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Minecraft World's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 2

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Welcome back to Minecraft World's Ultimate Survival guide! A few days ago, we reviewed a good way to start off right when you spawn, plus a small rundown of the mobs. Now we will continue on to combat strategies. Note that these are strategies, not specific How-To's, so the best way to get better at it is to do it yourself!


It is difficult to present combat strategies in an easy and concise manner. The breadth of this topic is astounding. So I decided to present them by mob. Every mod has a different attribute, which has to be tackled in its own way. So let's begin!

  • Creeper Strategy

Since creepers explode when you are in a certain radius, we must maintain a perimeter outside of it. This video shows you the basic method:

Remember: Make liberal use of critical hits!

Creepers can, as you may know be used to kill other mobs. Or blocks. Or minerals. Basically anything provided you move in such a way that dosen't kill you but still benefits you. This video gives an example:

This takes high skill levels to accomplish. Make sure to practice!
  • Zombie Strategy

Zombies are in my opinion the easiest mob to kill (other than slimes). The basic strategy for them is to hit when they come in your radius. They do not need much moving, if any at all.

Notice how I let the zombie take some 'sun' damage before killing it.
  • Spider Strategy

The thing with spiders is that we have to keep moving. They are fast, and can usually outrun you when you don't sprint. Plus, they jump. So the basic strategy here is keep moving backwards or sideways (watch where you're going! ) and attack it when it jumps. The video shows you how:

See how I wait until it jumps?
  • Skeleton Strategy

Skeletons are one of the hardest mobs to kill without incurring damage, especially after the 1.0 update. They are far more accurate now and previous strategies just don't work. As such, I have come up with this strategy:

  • Hide behind shelter 
  • Hit and then hide again
  • Repeat till dead

If you find yourself out in the open, I have only one advice: attack it head on, or run away if you don't have sufficient armor. Of course, you can always do the merry-go-round:

  • Slime Strategy

Same as zombie.


Note - This guide doesn't cover Nether mobs, or the latest mob updates (Enderdragons, etc.) due to the articles already being complicated by nature. Hopefully I will add it sometime, as a separate guide and when I have experienced them myself :).

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