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The following is a short collection of helpful tips and tricks for Minecraft. If there is a tip or trick missing, feel free to add it. Most of these tips apply to Survival Mode, as players can easily get any item or block, and are invincible in Creative Mode.

The Don'ts of Minecraft

  • Try to avoid Sprinting and excessive Jumping in your first days of survival. Sprinting and jumping increases the player's exhaustion level more than ten times compared to walking, and therefore will have a serious effect on their hunger bar.
  • Don't eat Rotten Flesh, Raw Chicken or Pufferfish. They all have a chance of giving the player the Hunger Status Effect for 30 seconds, as well as Poison in the case of the Pufferfish.
  • Don't venture too far from your shelter without remembering or marking its location in some way. Take a screenshot of the player's house with the F3 Debug Screen open, build a tower with a lit landmark, or make a compass.
  • Don't try to sleep in the Nether or the End. This causes the Bed to explode and set the landscape around it on Fire, potentially killing the player.
  • Don't dig straight down in survival mode. The player is more likely to fall into a cave system, lava or Dungeon.
  • Don't dig straight up unless the user is an experienced Minecraft player. Digging straight can cause one to unexpectedly break through the floor of an area filled with Water, Lava, or hostile Mobs.
  • Never carry a Bucket filled with lava in the action bar. There is the chance the player could accidentally use it and end up burning themselves, destroying all items in their Inventory and losing all of their accumulated Experience.
  • Don't venture underground without a bucket filled with water, if one can spare the Iron. Water buckets can be used to fall safely to the bottom of a Ravine, turn lava into Obsidian, or give the user breathing space when dealing with hordes of mobs.
  • Don't take risks when mining. Jumping from one side of an underground ravine to another is very dangerous. The player will most likely miss and fall into lava or take fall damage resulting in a loss of all their items and experience. If there is Diamond Ore nearby, don't try to carelessly reach them. Instead, first make sure the diamonds are in a safe position, with little or no risk that the player will take damage.

Manage Your Resources Wisely

  • One can smelt wood blocks into charcoal, which can be used in place of coal. This is helpful if the user has a difficult time finding naturally-occurring veins of coal.
  • To get more Torches (if the player has 1 coal and 20 wood) it is best to smelt the wood with the coal first. Instead of getting 4 torches from 1 coal, they will obtain 80 torches from 20 charcoal.
  • Gold tools mine/dig/chop faster, but have the lowest Durability. Refrain from using gold to make tools, use iron instead. Save any gold one finds in order to make Golden Apples or Golden Carrots, or Glistering Melons. These will be highly useful when facing boss mobs, taming certain animals, or brewing certain Potions.
  • Obsidian, Cobblestone, and Stone are created when Lava and Water come into contact with each other. Obsidian is created when water touches a lava source, Cobblestone is created when flowing water touches flowing lava, and cobblestone is created when a lava flow touches a water source.
  • One can use lava in a bucket to fuel their furnace, but lava is not renewable. This will heat the furnace for 1,000 seconds. This is a cheap alternative to coal if one has a source of lava readily available (ex. accessing the Nether through a nearby Nether Portal).
  • Build an infinite water source if water is scarce near the user's shelter.
  • Gather and plant multiple Saplings if wood is scarce near the user's shelter.
  • Do not turn all of the wood logs one has collected into Planks, or all of the user's Bones into Bonemeal. These can quickly fill up one's inventory and the user may eventually wish they had saved the raw resources for something else. For example, logs of wood can also be turned into charcoal, or used as a more decorative building material. Bones can be used for taming wolves as well.
  • If the user is living in a Village, they should try to save coal to trade with Villagers for Emeralds.
  • During the player's first or second day, start creating a sustainable source of Food. Break lots of Tall Grass, until some Seeds are obtained. Then craft a Hoe, using it to till the soil and plant the seeds close to the player's shelter. Clearing a plot of soil directly next to water, will increase production. Also, if the user is running out of hunger, they can kill a Skeleton and use its bonemeal to instantly grow their crops.

Always Be Prepared

  • Always carry wood in case of an emergency. It is used in many essential survival-related items.
  • Always have a weapon before leaving your shelter at night, if the game's Difficulty is set to anything other than peaceful.
  • Always carry a water bucket in the action bar. A water bucket can save the player from fall damage, lava damage, fire damage, and they can give one a lift by creating a waterfall.
  • When planning to go mining for an extended period of time, bring lots of wood so the player can make a Chest, Crafting Table, or Furnace as needed.
  • Keep tamed wolves around always to avoid being attacked. To tame a wolf, feed them a bone or two. Feed them any type of meat besides fish to heal or breed them.

Handle Mobs Strategically

  • Avoid staying outside at Night, with the exception of a treehouse, unless the player has at least a stone Sword.
  • Avoid getting too close to a creeper, unless one has at least an iron sword, and there are no other mobs nearby.
  • Nighttime is a very convenient time to mine if the player is not out monster hunting.
  • Always use torches or other forms of Lighting in the player's shelter or mine to keep hostile mobs from Spawning.
  • It is unnecessary to kill tiny slimes. Tiny slimes cannot deal any damage, and make good pets.
  • Never take a skeleton head-on unless the player has at least a full set of Iron Armor.

Build Your Shelter

  • During Daytime, take careful consideration of building a shelter. A 7-block wide, 4-block tall structure is a good start.
  • If one needs a quick shelter, build a treehouse. It keeps the player safe from most mob attacks, except from Spiders.
  • When building a castle-like structure, take into consideration the time and expense of building a moat trap.
  • If one has many structures, connect them with Rails so the player can quickly and easily travel between them by riding in Minecarts. Add walls and a ceiling to stop mobs from wandering onto the track.
  • If one is surrounded by hostile mobs at night and need to quickly escape, quickly dig three blocks down, jump in and patch up the hole above the player (be careful that one does not use Sand, Red Sand, or Gravel because they can fall on top the player and suffocate them!).
  • Build a shelter as soon as one spawns in a new world. A Compass will lead the player to their house with ease. This is especially useful in the Windows 10 Edition and Pocket Edition History, which lack the Debug Screen.

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