Better Armour Stands

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Better Armour Stands

Module TypeBase
Created bySparks
Last Updated bySpecialBuilder32, Misode and Denniss
Complementary ModulesPoses Pack, Particles Pack
Compatible MC Versions1.8-1.10, 1.12+

This module allows much more modification of armour stands.


An "arms" code is used to remove the arms of an armour stand

To modify an armour stand, write one of the codes in a book and quill, and right click the armour stand. Multiple codes can be written on separate pages to apply these modifiers to the armour stand at the same time. If a page has extra text other than a valid code, that page will be ignored.

Armour stands placed in the world will show arms by default.


Use the following codes for the corresponding effect


Some of the armour stand's features can be turned on and off.

Code Description
arms Switch the arms of the armour stand
base Switch base plate of the armour stand
size Switch the size of the armour stand
gravity Switch the gravity of the armour stand
visible Switch the visibility of the armour stand
  • Holding a book containing `visible` will show nearby invisible armour stands
turn Switch the direction of rotation of the armour stand
lock / unlock Disable/enable interactions with the armour stand
  • Holding a book containing `unlock` will show nearby locked armour stands

The pose of the armour stand is customized by "dragging" the specific parts into any rotation, or by applying "flip" or "default" onto the armour stand.

While editing an armour stand, you can undo the latest changes by not holding the book and quill anymore, or by going too far away from the armour stand.

With the Poses Pack expansion, more codes are available, to apply preset poses to the armour stand.

Code Description
  • Right click a part of the armour stand to start editing this pose by moving your cursor.
    • Select the arms/legs/head/body to edit this pose
    • Select the base plate:
      • While NOT sneaking: move the armour stand around you
      • While sneaking: rotate the armour stand
  • Right click again to stop editing.
  • Sneak while editing to enable "snapping".
  • Left click to invert the pose of the selected part.
pose mirror Additional to "pose", this will mirror the pose of the selected arm/leg to the other arm/leg
move Move the armour stand around you
rotate Rotate the armour stand
flip Flip the full pose of the armour stand

Right click to reset the armour stand to the default pose and features.

  • Sneak to only reset a specific body part of the armour stand.
Copy/Paste and Item slot interaction

Modified armour stands can have their data stored in armour stand items by right clicking it with a book with "copy" and armour stand items in your offhand. This will copy its pose and other modified features to the item and some particles will be displayed to indicate that it has been copied successfully. Placing this item will create an armour stand with the same modifications as the original one.

"paste" can be used to copy the information on the copied armour stand items to existing armour stands.

Code Additional Description
copy Armour stand item(s) in offhand Copy modified features onto the armour stand items in your offhand
paste Custom armour stand item(s) in offhand Copy features from the copied armour stand items in your offhand to the armour stand
equip Any item in offhand Item in player's offhand will replace the item in the selected armour stand's slot.

This slot can be selected by right clicking its "shoulders" (for a hand item), or its head.


Advancement Requirement
Gettin' Handsy
Customize an armour stand
Use the book and quill to customize an armour stand

Expansion Packs

Expansion packs for this module add new effects to armour stands.

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Version Date Change
1.8 08 Apr 2015 Released Better Armour Stands
1.9-1.10 30 May 2016 Updated for 1.9
Uses book and quill for codes now
Added "Gettin' Handsy" achievement[note 1]
1.13 04 Apr 2019 Added invisible and visible tags
1.14 30 Apr 2019 Changed invisible and visible commands to apply to ALL armour

stands in the same block as the book instead of only the closest

1.16 18 Apr 2021 Add equip head/hand/offhand
1.17 23 Aug 2021 Armor Stands are now edited using a "drag"-system, where joints can be edited and moved in real time.

Codes are applied by right clicking armour stand. Added pose/move/rotate, to edit the armour stand's pose/orientation.

Added flip, equip, copy/paste.

1.18 08 Feb 2022 Add (un)lock and undo

Previous Versions

MC 1.9-1.16 Version

The book and quill is thrown at the armour stand's feet

Code Description
default Resets the armour stand to the original look
no gravity Allows the armour stand to float
gravity Causes the armour stand to fall like normal
arms Gives the armour stand arms
no arms Removes the armour stand's arms
small Makes the armour stand smaller
tall Resets the armour stand's height to default
no base Removes the stone base plate
base Adds the stone base plate
turn left Makes the armour stand rotate clockwise
turn right Makes the armour stand rotate counter-clockwise
no turn Stops the armour stand from rotating
invisible Makes the armour stand invisible
visible Makes the armour stand visible
equip head Equip another item thrown with the book in the armour stand's head slot
equip hand Equip another item thrown with the book in the armour stand's hand slot
equip offhand Equip another item thrown with the book in the armour stand's offhand slot

MC 1.8 Version

The MC 1.8 Version to add arms to an armour stand, 2 sticks would be thrown at the armour stand. The sticks would disappear and the armour stand would gain arms. Throwing a pair of shears at an armour stand would cause it to become small. The shears will not be consumed or damaged. The book and quill feature was not in this version.

Hermitcraft Version

In the Hermitcraft version, modified armour stands had to be crafted with a custom crafter.


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