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Flood Survival Challenge

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This datapack adds a flood survival challenge to the game. However, unlike other datapacks I've seen that do a similar thing, this one is fully configurable.

When you start a new game with this datapack, or reload your current game after installing it, you're given a written book where you can select options for how exactly you want your world to be flooded. Here are all the options you have control over:

  • Your world can be flooded by water OR lava.
  • The size of the playing field can be set to 64x64, 128x128, or 256x256.
  • The flood level can rise linearly or exponentially.   
   - If you choose linearly, you can then choose whether it will rise 1, 2, 5, 10, or 25 blocks each     time.    
   - If you choose exponentially, you can then choose whether the cap will be at 8, 16, 32, or 64.
  • The flood can start rising at bedrock (y=0) or at sea level (y=62).
  • The flood level can rise every minute, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min, or hour.


The datapack also adds a scoreboard to keep track of the current sea or lava level.

If you want to build more to escape the rising flood, use default world generation. If you want to climb higher and higher to escape, use an amplified world.

This datapack is really fun on multiplayer. And you could also include a PVP, last man standing type thing to make it more interesting. But it's also fun playing singleplayer and just trying to survive as long as you can.

Here's a tip: Occasionally perform this command:
/kill @e[type=minecraft:item]This will delete all the seeds and flowers floating in the water (in fact, it'll delete all items on the ground, so be careful), which will help with the lag.

Though it is compatible, I don't recommend playing with this datapack in 1.16 versions, because for some reason it causes insane amounts of lag. 1.14 - 1.15.2 or 1.17+ is where it'll work best.

Don't use this on a world you're attached to, unless you make a backup first, cause this'll permanently wreck your world.

Have fun!

Note: In case the "cap" option causes some confusion, it's where the exponential growth will stop and remain steady from then on. Example: If the cap is 16, then the flood level will rise by 1, 2, 4, 8, then 16 blocks, where it'll stop doubling. From then on, every subsequent rise will be by 16 blocks.

CreditBased on Wilbur Soot and Jschlatt's challenges
CompatibilityMinecraft 1.14
toMinecraft 1.18

5 Update Logs

Update #5 : by NinjaSnail1080 09/26/2021 7:38:34 pmSep 26th, 2021

  • pack_format has been changed to 7 to support 1.17

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05/31/2022 1:59 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Blither5097 avatar
make a mcaddon link
09/29/2021 2:18 am
Level 1 : New Miner
User3616755G avatar
Can I do this on a flat world
09/29/2021 9:56 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Programmer
NinjaSnail1080 avatar
Yeah you could
01/20/2021 10:32 amhistory
Level 1 : New Miner
User3390446G avatar
I cant place the datapack in my minecraft world, and I got it on 1.15.2 WHY I dont get the book ether
08/17/2020 7:50 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Wither_skeleton7 avatar
how do i download it?
08/17/2020 9:43 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Programmer
NinjaSnail1080 avatar
  1. Click the download button to download the zip
  2. Open a new Minecraft world. I recommend 1.15.2
  3. Navigate to .minecraft > saves > [​the world you just created] > datapacks
  4. Place the zip in the datapacks folder. You can unzip it if you want but it's not necessary
  5. Go back to Minecraft and do the /reload command (you'll need cheats enabled)
  6. You should receive the book in the video and you can start playing
08/14/2020 5:49 am
Level 34 : Artisan Architect
MineFriggs avatar
Is there any command, that could revert the water level to its original level?
08/14/2020 9:50 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Programmer
NinjaSnail1080 avatar
No there isn't. Maybe you could do it if you had WorldEdit, but idk
07/29/2020 7:59 pm
Level 40 : Master Dragonborn
jacobtho avatar
Try adding a configuration that makes it so every minute a items are cleared
07/25/2020 8:33 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
ShaneNothing avatar
what are the commands for editing the water level and all that.
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