In this Minecraft school lesson you can learn all about Minecraft. Whether you want to play yourself or you are interested in learning about the game for a child or friend, you will find everything a beginner could possibly want to know. The game is massive with many features, but this lesson will focus on the main features to get a newbie started. Follow this guide when you first start to the play the game to help you jump right in.
Playing on Console or PC? Doesn’t matter. This guide works for them all.
Minecraft Game Modes: Where to Start
Minecraft has several game modes. The ones a beginner will focus on first is Survival mode and Creative mode. The rest you can tackle later.
Survival Mode:Survival mode is the main mode for Minecraft. Your character begins with nothing and must figure out how to survive in the block world. A beginner should also start Survival mode first and do the intro tutorial. This tutorial teaches you the very basics of the game. Once you complete the tutorial leave Survival mode and jump to Creative mode instead.
Creative Mode:Creative mode is a free-for-fall game. Players can fly around the map for easy exploring. You can’t die so there is no life bar. Animals won’t attack you. Your inventory is filled to the brim with an infinite amount of every item in the game so you never run out. It is the best place for a beginner to Minecraft to start for these reasons:
- You can fly so you see all the different terrains
- You can practice the skills in the game
- You can’t die
- You can focus on crafting/hunting/mining without having to worry about health
Minecraft Creative Mode: What to Practice
After you finish the Survival mode tutorial and go to Creative Mode, you can spend time practicing the different features of the game as if you don’t already have everything in your inventory. Pretend you are in survival mode and practice these abilities:
Gathering:Gathering is going around and collecting objects for use. You already did this in the tutorial when you smashed trees to get wood blocks, remember? Use the tools in your inventory and go around finding different items so you get used to where they are, what they are, and what they look like. Gather different trees, plants, grass, flowers, vegetables, and more. You can use your hands for the easy gathering and the axe to take out trees, cactus, and other large plants.
Mining:Mining is digging for ore in the ground. You did this in the tutorial, too. In Creative mode you can take up a diamond pickaxe and really explore some underground caverns. Look for large holes in the ground and dive right in. As you explore, you will learn where different ore resides so you can find it easier later.
Fighting:In Creative mode, the enemies won’t attack you but they are there for you to hunt anyway. Get out your sword or bow and practice attacking the different monsters that wander. As you explore you will learn where certain monsters tend to reside so you can find the later if they drop something you would need to survive.
Building:Building things is what most players love about Minecraft. Many will spend hours creating a masterpiece out of those blocks. In Creative mode, every block and item is available in your inventory so you can have fun going crazy with building. Start by building your first house as practice for survival mode. As you build and notice all the different ways you can use items, you will be able to use those skills in Survival mode later.
Crafting:Crafting is unnecessary in Creative mode because you have all the items already. It is, however, very important in Survival mode. You can still practice crafting in Creative mode where it is easier to learn. Go ahead and craft (not use) different tables like the crafting table, furnace, and brewing stand. Craft them as if you were in Survival mode. Then go ahead and use the many items available in the inventory to try and craft new things using the tables. You can find recipes online that tell you how to make stuff or try to figure it out on your own. This knowledge will help keep you alive in Survival mode.
Now that you have practiced Minecraft in Creative mode you can move on to the next step: Survival.
Minecraft Survival Mode: Getting Started
Once you’ve gotten the hang of Creative mode you are ready for Survival. Don’t just jump right in though. Follow these newbie steps, first to help make the game easier until you feel more confident. If you just jump right you will likely ended up eaten by a zombie.
Start on Peaceful:Minecraft has several play modes and it has several difficulty modes. Peaceful is the easiest. No hostile monsters (called mobs) will appear in the game in this mode. Monsters will not attack but you can still attack them. You do not need to eat and your health bar regenerates as you play. You can still die but it isn’t so easy to do. If you fall from a great height, for example.
Start your first foray in Survival mode on Peaceful mode so you can use your skills from practicing in Creative mode without worrying so much about death.
Move up to Easy:The easy difficult has all the components of Survival mode. You must eat to live and mobs will attack. They don’t do much damage, though, so you can stay alive longer and learn how to deal with these issues before moving to Normal difficulty.
Keep Your Map:When you start on Peaceful, you will build your first shelter and do everything else you want to survive. Then when you are ready to move to Easy, load up that same map and just change the difficulty. That way, you still have all your hard work. Do the same when you move from Easy to Normal.
This Minecraft school lesson where you learn all about Minecraft is now complete. Go ahead and dive right into the world of blocks.
In this Minecraft school less you will learn all about Minecraft for beginners. Learn how to get started and what to do to become an expert in Survival mode quickly.