I was playing on a survival multiplayer server, when suddenly the following message appeared:

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The player seemed to be very confused (and mad), saying that he has no idea what killed him.

Just the phrase "fell out of the water" makes no sense. I've looked up the death messages on the Wiki, but all I found was the death message being listed in death messages caused by falling, which also makes no sense, since the player said he was in the ocean at the moment.

What could've caused this death?


The player who this happened to said they were not even inside a boat, but swimming down to a ship wreck instead, when suddenly they lost all their HP.

  • 3
    Wow, awesome! What version of Minecraft was this? These messages were broken for years already, they are believed to be impossible to trigger! May 18, 2019 at 9:14
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    This one is supposed to trigger when you e.g. fall sideways out of a waterfall onto regular ground. But it doesn't, for at least as long as the bug tracker exists, I think. And if you're just in an ocean, I guess a second bug must have overridden the first one. :D That's just typical for Minecraft. May 18, 2019 at 9:16
  • It was 1.14.1. I might try and contact the player, but it's going to be hard finding him after he got mad and quit.
    – Quijibo
    May 18, 2019 at 9:49
  • @Fabian It's nice to see your enthusiasm about this :)
    – Joachim
    May 20, 2019 at 11:49

3 Answers 3


This death message is a very rare one, that can be triggered by using a Trident with the "Riptide" enchantment. It is caused by riptiding (from under the ocean) to a high altitude, then riptiding downwards while falling back into the ocean. But he said that he was swimming down to a shipwreck, right? Which means that either there is another way to trigger this death message, or that he is lying.

This is the "official" way to recreate this death message:

  1. Make sure you are fully submerged in the ocean and it is raining.
  2. Using your Trident with the Riptide enchantment, riptide upwards.
  3. Keep riptiding until you reach an extremely high altitude (like 5000 or 6000 blocks)
  4. Then, while you fall back into the ocean, riptide downwards back into the ocean.
  5. When you hit the ocean floor, this death message should appear.

Another theory is that a server glitch, or a troller, teleported him to a high altitude. Then as he fell, he riptided downwards and hit the ocean floor.

Or maybe the server intended it to show this death message upon doing something.

There are a lot of ways this death message can appear. These are just my theories.

Hope I helped...

  • Thanks for your research and all, but I am pretty sure the player didn't have a trident, as this happened less than half an hour after they first joined the game. Also, I am one of the server admins and I don't know of anything or anyone that would cause this death message to trigger unnaturally. I am upvoting but not accepting your answer.
    – Quijibo
    May 20, 2019 at 12:53
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    Do you have a bug report link for this? Also, shipwrecks still contain some blocks that can't be waterlogged (MC-125351), maybe it has something to do with that, maybe he swam into one of them and then some combination of bug occurred. ;) May 20, 2019 at 12:56
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    Hey Quijibo, well that's the only official way to actually trigger this death message. As Fabian quoted earlier, it's quite common for Minecraft to have bugs and all that. Or maybe it's a server glitch. If you are an admin, do you know of anyone who has more power than you? (btw, I do agree with Fabian. It's probably a combination of bugs from minecraft or from the server and the fact that some blocks can't be waterlogged)
    – liquidhope
    May 21, 2019 at 9:28

What it means is when your surver is lagging but it doesn't seem like it is and you fall off of a cliff but don't take that damage until later when you are swimming around you take the damage that you would of took when you fell later in the water. Don't really know what is the cause if it is that makes this happen sorry.

Hope that is helpful.

  • If you dont really know the cause, you probably should try to research it. Jan 5, 2021 at 13:12

This has happened to me too. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1: It happens when you die from fall damage, but right before you die you fall in the water because the server had low tps and you lagged forward and slipped off the block into the water and then died in the water. Which gives you the death message "Player fell out of the water".  That's how I died. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 2: Also maybe the player died from fall damage but their ping was too high, or the server tps was too low and it gave him a minute delay, and when he was swimming down to the shipwreck he finally took the damage from when he was supposed to die from a tall height, and died. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 3: And he couldn't have died from falling out of a boat when he hit the land, because boats would only break up till update 1.7.2 and you could take damage from that. He didn't die that way because he said he was swimming to a shipwreck which was added in 1.14 which was after 1.7.2 and boats don't break after they hit land beyond 1.7.2. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 4: Also you can die from the riptide enchantment when you go up into the air and then back down which will give you fall damage. But it was not that, because he said he was swimming to a shipwreck and not playing around with a trident.

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