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What is the best way to retreive Glowstone in the nether? Usually it spawns above the lava and I'm having a hard time making bridges out of the netherrack.

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An amusing way is to deflect Ghast shots into it :D –  SaintWacko May 10 '13 at 14:11
    
I play mostly in peaceful mode so that wont help me. –  Young Guilo May 10 '13 at 14:12
    
Ah, okay. Well, it still wouldn't help for harvesting glowstone over lava, but it is fun! –  SaintWacko May 10 '13 at 14:14
    
Is your issue with bridges in general? Or bridges with netherrack? –  John May 10 '13 at 14:24
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You know that crouching (hold shift) makes you able to walk out to the very edge of a block without falling off, right? It makes it easy to walk backwards and build a bridge. –  SevenSidedDie May 10 '13 at 15:51
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Glowstone spawns in clusters on the ceiling of the nether usually. My preferred method for gathering it is to walk underneath a cluster, piller up with dirt or something else easily diggable, then build a platform underneath, so that as you break it no glowstone escapes.

When you're done, simply dig back down your pillar. On peaceful mode with no ghasts, this should be relatively straightforward :)

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He needed help with it being over lava –  shanodin May 10 '13 at 14:28
    
@AliceRees It's often over lava because much of the nether is, well, lava. Just find some that isn't is the best advice I can give... –  fredley May 10 '13 at 14:29
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This still works just fine if it's over lava. If you haven't mastered making horizontal bridges and vertical pillars in Minecraft, you should practice - it's useful. –  Shinrai May 10 '13 at 14:30
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I always take some stacks of cobblestone with me. The main reason is it act as barriers against Ghasts' fireballs.

You can also build bridges using the backward sneak method (can't fall when sneaking). Build yourself a platform and build up.

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