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Death messages are messages sent in the chat to either all players or a specific player to announce the death of a player or pet. These messages communicate how the entity died, and some are intended to be humorous.

Upon the death of a player, a death message is broadcast to everyone on a server. Upon the death of a pet wolf, cat, or parrot the message is broadcast to the pet's owner in Java Edition or to all players in the world in Bedrock Edition.[1] In Bedrock Edition, death messages are also produced upon the death of a pet horse, donkey, mule, llama, or skeleton horse.[2]

Death messages can be made not to appear in chat (and therefore broadcasted to other players) with the game rule showDeathMessages. This also affects the notification of a pet's death.

Java Edition[]

Current[]

Arrows
  • <player> was shot by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by an arrow shot by a player or mob using a bow or crossbow.
    • When the player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was shot by Arrow/Spectral Arrow.
  • <player> was shot by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by an arrow shot by a player or mob using a renamed bow or crossbow.
Snowballs
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob>
    • Is coded to appear when the player is killed by a snowball, egg or ender pearl shot by a player or mob. This is practically impossible, as these projectiles do not deal damage.
      • Blazes take damage from snowballs, which means that naming a blaze and killing it with snowballs will send this message to the game's log.
      • Because of MC-72151, a snow golem's snowballs are able to hurt and kill wolves, after which the message would appear to the owner of the tamed wolf.
    • Theoretically, when the player is killed by a snowball or egg shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, or an ender pearl summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was pummeled by Snowball/Thrown Egg/Thrown Ender Pearl.
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Is coded to appear when the player is killed by a snowball, egg or ender pearl shot by a player or mob that is holding a renamed item during the player's death. This is impossible, as these projectiles do not deal damage. However, as stated above, blazes take damage from snowballs, and snow golems can kill wolves, and if the killer in each case is holding a renamed item, this message appears instead.
Cactus
  • <player> was pricked to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were touching a cactus.
  • <player> walked into a cactus whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by touching a cactus.
Drowning
  • <player> drowned
    • Appears when the player runs out of air underwater and is killed from drowning damage.
    • Also appears in the game's log when a named blaze, enderman, strider or snow golem takes lethal damage from being in water, and when a named cod, salmon, pufferfish, tropical fish, squid or glow squid takes lethal damage from being out of water.
  • <player> drowned whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then dies from drowning.
    • Also appears in the game's log when one of the aforementioned mobs is hurt by a player or mob then dies from drowning.
Elytra
  • <player> experienced kinetic energy
    • Appears when the player is killed by hitting a wall while flying with elytra on.
  • <player> experienced kinetic energy whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then hits a wall while flying with elytra on.
Explosions
  • <player> blew up
  • <player> was blown up by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by TNT activated by redstone mechanisms, fire, dispensed out from a dispenser or by an end crystal.
    • Also appears when the player is killed by an entity that exploded, or by TNT activated by a player or mob, either by using flint and steel or a fire charge on the block or shooting it with an arrow that is on fire.
  • <player> was blown up by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by an entity holding a renamed item that exploded, or by TNT activated by a player or mob holding a renamed item during the player's death.
  • <player> was killed by [Intentional Game Design]
Falling
  • <player> hit the ground too hard
    • Appears when the player is killed by a less than 5 block fall, ender pearl damage, or falling while riding an entity that died due to fall damage.
  • <player> hit the ground too hard whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by either a fall from less than 5 blocks, ender pearl damage, or when riding an entity that died due to fall damage.
  • <player> fell from a high place
    • Appears when the player is killed by a greater than 5 block fall.
  • <player> fell off a ladder
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after being on a ladder.
  • <player> fell off some vines
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after being on a vine.
  • <player> fell off some weeping vines
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after being on a weeping vine.
  • <player> fell off some twisting vines
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after being on a twisting vine.
  • <player> fell off scaffolding
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after traversing up or down through scaffolding.
      • If the player falls from scaffolding that doesn't have scaffolding below it, it just counts as a greater than 5 block fall ("fell from a high place").
  • <player> fell while climbing
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling after being on a climbable block that is not one of the aforementioned ones.
      • Only cave vines fall into this category in the vanilla game, however one can make more blocks climbable using data packs.
    • Also appears when the player falls from any climbable block, changes dimension before dying, and then dies to fall damage.
      • This can happen even without the use of data packs.
  • death.fell.accident.water
    • Appears when the player dies to fall damage in water, which is ordinarily impossible because water cancels all fall damage.
    • Currently replicable in 1.13+ by taking fall damage on a waterlogged slab in a minecart, or by having a trident enchanted with an insanely high level of Riptide, then trying to use it inside deep water bodies.
    • This death message is untranslated due to MC-195467.
      • Before 1.16, this message was translated as <player> fell out of the water.
  • <player> was impaled on a stalagmite
    • Appears when the player falls on a pointed dripstone and dies.
  • <player> was impaled on a stalagmite whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then falls on a pointed dripstone and dies.
Falling blocks
  • <player> was squashed by a falling anvil
    • Appears when the player is killed by an anvil falling on their head.
  • <player> was squashed by a falling anvil whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by a falling anvil.
  • <player> was squashed by a falling block
    • Appears when the player is killed by a falling block (other than an anvil or pointed dripstone) modified to inflict damage.
  • <player> was squashed by a falling block whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by a falling block modified to inflict damage.
  • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite
    • Appears when the player is killed by a falling pointed dripstone.
  • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob and then killed by a falling pointed dripstone.
Fire
  • <player> went up in flames
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in a fire source block.
  • <player> walked into fire whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then enters a fire source block.
  • <player> burned to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were on fire, but not in a fire source block.
    • Also appears in the game's log when a named snow golem dies because of being in a hot biome.
  • <player> was burnt to a crisp whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed because they were on fire.
    • Also appears in the game's log when a named snow golem is hurt by a player or mob then dies to the heat in a hot biome.
Firework rockets
  • <player> went off with a bang
  • <player> went off with a bang due to a firework fired from <item> by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by the explosion of a firework rocket shot from a renamed crossbow.
Lava
  • <player> tried to swim in lava
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in lava.
  • <player> tried to swim in lava to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then enters lava.
Lightning
  • <player> was struck by lightning
    • Appears when the player is killed by a lightning bolt.
  • <player> was struck by lightning whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by a lightning bolt.
Magma Block
  • <player> discovered the floor was lava
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were standing on a magma block.
  • <player> walked into danger zone due to <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by magma block damage.
Magic (Instant Damage / Evoker Fangs / Guardian laser)
  • <player> was killed by magic
    • Appears when the player is killed by Instant Damage given with /effect, by an evoker fang summoned with /summon or by an arrow of harming shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon.
  • <player> was killed by magic whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by Instant Damage or an evoker fang that didn't originate from a player or mob.
  • <player> was killed by <player/mob> using magic
    • Appears when the player is killed by a potion or arrow of Harming shot by a player or mob, by an evoker fang summoned by an evoker or by the extra damage from a guardian's or elder guardian's laser.
      • If the player was killed by a splash potion of Harming shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was killed by Potion using magic.
      • If the player was killed by the cloud created by a lingering potion of Harming shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was killed by Area Effect Cloud using magic.
  • <player> was killed by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by one of the aforementioned ways but the player or mob is holding a renamed item during the player's death.
Powder Snow
  • <player> froze to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in powder snow for too long.
  • <player> was frozen to death by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then dies from freezing damage.
Players and mobs
  • <player> was slain by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob and killed.
    • This death message is actually two different death messages: <player> was slain by <mob> and <player> was slain by <player>.
      • This means they can be customized completely independently of each other using resource packs.
    • <player> was slain by <player> also appears when a parrot is fed a cookie.
      • If the parrot was named, the message will appear in the game's log. If it was tamed, the message will be sent to its owner.
    • <player> was slain by <mob> also appears when the player is killed by a shulker using a shulker bullet, or a llama using its llama spit.
      • If the player was killed by a shulker bullet or llama spit summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was slain by Shulker Bullet/Llama Spit.
  • <player> was slain by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob holding a renamed item and killed.
    • This death message is actually two different death messages: <player> was slain by <mob> using <item> and <player> was slain by <player> using <item>.
      • This means they can be customized completely independently of each other using resource packs.
    • <player> was slain by <player> using <item> also appears when a parrot is fed a cookie by a player holding a named item in their main hand.
    • <player> was slain by <mob> using <item> also appears when the player is killed by a shulker holding a renamed item using a shulker bullet, or a llama holding a renamed item using its llama spit.
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a fireball shot by a player or mob.
    • When the player is killed by a fireball shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> burned to death.
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a fireball shot by a player or mob that was holding a renamed item during the player's death.
  • <player> was stung to death
    • Appears when the player is killed by a bee.
  • <player> was stung to death by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a bee that was holding a renamed item during the player's death.
  • <player> was shot by a skull from <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a wither skull shot by a player or mob (only possible with the Wither).
    • When the player is killed by a wither skull summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was killed by magic.
  • <player> was shot by a skull from <player/mob> using <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a wither skull shot by a player or mob that is holding a renamed item during the player's death.
  • <player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek
    • Appears when the player is killed by a warden using its sonic boom.
  • <player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek whilst trying to escape <player/mob> wielding <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a warden holding a renamed item using its sonic boom.
Starving
  • <player> starved to death
    • Appears when the player plays in hard or hardcore and is killed by hunger damage because their hunger bar was at 0.
    • Also appears in the game's log when a named vex takes damage after 30-119 seconds from when it was spawned.
  • <player> starved to death whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player plays in hard or hardcore and is hurt by a player or mob then killed by hunger damage.
    • Also appears in the game's log when a named vex dies after being hurt by a player or mob.
Suffocation
  • <player> suffocated in a wall
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were inside of a non-transparent block.
  • <player> suffocated in a wall whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by suffocation damage.
  • <player> was squished too much
    • Appears when the player is killed by the maxEntityCramming gamerule.
  • <player> was squashed by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by the maxEntityCramming gamerule.
Sweet Berry Bushes
  • <player> was poked to death by a sweet berry bush
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in a sweet berry bush.
  • <player> was poked to death by a sweet berry bush whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then enters a sweet berry bush.
Thorns enchantment
  • <player> was killed trying to hurt <player/mob>
  • <player> was killed by <item> trying to hurt <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed because they hurt a guardian, elder guardian, or a player or mob wearing armor enchanted with Thorns and holding a renamed item.
Trident
  • <player> was impaled by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a trident shot by a player or mob.
    • When the player is killed by a trident shot from a dispenser‌[upcoming: JE Combat Tests] or summoned with /summon, the death message is <player> was impaled by Trident.
  • <player> was impaled by <player/mob> with <item>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a trident shot by a player or mob that was holding a renamed item during the player's death.
Void
  • <player> fell out of the world
    • Appears when the player is killed by being 64 blocks below the lowest point where blocks can be placed or by using /kill.[3]
  • <player> didn't want to live in the same world as <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by the void or /kill.[3]
Wither effect
  • <player> withered away
  • <player> withered away whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob then killed by the Wither status effect.
Drying out
  • <player> died from dehydration
    • Appears in the game's log when a named dolphin or axolotl dies to being out of water.
  • <player> died from dehydration whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • Appears in the game's log when a named dolphin or axolotl is hurt by a player or mob then dies to being out of water.
Generic death
  • <player> died
    • Is coded to appear only when the player achieves a death that is not assigned to a damage type (magic, cactus etc.) or is assigned to the generic damage type. Currently replicable in 1.17.1+ by naming a bee with a name tag, letting it sting a player, waiting for it to die and looking at the game's log.
  • <player> died because of <player/mob>
    • Is coded to appear only when the player is hurt by a player or mob then achieves a death that is not assigned to a damage type or is assigned to the generic damage type. Currently replicable in 1.17.1+ by naming a bee with a name tag, letting it sting a player, punching it while waiting for it to die naturally and looking at the game's log.
Unsendable death messages

NOTE: These death messages are technically able to appear, but their conditions cannot be met in vanilla Minecraft.

  • <player> was roasted in dragon breath
    • Is coded to appear when the player achieves a death that is assigned to the dragonBreath damage type.
    • Was added in 15w31c, appeared when the player was killed by a fireball shot by the ender dragon, but since then it has been unused, because dragon fireballs no longer deal impact damage.
    • See MC-84595 for more info.
  • <player> was roasted in dragon breath by <player/mob>
    • Is coded to appear when the player is hurt by a player or mob then achieves a death that is assigned to the dragonBreath damage type.
    • Was added later on to accompany the previous one.
  • <player> was burnt to a crisp whilst fighting <player/mob> wielding <item>
    • Is coded to appear when the player achieves a death that is assigned to onFire, which is a player/mob damage type in this case (the normal one is an environmental damage type), caused by a player or mob holding a renamed item.
    • In other words, this should appear when the player is killed by a fireball shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon, while simultaneously, the nonexistent player or mob that shot it is holding a renamed item. This obviously is not possible.
Unused death messages

NOTE: These death messages have no code to make them appear, so they appear only in the en_us.json file.

  • <player> was doomed to fall
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob>
    • Was intended to show up when the player was attacked before taking lethal fall damage.
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Was intended to show up when the player was attacked with a renamed item before taking lethal fall damage.
  • <player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob>
    • Was intended to show up when the player took fall damage and was killed by another player or mob.
  • <player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob> using <item>
    • Was intended to show up when the player took fall damage and was killed by another player or mob holding a renamed item.
  • <player> was stung to death by <player/mob>
    • The death message "<player> was stung to death" should have a <player/mob> variable, but the vanilla translation does not include it.
  • <player> went off with a bang whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • The death message "<player> went off with a bang" should have a <player/mob> variable, but the vanilla translation does not include it.
  • <player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • The death message "<player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek" should have a <player/mob> variable, but the vanilla translation does not include it.
  • <player> was killed by even more magic
    • Has a hover event, with text Actually, message was too long to deliver fully. Sorry! Here's stripped version: [message]
    • Appears when the regular death message is too large to send. This situation is almost impossible to trigger normally.[needs testing]

Temporary[]

These death messages existed only in Java Edition 3D Shareware v1.34.

  • <player> was too soft for this world
    • Appeared when the player was in Obligatory nightmare mode and was killed by the constant damage they took there.
  • <player> was too soft for this world (<player/mob> helped)
    • Appeared when the player was in Obligatory nightmare mode, was hurt by a player or mob and was killed by the constant damage they took there.

Removed[]

In Java Edition snapshots 13w02a through 13w04a, a complicated system existed to show death messages for when the player fell to their death or fell and was killed by something else. There were two types of messages, "<player> <first>" and "<player> <first> and <last>".

<first> could be:

  • fell (off a ladder|off some vines|out of the water|from a high place)
  • was (shot|pummeled|blown|fireballed|knocked) (off a ladder|off some vines|out of the water|from a high place)
  • was (shot|pummeled|blown|fireballed|knocked) (off a ladder|off some vines|out of the water|from a high place) by <player/mob>

<last> could be:

  • into a pool of lava
  • fell out of the world
  • into a patch of fire
  • into a patch of cacti
  • got finished off by <player/mob>
  • got finished off by <player/mob> using <item>
  • got finished off using <item>

There were 352 different death messages. (416 in the en_US.lang file, because the verb "blown" existed twice.)

Bedrock Edition[]

  • <player> was slain by Arrow
    • Appears when the player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon.
  • <player> was shot by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by an arrow shot by a player or mob.
  • <player> was pricked to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were touching a cactus.
  • <player> drowned
    • Appears when the player runs out of air underwater and is killed from drowning damage.
  • <player> experienced kinetic energy
    • Appears when the player is killed by hitting a wall while flying with elytra on.
  • <player> blew up
  • <player> was blown up by Block of TNT
    • Appears when the player is killed by TNT activated by redstone mechanisms, fire, or dispensed out from a dispenser.
  • <player> was blown up by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by an entity that exploded, or by TNT activated by a player or mob.
  • <player> hit the ground too hard
    • Appears when the player is killed by a less than 5 block fall, ender pearl damage, or falling while riding an entity that died due to fall damage.
  • <player> fell from a high place
    • Appears when the player is killed by a greater than 5 block fall.
  • <player> was squashed by a falling anvil
    • Appears when the player is killed by an anvil falling on their head.
  • <player> was squashed by a falling block
    • Appears when the player is killed by a falling block (other than an anvil) modified to inflict damage.
  • <player> went up in flames
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in a fire source block.
  • <player> burned to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were on fire, but not in a fire source block.
  • <player> went off with a bang
    • Appears when the player is killed by the explosion of a firework rocket.
  • <player> tried to swim in lava
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in lava.
  • <player> was struck by lightning
    • Appears when the player is killed by a lightning bolt.
  • <player> discovered floor was lava
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were standing on a magma block.
  • <player> was killed by magic
    • Appears when the player is killed by a potion of Harming shot from a dispenser, by Instant Damage given with /effect or by an evoker fang summoned with /summon.
  • <player> was killed by <player/mob> using magic
    • Appears when the player is killed by a potion or arrow of Harming shot by a player or mob, or by an evoker fang summoned by an evoker.
  • <player> was slain by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is hurt by a player or mob and killed, or killed by a trident shot by a player or mob.
    • This death message is actually two different death messages: <player> was slain by <mob> and <player> was slain by <player>.
  • <player> was slain by Small Fireball
    • Appears when the player is killed by a fireball shot from a dispenser.
  • <player> starved to death
    • Appears when the player plays in hard difficulty and is killed by hunger damage because their hunger bar was at 0.
  • <player> suffocated in a wall
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were inside of a non-transparent block.
  • <player> was killed trying to hurt <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed because they hurt a guardian, elder guardian, or a player or mob wearing armor enchanted with Thorns.
  • <player> was impaled to death by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a trident shot from a dispenser or summoned with /summon.
  • <player> fell out of the world
    • Appears when the player is killed by being more than 64 blocks below the bottom of the world.
  • <player> withered away
  • <player> died
    • Appears when the player is killed by /kill or is killed by a sweet berry bush.
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a fireball shot by a player or mob.
  • <player> was sniped by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a shulker bullet shot by a shulker
  • <player> was spitballed by <player/mob>
    • Appears when the player is killed by a llama spit shot by a llama.
  • <player> froze to death
    • Appears when the player is killed because they were in powder snow for too long.
  • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite
    • Appears when the player is killed by falling stalactite.
  • <player> was impaled on a stalagmite
    • Appears when the player falls on a stalagmite and dies.
Unused death messages

NOTE: These death messages appear only in the en_US.lang file.

  • <player> was shot by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> walked into a cactus whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> drowned whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> was killed by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> walked into fire whilst fighting <player/mob>
  • <player> tried to swim in lava to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> walked on danger zone due to <player/mob>
  • <player> was burnt to a crisp whilst fighting <player/mob>
  • <player> was slain by <player> using <item>
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob>
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> fell off a ladder
  • <player> fell off some vines
  • <player> fell out of the water
  • <player> was doomed to fall
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob>
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob>
  • <player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob> using <item>

History[]

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Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseAdded death messages.
Currently, death messages are only shown on multiplayer servers.
Added the following death messages:
  • <player> went up in flames
  • <player> burned to death
  • <player> tried to swim in lava
  • <player> suffocated in a wall
  • <player> drowned
  • <player> starved to death
  • <player> was pricked to death
  • <player> hit the ground too hard
  • <player> fell out of the world
  • <player> died
  • <player> blew up
  • <player> was killed by magic
  • <player> was slain by <mob>
  • <player> was slain by <player>
  • <player> was shot by <player/mob>
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob>
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob>
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Added the death message "<player> was killed by <player/mob>" (triggered by splash potions of Harming, it is just not clear).
1.3.112w16aThe death message "<player> died" can no longer appear practically, only theoretically.
12w18aAs singleplayer worlds are now internal servers, death messages are now also shown in singleplayer.
1.4.212w34aAdded the death message "<player> withered away".
12w41aAdded the death message "<player> was squashed by a falling anvil".
12w42aAdded the death message "<player> was squashed by a falling block".
1.4.612w50aAdded the death message "<player> was killed trying to hurt <player/mob>".
1.513w01aAdded the death message "<player> was slain by <player> using <item>".
13w02aThe entire translation string system for death messages has been rewritten.
Death messages for fall damage are now shown based on a system that results in 352 (416 in en_US.lang) death messages.
Added the following death messages:
  • <player> walked into fire whilst fighting <player/mob>
  • <player> was burnt to a crisp whilst fighting <player/mob>
  • <player> tried to swim in lava to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> drowned whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> walked into a cactus whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
  • <player> was blown up by <player/mob>
  • <player> was shot by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> was fireballed by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> was pummeled by <player/mob> using <item>
  • <player> was killed by <player/mob> using <item>
The "<player> was killed by <player/mob>" death message has been changed to "<player> was killed by <player/mob> using magic".
13w05aThe system for fall damage death messages has been removed due to internationalization issues.[4]
Added the following death messages, which existed already, but were part of the system removed in this snapshot:
  • <player> fell from a high place
  • <player> fell off a ladder
  • <player> fell off some vines
Added the death message "<player> fell out of the water", which existed as part of the system removed in this snapshot, and which can only appear theoretically, not practically.
Added the following death messages:
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob>
  • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob> using <item>
  • Added the following unused death messages:
  • <player> was doomed to fall
  • <player> was fell too far and was finished by <player/mob>
  • <player> was fell too far and was finished by <player/mob> using <item>
  • 1.6.113w21bThe following unused death messages have been changed:
    • "<player> was fell too far and was finished by <player/mob>" to "<player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob>"
    • "<player> was fell too far and was finished by <player/mob> using <item>" to "<player> fell too far and was finished by <player/mob> using <item>"
    1.7.413w47aThe following death messages are now unused:
    • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob>
    • <player> was doomed to fall by <player/mob> using <item>
    1.814w10aAdded game rule showDeathMessages.
    14w32aAdded the death message "<player> was struck by lightning".
    1.915w31aDeath messages are now displayed on the death screen as well as in the chat.
    15w31cAdded the death message "<player> was roasted in dragon breath".
    15w32aThe death message "<player> was roasted in dragon breath" can no longer practically appear, only theoretically.
    15w42aAdded the death message "<player> experienced kinetic energy".
    1.1016w20aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> discovered floor was lava
    • <player> walked into danger zone due to <player/mob>
    1.1116w43aAdded the death message "<player> was squished too much".
    1.11.116w50aAdded the death message "<player> went off with a bang".
    1.1317w48aAdded the death message "<player> was killed by [Intentional Game Design]".
    18w01aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was struck by lightning whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> suffocated in a wall whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> was squashed by <player/mob>
    • <player> starved to death whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> was blown up by <player/mob> using <item>
    • death.attack.magic.player
    • <player> withered away whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> was squashed by a falling anvil whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> was squashed by a falling block whilst fighting <player/mob>
    • <player> was slaim [sic] by <mob> using <item>
    • <player> was killed by <item> trying to hurt <player/mob>
    • <player> hit the ground too hard whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • <player> didn't want to live in the same world as <player/mob>
    • <player> experienced kinetic energy whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    • <player> went off with a bang whilst fighting <player/mob>
    Added the following death messages, which can theoretically appear, but not practically:
    • <player> died because of <player/mob>
    • <player> was roasted in dragon breath by <player/mob>
    18w07aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was impaled by <player/mob>
    • <player> was impaled by <player/mob> with <item>
    18w15aAdded the following death messages, which can theoretically appear, but not practically:
    • death.attack.dryout
    • death.attack.dryout.player
    18w20bThe following death messages have been changed:
    • "<player> was slaim by <mob> using <item>" to "<player> was slain by <mob> using <item>"
    • "<player> discovered floor was lava" to "<player> discovered the floor was lava"
    pre5The death message "<player> fell out of the water" can now appear practically, not only theoretically.
    1.13.118w31aAdded the unused death message "<player> was killed by even more magic", along with its hover event: "Actually, message was too long to deliver fully. Sorry! Here's stripped version: <message>"
    1.1418w49aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was poked to death by a sweet berry bush
    • <player> was poked to death by a sweet berry bush whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    1.1519w34aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was stung to death
    • death.attack.sting.item
    Added the unused death message "<player> was stung to death by <player/mob>".
    1.1620w07aThe "death.attack.magic.player" death message has been changed to "<player> was killed by magic whilst trying to escape <player/mob>".
    20w09aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> fell off some weeping vines
    • <player> fell while climbing
    • death.attack.fireworks.item
    The death message "<player> went off with a bang whilst fighting <player/mob>" has been removed, but its translation string remains.
    20w11aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> fell off some twisting vines
    • <player> fell off a scaffolding
    20w12aThe translation of the death message "<player> fell out of the water" has been removed. It now displays as "death.fell.accident.water".
    20w13aThe raw translation strings of the death message "<player> was killed by [Intentional Game Design]" have been changed from "death.attack.netherBed.<message/link>" to "death.attack.badRespawnPoint.<message/link>", because the death message now also appears when a player is killed by the explosion of a charged respawn anchor in the Overworld or the End.
    20w18aThe following death messages have been changed:
    • "<player> fell off a scaffolding" to "<player> fell off scaffolding"
    • "death.attack.fireworks.item" to "<player> went off with a bang due to a firework fired from <item> by <player/mob>"
    20w22aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was shot by a <player/mob>'s skull
    • death.attack.witherSkull.item
    1.16.220w30aThe "<player> was shot by a <player/mob>'s skull" death message has been changed to "<player> was shot by a skull from <player/mob>".
    1.1720w46aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> froze to death
    • <player> was frozen to death by <player/mob>
    20w49aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite
    • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite whilst fighting <player/mob>
    21w03aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was impaled on a stalagmite
    • <player> was impaled on a stalagmite whilst fighting <player/mob>
    1.17.1Pre-release 2The following death messages can now appear practically, not only theoretically:
    • death.attack.dryout
    • death.attack.dryout.player
    • <player> died
    • <player> died because of <player/mob>
    Release Candidate 1The following death messages have been changed:
    • "death.attack.dryout" to "<player> died from dehydration"
    • "death.attack.dryout.player" to "<player> died from dehydration whilst trying to escape <player/mob>"
    1.1922w17aAdded the following death messages:
    • <player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek
    • <player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek whilst trying to escape <player/mob>
    22w19aAdded the death message "death.attack.sonic_boom.item".
    The death message "<player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek whilst trying to escape <player/mob>" has been removed, but its translation string remains.
    Pre-release 2Added the death message "<player> was burnt to a crisp whilst fighting <player/mob> wielding <item>", which can theoretically appear, but not practically.
    The following death messages have been changed:
    • "death.attack.sting.item" to "<player> was stung to death by <player/mob> using <item>"
    • "death.attack.witherSkull.item" to "<player> was shot by a skull from <player/mob> using <item>"
    • "death.attack.sonic_boom.item" to "<player> was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek whilst trying to escape <player/mob> wielding <item>"
    Pocket Edition Alpha
    v0.11.0build 1Added death messages.
    Pocket Edition
    1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.0Added the death message "<player> experienced kinetic energy".
    1.1.3alpha 1.1.3.0Added the following death messages:
    • <player> discovered floor was lava
    • <player> walked into danger zone due to <player/mob>
    Bedrock Edition
    1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Added the death message "<player> went off with a bang".
    1.16.200beta 1.16.200.51Added the following death messages:
    • <player> was sniped by <player/mob>
    • <player> was spitballed by <player/mob>
    1.16.210beta 1.16.210.53Added the death message "<player> froze to death".
    1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Added the following death messages:
    • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite
    • <player> was skewered by a falling stalactite whilst fighting <player/mob>
    Legacy Console Edition
    TU5CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added death messages.
    PlayStation 4 Edition
    1.88The option to disable messages from appearing when a player or tamed mob dies has been added.

    Trivia[]

    • Death messages obtained through PvE means are generally grammatically incorrect due to the lack of a preceding "a" before the name of the killer. This is a bug that Mojang declined to fix.[5]

    References[]

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