What is the Minecraft KillAll Command? (and Other Kill Commands)

Lindsay Hayes

If you're looking for a "KillAll" command in Minecraft that will basically get rid of all entities in your Minecraft world, you just need to enable cheats and use "/kill @e". However, you likely want to kill mobs and not absolutely everything, of which the game has several more specific options you can use.

When you've been playing Minecraft for years, you'll likely get to the same point as me - one where you start to dabble with mods and cheats. It was when I was trying to build something in survival mode but kept getting swarmed by mobs that I realized I needed to know the kill command in Minecraft. Fortunately, I figured this out, and much more.

So, if you're interested in knowing all the Minecraft console commands that can help you kill mobs and other types of entities, you're in the right spot. Let's get right into what you need to know.


What is the Minecraft Kill Command?

The Minecraft kill command is the command that you can use to kill all sorts of entities in your Minecraft world.

When you use the kill command in Minecraft, you can choose to kill everything in the world, all the mobs, other players, and so on. What makes this command so interesting is that it can even be used to remove or "kill" things that aren't characters, like loot, armor, minecarts, and so on.

The kill command is cool because it can be appended in several ways so that you only end up killing specific entities.

The kill command in Minecraft is used by typing /kill in the game's chat window, but only after you've enabled cheats in the settings.

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How to Enable Cheats in Minecraft?

Before we dive fully into how to use the kill command, you need to make sure that you have cheats enabled in your Minecraft game. You can only use Minecraft commands in your game's chat window when you've done this.

However, before you jump ahead to get cheats working in Java or Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, keep in mind that you won't be able to obtain achievements in that world once you do.

If you're creating a new Minecraft world, you just need to toggle the "Allow Cheats" option in Java Edition to "On", and flip the "Activate Cheats" switch in Bedrock Edition from the world creation menu to have cheats working right away.

However, in an existing game in Java Edition, here's how to enable this:

  1. Open the specific world you want to use the kill command in.
  2. Press "Esc".
  3. Click "Open to LAN".
  4. Toggle "Allow Cheats" to "On".
  5. Press "Start LAN World" and you'll be able to use commands right away. Just keep in mind that this opens your world to other Minecraft players on the same network.

If you want to turn on cheats in Bedrock, console versions, as well as Pocket Edition, do the following:

  1. Launch the world that you want to use the kill command in.
  2. Press "Esc" or the pause button.
  3. Go to "Settings".
  4. Scroll down to "Cheats".
  5. Enable the cheats switch. You can head right back into the game and cheats will work now.

Note that in Java Edition, you won't be able to turn cheats off once you've turned them on. Your only option will be to go to start over in a different world without cheats. Meanwhile, in Bedrock, you can reverse the decision at any time.

Which Minecraft Kill Command Will Kill Everything in the Minecraft World?

There's no "killall" command that can be used in Minecraft, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a kill command that can get rid of all the entities in your world.

Just so you know, entities in this game include more than just monsters and players. Entities also include items, vehicles like boats and minecarts, armor, and even projectiles like arrows, snowballs, and tridents.

So, if you want to use the kill command to kill absolutely every entity within the loaded area of the map, including your own player, just do the following:

  1. If you're on PC, press the forward slash key (/) to bring up the chat box. The slash will already be in place for you.
  2. If you're playing on any of the supported platforms that use a controller, like Nintendo Switch, press right on your D-pad to bring up the chat window. On Pocket Edition, tap the chat button in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Now, enter the following command without quotation marks and press enter: "/kill @e".
  4. If done correctly, this kill command will kill all mobs, players, items, and so on, that are within the area of the map that has been loaded. You'll be able to see all the entities that were killed in your chat window.
Minecraft Video Game Blocks

What Are the Other Kill Commands in Minecraft?

Understanding the various kill command examples that are available can be extremely helpful, especially when you're playing in creative mode. Instead of having to kill mobs manually, you can just use this command.

However, we've only covered /kill @e, which isn't very useful in actual gameplay. Most of the time, you won't want to kill mobs in Minecraft but spare your own player.

The good thing is that getting a proper understanding of the kill command can have you taking out mobs, stray items, other players, and so on, with precision. Plus, if you have a command block, you can apply a kill command to it!

Let me give you a quick rundown through some examples that you can have fun with when using the kill command.

Minecraft Cemetery Graveyard

One important thing to keep in mind is that if you're playing in creative mode, using the /kill @e command will spare your player. This is because your character simply can't die in this game mode, even with cheats.

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Final Words

When you type /kill @e into the chat window in Minecraft and hit enter, you'll be able to kill everything on your game's map, from enemies, items, players, and so on. Just keep in mind that you will need to have cheats enabled for this to work. You can turn on cheats when creating a new world in the game or switch them on in an existing one.

Using the kill command in Minecraft can be incredibly useful. Plus, when you get a good hang of the various variations, you can learn how to only kill all mobs in Minecraft, how to spare players, how to target only items, and so on. Cheats will work on any version of the game, whether you're playing on your PC, Nintendo Switch, or Pocket Edition.

Was this article able to teach you about the kill command in Minecraft and how to use it effectively? If so, take a look at our related articles to learn much more.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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