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How can I find the actual seed code for my map?

When a map is created randomly, how can we find the seed that it has generated ? I want to find some cool map in single player and when I'll find one, I want to get that seed and create it on my SMP ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does Herobrine exist?

I've seen videos of a mob named Herobrine being summoned or randomly encountered. He has the default Minecraft skin but with glowing white eyes. Are these videos all hoaxes or is there a way to summon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 to install mods for the new Minecraft launcher

I've recently changed to the new Minecraft launcher, and I have noticed a change in the .minecraft folder layout. I can no longer install mods just by copying it over into the versions/1.6.1 jar file, ...
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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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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 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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Finding my house in minecraft

I wandered too far to go look for sheep and now I'm on a completely different island. How do I find my way back to my house?
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Can the mobs climb ladders?

I need to prevent mobs from getting into my shelter, and I have an exposed lower area with a ladder leading up to the shelter proper. If a zombie or something spawns down there at night, can it reach ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you always spawn on sand?

In a recent Yogscast video it was mentioned that you always spawn on sand in a new world, is this true?
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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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How to hide your valuables in Minecraft?

People are always stealing my diamonds and other hard-to-find items. How can I hide them well enough to be sure no-one would steal them while I'm exploring? I've seen some ideas but none of them ...
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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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How far away do portals need to be so that they don't go to the same place?

I'm playing on a SMP server and am trying to use the Nether to link up all my disparate bases around the world. Note in the below, A is Overworld, B is Nether. I started with one portal (A1, thus ...
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If food is poisonous, should I eat it more quickly?

When I eat rotten flesh from a zombie, my health bar turns green, though still seems to increase. I've had people tell me to eat rotten meat quickly to avoid being poisoned, why is this?
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What is the best way to connect islands together in Minecraft?

I have several islands in Minecraft, and I would like a simple way to walk from one island to another, that is, connect them together in some way. I still don't want to prevent traveling by boat by ...
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How can I safely dig straight down?

I know you should never dig straight down but there are rare occasions where I don't really want to make a slow mine downwards. Sometimes I just want to dig down, find diamonds and come back up with ...
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How can I slow down a cart without causing it to stop?

I built a small homage to the booster while revisiting an old world, given that its place now lies in our hearts... and behind a glass case, museum style. This is placed alongside an existing piece ...