I'm making a custom survival map, and one thing i'd like to implement is custom mobs, but I would also like to get a sound played everytime I hit it myself, either with bow, or sword, or even fists, as long as I can play a sound when a player hurts the custom mob only.

I'm pretty sure i'd have to use an /execute command for thid, but I just don't know really how to use multiple commands with one single command block, and also is it possible to set a score for the mob, and use that for the /execute command?

The mob's name is "Ghost", and it's a Ghast.

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    – Frank
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 12:21
  • I'm not sure this is possible in vanilla. You could probably detect when a mob takes damage, but there isn't really a way to check to see who caused it using vanilla redstone and command block mechanics.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 12:32
  • Probably a better way to handle this could be to use a resource pack for ghasts, assuming you aren't using ghasts anywhere else.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 12:42
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You cannot test for a specific player hurting a mob.

However, you can test for a mob being damaged:

/scoreboard players tag @e[name=Ghost,tag=!Hurt] add Hurt {HurtTime:10s}
/scoreboard players tag @e[name=Ghost,tag=Hurt] remove Hurt {HurtTime:9s}

From here, you now know that a Mob is hurt, and can do things reliably, like play a sound:

/execute @e[name=Ghost,tag=Hurt] ~ ~ ~ /playsound sound @a ~ ~ ~ 1 1 

Now, this assumes that the mob won't get hurt unless there's a player near it, which isn't an unfair observation. It will also play the sound to all players on the server, centered on the location of the Mob.

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    This way also has advantages over a resource pack since you can specify the name of a custom mob.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 20:48
  • okay but can I also set a radius to the commands so that a players 100 blocks away wont hear it?
    – Palestina
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 22:10
  • @Palestina It's very unlikely that a player would be able to hear this sound from 100 blocks away, unless the volume you set for the command is very high. Assuming a sane value, only people within a few blocks of the boss would possibly be able to hear it.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 22:12
  • I just tested it out and it didn't work, I set th e first 2 commands to 2 repeating command blocks that are always active, aswell as the third onne which is the /execute command. on chat it says that it adds the tag, and then removes it, but no sound is being played, what could the cause be? I looked at the command block witht he first command, and it says in the output: "[00:28:27] The dataTag does not match for b2547ee3-4aa4-4fbe-8f7d-d080bdc71cfd"
    – Palestina
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 22:27

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