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Minecraft Manhunt is a YouTube series popularized by Dream. The concept revolves around a speedrunner who attempts to defeat the Ender dragon ("beat the game") while one or more hunters try to kill the speedrunner. The series has acquired millions of views, and are some of Dream's most popular videos, with Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE as the most popular and viewed video on his whole channel achieving over 100 million views.

Origin

Minecraft Manhunt was originally created by Wilbur Soot. However, his version of Minecraft Manhunt was different from Dream's. Instead of having all of his friends beat him until he defeats the Ender Dragon, a random subscriber of his Twitch channel becomes a hunter every three minutes. The video of his Minecraft Manhunt can be found here.

Overview

A Manhunt typically involves the speedrunner attempting to carry out the following tasks:

  • Acquire supplies (tools, armor/shield, food, etc.).
  • Create a Nether portal (either by fixing a ruined portal or locating a lava pool) to travel to the Nether.
  • Locate a Nether fortress and kill blazes for blaze rods.
  • Acquire ender pearls to craft eyes of ender (either through piglin trading, villager trading, or killing Endermen for Ender Pearls).
  • Locate the stronghold to travel to the End.
  • Kill the Ender dragon.

The sole objective of the hunter or hunters is to cause the death of the speedrunner - if the speedrunner dies at any point prior to killing the Ender dragon (either from dying in combat, dying to a trap, or accidental deaths) - it is a defeat and the manhunt ends. Common tactics of the hunters are to set up traps for the speedrunner (usually at the Nether portal or stronghold), or better equip themselves while the speedrunner is collecting resources (e.g. enchanted armor, potions). The speedrunner does not necessarily have to kill the hunters at any point, though this often happens anyway, as doing so will usually give the speedrunner a significant advantage.

Rules

Dream has stated that Minecraft Manhunt has rules that are developed over time to keep the game entertaining and fair to all players.[1] Some rules which have been confirmed are:

  • If the hunters kill the speedrunner before the speedrunner can get away, they restart and do another attempt.[2]
    • Dream has mentioned that the hunters get paid an undisclosed amount when he gets killed early.[3]
    • Dream has released footage of a failed Manhunt run to Reddit, which has since been uploaded to YouTube.[4]
  • Using the Nether to travel long distances is not allowed.[5]
  • Trapping or breaking Nether portals is not allowed.[6]
  • Deleting the End Portal by growing a mushroom is banned following Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE REMATCH.[7]
  • Victory for the speedrunner is achieved upon killing the Ender dragon and getting the Free The End advancement. If the speedrunner kills the dragon and dies before exiting through the end portal, it is still considered a win for the speedrunner.[8]
  • Dream stated on a live stream that they usually ban certain Minecraft Manhunt plays Dream does to make it more creative.
  • Respawning the Ender Dragon is not allowed.
  • Utilizing an Ender Pearl stasis chamber is not allowed following Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE.[10]
  • Certain tricks/glitches are allowed once and banned the next Manhunt.[11]
    • Exploiting the Ender Dragon's perch feature is not allowed (a.k.a no glitches with the Dragon).[11]

Variations

There are several different variations of Minecraft Manhunt:

  • Slayer/Hunter: The default version, in which the hunter(s) receive a compass which points to the location of the speedrunner. If the speedrunner is in a different dimension such as the Nether, the Overworld compass points to the portal through which they traveled. In early versions of Manhunt, the compass did not work at all in other dimensions - this has since been fixed.
  • Detective: The speedrunner leaves an everlasting particle trail (redstone dust) behind them. It has proven to be the worst ability, as the hunter can easily be deceived by the speedrunner retracing their steps.
  • Juggernaut: The hunter spawns with full, enchanted diamond armor and has an enchanted diamond sword. The hunter also retains their inventory upon death.
  • Assassin: The hunter has the ability to one-shot the speedrunner through a melee attack. This does not work via projectiles such as arrows. Their weakness is that they can be frozen if the speedrunner is looking at them, leaving them unable to attack and vulnerable to damage/death in various ways.
  • Mutant: The hunter receives the default tracking compass, and is also able to hear the same in-game sounds that the speedrunner hears, in real-time.
  • Survivalist/Hitmen: The survivalist is restricted to a small section of the world, and permanently has the Glowing status effect. They only have to survive for a set amount of time (1 hour in the first video, 1 hour and 30 minutes in the second video) rather than attempting to beat the game. Starting from the second video, the gamemode alternates every ten minutes between regular survival where the chase proceeds normally and an invincibility period where no players can die and is mainly focused on gathering supplies and/or trolling the opposing parties. The hitmen are equipped with the default tracking compass.

Videos

Dream

# Thumbnail Title Upload date Length
1 Beating Minecraft, But My Friend Tries To Stop Me thumbnail.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (FIRST EVER) December 27, 2019 25:16
2 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Someone Trying To Stop Them.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (SECOND EVER) January 1, 2020 27:55
3 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin January 4, 2020 24:15
4 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter January 7, 2020 27:45
5 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Slayer.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Slayer January 14, 2020 28:48
6 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin ft Notch.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin ft. Notch January 22, 2020 20:33
7 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin (Again).jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin (Again) January 29, 2020 23:44
8 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Full Diamond Juggernaut.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Full Diamond Juggernaut February 24, 2020 21:07
9 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (Again).jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (Again) March 22, 2020 24:50
10 2 Minecraft Speedrunners VS Terminator.jpeg 2 Minecraft Speedrunners VS Terminator April 8, 2020 25:38
11 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Hunters.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Hunters April 19, 2020 32:15
12 Minecraft Manhunt LIVE.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter LIVE April 30, 2020 18:57
13 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters May 13, 2020 36:21
14 3 Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter ft MrBeast.jpeg 3 Minecraft Speedrunners VS Hunter ft. MrBeast May 24, 2020 19:29
15 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters REMATCH thumbnail.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters REMATCH May 28, 2020 47:05
16 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE June 19, 2020 46:02
17 Minecraft Speedrunner VS PRO.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS PRO June 23, 2020 1:04:17
18 Dream.gf.5.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE REMATCH July 20, 2020 46:59
19 Dream.gf.4.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE August 7, 2020 41:47
20 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters.jpeg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters September 5, 2020 48:01
21 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters REMATCH-.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters REMATCH October 20, 2020 45:08
22 Minecraft speedrunner vs 4 hunters final.webp Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE November 26, 2020 49:13
23 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE REMATCH.webp Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE REMATCH December 25, 2020 49:48
24 Minecraft speedrunner vs 4 hunters final.webp Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters GRAND FINALE February 5, 2021 39:21
25 Minecraft speedrunner vs 5 hunters.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters April 23, 2021 36:29
26 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters REMATCH.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters REMATCH July 9, 2021 42:51
27 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Assassins.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Assassins July 27, 2021 16:38
28 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE September 20th, 2021 31:19
29 Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE REMATCH.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE REMATCH December 1st, 2021 35:22
30 Dream Final Manhunt Thumbnail.jpg Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters GRAND FINALE February 26, 2022 1:00:44

GeorgeNotFound

# Thumbnail Title Upload date Length
1 Minecraft Speedrunner Vs Detective....webp Minecraft Speedrunner Vs Detective... February 21, 2020 25:33
2 Minecraft Speed Runner Vs. Assassin....webp Minecraft Speed Runner Vs. Assassin... April 10, 2020 23:35
3 Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Mutant....jpeg Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Mutant... June 3, 2020 36:13
4 Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Nether Hunter.jpeg Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Nether Hunter August 7, 2020 25:58

Trivia

  • The title of the first two manhunt videos (Dream vs GeorgeNotFound) were originally "Beating Minecraft, But My Friend Tries To Stop Me..." and "Minecraft Speedrunner VS Someone Trying To Stop Them." These were changed in early 2021 to fit with the titles of the later manhunts.
  • Dream has only been hunter in six Manhunts. In two Manhunt matchups, he was the speedrunner in one match and hunter in the other.
    • Dream has never lost a Manhunt as a hunter. Conversely, George has never won a Manhunt as the speedrunner.
  • Antfrost and Awesamdude are the only regular participants to not have been a solo hunter against Dream.
  • Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Hunters was the only manhunt that did not have a rematch.
  • Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Hunters is the first manhunt video in which Dream wins in his first try in a Minecraft Manhunt. In his other first manhunt videos against one, three, four, or five hunters the first time, Dream lost.
  • Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Assassins is the shortest video for a Manhunt.
  • An unedited version of Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE was released by Dream on his second channel, which runs for three hours.
  • A second "manhunt" took place at the end of the 4 hunters finale in which BadBoyHalo was the speedrunner and Dream, GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap and Antfrost were the hunters. The manhunt only lasted a few minutes, and BadBoyHalo died by drowning before he even managed to collect any items.
  • Minecraft Speedrunner Vs Detective... is the only Manhunt to not feature Dream in any regard.
  • Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter LIVE is the first Manhunt that was live streamed.
  • So far, every player had a victory shown on the first video that starred them as a hunter.
  • The most frequently background music that was used for Minecraft Manhunt is Bobby Cole's "Trance Music for Racing Game."
  • Since 3 Hunters, there are a total of 5 Manhunts. Dream has won all of them in a 3-2.
    • The first video of all 5 Manhunts, Dream lost. The second and fifth video, Dream won.
  • Minecraft Manhunt has spanned across 4 major Minecraft updates: 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, and 1.18. (Proposed Snapshot used in Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE)
  • Since 3 Hunters, BadBoyHalo is the only hunter to have killed Dream multiple times. He set a lava trap on Dream in Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters. He killed Dream with just a fist in Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE. He set an End Crystal to blow up on Dream in Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE REMATCH. The other hunters have only killed Dream once.
  • During the recording sessions of Manhunts, there were times the players would eat or drink.
    • In Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters Extra Scenes, Dream talked about having his Gatorade ready to drink before seeing the lava trap.[12]
    • During MC Championship All-Stars, Dream and George mentioned BadBoyHalo ordering pizza to eat in the middle of a Manhunt.[13]
    • Dream mentioned George having pot noodle during a server crash while recording Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE.[14] George and Bad were also talking about the noodles in the unedited version shortly before the crash, and the unedited version also mentioned them taking a food break during the crash because they were jealous of George's noodles.[15]
    • Sapnap mentioned sneaking snacks to eat without Dream knowing during Manhunt.[16]

Results

Spoilers
Video Speedrunner(s) Hunter(s) Result Ending Explanation
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (FIRST EVER) Dream GeorgeNotFound Killed by hunter George killed Dream in a duel after both players took a large amount of fall damage.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (SECOND EVER) Dream GeorgeNotFound Victory Dream killed the Dragon while George (who had nothing) tried to stop him.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin Dream GeorgeNotFound Killed by hunter George ambushed and killed Dream by hiding behind a tree.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter GeorgeNotFound Dream Killed by hunter Dream knocked George into the Void after Dream died and respawned in the stronghold.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Slayer Dream BadBoyHalo Accidental death Dream died from fall damage after being knocked into the air by the Ender Dragon.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin ft. Notch Notch, assisted by GeorgeNotFound Dream Killed by hunter Dream ambushed and killed Notch once George had left through a Nether portal.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin (Again) Dream GeorgeNotFound Killed by hunter George killed Dream using an ender pearl to teleport within attacking distance.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Full Diamond Juggernaut Dream Sapnap Killed by hunter Sapnap killed Dream after exiting the Nether by trapping him in a cave.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter (Again) Dream GeorgeNotFound Apparent victory George killed Dream seconds after Dream killed the Ender Dragon.
2 Minecraft Speedrunners VS Terminator Dream, GeorgeNotFound OoogaBoooga Killed by hunter Dream was killed in an abandoned mine shaft near the stronghold after accidentally jumping into a cobweb. George was also killed shortly after.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Hunters Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap Victory After George killed Sapnap for fun, Dream caught Sapnap's Ender Pearls, pearled to George, killed him, then killed the Dragon.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS Hunter LIVE Dream; GeorgeNotFound GeorgeNotFound; Dream Accidental death; killed by hunter Dream died from fall damage after jumping into a ravine; Dream killed George in a duel.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo Killed by trap Dream died from lava placed at the End spawn by BadBoyHalo.
3 Minecraft Speedrunners VS Hunter ft. MrBeast MrBeast, Karl Jacobs, Chandler Hallow Dream Killed by hunter Dream killed all three speedrunners individually.
Minecraft Speedrunner vs 3 Hunters REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo Victory Dream shot the Dragon only a second before Sapnap killed Dream with Strength II.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo Killed by hunter Dream killed George and Sapnap but was left on half a heart, and BadBoyHalo killed Dream with a single punch.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS PRO Illumina; Dream Dream; Illumina Killed by hunter, accidental death Dream killed Illumina in a duel; Dream drowned while fighting illumina and evading a drowned with a trident.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo Victory After Dream killed Sapnap and George, he pearled behind Bad, killed him (with only iron boots) then killed the dragon.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo Victory Dream killed the Dragon after all three hunters died to TNT sent through the End Portal.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost

Killed by hunter Sapnap killed Dream while Dream was placing and lighting TNT to try and kill the Ender Dragon. The Ender Dragon did die to Dream shortly after, but as Dream was killed first, it was still considered a defeat.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost

Victory Dream buried into the End Stone then dug to the center portal, killing the Dragon while the Hunters were distracted.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost

Victory After Dream killed all the hunters with enchanted diamond armor from killing George earlier, he killed the Dragon.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters FINALE REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost

Killed by hunter Antfrost killed Dream using Splash Potions of Harming II.
Minecraft Speedrunner vs 4 Hunters GRAND FINALE Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost

Victory After he killed all four hunters with multiple crossbows loaded with fireworks, he entered the end then killed the Dragon.
Minecraft Speedrunner vs 5 Hunters Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost, Awesamdude

Killed by hunter Killed by George in the End after the Ender Dragon was respawned. Debate amongst the hunters and runner ensued in the Extra Scenes, because the Dragon can't respawn if it isn't dead. However, later in the 5 hunters finale extra scenes, Dream mentioned that the hunters won the manhunt using glitches.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost, Awesamdude

Victory After getting an Elytra, Dream shot down all crystals and killed the Dragon while the hunters (who had almost all lost their stuff) tried punching him out of the way.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 2 Assassins Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap Killed by assassin After trapping Dream by linking their Nether Portals, George punched Dream, thus causing Dream to die.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost, Awesamdude

Victory By abusing an exploit, Dream shot the Dragon to death after it perched up to the tallest obsidian block he placed.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters FINALE REMATCH Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost, Awesamdude

Killed by hunter BadBoyHalo killed Dream by placing down an obsidian with a crystal on top of it, then hitting it so it combusted, thus killing Dream.
Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters THE LAST MANHUNT Dream GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, BadBoyHalo,

Antfrost, Awesamdude

Victory After dropping TNT on top of 4 of the Hunters, Dream then killed the final Hunter and used his fishing rod to get Ender Pearls and teleport back to the mainland of the End. He eventually killed the Dragon while the Hunters tried punching him to death. (I recommend watching the full video/ending, a lot more things contributed to this victory.)
Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Mutant... GeorgeNotFound Dream Killed by hunter Dream killed George while George was gathering food.
Minecraft Speed Runner Vs Nether Hunter GeorgeNotFound Dream Accidental death George was killed by a wither skeleton while trying to evade Dream.
Totals
Dream GeorgeNotFound Sapnap BadBoyHalo Antfrost Awesamdude MrBeast Team Illumina Notch
Wins 16 10 7 7 4 2 0 1 0
Losses 12 12 8 8 6 3 1 1 1
Series
1v3 1v4 1v5
Dream:Hunters 3:2 3:2 3:2

References

  1. Dream [DreamXD] (November 26, 2020). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (4 Hunters Finale)" at 9:26 (Video).
  2. teagansunavailable [dreamwastaken] (August 13, 2020). "Minecraft Manhunt Analysis / Debunk" (Clip).
  3. Aziierq [Dream] (February 2, 2021). "???" (Clip).
  4. Drispy Dream (July 4, 2020). "Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters ORIGINAL (Unreleased)" (Video).
  5. Dream [DreamXD] (November 26, 2020). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (4 Hunters Finale)" at 9:34 (Video).
  6. Dream [DreamXD] (November 26, 2020). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (4 Hunters Finale)" at 9:46 (Video).
  7. Dream [DreamXD] (August 26, 2021). "Dream - Dream Minecraft Manhunt EPIC MOMENTS (Tier List)" at 31:41-31:58 (Video).
  8. Dream [DreamXD] (May 28, 2020). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (Rematch)" (Video).
  9. Dream (April 13, 2020). "Minecraft Death Swap 2..." at 11:24 (Video).
  10. Dream [DreamXD] (September 21, 2021). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (5 Hunters FINALE)" at 4:23 - 6:59 (Video).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dream [DreamXD] (September 21, 2021). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes (5 Hunters FINALE)" at 5:30 (Video).
  12. Dream [DreamXD] (May 14, 2021). "Dream - Minecraft Manhunt Extra Scenes" at 3:23 (Video).
  13. George [GeorgeNotFound Streams] (November 14, 2021). "Dream Team Wins Minecraft Championship" at 12:07 - 12:52 (Video).
  14. George [GeorgeNotFound Streams] (November 14, 2021). "Dream Team Wins Minecraft Championship" at 13:14 - 13:23 (Video).
  15. Dream [DreamXD] (November 28, 2020). "Minecraft Manhunt UNEDITED 4 Hunters FINALE" at 1:43:42 - 1:46:59 (Video).
  16. George [GeorgeNotFound Streams] (November 14, 2021). "Dream Team Wins Minecraft Championship" at 13:25 - 13:39 (Video).
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