Getting started

Join using the latest Java Edition Minecraft

Connect to PirateCraft

  1. Open up Minecraft 1.12.2 – 1.16.2 using on the Java Edition Launcher, if you don’t own it you can buy it from
  2. Click Multiplayer.
  3. Click Add Server.
  4. Enter Server Name PirateCraft.
  5. Enter Server Address
  6. We have a custom resourcepack which you can enable before joining.
  7. Click Done.
  8. Join Server!

Getting started on PirateCraft

What is PirateCraft?

This is a PvP survival server with a pirate theme and role playing. We have a strong emphasis on moving mechanics added to survival gameplay without needing a modded client. You can build a custom ship, cannons and build gates & bridges that work.

Please make sure to read the rules, most of these are common sense for a pleasant atmosphere.

Mindset before joining

We are an established community of over 8 years, everyone plays here to have fun, so if you are trying to find a server to call home PirateCraft is for you.

We believe everyone playing fairly, when joining PirateCraft you are agreeing not to cheat, exploit glitches, or run client mods (Optifine is the only exception!). Do not discuss or advertise another server or service. We have an active staff team that will ban anyone that breaks the server rules to keep PirateCraft top quality!


First spawn and surviving

First Join and Surviving your first night!

You are a marooned Deckhand left on a sinking Pirate ship, will you survive?

All new players spawn with a first time kit in their inventory, some basic tools and some food to keep you alive for some time, /spawn is safe, its PVP free and you won’t lose hunger there, no other ranks are able to come to your /spawn, so this is a safe haven for new players to meet and start together. You can use /kits to give yourself some extra one-time kits.

Use /kits to get more one-time starter items!

All brand new players start with a 2 hour PVP free immunity, this stops existing stronger players hunting the fresh meat off the bat, but if you’re feeling frisky you can toggle this off instantly with /newbie off (We would advise setting up a small safe home somewhere in those 2 hours!).

Check the spawn ship for any more food and loot before you set off on your journey, maybe there’s something in the galley you can take before you explore!

When you have read the signs around spawn, you are ready to start surviving! Leave the spawn area or use /wild to find a place to call home.

Finding your bearings with the map and quick warps

Map and Spawn Location

First of all open the live map, this will show you where you are and where other players are, you can also figure out a direction you want to head in, to find some land of your own to call home. The live map hides players in low level light or if they have an invisibility potion active.

Spawn is in the dead centre of the map, marked with a Pirate flag icon, Here is a link to it on the Live Map (opens in new tab).


All /warps are marked out on the live map with markers so you can see where they will take you to, All warps are free to teleport to and they are all PVP free when you land, so they can’t be camped.

Warp Locations

  • /warp cove is the main server city, around here we have server shops player shops /warp shop, server tutorials /warp gates, /warp meet as a safe trade location.
  • /warp north, /warp east, /warp south, /warp west take you in these directions as quick warps across the map, These are your best bet to get out of spawn to unclaimed lands. Each of these warps holds a random teleport sign too.

Random Teleport

If you prefer a more random approach there is a random teleport sign at the anchor of the spawn ship, this will throw you randomly in the wild, you can alternatively use /wild. There is also random teleport signs at /warp info, /warp east, /warp west and /warp south.

Setting up home and claiming

Setting /home

You can set a home location with /sethome homename, this allows you to use /home at any point in time for free. Once you sleep in a bed, that too will respawn you at that bed after you die.

Claiming Land

Found some luscious lands to call home? Lets claim them as your own! There are a few ways to do this, you spawn with a Treasure Chest, when placed will automatically claim 7 blocks in each direction around your chest and 10 blocks underground. Anything inside this claim is protected to you only, chests can still be opened so make sure to lock your chests by placing a block on top of them inside your claim. You start off with 225 claim blocks and acquire 60 claim blocks per hour for just playing or voting!

Alternatively you can use a golden shovel to claim land, right click with a golden shovel in opposite corners of a square to mark our your plot! No commands needed.

Checking claims and claim blocks

Right click land with a stick to visually see the claim outlined with golden blocks and glowstone. You can check your claims and and claim blocks with /claimslist at any point.

Right click land with a stick to show an outline and information of who owns it

Resizing a claim

You can resize a claim in 2 ways, pull out a golden shovel inside a claim and it will automatically show you the edges of the claim, you can then resize it by right clicking its corner (Glowstone) and right clicking again where you want to resize it to.

The second method is to stand in your claim and use /expandclaim 10, this will expand the claim 10 blocks in the direction you are facing. you can use negative numbers to contract the claim size /expandclaim -10.

More claim information

Sailing a ship

Can I sail a ship?

Yes, you are able to sail a ship as soon as you spawn, Deckhands are limited to sailing only Dhows, you can /rankup to unlock bigger ship types! There is a Dhow outside spawn to test out sailing, its trapped inside a barrier block prison so it cant be stolen! read the signs on the ship for how to use it. Make sure to read /ships in-game and read the detailed ship guide page. Your spawn kit will include a golden hoe, this is a maneuver tool, great for getting a ship unstuck from the barrier edge!

Can I build/steal my own ship?

Yes! you can build any design of ship you want, follow /ships and read the ships guide on how to setup your own custom ship. You can make infinite ships. Use /kit ship (one time kit!) to get materials for your own ship!

You can also steal any unlocked Dhows left around in the sea our outside /warp ships, a lot get abandoned, so you might be able to nab yourself a free dhow!

Can I buy a pre-made ship?

Yes! we have ships you can buy pre-made at /warp ships, As a deckhand you can only sail Dhows until you /rankup. You can buy pre-made ships which you can place anywhere in the world! They start off from £50 and increase depending on ship type or you buy a already placed ship from the docks for low as £30!

Joining a crew of players

Its best to not ask to join a crew of players as soon as you join, players need to know you have the patience to survive on your own and /rankup before you are considered to join an established crew. Feel free to create your own crew of bandits!

More Crew information

Staff and asking for help!

Staff members (shown in red, orange, and blue) are primarily available to ensure players are following the rules. As it says in the Rules, respect the staff and listen to them. As a rule they generally do not return lost items or settle player disputes the best way to request help is to make a help request ticket on the forums or use /helpop in-game.

Detailed Guides

Please check out our more detailed guides to explore more PirateCraft has to offer. Guides are broken down into their own pages, please select the page you that interests you from the list below, if you have another question, why not ask on the forums.

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