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If you happen to see any of the more powerful monsters, keep well away from them: At this point an enderman , witch , or even a creeper can kill you easily. If the player is repeatedly being killed too ambitious, a monster got into the shelter, or didn't manage to make a shelter ,you can always dig a three block hole, cover it up and hide there. Keep on practicing killing mobs until you get the hang of it.
If you're completely desperate, you can consider switching to "peaceful difficulty " see "changing the rules" below , which will make all the monsters disappear until you switch back. The "Shelters" article linked above gives a lot of emergency shelters and then more advanced ideas, but it only takes a little thinking ahead to manage a decent shelter for the first night.
As you move around collecting logs and so on, look at the landscape for potential homes. Easiest if you can find it is a small cave with a single entrance that you can wall or fence off. If it's not quite ideal, consider if you can fix it quickly — say, fencing off a back door to deeper caves. If you don't have a cave, you may be able to make one, by simply digging into a mountainside or even roofing over a small valley.
If instead you have wide, flat space, then go ahead and build a small house. In all cases: Don't be too ambitious the first night, because you will want it to be safe before dark, and you will also want to light up the space you claim see "Light" below. You can always expand and decorate your home later, or even rearrange the landscape around it.
When picking your location, it's good to have a view of the landscape so you can see if any monsters are waiting for you in the morning. Learn about the awesome powers of planks : fences can be used not only in the obvious way, but as windows or transparent walls, with fence gates to get in and out.
Doors provide a full-height exit for solid walls: logs , planks, stone , even dirt , but not fences! A few properly-placed ladders can make it a lot easier to get up to your roof or up a hill.
A chest will also be useful — stash anything you're not going to use soon, so you don't have to worry about it if you happen to get killed. You will save some of your precious 36 inventory slots by making planks and sticks only as you need them.
If you can manage to make a bed early on, place that in your shelter and use it the first night you have it. Getting killed is much less painful after that, because sleeping in a bed sets the spawn point next to it. After the first night, you may well want to spend the nights crafting and mining. Light [ edit ] Monsters can't spawn within 24 blocks of you, but huddling in the dark is no fun — and when you do leave your home, you don't want to come back to find a monster has spawned or moved in.
So, you need to light up your space, and at this point, the light you have is torches. A single torch gives enough light to prevent monster spawns completely within a 7 block range barring obstructions , and reduce them for about the same distance past that.
That includes horizontal and vertical steps, so the safe zone only runs 3 spaces or so diagonally. Even outside the safe zone, having some light will sharply reduce the chance of monsters spawning depending on how much light , but it's better to use enough torches to keep your whole home well-lit. If you have extra torches after that, try to light some space outside your home or at least the entrance too, to push back the area where monsters are likely to spawn.
Food and hunger [ edit ] Once the player has tools and shelter, their next priority will be food. Hunger will take a while to hit, so it shouldn't be a problem on your first day, but you should try to pick up some food for when it does.
However, after the player has been moving around for a while, the hunger bar will begin rippling and start to decrease. If the hunger bar goes down to empty, the player will begin losing health. Unless the player is in Hard mode and a beginning player shouldn't be , they can't actually starve to death, but they will go down to 1 health point in Normal mode or half health in Easy mode, and that leaves you quite vulnerable. The primary drain on hunger is from healing damage. Note that the player will have a little grace period see " saturation " when starting the game and after eating, but when that's exhausted, healing a single point of damage costs the equivalent of 1.
Avoid taking falls of more than 3 blocks, drowning or burning yourself, or otherwise taking damage that you will need to heal. A few other activities also cause hunger, though at a slower rate: Fighting: Both attacking mobs and receiving damage costs hunger, even before you start trying to heal damage.
You will need to slaughter a few animals but pick your fights carefully. Taking damage in other ways counts for this too, but each time you take damage it counts as one "blow" no matter how much damage you took. Sprinting : If the player double-taps the forward movement key W by default , or presses the sprint key Left Ctrl by default , they will sprint.
This moves the player somewhat faster, but it also uses up food. Jumping : Obviously, you'll need to jump some just to get around, but don't bounce around randomly or unnecessarily. Sprinting jumps are especially costly, 4 times as much as a regular jump, although they are the fastest mode of transportation early in the game.
Swimming and mining blocks cost a little hunger, but those are minimal compared to the items above. Consider making a basic crop farm immediately after you have settled in a place. Wheat is where you'll begin obtaining food: You can use harvested wheat to make bread.
You can obtain it easily using wheat seeds collected by breaking grass. Play-by-play[ edit ] Starting the game[ edit ] When the player begins the game, they will be standing in a landscape somewhere.
They may want a moment to look around. The general area the player first starts is where they will reappear also known as respawn if they die in the game. This is the start of a new Minecraft world.
This tutorial is designed to allow the player to learn the skills needed to survive in this world and eventually be able to do just about anything they desire.
The player can do the different sections below in any order they desire, but many sections require the player to first complete other tasks first. The tasks listed on this page should all be completed before moving on to the second day page, even if it takes the player multiple days to complete all of the tutorial.
No matter what, the player's goal for the first day should be creating a bed or shelter so they can survive the night. The other tasks are also very important and can all be completed along with the main objectives while leaving the player with extra time. Movement [ edit ] To properly play the game, the player will need to be able to move.
The controls page is best at describing controls between different systems and can be left open on a computer while first playing the game to check controls. To start, the player most needs to be able to look and move around.
After this, the player can also test out jumping which will be done automatically by the game on most versions. There are three more important actions for the beginning player, and they are all closely related: attacking, mining, and using.
Each requires targeting a spot on the screen. Many versions of the game will have a cursor in the center of the screen used for targeting, but touchscreens will allow the player to click on the screen to act as the targeting spot.
Only blocks near the player can be targeted, and the player can tell a block is targeted by it having a box around it or in the case of touchscreens, being brighter. This selected area or block affects the way the player uses these actions. For example, using is based on what the player is looking at and what is in their hand.
Less obviously, the player actions of attacking and mining also use this cursor or selector method. The buttons for both attacking and mining is always the same, but attacking is only a tap of the control while mining requires holding down the control. These actions may use up blocks and change tools that the player is holding and also change depending on the player's held item. Any time this tutorial mentions verbs describing in-game actions, the player may want to test out that action using the controls page as a reference.
Biomes [ edit ] The Minecraft world is divided into different areas called " biomes ". Different biomes will contain different blocks and plants and change how the land is shaped. There is an advancement that includes finding all the biomes, this is better explained on the advancements page.
Biomes will affect the player, especially at the beginning of the game, but the player has little need to worry about specific biomes until they have learned to play the game. If the player is curious, they may want to read more about biomes on the biomes page. Prerequisites: Movement An oak tree. To progress in Minecraft, it is important for the player to collect logs.
The most plentiful log source are trees which are available in most biomes.
Logs are one of many items the player can collect without the use of a tool. All the player has to do is mine any log of the tree with their hand or any item.
Each block will drop as an item which the player can pick up by approaching it. Items automatically enter into the player's inventory. The player may want to collect a couple blocks of log for later use. There are many different types of trees in Minecraft with each having its own individual name and look. All log works for any recipe requiring logs, but some recipes require that all the logs be the same type. Inventory [ edit ] 1.
Hotbar part of inventory To manage all the items they may gather, the player needs to understand their inventory screen follow that link for a fuller account. Remember our mob farm that dropped hostile mobs to their death?
If you line the bottom of that fall shaft with hoppers you can then point the hoppers into a chest and the mob farm will automatically collect the loot for you. Related to hoppers are droppers and dispensers which do exactly what they sound like they do.
Load them up with stuff and they will drop and dispense the loot when triggered by a redstone switch or circuit. Pistons and Doors Pistons can move things up, to the side, and in the case of sticky pistons, even up.
While they can be used for a wide variety of tasks one of the most immediate applications for survival players especially in multiplayer games is creating a hidden door that blends into the surroundings. Doors are included in the redstone menu because they too can be acted upon by redstone circuits.
While you can open a wood door with your hands, iron doors crafted using the same door recipe but with iron, require a switch to open and close. Repeaters and Comparators Repeaters are the easiest to understand of these two components: they simply repeat the signal forward with or without a delay.
If you lay a trail of redstone dust on the ground you can only use it as a power source for your circuit for 15 squares before it grows too weak to power the circuit.
Adding a repeater in there, just like with a telecommunications signal like your Wi-Fi network, boosts the power and keeps the circuit operational.
Comparators are where you start to get the sense that you might just be working your way through an electrical engineering degree. Comparators are used to compare signals, subtract signals, and to measure containers. A very simple example of a comparator in action would be that of an alert light attached to a collection container. You could set up a redstone circuit with a comparator that, when the chest was partially full, turns a light on outside the mob farm so you know to go empty the chest.
Examples of Simple Redstone Constructions Talking about the individual components is all well and good, but it helps to see some examples to get a sense of context. By building on that simple concept and adding in additional wiring, delays, and other mechanisms like pistons, you can really enhance your abilities in the game and save a lot of time in the process.
One of the earliest redstone devices we ever created was born out of frustration. We were exploring a particularly challenging series of Abandoned Mineshafts and cave systems and were annoyed how long it took to suit up with new gear armor and weapons in order to rush back into the mine to retrieve our lost loot.
When you step onto the pressure plate, the dispensers trigger and shoot out all four pieces of iron armor plus weapons to immediately armor and arm you. Redstone dust connected to the pressure plate at the back of the dispensers. It is activated when you step on the plate and the dispensers spring into action flinging the armor and weapons onto your body. Although the above example has the classic redstone-as-wire configuration, not all redstone creations are necessarily wired-together type creations.
One of our favorite redstone creations uses some redstone pieces that are more mechanical-like than electrical-like: hoppers and levers. Remember back in the Survival Mode tutorial when we learned how to cook food and smelt iron in the furnace?
This simple little device allows us to load up a chest with stuff-to-be-cooked and it will automatically feed it into the furnaces and then into a storage chest. Raw pork, iron ore, and the like, goes in the top, cooked pork and iron ingots pile up in the chest below.