Player Heads

Ever PVP someone or PVE a mob and get no good loot? Feel like you deserve a trophy for your victory? Want a simpler alternative to bigger plugins that implement everything but the kitchen sink? Then PlayerHeads is right for you!  You can now lop off enemies heads in battle, and mount it on a pole for all to fear, wear your opponent's face as a mask like camouflage, or just collect all of the mob heads.



Place PlayerHeads.jar in your plugins folder, on server start the configuration will be generated.  Remember to remove any outdated playerheads jars when adding the new one.
If you can't be bothered to read the rest of this page, then just watch this video by Awesome_Soul:

Portuguese (Português) video:
German (Deutsch) video:

Try It

Server: (rare drops are enabled for mob and player-heads)





  • PlayerHeads is now translatable! Edit "" to whatever phrases you desire.
  • lang files will change between releases, when updating be sure to delete the old file if you haven't edited it.
  • If you've given people the * permission node, they will get 100% drop rates. If you don't want this to happen, deny (or add negative) nodes for the following: playerheads.alwaysbehead and playerheads.alwaysbeheadmob
  • If you want to disable head drops in a specific world, use your permission plugin to deny (or add negative) nodes for the following in that world: playerheads.canbehead and playerheads.canbeheadmob
  • If you have any problem using "lang_[language]_[country]_[variant].properties" for any reason, just use the file name "" to override messages.
  • Spawn mob heads with the following names: #creeper #zombie #skeleton #wither #spider #enderman #enderdragon ... (any many more!)

Known issues

  • Renamed heads (with an anvil) don't stay renamed after placing and mining them.
  • If custom mob heads get destroyed from flowing water they will temporarily loose their custom display title (you can get it back by placing and mining it).
  • If you use a Backport version, you should read about some notes here as well.

Dev Builds

Development builds of this project can be acquired at the provided continuous integration server. These builds have not been approved by the BukkitDev staff. Use them at your own risk. (upstream)/


We've included the entire sourcecode via github:


Recent Versions

  • 4.7.0 - adds configuration options to refine the antispam features added in v4.3 and v4.2
  • 4.6.0 - configuration to remove lore and further modify it on plugin-added heads.
  • 4.5.2 - internal changes only (backport now shades main jar)
  • 4.5.1 - wither skeleton drop removal bugfix & better error feedback
  • 4.5.0 - internal compatibility changes only (core behavior code now shared in common between both 1.13/backport releases)
  • 4.4.0 (1.13) - additional rename permissions & locale feedback
  • 4.3.3 (backport) - rename bugfix & custom head behavior changes
  • 4.3.3 (1.13) - custom head behavior changes
  • 4.3.1 (1.13) - nerfdeathspam error bugfix
  • 4.3.0 (1.13) - added nerfdeathspam feature, rename parameter error bugfix
  • 4.0-4.2.3 - added textured heads, fixed various errors, corrected permission behaviors

 See the changelog for more detailed information.
 Note: new releases may be waiting on approval.

Server Support

Current versions of the plugin have been tested as compatible on the following server environments:

  • Spigot 1.8-1.12.2
  • Spigot 1.13-1.13.2
  • Paper 1.8-1.12.2
  • Paper 1.13-1.13.2

Server environments that are known to be incompatible:

  • Glowstone (lacks necessary library)

Support should exist for any modern bukkit server with access to authlib which is needed to set textures.


Legacy version notes:

  • 4.x introduces new, more reliable support for head textures, more configuration options, updated mobs, and more consistent permission behavior and will continue to receive updates in the future - some older configurations may be incompatible (see the changelog and Configuration page)
  • 3.x maintains the original behavior of the plugin but head skins may be less reliable over time and support may be discontinued.

Legacy version documentation: changelog, configurationpermissions.




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