Minecraft – Essential Guide

Minecraft is arguably one of the most popular games out there, and for good reason. Not only is it a strategic survival game where you can cooperate with friends to survive a world full of geometric monsters, but it also serves as a digital sandbox, and has garnered quite a lot of attention online from Let’s Plays and gamplay videos. Newcomers of Minecraft will more than likely be confused on how Minecraft works, so in this guide, we go over the basics of this popular game!

Armor, Weaponry And Materials

There are 5 types of armor and 4 armor pieces. You can create leather, gold, chainmail, iron and diamond armor helmets, leggings, chestplates and boots. You can also craft weapons out of wood, stone, iron, gold and diamond.

Biomes

In Minecraft, there is a large variety of biomes to explore and plant your worlds in. There are small grasslands, large badlands and even more biomes to explore! Villages and unique wildlife, as well as many secrets, lie in the over 30 explorable biomes!

Gamemodes

Minecraft has three gamemodes which you can play. Gamemodes options that you can toggle to describe what settings your world has. 

Survival Mode

Survival Mode is the first gamemode. The gamemode throws you into an environment (Which you can change with seeds) and requires you to gather materials and items to create shelter? Why? Well, it’s to protect yourself from monsters. Killing animals and the local wildlife is also a good idea, in the game of course, so you can use their materials for food, armor or any other items like wool.

Creative Mode

Creative Mode is the second gamemode. This one has an utterly different approach compared to Survival Mode. There are no monsters whatsoever, and you have every block/item in the entire game at your disposal. Some people have made pretty incredible things with Creative Mode, and one man made a working 16-bit computer with the Creative Mode tools!

Hardcore Mode

Hardcore Mode is the third gamemode. This one is very similar to Survival Mode, but with a few differences. The difficulty level is locked on hard, making it pretty hardcore, monsters are deadlier than ever and you only live once. That’s right. Even if you die a clumsy death thanks to a Creeper, your entire world is in the trash. Doesn’t matter how much you’ve played. YouTuber Luke TheNotable made a commentary gameplay video in September 2019 talking about how he managed to survive 100 in-game Minecraft days in the Hardcore mode. He then went on to survive 900 more days and released the video about him surviving 1000 days of Hardcore Minecraft in April 2020. Hardcore Mode, however, is currently unavailable on Pocket Edition, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Mobs

Mobs are the codenames of the creatures that inhabit the Minecraft worlds. Some mobs can be friendly, some really aren’t. Here are the names and info of some of the mobs you’ll come across.

Passive

Bats

Cats

Chickens

Cod

Cows

Donkeys

Foxes

Horses

Mooshrooms

Mules

Ocelots

Parrots

Pigs

Piglins (Baby)

Polar Bear (Baby)

Rabbit

Salmon

Sheep

Skeleton Horse

Snow Golem

Squid

Strider

Tropical Fish

Turtle

Villager

Wandering Villager

Neutral

Bees

Cave Spiders

Dolphins

Endermen

Iron Golems

Llamas

Pandas

Piglins (Adult)

Polar Bears (Adult)

Pufferfish

Spiders

Wolves

Zombified Piglin

Unfriendly

Blazes

Chicken Jockies

Creepers

Drowned

Elder Guardians

Endermite

Evokers

Ghasts

Guardians

Hoglins

Husks

Magma Cubes

Phantoms

Piglin Brutes

Pillagers

Ravagers

Shulkers

Silverfish

Skeleton

Skeleton Horsemen

Skeletons

Spider Jockey

Straies

Vexes

Vindictators

Witches

Wither Skeletons

Zoglins

Zombie Villagers

Zombies

Bosses

Ender Dragon

Wither Skeleton

Skins And Purchases

You can purchase different $2-5 packs in Minecraft, but they’re purely cosmetic and don’t effect your game at all.

Skin Packs | Packs that are bundled with cosmetic skins to change your character. These bundles are usually themed.

Texture Packs | Packs that alter the cosmetic look of the game, based off a theme.

Mash-Up Packs | Packs that add a skin pack, texture pack and world based off a theme, franchise or holiday.

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