GriefDefender (Claims)

So, you want to make a claim to help protect your stuff. Here are the instructions!

Claims are player-defined regions of the world that are protected from harm by other players. Even without a claim, other players aren't allowed to grief your items/builds, but using a claim is a preventative measure that saves time for everyone involved, and it's heavily advised you use them to protect your builds.


There are two methods of interacting with the plugin. This guide will cover both.

  1. Chat-based. This mode only works on Java, as Bedrock does not support clicking in chat. This is the default mode. While this may be faster to maneuver, you must be wary of it covering normal chat, especially with it's "Do Not Disturb" mode.
  2. Inventory-based. This works on both Java and Bedrock. For Java, this provides easier-to-use visuals, though it may not be as fast to maneuver the menus.

To switch between modes, run /claimgui. Bedrock players are required to switch to inventory mode to use the plugin.

Additionally, for Bedrock players to confirm some actions, one may have to run /gdconfirm.


Main plugin wiki:

Creating A Claim

To get things start, let's protect your stuff. First, run /claim. This will enable claiming mode.


This tells you how many blocks you are able to use in claims at the moment. Claim blocks are accumulated over playtime, so the more you play, the more you can claim. The limit is 80000 square blocks. Claims are 2D, and go from the top to the bottom of the world. As it says, you can run /claim again to exit claiming mode.

While in the mode, right click 2 opposite corners of the area you want to protect, and a claim will be created.


If you try to make a claim that overlaps another claim, the chat will tell you, and netherack/redstone will appear around the claim you're trying to overlap. You can't create a claim that overlaps another claim.


The glowstone, gold, netherack, and redstone ore you see is not real and is only displayed to show the border of a claim. Once you're done making or inspecting claims, you can run /claim again to exit claiming mode.

The Menus

Most of the menus are self-explanatory. Feel free to look around.

The first menu to explore is the Main Menu. This is accessed by running /gd



By clicking the [CLAIM] button or the golden shovel, you're brought to the claim control panel.




From here, you can create a new claim, get info on the claim you're in, and list your claims in the world. Creating a new claim this way is not advised, as you cannot control the initial size.


By clicking [INFO] on the claim control panel, information about your current location/claim is shown. (Shortcut: /claiminfo)

From here you can toggle/set basic information about your claim, such as the greeting, allowing raids, and more. Note that the Teleports menu in the inventory gui is disabled.



All the way back on the Main Menu, selecting Command simply shows a command reference.

Selecting Flag on the Main Menu is where the big customization for your claims lies. Here you can control every aspect of how others interact with your claim. (Shortcut: /claimflag, /cf)

Changing the flags in the "Owner" category toggles those permissions for you and trusted players. The "Public" category is for untrusted players. Example: You make a PvP arena. You can then enable PvP in the Public flags of your claim, which will allow players to fight without being able to grief. A claim will always stop block placing/breaking. If you want to enable that, why have a claim at all?



Other Useful Commands

/claiminspect area - Visualizes and lists nearby claims.

/trustlist - Shows all players trusted in your claim. The Inventory GUI allows you to add people this way as well. With the Chat GUI, you must use /gd trust player <player>|public <accessor|container|builder|manager>

There are countless other commands that you may find useful. For them, and much more information, the plugin's wiki is a great resource.