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Ercerus's Avatar Ercerus
Level 77 : Legendary Crafter
Update for 1.20.6 released!


You can NOT just drag this file into the datapacks folder! Use "Extract here" and copy the contents of the appearing folders into the folders "data" and "datapacks" inside your world folder!


This datapack adds ships, which can be found out on the oceans while exploring. Some of them will welcome you, others will probably not like it if you come aboard. Current version v17 is for Minecraft 1.20.6. For older versions, see the section legacy versions.


Download the .zip archive and use "Extract here". Then copy the contents of the appearing folders into the folders "data" and "datapacks"! You might want to do /function ercerus:ships/no_spam to reduce the amount of text output during generation.

Troubleshooting / Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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I can't find any ships.
Make sure to enable the datapack in the datapack selection screen while creating a new world. If you want to use it in an existing world, use the command /datapack list to see all the available ones for this world. The ones in [green brackets] are enabled, the ones in [red brackets] are disabled. Use the command /datapack enable "file/Ships v17 for [​1.20.6]" to enable the datapack, if it is not active.

Also make sure that you followed the installation instructions clearly. It will not work if just drag the downloaded file into your datapacks folder. The generation of ships is tied to the generation of big ocean ruins (not guardian monuments). The frequency with which these spawn is determent by the world seed. You may have to search a while before you will find any.

I have multiplayer related problems.
Make sure command blocks are enabled on the server.

Can you increase the spawn rates of ships?
No, because their spawn rate is tied to the generation of big ocean ruins (not guardian monuments).

Force the generation of a structure

You can force the generation of a ship by using the command /execute align xyz run function ercerus:ships/ship_event

Technical Information

This datapack was originally made back in 1.13.2 and thus does not use the custom structure mechanics found in current versions. I use the existing big ocean ruins (not the guardian monuments) to determine the location where ships can be generated. You can use the command /locate structure #minecraft:ocean_ruin to find them (Also locates the small one, which won't have ships above them). The contents of the folder: put my contents in the folder named data are map files from 30200 to 30208. These will replace all maps with these IDs in this world! Normally this should not be a problem, only if you have maps with such high ID numbers. In this case, just don't add them to the folder.


This pack is not compatible with all datapacks, which modify the pre-existing ocean ruins (not the guardian monuments).

Bug Report

If you find anything that looks like it's not working as it should, please leave a comment and I will look into it.
Make sure to activate command blocks, if you are using this datapack on a server.

Reviews (Spoilers)
A review made by AlexIsModded for the current version 11 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzoUZWWtlFQ
A review made by Little Lizard Adventures for the still quite up-to-date version 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxiypdB3CdA
A review made by skunkmunkee for the old version 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErqZlxA4Xa4
A review made by wattles for the old version 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzoCtjfA4hI

Full feature list

I do not recommend that you look at this list, as it will spoil the sense of discovery.

List of features
  • Chance of 6/9 to spawn a regular ship. This includes a random ship with random inhabitants.
  • Regular ships can be made of: 5 types of wood, 5 types of tables in the captains' cabin, 13 variations of sails, a roof over the bridge, 8 unique banners per faction of inhabitants
  • Types of inhabitants: villagers (11 types of decoration on the captains desk), illagers (9 types) and undead (5 types)
  • Villagers will spawn with workstations, undead with a broken sail and cobwebs all over the ship
  • All types of inhabitants have a unique loot table attatched to their ships chests
  • The cargo carried by the ships is diffrent for every ship
  • Chance of 1/3 for a villager ship to be turned into a witch trap. This will cause the ship to turn into a ship inhabitated by witches and magicans, as soon as you get to close (with 3 types of sails and 5 types of banners).
  • Chance of 1/9 to spawn one of 5 ship which have been reduced to rubble. Again with the 3 types of inhabitants.
  • Chance of 1/9 to spawn a TNT carrier (with 4 types of banners).
  • Chance of 1/9 to spawn a small fisher boat with 7 types of fishers (villagers, illagers and undead). Again with a randomized cargo block.

Old legacy versions
These are old versions which are no longer supported. They will not be updated, no matter how many issues may arise with them.

Ships out on the oceans Minecraft Data Pack
CompatibilityMinecraft 1.20

17 Update Logs

Update to Version 17 for Minecraft 1.20.6 : by Ercerus 05/17/2024 11:27:10 amMay 17th

  • the datapack has been updated to use the new item components structure
  • TNT ship captains now only drop a maximum of 16 firework rockets instead of 64
  • The globe made with a custom player head on the table in the captain's cabin has been removed
  • the chance for enchanted books to spawn in a TNT ships has been increased
  • Zombified TNT on the TNT ships now uses its own loot table
  • fixed some spelling mistakes
  • removed uncraftable potions from the witch trap ship chests

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06/01/2024 2:18 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
proventhesheep's Avatar
also while i was playing i found a cool looking abandoned harbor with a out of water ocean ruin abandoned ship
06/01/2024 2:13 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
proventhesheep's Avatar
this is so good but i think there should be more ships like a illager fleet with a big ship and 2 small ships
05/15/2024 4:59 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
ARandomSomeone's Avatar
Does the datapack work when loaded through the open loader mod?
04/24/2024 9:43 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
DoogleSmile's Avatar
Hi. Do you know if you will update this for the new commands since it no longer works in its current state in 1.20.5.

I might give it a go at fixing the version I have anyway. I enjoy a challenge.
04/26/2024 11:58 am
Level 77 : Legendary Crafter
Ercerus's Avatar
Yes, I will be updateing this datapack.
03/02/2024 7:18 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
noobedmaster7's Avatar
Can you /locate these?
03/03/2024 3:20 am
Level 77 : Legendary Crafter
Ercerus's Avatar
You can use /locate structure #minecraft:ocean_ruin to find ocean ruins, but they only spawn above the big ones, which is why it does not always work.
12/02/2023 7:48 am
He/Him • Level 10 : Journeyman Blueberry
AtomiChains's Avatar
its perfect for someone wanting to create a server about pirates
08/16/2023 4:55 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
User3874680G's Avatar
the maps you can buy does not show were you are or were the thing are
08/17/2023 3:29 am
Level 77 : Legendary Crafter
Ercerus's Avatar
The maps are just decorational and do not show any specific location.
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