I'm searching for a method in which it would allow me to "tag" certain items (for example, those with a specific name) to be kept on death, while items that were not 'tagged' would not be kept. I haven't tried much yet as I dont know where to really start from in order to accomplish such an effect. I'm currently playing on minecraft 1.11.2, for anyone wondering.

Thanks, and happy new year :)

  • minecraft 1.12? the latest release at this time is 1.11.2
    – Plagiatus
    Jan 1, 2017 at 20:36
  • My mistake, typo. Fixed.
    – Cmnd
    Jan 1, 2017 at 20:49
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    hopefully, in the future, the curse of vanishing will solve this problem
    – user170887
    Jan 6, 2017 at 16:16
  • I agree with @XerOI. What you are asking for sounds somewhat like what the Curse of Vanishing does. Instead of destroying the object on the players death, your new "curse of keeping" would keep it in the player's inventory upon death...
    – Phil DD
    Jun 28, 2017 at 22:05

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I'm afraid the only reliable way would be to test for every single player slot of the dead player individually and depending on whether the item was found or not, you'd clear that slot (with the keepInventory gamerule set to true, obviously).

example commands (death is a stat.deaths objective):

/scoreboard players tag @r[score_death_min=1] checkMe

/testfor @a[score_death_min=1,tag=checkMe] {Inventory:[{Slot:0b,tag:{display:{Name:"Ice Blade"}}}]}
/testforblock <coords of the block one before this> chain_command_block * {SuccessCount:0}  
(cond.) /replaceitem entity @a[score_death_min=1,tag=checkMe] slot.hotbar.0 air 

<repeat the 3 commands above for every inventory slot.  
be aware that the NBT tag doesn't line up with the slots in the replaceitem command>

/scoreboard players set @a[tag=checkMe] death 0
/scoreboard players tag @a[tag=checkMe] remove checkMe

this solution is kinda-multiplayer proof, making sure only one player will get checked at a time to prevent false positives. might lead to problems if there are too many players online/dead at once and respawn quickly

this obviously only works with one item-name at a time, so having to test for multiple items in every slot will become very tedious. You could tag every item you don't want to be removed though, to make your life easier:

/give @p ... {SpecialItem:1b}  

and then the testfor would look like this

/testfor @a[score_death_min=1,tag=checkMe {Inventory:[{Slot:0b,tag:{SpecialItem:1b}}]}

On bedrock just go

/give @s <item> 1 0 {“keep_on_death”:{}}

I don’t know about Java

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