Grief Prevention


AUTOMATICALLY PREVENTS ALL FORMS OF GRIEF, including build/break, theft, spam, fire, spawn camping, lava dumping, chat trolling, advertising and more, so you don't have to undo any damage after the fact. It even teaches players how to use it so you don't have to! No configuration or database required. Stop responding to grief and prevent it instead. Grief Prevention will solve your grief problems without requiring you to manage a roster of trained administrators, juggle 10 different anti-grief plugins, take away cool standard game features, publish a training manual / tutorial for players, or add explanatory signs to your world. You can also choose to integrate PvP elements into build design to finally get a PvP experience befitting a sandbox game about creative building.

Grief Prevention stops grief before it starts automatically without any effort from administrators, and with very little (self service) effort from players. Solve all your grief problems with a single download, no database, and no configuration step.

Official Servers (Try it for yourself!)

You can experience this plugin for yourself (as a player) by joining this public server. :) I maintain this server personally, which helps me catch bugs and spot opportunities for new features and improvements. Have fun!

Downloads by Minecraft Version

Please choose the version that matches your Minecraft server version! :)

The Manual

Feature List

Yes, everything is customizable. See Setup and Configuration.

  • No database or world backups required.
  • Extremely efficient CPU / RAM usage.
  • Land claims are easy to manage.
    • New players get automatic claims around their first chests.
    • Players who ask for help in chat get an instant link to a demonstration video.
    • Resizing claims and creating new claims is done with ONLY the mouse, no slash commands.
    • When a player appears to be building something nice outside his claim, he's warned and shown his claim boundaries.
    • Claim boundaries are easy to see, and don't require any client-side mod installation.
    • Extremely easy-to-remember, single-parameter slash commands for giving other players permissions.
    • Claim subdivision and granular permissions are available to organize towns and cities. Watch this video.
  • It's IMPOSSIBLE to grief a land claim. Watch this video.
    • No building or breaking.
    • No stealing from ANY containers.
    • No sleeping in beds.
    • No button/lever usage.
    • No adjusting redstone repeaters.
    • No pushing blocks in with pistons.
    • No pulling blocks out with pistons.
    • No TNT damage.
    • No creeper damage.
    • No damage from TNT cannons.
    • No explosive damage from other plugins, like Extra Hard Mode or Magic Spells.
    • No enderman block changes.
    • All doors may be automatically locked (optional, see config file).
    • No killing or luring animals away.
    • No stealing water (e.g. buckets).
    • No trampling crops, by players, animals, or monsters.
    • No building overtop, all claims reach to the max build height.
    • No placing or breaking paintings / item frames.
    • Fluids will not flow into a claim from outside.
    • No placing blocks via TNT/Sand/Gravel cannon.
    • No placing portals without build permission (even by walking through a portal in another world).
  • Pets and death loot are protected.
    • Players can't pick up what another player dropped on death without permission.
    • All types of pets are protected everywhere, even outside of land claims (can be configured per-world).
  • Excellent anti-spam protection
    • Warns, then mutes, then may kick or ban spammers (configurable - you choose).
    • Most spammers get only one message out before they're muted.
    • Blocks server advertising (IP addresses).
    • Blocks repeat message spam.
    • Blocks ASCII art (ex. Nyan Cats) spam.
    • Blocks similar message spam.
    • Blocks unreadable (gibberish) message spam.
    • Blocks CAPS.
    • Blocks macro spam (very different messages in quick succession).
    • Blocks login/logout spam, even when the spammer has multiple accounts.
    • Blocks death spam.
    • Blocks bot team spam.
    • Blocks slash command spam, including /tell, /emote, and any more you add.
  • Wilderness Protection and Rollback
    • Fire doesn't spread or destroy blocks.
    • Creepers and other explosions don't destroy blocks above sea level.
    • TNT doesn't destroy blocks above sea level.
    • No planting trees on platforms in the sky ("tree grief").
    • Instant, point and click nature restoration for not-claimed areas. Watch this video.
      • Insanely easy and fast fixes for penises, swastikas, and anything else unsightly.
      • Point at what you don't like and click, and it's fixed. Even from far away.
      • Never accidentally changes blocks inside land claims.
      • No need to investigate who built it, who broke it, or when they did it.
      • Doesn't matter if the griefer built with "natural" blocks, it will still be fixed.
      • No database.
      • No backups.
      • No chunk regeneration (it's dangerous for technical reasons).
      • Fixes bad chunk generations, like floating islands. It will be better than new.
      • Fills holes, even next to water to correct big spills.
      • Smooths noisy terrain.
      • No griefer construction is safe. If it's unnatural enough to be noticeable by players, it will be removed or filled-in.
  • Land claims can't be used as a griefing tool.
    • It's impossible to get a player "stuck" inside a land claim.
    • Land claims beyond the first require a golden shovel.
    • Minimum claim size prevents sprinkling small claims to annoy other players.
    • Max claim allowance grows with time played on the server, and can't be cheated by idling.
    • A simple administrative slash command will instantly remove all of a griefer's claims, no matter where they are.
  • Catches clever griefers.
    • Enhances the /ban command to ban ALL a griefer's accounts (not just his IP address).
    • Logs sign placements.
    • /SoftMute command to shut down chat trolls without them knowing they're beaten.
    • Abridged chat logs make reviewing what happened while you were away super-quick and easy.
  • PvP Protections.
    • When PvP is off, no setting fire or dumping lava near other players.
    • Absolutely bullet-proof anti-spawn-camping protection including bed respawns, which requires no configuration.
    • No logging out, stashing items, or using plugin teleportation to escape combat.
    • Optional siege mode, to answer players who hide in their claimed houses to avoid combat.
  • Supports your server growth.
    • Permit players to exchange server currency for claim blocks (requires configuration and other plugins).
    • Grant claim blocks automatically for votes, donations, etc (console command provided, other plugins required).

Please Vote for Grief Prevention

I've also posted Grief Prevention on the Spigot site, where plugins are ranked based on reviews. If you love GP, please take a couple of minutes to give GP your rating and leave a short review. Better rating and positive reviews will help server owners who look for plugins on the Spigot site make the safe choice (GP) instead of downloading something sketchy or incomplete. :) Thanks so much for all your support!

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  • Avatar of Jemrada Jemrada Nov 26, 2015 at 03:06 UTC - 0 likes

    I am on Spigot 1.8.8 R3, I also use Hardcore 3.6.5.

    So far it doesn't work correctly. i get the messages that a claim has been set but players can still do whatever they want in your area.

  • Avatar of bigscary bigscary Nov 26, 2015 at 00:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Update 13.1 is here! :)

    @Disorbs: Go

    What do you mean it isn't working? Try it on yourself to be sure. If it's still not, what version of GP are you on?

    @unclemark: Go

    The minechat issue was already fixed. If a player has played on your server before, he won't have a problem mine chatting. If all he's ever done is chat, then yes there is a problem but I don't see a fix for that rare case short of disabling the anti-bot feature altogether, which is not a good trade-off. If you do as PCtech suggests and disable this feature, beware the bots.

    @unclemark: Go

    You can use /acb to give players claim blocks. Maybe you can somehow integrate that with your shop signs? Not sure how, steps would depend on your specific shops plugin.

    @BlockBert: Go

    The survival requiring claims mode (see setup/config) prevents players from changing the world unless they first place a land claim. It requires some thinking though to work well, so you'll have to think over the design of your server if you decide to turn on that mode.

    As for enter/exit messages, those aren't in the base plugin because they're not anti-grief, but you can add them with GriefPrevention Flags.

    @MisterMewbacca: Go

    Change your claims mode (see config file) for that world to survival. However if your players in that world are in creative mode, you will have serious griefing problems so consider carefully. There's more info/advice on this in the setup/config page.

    @missemilia06: Go

    That's in the command/permissions reference page linked above.

  • Avatar of The_PC_Tech_Guy The_PC_Tech_Guy Nov 25, 2015 at 19:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @BlockBert: Go

    This would require registering a listener for the onPlayerMovement (or whatever it's named) event, which is something I wouldn't want to see in here mainly for performance reasons. However, this is possible to do in an add-on. PM me if you'd be interested in such a thing (I don't subscribe to comments here).

    @unclemark: Go

    If they haven't even played on your server yet (get wood achievement), then yes, they will be prevented from chatting. If you really want players to use Minechat without playing on your server, use spigot.yml to force the achievement on them (I've tested this before and yes it works).

    Last edited Nov 25, 2015 by The_PC_Tech_Guy

    This account is so old that I don't even use that username anymore.
    I now go by "robomwm"

  • Avatar of Bobcat00 Bobcat00 Nov 22, 2015 at 14:44 UTC - 0 likes

    @MisterMewbacca: Go

    What version of GriefPrevention are you running? Also make sure you have the correct Survival/Creative mode defined in the GP config.

    Server: - Survival/PVP, 7 Mob Arenas, Creative World
    Web site:

  • Avatar of missemilia06 missemilia06 Nov 21, 2015 at 17:52 UTC - 0 likes

    The admin of our server is able to query with a stick that person who currently claims that spot and it also tells him that particular persons last login as well. I couldn't find a permission in the list to allow others to do this as well. We want to be able to view that persons last login as well.


  • Avatar of MisterMewbacca MisterMewbacca Nov 21, 2015 at 00:39 UTC - 0 likes

    I can't break or build anything outside my plot. Every time i try i receive the message "You can't build here unless you claim some land first. To override use use /ignore claims. click for land claim help:". I've tried looking in the config files and i can't find a way to fix it . I want everyones plots to be protected and every other area to unprotected where people can build and break blocks outside of.

  • Avatar of BlockBert BlockBert Nov 20, 2015 at 11:08 UTC - 0 likes

    Hey, I previously used MyChunk, but as it became abandoned, I am looking for a new plugin. I really liked the easy-to-use features such as notifications when you entered someone's chunks or the ability to resell claimed land. And the most important feature I used was to protect all unclaimed land. So no one could grief in the wilderness without buying the land. Could you add some of those features? Just for suggestion: You could make them as optionally so everyone can decide whether he needs this feature or not. That would be great! :-)

    Greetz, Blockbert

  • Avatar of unclemark unclemark Nov 18, 2015 at 01:31 UTC - 0 likes

    thanks. Now how about people on minechat... they are muted if they don't move. Also, I'd like to sell claim blocks for in game currency. How do I make a sign for the shop ?


  • Avatar of Bobcat00 Bobcat00 Nov 16, 2015 at 23:59 UTC - 0 likes

    @unclemark: Go

    All one word

    Last edited Nov 17, 2015 by Bobcat00
  • Avatar of unclemark unclemark Nov 15, 2015 at 21:58 UTC - 0 likes

    LOL _ this plugin has no /gp reload command in game... and anyone using minechat will quit your server because they are muted because they're not moving !!! ie.: GriefPrevention: Muted pre-movement chat.

    Add a reload for heavens sake and an option to turn off that pre-movement bug.


Date created
Dec 14, 2011
Last update
Nov 26, 2015
Development stage
GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
Curse link
Grief Prevention
Recent files
  • R: 13.1 for 1.8.3 Nov 26, 2015
  • R: 13.0 for 1.8.3 Oct 29, 2015
  • R: 12.9.1 for 1.8.3 Oct 22, 2015
  • R: 12.8 for 1.8.3 Oct 13, 2015
  • R: 12.7.2 for 1.8.3 Oct 04, 2015