We're certain that you have seen Creeper heads, Zombie heads, and Ender Dragon heads, or at least heard about them. But what about a player head? Yes, you can actually acquire a function player head in Minecraft. It's just an aesthetic item used for decoration, it does look cool though. Do you want one? Here's how to get a player head in Minecraft!

1. How player heads differ from other heads in Minecraft

Heads are decorative blocks, which are categorized into six types of heads in Minecraft: player, Zombie, Skeleton, Wither Skeleton, Creeper, and Dragon. While the last 5 heads can be obtained by killing the corresponding mobs in a certain way, you cannot do it with the player head.

Charged Creeper Ingame
Most mobs drop their heads when killed by a Charged Creepers.

In the vanilla Survival mode of the game, which means no mods or Minecraft resource packs added, the game won't drop players' heads. It would be wrong to drop Steve's or Alex's head for others to use as trophies. We don't want to promote such an idea to the younger generation, do we? In order to obtain a player head, you must use commands or install additional data packs.

In fact, the player head functions similarly to the remaining types of heads in Minecraft. You can place it around as a decorative block, or put it inside an item frame to make a trophy. However, you cannot make Firework Stars with player heads.

Minecraft Steve Alex
It won't exactly be a fun journey if you lose your head, right?

2. How to get a player head in Minecraft

To get the head of a player in Minecraft, you must use commands. That means you have to be in Creative mode and enable cheats. In newer versions of the game, you can just use the command "/give @p minecraft:player_head{SkullOwner:PlayerNameHere}". However, with older versions of Minecraft, you will need to use a command block.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to get a player head in Minecraft:

  • Open Minecraft, create a New World, or log into a World you've already created. Make sure you're in Creative Mode and you've enabled cheats.
  • Press C (or any button you bind) to bring up the command bar.
  • Type in /give @p minecraft:player_head{SkullOwner:PlayerNameHere}. Change the player's name accordingly.
  • Press Enter. You will receive the head of the player whose name you typed in.
Player Head Minecraft Commands
Use commands to drop the heads of any player in Creative Mode.

How to get custom heads in Minecraft

You can download and use different looks for your player's head as with the free Minecraft character's skin. There's even a website named Minecraft Heads where you can go and create your own custom design.

Custom Heads
There are tons of pre-made heads for you to download.

How to use player heads in Minecraft?

Player heads function the same way as other head blocks in Minecraft. Players can wear heads, similarly to pumpkins or helmets. This overlays another layer on top of the player's skin. You can also place player heads on other blocks as decoration.

Wearing a player's head is just like wearing a pumpkin.


  • Player heads can be oriented in 16 different directions on top of a block, and 4 directions on the sides of blocks, similar to signs.
  • You cannot place player heads on top of each other, but they don't require a supporting block.
  • Steve or Alex heads are only currently able to be obtained in Creative Mode.

3. How to get player heads in Minecraft without command

If you want to get player heads in Survival Mode, which means no commands, you'll need to install additional data packs for Minecraft. Here's where you can find the data packs you need and how to install them!

Minecraft Texture Packs Techno Blade
Here's how to get other players' heads in Minecraft Survival.
  • Download additional data packs from Vanilla Tweaks. You will find data packs for "head drop" under the item tab.
  • Open your Minecraft folder. Choose AppData -> Roaming -> .minercraft
  • Look for a folder named "saves". You often find it under the resourcepacks folder or the above the libraries folder.
  • Open saves. Here's where Minecraft keeps all the data about your created Worlds. If you don't have a World, go create one. Choose a World you want to install the data packs.
  • Locate the data pack you downloaded. Open it. Copy and move all the files inside to the World save.
  • Close everything. Launch Minecraft, open the World you modified.
  • Kill yourself with a bow and arrows or have a friend to do it for you. You should drop your head upon death.

Note: You will not drop your head if killed by an explosion. 

That's everything you need to know about how to get a player head in Minecraft without using any Command. You can now drop player heads in Survival Mode! For more useful guides and information about Minecraft, visit our website at GuruGamer.com.

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