Minecraft. You’ve either heard of it, or you’re addicted to it. After clocking several days of my life over countless blocks and blocks, into what never really seems to lead to any type of satisfaction, I thought I would share a couple of tips to the newbies out there on Minecraft since it is now preparing to reach a brand new audience with it’s recent release on PS3, and upcoming releases on the PS4, Xbox One, and the one I’m ready to shell out dinero for, the PS Vita version. This guide is meant to help those who are having trouble playing or are true beginners. If you haven’t played Minecraft yet, I hope this gets you excited to come craft with us! If you’re an advanced player, you may already know this stuff inside and out!
10. You don’t have an enchantment table
This is a must have for any seasoned player of the game. The Enchantment Table allows players to enchant weapons and tools with bonuses, most of which help your mining go a lot smoother. One of my first goals for mining in a new game? Find diamonds (at least 5), use 3 to make a diamond pick axe, mine some obsidian (at least 4), use the obsidian, along with the other two diamonds and a book and make your Enchantment Table. Enchant your Diamond Pick Axe until you get “Fortune”. I personally go for Fortune III on the Xbox, and every time I mine diamonds with that Pick Axe, I get a ton of them. Enchanting tools, weapons, and armor are a must as well.
BONUS: Diamond is usually found between layers 16 and below. 12 is my lucky number.
9. Armor? What’s that?
If you’ve yet to craft something to cover your little pixelated heiney in Minecraft, chances are you’re getting served left and right or spend most of your time running, hiding, and eating food. Armor gives you a little bit more protection from the ailments that are constantly knocking you upside the head.
Armor can be made from leather from Cows, Iron and Gold Ingots, and of course Diamonds. If you’re just starting a new game and got enough leather, start with a Leather Helmet or some Boots. But as soon as possible, mine and get you some Iron. Make armor out of that for some good protection to start with.
8. You’ve never tamed a wolf
“You sending the Wolf?, that’s all you had to say!” – Jules from Pulp Fiction
The “wolf” is a great companion to have on your overworld journey. Not too bright if you take them down in the underground with you (they randomly move around and sometimes fall in lava), but they kick ass in the overworld. You can have up to 5 wolves following you at one time. And they can be tamed with bones you get from skeletons. The best thing is wherever you leave them when telling them to sit, they will be there when you get back. I like having a couple waiting for me at the entrance of the cave when I come back from underground mining. That way they can accompany me back to my house with all of the new goodies I just mined. And yes they do attack monsters that attack you, except Creepers. Keep some Rotten Flesh on you too to help them regain their energy from battle.
7. You look at Monster Spawners as annoying
Yeah I get it, the first time you figured out that this spinning doll inside of the cage kept brooding monsters that were kicking your ass, you thought, “the hell with this game!”. Me too. But you can tame a monster spawner by placing a torch on all 4 sides of it which will stop the bleeding. you can also destroy them by mining them. I personally like keeping them around (tamed of course). They are great sources of experience, and when I’m feeling bored and just want to get my experience points up, I’ll create a trap or border between me and the monsters, remove the torches, and hack away until I’m ready to lock the spawner back down for future beat downs. So next time you find one, tame it and claim it. Besides, you need those experience points to pay for those goodies at the Enchantment Table…
6. Endermen send you running
There is nothing freakier than being down in a dark cave listening to Endermen make that crazy noise that rattles your nerves. The good things about these slender ink blots, is that as long as you don’t hit them, or stare them down, they will leave your little blockheaded ass alone. Now they are notorious for stealing grass and dirt blocks, but most of the time I just walk right past them. That is of course if I’ve already got 12 Ender Pearls…but don’t try fighting an Enderman until you’re ready. If you’re a rookie reading this list, you’re probably not ready. So just let him steal blocks for now and kick his ass later.
5. You only play in Creative Mode
Now there is nothing wrong with you super creative guys out there making all types of video game art and enormous crafting structures out there in Creative Mode, but there are some people who play it for the first time in Creative, and think that that’s all there is to Minecraft. And I must say you can’t possibly EVER appreciate Creative Mode unless you’ve played Survival Mode. Creative Mode is like a debugged version of the game where you have an inventory menu of EVERY block type and have an unlimited number of each, so you can just build and build away. The monsters ignore you unless you go messing with them, and you won’t have other aspects of the normal game involved during Creative. Use Creative to really get into crafting something that would take you weeks to do gathering all the materials. Play Survival Mode for the real appreciation of the game.
4. You have no idea when it’s going to get dark
Let’s go back to the first time you played. Remember what it was like to see the sky getting dark right above your symmetric square head? My first night in Minecraft was terrifying as I thought I would just keep working through the night on my shelter and then ended up running for my life from all of the “freaks” that come out at night. The next time night came, I noticed the sun going down, and figured out you can watch the sun to tell when it’s time to call it quits for the evening instead of waiting until it’s too late. Or better, build a clock:
This will be the best gold you will use (besides Powered Rails). I use my clock all the time to just pay attention to the position of the sun and for when it’s time to high tail it back to safety during the night hours. Don’t get caught out in the dark!
3. You keep dying from digging
I know you’ve probably seen the tip the game gives you on digging straight down or straight up isn’t a great idea. Well if you’re going to dig straight down, dig in a 2 side-by-side block configuration so you can stay a step ahead of any long drops.
Sure it will take you a little bit more time to dig that extra block every time, but you won’t run the risk of plunging to your death. Plus you’ll reveal more blocks that you can mine on your way down. Better safe than sorry.
2. You are still scared of Creepers
Noobs are scared of Creepers. Vets are ANNOYED with Creepers. There’s a difference.
Nothing worse than the hiss and boom combination of some random ass Creeper that came out of nowhere. Did he drop down off the roof of your house? Came out from behind a tree? Just spawned in the middle of the night? Regardless the case, you should be trained at all times to watch out for these annoying green pillars of boom dust. I usually keep a bow and arrow handy and keep a wide eye open for them. Especially when I first leave my shelter in the morning after waking up. You never know where they are lurking. Be on the lookout for them and know they are there to annoy you. Take them bastards out if you have to. Otherwise, breeze on by….
1. You only kill pigs and cows to eat
I know I know, they seem to be everywhere and it’s nothing like getting back to the shelter and firing up some raw beef or pork chops for some grub, but unless you actually are farming the animals, living off of pigs and cows alone will put you in a bad position if you end up needing food and not being able to find them.
Try growing some wheat and creating bread for those long hauls to the caves. Not only can you replant the seeds from the wheat over and over, you can easily make a wheat farm any where there’s dirt. Why do you think you see it all over the villages?
Nothing wrong with stockpiling some meat from time to time (PAUSE), but having other food items like bread and apples (they fall from fully cut down trees and and branches) and good in a pinch.
I hope these helped you out a bit and you can now go back to the world of blocks with a little bit more insight. Happy crafting!