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A manhunt is a fun twist on Minecraft speedrunning. Rather than trying to beat the clock, players become either a runner or a hunter, runners have to stay alive while a variable amount of hunters chases you down and tries to kill you.

The first known Minecraft Manhunt video is named "Minecraft Manhunt #1", created by a YouTuber named Dastro on the 27th of September 2014. Since then several youtubers have made videos on manhunts. There are other variants of this which include multiple players chasing the runner, random item drops, etc. Be informed that not all manhunt videos on youtube are legitimate, which means that you won't truly get an idea of an actual manhunt due to some being intentionally scripted.

This page will give you some tips on how to set up the manhunt, how to survive as a runner, and how to kill the runner as a hunter.

Setting up[]

Invite 2-4 friends (recommended for manhunts, but you can invite more). Tell them the plan and how it's going to be, and tell them that its a manhunt. Make sure they know how to do a manhunt, and then you can start and say start when ready. Also, if you want a tracking compass you need to use 3 commands to set up tracking compasses. First, /execute at (put runner name here) run setworldspawn ~ ~ ~. Make sure to use a repeating command block and set it to always active. This makes it so the world spawn is constantly being set to the speedrunner, and compasses always point to the world spawn. Second, /gamerule commandBlockOutput false this simply prevents the spamming of the coordinates the speedrunner is at in chat. Last, /forceload add ~ ~ this forceloads the chunk the command block is in so it won't stop setting the world spawn. This also has to be a repeating command block set to always active. Also, have the hunters set their spawns in a bed at spawn. Since the world spawn is constantly being set to the runner, the hunters will spawn right behind the runner if they die, so they need to set their spawns.

As the runner[]

As the runner, you need to start by getting as far away from the hunter(s) as fast as you can because even if you kill them once near the beginning of the challenge, they will respawn immediately and could come to attack you again. You are not allowed to respawn in any circumstances even if you are a duo, if one dies it turns into a solo run, not a duo anymore.

After you get away at the start, look for a cave and take about 36 iron and if you find some, also get diamonds.

When going into the Nether, make sure to take a lot of food because you might be staying there searching for a fortress for a long time and never stop running (command blocked compasses work in 1.16 in the nether).

Always remember to look out for the hunters because they might surprise you, so watch out.

When being chased by the hunter, never stop moving, and use boats whenever possible. If you stop you might give the hunter a chance to kill you.

Remember to avoid "clutching" unless absolutely necessary, a clutch could possibly end your run.

Also if you have low health, you should not stop to eat/heal, you can do it when the hunters get stuck.

Good luck!

As the hunter[]

Your goal is to kill the runner. You are able to respawn, so even if you get killed by the runner, you still have a chance. Try to get iron armor as soon as possible, yet try to stay near the runner. Normally, you'd have a compass that points in the direction of the runner. Use that to your advantage. If you have a group of hunters, try to have one of you collecting resources and materials that can be used later. The other part of the group should trail the runner and try to stop them from progressing. Remember: if you're the hunter, kill the runner before they kill the ender dragon, or you lose! You are also allowed Maps

AI/Bot Hunter[]

A new form of Manhunt created by User kyleong on Planetminecraft site which involves AI (alias Artificial Intelligence). This form uses a Data Pack that creates a fake player made out of a Armor Stand and Armor. This form is great for players who don’t have the ability to play on a server or can’t play online.


Plays Exactly like a Human Manhunter where this hunter can bridge, block pile, mine, and attack the player when close enough. The player has a 60 second grace period upon starting the game and will receive it again when killed for a new game. The player will also receive a 30 second grace period when entering or changing dimensions. The difficulty of the hunter will increase as time progresses and will receive more abilities as well. Abilities such as stronger armor, tools, weapons, ability to create potions, and others.

Tricks and traps[]