Minecraft is trending hard in my life, so I’m tending to write a lot about it recently.One of the toughest things about Minecraft is the lack of a rulebook. If you’re not familiar with the Minecraft wiki or the game itself, getting started can be one of the hardest things. The game doesn’t really tell you how to start or even what you’re supposed to do when you arrive on your randomly generated world. And if you haven’t seen any videos or don’t have an experienced buddy playing with you, learning some of the pro tips can be difficult. I learned about half of these for the first time only about a week ago and I’ve been playing for 2-3 months! So this is for all who could use some tips to make the best of your Minecraft experiences!
1. Pressing Shift While Clicking Allows You to Move Directly from Inventory to Chest or Chest to Inventory
If you need to move mass stacks of objects from one place to another, holding shift while you click is a good way to do that! Before that, you’d have to click things in individual objects. This principle can be applied to removing things from ovens, chests, inventories, etc. Definitely a must if you need to speed move.
2. You can Create the an Infinite Water Supply with a 3×2 Water Pool
This was a cool trick that my friend showed me. We had a base up on top of a mountain with a pool of water on the bottom. Instead of climbing back down for water every time we needed it, we created a 3×2 pool of still water. This requires 3-4 buckets at first, but the payoff is huge because that 3×2 pool now serves as an infinite water source. You can use this pool to slowly expand your water supply to start fishing! Otherwise, it’s great to grab a bucket of water before you go on your mine exploration [more on this below].
3. Crouching Allows You to Move Over a Block Without Falling
This change blew my mind. If you’ve ever needed to create a long suspsended bridge, you know expanding directly in the x or z coordinate [horizontally] is very difficult. It’s dangerous because of the fall damage and the tiny pathway you’re creating is likely a work hazard. This is augmented more if you try to inch your way off every time to place a new block, risking your life every time to expand one block. This was how I played up until a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, crouching allows you to nearly float over adjacent blocks without falling, allowing easier facilitation of placing adjacent blocks. I’ve died seriously a dozen times because of not knowing this trick.
4. You can Combine 2 Worn Tools for a Newer One
I saw this in a Youtube video and I was genuinely surprised. Knowing this tip won’t save you an immense amount of time, but it’s nicer wearing down a tool and switching to a new one for the assurance it won’t break, and then not wasting that tool entirely by just tossing it away. To do this tip, simply place both tools in your crafting box in a diagonal formation to combine the ‘wornnesses’ of the tools.
5. Always Bring a Bucket of Water
Pick axes? Check. Shovels? Check. Torches? Check. Food? Check. Ready to go! Not quite, one of my favorite and most used tools is the water bucket. Water bucks serve so many purposes, especially in mining situations. 1) Allows you to scale down and up deep pits and ravines. Place the water bucket on the edge to create a waterfall and scale up and down it in safety! 2) Keep Enderman at bay. Enderman is difficult to fight in mines because of the cramped spaces. He’s vulnerable in water so if you’re ender attack [lol], you can dump your water out and create yourself a shield. 3) Nerfing lava. Lava pools are numerous as you dig deeper. Dump water, let it spread and neutralize lava, and then pick it back up to completely rid entire lava lakes! Always bring your water buckets!
6. Get High By Jumping and Blocking
Before, I used to create stair blocks to get to high places. Then I learned you can literally look down, jump, and add a block in one motion to start getting high. This is helpful for finishing a house or getting back up from falling into a pit. Getting back down can be dangerous, so either dig back down, or if you need the structure to stay there, use sand or gravel to make gravity create another tower which you can dig down or at least reduce damage from a drop.
7. Dashing and Sword Attacks Provides More Knockback
A Creeper attack is dangerous. And having a sword and hitting him doesn’t always get you out of its blast radius. That’s why I always dash attack. If you don’t know how to dash, it’s when you hit the arrow key twice to start running. This consumes more hunger, but gets you to your destination quicker. By dash attacking, you knockback your foes even further, which is key for Creeper attacks!
8. Always Have a Deployable Block in Your Tool Belt
Your tool belt consists of your 10 items you can scroll or immediately get to through the number pad. Apart from food, torches, and tools, I always keep a deployable block at my disposal. For several reasons. For one, falling into a ravine and requiring to block back up. Random mining and you open a lava flow, you need to block it shut or build upward. It’s just good protocol, because a block like this could save your life.
I hope you learned a thing or two from this tips and tricks page. I understand that to many of you, this was basic knowledge, but I haven’t been playing Minecraft long and I’m sure hoping some Minenubs learned something!
And if there are any other tricks out there, please let me know!