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Start A Minecraft Factions Server

Last modified on Jan 16, 2023 in gametypes

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As you survive on a Minecraft server, other players are always an unknown factor. Whether you team up with friends or battle against enemies, others can completely shift the balance of the gameplay experience. This is demonstrated in one of the first and most popular gametypes, Factions. In this gametype you can join friends, create a powerful base, raid your enemies, and become the most powerful faction on the server. Creating your own Factions server can be difficult, however, as there are many plugins and configurations to sort through. Luckily, we offer a fully pre-configured Factions server available to be installed with just a few clicks on your panel. With this in mind, we have created this Apex Hosting tutorial to help you install and get started with the Factions premade server.


  • A custom spawn with access to a portal, enchantment table, and more.
  • Pre-configured plugins such as Essentials, Factions, WorldEdit, and more.
  • Spawn, Warzone, and Wilderness zones to limit player actions.
  • Premade ranks, ranging from Default up through VIP and Owner.
  • Automatic panel backups to restore your world.
  • Anti-grief plugins like WorldGuard to prevent damage to spawn.


How to Install Factions


(Optional) Resetting the Server Files

When installing a premade gametype, it is highly recommended to reset all server files, to ensure the smoothest setup experience.

  1. Navigate to your Apex server panel, then stop the server.
  2. (Optional) Backup any files you wish to keep through FTP.
  3. In the left-hand menu, select Reset Server Files.
    Factions Gametype Reset Server Files
  4. Check the All Server Files box, then click Reset Server.
  5. Enter the phrase reset to confirm, then press Reset Server once again.
    Factions Gametype Reset Confirm
  6. All files will now be removed, allowing you to check the progress in the Console.


Server-Side Installation

  1. From the server panel, scroll down to the Game File section.
  2. Open the dropdown menu, then locate Factions.
    Factions Gametype Version
  3. Once selected, press Change Version to confirm the new version.
  4. When prompted, choose to use the included world.
    Factions Gametype Included World
  5. Finally, restart the server to load up the Factions premade server type.


How to Get Started


Spawn Area

Factions Gametype Spawn

Upon first loading into the server, you will be located within the spawn hub. This large structure has many tall buildings, decorations, and more found throughout. You are safe from PvP while here, allowing you to coexist with other players peacefully. During your stay, there are a few notable areas to check out:
Ender Chests

Factions Gametype Ender Chest

Surrounding the spawn platform is a variety of Ender Chests. While most blocks cannot be interacted with in spawn, these are one of the few exceptions. Having access to the Ender Chests provides a way to retrieve your food, tools, and other items from within spawn before heading out.

Enchantment Table

One of the other few interactable blocks is the sole enchantment table located within the spawn hub. It already includes all the bookshelves you may need, allowing you to bring in your gear for various enchantments. While not as vital later on, it serves as an effective early-game boost.

Factions Gametype Enchantment Table

Nether Portal

Factions Gametype Portal

One of the last notable inclusions within the spawn is the Nether Portal available for use. It is slightly more decorative than most portals, due to the surrounding crying obsidian blocks. While it provides quick access to the Nether, be wary of the players who may be waiting.



Factions Gametype Warzone

As soon as you are ready to leave the spawn area, prepare for combat. Within a small radius around the spawn is the warzone, a PvP area that prevents any building. After that, you will enter the wilderness zone, allowing both combat and modification of the world. Build a base, gain power, and rule the server as the most powerful faction.

Notable Plugins

SaberFactions – The main plugin for this premade gametype, SaberFactions adds a variety of features including anti-spam, protection zones, and much more.

EssentialsX – Provides a wide array of “essential” commands to the game, as well as allowing customization of various player mechanics including names and spawn points.

ViaVersion – Allows players to join the server when running newer versions of the game. The included addon also allows older players as well.

LuckPerms – Used to configure a variety of permissions and ranks, which dictate what a player can or cannot do.

WorldGuard – Used to create regions within your server to prevent PvP, building, and more.

Common Issues

I cannot use any commands:
By default, player commands are limited on servers, especially when there are many plugins added. In order to gain access to commands, you will need to either OP your player, or give yourself a higher rank through the LuckPerms plugin. Either of these options will fix the issue, giving you access to more commands.

The world is empty when joining the server:
In most cases, this issue occurs when the option to use the included world is not selected. To fix this, first try to perform the server reset once again, then restart to see if the world is loaded. Otherwise, change the server game file to a different version, then switch it back and follow the instructions from there. Once done, the correct world and spawn hub should be available for use.

Helpful Links

All Gametype Guides
SaberFactions Spigot Page

How To Make a Factions Server With Apex Hosting

  1. Select your server package from our pricing page
  2. On the ‘Configure Your Server’ page, complete the required fields
  3. Under ‘Server Version’, select your version from the dropdown list
  4. Complete the order and your Factions server will be created instantly