I hate Endermen. They tear apart my beautiful buildings, force me to keep all my rooms below 3 blocks high, make terrible screeching noises, and as far as I'm concerned can all go back to The End and stay there.

But I'm stuck with them...unless there exists a mod out there that can remove Endermen.

So my basic question here is - is there a way to remove specific mobs from the game?

I am not asking for a way to remove ALL mobs from the game (peaceful does that just fine, thank you) or a way to not get hurt by mobs, I am specifically asking for a way to outright remove a mob from the game. I am okay with every single other type of mob, but Endermen just...no.

  • I'm not too familiar with Minecraft yet, but can't you build an automated turret to keep your "home" safe? If someone built an entire CPU (or at least parts of it), a simple automated turret, shouldn't be all that difficult! :)
    – Domi
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 7:38
  • @Domi That'd keep me safe from ordinary mobs, but Endermen can teleport directly into your home, or onto your roof where they can then remove a top block and drop in uninvited. An arrow trap really doesn't offer any protection from this.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 13:06
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    @Domi also aren't enderman immune to projectiles
    – LFM
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 1:06
  • btw, if you make your floor bottom half slabs, mobs wont spawn on it. so you can make rooms higher than 3 blocks. (althogh i am not entirely sure it is bottom half slabs :/) Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 8:23
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    @HelloWorld That only takes care of Endermen spawning inside my home, not Endermen teleporting in.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 16:00

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There's a built-in server command to stop the picking-up blocks portion.
Type this in the server window, if you're running the server:

gamerule mobGriefing false  

Or type this in the game chat window, if you're an op (or single-player, I believe):

/gamerule mobGriefing false  

This will also stop Creeper explosions from damaging blocks.

However, this will not remove Enderman, so there is still the noise issue.

Source: https://minecraft.wiki/w/Server_commands

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    -1; mobGriefing true enables mobGriefing. It should be mobGriefing false. I attempted to edit this answer to correct it, but for some reason the reviewers decided to reject my edit.
    – user22078
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 21:34
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    @Doorknob I raised the issue on meta earlier. I was in the mindset of correcting a typo rather than changing the meaning, but I fully accept the reason for rejecting the edit.
    – user22078
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 22:47
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    Rejecting this sort of edit makes no sense at all to me. If the command is wrong, it probably was a simple mistake. Why force people to trip over the wrong command? :( I'd like to understand the reasoning here, but I can't see it.
    – aikeru
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 23:38
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    Whoops, thanks for the correction. It's been a while seen I've played around with my server. Although if I think about it, false makes a lot more sense.
    – mmatthews
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 13:45
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    We do NOT edit answers to make them correct. That's what downvotes are for. Editing is for clarity. If the answer is wrong, downvote it, not correct it. Leave it to the answerer themselves to correct their answers.
    – Frank
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 17:05

Yes. There are mods to completely remove Endermen and others that disable their ability to pick up blocks.

  • Well that was quick. :)
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 18:09
  • Google helps :)
    – Alex
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 18:10
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    Can't search for most gaming-related things at work sadly. But now I can definitely use these once I get home.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 18:13
  • But you can post on gaming.stackexchange? :P
    – Blorgbeard
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 0:27
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    My works the exactly same, can't get on the majority of websites, can't download zip files (which is annoying being a web developer you'd have thought IT would trust us), but I can get on all ctackexchage sites :P.
    – TMH
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 9:24

You can also use (in the newest Minecraft snapshots) this command blocks.

You make a clock and place a command block to the side of the redstone, with this command.

/kill @e[type=Enderman]

He kills every Enderman in the game.

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    An even cleaner version of this would be /tp @e[type=Enderman] ~ -1 ~, which would teleport endermen out of the world.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 20:33
  • Wouldn't they still be able to spawn though?
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 20:44
  • They would still technically spawn, but every time the command block is activated, they would instantly die/be teleported out of the world. I doubt you'd ever see them, and if you did, it would only be for a split second. Also, this would only work if the chunk containing the command block is loaded, although it is probably the best way to do it without the use of mods.
    – Gigazelle
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 23:24
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    if you place the command block in spawn chunk, it should always be loaded. Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 8:22

You can try MC Combat Training Mod. See https://sites.google.com/site/mccombattraining/ The Witch and Enderman are disabled by default, You can enable or disable it with a command. /mof Enderman will disable it.


Endermen wreck stuff, and can be the bane of existence for modellers...and everyone else. More games need to allow users to customize the game to their liking, so users can have fun how they want to. So, very good answers above, that 100% answer the question of how to remove specific mobs, especially Endermen, from the game.

But, what about solutions for people that want to play vanilla? I don't think there is a way to do it without making things look really ugly, but a lava-moat around a building with 2 block high ceilings and lava-covered roof might just do the trick.

According to the minecraft wiki on defense against Endermen, https://minecraft.wiki/w/Endermen#Defense , water also does the trick, and would be slightly more visually appealing, methinks.

How about heavily forested areas? Fire hazards, but do Endermen walk on leaves?

Also, while well lit areas will not be 100% effective, they will deter spawning a little bit.

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