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Best Tips for Minecraft Beginners

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July 25, 2023
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Minecraft is an epic sandbox video game developed by Swedish game developer Mojang Studios.
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Minecraft is a thriving community which grows every day! For new players, it can be daunting to enter a new world with nothing but a dream and empty inventory. While other guides include tips about building shelter and finding food, this guide has more tips that are practical and address players that are starting off in a modded world.

While these ten tips won’t make you the best Minecraft player, they will help you get a head start in feeling safe and supplied in your new adventure!

1 – Don’t bother getting a full set of wood tools

Rather than making a whole set of wood tools, just make a wooden pickaxe mine stone. This will speed up your process of getting iron tools, so you can mine to your heart’s content and be safe from mobs with iron armor.

Iron tools you should craft:

  • Pickaxe
  • Sword
  • Shovel
  • Axe

Iron armor you should craft:

  • Chestplate
  • Boots
  • Leggings
  • Helmet

2 – Find a cave first

Before building a home, find the nearest cave first. If there’s no caves near your spawnpoint, then just dig into the ground! This strategy will ensure you have enough coal for torches, an iron set of tools, and some extra goodies that you can find.

The most valuable ores are found:*

  • Coal (Levels 5-52)
  • Iron (Levels 5-54)
  • Lapis Lazuli (Levels 13-17)
  • Diamond (Levels 5-12)

*Spawn levels are set to change in update 1.18.

3 – Learn about your modded world

Within the first few minutes of playing in a modded server or world, you’ll have some questions. Don’t hesitate to disconnect and do some research on what a mod or item does. It’s better than finding out in-game that crocodiles can, and will, drag you into the depths of the river and kill you.

4 – Don’t trust crocodiles

Yes, a life was sacrificed for this photo.

If you’re in a modded world that adds the crocodile or alligator mob, don’t even go near them. They’re more terrifying than the Ender Dragon, and they hiss at you.

Check out our guide for mods that add entities or mobs in Minecraft!

5 – Adjust your settings

Whenever I start a new Minecraft game, I always adjust my Sneak and Sprint keybinds. Personalize your settings for accessibility and comfort!

Some other settings to adjust:

  • Go into fullscreen mode
  • Lower music volume
  • Adjust brightness
  • Turn off camera shake
  • Turn on subtitles (located in the Accessibility menu)

6 – Bring a crafting table

Whenever you’re planning to explore dimensions or mining, make sure you bring a crafting table with you. Unless you find a mineshaft, you won’t find wood underground. This will save you the time and trouble when needing to make a new tool or weapon!

7 – Bring a bed

Another fantastic thing you should bring when exploring? A bed! You can either craft one from sheep’s wool or steal one from a village. Whether you’re in a singleplayer world or on a server, having a bed in your inventory is useful when you’re stuck out in the open just as it turns to night.

8 – Don’t dig straight down or up

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Seriously, whatever you do, don’t dig straight above or below you. If you happen to come upon a mine or cavern, you could fall and losing all your inventory. Digging straight up risks gravel or sand caving in above you, causing you to also die and lose your inventory. As tempting as it is, it’s just not worth the risk!

9 – Cut the lawn

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Beware crows who steal seeds!

While many will say a village is the best place to get early game provisions, its not always the closest place around spawn. For those who need food or supplies, look at the surrounding ground! Grass is the prime supplier of seeds to help get your farm started. This is an especially good tip for modded servers as well, since there’s a high probability of a food mod included its pack.

10 – Mine around diamonds first

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as finding your first diamond. However, where there are diamonds, there is lava. By mining around the diamond ore, you’ll be able to check if there’s any lava underneath that the diamond could drop into. Also, make sure to have a water bucket on hand just in case you do find lava.


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