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MCRealistic Minecraft Plugin

Last modified on Jun 23, 2023 in Plugins

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Minecraft is an already established survival game that challenges players to stay alive, but lacks realistic features. For example, there is no need to drink water despite your character breaking and placing many blocks. This can become problematic for players wanting realism, especially on survival servers. Solving this scenario involves MCRealistic, a Paper and Bukkit plugin that introduces many unique elements to the game. This adds fatigue, thirst, and other health-related systems that everyone must manage to survive in the harsh environments. There are other features, such as snow making players cold or trees falling after breaking them. With our easy-to-use panel, installing and configuring the plugin is simplified. Keeping this in mind, let’s learn about MCRealistic and how to use it on your Minecraft server in this Apex Hosting tutorial.


  1. Navigate to MCRealistic on Spigot, then press Download Now.
    MCRealistic Minecraft Plugin Spigot Download
  2. Save this JAR file somewhere easily accessible on your computer.
  3. Afterward, head towards your Apex server panel and click FTP File Access near the top left.
    Minecraft FTP Server

    Important: Make sure to use the correct Server Profile as you follow these instructions.

  4. Login with your password, then continue to the plugins directory.
  5. Press Upload in the top left corner and drag the file into its respective area.
    MCRealistic Minecraft Plugin Installation
  6. Wait for this to reach 100%, then return to the main panel to Restart the server.
  7. Once it loads, join the game and use the /plugins command to confirm if it works.
    Minecraft Plugins Command

    Note: If the “MCRealistic” plugin shows up as green, then it’s enabled.


Getting Started

MCRealistic Plugin Starter Items

Upon installing the plugin on your Minecraft server, you’ll notice that all players spawn with glass bottles and wooden axes. These items provide a better survival chance for users, as they are required to collect resources and manage their health. Without them, players cannot break trees or drink water to quench thirst, meaning Minecraft becomes significantly harder. Besides this, there aren’t any noticeable gameplay differences until you become cold, sick, mine specific blocks, or fall through a deep hole. In other words, there are more survival features that add realism to the game. There’s a lot of details to these plugin aspects, so let’s get started.


Most server owners will need to configure MCRealistic before using it, as the only enabled world is “world”. Changing this to your map’s name is the first step to activate the plugin, which can be done for all your worlds. There are many other settings to possibly edit too, meaning you have full control over its in-game features. For instance, you may disable the starter items or enable wood breaking with your hands. Essentially, everything is customizable so you can tailor it all to your needs.

  1. Navigate towards your server panel, then locate the currently selected World.
    Minecraft Server World
  2. Copy this name for later to enable the plugin, then log into the FTP File Access area.
  3. Enter in the plugins directory and open up the MCRealistic-2 folder.
    Minecraft Plugins Folder
  4. Once there, click Edit on the config.yml file near the right-side.
    MCRealistic Minecraft Plugin Settings
  5. Paste your world’s name on line 66 under the “Worlds:” category.
  6. Afterward, make any other necessary changes and press Save at the top.
    MCRealistic Config.yml
  7. Restart the server and join to confirm the edits applied in-game.


Recommended Settings
    Max Fatigue: 200
    Max Thirst: 160
    Fatigue Tired Range Min: 115
    Fatigue Tired Range Max: 155
    Trees have random number of drops: false



Falling Blocks

The first task most players do is break a tree, used to collect wood for equipment and tools. Once you do this, the block will immediately fall to the ground and create a sense of realism. Remember, the only way to mine wood is through an axe. By default, hands cannot break it since that isn’t realistic. Additionally, there will be a random number of logs given to the player after breaking the block. This feature is shared across other blocks, but needs to be configured beforehand.

MCRealistic Weather Get Cold

Minecraft’s weather system doesn’t negatively affect the player in Vanilla, but with the MCRealistic plugin it does. For example, stumbling into a snowy biome or finding yourself in the midst of a storm results in becoming cold. This can be dangerous, as your heart depletes the longer you are outside. Keep to a warm area, whether it’s your base or a 2x2 hole in the ground. Luckily, if you have armor then it lessens the weather’s effect on your character. However, campfires and other similarly heated blocks provide warmth to prevent coldness.

Player Health

While continuing your Minecraft adventure, you’ll notice that your hunger is running out more quickly than usual. This is from the stamina system, as every activity (running, breaking blocks, etc.) decreases your energy and shows in your hunger levels. If you rest your character and not participate in any tasks, it’ll allow you to become fully energized to do more in-game work. However, there are other features related to player health that are crucial to understand since they are responsible for your survival.


Using the starter glass bottle to collect water will help manage your thirst levels, which can be found with the /thirst command. Although, gathering this from a nearby river isn’t sufficient enough for your character. This is due to the impurities found in local water sources, but can become purified in a furnace. Drinking this will prevent dehydration and keep you from dying.

MCRealistic Purify Water



On the topic of not dying, make sure to avoid using too many actions in-game. Using a lot of them will increase your fatigue levels, viewed through the /fatigue command. For example, breaking too many blocks will result in the “I am too tired to do that” message and the action is canceled. Although, sleeping in a bed will reset these levels and your character will be well rested. Managing this system is required with the MCRealistic plugin since the only way to play is to have good amounts of energy.

MCRealistic Medicine Recipe

When two or more players are on your server, sickness and diseases can spread around the world! The most common one is a cold, making your character become unrested and have more health-related problems.

Luckily, there is medicine from the plugin to help combat disease. Crafting this requires an apple, a glass bottle, and spider eye, which gives you two drinks. This can be a great item to sell from a shop or to trade with other players, as the item is extremely helpful.

Broken Bones
MCRealistic Broken Bones

In almost every Minecraft world, players fall from significant heights that damage them. Using the plugin will prevent a quick recovery, as you can now break bones. If you fall in a large hole, then slowness is applied on your character and acts as broken legs. When some players find themselves in this situation, using a bandage will instantly heal them. Anyone can craft this by collecting bone meal and paper, which is another good item to sell or trade.


There are some useful commands to try out, such as spawning plugin items rather than crafting them. These features require you to be a server operator or using a permission node managing plugin, like LuckPerms. Once it’s set up on your account, you’ll be able to use them in-chat. However, some aren’t commands, but instead abilities that allow you to get cold or have realistic building privileges. Regardless of what you choose to implement, review the list down below if you want.

/mcr reloadmcr.reloadReloads the plugin to apply new file changes.
/fatiguemcr.fatigueReturns your character’s fatigue levels.
/thirstmcr.thirstShows your thirst levels in-chat.
/mcr [item/items]mcr.itemsSpawn or view plugin items.
N/Amcr.getcoldAbility to get cold from weather and other events.
N/AMCRealistic.gravityAbility to make applicable blocks fall after mining them.


Common Issues

Unable to Use Commands
As noted before, permissions are required to run plugin commands. With this in mind, make sure you’re either a server operator or have the correct nodes on your account from a manager plugin, such as LuckPerms. Once this is set up, you and/or others will be able to use commands. However, if it persists then it can be an underlying problem with MCRealistic itself.
Plugin isn’t Loading
In cases where the plugin doesn’t load or become enabled, the most common problem is that the wrong version was installed. Although, another issue is that the wrong server profile was used for the installation. Make sure to view the Version History from MCRealistic’s Spigot page to download the correct one and properly upload it. Otherwise, your server type may not support plugins and needs to be switched on Paper, Spigot, or other Bukkit-related variants.
Block Lag
In most servers, the plugin’s gravity effect on specific blocks will cause minor lag. Solving this requires you to optimize the server, leading to greatly improved performance for every player. Alternatively, you can fix it by disabling the realistic block breaking in the config.yml file. Regardless of the one you choose, the situation will be resolved and no longer disrupt gameplay.

Useful Links

MCRealistic on Spigot
How to Add Plugins on Minecraft Servers
Becoming a Minecraft Server Operator

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