Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Depending on which way I'm facing when I place a door, it will either be on one side of a cube border or another. Are there any game mechanics that make use of the door's alignment which I should be aware of, or is it purely cosmetic?

Door placed from this side Door outside

Door placed from opposite side Door inside

share|improve this question
    
Do we need a door tag? –  Ullallulloo Feb 10 '11 at 16:17
    
@Ullallulloo: Not really. It was an attempt to make the site the #1 reference for everything door related. –  Brant Feb 10 '11 at 16:45
1  
I think that Home Improvement would be better suited for that. :p –  Ullallulloo Feb 10 '11 at 16:56
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 19 down vote accepted

I believe doors allow attacks in one direction. So if you mount the door from the outside, you can attack through it, but you cannot be attacked (or be shot by skeletons) from outside.

I can't find an official source on this, but this thread discusses it (see the last post), and this blog entry (see number 5) seems to confirm it.

share|improve this answer
2  
This information is indeed in the links provided, but let's have it all in one place: The correct placement of the door is from outside. –  Tomasz Łazarowicz Nov 5 '10 at 1:09
2  
If you place a door from the outside, you can attack from the inside. I find this the most useful. –  Jonathan Drain Nov 5 '10 at 1:16
3  
This doesn't seem to be true anymore. As of the latest patch, left-clicking opens doors, so attacking through the door will open it.... probably not what you intended to do. –  tylerl Nov 5 '10 at 6:45
1  
Just tested this in the new version. If you stand in the square which the door swings through, and stand flush with the door, you can attack through it normally without opening. –  Jonathan Drain Nov 5 '10 at 17:14
    
It's not "one way", the door is considered part of the whole block, and if you're "in" the block, attacks against the door hit in that block (where you are). If the enemy is in that block however, attacks "through" the door will hit it. @tylerl, you can still shoot arrows at it. –  Chris S Nov 8 '10 at 3:37
show 1 more comment

The direction of the door dictates where it will be (and obstruct) when it is open. In cases where safety is not an issue, just convenience, I place doors such that they open onto the side of the opening that I am less likely to run into.

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can't place a block on the same spaces as a door. However, you can wall up a door from the other side.

In context with your pictures, it's the difference between being able to place a block on the dirt square in front of the door. You shouldn't be able to in the first, but you can in the second.

The block in question also determines which way the door "swings" when you click it.

share|improve this answer
add comment

I think it affects the direction the door opens. Although I am not sure if the door opens away from you as you place it or towards you.

This can be important if there is a mob on the other side of your door. If it opens towards the mob then you can safely bash them through the door. If it opens towards you then you might accidnetally open the door and let them in!

share|improve this answer
1  
Doors open towards you, as you were standing when you placed it. The top picture opens towards me. –  Brant Nov 5 '10 at 0:38
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.