Minecraft Survival Guide – How to Survive in Survival Mode


Minecraft is a blocky, procedurally-generated, three-dimensional game that allows players to explore a world containing virtually unlimited terrain. Using a variety of tools, the player may build structures, earthworks, and machines, gaining experience and items along the way. The main game modes are survival and creative, with a wide variety of user-generated content, such as modifications, servers, skins, texture packs, and custom maps, available to add new gameplay options and challenges.

Survival Mode

During survival mode, players are dropped into an unpopulated world with no resources and must find food and water while surviving hostile mobs that spawn when night falls. Ideally, the player will create some type of shelter so that they can remain safe when the world turns dark and monsters begin to attack.

The first step to survival is to locate and mine enough resources to survive until dawn, when it is safe to return to your shelter. This is a difficult task, so it’s best to start off on the right foot and try to find a large area of land that is free of creatures and trees. If this is not possible, a nearby ocean spawn will usually give the player access to some larger land, and it’s a good idea to make an attempt at swimming there when you get to the beginning of your world.

A key resource for early-game survival is iron ore, which can be found in a few places throughout the world. It’s important to gather it, because it can be used to craft iron tools and weapons as well as crafted into other goods. However, be careful not to mine too much of it early on, as iron can quickly deplete your inventory and it is very expensive to smelt.

Another resource that you can easily find early on is coal ore, which can be smelted into charcoal. Having a good supply of coal and charcoal is vital for making torches and other items, so make sure you smelt some while you’re out.

Torches are one of the most useful objects in the game, and can be placed on any block that is solid or non-solid. A stick and some coal or charcoal can be smelted together to craft 4 torches, and they stay lit for as long as you have them in your inventory.

Using the Mouse (or trackball)

To move your character around in the Minecraft world, use the mouse to drag the crosshairs over the object you want to interact with. Moving too far in either direction causes you to fall, so it’s a good idea to keep your distance from anything that is dangerous, such as cliffs or lava.

During gameplay, the mouse can also be used to look left and right, which is a quick way to see what’s around you. This is a simple way to pick out blocks and creatures, though you’ll still need to click to interact with them.

If you have a sword or other weapon, it’s a good idea to use it on any animals you come across as they can drop raw meat and other resources, which are useful for crafting and can also be sold to villagers at a profit. Sheep, cows, chickens, and pigs are all good sources of these drops; if you find any of them, kill them and collect the meat they drop.