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Dealing With Griefers in Minecraft - Server Owners Guide

Updated on December 28, 2014

Griefers Gonna Grief!

Minecraft is a wondrous world where the poorest and the richest both build and fight to survive from little hillside holes to large palaces anything is possible. Always there are others who want the large palaces or would rather see your homes burn to the ground or get blown to pieces - these people are called Griefers. While most people travel Minecraft Servers for friends, fun, and a world to build in others look for worlds to destroy. A good griefer can destroy a massive amount of places before anyone even takes notice within a few minutes even! If you don't want to see your buildings destroyed, crop fields emptied, and diamonds stolen there are ways to combat these griefers (but its not up to you as a player, its up to your server owners to employ these methods!) There are multiple tools someone can use to stop Griefers in their tracks and now more then ever its important to dispatch these methods. Everyday more and more tools will be created to combat these problems but for now these are some of the best ways to handle it.

Does my Server need Protecting?

The type of server will determine what can be done to help protect the local friendly population from the trolling griefers. The main server types currently are:


Craftbukkit/Bukkit Servers

Bukkit is the main multiplier server in existence. Bukkit is an all set up ready to mod program that allows people without coding skills to easily set up and run a server with different kinds of plugins. The main plugins help protect spawns and build larger worlds. This list of plugins should be included in any bukkit server to protect it from griefers.

-World Edit
-World Guard


LogBlock tells you the True Story of what happened every time!
LogBlock tells you the True Story of what happened every time! | Source


LogBlock is a tool which allows you to keep track of almost everything on your server and also gives you the ability to rollback changes made. It also works on game mechanics like liquid flow or leaf decay. LockBlock also works on things like chests, signs, and everything that can be taken/edited. Using LogBlock any grief can be rolled back! LogBlock requires permissions to use normally given to Operators named by the Server Owner.

How to use Logblock

World Edit

World Edit - Create Your World.
World Edit - Create Your World. | Source

World Edit

World Edit is a plugin for Minecraft that allows a player/Mod/Admin/OP/Owner to copy and paste, save builds as files that can be restored or pasted in later and much much more. The reason why this is needed is because LogBlock depends on it, and that it can save individual builds that can be pasted back in later if so desired. How to use World Edit can be found as the Source under the World Edit Logo. World Edit is still the number 1 Minecraft map editing tool!

World Guard

WorldGuard - Whos Protected? Your Protected!
WorldGuard - Whos Protected? Your Protected! | Source

World Guard

World Guard lets you dictate what can happen in your Minecraft World. It has many features like turning off Fire Spread or Creeper explosions.

  • Block creeper Damage from Explosions
  • Disable fire spread, Endermen Griefing etc
  • Blacklist items and blocks so they can't be used.
  • Protect areas of your world so only certain people can build.
  • Disable mob damage, PVP, and TnT.
  • Disable, or enable, various Minecraft features, like sponges from classic.
  • Add useful commands like an immediate "STOP ALL FIRE SPREAD" command.

World Edit and World Guard Tutorial


Essentials offers over 100 commands useful on just about every Minecraft server, from kits to mob spawning. It also adds in the ability to set and protect spawn grounds for when new players join the server. Other then that, it also allows the creature of shops and sign stores in a Minecraft server.


LWC Protects your chests, trapdoors, doors, and buttons from unauthorized access.
LWC Protects your chests, trapdoors, doors, and buttons from unauthorized access. | Source


LWC is a single block protection plugin that protects both the block itself and contents of the block. It can also protect any other blocks, and by default will also protect Doors, Signs and Trap Doors. That way no matter what your working on you can make sure griefers have to leave logblock data to destroy any home.

All the doors and usable blocks can be protected with three basic protection types:


By default, only you can access this protection. You can also modify it (or specify when creating) to add other players or groups to the protection, so they can access it. Type /cprivate then hitting the block will add this kind of protection so you never have to worry around losing your stacks of diamond and lapis!


This applys a password to the block and the password is required every single time you open the chest (or if anyone else tries to get into it).


A public chest is made for a group to share, what it does is allows anyone to go into the chest, but no one other then the creator can change the type of chest, destroy it, or protect it.

LWC Tutorial

Vanilla Servers

Vanilla Servers are the easiest to Grief because real protections don't exist. There are a few steps you can do to protect your builds but the problem is it will effect the whole survival gameplay as a whole and doesn't make the game world as fun as it might have been. These are what can be done to stop greifing in Vanilla servers:

-Whitelist Only - Allows only people in a list to join the server, trusted people or people who fill out applications or who pay access.
-Blacklist - Ban players who break rules, any griefing done has to be fixed the way it was originally made by hand or save restore.
-Use Command Blocks - Allows areas to have mining fatigue so people can't break blocks.
-Disable Hostile Mob Spawning - Some mobs like Creepers and Ghasts can destroy buildings. Turning these mobs off will prevent damage to buildings BUT if in survival players are unable to obtain gunpower and ghast tears!

Other then these few steps the only thing I can say is make world backups as often as you can. That way if anything goes wrong you still have everything saved and can restore the world. Restoring the world will destroy any other changes made between saves so its not a great solution but better then having no solution. This is why bukkit is highly recommended.


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