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In Minecraft, I often find myself being ambushed by hostile mobs as the sun starts to set, especially when I'm far away from my base. What is the most effective way to escape from monsters/hostile mobs in Minecraft?

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See also: Which mobs can I out-run?. –  Schism Feb 16 '13 at 2:16
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Also, see also: How do I quickly create a safe shelter? –  Robotnik Feb 17 '13 at 11:05

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If it's not a spider or a skeleton, or if they're far enough away, you could always escape from above by building a tower out of a stack of dirt.

This is most effective against zombies, endermen, further-away skeletons, Zombie Pigmen, and other ground-bound mobs. Once safely in the air and out of reach, you can build a bridge away from the mob.


Alternate Strategy: Drop some water at your feet and run in the opposite direction. Mobs are absolutely terrible at navigating water. This of course requires a bucket of water, but can save you in a pinch if your weapons are all busted.

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If it's possible carry a splash potion of swiftness and run to your base (reason for splash potion and not regular is that you can use it quickly)

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If you are in single player mode, use a bed. Always carry a bed with you. When it gets dark, place the bed, and sleep. Then you miss the night, and all the monster fun, and can get on with work in the morning.

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This question is a little short, could you please elaborate? –  meme scientist Feb 16 '13 at 17:27
    
Sorry, but monsters can sometimes interrupt your sleeping and wake you up in the middle of the night. –  Meraj99 Feb 22 '13 at 11:14

Double pressing the 'forward' key to sprint should give any mob a hard time trying to catch you, even an angry Enderman. Looking at @Jame's answer here, you can see that every mob has a 16 block radius, so you just need to sprint for about five seconds to stop being chased by that mob. Also, if you are in a tight space, you can punch the mob. Don't be afraid to move up, just keep hitting it until it is dead. You could dig a 1 by 3 hole down, and then cover up the block above your head. This will keep you safe until morning. Alternatively, you can always carry a bed with you, and skip the night that way (instead of waiting until morning).

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This is a pretty bad answer I feel, first of all W and or mouse 1 may be mapped to something different, you should use the action label associated with the key. Second, your tip about creepers will generally result in an unarmored players death, as you even mention, which defeats the entire purpose of your answer. He was asking how to run, IE: AVOID death. Third assuming he is running properly there is no reason he should be punching creepers as he will swiftly outdistance just about any mob that would be giving him problems, punching the creeper is pointless and dangerous. –  Ender Feb 16 '13 at 13:14
    
@Ender Fixed, added some stuff too. –  Jeffrey Lin Feb 20 '13 at 20:42

I find that the most effective way to escape is to simply build a small 1x1x2 hut around me, tab out, and wait until morning. I generally carry a stack of cobble/dirt around with me, both for this purpose and for impromptu staircases.

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I don't know about you, but every time I do that the first thing I see when I dig out in the sunlight is a creeper. I swear they know I was trying to avoid them. –  Zoredache Feb 16 '13 at 21:58

You could also just start digging. Dig 3 blocks down in a stairway formation real quick, and then start tunneling home. Be sure to throw a few blocks behind you to prevent yourself from being followed.

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How would you start tunneling home if you were far away from your base (say, 5000 blocks?) –  Anderson Green Feb 16 '13 at 16:39
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@AndersonGreen one block at a time. –  Ender Feb 16 '13 at 19:07
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If you are that far away, then tunnel down to a lava pool, create some buckets, make a nether gate. –  Zoredache Feb 16 '13 at 21:57
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I am usually able to escape monsters quickly and easily by carrying boats with me, and staying close to the shore whenever possible. This allows me to make a quick getaway from monsters whenever they get close, since the boats let me travel much faster than running or walking, and consume no hunger either. Boats also can move much faster than any hostile mob, which makes it easy to outrun them.

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