I'm creating a PvP map in Minecraft and I'd like to track how many times a player has hit other players on a scoreboard. I'm not tracking kills; I'm tracking hits. How can I do this?

I'm not tracking the number of times player1 has hit player2, I'm tracking how many times player1 has hit anyone. Also, I'm only using projectiles. I am fine with using any projectile needed in order to track this.

  • Are there other mobs in the arena that you don't want hits on counted, or are there only players?
    – SirBenet
    Feb 21, 2015 at 18:15
  • @colorfusion There are no other mobs. Feb 21, 2015 at 18:19
  • You might be able to make something with stat.damageDealt statistic, but you need to test how it behaves if the players have different armor.
    – Kcats
    Feb 23, 2015 at 14:04

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Disclaimer: I did not test this, but precluding Minecraft weirdness/bugs, this method should work.

@Kcats was on a very good track regarding stat.damageDealt, but there is one more step to it than just looking at this.

First, set up some scoreboard objectives:

/scoreboard objectives add damageDealt stat.damageDealt
/scoreboard objectives add hits dummy

Now make a fast clock (setblock/fill clock works best) and run the following in order

/scoreboard players add @a[score_damageDealt_min=1] hits 1
/scoreboard players set @a damageDealt 0

By using a second objective, we can decouple hits from damage done. If a player has dealt any kind of damage to anything in the last clock period, it is counted as a hit.

Due to the way this is set up, there are some quirks however:

  • A hit that doesn't deal any damage due to armor or resistance effects or whatnot does not count.
  • If you set someone on fire, poison or wither someone, every tick of damage probably counts as a hit (here's where I'm unsure of the exact workings of the stat.damageDealt).
  • This would work, but I'm using projectiles, and according to this they don't work with stat.damageDealt. Good idea though, works with melee. May 29, 2015 at 13:38
  • @kittycat3141 Interesting. My googling turned up with an older version of the bug that was marked as "fixed" in 1.7.X or so. Didn't notice that the bug is back.
    – MrLemon
    May 29, 2015 at 13:55

Tracking projectile hits are very hard to track... as there is no tag for a projectile that hit a player / entity. I'm guessing the only way would be using wither skulls to detect whether an arrow is in a 1 block radius of a player

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