Posted by Dradon Haystorm on 11th October 2011

How to survive the first night in Minecraft Survival

I start up Minecraft for the first time, generate my first level and here I am in the middle of a landscape full of blocks. This is minecraft, and I’m in the middle of it. I’ve chosen to play a regular survival game and now need to somehow get away alive at least for the first night, things are easier afterwards.

For me, as an experienced Minecraft player, this isn’t a problem at all. I know the schematics I need to follow, I know what I need in order to craft certain items. However, it’s not for beginners. This is, why I wrote the following article.

After having loaded and spawned, the first thing you’ll do is searching for wood. Wood is a very essential item in the Indie-like styled game Minecraft. It’s a part of most crafting receipes and is required in order to craft many items – like a pickaxe or axe.

In order to get wood, just search a tree and left-click on one of the stock blocks. After a few seconds, you’ll have your first wood block. Keep doing this until you have about 32 blocks of wood.

The next step is crafting a pickaxe you’ll need a pickaxe in order to win coal out of coal blocks. If you left-click on coal blocks without having a pickaxe, it’s not just taking ages, but you’ll also end up having removed the block without the block spawning a piece of coal.

In order to craft a pickaxe, first of all place all of the wooden blocks in the crafting grid in your inventory(press e). Just make two 64 stacks of wooden planks out of your wood. Afterwards, take 4 of the planks, place them in your crafting grid and make a crafting table out of it.

Place this crafting table somewhere in the scenery and place a few wooden planks at the bottom and in the middle of the field. Create a few(~16) sticks this way. Next up, place 8 sticks each in the middle and bottom of the 3×3 crafting grid of the crafting table. However, also add wooden planks on all the fields at the top of the crafting table.

Wooden Pickaxe Minecraft

Make 2-3 pickaxes and now search for coal. As soon as you’ve 16 to 32 pieces of coal, go for some stone and then head back to the crafting table(or just take it with you, if the distance between the coal and the table is long). Place the sticks at the bottom and the coal in the middle of the crafting table and make some torches.

It should slowly get dark in the world of Minecraft – make sure to build your first home or alternatively just make yourself a way through a mountain, place a torch inside your player-generated cave and place some blocks in the entrance – that way you’ll ensure that no zombies or other enemies enter your home and potentially kill you.

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