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Can you use NBT tags in commands? I’ve tried commands that normally work in Java Edition like:

give @s minecraft:planks 30 1 {display:{Lore:["Wooden planks"]}}
give @s stone_pickaxe{Unbreakable:1b}
give @s item_frame{EntityTag:{Invisible:1b}}
summon villager ~ ~ ~ {Offers:{Recipes:[{buy:{id:"emerald",Count:5b},sell:{id:"diamond_sword"}}]}}
summon tnt ~ ~ ~ {Fuse:20s}

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If your question was marked as a duplicate of this one, it means your NBT question is not solvable in Bedrock Edition.

Unfortunately, there is no access to NBT tags from commands in Bedrock Edition (formerly Pocket Edition), so this is not possible. There are some workarounds for specific use cases:

Here are some examples of things that are currently impossible in Bedrock Edition:

  • Giving a potion with a custom effect (although you can fake it to some extent using commands)
  • Placing skulls with custom owners
  • Adding attribute modifiers to items
  • Summoning a tipped arrow
  • Summoning invisible item frames
  • Summoning horses with custom speed/jump height/health
  • Changing the time until a TNT explosion
  • Querying item properties in /clear (note that you can still use data values)
  • Detecting when a mob is at a certain health
  • Referencing JSON files in commands

This is only possible for giving potions, using CanPlaceOn and CanDestroy, and the {powered:1} section of the creeper, although the syntax is slightly different. Based on other answers here, we know that it is impossible to add NBT tags in Bedrock Edition. However, there are loopholes for the items above.

For the potion, we'll use the data integer of 5, meaning Night Vision for 3 minutes. Link here: https://www.digminecraft.com/generators/give_potion_pe.php

/give @p potion 1 5

Here is a table of the possible values: Potion Table

For the stone, we can use JSON components for the abilities to place on certain items. This only works in adventure mode.

/give @s minecraft:stone 1 0 {"minecraft:can_place_on":{"blocks":["minecraft:grass","minecraft:dirt"]}}

Finally, for the powered creeper, we can utilize spawn events to make this possible in Bedrock Edition.

/summon creeper ~ ~ ~ minecraft:become_charged

I hope this helps!


Use this selector:

/testfor @a[hasitem={item=diamond_pickaxe,location=slot.weapon.mainhand}]

This should work on Minecraft Bedrock.


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