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The following is a short collection of helpful tips and tricks for Minecraft. If you feel there is a tip or trick missing, feel free to add it.

The "Don'ts" of Minecraft

  • Try to avoid sprinting and excessive jumping in your first days of survival. Sprinting and jumping increases your exhaustion level more than ten times compared to walking, and therefore will have a serious effect on your hunger bar.
  • Don't eat rotten flesh, raw chicken or pufferfish as they all have a chance of giving you the hunger effect for 30 seconds, as well as poison in the case of the pufferfish.
  • Don't venture around far away from your house without remembering its location. Take a screenshot of your 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 as this causes the bed to explode and set the landscape around it on fire, potentially killing you..
  • Don't dig straight down in survival mode as you are likely to fall in a cave system, lava or dungeon.
  • Don't dig straight up unless you are an experienced Minecraft player. Digging straight up makes you more likely to run into water, lava, or hostile mobs.
  • Never carry a lava bucket in your hotbar. There is the chance you could accidentally use it and end up burning yourself, destroying all your items and experience.
  • Don't venture underground without a water bucket if you can spare the iron. Water buckets can be used to fall safely to the bottom of a ravine, turn lava into obsidian, and give you 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. You will most likely miss and fall into lava or take fall damage resulting in a loss of all your items and experience. If you see diamonds don't try to instantly go for them. Instead make sure the diamonds are in a good position to grab with little or no harm to you.

Manage Your Resources Wisely

  • You can smelt wood blocks into charcoal, which can be used in place of coal. This is helpful if you do not have coal.
  • To get more torches, if you have 1 coal and 20 wood, it's best to smelt to wood with the coal first this way instead of getting 4 torches from 1 coal. You will be able to get 80 torches from 20 charcoal.
  • Gold tools mine/dig/chop faster, but have the least amount of uses. Refrain from using gold to make tools. Use Iron instead. Save the Gold for Golden Apples or Enchanted Golden Apples. Both will be highly useful when facing boss enemies.
  • Obsidian, Cobblestone, and Stone can be created by touching Lava and Water together; Obsidian when water touches a lava source, Cobblestone when water flow touches lava flow, and Stone when lava flow touches a water source.
  • You can use lava in a bucket to fuel your furnace, but lava is not renewable. This will heat your furnace for 1,000 seconds. This is a good idea if you have access to the Nether.
  • Build an infinite water source if water is scarce near you.
  • Gather and plant multiple saplings if wood is scarce near you.
  • Try not to sprint on your first day, especially on hard mode. Your hunger bar will deplete extremely quickly. On hard mode, hunger can kill you.
  • Do not make all of your wood into planks, or make all of your bones into bonemeal. These can seriously hog up your inventory and sometimes wood can be used for making charcoal. Bones can be used for taming wolves as well.
  • If you are living in a village, you should try to save coal for trading with villagers for emeralds.
  • For food, on your first or second day, break a whole bunch of tall grass until you get some seeds, then make a hoe and plant them close to your house next to water. If you are running out of hunger, kill a skeleton and use bonemeal.

Always Be Prepared

  • Always carry wood in case of an emergency.
  • Always have a weapon before leaving your shelter at night, or turn difficulty to peaceful.
  • Always carry a water bucket in your hot bar. A water bucket can save you from fall damage, lava damage, fire damage, and they can give you a lift by creating a waterfall.
  • When planning to go mining for many Minecraft days, bring lots of wood so that you can make a chest, crafting table, or furnace if you need to.
  • Keep tamed wolves with you to avoid attack. To tame a wolf, feed them a bone or two. Use any type of meat besides for fish to heal and breed them.

Handle Mobs Strategically

  • Avoid staying outside at night, with the exception of a treehouse, unless you have at least a stone sword.
  • Avoid getting to close to a creeper unless you have at least an iron sword and there are no other mobs nearby.
  • Nighttime is a very convenient time to mine if you are not out monster hunting.
  • Always use torches or other forms of lighting in your house and mine to keep hostile mobs from spawning.
  • Do not kill tiny slimes. Tiny slimes cannot deal any damage, and make good pets.
  • Never take a skeleton head on unless you have at least full Iron Armor.

Build Your Shelter

  • When it's daytime, take careful consideration of building a house. A 7-block wide, 4-block tall house is good for starters
  • If you need a quick shelter, build a treehouse. It keeps you safe from most mob attacks, except for spiders.
  • When building a castle, take into consideration the time and expense of building a moat trap.
  • If you have many houses, connect them with rails for minecarts to go on. Add walls and a ceiling.
  • If you are surrounded by hostile mobs at night, then quickly dig three blocks below and patch up the hole above (be careful not to use sand, red sand, or gravel!) to prevent mobs from attacking you.
  • Build a house as soon as you spawn in a new world. Your compass will lead you to your house with ease. This is useful for the Windows 10 Edition and Pocket Edition, which lack the Debug Screen.

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