I want to use a command block that detects if there is a gold block in the player's inventory and replace it with a gold block that can only be placed on grass.

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Now, here is what I'm doing: I started a redstone clock which connects to a command block which has this command to clear all gold blocks.

clear @p gold_block

Then I have a comparator that takes that signal and points into another command block that gives the player a gold block that can only be placed on grass.

give @p gold_block 1 0 {CanPlaceOn:[grass]}

What happens is that this special gold block also gets removed by the previous command block. I've tried to give the gold block a name with the display tag, but I don't know how to configure the command to give the block both tags (Display & Can PlaceOn).


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Try to give to the first gold block a name:

/give @p gold_block 1 0 {display:{Name:"a name"}}

And then run the /clear command like this:

/clear @p gold_block 0 1 {display:{Name:"a name"}}

This command will clear only the golden block that has the name "a name".

Now give your SPECIAL BLOCK, but with another name:

/give @p gold_block 1 0 {CanPlaceOn:[grass],display:{Name:"SPECIAL BLOCK"}}

You need to put another name that the clear command block doesn't affect.

  • Thanks, this helped a lot! But now, I'm running into another problem. When i place down the special gold block with the special property and then I try to break it again with a goldblock breaking pickaxe i gave myself but it just turns into a normal gold block again! Do you have any idea how to prevent this or is it just like that forever?
    – Aysidia
    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:03
  • I don't think if it's possible. Unfortunately , the entity item form cannot be renamed , like an inventory item can be. Anyway I am sure this problem has a solution :D
    – iDoomfull
    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:48
  • Here is even more detail to my contraption: I want to place down gold blocks on a spot which if broken with a special pickaxe they get cleared and replaced on your inventory with the same gold block with the special property (CanPlaceOn)
    – Aysidia
    Jun 19, 2016 at 10:58

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