Minecraft General Information and Newbie's Guide V5

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User Info: ThePlasmaStorm

5 years ago#1
V5 of the Minecraft General Information and Newbie’s Guide is finally online! V5 covers everything up to and including 1.6.2, the “Horse Update”. This guide is written in a way so that anyone who has never heard of Minecraft (or are curious to what it is) could easily get into the game, learn most of its mechanics, and start having fun in a few hours. For more information about the many things that are not mentioned in this guide, please refer to the official Minecraft site at www.minecraft.net and the official Minecraft wiki at www.minecraftwiki.net. Stuff other people have uploaded and shared about the game (such as mods and maps) could be found here: www.minecraftforum.net/forum.

Table of Contents
I. First Timer’s FAQ
II. Newbie’s Guide
III. Appendix
IV. Links
V. Other

I. First Timer’s FAQ
Here I answer some commonly asked questions.

1. What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a game by Mojang, a Swedish indie game developer. Simply put, Minecraft is a voxel styled sandbox-type game where you pick up blocks, place blocks, and make things out of said blocks. Minecraft is the perfect game for the creative, the curious, and the explorative. The game is entirely player driven; there are no quests, stories, or objectives given to you. The world in Minecraft is dynamic and is generated on the spot by the game itself. Because of this, no two world are alike (unless seeding is used, but more on that later). The game world’s area is almost infinite; you can essentially walk in one direction for a very long time and never reach the end of the world.

2. What can you do in Minecraft?
You can really do whatever you want. There are no rules to Minecraft. There are no objectives or quests. The player makes up his/her own quests and paves his/her own path.

There are four modes of game play in Minecraft:
1. In survival mode, you play Minecraft as if it were an adventure survival game. Common main objectives of survival mode are to build a base, fend off enemies, maintain your hunger bar, explore the world to build better equipment and tools, enchant those tools and equipment to gain new advantages, and eventually kill the final boss. Survival mode is the main emphasis of the Newbie’s Guide.
2. Hardcore mode is like survival mode, except when you die, you are forced to delete the world. It also locks the difficulty of the game to hard.
3. In creative mode, you play Minecraft as if you had an unlimited bin of blocks and tools and are free to do whatever you want with them. Everything that you can do in survival mode is freely available to you in creative mode. You cannot die or go hungry and gain the ability to fly and break all blocks with a single hit. There are also some exclusive things you can do in creative mode that you cannot do in survival mode. Some players have built magnificent sculptures and buildings in this mode that would’ve taken a very long time in survival mode due to the materials needed.
4. In adventure mode, Minecraft essentially becomes custom map mode. You cannot break most blocks normally and the list of things you can do is very limited when compared to survival mode. It may sound like adventure mode is a very hard and not very fun survival mode. It is, but that is not the point. Adventure mode was made specifically for the Minecraft mapmaking community. The point is that if one were to play a custom map on survival mode, the player could easily break out of the bounds of the map simply by carving a tunnel through the boundary or just going around it. In adventure mode, this is essentially disabled and players don’t have to worry about breaking immersion or messing around with the internal structure of the map.
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5 years ago#2
3. What does Minecraft cost?
Minecraft is not a freeware game. It normally costs $26.95. You can buy it online at www.minecraft.net/store or as a prepaid card in local Best Buy, GameStop, Play N Trade, Target, and Walmart stores. There is no physical version of Minecraft; all versions are downloaded to a computer.

4. Is there a demo for Minecraft?
Yes. There are three demos:

The first is creative, accessible here: www.minecraft.net/classic/play. The demo is actually a very old build of Minecraft. You can place and remove all blocks, making it like modern Minecraft’s creative mode, but it is lacking the many blocks that made its way into Minecraft over the years.

The second is the PC Gamer demo, available here: www.pcgamer.com/2011/04/19/download-the-minecraft-demo. It is essentially an older build of Minecraft, and you are able to do anything you want. The only catch is that a world can only be modified for 90 minutes. After that, the world becomes uneditable, but you can create new worlds and keep on playing.

The third is the current official Minecraft demo, found here: www.minecraft.net/demo. The demo runs on the latest version of Minecraft and it is somewhat like the PC Gamer Demo. You can only play for 100 minutes before the world becomes uneditable. You can reset the world to play for 100 more minutes. However, unlike the PC Gamer Demo, there is only one world that can be generated in the demo version. The Newbie’s Guide is based on this version of Minecraft to make it more accessible to everyone, but paid players can follow this guide just as easily.

5. What are Minecraft’s system requirements?
Minecraft runs on PC, Mac, and Linux. It is mandatory to have the Java Runtime Environment, found here: www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp.
The recommended hardware requirements for Minecraft are:
* Intel i3 CPU or its AMD equivalent
* 2 GB of RAM
* 500 MB of free hard drive space
* A dedicated graphics card

6. Can you mod Minecraft?
Yes. There are all sorts of mods for Minecraft. They range from small mods adding subtle little changes, to big mods that change the entire way the game is played. It is not recommended to play a modified Minecraft right off the bat without learning the basics first, and as such, the Newbie’s Guide does not require mods to follow it.

Note: Since all mods are unofficial and modify the way Minecraft runs, when Minecraft updates, all mods become broken. It is a very bad idea to install an out of date mod into a newer version of Minecraft because it has a very high chance to crash Minecraft. Because of this, mod developers recommend that their end users not update the game until their mods have been updated to the latest version.

There are also texture mods for Minecraft (called resource packs). These mods change how Minecraft’s textures looks like without changing the gameplay of the game.

You can also give your character a custom skin, so that you will look differently from everyone else.

7. Does Minecraft have multiplayer?
Yes it does. Minecraft has a thriving multiplayer community. There are many servers out there that run vanilla (unmodified) Minecraft and many more than run several mods to make gameplay more fun. Some servers have white lists, which only allow certain people on an exclusive list entry into their server.

8. Are there cheats for Minecraft?
There are. These cheats allow the player to do things such as spawning certain items, setting the time, changing the weather, and much more. In fact, cheats are the way that advanced mapmakers create cool scenarios in their maps in adventure mode. They make the player experience the map in a certain way, allow for much more artistic license.
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User Info: ThePlasmaStorm

5 years ago#3
II. Newbie’s Guide
Here begins the Newbie’s Guide to Minecraft. I will walk you through your first few days in Minecraft. This guide also skips by some of the more advanced items, techniques, and tools in Minecraft because that is not the purpose of this guide.

Things in bold italics are important tips about Minecraft's control scheme. If you do not understand anything in this guide, do not be afraid to send me a PM here: www.gamefaqs.com/pm/new. Enter “ThePlasmaStorm” (without quotes) as the recipient name, enter a subject (please do not send PMs without subjects to me) and a message, and hit the send button. I should get a reply back to you within a day’s time. You can also leave a message on this topic and someone will reply to you. A third option is to create a topic on GameFAQ’s Minecraft message board.

Feel free to stop reading any section of the guide, go out, and explore on your own. This is Minecraft after all. The name of the game is exploration and curiosity and you’re never going to forget the first little adventure you had in the game (I know I sure didn’t). The guide will still be here when you get back.

Getting the Game
After you create your account, you can play the game in the browser or as an executable. Both versions of the game are the same. Their performance, however, isn’t. It is highly recommended to download the game for better performance. Find your downloadable launcher here: www.minecraft.net/download. Once you get the launcher, go ahead, log in, and let the game download itself.
Note: Mods do not work with the browser version of the game.

Setting the Difficulty
I suggest that you set the difficulty to peaceful because it is the most forgiving environment to learn in. You don’t have to listen to my advice, however, but do note that the game is very unforgiving, even on easy difficulty. This guide assumes that you set the difficulty to peaceful.

Anyways, on the main menu of the game, click “Options”, and then click whichever difficulty you want to play on. Harder difficulties have the enemies hitting much harder and apply the hunger mechanic more aggressively (but more on that later). Peaceful difficulty has no enemies at all and there is no hunger mechanic.

Creating the World
If you’re playing the demo version, you don’t need to worry about this.

If you have the full version of the game, in the main menu, click “Singleplayer” and then click “Create New World”. Call your world whatever you want. Leave your game mode on survival. Click “More World Options…”.

Enable the bonus chest if you want to. The bonus chest is a chest that spawns in an area close to you. Inside the chest, there are basic items that help you start out. I highly recommend that newbies enable the bonus chest. This guide assumes that you enabled the bonus chest.

Please leave the game on survival mode.

In the text area above, you enter a seed. Seeds determine how Minecraft generates the world. Because of this, a person can share their seed with others, so they can play on the same exact world as the sharer. Some seeds are well known in the Minecraft community for extraordinary features, such as a rare biome or structure being very close to the spawn point. Others are well known for other reasons.
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5 years ago#4
For the purpose of this guide, please use the seed “North Carolina” (without the quotes). Seed names are cap sensitive (so “North Carolina is not the same thing as “north Carolina”, which is also not the same thing as “NORTH CAROLINA”), so make sure to capitalize when needed. This seed is the seed for the demo version and is a very nice beginner seed (and is the way I am going to sync up the paid newbies with the demo newbies). Again, you don’t have to use a specific seed to follow the guide if you don’t want to, but it will help newbies like you if you do. If you don’t enter a seed, the world will be generated based on the seed which is the current time.

Go ahead and click “Create New World” after you’re done entering a seed (again, it’s not required to, but this guide assumes that you did). The game will start building the terrain for the world. Welcome to Minecraft.

Special Note: in case Minecraft updates itself in a way that the seed “North Carolina” no longer looks like the seed “North Carolina” in 1.6.2, please read the sections of the guide that assumes you did not use a seed.

Let’s get an overview of HUD. The crosshair in the middle of the screen corresponds to what you’re currently looking at and what you will interact with. The boxes at the bottom are your hotbar. They are used as an easy way to navigate through the nine items of your choosing. Above that is your experience bar. The purpose of experience is outside the scope of this guide, so please don’t worry about it. To the top left of the experience bar is your health bar. To the top right is your hunger bar. Above the health bar is your armor bar (it is invisible for now because you are not wearing armor). Armor helps you by absorbing damage. Above your hunger bar is your oxygen bar (also invisible unless underwater). It corresponds to how much breath you have left before you start drowning. While drowning, you will rapidly lose health until you die, so don’t forget to come up for air if you want to go diving.

Moving Around
Move your character with the WASD keys and jump by pressing spacebar. Hold left shift to crouch. Crouching prevents you from accidently falling off a block and lets you move to its edge safely.

Note that if you are on the edge of a block and you are crouching, if you left go of left shift (and subsequently stop crouching), you could fall off the edge of the block you’re leaning over, possibly leading to death from a fall too high. Never let go of left shift when you are on the edge of a block, unless you want to fall down. Always take a few steps back before you stand up. It’s better safe than sorry.

Tap w and then hold w quickly (quickly as in as fast as double clicking) to sprint. Sprinting makes you move faster than walking, but makes you get hungry faster (again, more about the hunger mechanic later). If you combine sprinting and jumping, you can leap across large distances.

Go look around for the bonus chest. Bonus chests always spawn close to where you spawn. It’s past the beach, over a small hill, and on the grass. There are usually four torches surrounding it. If you still can’t find it, press F3 to toggle debug information about the game. You don’t need to worry about all the scary numbers displayed except the xyz positions. The chest is located at x: 216, y: 66, z: -99. If you maneuver your way over there, you will find the chest easily.
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5 years ago#5
If you’re not playing on the seed, just keep looking for the bonus chest. If you think you’ve gone too far away, you probably have. If you’re not playing with the bonus chest enabled, skip forward to the “Punching and Chopping” section, read the third and fifth paragraph, gather ten wood from the same species of tree, and then come back here.

Does Minecraft feel a bit laggy to you?
Does it? I’ve received a couple of PMs about this issue and it’s really simple to solve. Press esc to get to the pause menu. Click “Options…” and then “Video Settings…”. Turn the graphics down to “Fast”, turn smooth lighting off, turn view bobbing off, and change the render distance to “Tiny”. If that doesn’t alleviate your troubles, your computer may be too weak to play Minecraft.

Control Schema
Once you find the bonus chest, move close to it and point your cursor at it. Press right click to interact with the chest and open it. Inside, there are wood, wood planks, sticks, and a stone axe.

Note: Most items can stack up to 64 pieces of itself. Some only stack up to 16. Some do not stack at all. For a general idea, thrown items stack to 16. Tools, vehicles, and equipment do not stack.

There are several ways to move the items around in the inventory system. You are going to learn them all. Let’s try moving items around in the inventory screen as an exercise in learning the controls of the game. Please do these exercises in order. You don’t have to do these exercises if they sound too tedious to do, but they are very helpful way to learn the somewhat complicated inventory management controls of the game. If you’re playing without the bonus chest, please open your inventory by pressing e and pretending there’s a chest there.
1. Shift left click an item to move its stack directly to the rightmost open slot on your hotbar (if there’s slots available) or your inventory (if there are no slots available). This will also combine stacks of the same item together. Shift left click an item to move its stack back to the chest. Try combining all the items together into only four stacks.
2. Left click an item to pick up its stack. Press left click again to drop it wherever your cursor is. Try moving everything out of the chest’s inventory into your inventory.
3. Right click an item to split its stack in half. Right click while holding a stack to drop one item wherever your cursor is. For example, there are ten wood in the chest. Right clicking the stack of ten will split it in half; five pieces will stay where they are and five pieces will be picked up by the cursor. Right clicking again will drop one of the five wood you are holding wherever the cursor is and then you are now only holding four wood.
4. Let’s combine the wood back into a stack of ten. Do this by double left clicking on any piece of wood. You can see that you now automatically are stacking the wood together, as well as picking up the stack itself.
5. Pick up the stack and then hold left click and drag the stack around empty spaces. You will notice that the stack is now splitting itself in halves until it can no longer (at that point it will simply drop one wood into any additional empty spaces.
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5 years ago#6
6. Combine the stack together and then pick up the entire stack again. This time, hold right click and drag the stack around empty spaces. You will notice the stack is dropping one piece of wood on every empty space instead of splitting itself on half.
7. Pressing a number 1-9 on your keyboard, while the cursor hovering over an item, will move an item (and its stack), from the chest directly to the position you pressed, onto the hotbar. 1 is the leftmost slot and 9 is the rightmost slot.
8. Pressing a number 1-9 on your keyboard, while the cursor is hovering over an empty space, will move an item (and its stack), from that position on the hotbar to the cursor’s position. Try to set the stone axe to slot 1 on the hotbar and the rest on slots 2-4.
9. Combine the stack of wood again and move your cursor outside the boundary of the inventory screen. A right click will throw out one piece of wood out of the inventory screen. A left click will throw away the rest of the stack. Throw the wood out of the inventory.
10. How do you get out of the inventory screen? Simple. Just press esc to get out of any screen.

Try to select the individual items on the hotbar. You can either roll the mouse wheel up or down to move between the nine items or press the numbers 1-9 on your keyboard that correspond to that number on the hotbar to select an item.

You can also throw away items you’re holding. While holding an item, press q to throw it away. This only throws away one of the item and not its entire stack. Note that this throw away action is not the same as actually “throwing” certain items that are meant to be thrown, such as snowballs.

A Small Note on the Day/Night Cycle
Has the world gotten dark by now? If not, it will soon. When it does get dark, your visibility will be reduced and it will be very hard to see anything. Minecraft has day and night cycles. Daytime lasts ten minutes, nighttime lasts seven minutes, and the sunset/sunrise lasts 1.5 minutes. This makes a full Minecraft day 20 real time minutes long. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Death and Dying
Dying is not a hard thing to come by in Minecraft. The world is very unforgiving and it is very easy to die. In addition, the punishment for death is severe. Everything you’re carrying is forced to be dropped off your corpse. In addition, all experience you’ve gained is lost. Lastly, you’ve only have five minutes to make your way back to where you die to pick up everything. If you don’t know where you died, then you can’t pick up all the stuff you had when you died, making those items effectively lost forever. If you die in hardcore mode, you will be forced to delete your world.

Your First Craft!
First, note that all wood types that be mismatched when you make basic items even though they don’t stack together.
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5 years ago#7
Make sure you got everything out of that chest. Move and pick up the wood you thrown out by moving next to them. You will now learn how to craft wood planks. Press e to access your inventory. Grab the stack of ten wood and place them into any position on the 2x2 grid near your character (called the crafting grid). On the other side of the arrow, you should see wood planks with the number 4 next to them. This means that one piece of wood gives you four wood planks. Left click the wood planks once to essentially say to the game, “Yes, I confirm that I want to do this.” With most items, when you confirm to craft something, note that you cannot “uncraft” them, so make sure that what is on the other side of the arrow is really what you want to craft. Notice that your cursor is now holding a stack of four wood planks. Left click again on the wood planks on the other side of the arrow. You are now holding eight wood planks. Every time you Left click, you are adding to the stack that your cursor is holding. Note: If your cursor is holding a full stack, you cannot confirm to craft something without dropping the stack off somewhere.

You should have about eight wood left. Shift left click the wood planks to automatically craft all the wood away. Now, you’re essentially said to the game, “Yes, I confirm that I want to do this until I can’t do this anymore.” The wood planks are also automatically placed in your inventory. You now are the proud owner of many wood planks. Congratulations! Press e again to get out of your inventory. You can also press esc.

Punching and Chopping
You’ve done the crafting part of Minecraft. Now, let’s do the mining part of Minecraft. Move to an empty slot on your hotbar, so your character looks like he’s/she’s holding nothing. Point at the chest and hold left click to punch it. Don’t let go of left click until the chest pops out of the ground, leaving a little miniature form of the chest behind. Go pick up the chest by moving your character next to its miniature form, just like how you picked up those ten wood earlier. This is “mining” and it forms the other half of the game’s basic gameplay.

Go ahead and attempt to mine those torches as well by punching them. Torches are helpful in providing light to an area too dark to be able to see normally. Hostile mobs won’t spawn where it’s too bright! This also means that they won’t spawn out in the direct sunlight. Go ahead and place a torch somewhere. While having a torch in your hand, right click while facing a block to “interact” with the torch in your hand. In this case, the interaction is placing the torch on a block. You cannot place anything in mid air and your character must be close enough to a block to place the torch.
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User Info: ThePlasmaStorm

5 years ago#8
Basic review about Minecraft’s control scheme when not in an inventory screen:
* Left click to use an item offensively. This usually means to swing the item around or mining a block (if you’re looking at one).
* Right click to interact with an item. This usually means either interacting with an item in your hand (such as a torch) or interacting with an item you’re looking at (such as a chest).
Note: interactions with items you’re looking at have higher priority than interacting with an item you’re holding in your hand. An easy example of this is opening a chest while holding a torch. Opening the chest has higher priority than placing the torch, so when you do this, you will open the chest and not place a torch. This rule is reversed if you crouch, so now the item you’re holding in your hand has higher priority than items you’re looking at. In regards to the earlier example, this means that you will place a torch next to the chest and not open the chest.

Now I want you to go to the nearest tree and punch all the wood out of it. Start at the trunk and punch out the two pieces closest to the ground. Notice how cracks are forming as the wood gets closer to getting mined. These cracks give you a general idea of how mined a block is. Anyways, after you mine those two blocks, move directly under the tree and look up, and then mine all the wood above you. Notice how a block makes a distinctive “popping” sound when you mine it, and a little miniature version of it pops out. What should be left are leaves. You shouldn’t worry about leaves hanging around or anything; they will decay naturally on their own, dropping saplings in the process. You can pick up these saplings and drop them on the grass with a right click. In a few (in game) days, the sprouts will magically become fully-grown trees, ready to be cut down again. Leaves of oak tress also have a small chance to drop apples. These apples are used for food (the hunger mechanic is explained later).

At any point during this section, if it starts to get really dark and you cannot see a thing, feel tree to place a torch somewhere close to help you see better. Don’t forget to mine the torch and bring it back with you after you’re done cutting down the tree.

Oh, did I neglect to mention that you had a tool called an axe and its main purpose is to cut down trees? That’s right; you’ve been punching the wood out of a tree this entire time, when you can easily just cut the tree with an axe. Go ahead, get that axe out and cut down another tree with it. Notice how faster the axe is than your fists. Tools like axes help you do things faster. Go cut down some more trees; enough for a full stack of 64 wood, and don’t forget to plant saplings to help regrow the forest. If you encounter a really tall tree whose wood extends beyond your reach, don’t worry about mining it in its entirety. Just move on to another tree or read ahead…

Moving Up in the World
One of the skills you need in order to survive in Minecraft is a technique I call making pillars (or towering, if you’re coming from V4 of my guide). This is a very common technique other Minecraft players use to reach high places.
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5 years ago#9
Let’s learn how to make pillars. First, hold exactly five wood planks in your hand. Not exactly sure how to turn your big stack of wood planks into just a small stack of five? Reread the section called “Control Schema” above. Move to a small open area, away from the forest canopy. Look directly down. Now hold the spacebar and hold right click at the same time to make pillars. Don’t move in any direction other than upwards (pretend your WASD keys are broken). Notice how you’re jumping up and placing a block of wood planks below you at the same time. Each time you jump, you clear just enough ground to be able to place a block of wood planks below you. You then land on the block of wood planks you just placed, and you then jump again, clearing just enough ground to be able to place a block… well, you get the idea. Go ahead and make your pillar five blocks high.

How do you get down? You can just drop down and break your bones or you can take the slow way that guarantees your ankles staying ankle shaped. Just get your axe out and look directly down. Just cut down the wood planks with your axe until you’re on solid ground again.

So now, if you encounter a tree that too high to cut down, just make a pillar and go up.

Crafting: Round Two
Note: For all intents and purposes, when I explain crafting patterns in the “axb” format, a refers to width (the x-axis), and b refers to height (the y-axis). For example, if a pattern is described as 1x2, you have a “I” shape. If it’s described as 2x1, you have a “-“ shape.

Craft all your wood into wood planks (press shift left click to automatically confirm the maximum stack, remember?). Notice how the stack maximum is 64 and you cannot stack more than 64. Now we have to craft 32 of the wood planks into sticks. To craft sticks, place wood planks in a 1x2 pattern. On the other side of the arrow, you should see four sticks. Two wood planks give you four sticks.

We need a crafting table as well. A crafting table is an essential block that expands your 2x2 crafting grid into a 3x3 crafting grid, increasing the amount of things you can craft tenfold. To craft a crafting table, place one wood plank into each slot of your 2x2 crafting grid. You should see a crafting table on the other side of the arrow. Four wood planks give you one crafting table. Go ahead and place the crafting table down somewhere convenient by holding it in your hand, looking at the ground, and pressing right click.

Now you are going to use your remaining wood planks and sticks to craft more tools. Tools in Minecraft expedite the process of doing things.
* An axe lets you chop trees down faster, as you have already experienced.
* A pickaxe is an important tool that enables you to mine rock.
* A shovel lets you dig blocks faster.
* A hoe enables you to till dirt to farm (more about farming later).
* A sword is another important tool that lets you guard against damage and it deals more damage to mobs than your fist will ever do.

Go ahead and craft one of each tool. After you placed your crafting table, interact with it with a right click (just like with the chest). You should now see a bigger 3x3 crafting grid. The patterns are shown here:
* Axe: i.imgur.com/TTSJYBp.gif
* Pickaxe: i.imgur.com/iX1Gu28.gif
* Shovel: i.imgur.com/B920HuJ.gif
* Hoe: i.imgur.com/EZD4wDh.gif
* Sword: i.imgur.com/yIJwyIt.gif
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5 years ago#10
Notice how the images cycle through some different materials to craft the tool (more on materials later). For now, just ignore it and just use your wood planks.

After you craft your sword, you can now easily hunt the farm animals roaming around the land. Hold the sword in your hand, and then press left click to swing your sword. Your sword can also help you guard against hostile attacks by holding right click. All guarded attacks deal half the damage they would normally deal. Go ahead and kill some of the farm animals but try not to kill all of them because they rarely will respawn once killed. Save some of them for breeding (explained later). This list is not inclusive.
* Cows: drops raw beef and leather. Beef is used for food and leather is used for armor and décor.
* Chickens: drops raw chicken and feathers. Chickens sometimes lay eggs too. Chicken meat is used for food. Feathers are mainly used for the crafting of arrows. Eggs are used as a crafting ingredient.
* Pigs: drops raw pork chops for food.
* Sheep: drops wool. Try to kill enough sheep for three wool to make a bed later. The color of those three wool does not matter. Wool is also used for décor.

Materials and Durability
Earlier, I briefly touched upon a tool’s material. The higher the grade of material, the longer the tool will last. I’m sure you’ve noticed the bar under the stone axe you’re using. That bar represents the item’s durability. Every time you use a tool, its durability is decreased by one point. You can see exactly how much durability your tools have left by pressing F3+h (and then pressing F3 again to get out of debug info).

A special note about durability: Don’t use a tool for a purpose it is not meant for (e.g. cutting trees with a shovel instead of an axe). Doing this makes the task as slow as using your fists (so you won’t be saving any time whatsoever). If you attack a creature with a tool other than a sword, it uses up two points of durability. Using a sword to mine blocks uses up two points of durability. A special exception to the durability penalty is the hoe; its durability decreases only when tilling dirt.

The relationship between material and durability is as follows:
Gold (33 uses) < Wood (66 uses) < Stone (132 uses) < Iron (251 uses) < Diamond (1562 uses)

Tools can be repaired! Repairing a tool is just combining two of the same tool. In order to repair a tool, you need two of the same tool (e.g., two wooden swords are okay but not a wooden sword and an iron sword or a wooden sword and a wooden pickaxe). Place both of the two tools anywhere on the crafting grid (no crafting table required). Their durability will be added together, and a small amount of bonus durability will be added on top of that. Therefore, to gain the biggest advantage from repairing tools, repair the two tools only when both their durability are below halfway.

The material a tool is made out of also affects its speed. Using your fists is the absolute slowest way to mine something. You may have noticed that the wooden axe, while faster than your fist, is slower than the stone axe. If you look at the above chart, you may also have noticed that gold is a useless material since it has the least amount of uses. Gold actually has a niche use in regards to a tool’s material: it will always work the fastest… though this still doesn’t make it as useful as any other material. Remember though, if you use a tool for a mining job it’s not made for, you will mine the block as slow as punching it.

The relationship between material and speed is as follows:
Wood (slowest) < Stone < Iron < Diamond < Gold (fastest)
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