All You Need to Know About Minecraft Skins

In Minecraft, skin is an image that determines what your character looks like in the game.

When you start Minecraft for the first time, the game will automatically choose either Steve or Alex as the skin for your character. If you haven’t uploaded a custom skin, you’ll have either the classic ”Steve” skin or the newer ”Alex” skin, which features slimmer arms. Your default skin is randomly based on your account ID and cannot be changed, although you can apply custom skins. This skin is also used when you don’t have a connection to the skin servers. 

You can create your own skin based on either model using the reference templates below: 

  • Standard 
  • Slim 

Slim-armed skins are only fully supported in version 1.8 and higher; if you have a slim-armed skin selected in a version prior, you will see black pixels on the arms.

To upload your own skin, download the classic or slim-armed reference skin from the templates linked in the section above and edit it to your liking. Then sign in to your Minecraft profile at and upload your skin. 

  1. First way to get a custom skin in Minecraft is to download a Skin Pack as downloadable content from within the Minecraft game. Not all versions of Minecraft have Skin Packs but you can easily find them in Minecraft PE, Windows 10 Edition, and the console editions (Xbox, PS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch).

2. You can also find a website that has Minecraft skins, download the skin and then upload the file to your Minecraft account.

3.  Designing your own custom skin image and uploading the file to your Minecraft account is another method. This method is a bit more tricky and requires some experience.

Best Minecraft Skins

1. Viking Warrior

While this isn’t technically a Valheim Minecraft skin, this Viking warrior may be the closest you’re going to get if you want to bring a little of Iron Gate’s survival sandbox to the blocky world of Minecraft. The two games have a lot more in common than you might initially think, though thankfully you won’t have to deal with invading trolls in Minecraft.

2. Geralt of Rivia

With CD Projekt Red still busy with Cyberpunk 2077, it’ll be a while before we see Geralt exploring a new fantastical land, but what about the world of Minecraft? There are plenty of blocky landscapes for you to explore with this Witcher Minecraft skin.

3. Lara Croft

While you’re unlikely to be vaulting across canyons or climbing the sides of precarious mountain passes, Lara Croft seems like an ideal choice for a cool Minecraft skin. You’re technically not going to be exploring tombs but if you’re planning on spending a bit of time mining underground.

4. Sylvanas Windrunner

She might not be an obvious choice when choosing a new skin, but Sylvanas Windrunner might be just what you need to bring some attitude to your blocky world. Plus she’s undead, so that means she can’t die… right? Just remember to keep her away from large trees. 

5. Goku

If anyone can punch trees and rocks forever without stopping to craft a pickaxe it would be Goku. He may only be able to fly in creative mode, but this Saiyan still makes for a great persona. This one’s a simple and straightforward. All the better to recognize that orange jumpsuit.