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Minecraft Beginner’s Survival Guide with Tips and Tricks

There’s not much to say that hasn’t been said already about how big of a game Minecraft is. And after arriving on our smartphones, it’s fan base has widened even more. This survival RPG is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about a massive open-world classic. Today we’ve made a step-by-step guide for beginners who want to experience the perfection of Minecraft but don’t know where to start.


Minecraft Tips and Tricks

1. Find & Cut Trees

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Types of trees in Minecraft

You need wood for almost everything you start crafting. For beginners, we suggest and guide your first step should be to find trees and gather wood in Minecraft. Trees are the most common item in the whole world and are sure to be found nearby your spawn location. These are briefly of six types namely:

  • Oak
  • Spruce
  • Birch
  • Jungle
  • Dark Oak
  • Acacia

Now, you don’t need a specific kind, just cut the one that is nearby.

2. Craft Planks from the Wood

How to craft Planks

Once you have acquired enough wood (minimum 3), open your inventory by pressing the three little dots at the bottom of your screen. Select the crafting menu which is shown as a small brown box on the right side.

Select the wood that you just cut and place it on any of the four boxes. You will see that these are converted into four ‘wood planks‘. These planks will be used in another step in the future.

3. Build a Shelter

A basic shelter in Minecraft

This is the single most important thing for your survival in the game. As you begin your journey in the world of Minecraft, we suggest you as a guide to first build your shelter before anything else. As the game follows a proper time. During nightfall, one should be safe from all the mobs (explained in Step 6) to save themselves from dying.

Your first shelter should be made of dirt. This is basically the stuff that you are standing on. Break these blocks by pressing and holding on the screen till the required time and you’ll automatically pick them up if nearby.

For a simple 5x4x3 house, you need about 60 blocks of dirt. Anyone with a simple idea about constructing a hollow box will manage to build this without any problem.

4. Hunt for Food

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Types of domestic animals in Minecraft

Food is the most important factor for your survival as this will help you replenish your health and will make sure you can run. A small meter alongside your health bar is the hunger meter. If empty, it will affect your health and sprint speed.

To make sure you are active and healthy you need to hunt for food. There are many animals in the game which are harmless and can be hunted for meat. Like

  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Pig
  • Chicken

There are ways to stay vegan too by staying alive on apples that can be found on trees or bread that can be stolen from chests in nearby villages (explained at Step 9).

5. Make a Crafting Table

How to craft a Crafting Table

A crafting table basically unlocks the ability to craft items by combining two or more materials of the different or the same kind. To make a crafting table you need:

4 wood planks (any type)

Open the crafting menu from the inventory as explained before and place these four planks on the four boxes. Take the crafting table and place it into your inventory.

6. Craft a Bed

How to craft a bed

As George R. R. Martin said, “The night is dark and full of terrors“. When the sun sets, the mobs which are creatures that would kill you if you’re seen by them, come out. The common ones are:

  • Zombie
  • Skeleton
  • Spider
  • Creeper
  • Enderman
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Types of mobs in Minecraft

There are many other types of mobs too but for now, just remember that you need to stay away from them. Crafting a bed enables you to fall asleep at night and skip it.

To craft a bed, you need wool. The only way of getting wool is by killing a sheep that can be found nearby. Kill 3 sheep to acquire 3 wool and 3 wood planks of any type if you don’t have them already.

Open the crafting table and you’ll see a 3×3 grid where you need to add three wool and three planks in a row to craft a bed. Once crafted, select the bed from your inventory and place it inside your shelter.

7. Keep Mining

As the name of the game goes, mining is your primary profession and the game is filled with many precious materials to explore and caves to conquer. Some of these useful materials in the sequence of rarity are:

  • Stone
  • Coal
  • Iron
  • Emerald
  • Obsidian
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Redstone
  • Gold
  • Diamond
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Types of blocks in Minecraft

The perfect way to begin mining is to simply start digging nearby in a stepwise manner for easy exit and entry. Now to acquire these materials and reduce the time to dig, one needs to craft a Pickaxe.

How to craft a pickaxe

To craft a wodden pickaxe,(there are other types of pickaxe too but one should not care about them at the moment)you need 3 wood planks and 2 Sticks. To craft a stick simply put two wodden planks together to acquire 4 of them.

8. Craft a Torch and a Door

These two don’t really have a necessity to be crafted but having them helps a lot to improve and smoothen your shelter.

To craft a Torch, mine coal (minimum 1) and a stick. Fuse them together in the crafting table to make a torch. This will help you to see in dark places while you’re mining or inside your shelter to lighten it up

In order to craft a Door, take 6 wooden planks and fuse them column-wise in the crafting table, this will remove the problem of breaking your shelter’s wall every day.

How to craft a door

9. Locate nearby Villages

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The game might seem lonely at times with you only being the one with brains, but thankfully the creators of the game have made villages that spawn randomly on your map.

These villages have villagers and they can actually be of some great use if you learn the trading system in the game properly. Here is a brief description of the types of Villagers and what you can expect as the deal that they would offer to you.

  • Farmer – Will trade Emeralds for a crop (wheat, potato, carrot, beetroot)
  • Cartographer – Will trade a map for Emeralds
  • Librarian – Will trade an enchanted book for Emeralds and a book
  • Fisherman – Will trade Emeralds for Bread
  • Leatherworker – Will trade amour for Emeralds
  • Weaponsmith – Will trade weapons(sword) for emeralds

Now, remember that the deals and types of villagers to be found in a village is completely random so travelling to a new village every time is a great strategy. Also, villages have chests inside their houses which can be looted for some useful items.

10. Travel and Explore

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Biomes in Minecraft

Staying at the same place as your shelter will get boring in a few days. Minecraft’s map is roughly 7 times that of our planet Earth and should be explored as much as possible.

There are different landforms/biomes in the game namely:

  • Plain
  • Forest
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Desert

All have their own composition of rocks and animals and, changing where you have your shelter will keep the game fresh for you.

A small tip for beginners is to keep a portable shelter in your inventory which should include enough blocks, a door, a bed, and a pair of the torch.


Conclusion

Simply just following these ten steps won’t be enough and to actually experience the game one should do what they actually enjoy doing. Whether it’s to gather materials and build a dream house, or to explore the landscapes and the caves for treasures and rare materials while fighting the creatures that await them.

Minecraft Beginners Guide

Minecraft is too vast a game to actually be completely discussed in a single guide. It has so many things to it that, one can write a guide of a thousand words just to explain one aspect of the game.

Obviously, we would be more than willing to provide a guide on Crafting, Hunting, Treasure Locations, and any other thing on Minecraft. Just drop a request in the comments below and I’ll make sure to come up with a guide on that topic.


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