rendering as a blinding blob of light that takes up the whole screen, somebody help me please..

    1. Vilander

      Try set anisotropic en 0. Work fine for me

  16. Sup

    The clouds look like marshmellows!

  17. Owen

    How to use the files?

  18. Mad

    how do i get my clouds to look like that?

    1. JMetsis

      Hi. Disable shader clouds from shader options menu, then your clouds look like those in pictures

    2. Tofu

      go to Sky settings and turn off shader clouds.

  19. cristiano ronaldo suiii

    good

  20. phil

    water has some serious problems with the lighting but very nice otherwise

    1. Selvi novianti

      Idk apa