How to Die in Minecraft
Sometimes if you are hopelessly lost, it's better to die and respawn safe at home. Make sure you know how to retrieve your items before you do. And if you want to pick the perfect death, you have options from the simple to the flashy.
Part 1Dying without Losing Items
1Death is always close at hand in Minecraft. in the section below. But if you don't want to lose all your items, read this section first.
2Make a chest out of eight wooden planks. Place the chest on the ground, then move all valuable items from your inventory into the chest. In single player, place the chest somewhere obvious, such as on the top of a hill. In multiplayer, hide the chest underground to hide it from other players. Mark the land above it with a torch so you know where to dig later. If you have OP rights (Cheats), you can also use the command /gamerule keepInventory true to protect your inventory.
3These coordinates will tell you exactly where you are in the world. Check them while standing next to your chest: In Minecraft for Windows or Mac, press F3. (If that doesn't work, press Fn+F3.) In Minecraft for Xbox or PlayStation, make a map, equip it and use it. Unfortunately, there is no way to find coordinates in Minecraft Pocket Edition. Try making a compass and following it back to your spawn point instead.
4Write down the X, Y, and Z values that appear as text at the top of the screen, or on the map. Use a real piece of paper, not just the chat box.
5Kill yourself any way you like. There are many methods listed in the next section below.
6When you respawn, you'll be back at the last bed you slept in, or your original spawn point. Use the method described above to display your coordinates. Write down these as well, so you don't get lost again.
7With the coordinates open, walk around and watch the X, Y, and Z values change. Find the direction that causes these values to approach the coordinates you wrote down earlier. When you reach them, look around for your chest. Pick up your items, and walk back to your spawn point using the same method. X and Z are the North/South and East/West coordinates. Get these right first. The Y value tells you how far you are above or below sea level. You can usually ignore this unless you died underground or on a steep mountain slope.
8If you have commands on, you could type the command "/gamerule keepInventory true" into the chat. This makes it so that your items are with you, even after you die.
Part 2Dying in Survival or Adventure Mode
1Leap off a tall cliff and you'll take a large amount of damage. You may need to repeat this a couple times if there are only small hills available. If you have a large amount of dirt or other worthless blocks, you can build a tower to leap from. Face the ground at your feet and jump repeatedly, clicking to place the block as you do.
2Dig a pit three blocks deep. Jump inside and place two blocks of sand or gravel above your head. These will fall onto you and cover your head, causing you to take damage until you die.
3Any water two blocks deep can drown you. Step underneath and wait until all of your air bubbles are gone. These should be located next to your hearts. If you want to die an honorable, wet death at any moment, carry around a bucket of water. Dig a pit two blocks deep, empty the bucket to fill it, and jump into your private death sauna.
4Walk into a cactus repeatedly for the death by a thousand spines. If you're playing multiplayer, the chat will tell everyone that you were "pricked to death."
5Lava is most commonly found far beneath the surface. Explore a cave or simply dig straight down and hope for a fiery doom.
6If you're lost in the wilderness, you can take your revenge on the wilderness by starting a forest fire. Note that this will not work on adventure mode. Here's a step by step guide for your funeral pyre: Break gravel with a shovel until a piece of flint drops. Mine iron with a stone pickaxe. Iron can be found at ground level, but is much more common lower down. Make a furnace and use it to smelt the iron ore into iron ingots. Craft the iron and flint together to make flint and steel. Use the flint and steel to set fire to the top of any solid block, or the side of flammable blocks such as wood. Walk into the fire to kill yourself.
7Enemy mobs spawn at night or deep underground. Run up to the first one you see and it will be happy to kill you. If you're playing single player, use the settings menu to raise the difficulty to hard The black, tentacled "Endermen" won't turn hostile until you look directly at their heads.
8Try the following if you want a flashy way to die: Create a monster trap and stand at its base. Build a cannon with the controls sitting in the path of a fire. Craft TNT from 5 gunpowder and 4 sand, then blow it up with fire. Find gunpowder by killing creepers, ghasts, or witches.
Part 3Dying in Creative Mode
1Dig straight down until you break through the bedrock. Float down through it and stay in the Void outside the world until you die. You cannot destroy bedrock in Minecraft for consoles or mobile devices (Survival Mode only), so this is only possible if you are on a computer.
2This is not possible in Pocket Edition or Console edition. Follow these instructions: Open the chat window with T or /. Type kill and press enter. If nothing happens, you need to temporarily enable cheats and try again. In single player, press Esc to open the menu, then select Open to LAN → Allow Cheats → Start LAN World.
3If you are playing Minecraft on a phone, tablet, or gaming console, there's only one way to kill yourself. Here it is: Select End Portal Frames in the "Decoration Blocks" section. Place them in a 4x4 square, without any corners. Create an End Portal by placing an Eye of Ender in each of the twelve portal frames. You can find this item in the "Miscellaneous" section. Wait for the black portal to appear in the square, then go through it. Once in the end region, walk off the edge of the land and sink downward. Once you reach 65 blocks below sea level, you'll start to take damage, then die.