After I read the changelog for Minecraft 1.6, I saw that one of the few items that were fixed was beds in the nether. However, when trying to sleep in one, it explodes. Is this purely intentional, and does this happen in SMP (can't confirm now)? If it does explode in SMP, can I disable it (the explosion) for beds only, in case some griefer does this?

EDIT: Since it happens in SMP, is there a mod to disable this? Even if the bed kills them (the griefers) they still can go into the portal and wreak havoc in it

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    I don't have the answer to your other questions, but the behavior is intentional. Why? I have no idea.
    – Brant
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 15:32
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    It does happen in SMP.
    – fredley
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 15:39
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    Why would you bring a bed to the Nether, and why would you sleep in it? There's no night or day there!
    – adamjford
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 16:37
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    There's a reason there are quotes around “Fixed” in the changelog!
    – Kevin Reid
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 17:03
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    Beta 1.6.6 fixed the bed behavior further so that you will be killed (more powerful than TNT) upon using it in the nether (you only took minimal damage before 1.6.6).
    – xfs
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 17:05

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It is intentional, does happen in SMP, and cannot be disabled on a vanilla server as far as I know. On a Bukkit server, the DisableIt plugin can disable any type of explosion, including beds.

In the Nether, there basically is no time of day — bring a watch with you and see what happens. The beds only let you sleep in them when it's night time, and this lack of time apparently confuses them to the point of spontaneous explosion.

Sleeping in the Nether has never worked, but before Beta 1.6 the beds were neither sentient nor quite as explosive; you'd simply get the "you can only sleep at night" message. Of course, this isn't really appropriate for the Nether, since it is never night. Notch likely wanted to make it more obvious to players that beds don't work in the Nether at all. Why explosions? I'm not sure, but it certainly drives the point home, doesn't it? Possibly Evil Notch had a hand in this.

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    +1 for confused inanimate objects spontaneously exploding
    – theorise
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 17:00
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    Then can I disable the explosion using a plugin (bukkit)?
    – user8949
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 5:04
  • @bckbck You can. I've edited in a link to the NoExplode plugin. There are likely to be more plugins that do this, but NoExplode seems to be exactly what you want.
    – a cat
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 10:17
  • It also happens in the other "dimension accessed through a portal", the End.
    – Broam
    Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 14:47
  • Note, sleeping is possible, you (first person) just can't do it as a player. Villagers can sleep just fine in the nether.
    – tresf
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 20:48

The nether is a place of nightmare. You don't want to sleep there. Your bed exploding is the equivalent of the worst dream you could possibly experience.


I did see a link on Minecraftforums page stating they have seen the problem, but in the update they should've resolved it. My suggestion is not to sleep in the nether because theres no day/night cycle, so there is really no point in sleeping there.

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    I would assume the point to sleeping there is to reset a spawn, possibly to be near some large nether construction project.
    – PeterL
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 20:24
  • @PeterLeppert A good way to reset a spawn like this is to build a portal back to the normal world, then put a bed there. Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 10:54

In the same way that it's unsafe to sleep in the outdoors in the normal world, it's unsafe to sleep in the nether. What does the nether have? Ghasts. I always thought the exploing bed was because ghasts love to blow stuff up. They just can't help themselves. As there's no dawn in the nether also, you just sleep until one fires an exploding wad of phlegm at you, and KA-BLOOEY explodey death time..

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    It's not ghasts doing it, it's the bed itself exploding.
    – Broam
    Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 23:51
  • I know that's how the mechanics of it works, but I find it easier to believe it's ghasts doing it, rather than beds becoming explosive when going to the nether. Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 10:06

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