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How to Disable Raids in Minecraft

Minecraft raids are incredibly hard, especially when you’re not geared up appropriately or don’t have enchantments. There are multiple waves to a raid too, so even if you can do the first half, you might struggle with the next half.

Maybe you would like to disable raids until you have modified a village to have strong defences. Or changed the layout of the village so it’s less open and more compact, which is something I tend to do.

A Village being raided

Raids will mostly start when you enter a village with the Bad Omen effect. After killing a Raid Captain at an outpost, you will receive Bad Omen which means upon entering any village, a raid will start. You can remove Bad Omen by drinking a bucket of milk.

Raid Captain (with a banner) at an Outpost

Whilst the Village & Pillage Update was a great addition to the game, the raiding mechanic isn’t for everyone. Luckily, with the use of commands, you can disable it all together. 

To disable raids in Minecraft, enter the /gamerule disableRaids true command. After doing so, any raid currently active will end, and no more will take place. Obviously, you will need to have cheats enabled to enter this command.

If you’re playing a single-player world, you can go to the options, choose ‘Open to LAN’ and turn on ‘Allow Cheats’. That way, you will be able to enter the command without having to start a new world or editing your game file.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!