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Minecraft World's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 5

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Part 5 in Minecraft World's Ultimate Survival Guide is, for me, the longest article to write. Since I squeezed out a lot of information from other areas to put into survivability, its going to be a fairly long read. Of course, you can just skip to your topic of choice.

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In my opinion, survivability isn't just about how long you can survive, but how well you do it. There are, therefore, many strategies, methods and tricks to survival which will all be covered here.

To start off, I want to show you an example.

(1) This was an island I found on a multiplayer server. It was very far from spawn, about 20 minutes of walking. Notice the wildlife: 1 tree and 1 dog. , (2) I made a farm, built a small home and planted a few more trees. As a rule, I replant every tree I cut down, to ensure produce. (3) Then, I added a cobblestone generator, to ensure unlimited supply of building materials. , (4) Later more friends joined and we started working on aesthetics. (5) Today, the island thrives with activity and is completely self sustainable.

What I want you to take away from this is not how awesome the island is (which it is) but how from 1 tree, the island has become completely self sustainable.

This ability to go from a state of Nomadic to Settling down is vital for survival in Minecraft.

Steps to Settling down

Step 1 As a Nomad, Be Sustainable

By this I mean:

Nomad: The state in which you are looking to settle down in a beautiful place you just saw, or you just want to stop roaming around.

Sustainable as a nomad: Being able to survive without permanent structure. For example: Making a temporary structure for the night, then moving on in the morning.

Step 2 Look for a Safe and Sustainable Place

Now, I can say with experience that ANY place can be home. But not every place is a good one.

It shouldn't be hard to find one.

Step 3 Make Sure it Meets the Sustainable Requirements

By this I mean that any good location MUST have:

  1. Good source of food, and a steady one, if not abundant. More is good.
  2. A mine big enough to last a long time. It's okay if you have to travel a little bit, but it shouldn't be too far.
  3. A scarcity of mobs is good. Unless you want 'adventure'.


There is a whole guide to farming food here, and it literally has everything you need to know about it.

A few tips to farming:

  • Chose your farm location well! It should be easy to reach and easy to harvest!
  • Make sure there is adequate protection from mobs who may trample and destroy your crops.
  • Make sure there is enough water and light for produce to grow.

Survival in Mines & Combat

Ah, yes, the big topic. These are techniques to survive encounters with mobs above and below ground.

The Surface

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This is probably the easier of the two places to survive since there aren't any other particular dangers to contend with other than mobs.

  • Adapting

Adapting to situations on the surface are, as stated earlier, easier than adapting in the mines. Adapting means changing tactics depending on the current situation. 

Remember: Adapt thoughtfully. If you think adapting at that situation won't help, run/walk away. Don't take unnecessary risks.

This video gives an example:

  • Attention to surroundings

This ability can prove invaluable in many situations. Knowing where certain things are puts you one step ahead of everybody.

A bad example is shown below:

  • Preparedness 

Being prepared at any moment is vital to survival, whether in Minecraft or in real life. There have been innumerable times where I have escaped just because I had a few items in my inventory. As such, I suggest always carrying these items with you (remember these are minimums):

  1. A stone sword
  2. A stone pick-axe
  3. Some amount of dirt blocks (about 10)
  4. Food
  • Combat Judgement

While I already covered combat strategies in the combat guide, I have one more quip. When you pick a fight, do it with proper judgement. This is part of adapting to situations, but also important to combat. When I say proper judgement I mean with an understanding of all the current happenings, how/what will you do(?)

Here's an example that shows some combat judgement: singling out mobs. 

In this video, I single out the creeper from the skeleton; you just dont wan't to fight them together. Trust me.

The Underground

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Welcome to the mines, caves, dungeon, holes, get it. This is where we find our items of 'pleasure'. But as in real life, all things come with a price. The price here is the threat to your life itself. As such, it is important to know how to wade through the many dangers of the underground.

  1. Adapting

Most of the adapting process is the same as what you would use on the surface. But there is one thing that changes: your mindset

The mines are very different from the surface: smaller areas, less light, more frequent monsters, and more natural danger. You must have enough supplies to help you survive, as mentioned previously.


  • Here's an important lesson: always carry a bucket of water. It's one of the most important things you can carry in your inventory. It can save you from lava, help you get down/up deep ravines and drown/clear mobs.

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  • Use blocks to make bridges over lava lakes. Can't do that? Pour some of that magical water and boom! You get obsidian walkways.
  • Attention to surroundings

Now this is very important in the mines. With the added presence of lava and gravel (suffocation), we must be all the more careful.

  • Before entering combat, take a moment to memorize your surroundings.
  • Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable doing.
  • Be patient.

Another major thing is knowing where you came from. I'm the kind of person who just somehow knows what path I took to get where I am now. I understand not everyone is like this so to you all: PLACE MARKERS.

Getting lost in the mines can ruin your day and though you may have found 50 diamonds, what use is it if you can't go home? 


  • While many people recommend placing torches in a certain way, I say that doesn't work. Instead, place your own markers like: a pool of lava, cobblestone in a certain shape, or just about any blocks that remind you of something.


That's about it for basic survival for everybody. This has been an awesome series to write, though it's taken a lot of time. I appreciate your concerns/questions/comments so post away!

If you want me to make changes or add things, post down below and I'll consider it!

- Niko

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Great series. Really thoughtful / well written.

I agree, Rachel - this tutorial is awesome. My favorite tool (besides a pick axe and shovel) to take mining with me is definitely a bucket of water!

Thanks for the tutorial Niko, I wish I had this tutorial when I first started out!

It would be cool if you could combine all of these into one article. Very nice article series though- its really cool!

You never went to nether, dude you can just use blocks, water bucket, lava bucket and a flint and steel. nice article, looking forward to you nether mob killing tutorial!

For your markers, I would suggest using some kind of buttons, they're really easy to use and yet when finding your way out, they're pretty hard to miss. Also, you forgot about the ever-important light and mine. Basically, I just shear a few hundred sheep, put everything (except a full stack of torches and a stack or two of buttons) into a chest right next to my bed. Then, I simply run as fast I can through the cave, scouting it out, assessing where threats will be, ignoring the mobs, and zipping through that cave until I'm dead or hit a dead end. When I respawn, I seal up the cave then go back to where I know the mobs are, kill them, and mine, with the only real threat being lava. (Mobs literally can't spawn anymore...). After getting as much as I can, I just move on to the next one. Works well, but not something you can do immediately tho...

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