I'm working on a minigame in 1.13 and am trying to make a command that executes at a players position and spawns an area effect cloud there. I have managed that but I also need that area effect cloud to be spawned with a tag or something (or a score etc.) that can link it to the player that was used to spawn it. I tried one command that is supposed to give the area effect cloud the players name as a tag but it doesn't seem to work:

/execute as @a[team=Alive,scores={ReadyToPlant=3,Sneak=1..,PlantedPotato=0},nbt={SelectedItem:{id:"minecraft:stripped_birch_wood"}}] at @s run summon area_effect_cloud ~ ~ ~ {Duration:2147483647,CustomName:"{\"text\":\"SpawningPotato\"}",Tags:["{\"text\":\"@s\"}"]}

  • I'm not sure how easy this is, but you're probably going to want to give everyone a unique player ID score, and then set a score in the area effect cloud to that value.
    – MBraedley
    Mar 15 '19 at 15:55

You could try to make a command chain where after the area effect cloud is spawned it summons a perminate, imobile, indistructable, invisible entity such as a armor stand next to or under or above the area effect cloud that has a tag which can then activate a command block with the sequence:

execute if entity @e[type=armor_stand,tag=...] run ...

Idk if this will work or helps at all but I hope it does.


The best way I can think of is to assign a unique id to every player using the scoreboard system and then copy that id to the area of effect cloud.

To set this up, create the following objectives:

/scoreboard objectives add index dummy

/scoreboard objectives add global_temp dummy

initialize the global index: /scoreboard players set global index 1

and then, paste these into a command block chain (1 repeating and 3 chain command blocks):

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execute as @a unless entity @s[scores={index=1..}] run scoreboard players set @s index 0

execute store success score global global_temp run scoreboard players operation @a[limit=1,sort=arbitrary,scores={index=0}] index = global index

execute if score global global_temp matches 1 run scoreboard players add global index 1

scoreboard players reset global global_temp

here is how the system works. When a player joins, the value of the global index is copied into the players index objective. Then, the value of "global_index" is increased by 1 so the next player who joins gets a higher number than the previous player. The first player will have an index of 1, the second an index of 2 and so on...

now you can store the index of the player to the area of effect cloud like this:

/execute as <area_of_effect_cloud> store result score @s index run scoreboard players get @p[distance=..5,limit=1,sort=nearest] index

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