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AmCrafter avatar AmCrafter
Level 40 : Master Engineer
Better Boss Battles is a 1.14+ Datapack for the Minecraft Java Edition.
This pack tries to make the boss battles in the game better and more interesting. The changes and additions it makes are mostly visual and don't make the game much harder.
Because the pack is WIP I need all the ideas for features you have. So write a comment (or a discord DM) if you have an idea for one of the bosses

Join My Discord Server for Ideas, Bug Reports, Updates and More: discord.gg/45ZFkfmrec


Ender Dragon
End Tower Design:

To improve the dragon battle the biggest Feature are the new Crystal Towers which now come with three better designs on the top and some crying Obsidian parts. There is a design for the two small, the medium and the big obsidian tower. Also the top of the towers will now explode if the crystal is destroyed, with actual blocks being thrown away from the explosion. This is just a cool looking effect which makes the fight more epic. Normally the flying blocks won't land on the ground but you can turn that on in the settings.

Better Boss Battles  (V. 0.9.2) Minecraft Data Pack

Better Boss Battles  (V. 0.9.2) Minecraft Data Pack

Dragon Breath Extraction:

There is now a new way to collect dragon breath after the dragon is dead using its egg. Because water is pretty much the only weakness of the End Mobs including the dragon, the egg is also scared of it. To get the breath you have to fill a cauldron with water and then drop the egg inside it. The water will be removed and you get a cauldron with a dragon breath cloud in it, which you can collect like normal dragon breath using a glass bottle. The cloud will also disapear after one minute.

Better Boss Battles  (V. 0.9.2) Minecraft Data Pack

Better Dragon Fireball animations:

Another visual enhancement changes the way the dragon fireballs looks. They are now sourounded by a particle cloud and will have a new fancy animation at the impact. This feature can be turned of in the settings for better perfomance at low end PCs.

Shulker Structures at end tower:

There will now be some simple structures with shulkers in it at some of the end towers. This will try to prevent you from climb the towers. The shulkers in it are dark purple colored, won't drop anything and will die together with the dragon. This feature can be turned of because it will make the fight actually harder.

Intelligent AI:

You can turn of that the dragon will land on the central structure from time to time, which makes it easier to hit. If this setting is at off the dragon will always be in the air.

The datapack should work with other packs like the Better End Battle ort the Better Ender Dragon pack to get the best end experience.

You could also use my second datapack Sword Sounds together with this one to make yourself feel epic at the dragon fight:

Spawn Animation:

When spawning the wither you can now actually see how it forms out of the soulsand and the skulls. There will also appear some particles and extra explosions.

Death Animation:

When the Wither is killed it will explode into a bunch of soulsand and the nether star, which is thrown away in a random direction.
This last explosion deals a lot of damage so you shouldn't be nearby. To not lose the nether star in this mess it now has a good visible particle effect.

Other Features
Better Critical Hits:

You can now increase the damage of a critical hit by choose a higher fall height. When fighting with a heavy type of sword (gold, netherite) you can deal a lot more damage when jumping from a high place. This can be used especially in boss fights but will also be bad for yourself because of the fall damage. This Feature may be not very balanced yet and I'm still working on the system.

Important Commands

You can uninstall and disable the datapack with the following command:

/function commands:better_boss_battles/deinstall


You can open the settings with the following command:

/function commands:better_boss_battles/settings

Note: This picture of the settings is really old and I need to update it.

Added Compatibillity:
  • Endergetic Expansion Mod

This Datapack runs on spigot Servers and maybe on others, but I haven't tested it.

Datapack: AmCrafter
Testing: NightWarrior09
Technical Support: McStacker, Minecraft Commands Discord
Feature Ideas: Drakio-X, FishStacks, CerbonXD

Note: There is a problem with the Wither Spawn Animation in 1.17 right now but I will fix it as fast as possible.

Future Plans:

  • Enhancing the Elder Guardian and the Wither (maybe the Warden)
  • a usefull drop for the elder guardian
  • death animation for the elder guardian


Better Boss Battles © 2021 by AmCrafter is licensed under
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

CompatibilityMinecraft 1.14
toMinecraft 1.18

5 Update Logs

The Dot and Block Update : by AmCrafter 10/08/2021 11:28:23 amOct 8th, 2021

The biggest update yet comes with Mod compatibillity, better animations, new settings and more.


  • added a new spawn animation for the wither
  • added Crying Obsidian dots to the End Towers
  • added a new detection system for the better critical hits
  • compatibillity with the endergetic expansion mod
  • added a setting for better critical hit
  • small bugfixes
  • updated the pack format

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03/06/2022 6:34 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Explorer
MechaKillerRichMC avatar
Is this data pack compatible in version 1.18.2?
03/07/2022 11:37 am
Level 40 : Master Engineer
AmCrafter avatar
It should work as well as in 1.18.1 I guess. But there are bugs and broken feature anyway still in the pack. So...
03/10/2022 4:02 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Explorer
MechaKillerRichMC avatar
When do you plan to fix the bugs so that it works well in 1.18.2 and is compatible with fokastudios ender expansion?
03/11/2022 6:20 pmhistory
Level 40 : Master Engineer
AmCrafter avatar
I dont really know, I have three new features planned and after that do all the optimization and bug fixing things. If the pack is completly broken in 1.18.2 or with another pack I will try to fix this as fast as possible. At the moment I am pretty bussy with other minecraft stuff, so this may take a while.
Sorry if someone needs to wait.
03/19/2022 6:27 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Explorer
MechaKillerRichMC avatar
01/28/2022 11:20 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Itz_Batata avatar
Works on Paper 1.18.1? It doesn't seems to work
01/29/2022 5:16 pm
Level 40 : Master Engineer
AmCrafter avatar
Did you tried the 1.17 + version?

(if this doesn't work could you tell me the exact problem?)
02/16/2022 12:29 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Itz_Batata avatar
everything seems to work, but sadly, the custom attacks arent working :/ and with the far end, the ender dragon stay down and inside the obsidians, making impossible to kill
(i am using paper 1.18.1, last build)
02/16/2022 4:33 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Itz_Batata avatar
also, i noticed more 2 errors:

1: when i place a end crystal, it place the end tower schematic

2: when i kill the wither, it starts exploding soul sand inf
01/04/2022 12:23 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
NoDa75 avatar
Is this compatible with FolkaStudio's ender expansion pack?
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