Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft? Without using normal methods like dropping sand or gravel on top of yourself or letting mobs attack you without fighting back, something like the kill command in Quake-like games?

  • Good question, but I think you can't.
    – Malabarba
    Oct 29, 2010 at 3:06
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    not without the use of creepers sssssss BOOM Oct 29, 2010 at 12:02
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    Suicide is a noun not a verb. You should ask about 'committing suicide' rather than 'suicide.'
    – Mark
    Oct 31, 2010 at 22:06
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    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide?show=2&t=1308447592 Noun, verb and adj apparntly.
    – TrewTzu
    Jun 19, 2011 at 1:42
  • I'd like to add to this. As of the last pre-release, 12w16, you can enable "Cheat Mode" within the World Settings, then in game use the /kill method, as described below.
    – childe
    Apr 25, 2012 at 4:16

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If you are playing SMP, December 1st, 2010 update removed the /home command, and December 3rd, 2010 update added a /kill command, which will kill you upon issuance.

In SSP, there is no 'immediate' way to kill yourself without some additional setup, or handy terrain.

  • (/kill now works on singleplayer, as long as you created the word with cheats enabled)
    – pppery
    Aug 14, 2018 at 16:16

Just stack about 25 blocks underneath you by jumping & placing a block underneath you (at the height of your jump). After your stack is built sufficiently high, simply step off the edge to your death. This stack can be made of dirt, sand, or any block which you have an excess of at the moment.

Once you work out how many blocks you have to stack before the fall will kill you, it will only be a sub-second fall before you're dead. Also, the stack itself should only take about 10 seconds to build.

Tip: Use shears to cut leaves from trees, and build your stack out of leaf blocks for a self-destroying structure (the leaves will slowly disappear over time) in order to prevent your world filling up with random columns of blocks.


Lava will also do the trick if you have some nearby.


If your goal is to return to the spawn point, then the /home command might do what you want.


If you are near water just dive in and sink to the bottom...

It will take a while and it will be hard to recover any items you drop.



Use the /kill command. Syntax:

/kill <target>

For example:

/kill Jimmy

If left blank it kills the person who ran it:

  • @ExpertCoder14 in the question, they said "something like the kill command in Quake-like games"
    – Penguin
    Dec 2, 2020 at 15:28

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