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How to Make Customizable Trails in Vanilla Minecraft

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Sardonyx's Avatar Sardonyx
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Hey, this is EnderDurant and today I'm going to show you how to make customizable aesthetic trails.  They are especially cool on servers but can also be used on single player maps.

What you need: 1+ command block, 5+ redstone dust, 2+ redstone repeaters

1. Type this command into the chat.
Command
/scoreboard objectives add {objectiveName} dummy
Replace {objectiveName} with whatever you want.  It won't be visible but you will need to remember it.

2. Make a quick clock using the repeaters.  Set both repeaters to full delay. (right-click them 3 times)
Example Clock
How to Make Customizable Trails in Vanilla Minecraft

3. Activate the clock.  You will need a very short pulse.

4. Place down the command block.  It will need to be powered by the redstone each time it switches from on to off.
All blocks set up
How to Make Customizable Trails in Vanilla Minecraft

5. Copy paste this command into the command 
Command
/execute @a[score_{objectiveName}=1,score_{objectiveName}_min=1] ~ ~ ~ /particle {particleType} ~ ~1 ~ 0.5 1 0.5 .1 20 10
Replace {objectiveName} with the word you used in the the /scoreboard command at the beginning and {particleType} with anything from this list.  (The trail will look different depending on which one you use)
Particle Types
hugeexplosion
largeexplode
bubble
suspended
depthsuspend
townaura
crit
magicCrit
smoke
mobSpell
spell
instantSpell
note
portal
enchantmenttable
explode
flame
lava
footstep
splash
largesmoke
cloud
reddust
snowballpoof
dripWater
dripLava
snowshovel
slime
heart
iconcrack_

6. Now to activate your trail copy this command into the chat!

Command
/scoreboard players set {Your Username} {objectiveName} 1

7. Enjoy your new trail!  You can adjust the trail by changing these parts of the command in the command block.  You will probably want to type /gamerule commandBlockOutput into the chat to prevent the chat from being spammed.

/execute @a[score_{objectiveName}=1,score_{objectiveName}_min=1] ~ ~ ~ /particle {particleType} ~ ~1 ~ 0.5 1 0.5 .1 20 10

Change the 20 to increase the amount of particles that spawn around you.
Change {particleType} to change what type of particle spawns

You can add more trails by repeating the first command with a different {objectiveName} and add another command block.  Use the same command in it but change the {objectiveName} to your new one.  Also change the particleType}

I hope I helped you create some cool trails and maybe taught you a bit about scoreboards, /execute and /particle!

Another option instead of using the scoreboard objective suggested by MarkTheHunt is to use teams instead of an objective.
Replacement commands
Replace the first command you type in the chat with this:
/scoreboard teams add {teamName}
Replace {teamName} with any thing that you will remember.

Replace the command block's command with this:
/execute @a[team={teamName}] ~ ~ ~ /particle reddust ~ ~1 ~ 0.5 1 0.5 .1 20 10

Replace the activation command (last command you type in the chat) with this:
/scoreboard teams join {teamName} {Your Username}
You can replace {Your Username} with anyone's username who you want to have the trail and can not type it to join the team yourself.


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Update #1 : by Sardonyx 06/27/2015 12:00:46 pmJun 27th, 2015

Added option using teams instead of objectives suggested by MarkTheHunt.

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10/20/2020 1:32 pm
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SMG4_Offical
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Does this work with blocks too?
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10/28/2020 3:22 pm
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Sardonyx
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boy this post is old lol, just happened to come on pcm to load a skin and saw this notif

it probably would if you modified it right
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09/06/2015 8:41 pm
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UNDERTALE_CREW
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Thanks! I've been wanting to have a fire aura for a while! I am MatchKitty....
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09/06/2015 9:15 pm
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UNDERTALE_CREW
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No problem!
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09/06/2015 9:14 pm
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Sardonyx
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Thanks MatchKitty! :)
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09/06/2015 10:00 pm
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UNDERTALE_CREW
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Lol MATCHkitty means my paws and tail tip are on fire. I thought you would get it lol
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09/06/2015 10:51 pm
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Sardonyx
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Oh!  Derp -_- lol
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06/27/2015 7:51 am
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YTCereal
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or i can make a team and other players join and get the particle together.

Team is easyer.
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06/27/2015 11:47 am
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Sardonyx
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That works too!  I didn't think of that when I made it.  :)
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06/27/2015 12:57 am
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Mrl0wbehigh
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What exactly does this so called trail do
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