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I'm having some difficulty getting this achievement - currently I am placing my saddle on a pig close to a cliff, but as soon as I jump on the pig always turns around and walks back towards safety..

Any tips on getting my porcine friend to play nice?

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Title should read "How do I ride a pig off a cliff?" :) – Arkive Apr 25 '11 at 15:44
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Here's how one guy got it done:

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Seems like overkill, according to this. – Keaanu Apr 25 '11 at 14:37
I agree, this is a little overkill but basically how I ended up doing it - you don't need to dig such a large pit, just enough for the pig to take damage – soulBit Apr 25 '11 at 17:50
Once the pig is near the ledge, you can hit it (while still riding it) to bump it off. No need to wait for the pig to jump. – Jason Plank Apr 25 '11 at 20:04
I can't help but think pushing it off with water would be easier than that video – Robotnik Jun 25 '13 at 11:49

Update ver 1.4.2 added a Carrot on a Stick, an item used to control where the pig will move and where it will move. Using that will enable you to easily control your pig for the achievement.

It is a good idea to have the Feather Falling enchantment on some armor to protect yourself from the fall; also advisable is having a pool of water below to break your fall (no fall damage, qualifies for achievement)

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Carrot on a Stick was added on Oct 25, 2012 (ver 1.4.2). Added to dev versions on Sep 6th, 2012 (12w36a). – PeterL Mar 18 '13 at 18:59

You can help yourself with a bucket of water placed opposite to the cliff. The flow will push the pig off.

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Use a carrot on a stick to guide the pig off the cliff, but it's recommended you have diamond boots enchanted with feather falling if the cliff is more than 22 blocks high.

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