I am trying to make a vanilla worldguard using command blocks in Minecraft 1.4. In 1.3, players couldn't do anything while in adventure mode. Is there any way to put players in 1.3-style adventure mode?

  • Is there a difference for players in /gamemode 2 between 1.3 and 1.4? Because that's all you really need to do.
    – MBraedley
    Nov 19, 2012 at 20:09
  • @MBraedley Blocks can be broken with the correct tool (pickaxe, etc) for them.
    – BlaXpirit
    Nov 19, 2012 at 20:11
  • @BlaXpirit: even in gamemode 2? I thought all you could break were torches and a handful of other blocks.
    – MBraedley
    Nov 19, 2012 at 20:27
  • @MBraedley Well that's the strange change ONOZ is talking about. I can break wool with shears, stone with a pickaxe... but I can't break a melon...
    – BlaXpirit
    Nov 19, 2012 at 20:32
  • @BlaXpirit Have you tried using the 'proper' tool for it (sword) instead of your hand?
    – user28379
    Nov 19, 2012 at 21:16

3 Answers 3


The Mining Fatigue status effect at level 5 will completely prevent breaking blocks. Applying it to all players for a million seconds (12 days) will probably be plenty, and you can do that without mods by using a command block with the command

/effect @a 4 1000000 5

Make that trigger somehow at the beginning of your map, or on a slow timer, and you're good.

This won't prevent block breaking in Creative mode, but any Adventure or Survival mode players will be unable to break anything. (To get a command block type /give @p 137.)

  • 1.13 syntax: /effect give @a mining_fatigue 1000000 5
    – pppery
    Jul 13, 2019 at 19:00

The difference between 1.4 and 1.3 is that, as mentioned above, blocks can be broken with their appropriate tools. If you're making your players start out with nothing, then they'll never be able to break blocks. Unless you give them tools from a chest or dispenser or whatnot...

If you are giving your players resources, you'll have to be careful not to give any resources that they can use to make tools. To break stone, they'll need a pickaxe. To break sand, they'll need a shovel, etc. Tools are always made from sticks and either wood, cobble, gold or diamond. So, if you take care, you can make sure your players will never have the tools to make a shovel or pickaxe or sword.

One method you could try is having a chest of, say, shovels in a world of stone, with passages filled with gravel or dirt. Then, the players can interact in the world while still being constrained to the stone construction.

Also, I think this bears warning: players in adventure mode can place any block in the world. This can cause trouble if they can't break it.

If you're truly paranoid about players being able to ruin your world, just make sure that they start with absolutely no tools or tool materials, and that there's no way for them to access those materials.

Depending on your map, it might also be a good idea to look at the /gamerule commands. In particular, /gamerule mobGriefing and /gamerule doTileDrops are useful ones to look at, if a player tries to get a creeper to harvest wood for 'em.

Tl;dr: Good level design will make sure your players will never have the tools to take apart your world.


I believe in 1.8, adventure mode makes one unable to place or remove blocks.

Source: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Adventure#History

  • Have you got any kind of source for this?
    – Jeeva
    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:56
  • I'm a source. I play on a server where they put us in adventure mode while at 'spawn' (using a testfor clock). And no matter what tool we have we can't break anything.
    – ydobonebi
    Jul 28, 2015 at 1:30
  • Well, not completely unable, because items can be custom-made to have CanPlaceOn and CanBreak tags
    – pppery
    Aug 16, 2018 at 14:55

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