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Minecraft For Beginners | 20+ Tips To Get You Started

Minecraft can be daunting to new players and for many, it’s hard to get stuck in. With this guide for Minecraft, you can learn everything from initial shelter building to building a nether portal. These top Minecraft tips for noobs will set you on the right track and you will be a Minecraft addict before you know it.

Minecraft Beginners Guide:

1. First things first – Chop down a tree and gather wool from three sheep

The wood and wool allow you to make a bed that acts as a future spawn point as well as a way to avoid the night creatures in the beginning of the game.

2. Your first home

Before the sun sets on the first day try and get a small house built (about 5×5 is fine). This can be done with dirt and only has to have walls of 2 blocks high to keep out the night creatures. Seal yourself in on the first night as you can always dig you way out in the morning. Dig down a few layers (keeping in mind you will need a dirt staircase and place your bed… Go to sleep, you have a big day in the morning

3. Crafting tables and furnaces

In order to make almost anything, you need a crafting table. Once created you can make everything from a rudimentary wooden axe to a fully powered train track. However, in order to cook food or smelt ore into usable materials, you will need a furnace and something to burn.

4. Torches are your best friend

Make sure you also have a good supply of torches. When mining they are invaluable to light your holes and when you discover caverns they are required to light them up. Many mines already have torches lit but there are many areas still in the dark. Torches also act as great map markers and can be placed at the top of towers and near doors to help players find their bearings.

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5. Bad to the bone

If you are out at night, the Skeletons offer the best rewards. The bones can be used to befriend wolves, be crushed down into bonemeal for use in dyes or fertiliser and best of all they carry arrows which can take a while to build.

6. Get some allies

Use bones to tame wolves which as to be used as team members and attack what you attack.

7. Don’t dig straight up or straight down

Digging straight down might seem the quickest way to explore the hidden depths below you but if you chance upon a mine or cavern you could fall and die losing all your gear. Digging straight up can result in two issues, firstly you could hit water and be washed down the shaft and potentially flood the mine you have just dug. Similarly, if you hit gravel or sand you might find yourself on the tail end of a cave in.

8. Dig under mountains

Mountains are a good place to start digging. Many mountains yield mine shafts and large caverns that not only have more ore but chests and tracks.

9. The right tool for the job.

When you see gold, emerald or red stone make sure you use an iron pickaxe to mine it otherwise it will yield nothing.

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10. Gold is not as good as you think

Gold is semi-rare in Minecraft and should be mined, but it is a soft metal and no good for weapons and armour. Save it to create powered mine rails to race around the map.

11. Get there faster

By double-tapping up/forwards on the controller, you can do a speed run, which, when combined with jumping is a faster way to travel.

12. Fast travel for lazy people

By laying mine cart tracks you can use minecarts to zip across the landscape easily and quickly. On easy mode the mine carts also have little or no issue going uphill as well as down so you can circumnavigate your world with ease.

13. Tactical suicide

Making a substantial marker tower requires it to be tall… very tall. Make sure you have put all valuable items in a box and have a spawn point nearby (a bed that you have previously slept in). Then take a lot of dirt or cobblestone and a few torches. Look down and jump up placing a block underneath you each time. This will elevate you to a ridiculous height and you can place a torch or two at the top to act as a map marker for safe houses, mines or temples. Getting down will kill you unless you land in water so once you have had a good look around leap to your doom.

14. Hot stuff

When going down mines remember to take an iron bucket. Before returning to the surface bring back a bucket of lava to pour into water. This creates obsidian which can be used for creating a nether portal.

15. Diamond is lava’s best friend

Always look underneath diamond as in many cases there is lava underneath.

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16. Farming Islands

When farming, find a small pool and place a dirt island in the centre (keeping a channel of water around the outside). Use a hoe to treat the ground and plant wheat seeds for a constant supply of wheat. Wheat makes bread which restores lots of energy and can be used to lure cows and sheep into pens.

17. Keeping cows

As you get deeper into the game you will want to keep a steady supply of food around as starving can cause death. Use wheat to lure two cows into a pen and feed them wheat to breed them. The more cows you have the more food you can make (without having to go too far from base).

18. Listen, can you smell something?

When digging down, listen out for enemy sounds as this help identify nearby caverns. When you hear the chirp of a spider or moan of a zombie, try digging sideways in a few directions to locate them.

19. Get Minecraft Pocket Edition

This will give you twice as much game time but one can be used to learn what things do and experiment and the other can be your main game.

20. Don’t blow your diamonds on a hoe

his is an important life lesson in general. A wooden hoe works just as good as a diamond one. Diamonds are better used for pickaxes, swords and enchantment tables. Bonus tip: it’s easy to get addicted… Set yourself a mission or task and stick to it… You can lose hours, days and months in this game!


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More Minecraft Tips For Beginners

Start with a beginner-friendly game mode like “Survival” or “Peaceful” mode.

Start with the basics: Learn the basics of the game by starting with the survival mode and completing the tutorial. You will need to gather resources, build a shelter and survive the first night

Gather resources as soon as possible, especially wood and coal.

Hit the trees: Punch trees to collect wood, which is one of the most important resources in the game. You will need to craft a wooden pickaxe to collect other resources.

Build a shelter before the first nightfall to protect yourself from monsters.

A roof over your head: Build a shelter to protect yourself from monsters at night. You can use any available resources like dirt or wood.

Use torches to light up your shelter and surrounding areas to keep monsters away.

Use torches: Use torches to light up your surroundings and prevent monsters from spawning.

Craft a crafting table to access more advanced crafting options.

To craft a crafting table in Minecraft, you need four wooden planks. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your inventory by pressing “E” on your keyboard.
  2. Gather four wooden planks. You can get them by chopping down a tree and converting the wood into planks.
  3. Arrange the planks in a 2×2 grid in your crafting menu. Place one wooden plank in each slot of the top two rows.
  4. Drag the crafting table item from the output box to your inventory.

Once you have crafted a crafting table, you can place it down in the world by right-clicking with it selected in your hotbar. This will allow you to access a 3×3 crafting grid to craft more advanced items.

Use a pickaxe to mine stone and other harder materials.

Make tools: Use your resources to craft tools like a pickaxe, axe, and shovel. These tools will help you gather resources more efficiently. You’ll start with a wooden one but then use harder materials to craft better versions.

Craft a furnace to smelt ore and cook food.

Craft a furnace: Craft a furnace to smelt ores and cook food. You will need cobblestone to craft a furnace.

Build a bed to set your spawn point and avoid getting lost.

A bed is made from wood and wool. Once you fall asleep in bed, this will be your spawn point or checkpoint if you die.

Use a sword to defend yourself against monsters and other players.

Swords kill enemies faster than axes and pick axes.

Create a farm to grow crops and breed animals.

Build a farm: Build a farm to grow crops and breed animals. You will need seeds and animals to start a farm.

Use a bucket to gather water and lava.

Use water and lava to your advantage: Use water to create a water elevator and lava to create traps for monsters.

Explore caves to find valuable resources like diamonds.

Mine at different levels: Mine at different levels to find different resources. You will find different ores and materials at different depths.

Use a bow and arrows to fight monsters and hunt animals from a distance.

To create a bow and arrow in Minecraft, you will need three sticks and three strings. Follow these steps:

  1. Gather three sticks by punching wooden blocks (logs, planks, or stripped logs) with no tool or by using an ax, pickaxe, or shovel.
  2. Gather three strings by killing spiders or by finding them in abandoned mineshafts or dungeon chests.
  3. Arrange the sticks and strings in a “Y” shape in your crafting table or inventory crafting grid, with the sticks on either side of the top row and the string in the middle row. This will create a bow.
  4. Gather flint by mining gravel blocks with a shovel or by killing chickens, which may drop flint as a rare drop.
  5. Gather sticks by following step 1.
  6. Arrange the flint and sticks in a diagonal line in your crafting table or inventory crafting grid, with the flint in the top row and the sticks in the middle and bottom rows. This will create arrows.
  7. Equip your bow and arrows and use them to shoot at your target by holding down the right mouse button to draw back the bowstring and release it to fire the arrow.

Build a minecart system to transport yourself and your items quickly.

To build a minecart system in Minecraft, follow these steps:

  1. Gather resources: You’ll need iron ingots, sticks, and redstone dust.
  2. Craft the minecart tracks: Use iron ingots to craft minecart tracks in a crafting table.
  3. Place the tracks: Place the tracks in a straight line or in a loop. Make sure there are no gaps in the track.
  4. Add powered rails: Add powered rails every few blocks to keep the minecart moving. To power the rails, place a redstone torch or lever next to the rail.
  5. Add a minecart: Place a minecart on the track and push it to start.
  6. Build stations: Build stations along the track where you can get on and off the minecart.
  7. Add storage: You can add chests or hoppers to the stations to store items or transport them along the track.
  8. Add switches: You can add switches to the track to change the direction of the minecart.
  9. Test the system: Test your minecart system to make sure it works properly. You can ride the minecart or push it to see how it moves along the track.

Use redstone to create complex contraptions and automated systems.

Redstone is hard to find but when mined can be used to create power to power everything from doors to minecarts.

Trade with villagers to acquire rare and valuable items.

If you come across a village, you can trade with them instead of stealing from them. This will give you access to additional items.

Create an enchantment table to enchant your weapons and tools for extra abilities.

To create an enchantment table in Minecraft, you will need:

  • 4 obsidian blocks
  • 2 diamonds
  • 1 book

Once you have gathered the necessary materials, follow these steps:

  1. Arrange the obsidian blocks in a square formation on the ground, leaving the center block empty.
  2. Place the two diamonds in the top two corners of the obsidian square.
  3. Place the book in the center block.

Once you have completed these steps, the enchantment table will appear, and you can use it to enchant weapons, tools, and armor.



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