Now that you’re familiar with the Minecraft landscape and its mobs, it’s time to start your first game. In this section, you’ll learn how to find food and materials to keep yourself safe. You’ll discover how to build a shelter and a farm, how to mine for materials, and how to defend yourself in combat as you explore.
YOUR FIRST DAY:
When you first spawn it’s a race against time to gather resources before night falls and the hostile mobs come looking for you. Every adventure is different but this step-by-step guide is one option that will keep you safe until day two.
- Mark your spawn point with a dirt pillar, and/or note the coordinates.
- Find some trees and hit them with your hands to collect 20 woodblocks.
- Drag the wood into your crafting grid to turn it into wood planks.
- Make a crafting table from 4 wood planks and place it on the ground.
- Interact with your crafting table, then craft sticks from wood planks.
- Use your sticks and planks to craft a wooden pickaxe, axe, sword, and shovel.
- Find a hill, and use your pickaxe to collect 20 blocks of cobblestone.
- Craft stone tools and weapons – these are more durable than wood.
- Gather another 20 blocks of wood using your stone axe instead of your hand.
- Kill some animals with your stone sword. Collect the items they drop.
- Kill 3 sheep, then craft a bed. This allows you to sleep through the night.
- Craft a furnace. This allows you to smelt items into more useful forms.
- Use your wooden tools as fuel to cook the raw meat (you don’t need them now).
- Eat the cooked meat when your food bar starts to go down. (See pages 74-75.)
- Go back to the hill, and dig farther in until you spot some coal ore
- Mine as many blocks of coal ore as you can – each will drop 1 coal.
- Craft torches. These can be placed on other blocks to provide light.
- Now you can use coal in your furnace – it’ll smelt more items.
- Expand the hole into an L-shape shelter, so you can hide round the corner.
- Craft a wooden door and place it on your shelter from the outside.
DID YOU KNOW?
Didn’t manage to build a shelter? Stand on a 3-block-high dirt tower until day comes so hostile mobs can’t reach you. You could also dig 3 blocks straight down, jump in and place a block over your head until morning. Put a torch on the wall so you’re not stuck in darkness.
First day too easy for you? Try something like The 404 Challenge, which became really popular in the early days of Minecraft. The name refers to the world seed number 404, which spawns you on a large gravel plane with a huge cave just beneath the surface. You have a day to collect resources above ground, then, survive the night inside the cave!
DID YOU KNOW?
If you don’t manage to make a bed before sunset, use the night to cook any raw food and craft more equipment (see the next page for ideas). You could also start mining beneath your shelter if you’re feeling brave …
YOUR SECOND DAY:
A chest has 27 slots and is used to store blocks and items. Place two single chests next to each other in your shelter to create a double chest, and transfer materials from your inventory to free up some valuable space.
Ladders help you ascend and descend quickly and safely. They come in handy when you encounter steep cliffs and when you start mining deeper into the ground. Just place them on the side of the blocks you wish to climb.
Boats allow you to travel across the water more quickly – they’re a great investment if you live near an ocean and will be essential when the time comes for you to explore new biomes further from home.
If you start a mine underneath your base it’s a good idea to place a trapdoor on the entrance to prevent hostile mobs from coming up. You’ll need to attach the trapdoor to the block to the side of your entrance.
You’ll need a bowl if you want to cook rabbit stew, mushroom stew or beetroot soup. See pages 76-77 for more information. Bowls can also be used on mooshrooms for instant mushroom stew.
Your next priority is to find iron ore, which can be smelted into iron ingots and used to make a variety of tools and weapons. Iron ore can be found at sea level and below, in veins of up to 8 blocks. Look out for orange flecks amongst the cobblestone, then mine as many blocks as you can with your stone pickaxe. Once mined you’ll need to smelt iron ore in your furnace to make usable iron ingots, then use it in the crafting recipes below.
IRON TOOLS AND WEAPONS
Upgrade your tools and weapons – use the recipes on page 69 but replace the stone with iron ingots
Unlike a wooden door, zombies will never be able to break down an iron door. They’re more complicated than wooden doors, though, so you’ll need to place buttons on the inside and outside to activate them.
FLINT AND STEEL
Flint and steel creates fire when used on top of a solid block. You’ll need it to light TNT and Nether portals. It’s crafted from an iron ingot and flint (sometimes dropped by gravel). See page 55 for the TNT recipe.
Buckets are tools that allow you to pick up and carry water and lava. You can then place the contents in a new location. Buckets can also be used to milk cows and mooshrooms.
Shears can be used to remove wool from sheep without killing them – and there’ll be more of it if you shear rather than kill them. Shears also come in handy when exploring jungle biomes as they quickly destroy leaves.
HEALTH AND FOOD:
In Survival mode you’ll need to keep an eye on your health and food bars, which sit just above your hotbar. It’s important to eat frequently and heal when you take damage, otherwise your health bar will reach zero and you’ll die.
When you first spawn in Survival mode you’ll have a full 20 health points (10 hearts) and a full 20 food points (10 shanks). As you play, you’ll take damage, use energy and lose points. To restore your health points you’ll need to eat and avoid taking damage for a while. Your food bar shows you how hungry you are – when it’s full you won’t be able to eat any more.
If you have a fishing rod and access to water, raw fish are an unlimited resource and an excellent food source. Raw fish can also be obtained by defeating polar bears and guardians (see pages 49 and 58-59). Cooking fish in a furnace will increase its food points. Use your fishing rod to cast it into the water. When the bobber dips, reel it back in to see what you’ve caught.
Most animals drop raw meat when they die. This meat will be cooked if they were killed by fire. Meat is an excellent food source as it restores more food points than fruit and vegetables. Cooked meat restores more food points than raw meat.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Fruit and vegetables don’t restore as many food points as meat, but they are a good alternative if you can’t find any animals. They are readily available all over the Overworld, if you know where to look, and several can be crafted into more useful items.