Questions tagged [minecraft-java-edition]

A 3D exploration and survival sandbox game, based in large generated worlds made of blocks. This tag is for the Java-based edition of Minecraft for PCs. For other editions of the game, please use the tag specific to that edition, e.g. [minecraft-bedrock-edition]

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Acquiring different tree barks in Minecraft

I'd like to collect different bark types from trees to build a house but I'm having a hard time growing trees with birch and dark barks. If I plant a sapling then what is the probability of getting a ...
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What constitutes a fatal fall into one block deep water?

Fall damage is (blocks-3)/2. So a 23 block drop (or more) should kill you (or a mob). But if I'm building a falling trap and want to use water to collect the items dropped, how much higher does it ...
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Why are items carried by water in Minecraft slower than the player carried by water?

Ive been building various monster grinders lately and using water flows to bring the items dropped to a collection point. I've noticed that the items pushed along by the water travel much slower than ...
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How to get off a minecart unharmed

In Minecraft, when I exit a minecart, I often lose half a heart (sometimes even more). But occasionally I don't get harmed. I wasn't able to find a rule, what to do to exit the cart unharmed ... is ...
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What is the attack bonus when falling/jumping?

When you are falling, or otherwise moving downwards, what is your attack bonus?
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How do you power consecutive blocks from below to make a large hatch?

The typical way to close/open several hatches in a row (e.g. to make a drawbridge) is to just lay a wire across the top of all the blocks the trap doors are attached to. How do you accomplish the ...
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Possible to travel between worlds in SMP

As seen in Creative mode, you could travel between different worlds or maps. I was wondering if such would be possible on SMP. I currently run Hey0.
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When is the map location and zoom level set?

I'm about to craft a map in Minecraft, but want to make one of my main base, not my snow outpost where I currently am. Is the location and zoom level set when the map is crafted, or is on first view? ...
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Speed up minecarts without using other minecarts?

For a while I used the (formerly) well known minecart boosters for speeding up other minecarts. Furnace minecarts are nice because you don't need typical boosters, but I don't think they can be ...
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Reliable self-start minecart booster in smp? [closed]

In my smp server, I've been creating a rail system to travel long distances between minecart stations. At each station I utilize track switches to set your destination, and a self start booster to ...
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What does 'Distance flown' actually mean?

There's a distance climbed and a distance fallen, so it can't be those..and it wouldn't be actual flying since they are mods.
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What's the cause of the South/West Rule?

The South/West Rule has a wide variety of effects throughout the game. What actually causes it?
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Is it normal to be able to put signs on each other? (Minecraft)

As of Beta 1.5_01, is it normal to be able to put signs on each other? Not in your inventory, but in the actual world, like this:
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Movement and digging/mining speed

I have noticed that when falling/climbing on ladders/submerged in water/swimming while mining/digging/chopping wood the speed at which blocks are destroyed is greatly reduced. What kinds of movement ...
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Monster spawning patterns and mob grinder layout

Most mob grinders I've seen have a broad flat room for the monsters to spawn in. But I saw one recently that was a tall tower instead. That seemed more convenient. If you wanted to expand it you could ...
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Can Moss Stone (Mossy Cobblestone) be found in SMP?

I recall finding Moss Stone on one of my single-player maps some time ago... however I haven't seen it recently (after taking a break from MC around Beta 1.2, I've now started playing again on Beta 1....
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How much space is required for a ghast to spawn?

According to MinecraftWiki: Ghasts are able to spawn anywhere in the Nether, as long as there is sufficient space. Exactly how much space do they need? If one builds a base in the Nether how can ...
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Minecraft seeds for a high landscape? [closed]

Which Minecraft seeds can generate a massive high-altitude landscape?
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Why can't I seem to connect to a Minecraft server through Remobo?

I'm using Remobo to connect to a server but when I try to connect in Minecraft it'll just time out.
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How to nerf ghasts with nethrar?

Nethrar is a bukkit plugin to offer a Netherworld experience in SMP. Unfortunately, worldguard doesn't seem to offer an anti-ghast-destruction option like the creeper option that prevents creeper's ...
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Can I grab the minecraft server save files directly from the server?

For example, my friend, x has a awesome server map. I want to play it offline on my computer, but I can't seem to find any way to get the save files and then play it offline. So, is there any way for ...
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How can I change my room to sleep safely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Minecraft Nightmares (or, how to not get woken by mobs!) I have tried different combinations, I just shown two examples, but I am always wake up by monsters. How can I change ...
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Is there anything I can do to attract spiders in Minecraft?

I really need to kill some spiders so I can make a bow and fishing rod, but there are no spiders to be seen in my vicinity. Is there a technique I can use to either attract them to a known location ...
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Play the same saved world around the (real) world seamlessly

I use Ubuntu and what I have in mind is this: 1) Create a folder in Ubuntu One to save my minecraft game 2) Make the new location the default location in minecraft. This way, I would be able to play ...
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What's the best program to use to record Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I record demos of my gameplay? I want to record myself playing Minecraft, what program should I use?
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Hiding minecarts, security system

Some time ago I have seen a minecart security mechanism which hid the minecarts below the surface and made them appear on a lever-switch. It appeared between two diagonally placed blocks (viewing from ...
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How can I build an underwater tunnel?

EDIT: After using @Nick's method I have completed the tunnel. While the effort was indeed worth it, I think unless sponges come to SSP...next time I'll build a bridge. Next thing is a station...but ...
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Boats keep breaking in my canal

I have a canal that is 4 wide, and 1 block deep. The entire canal is made of source blocks and completely level. Unfortunately my boats keep breaking after only travelling a 50-60 blocks when I try ...
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If I fly a pig off a cliff, but land in water, do I still get the achievement?

The determining factor for getting the Fly a Pig Off a Cliff achievement seems to be that the pig takes damage on landing. Is this actually the case? I'm wondering whether landing the pig in water ...
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How high must a cliff be to fly a pig off of it?

How high does the cliff have to be in order to obtain the Minecraft achievement? Are there any other requirements? I've trapped a pig, saddled it, and am digging away around the enclosure to create a '...
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Making SMP Minecraft more challenging

Is there any way for me to make SMP Minecraft more challenging? My wife and I are getting a bit bored, but if it was more difficult to stay alive and prosper, I think the game wouldn't drag on as much ...
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Loaded up minecraft save game, and I'm inside rock?

I just loaded up my most recent save in Minecraft, and I appear to be underground, inside some rocks. I've seen this before a couple times (eg, the bug when exiting a cart), or when under falling sand....
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Longer render distances in minecraft [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to increase the maximum horizon render distance in Minecraft? Is there some way I can increase the render distance in minecraft? I have the fog at maximum ...
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Changing Minecraft Biomes

In Minecraft, biomes are (supposedly) decided by an area's calculated temperature and moisture. A very "dry" area may be a desert, a "cold" area may be a tundra, etc. This also affects things like ...
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How long do dropped items of mobs (loot) stay? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long/What causes item to disappear in Minecraft? Hey there, i read here a lot about your own dropped item's, and that they will stay for about 5min after their drop ... ...
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What dyes are now available in Minecraft?

Notch just updated the game and reintroduced dyed blocks - in the form of wool + a specific dye. Apparently there's 15 new dyes, obtainable through various means - but I can't seem to find ...
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Is game world affected by the draw distance? (SMP)

For example, spawning of mobs, dissapearing of items, minecarts going by themselves, is any of that affected by the draw distance? For example, obvisouly, the mobs do not spawn in the whole world (...
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How to get minecraft coordinates in SMP when F3 launches IE [duplicate]

I need coordinates for Minecraft in SMP, I know that you should press F3 but that launches IE and takes focus to IE making me unable to find coordinates. How can I find coordinates?
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Artificial Lake Minecraft

Is there any way to create an artificial lake in minecraft? I am familiar with the system of "spring" water blocks and how to create an infinite supply of water with two blocks together, but how do ...
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Minecraft: does the server auto-updates the new features into the existing save?

Does the minecraft server automatically add the new features once updated, even in the old saves, or it only does that in the new games?
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What's the point of white dye?

When you use Bone Meal as a dye on Wool, you just get Wool in return. Also, once Wool has been dyed another color, it cannot be dyed white again. What's the point of using Bone Meal if it doesn't ...
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Are the walls slowing down minecarts?

Does the minecart slow down when riding between two adjacent walls? About 20% of my track is boosters, but the minecarts are still slowing down too fast. So I thought that maybe it's because of the ...
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Do dropped items in Minecraft decay, and if so, after how long? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long/What causes item to disappear in Minecraft? New Minecraft player and I am trying to dump my wooden tools and rock tools now that I am smelting iron. My solution so ...
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Minecraft redstone circuit turns off all other circuits after any of them are turned on

What I'm trying to do is to get the momentary switches to activate the paths on the left of the RS NOR latches and when you activate one it deactivates all the other activated switches. The idea is ...
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How can I build a secure shelter in Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to quickly create a safe shelter I just got the game yesterday, and while I'm dying and restarting a ton of times while attempting to learn the ropes, I'm having a really ...
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Minetracks and Redstone - preventing the track from fixing itself

This is my current minetrack setup. The red marked part is supposed to go up, such that it works as a booster. On the left handed side you can see a wire going to the other track that is behind the ...
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How does distance affect the disappearance of items after death?

Could someone please explain the reason items disappear when you die a far distance from spawn? Do you have any tips on how to reduce item loss? Or any suggestions that stop the items from ...
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Does it matter which way a door is facing in Minecraft?

Depending on which way I'm facing when I place a door, it will either be on one side of a cube border or another. Are there any game mechanics that make use of the door's alignment which I should be ...
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A “Lockdown” function for Minecraft?

Hey guys, just wondering, I have a large house/base that is divided into four sections. I want to implement a redstone circuit that will automatically close all the doors that are connected to the ...
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Why do Minecraft double doors behave the way they do with redstone? [closed]

I've seen videos that explain how to make redstone double doors, but none of them really explain why redstone double doors work that way, just that they do. Is there an explanation for their ...