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How do I get to The Nether in Minecraft?

How does one get to The Nether area in Minecraft? I heard that portals would be used to teleport around the map, but in order to use the portals you have to go through The Nether area.
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Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft?

Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft? Without using normal methods like dropping sand or gravel on top of yourself or letting mobs attack you without fighting back, something like ...
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How far can redstone current travel?

I know that there is a 15 block limit before a repeater is needed, however I am looking for the TOTAL distance that current can travel. Is it infinite? Can I keep adding repeaters and go on forever? ...
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Can mobs see me through glass?

I would like to know if mobs can see me through glass and therefore pile up in front of my window even if I stand 2 square away? I currently have a rather small stone house with a wooden door and no ...
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What, exactly, is Bukkit for Minecraft?

I've read the documentation and everything I can find on this subject, but I'd like to know: What Bukkit does that vanilla Minecraft Server does not Why people decide to use it over vanilla ...
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How do we make our multiplayer spawn area less of a disaster zone?

My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet... ...
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What is an effective way to raise the water level on an entire world?

I would like to play in a water world with deep oceans and islands everywhere, not just occasional ocean biomes. I have looked for a good seed, but nothing really shows up. I am wondering if there is ...
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How can I easily get a lot of Iron?

While iron isn't very rare, it is needed for a lot, especially if you want to build a structure out of it, build long railways or something like that. What should you do to find/get a lot of iron ...
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Which configuration of armor enchantments gives maximum protection?

Prior to 1.4.6 it was a well known fact that the protection enchantment on armor was strictly superior to the other enchantments and that simply having a few pieces with protection III/IV would max ...
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My dog keeps catching on fire, what should I do?

My dogs keep walking through fires and dying. Is there a mod that makes them try and avoid it, or put themselves out (by heading for water) when they're on fire? I've lost countless dogs like this.
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How do I flood a mine?

I have built an aqueduct from what seems to be the sea to the underground level. But the water level never rises above 1 tile of depth. How to make it 2 tiles of depth?
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What's the best way to get grass onto a dirt platform?

I am making some more Biospheres, and need to get grass onto a raised dirt platform. For my previous pair, I created a dirt bridge from a nearby hill that was at the same level, but it took an age to ...
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Can lightning set stuff on fire?

Notch has just implemented lightning. I'm now too terrified to open up my treehouse map in case a storm burns it to the ground! Is this possible? Update I've unanswered this question, now that fire ...
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How do I keep two different versions of Minecraft installed?

When a major version of Minecraft is released, it takes a while before mods are updated to work with it. It can happen that you want to install the new version, but keep a copy of the old version with ...
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Will new Minecraft features appear in existing worlds?

I'm a new Minecrafter, and was wondering if new updates are backwards compatible. Specifically, will the new "Adventure Update" features (Beta 1.8) appear in existing worlds created with Beta 1.7 and ...
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What is a snow golem's range?

I want to incorporate snow golems into my mob grinders. How close does a hostile mob need to be in order for a snow golem to begin throwing snowballs?
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How do I move my spawn point?

I am spawning too far from my home. How do I move my spawn point?
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What's the safest way to farm obsidian without burning to death?

In single player Survival mode in Minecraft Alpha, what is the safest way to create an obsidian farm? I've come across naturally occurring in obsidian in Survival MP, but that was easy to mine because ...
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How do I drop an entire stack at once?

Is there a way to drop an entire stack at once (instead of pressing q 64 times)?
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How do you safely remove TNT?

Assuming GnomeSlice wasn't referring to himself in the third person as the 'friend' who did all this: A more direct (but boring) question would be, how do you safely remove TNT?
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What is the fastest way to move upward?

Since the last few releases have nerfed both water elevators and boat elevators, what is left standing as the fastest upward movement method? Ladders? Stairs? Are nerfed boat elevators still the ...
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How do I find mushroom biomes?

Minecraft's mushroom biome sounds like a pleasant place: Food in abundant supply, and zero hostile mob spawns. However, in all my time playing, I've never ever found one. Is there a trick to finding ...
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How do I pre-generate a Minecraft world?

I want to create a new world on our Minecraft server, but exploring a new map and generating terrain causes massive lag. Is there a way to pre generate the chunks (with the default map generator) in ...
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Can ghast fireballs break glass?

I'm thinking about building some glass structures in the Nether on my friends' SMP server (once 1.6 is released), and haven't spent enough time in SP to determine this for myself since I like to work ...
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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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What does right clicking with the sword equipped do?

In Beta 1.8, right clicking with the sword equipped angles it in front of you, while decreasing your walking speed: What exactly is this doing? Does it provide any benefit to combat?
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Can burning mobs set trees on fire?

I've built a tree house, it's going well, but I'm worried that mobs burning at dawn could bring the whole thing down in minutes. Is this possible?
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Does length dilation affect the Y axis in the Nether?

It's known that traveling one block in the Nether is equivalent to traveling 8 blocks in the real world, and I can confirm that along the X and Z axes by building four portals: two in the Nether and ...
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Why did my Zombie Pigmen form a flash mob?

I was journeying to the Nether when I noticed the most curious site outside my portal enclosure: ...
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Is there a way to automate harvesting cobblestone?

I have been working on a cobblestone generator. Being ultra-lazy, I don't want to spend countless minutes (and who knows how many pickaxes!) actually harvesting the cobblestone. Is there something I ...
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How far away can you mine blocks while standing in one place?

To my surprise, I could not find this by googling, but what is the arm reach of the player? As in, how far can you mine blocks while standing in one place?
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What is a 'chunk'?

Ok, so I know roughly that a chunk is like a mass of generated terrain in minecraft. I hear people say 'loading chunks' and I've seen questions about 'chunk errors' so I assume it is part of terrain ...
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What are the Endermen?

Notch's twitter feed has been talking about something called an Enderman. I can sort of gather that this is a new mob coming in minecraft 1.8, but neither Notch's twitter account or his blog contain ...
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How does light spread in Minecraft?

I understand that light levels decrease by 1 each block farther away from the source you get, but is that measured diagonally as well as along the axes? Another way of asking this is: does a light ...
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Can you turn weather off in Minecraft?

The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs ...
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Minimum safe spacing between lava and flamable materials?

It seems that containing lava in solid glass, stone and iron blocks may not be sufficient to prevent wool from burning, even if the lava is completely encased. After some delay, it seems that ...
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How do I create villages?

I would like to create a village. Apparently this is possible as of Minecraft 1.4.2, so how do I do it?
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How do I improve my chances of getting silk touch when enchanting?

I'd like to have an item enchanted with silk-touch, but of course the enchants are all random. Is there a combination of enchantment level and item material that would give me the best odds of ...
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Is a Creeper's blast radius affected by the surrounding material?

In Minecraft, I would like to build my house out of Glass for aesthetics, but I'm worried it will be very vulnerable to Creepers. In order to minimize potential damage, I'm thinking of building my ...
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No experience from mining iron?

I've noticed that you get experience orbs from mining coal, redstone and diamond. However, you do not get any from mining iron. Is there a reason behind this, or is it a bug?
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How can I disable creepers block damage on my Minecraft server?

Please note that these are NOT acceptable solutions: Completely disabling monsters (peaceful mode) Completely removing creepers Completely disabling explosions (TNT + Creepers) Disabling creeper ...
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Will monsters spawn on top of trees?

I'm covering everywhere near my house with my torches and building walls (using fences or blocks) around them, to make sure no creepers blow me up as I come out, or trample my sugar cane and wood. (I ...
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Why can't I destroy or place blocks?

I'm playing on a Survival world with cheats on, "easy" difficulty, and at night in-game. I didn't have a sword or anything to make a sword with, and I was starving, so I switched to Creative to give ...
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How do I build down?

I'm playing Skyblock, and after getting my cobblestone generator working, I'm planning on a total revamp of my entire little sky-island. However, I want to make certain that I don't lose important ...
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Easiest way to get the “ride a pig off a cliff” achievement?

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.. ...
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Is there a way to get water into the nether?

Just exploring the nether, found my first nether fortress, and lots of netherwart. Wanting to start brewing potions in the nether fortress, but getting a source of water is problematic. Is there a ...
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How can I make an Automatic egg harvester in Minecraft?

I have a breeding area filled with chickens. What I'd like to do is set up the area such that any eggs laid therein are automatically shuffled out of the pen to a place where it's easy to pick them ...
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How to lightning-proof a structure?

What's the best way to lightning proof a structure? I've seen some people attempt to place a 'ceiling' of glass at the top-most level of the map, but I don't know if this works or not (and it's a tad ...
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How do Minecraft mobs behave in water?

Several questions here related to mobs and water: When mobs enter water, do they swim at the top, or will they dive down? Can mobs spawn in the water? I assume mobs can exit water one block deep, ...
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How much damage does fire do in total before it burns out?

Tried Googling it a bit, yet never found an answer. Fire does damage at a rate of 1/2 heart per second, but how long do you stay on fire? How much total damage does fire do while not standing in it?