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Minecraft Server Rank Names and Donation Perk Ideas

Minecraft Server Rank Names and Donation Perk Ideas

When a player logs into a Minecraft server, one of the first things they see are the colors and ranks of other people. Every server is different, but these ranks are usually obtained through donations on a server’s website, in-game progression, or a combination of both.

Ranks are important for Minecraft servers because they reward people for investing time or money in your server.

Minecraft server ranks usually come with unique names and perks. For example, perks could be access to special commands, the ability to fly, more land claims, and so on. These perks are often added through the use of plugins.

Perks have to be rewarding enough to make it worth it for players to donate or invest time on your server. I recommend making the most “game changing” rewards only available through normal gameplay and the more cosmetic perks for donations. This will help make sure that your server follows Mojang’s EULA.

List of Minecraft Server Rank Names

Rank names should have a clear hierarchy and fit the theme of your server. For example, in a medieval-themed server, the ranks could go peasant, squire, knight, and so on. In this example, a new player can easily guess that a “peasant” is a new player and a “knight” is a more veteran player.

The colors should also fit the hierarchy, for example peasant could be white, squire could be grey, and knight could be dark grey.

Admins and staff should have their own color or tag, usually dark red on most servers. Rank tags and custom colors can be added using a permissions plugin such as LuckPerms.

Most of you are probably here looking for a list of Minecraft server rank names to give you some inspiration. I won’t disappoint, here is a list of ideas:


  • New Players: Guest, Rookie, Amateur, Novice, Stranger, Newcomer
  • Low-Levels: Member, Citizen, Trusted, Merchant
  • Mid-Levels: Advanced, Seasoned, Experienced, Knight, Elder
  • High-Levels: Ultra, Hero, Legend, Expert, Overlord, Veteran


  • Low-Levels: Supporter, VIP, Donator, Donor, Influence
  • Mid-Levels: Knight, Hero, Warden, Elite, Lord
  • High-levels: Ultimate, Ultra, Legend, Infinity

Tip: You can add a “+” to any server rank to make another rank. For example, you could have a VIP and a VIP+ rank.


  • Moderator/Mod, Owner, Administrator/Admin, Helper

Medieval Rank Names

  • New Players: Peasant
  • Low-Levels: Squire, Farmer, Apprentice, Servant, Merchant
  • Mid-Levels: Knight, Duke, Baron, Journeyman, Lord, Noble
  • High-Levels: King or Queen, Regent, Artisan, Master, Magister, Emperor


It’s also popular to make ranks that go by items, mobs, animals, or colors in the game. Here are some examples:

  • Colors: White, Gray, Dark Gray, Yellow, Gold, Orange, Teal, Dark Blue, etc.
  • Mobs: Zombie, Skeleton, Creeper, Witch, Enderman, etc.
  • Animals: Chicken, Pig, Cow, Sheep, Horse, etc.
  • Ores/Items: Dirt, Stone, Coal, Iron, Redstone, Gold, Emerald, Diamond, etc.

Tip: Rank colors should go in a natural order. For example, start with whites and grays then move into more desirable colors like yellows and golds.

Minecraft EULA and Donation Rewards

In 2014, Mojang announced that rules around donation rewards were changing. The “EULA”, or End User License Agreement, was updated and servers are no longer allowed to offer game-changing ranks in exchange for real-life money.

Mojang threatens legal action against Minecraft Servers which do not follow their new EULA. Most major servers have complied, and as a result donation ranks are now more cosmetic on many servers.

It is enticing to allow players to pay for currency or diamonds and make more money, but doing so hurts regular players who may be unable to donate. Having run successful Minecraft servers in the past, I have found that a significant amount of people will donate for minor rewards if they love the server.

Instead of focusing on making money by selling flight for $200, you should work hard on server advertising and making a good server for your players. Once you have a quality server and a large player-base, the money will roll in on its own.

READ MORE: 34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft When You’re Bored

EULA Compliant Donation Rewards

If you want to make your server completely EULA compliant, you will have to ensure your rewards and perks are all cosmetic in nature. Here is a list of some ideas for cosmetic donation perks:

  • Login Effects: when a player logs in, a harmless (but impressive) lightning bolt will strike their location. This can also be done with fireworks!
  • Trails and Particle Effects: players can toggle particle trails that follow them (for example, bubbles or flames).
  • Hat plugins that allow players to put items on their head as a decoration.
  • Pets that follow players around (on top of the normal tameable animals like parrots or llamas).
  • Unique chat colors, tags, or rank names for donations.
  • Ability to change chat color and colors on sign text in-game.


Monday 28th of November 2022

is it allowed to get a little boost in game for real life money


Saturday 16th of July 2022

like /shout is good as a perm for donated ppl

The RedWing

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Rank ideas: ---- bronze, silver, gold, platinum, netherite


Wednesday 5th of May 2021

i really want MVP or VIP rank because then i will be pro and i dont have any money to buy any of those

Rebecca Douglas-Denton

Friday 15th of January 2021

I need plugins and rank ideas