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Minecraft: Minecraft Secrets Handbook - Over 250 Completely Unknown Minecraft Se

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minecraft Secrets Handbook

 

 

 

 

Over 250 Completely Unknown Minecraft Secrets, Tips and Tricks

 

 

Copyright 2015 Michael Marlon

Published by Michael Marlon at Shakespir

 

 

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1) Beginner Tips

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Building a Home

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Bow and Arrow

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Secret Compass

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Quick and Dirty Tips and Tricks

2) Advanced Tips

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Zombie Door

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Peaceful Mode

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Tricky Tree

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Remembering Crafting Patterns

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Set a New Spawn

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Motion Detector

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Minecart Patrol

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Dealing with Darkness

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Item Durability

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Quick and Dirty Tips and Tricks

3) Farming

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Wheat

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Pumpkin and Melon

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Sugarcane

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Fishing

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Misc Tips

4) Mining

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Branch Mining

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Compact

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Aboveground

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Spelunking

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Grid Mining

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p<>{color:#0563C1;}. Ravine Mining

5) Fun with Redstone

6) Fun with Torches

7) I Saw the Signs

8) Soul Sand

9) Sneaky Water Techniques

10) Fun Facts

11) About the Author

 

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing this eBook containing over 250 of the best tips, tricks, and strategies for one of the most vast and versatile of sandbox games, Minecraft!

This book contains tips not just for the beginner, but a number of sound and proven techniques for farming, mining, and more that even the most advanced player will find value in.

So if you want to learn more about how to survive in the land of Creepers, Zombies, and Endermen, you’ve come to the right place.

 

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BEGINNER TIPS

You’ve installed the game, learned the basics, but you feel you’re still making rookie mistakes. Well, here are some strategies to cover the basics, as well as a number of quick and dirty tips to get you through those early tough times.

 

BUILDING A HOME

One of the quickest shelters you can create is to hollow out the side of a hill or mountain. With a bit of work, it can be turned into a solid shelter, though it can be hard to find if you explore and don’t set torches to mark the entrance. Fortunately, mobs don’t track by light sources (other than zombies).

 

A second idea is to build a house out of wooden planks. On the plus side, wooden plank houses are easily identifiable, preventing the trouble of hillside homes by allowing you to easily find them again. The downside, however, being that as of the latest patches wood planks and slabs are flammable and may be set aflame by lightning.

 

A more solid home can be made of cobblestone. They’re not easily destructible or flammable. The strongest material, and by far the best would be obsidian, since it can’t be blown up by creepers. The downside is obsidian can be hard to come by, much less enough for a full house. If you can though, oo la la!

 

Whatever you do, never build any sort of structure out of dirt, sand, or gravel. On a connected note, never build on sand or gravel as it can make things very difficult when you try to expand or build a basement.

 

Whatever material or method you decide to go with, a good rule is to build some dedicated storage space where you can place a decent amount of chests. Trust us, it’s better for everyone and makes life thousands of times simpler.

 

BOW AND ARROW

So you’ve figured out how to make the basic tools and a sword. Sooner or later you’ll prefer to have some long range damage to throw. Long range bows and arrows are not as simple as one may think and it takes a bit more effort to create them.

 

One of the reasons bows and arrows are so difficult is obtaining the thread needed to fire the arrows from your bow. Obviously there are no crops that you can grow to create this string. The trick is spiders. Kill them, and every so often one will drop some thread you can use for your bow.

 

Once that’s done, your next problem will be making the arrows. You’ll have to find stone, feathers, and a straight stick. Chicken feathers will always do in a pinch, but you’ll have to search for a stick and some flint.

 

Of course, the easy way around this is if you spot any skeletons using a bow and arrow, you can often just go take it from them. Problem solved.

 

THE SECRET COMPASS

It’s not very common knowledge, but there’s a trick you can use that works like a compass. The key is cracking blocks and watching which direction the cracks go in. This is especially useful for finding your way back after exploring.

 

Here’s how it’s done: find a block and hit it on the side, but be certain not to break it. You only want some cracks. If you watch, you’ll see that the cracks go up, to the right, and down. This can be used to show the way north. If you point your mouse down and do the same thing again. When you’re done exploring, do it again only the opposite to show the way south.

 

QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS AND TRICKS

Basic Stuff

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p<>{color:#000;}. Never dig straight up or straight down. You’ll fall into lava, or into an empty black chamber and die from falling damage. If you’re digging up, you may uncover a sand bed and suffocate, or be crushed by falling material.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If the above does happen, try jumping. It’ll glitch and shoot you on top of it all.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Find yourself face-to-face with a Creeper? For the love of all that is good and holy don’t just run away! It’ll simply run right alongside you and explode. Instead, punch it in its ugly face and then run away. The second delay might give you the time you need to get away and survive the blast.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Having trouble getting work done with all of the mobs showing up? Switch to Peaceful mode!

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p<>{color:#000;}. Skeleton archer shooting at you and you can’t just run up and kill him easily? Try this: jump around in a circle, edging closer with every bit, hit him and jump back, then circle in again. Lather, rinse, repeat until dead!

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you come across diamond, don’t use it to make armor. Instead, create a pickaxe and then go into MineEdit to “Super Repair” it. It’ll last far longer, and you can get an enormous amount of resources before needing a replacement tool.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep torches on you at all times no matter what!

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p<>{color:#000;}. Find yourself getting killed constantly out there in the wild? Listen to the sounds around you. Each mob has its own sound, and a keen ear can keep you alive.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep a folder with all of your Minecraft programs, pictures, and mods in it. It’s far easier to manage instead of constantly sifting through the downloads folder that’s gotten far larger than it has any right to be.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You’ve found a mob spawner. Now what? Easy, build a 4×1 (tall and wide, respectively) wall around it. This will allow them to spawn but not escape. If your little dark heart beats with glee at the idea, you can put a hole in the bottom of the wall and hit them to get items.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Underground fortresses mean mobs. Instead, build on top of a mountain and create a dungeon with branching tunnels that lead into it.

 

Building

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Heading out to the wild? Be sure to have a large landmark such a spire, tower, or some other tall, easily identifiable object that you can spot from a long distance.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Get MineEdit. Set your spawn point to your home so you don’t spawn in some random locale.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When building things in the sky (because eventually you will) make a big square and then hollow out what you have to. Not only will this save time, but also your health and items when you fall to your death.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Play in classic mode to plan out what you’ll do using infinite materials, and then hop into Beta in order to do it the long way. It’ll save time and lost patience.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Yes, tree houses are awesome. They’re also hard to find again! Make sure you remember where you put it, and mark the area.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Powered minecarts are a good choice for moving storage minecarts.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll never climb into a minecart cannon. If you do, you’ll never find your way back to that cannon again.

 

Exploring

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Never go without extra tools. You’ll always need them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Having trouble switching to what you need when you need it? Keep it uniform. Sword in slot 1, Pickaxe in 2, Axe in 3. Nice and easily within reach.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chunk not loading? Try looking for diamonds and try to remember the exact location, then dig back to there.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always bring a chest or storage minecart if you have the track laid when you go into a mine.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Friends make good miners! Just look out, as they may get hit.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Night comes around and you’re not near home? Build a 1×1 tower and slap a bunch of torches around it and wait for the dawn. Bored? Shoot things with your bow.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mountains hide secret cave systems. They’re good for cobblestone and iron.

 

Housing

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Build high. It makes them inaccessible to the mobs.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You build a house for comfort, and a base for whatever. Forts have one purpose: protection from the world. Good luck.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t like traveling out to the mine and then all the way home for nightfall? Build your mine in your home! Shorter commute time.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prevent Creepers from blowing up your house by building a wall outside about 10 away. A 6 deep moat is also good at keeping them back.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Want a nice place for drowning mobs? Build near a large body of water.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mazes are great, but easy to get stuck in. Nothing more embarrassing than being chased into a dead end and getting dead.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Want an easy deathtrap? Two words: lava moat.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When you build at night, you can press F5 to keep an eye out.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Shoot everything you want by setting up dispensers on the roof of your house.

 

Servers

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be sure to note the server IP or website

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always study up on the server rules to prevent accidental bans. Each server usually has its own set of rules to follow.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make friends with the admins! They just might give you free stuff.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you join a server where every grieves, try to fix some of it if you can. Otherwise, just disconnect. Don’t add to the noise.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Like the server you’re on? Donate. It’ll keep it alive and well for some time to come.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Build, build, build. Keep it interesting for anyone that visits.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep your mine to yourself and out of the way of everyone. It’ll keep everything private, and whatever you find, you keep.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Build a secret room in your house. It’s an ugly world out there, and there’s no telling what some may do. Keep your chests protected (/lwc password ) and create a secret room (or dig one) in your home to hide your chests in.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be careful what you do with lava and water, as it could easily get you banned or dead.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Minecarts and boats can glitch easily on most servers. If you insist on using them, though, create something fun like a rollercoaster or waterslides.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Most players value originality, so get creative!

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p<>{color:#000;}. Watch your language if there is a rule against harsh words. Be considerate of others.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t go off on a fit and destroy someone’s hard work just because they made you mad. Grieving helps no one.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hacking is not cool, nor helpful. Just don’t do it.

 

Tips for the Server Staff (since we’re on the topic)

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be kind to the players, but be there when someone is acting out against others.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Help with a player’s project. It makes life easier for everyone. There are simple commands that can help protect or build a quick fix.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you haven’t, you must visit: /magiccarpet

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p<>{color:#000;}. Banhammer. It exists for a reason.

 

Blowing Stuff Up For Fun and Profit

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always save before detonating. Explosions can cause a lot of lag or crash the game.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When playing the explosive, you can place quicker by setting the view to Tiny and the graphic settings to Normal.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Need some distance? Redstone wire.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t use TNT near bedrock as you could destroy some precious stones.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Want to track the crater you’re about to create? Use Cartographer

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p<>{color:#000;}. No, you can’t blow up actual bedrock.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Want a thrill? Make a barrier out of obsidian and hide behind it when detonating.

 

Misc.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hold shift to creep along, just be sure to turn off sticky keys

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p<>{color:#000;}. Only craft a pickaxe out of wood, and use it to get stone for everything else. It’s a waste to use wooden planks on any other tools.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make sure any diamond you find isn’t touching lava before you mine it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you just spawned in a Hard/Hardcore world, don’t dare go near that skeleton yet.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Only eat cooked meat if you’re missing four or more food nuggets. It’s a waste otherwise.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t waste blocks when making a portal. Only the corners at the top and bottom need to be touching.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you can’t get to a skeleton that’s shooting you before you can reach it and kill it, block with your sword.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you can’t get away from a Creeper before it blows, turn to face it and block. It’ll reduce a huge amount of damage, and you just might survive the blast.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you’re playing on Hard/Hardcore and don’t want any zombies getting in, instead of a door, replace it with two fence gates stacked on top of one another.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Trying to escape a spider but can’t sprint? Just punch while walking backward.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t take jumps that are too risky. Just don’t.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make sure the jump you’re trying to do is even possible. A normal jump is 2 blocks and 1 up. Sprinting jump is 4 blocks – or 3 out and 1 up. Sneaking jump is only 1 block.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you somehow have a spider, creeper, zombie, and skeleton all coming for you? Use the bow on the Creeper and Skeleton to keep them back, and then use the sword against the spider and zombie.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A crowd of creepers on the rise? Either hit them with a bow, or just run. Don’t even bother doing anything else.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can eat rotten flesh. It makes you hungry, but heals up to 2 food nuggets and depletes 1 food nugget unless you’re sprinting. Helpful stuff indeed.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poison cannot remove your last half of a heart and kill you. However, by keeping you so long, it makes it easy for you to die by a strong breeze.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have no other food but a spider eye? Be sure you’re alone before eating it. It’ll poison you at first, but you’ll regenerate health after.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Store any important items in an ender chest. Creepers can’t blow it up, and other players can’t get into it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Only break an ender chest with a pickaxe that has the enchantment of Silk Touch. If you try to do it without, the chest will break into eight pieces of obsidian.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t bother fighting skeletons with a knockback sword. You’ll end up chasing them all over the place.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Diamond armor is only slightly better than iron armor. Instead, save your diamonds for better items and weapons, unless you have an overabundance.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is no point to the golden hoe.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fire resist potions make you immune to blazes. Collect blaze rods using them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t bother using fortune on coal. It’s easy to come by and you’ll have a ton anyway before you know it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cave spiders bothering you? A bow and arrow and some water or lava will help with the webs.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In the nether, resist the urge to jump into a lava sea, even if you’re protected by a fire resist potion. The sea could be only 1 block deep and you’ll die from falling damage.

 

 

ADVANCED TIPS

 

You’ve gotten your feet wet. Building fortresses and crafting tools and weapons are almost second-nature. You’re master of your domain!

 

Well… kind of. Zombies keep getting in your house, and your mining techniques could be a bit more efficient.

 

Worry not! We have some tricks and techniques to help even the most advanced player, plus more quick and easy tips to help make your game smoother.

 

Zombie Door

Need zombies to stop breaking down your door, but you can’t afford an iron one to replace it? Well here’s a fun trick that works. All you have to do is break down your door during the day, and then turn so that you’re perpendicular to where the broken door was. Now, place another door. It’ll look open, but register as being closed. If you’ve placed it correctly, then when you rick click to open it, it’ll fit into the doorframe of the destroyed door. Zombies will think the door is open and not even try to destroy it!

 

You can also place a block of dirt or cobblestone in front of the door to keep zombies out of reach. If it’s placed outside the door, they won’t be able to cause any damage. If, for whatever reason, you place it inside the door, they’ll be able to destroy the door, but after that they won’t be able to come in.

 

It’s also an option to place sand or gravel above the door. That way even if they do get through, it’ll fall and crush them, closing off the entrance. A ditch filled with water or lava could also do the trick. Just make sure your house isn’t flammable when dealing with lava, for the obvious reasons.

 

Of course, the simplest solution is to use a fence gate instead of a door. The zombies don’t recognize them as doors and won’t try to destroy them. Creepers, on the other hand, will treat the gates as fences, which count for their trigger.

 

If you wish to be truly lazy, just dig a 1×3 trench in front of your door. Zombies have to destroy the top half of the door to destroy it. By keeping them so low, all they can reach is the lower half.

 

Peaceful Mode

Can’t get around the zombies? Spiders all over you? Unable to make a house without a creeper showing up and blowing it all to hell?

Set the difficulty to Peaceful and all your problems are solved! Heath quickly regenerates, hunger no longer damages you, and there aren’t any hostile mobs. This is particularly helpful when building large structures or trying to do pixel art. Most players, though, dislike doing this as they feel it takes away of what they enjoy in the game. Still, sometimes you just want to have fun with things without the added pressure of trying to survive constant adversity.

 

Tricky Tree

Trying to get every block on a tree but can’t reach that top one? Try leaving the bottom one intact and jump on it to get to the rest. When you’re done, then harvest the bottom. If you still can’t reach after all that, you can place a dirt block below you to boost yourself up. If you’re getting wood in a forest biome, you may want to leave the stumps until you return for all the drops.

 

Remembering Crafting Patterns

Trying to make a bucket but make a minecart instead? Be sure to look at the pattern. Take a fishing pole for example. See how the sticks and string line up to look like the fishing pole? Many patterns follow this. Doors, for example, use two columns to make the rectangle. A sword uses two wooden planks for the blade (or iron ingots, or diamonds, or what have you), and a stick for the handle.

 

Set a New Spawn

If you’re far from home and you have 3 wool and 3 wooden planks on you, you can make a bed. If you sleep in it at night, you’ll set your spawn to that location and skip through the night. A word of warning: if your bed breaks, you’ll lose that spawn point. With that in mind, it’s smart to create a second bed, place it, and sleep in it before you get rid of the first.

Be careful when setting up around the new bed. Even though some block placements may look like you can get to and from the bed, it can actually be blocked off, preventing you from spawning there. A good rule of thumb is to not surround the bed entirely, even with half-height blocks. You need to be able to stand on the bed in order for it to be set as a new spawn point.

 

Now, let’s take this a step further. Say you’ve discovered a fortress or abandoned mine that you want to explore. You’re far from home, though, and if you die you don’t want to lose all of your items and respawn so far away that you won’t be able to reach them in time. So, you plan to set up a new spawn right at the edge by placing a bed and sleeping in it.

 

Wait!

 

Keep in mind that when/if you die, you’ll respawn without all of your things. How will you go back and get all of your dropped items? If you died deep underground, you’ll likely have a horde of monsters between your stuff and you. If you plan on creating a spawn base, be sure to have it well stocked with what you need so that you can equip yourself before heading back into battle.

You can either have it stocked with what you need to create weapons and armor, or alternatively if you’re a sufficiently advanced player, you can setup an ender chest here to access items from your original base. Even then, however, that chest needs to be well stocked with secondary weapons, armor, food, and other general supplies (like torches, ladders, etc).

 

If you don’t have the resources to stock a secondary base, it may be worth it to just spawn far enough away out of chunk loading range. Your items don’t disappear until the chunk loads anyway, so you can re-equip yourself at your leisure and then move into the area to try and get back to your things before the five minute timer runs out. If this is the way you’re going, it’s in your best interest to prepare and thoroughly mark your route from surface to mine to make it as easy and fast as possible for you to get to where you had been when you ate it.

 

If you do decide on a new spawn base, your first priority should be safety. Pick a well-lit area that’s closed off from any dangers, and especially protect it from creepers. A small room is fine with enough space for a crafting table, double-chest for storing supplies and a furnace. Obviously you need a bed in there as well, and space next to the head of it to actually spawn into. If you have the time, it’d be wise to create an infinite water source half under a nearby wall as well (more on infinite water sources later in this book).

 

If you haven’t any wool for the bed, string will do in a pinch which can be found in mineshafts. The chest should contain at least a full set of iron armor, iron sword, a bucket, and either a second bucket, an iron pick, or sheers and flint and steel. You’ll want a stone pick, shovel, and axe. If you’re smart, you’ll also pack a bow an arrow and at least a stack of arrows.

 

If you have the time, make some tools and toss them into another chest in case you can’t carry all the stuff you dropped when you died. Fences, gates, ladders, a door all may come in handy. You’ll want to pack a lot of food as well, at least a quarter stack of steak.

 

Just to be sure, take some spare blocks as well of cobblestone, dirt, and gravel. Some extra wood couldn’t hurt. Top it all off with some raw materials like coal, string, and redstone.

 

Before heading in, remember to sleep in the bed and actually set your spawn there! Now if you die, you’ll spawn nearby fully armed and armored, and not naked and terrified in the midst of a dangerous place.

 

Motion Detector

You have to have your sound high enough for this to work, but if you do, it sure does work! Do you get snuck up on by mobs all the time? Throw wooden planks all around your house up to five blocks out. The mobs walking along it will make plank sounds, letting you know they’re on their way!

 

Minecart Patrol

 

A trick for defending your house if you have the resources is to build a minecart track around your house and send a minecart around it. Powered rails are best if you have the gold and redstone to do it. Just ring your house with the track, send off a few minecarts, and set them spinning. Any mobs that cross the crack will be picked up and carried away by passing minecarts. You can modify the track with one block high tunnels that’ll suffocate any mobs in the cart.

 

You can obviously ride in the carts yourself to go on patrol. You should be going fast enough that the mobs can’t hit you. Of course, it’s harder for you to hit them back. Be aware that this will still trigger creeper explosions.

 

Dealing with Darkness

Have you run out of coal? Keep in mind that mobs need a light level of less than seven to spawn. You can use that information to save on resources when lighting your home. Even if things get a bit dim, any space within seven blocks of a torch is safe. Also, they won’t spawn within 24 blocks of you, so even if you get stuck in the dark, they won’t spawn directly in front of you.

 

Another easy trick that won’t cost you any resources is to simply turn up the brightness setting. The game defaults to a dimmer, moodier lighting. Crank that up to bright and you’ll be able to see everything even without torches!

 

Item Durability

There you are, deep in a mine, and BAM! Your pickaxe is gone and you’re punching stone. First of all, stop, you’re just going to hurt yourself. Each item has a health, of a sort, that you need to keep an eye on before striking out for your next adventure. The last thing you need is to find an ore vein or run into some serious trouble and have your item suddenly disappear on you.

 

One solution is bringing along a crafting table, or simply bring extra tools. One thing is don’t use the tool up entirely. Instead, when one gets low, switch to a new one. When that’s low as well, you can combine the two nearly dead ones to pool their remaining health together with a bonus. Win/Win!

 

 

QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS AND TRICKS

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p<>{color:#000;}. Boats and minecarts can be broken with a bow and arrows. By doing this, you still receive the same drops as you would anyway.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Player names can’t be seen through chests and signs, even if they’re not crouching.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If players are behind a wall or underground and not crouching, then you can see their names.

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p<>{color:#000;}. And if they crouch while behind a wall or underground, you can’t.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A player in a minecart that’s on a rail can ride through a 1 block wall. Make traps or freak people out on your rollercoaster!

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p<>{color:#000;}. One lava bucket will fuel a furnace for 1000 seconds and will cook 1000 items.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A blaze rod will fuel a furnace for 120 seconds and cook 12 items.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Anything made of wood will burn in a furnace.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Normal fences and nether fences don’t connect.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Powering a sticky piston with only one tick will push blocks instead of holding them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In Survival mode, swords break melons and cacti the fastest, axes break pumpkins the best.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gravel can be broken just with saplings, flowers, string, torches, or levers

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have a bunch of trash? Throw it in a cactus!

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p<>{color:#000;}. Throw any potion into the air and let it crash on top of you and you’ll get a boosted effect.

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p<>{color:#000;}. One lily pad will get you across whole oceans. All you have to do is hop on it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Hit Endermen in their feet to kill them quick and easy

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sneaking on a ladder while climbing or descending will keep you hidden.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can hit a Blaze with a snowball to hurt them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. In Creative Mode, middle clicking will give you whatever object you’re currently looking at. It even works on mobs!

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p<>{color:#000;}. If a skeleton kills a Creeper with an arrow, the Creeper will drop a music disc.

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you use a slab block on ice, you can use it to glide over the ice.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Need more villagers? All they need is an empty house with doors, and they’ll get together and make babies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The rarest mob is a spider jockey. Every skeleton only has a 1% chance to spawn as one, making them the rarest mob in the game.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Need extra wool? Paint a sheep before sheering it. You can get up to five extra blocks if you’re lucky.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Want to make a pigzombie? It has to be struck with lightning and die.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is a rumor about Mushroom Island. It’s filled with (obviously) mushrooms and red cows. Plus, mobs don’t spawn there.

 

FARMING

Passive mobs spawn rarely, if ever, which means eventually you’ll have to start farming to keep any kind of consistent flow going. Here are some techniques for managing different types of farms.

 

Wheat

To start a wheat farm you’ll need dirt or grass, water, seeds, light, and a hoe. Now keep in mind that one source block of water will cover four blocks in every direction. This includes diagonal. With this in mind, you’ll want a 9×9 wheat farm, the single source block in the center.

 

After all of the wheat is fully grown, you’ll harvest 80 wheat from it. Using this method not only saves water sources, but also gives more room for growing crops.

 

Want to farm more efficiently using only a single source? Try a multi-level greenhouse! The floors should be 12×13 to allow for a walkway down the middle for torches. The plots will go 8 rows x 4 columns, a trench 8 long, and another 8×4. Make each level 5 high and place extra cobblestone or wood beneath each level to prevent water from leaking. A hole in the ceiling will provide where the water will drop in while the torches (or glowstone if you have it) will help speed up crop growth. Do this for each level you wish. This setup will get you 64 wheat per floor.

 

Pumpkin and Melon

Pumpkins are more useful, but both pumpkins and melons grow the same way. They’ll need the same farmland setup the wheat does, but instead of a whole field, only plant half the squares and do it in strips. This will allow them to grow in stalks which need the space next to them to place the food. When you harvest, be sure to leave a stalk to grow another yield.

 

Sugarcane

Ready for something more complex? Sugarcane is the way to go as you can use it for paper, sugar, which you can then use to make cakes, pies, and potions and so on.

 

When you come across sugarcane, break it down and bring it home. Sugarcane needs to be placed near the water to grow. One fun thing you can do is to place it underwater next to some sand or dirt. This will create an air bubble allowing you to breathe underwater; a handy trick when building things underwater.

 

Fishing

When you finally come across string, you can make yourself a fishing pole! Fishing is an amazing food source since fish are infinite. Build a small island in the middle of a lake to prevent mobs from attacking while you’re doing any night fishing. You also have the chance of catching some treasure such as saddles, enchanted bows, or more fishing rods.

 

Misc. Tips

Do your farm animals escape their pens? Put in a double gate system! Alternatively, you can use a pressure plate system outside the gate to make it close behind you as you leave.

 

One thing to keep in mind if you’re playing hard or hardcore: keep your base underground. You can build wheat underground with enough light. No need to risk it by going topside!

 

Be sure to keep some farms modular so that you can expand them if you need to.

 

 

MINING

There will come a time in every game when any further development comes with finding diamonds. There are of course multiple schools of thought on how one should go about doing this. While many players try to roam around randomly, snagging diamonds where they see them and then moving on, this can cause a lot of issues as it’s entirely at the whim of the game. Instead, try these fun methods. Before you do, here are some quick tips for you to keep in mind:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always take a chest with you as it’ll save you a trip back to base

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is no need to store cobble, dirt, or gravel. You’ll never use them, and you’ll just end up filling up your inventory for no reason.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t forget about creepers! When focused on mining, it’s easy to forget they’re around, when suddenly you turn around and are face-to-face with one, not where you want to be.

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p<>{color:#000;}. When mining, be sure to keep at least 32 torches on you at all times and about 10 pickaxes. Shovels couldn’t hurt either.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Need coal without doing any mining? Make a furnace and smelt wood logs, not planks. This will get you charcoal which is the same as coal.

 

Keep in mind that as you mine, if you’re using a low level pickaxe to mine, you’re not going to get anything. If it takes more than two seconds to mine something, stop what you’re doing. You’re using the wrong tool and it’s not going to drop anything.

 

Wood or gold pickaxes only mine coal and stone, while stone pickaxes mine can also mine iron and lapis lazuli. Iron pickaxes can mine all blocks except obsidian, but a diamond pickaxe can even get obsidian.

 

Branch Mining

Dig a 2×1 main tunnel with a bedrock floor and a ceiling of at least level 15. Once that’s established, you can start to branch off with other tunnels to cover more ground. Doors will hold off any infestations you come across.

 

Now go back to the start, move over three spaces, and dig another tunnel forward. This will ensure you’re covering the most ground as efficiently as possible. Using this technique will not only net you diamonds, but plenty of redstone, gold, and iron as well. Be sure to have at least a full stack of wood, some iron ingots or cobblestone, and some coal or charcoal in order to craft more supplies as needed.

 

Compact

The size can be anything. For example dig 1 block down and 8×8. Mine all of the blocks but one in the corner. Then repeat, mining the next block down, but this time don’t mine the block next to the one you left last time. As you work your way down, this will create a set of stairs. Mining this way will get you a lot of ore and is considered to be one of the safest methods, but it can also be one of the hardest to create.

 

Aboveground

To do this, create a 1×2×2 doorway in the back of your house. After that, make a massive room and mine it in all directions to hollow out the mountain. It’ll get you a lot of coal and iron, but no gold, redstone, or other more precious resources. Keep in mind that there is still a danger of lava with this method.

 

Spelunking

This is sort of the opposite idea of branch mining. In branch mining, you ignore any cave entrances and build your own tunnels. When spelunking, you descend into a cave and explore. Keep working your way by placing torches along the way until you hit a dead end, and then mine all of the resources you saw on your way back out. Lather, rinse, repeat for each branch you find. When you’re done, be sure to mark the cave in some way so you know you’ve mined it for all it had.

 

Grid Mining

This is similar to branch mining, though instead you make 2×2 tunnels and dig a new tunnel every 16 blocks to create a grid pattern. This method isolates chunks which can then be mined.

 

Ravine Mining

When coming across a ravine, you’ll often see some rare ores within. Of course, jumping down will almost certainly end in death. Building a staircase can be a lengthy process. Instead, try gathering up a ton of sand or gravel and place them in the air at the edge and let them fall into a stack. Once it’s reached you, hop on top and dig your way down. Once you’ve mined the ravine for all it’s worth, restack the blocks to get back out.

 

Another way of doing it is to grab some vines and place them at the top edge of the ravine. Over time these will grow down and you can use them like a ladder to climb in and out of the ravine.

 

 

FUN WITH REDSTONE

You’ve found some redstone. Congratulations! But what to do with it?

 

Here are a few fun tips to make the most out of your new explosive friend!

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Redstone can travel through half-slabs, letting you hide it in ways you hadn’t thought of.

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p<>{color:#000;}. All redstone is connected except for the full blocks on either side.

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p<>{color:#000;}. One great thing about redstone is how easy it is to find. Look for the red bit three to five layers above bedrock.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Try making gates out of redstone

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p<>{color:#000;}. Connect redstone to your TNT for fun and profit

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p<>{color:#000;}. Redstone charges last for 15 redstone wires long.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Rig up an iron door to some hidden redstone wires. Hide a stone button inside some cobblestone.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Trap a mob spawner in obsidian, and set up TNT all around it connected with a redstone wire. Wait until there’s a good amount of mobs inside and then blow it. After collecting everything, just wait for them to refill and do it again!

 

FUN WITH TORCHES

These aren’t your grandfather’s torches! With these sneaky techniques, you can put your torches to work!

 

Did you know you can put torches on furnaces and crafting tables?

 

Here’s how!

 

First, be sure you have a transparent block behind the object you want to place the torch on. Remove any solid blocks around the object. If you don’t, the torches will try to be placed there instead of on top of the furnace or bench.

 

Next, targeting the edge of the transparent block facing the object, right click with the torch in hand. Voila! The torch attaches itself to the object!

 

Place blocks on the sides of torches by hovering over the torch. A grid box will appear. Then just right-click on the side and it will place the block on the side. This is especially useful when trying to cross lava pools.

 

Have a ton of gravel or sand you want to break down? Break the lowest block with the torch and then place the torch in the empty space as quickly as you can. The heat from the torch will then break the blocks above it without you having to do a thing!

 

So, you can use a torch to destroy a ton of sand or gravel, but did you know you can use it to actually hold it up as well? Place a block of sand or gravel on top of a wall-mounted torch and it won’t fall or break.

 

The best part?

 

Little known fact is that you can put any amount of weight on a torch. This lets you create any number of fun designs when building pyramids or other structures!

 

 

I SAW THE SIGNS

Signs can be used for so much more than the obvious. Here are some tips that are unknown and unused, and also a few helpful uses for signs in exactly the way they were intended.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. When you find a stray tunnel, try putting a torch with a sign pointing the way in, and the way out. You can also use it to note a tunnel blocked by water.

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Signs can be stacked on top of one another and lined up. They have a building grid just like any other block and can be used for some really impressive details in a project.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can use signs to stop water and lava. It’s also handy for mob spawners, underwater rooms, etc.

 

 

SOUL SAND

Soul sand can be tricky. With these tips, you can make them even worse(or better, depending on how you look at it)!

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Putting ice under soul sand will make walking over it even slower than soul sand alone.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Soul sand is seen as a smaller block than anything else.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Did you know that while standing on soul sand, you sink? Place a block three high off the ground while in soul sand, and you will find you can’t pass. Very handy for creating traps!

 

 

SNEAKY WATER TECHNIQUES

Water is the most interesting and versatile element in our world. Well Minecraft is no exception! Here are some mind blowing ways to use water, and to get around some of its more annoying effects(like drowning).

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Two buckets makes an infinite water source! Create a trench three blocks long and fill both sides using a bucket. Now only take water from the middle and it’ll refill automatically.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have a bunch of grass around your structure you need to get rid of? Maybe you’re trying to clear space for a building? Toss a bucket of water on the grass. It’ll spread and take all the grass with it.

*
p<>{color:#000;}. One of the many tricks for breathing under water: take a bucket under water and then use it, and you’ll get a block of air.

*
p<>{color:#000;}. When making a land mine pressure plate, pour water under where the TNT is. TNT in water doesn’t destroy blocks, but still causes damage.

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Water around your house (and a pumpkin on your head) will keep Endermen at bay.

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Did the pumpkin not work and now you have to fight an Endermen? Throw a bucket of water on him!

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Before you go diving into water, make sure it’s at last two blocks deep, or you’re just going to end up dying from fall damage.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pressure plates can not only hold water, but lava as well inside of them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Throwing an item into moving water on top of ice blocks will make the item move super quick.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Here’s another sneaky trick for getting some air underwater: use a torch and it’ll create a quick pocket of air, so be sure to use it before it disappears.

 

 

FUN FACTS

With a game as intense and complex as Minecraft, you’re bound to come across some of the most random, fun little facts ever. Here is a collection of information, tips, and facts that didn’t fit in any of the categories above.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The fog underground will be a light gray during the day, and black if it’s nighttime

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. To get rid of the fog, just dig a hole from the surface down

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you use bonemeal on grass you can make it grow two blocks tall

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. A single block of glass can absorb almost all the damage from a block of TNT

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cats don’t take fall damage

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pumpkin stems will always point northwest

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Boats take fall damage – minecarts don’t take fall damage

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can’t open a chest if there’s a cat sitting on top of it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Try to name a sheep “jeb_” and see what happens

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Label your pets, and you’ll be able to see the death messages of your pets when they die

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Endermen can dodge anything shot at them

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can use bonemeal on flowers to get copies of those flowers

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. A boat on land can be used to destroy snow

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Healing potions damage undead mobs, while damaging potions heal them

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can change the dog’s collar color by using dyes

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Shooting an arrow through lava will set it on fire

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you stack three minecarts on top of a rail and then push, they will continue to travel until stopped by an object

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use the stacked minecarts to pick up drops.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can ride a pig in a minecart – the controls are backwards

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Animals are attracted to light

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You have a hard time catching fish while it’s raining

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you want to build a quick house, dig a hole, put in a mushroom, and use bonemeal on it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cobblestone takes longer to mine than just stone

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Eggs have a 1 in 256 chance to hatch 4 chickens at once

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. All hoes do the same amount of damage

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Skeletons, zombies, and zombie pigmen have a high chance of spawning with a pumpkin head during Halloween

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Golden tools and weapons may seem weak, but they’re good for enchanting

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Trying to sleep in the nether or end is not going to work out for you

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The enchanting table uses the standard galactic alphabet

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Forest fires can occur naturally by lava spawning and catching the forests on fire

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you sneak over redstone ore you won’t excavate it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are actually skeleton horses and zombie horses in the game

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Eating and climbing doesn’t slow you down

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Passive mobs always spawn in more than two

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If a mob dies while on fire, it will drop cooked meat

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can sleep during a thunderstorm to get rid of it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The wither attacks all living entities, including the Ender Dragon

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Ender Dragon is the only mob in the game with a specific gender

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Out of all the blocks in the survival mode, sandstone has the highest resistance

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The wither is constantly adapting the speed to the player, but you can outrun it when on a horse

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can feed pigs a carrot on a stick and it’ll make the pig go faster

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You don’t have to actually create a compass or clock. Just place the items in the recipe and check the direction or time in the preview display.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. A water bucket can save you when you’re falling down

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Holding down the jump button while on a slime block will reduce the jump height

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Using tools for things that they weren’t meant for will use more durability than normal

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Skeletons and zombies don’t burn during the day if they’re standing on soul sand

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can turn a zombie back into a villager by using a splash potion on him and then applying a golden apple

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Iron golems don’t suffocate under water and they can’t swim

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Chain armor can be repaired with iron ingots.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you want to make a staircase without using the extra blocks, just use a torch

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You deal critical hits when falling, not when jumping

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. A fully charged bow will deal a critical hit

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is a five second timer, so you will get exp and items after it dies regardless of what killed it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use a ladder to get to the top of a tree to reach the top and then use it to get back down.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Witches drink potions. If you hit a witch while she’s drinking a potion she’s going to drop it

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Witches will only throw harm potions after they’ve poisoned you first.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can use Ender pearls to go through walls and ceilings

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mobs never want to fall more than four blocks

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. TNT under water won’t destroy any blocks, but place a block or two of sand on top of it and then prime, and it’ll destroy blocks like normal.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. When creating a new world, hold SHIFT while clicking through the world types to create a DEBUG world

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The elder guardian has 80 health

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can feed nether wart to chickens

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you want to reload the chunks, you can press F3 and A which will show you some underground caves

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. F3 and H will show the names of all the items in your inventory

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. F3 and C will reload all of the textures in the game

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you need more information about what’s going on, just hit SHIFT and F3 for more information about what’s happening

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you have shaders enabled, you can press F4 to disable them.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can activate wooden buttons with arrows

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Right clicking a mob with a spawn egg is going to create a baby of the mob

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. If you want to go up or down on the text to edit the words, just use the arrow keys

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. In creative mode you can clear your whole inventory by holding SHIFT and hitting Delete Item

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can’t break blocks with a sword in Creative Mode

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can sleep under water and under lava… not that you would want to.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You can hide red stone under carpets

 

CONCLUSION

 

I hope you enjoyed this handbook of over 250 tips, tricks, and techniques for navigating the fascinating worlds of Minecraft!

 

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MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORLD! Over 250 tips, tricks, and techniques to surprise even the most advanced players! Are you a new player looking to step up your game? What about a casual player looking to take things to the next level? Maybe you’re a seasoned survivor looking to make things more interesting? If any of these describe you, then this book has what you’re looking for and then some! Inside You’ll Discover… - Proven techniques for more efficient farming, mining, and mob management - Quick tips in each chapter to give you that extra edge - Infinite water sources - Soul sand traps - And so much more! So what are you waiting for? Buy NOW and start making those Endermen regret the day they ever met you!

  • ISBN: 9781311352088
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