Minecraft is undoubtedly one of the most popular games on the planet. It currently holds the world record for most sales of any game ever. And wherever you go, you will see Minecraft merchandise for sale. The pull of the game is inescapable. But if you’re new to the game, you might wonder what it entails.
There are two primary modes in Minecraft. The first is creative. In this mode, you have unlimited resources and can build whatever you like without worrying about being hurt by hostile mobs. The second mode is survival. And that is what we want to discuss today.
Survival mode is, as the name suggests, about survival. Your resources are limited to whatever you can mine for. You can only build with the materials you have harvested. And you have to eat, sleep, and fight to survive.
Minecraft Survival Servers
Minecraft is at its best when playing multiplayer. And survival mode is no exception to this. We recommend you try out one of the many survival servers. Sites like Servers-Minecraft and M-Server.net have a huge selection of servers running various game modes, and these survival servers for Minecraft are good for newcomers.
Survival servers are the best way to learn the ropes of the game. The Minecraft community is an extremely friendly and welcoming one. So chances are you will find plenty of people willing to help you survive your first few nights. These nights are always the hardest. And it is a great way to make new friends.
But you might not want to go into a Minecraft survival server completely unprepared. So please stick with us as we present a beginner’s guide to survival mode.
The First Night
When you start your new survival world, you will spawn with no items, food, or shelter. And soon, the night will come with the hostile mobs such as zombies and skeletons. So it would help if you did a few things.
The first thing you need to do is make yourself some tools. To do this, you must chop down some trees to collect wood. Then it would help if you created a crafting table. This is done by placing a single block of wood in each of the four crafting grids in your inventory. Then it would help if you made sticks by placing a wood block in two crafting grid spots, one above the other.
Every tool, except the sword, is made by placing two sticks in the middle and bottom of the middle crafting spot. A pickaxe is made by placing three blocks across the top row. An axe is made by placing blocks in the top middle, top left, and left middle grid. A sword is made by placing one stick on the bottom centre and two blocks above it.
At the start, you will need a sword, an axe, and a pickaxe. Once you have these tools, you can start collecting wood easier and mining for cobblestone, iron, and coal. Coal is the next thing you need to prioritize finding. When a lump of coal is placed above a stick, it creates a torch. These can be set to produce infinite light.
Next, you will need to make yourself a shelter. If you run out of time, you can always dig a hole and seal yourself for the night. You don’t need anything fancy for your first night. You need to keep the monsters away.
Advanced Survival Tips
Once you have made it through the first night, the world is your oyster. There are nearly infinite options ahead of you. But the challenge continues. You now need to ensure your survival for many more nights to come.
Food is a vital resource in survival mode. If your food bar runs out, you will start taking damage until you eat or die. You can get food from crops or animals. Starting a farm is simple.
It would help if you had seeds and soil next to a water source. You can create irrigation using buckets of water and speed up crops’ growth using bone meal, made from bones dropped by skeletons.
You can herd animals into a pen made of fences to start breeding them. To make an animal follow you, you need to hold food in your hand. Different animals are attracted to other foods. When you have two of the same animal in pen, feeding them makes them ready to breed. This will produce a baby animal that eventually grows up. This ensures you can have meat forever.