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What is the best tactic for early survival in minecraft?

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asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by adamski11 Adept (789 points)   6 22

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A starter guide and survival tips can be found on:
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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Chop tree, make wood, bench for crafting, wood pickaxe, get stone, stone pickaxe, find coal, make light, dig somewhere and stay there during the night, then you can do more things.

answered 8 years ago by luke_triton Journeyman (698 points)   13
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Tackle the first trees you find, grab some wood and replant any tiny trees that that drop.

Make yourself a workbench, then some wooden tools.

Get your bearings and find a good place to start digging, hopefully with some coal to get some torchs going.  Seal yourself in so no randoms crash your place (especially at night).

Make some new tools and a sword.  Then start finding that prime real estate and begin your building.
answered 8 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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A mindset of caution is probably the most important thing to have, but it is not essential, nor should caution over-ride anything else. Just keep your eyes and ears open, especially at night. However, surviving the first night is easy. You don't have many resources to worry about losing, and you can spend the night in saftey carving out a hole in a mountain to live in. 12 wood blocks, then some coal; those are the only things you need to ensure survival.


Don't try to build a gigantic structure on the surface until you have the resources to make it safe, I.E. a ton of torches for surface lighting. Also, it's a good idea to have an emergency supply chest, full of useful things for when you die and respawn. A suit of armor would be best, to make lost item retrieval easier.
answered 8 years ago by kodiakus Journeyman (644 points)   6
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Immediately get enough wood to get one of each tool. After you made all of them, go on top of a hill or on the trees and build a small house out of wood. Make sure to get at least 3 wool before night to make a bed, and you shouldn't have to worry about night anymore then. You can even just climb up a singular tree (so as to not provide shade for monsters to stay in in the day) and sleep on the tree in your bed. I have done this dozens of times and sleeping on 1 tree never got me killed.

Hope this helps :)
answered 8 years ago by Killercheese Mercenary (1,262 points)   2 13
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My basic first day survival strategy in minecraft is to rush to get either coal or charcoal in order to make torches for the first night. Usually I'll start by cutting down a tree and making a workbench and a wooden pick. Then I'll mine some stone and make a stone pick, shovel, axe, and sword. While I'm doing this, I'm looking out for any mountains that have exposed stone surfaces as these are very likely to havae some coal exposed as well. If, by night fall, I have not found any coal, I'll start making charcoal out of any wood that I have and chop down some more while it's cooking. Then I finish up by making some torches and by digging some hole in the wall to survive the first night. During the first night, I start my first mine.
answered 8 years ago by BobDorian Hero (3,769 points)   2 7 34
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Basically at start all u need is lots,and lots,and lots,and lots,and lots of wood :)
answered 8 years ago by vladaB Journeyman (693 points)   1 2 8
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Get some wood as fast as you can, and find either 1: 8 stone, or 2: several coal.

Then, if you have the time, find a couple sheep until you have 3 wool. Once you have 3 wool make a bed.

If you found 8 stone, create a furnace and burn a Wood Log to create charcoal for some torches.

If you found coal, use coal to make torches.

Then I would recommend digging into the side of a mountain on the first day, making a small room. You can use that as your home base while you build a better house. When you place your bed, I would recommend doing it so it isn't touching an outside wall at first, because from my experience, it seems like when a bed is placed against a wall for the first time, you get woken up by a monster more frequently.
answered 8 years ago by Triviate Journeyman (724 points)   1 13
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answered 8 years ago by GrammarFuhrer Journeyman (702 points)   4
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When I started playing Minecraft, my tactic for survival was pretty much hide in a hole in the ground while listening to the sounds of monsters roaming about. I rarely went spelunking, because I really had no clue what I was doing. So I would just say play really cautiously.
answered 8 years ago by funymunky Journeyman (630 points)   1
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There are many tutorials and opinions on this, however there are some basic steps which must be taken to ensure you "survive the first night" as is the common expression! These involve getting together a decent amount of wood, crafting a bench then axe, finding some coal then building a shelter around your bench so that you may craft torches and other wood items during the night. After this start to gather food and build an inventory of tools to ensure you always have what you need.
answered 8 years ago by Javindo Adept (849 points)   1 7
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This isn't much but auto matically whether its dirt while you getting cobble or even sand have a shelter and torches
answered 8 years ago by djs Soldier (2,570 points)   3 10 39
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Focus on wood and coal gathering first.
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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well, what i do on my first night is dig a hole 3 cubes deep, cover the top, and cry myself to sleep!
answered 8 years ago by anonymous  

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