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The Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters: An A – Z Book of Tips and Tricks the Official Guides Don’t Teach You


Author: Megan Miller

Publisher: Sky Pony


Publish Date: June 16, 2015

ISBN-10: 1634506987

Pages: 176

File Type: EPub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Abandoned mineshafts can be mazes of corridors, cobwebs, and fences reaching all directions. They are also a great source of loot.


Abandoned mineshafts are generated randomly with each world, and you typically find them underground. The easiest way to find a mineshaft is to look in areas where they might be exposed, like ravines. Look for oak wood planks and torchlight to spot them. Also keep an eye out for them when you’re traveling in the ocean. Parts of a mineshaft may be exposed, and you can spot them by the torchlight.

Mineshafts actually generate with a “starting” point. This is a plain squareish room with a curved ceiling, a dirt floor, and exits often on all sides.

Mineshafts are a great source for rails, especially in early game when you may not have much iron. You can also find chests in minecarts that hold rare items. They may hold pumpkin or melon seeds, bread, coal, gold, iron, lapis, and redstone. Rarely, you might even find more rails, horse armor and pickaxes, saddles, and even enchanted books or diamonds.

When you’re in a mineshaft, be on the lookout for cave spiders. Mineshafts are the only places you’ll find cave spiders. You’ll probably hear them screeching before you see them, but also be on the lookout for the masses of cobwebs that signify a cave spider spawner.

Mineshafts can be incredibly big, especially if several mineshafts generate side by side, so have a plan for finding your way back out when you explore them.


Minecraft has a series of about thirty achievements; in console versions these may be called trophies. Achievements are a great way for a new player to start learning to play. Often you have to accomplish one achievement before you start another. The first is Taking Inventory, which you achieve by pressing E. In multiplayer, your achievement is shown in chat. You can find your achievements screen by opening up Options and choosing Achievements.

If you’re new to Minecraft, building up achievements can be a great way to get started playing. Most random achievement? To achieve When Pigs Fly, you’ll have to fly a pig off a cliff.


Most animals in Minecraft are also called passive mobs, because they don’t attack. (Wolves are neutral: they’ll attack if they are attacked.) Almost all animals provide helpful drops when they are killed. For example, when a cow is killed, it drops beef. Different types of animal tend to spawn more in certain biomes. For example, you’ll find more horses in open fields with grass. Don’t kill all the animals in an area. They spawn rarely, so leave at least two so you can breed them.

Each animal also has its favorite food. You can feed two adult animals their favorite food to make them breed. You can feed a baby to make it grow up faster. If you hold the food in your hand, the animal will follow you. (They get distracted easily though, so you have to keep at it when you are leading them.)

When you design your animal pens, add in a second, exterior pen to work as a double gate system. If an animal escapes their pen through the gate, this will stop them from getting far. Also, for chicken pens, you will need to make a pen that is two blocks high, as chicken can jump over one-block fences.

Build a double-enclosure pen to stop animals that escape from their pen from getting any farther.


You use anvils to enchant, repair, and name (or rename) weapons, tools, and armor. You name items by typing in the text box under Repair and Name in the anvil screen. This is the only way to assign a name for a name tag. Naming costs one experience level, plus more levels if you have worked on the item before.

You repair items by combining them with their base material. For example, you can repair an iron axe with iron ingots. You can enchant items with the anvil by combining an item with an enchanted book. This is the only way to get enchantments on a shear (Silk Touch, Efficiency, Unbreaking). You can also combine similar items that are already enchanted (an enchanted diamond sword with another enchanted diamond sword, for example) to create one weapon or tool that has the enchantments from both of the first two items. (Tip! When you are combining two enchanted items, try them in both slots. The experience cost can be different depending on which one is the sacrifice item, in the rightmost slot.) Anvils are the only way to get some of the most powerful enchantments. For the strongest (Level V) enchantments for Efficiency, Power, Sharpness, Smite, Bane of Arthropods, you must use the anvil to combine two items that each have a Level IV enchantment.

Besides their practical uses, anvils can be a great decorative element, by themselves or stacked up together.

Each action you perform on the anvil costs experience levels. There are some complicated calculations that determine the experience cost. Basically, there are separate costs for renaming, repairing, and combining enchantments, as well as an increased cost if your item has been worked on previously. If the cost is more than thirty-nine levels, the anvil won’t complete the repair and will give you the notice “Too Expensive!”

Enchanting with a book often costs less experience than combining two items. Anvils are better used for enchanted items usually, because repairing an unenchanted item can cost more than just replacing it. A really damaged diamond sword may take four diamonds to repair, when instead you can just make another sword with two diamonds and a stick.

Anvils are also one of the rare blocks in Minecraft that react to gravity (like sand and gravel), so they will fall if you place them over a block of air. They also cause damage: about two points of damage per block they have fallen, up to a maximum of forty points (twenty hearts). Anvils will last for about twenty-four repairs before they break and disappear with a loud clanging sound.


Apples fall from oak and dark oak trees. Each oak or dark oak leaf block has a one in two hundred chance of dropping an apple, although you will get better odds if you use a tool with the Fortune enchantment. In addition to being a quick snack, apples are used to make the very valuable golden apples.

Although apples theoretically only fall from oaks, you can still get them in a jungle. Jungle bushes are made from a single block of jungle wood and oak leaves. Because apples come from breaking leaf blocks, these jungle bushes can drop apples too (as well as oak saplings).


In addition to protecting you from sword, arrow, and contact attacks damage, armor will protect you from falling anvils, cacti, chicken eggs, explosions, fire, fireballs from blazes or ghasts, fire charges, and lava. Without enchantments, armor does not protect you from other types of damage, like drowning or suffocating, falling, continued fire exposure, the Void, or potions. However, enchantments can add those protections.

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