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What is the best angle for an enderpearl if I am aiming for distance?

I have only 1 ender pearl, and want to get as far as possible. What angle should I throw it at?
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Is there a list of error codes for Minecraft?

Similar to this question on the bugs in Minecraft, I would like a complete list of what error codes exist in Minecraft and how they occur, as well as how they can be resolved.
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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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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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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: The mob started with about six, and has over doubled in numbers over ...
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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 to disable hardcore in Minecraft?

My girlfriend accidentally enabled hardcore mode in Minecraft, dooming herself to experience the ultimate frustration sooner or later on her first playthrough. Is there any (presumably non-legitimate) ...
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Can Minecraft Pocket Edition play with a desktop Minecraft on LAN?

My kids are playing Minecraft on 2 PCs, creative mode. They are connected by the way of one of them starts a single player game on the other one than joins that game over the LAN. Can I, using ...
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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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What is the difference between a mod and a plugin

I know they both modify your gameplay, but I don't really know the difference and I feel like no one I ask truly knows. When I talk Minecraft with my friends mod and plugin show up often when I'm ...
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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 do you lengthen a redstone button signal in Minecraft?

I made a little redstone circuit to open a door (using pistons) with a button, but I was wondering how I could make the door stay open a little longer. I don't want to use a lever as I want it to ...
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Are there any blocks that spiders cannot climb?

I'm building a spider spawner exp farm, and I have everything planned out. Now the only thing is to build it. But what material should I use? Are there any blocks that a spider (either type) just ...
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Can trees grow without sunlight?

I've built an underground forest chamber in my main fort as a convenient lumber supply. It has a dirt floor and plenty of torches, but the trees I planted there haven't sprouted yet. I have heard ...
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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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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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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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How to channel Redstone current vertically?

I'm making a door with piston sliding sideways that reacts to pressure plates. As the pressure plates are sending the current to redstone at a very low level, I need to raise it somehow, and this ...
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Will unnaturally spawned villagers build a village?

If I spawn villagers in creative mode, will they build a village? Or do they even build anything?
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I have little fighting skill. How can I get rid of a Wither?

I have set up a Minecraft server for my 5-year-old son and a friend of his. They use it in creative mode to build stuff. Today, my son copied instructions he saw in a YouTube video and created a ...
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What items can be farmed fully automatically?

Cacti have always been farmable completely automatically. With pistons in 1.7, sugar cane can now be farmed in a fully automatic fashion as well. Mobs and animals can be farmed as well in giant mob ...
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Is it possible to change the difficulty of a server while it is running?

Is it possible to change the difficulty of a Minecraft server while it is running?
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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?
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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 better hunt Endermen?

Ever since Notch made Endermen teleport away from danger, they've gone from being scary to being giant chickens. Case in point: Yesterday, I saw an Enderman and wanted his pearl, so I looked at him. ...
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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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Can both my boys have a user on minecraft PC.

My son got MineCraft PC for his birthday. The account is under my e-mail and he has a name in the game (my terminology may be off as i do not play the game). My other son would also like to play ...
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Minecraft armor glitch?

So chestplates give you four armor, right? Okay. And boots give you one and a half armor. Except if they have taken damage, in which case they give you a little less, but nonetheless they give you ...
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Will wearing multiple fire protection armor pieces stack their effects?

I'm digging into the Minecraft enchantment system, and looking at the wiki, I see the same type of protection can't be on the same armor type – but what about different armors? More importantly to me, ...
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What is the most efficient village housing layout?

I'd like to add an 'apartment complex' to a village to boost its population. What would be the best floor plan for such a complex?
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Is this balcony Endermen-proof?

I have this pseudo-functional (but mostly for aesthetics) balcony just outside my mountain-side shelter: It gives me a nice view outside, and I can peer over the edge to the ground far below (30+ ...
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How can I collect a large amount of sand/glass without ruining the natural environment?

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that collecting a large amount of glass can lead to some really ugly landscapes where pretty much a large, stone hole is left after you take all the sand from the beach. ...
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How can you hide light sources while they still give light?

I would like to have a large underground room without it being either very dark or have light sources in the open (lava columns, torches). I use to build columns using stairs since they allowed light ...
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Will Netherrack burn if hit by lightning?

I have lots of netherrock sitting in my inventory and I want to build some structures with it. Just wondering if I would have to weatherproof them, given that netherrack burns indefinitely, or if it ...
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Creating cantilevers in Minecraft

I found an elevated place in Minecraft and would like to expand its borders. However it seems I can't add a block adjacent to a surface without being able to see that surface, and on an elevated area ...
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When do mobs despawn in Minecraft?

I understand monsters only spawn in a 9 x 9 grid of chunks centered on the player, and I assume they stay around while they remain within that distance of you. But do they despawn as soon as you move ...
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Is it possible in Minecraft to switch over from survival to creative in single player?

This question is regarding the minecraft Beta 1.8 prerelease -- I have a beautiful house in single player survival which I'd like to record while flying. I want to be able to change the game mode of ...
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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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How do I create a very long delay with Redstone?

The only things I've found so far are a cart method (which ceased working in 1.6), a dispenser method (utilizing the decay on dropped items, but this requires occasional feeding), and a binary counter ...
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Why is there a tower of glass in my lake?

While exploring I've found a tower of glass blocks coming out of a lake in Minecraft. As far as I can tell they go up to the top limit of the world. It also goes down in to the ground, as you can ...
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Why doesn't my hopper deposit items in the box?

I've decided to replace the piston-powered "item slider" on the bottom of the mob grinder with a hopper attached to a chest. A similar setup elsewhere works fine, but here - the hopper accepts the ...
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I've been bitten by a cave spider, how can I cure the poison?

I've been bitten by a cave spider in a dungeon and now I'm poisoned. I'm taking too much damage when poisoned and I want to be cured. I know when eating rotten flesh, I can be poisoned too, so an ...
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There are slimes all over my mob trap. How can I get rid of them?

My mobtrap was working perfectly a few hours ago. After relogging to the server, a massive amount of slimes spawned in my trap. They seem to be unkillable and block the canal and grinder. How can I ...
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When does Minecraft decide to start playing gameplay music?

I've played mostly with Minecraft's music muted since Alpha, and have just recently started keeping it on while I play. In the latest version (1.10), the subtle gameplay music seems to kick in ten or ...
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Which blocks require the Silk Touch enchantment, or benefit from it?

In Minecraft, which blocks: Can only be acquired with a Silk Touch enchanted tool, or Do not drop themselves or 100% of their components when broken, so Silk Touch is still useful, even if the block ...
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Why does my character skin keep reverting to a naked girl?

Why does my character's skin keep reverting to a naked girl? I thought someone figured out my password, so i changed it, but after a week or so it got changed back. I have used mod tools to add ...
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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?