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Sets or queries a game rule value.


  • Java Edition
gamerule <rule name> [value]
Arguments in Java Edition are case sensitive.
  • Bedrock Edition
gamerule <rule: BoolGameRule> [true|false]
gamerule maxcommandchainlength [value: int]


Arguments in Bedrock Edition are shown for tab autocompletion as lowercase, but when typed are case-insensitive.
rule name (BE: rule: BoolGameRule)
Specifies the game rule to set or query. Only certain predefined game rules affect gameplay (see Predefined Game Rules below).
value (BE: true|false or value: int) (optional)
Specifies the value to set the game rule to. Only true or false specified for predefined game rules can affect gameplay, except in the case of maxEntityCramming, randomTickSpeed, spawnRadius, and maxCommandChainLength where any integer 0 or greater affects gameplay (see Predefined game rules below).
Predefined game rules
Rule name Description Default value Type Java Edition Bedrock Edition
announceAdvancements Whether advancements should be announced in chat true Bool Yes No
commandBlocksEnabled Whether command blocks should be enabled in-game true Bool No Yes
commandBlockOutput Whether command blocks should notify admins when they perform commands true Bool Yes Yes
disableElytraMovementCheck Whether the server should skip checking player speed when the player is wearing elytra. Often helps with jittering due to lag in multiplayer, but may also be used to travel unfairly long distances in survival mode (cheating). false Bool Yes No
disableRaids Whether raids are disabled. false Bool Yes No
doDaylightCycle Whether the day-night cycle and moon phases progress true Bool Yes Yes
doEntityDrops Whether entities that are not mobs should have drops true Bool Yes Yes
doFireTick Whether fire should spread and naturally extinguish true Bool Yes Yes
doInsomnia Whether phantoms can spawn in the nighttime true Bool Planned Yes
doImmediateRespawn Players respawn immediately without showing the death screen (Bedrock: immediateRespawn) false Bool Planned Yes
doLimitedCrafting Whether players should be able to craft only those recipes that they've unlocked first false Bool Yes No
doMobLoot Whether mobs should drop items true Bool Yes Yes
doMobSpawning Whether mobs should naturally spawn. Does not affect monster spawners. true Bool Yes Yes
doTileDrops Whether blocks should have drops true Bool Yes Yes
doWeatherCycle Whether the weather can change true Bool Yes Yes
drowningDamage Whether the player should take damage when drowning true Bool Planned Yes
fallDamage Whether the player should take fall damage true Bool Planned Yes
fireDamage Whether the player should take fire damage true Bool Planned Yes
immediateRespawn Players respawn immediately without showing the death screen (Java: doImmediateRespawn) false Bool No Yes
keepInventory Whether the player should keep items in their inventory after death false Bool Yes Yes
logAdminCommands Whether to log admin commands to server log true Bool Yes No
maxCommandChainLength Determines the number at which the chain command block acts as a "chain". 65536 Int Yes Yes
maxEntityCramming The maximum number of other pushable entities a mob or player can push, before taking 3♥♥ suffocation damage per half-second. Setting to 0 disables the rule. Damage affects survival-mode or adventure-mode players, and all mobs but bats. Pushable entities include non-spectator-mode players, any mob except bats, as well as boats and minecarts. 24 Int Yes No
mobGriefing Whether creepers, zombies, endermen, ghasts, withers, ender dragons, rabbits, sheep, villagers, and snow golems should be able to change blocks and whether mobs can pick up items. This also affects the capability of zombie-like creatures like Zombie Pigman and Drowned to pathfind to Turtle Eggs true Bool Yes Yes
naturalRegeneration Whether the player can regenerate health naturally if their hunger is full enough (doesn't affect external healing, such as golden apples, the Regeneration effect, etc.) true Bool Yes Yes
pvp Whether the player can fight with other players true Bool No Yes
randomTickSpeed How often a random block tick occurs (such as plant growth, leaf decay, etc.) per chunk section per game tick. 0 disables random ticks, higher numbers increase random ticks. Setting to a high integer results in high speeds of decay and growth 1[BE only]
3[JE only]
Int Yes Yes
reducedDebugInfo Whether the debug screen shows all or reduced information; and whether the effects of F3+B (entity hitboxes) and F3+G (chunk boundaries) are shown. false Bool Yes No
sendCommandFeedback Whether the feedback from commands executed by a player should show up in chat. Also affects the default behavior of whether command blocks store their output text true Bool Yes Yes
showCoordinates Whether the player's coordinates are displayed true Bool No Yes
showDeathMessages Whether death messages are put into chat when a player dies. Also affects whether a message is sent to the pet's owner when the pet dies. true Bool Yes Yes
spawnRadius The number of blocks outward from the world spawn coordinates that a player spawns in when first joining a server or when dying without a personal spawnpoint. 10[JE only]
5[BE only]
Int Yes Yes
spectatorsGenerateChunks Whether players in spectator mode can generate chunks true Bool Yes No
tntExplodes Whether TNT explodes after activation true Bool No Yes


Fails if rule name is not defined and value is not provided (i.e., attempting to query an undefined game rule), or if "rule name is not a predefined game rule ‌[Java Edition only].
On success, returns the value of the game rule (if value is not provided) or sets the game rule to the specified value (if value is provided).


  • To stop the day-night cycle: gamerule doDaylightCycle false
  • To stop natural healing: gamerule naturalRegeneration false
  • To stop creepers, ghasts and other mobs from modifying blocks: gamerule mobGriefing false
  • To stop the natural cycle of weather: gamerule doWeatherCycle false
  • To keep all of your valuables when you die: gamerule keepInventory true

Additional behavior[edit]

This section is dedicated to explaining more complex behaviors of certain gamerules.[more information needed]

  • disableRaids
    • When true, the Bad Omen is not removed from a player when entering a village.
    • Stops a raid if set to true while a raid is in progress, but the existing raid mobs do not despawn.
  • doEntityDrops
    • When false, items cannot be removed from item frames.
  • doMobSpawning
    • Affects only natural mob spawning. Mobs from structures, spawners, and events still spawn when set to false.[more information needed]
  • doTileDrops
    • When false, containers still drop their contents, but not themselves.
      • Shulker boxes do not drop anything, causing the items in them to be lost.
    • When false, destroying an armor stand does not drop it nor any armor it had equipped.
  • drowningDamage[Bedrock Edition only][upcoming: JE 1.15]
    • When false, the player will still lose air, but will not take damage when the air is depleted.
  • mobGriefing
    • When false, prevents:
      • creepers from destroying blocks when they explode, although they still damage entities.
      • blazes from creating fire.
      • ghast fireballs from exploding blocks and creating fire.
      • villagers from farming and picking up items. However, they can still open doors and throw items.
      • sheep from turning grass blocks into dirt, but does not prevent the regrowth of wool.[more information needed]
      • the ender dragon from destroying blocks, causing it to just fly through them instead.
      • the wither and its heads from destroying blocks with their explosions. Entities will still be damaged, and wither roses will drop as an item.
      • endermen from picking up or placing blocks.
      • zombies from breaking doors.
      • rabbits from eating carrot crops.
      • snow golems from creating snow trails.
      • ravagers from destroying crops and leaves.
      • foxes from picking sweet berries from a sweet berry bush.
      • all mobs from:
        • trampling crops
        • picking up items
    • Has no effect on the player.


Java Edition
1.4.212w32aAdded /gamerule.
Added /gamerule doFireTick.
Added /gamerule mobGriefing.
Added /gamerule keepInventory.
Added /gamerule doMobSpawning.
Added /gamerule doMobLoot.
Added /gamerule doTileDrops.
?Added /gamerule commandBlockOutput.
1.6.113w23aAdded /gamerule naturalRegeneration.
13w24aAdded /gamerule doDaylightCycle.
1.814w03aAdded /gamerule logAdminCommands.
14w10aAdded /gamerule showDeathMessages.
14w17aAdded /gamerule randomTickSpeed.
14w26aAdded /gamerule sendCommandFeedback.
14w29aAdded the ability to create dummy gamerules.
1.8.1pre1Added /gamerule doEntityDrops.
/gamerule doTileDrops no longer affects entities.
1.915w37aAdded /gamerule spectatorsGenerateChunks.
15w51aAdded /gamerule spawnRadius.
16w07aAdded /gamerule disableElytraMovementCheck.
1.1116w38aAdded /gamerule doWeatherCycle.
Added /gamerule maxEntityCramming.
1.1217w13aAdded /gamerule doLimitedCrafting.
17w16bAdded /gamerule maxCommandChainLength.
17w18aAdded /gamerule announceAdvancements.
pre1Added /gamerule gameLoopFunction.
1.1317w45a/gamerule no longer accepts unknown values (dummy gamerules).
Values to /gamerule are now type-checked.
17w49bRemoved /gamerule gameLoopFunction.
1.14.3pre3Added /gamerule disableRaids.
?Added /gamerule reducedDebugInfo.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w36aAdded /gamerule doInsomnia.
Added /gamerule doImmediateRespawn.
Added /gamerule drowningDamage.
Added /gamerule fallDamage.
Added /gamerule fireDamage.
Pocket Edition
1.0.5alpha /gamerule.
Added /gamerule drowningDamage
Added /gamerule fallDamage
Added /gamerule fireDamage
Added /gamerule pvp
1.1.0alpha /gamerule doDaylightCycle.
Added /gamerule doEntityDrops.
Added /gamerule doFireTick.
Added /gamerule doMobSpawning.
Added /gamerule doMobLoot.
Added /gamerule doTileDrops.
Added /gamerule doWeatherCycle.
Added /gamerule keepInventory.
Added /gamerule mobGriefing.
Bedrock Edition
1.6.0beta /gamerule doInsomnia.
1.7.0beta /gamerule commandBlocksEnabled.
1.8.0beta /gamerule randomTickSpeed.
1.9.0beta /gamerule showDeathMessages.
Added /gamerule immediateRespawn.
1.12.0beta /gamerule spawnRadius.
Added /gamerule sendCommandBlockFeedback.
?Added /gamerule commandBlockOutput.
Added /gamerule maxCommandChainLength.
Added /gamerule naturalRegeneration.
Added /gamerule sendCommandFeedback.
Added /gamerule showCoordinates.
Added /gamerule tntExplodes.