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.
    • Players create and manage their own land claims, so you don't have to do it for them.
    • New players get automatic claims around their first chests so they're protected even if they don't know how to create land claims yet.
    • 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 (slash commands are also available).
    • 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 or other configurable blocks.
    • No pushing blocks in with pistons.
    • No pulling blocks out with pistons.
    • No TNT damage (including cannons).
    • No creeper damage.
    • No explosive damage from other plugins, like Extra Hard Mode or Magic Spells.
    • No enderman/silverfish 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 / armor stands, etc.
    • Fluids will not flow into a claim from outside.
    • No placing blocks via TNT/Sand/Gravel cannon.
  • 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.
    • Automatically mutes new-to-server players who use racial or homophobic slurs.
  • 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 DerTjorven DerTjorven Aug 25, 2016 at 15:10 UTC - 0 likes

    Hallo ich habe ein problem und zwar will ich eine Villager weizenfarm machen blos die funktioniert nicht weil die villager weder was abbauen noch was setzten

    hellp i had a problem. i want to build a villager wheat farm but they do nothing. they dont break or plat creops and wheat Pleas help me. sorry for this bad english

  • Avatar of MasterMithrandir MasterMithrandir Aug 21, 2016 at 15:29 UTC - 0 likes

    @bigscary: Go

    Does GP stop digging under players (So they fall or are buried in a hole) and placing water on players so they suffocate?

    I think these elements should be controlled:

    - Placing water near other players (Just like lava). - Surrounding players with blocks in more than 2x2 height, or even enclosing them inside confined spaces with these techniques. - Removing blocks beneath other players.

    I often find complaints on Survival about pacifism not being respected.

    Another suggestion: Add optional /claimkick <player> command for kicking players off from claims.

    Last edited Aug 23, 2016 by MasterMithrandir

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  • Avatar of bigscary bigscary Aug 16, 2016 at 19:34 UTC - 0 likes

    @jmask: Go

    Why do you think GP has something to do with it? Does it stop happening when you don't have GP running? I can't imagine how the two could be related.


  • Avatar of bigpresh bigpresh Aug 14, 2016 at 09:04 UTC - 0 likes

    <<reply 2852458>>

    Pretty sure only the claim's owner matters, not any others with trust on it.  However, it depends on the settings of the server - Grief Prevention provides settings to prevent expiration of claims belonging to players with more accrued / bonus claim blocks than configurable thresholds, so server admins can prevent longer-term players from losing their claims automatically at all (and, of course, automatic expiration can be totally disabled) - so it depends on how the server admins have configured things.

    If it's likely to be dropped, one of the admins on your server could transfer the claim to you with the /transferclaim command.

  • Avatar of minecraftkid7778 minecraftkid7778 Aug 14, 2016 at 08:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello, I have read through your post about the greifprevention plugin. The person who owns my base has gone on vacation for two months, he has been gone for a week. My server's settings give 30 days for the claim to expire. If the owner of the claim has given me trust ownership /permissiontrust, will me being active on the server keep the claim up? or if the prime owner of the claim isn't on, the claim falls regardless of me a /permissiontrust'd person being online? Thanks for reading and hopefully responding.

  • Avatar of TeenWolf23 TeenWolf23 Aug 13, 2016 at 00:54 UTC - 0 likes

    @bigscary: Go

    I ended up fixing it i deleted the plugin and reinstalled it but thank you so much for helping

  • Avatar of jmask jmask Aug 12, 2016 at 18:59 UTC - 0 likes

    @bigscary: Go

    There is a problem I have found between nocheatplus and griefprevention when a player tries walking on a slab, fence, chest, doors, or anyother partial one block entity they will freeze in that spot if they walk into its 1 block space. This only happens with non-op players. I can give them permission nocheatplus.* and it will stop doing that. Not knowing if I should tell them or you? They don't seem to respond.

    Last edited Aug 12, 2016 by jmask
  • Avatar of bigscary bigscary Aug 12, 2016 at 17:48 UTC - 0 likes

    @TeenWolf23: Go

    Hmm... any errors in your logs? What Minecraft version is your server on?

  • Avatar of TeenWolf23 TeenWolf23 Aug 10, 2016 at 23:38 UTC - 0 likes

    @bigscary: Go

    I thought that too but when i checked it says "No one has claimed this block. I tried claiming at level 1 to see if it would do anything just by chance to mess around but it did nothing. i tried claiming at normal ground level above the suppose already claimed land, it does say as normal that there is already a claim but it when i use the stick it doesn't show any claim at all. My players like to claim so that all they do is claim around their base at ground level and its protected, but it doesn't work. A lot of players like it so they can make underground bases then claim at ground level but their base will still be claimed without a worry. I used to do that all the time but all of a sudden it doesn't work now.

  • Avatar of bigscary bigscary Aug 08, 2016 at 20:22 UTC - 0 likes

    @Shaduckster: Go

    Sorry, I'll leave that to right clicking with the stick for now. :)

    @TeenWolf23: Go

    It's likely that the claim is ABOVE where you're right clicking with the stick. The stick checks exactly the block you're pointing at, but trying to claim also searches above you to check for claim overlap.

    @LoveLusting: Go

    Everyone has the createclaims permission by default. You'll have to take it away - ask your permissions plugin devs for the easiest way to do that with their plugin.


Date created
Dec 14, 2011
Last update
Aug 28, 2016
Development stage
GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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  • R: 15.2 for 1.10 Aug 28, 2016
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