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Questions tagged [minecraft]

Mojang's exploration and survival based sandbox game in almost endless, procedurally generated worlds. This tag is for (vanilla) Minecraft on the PC. See the tag wiki for related tags. Please note that questions requesting technical support for modded Minecraft crash issues are off-topic.

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What tools do you use to help you build structures? [closed]

When looking at Minecraft pictures, I see that lots of people build lots of really neat structures, but I really wonder how they build some structures. Are the using some external tool to help them ...
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Is it possible for a Mob to spawn *right next to* the player in Minecraft?

According to Minepedia/Light, the changes that occurred in the Halloween update make torches useless for level 16 and below (incidentally, also the level where diamonds start). Now, that's all fine ...
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Can redstone torches provide enough light to prevent monster spawning?

I know that redstone torches are dimmer than normal (coal) torches. I also know that someday torches won't last forever and we will need to craft lanterns. But today I got an idea... I have tons of ...
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What is the creeper's “activation” radius?

I'm building my little base so that I can see around where I'm currently located at night, so see whether it's safe to go out the next morning, etc. I'd like to make my outer wall out of glass for ...
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Where do Minecraft texture packs go on OS X?

I play Minecraft on OS X and for some reason clicking this button doesn't do anything. Where should I be putting my texture packs?
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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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How does armor work in Minecraft?

How much does armor diminish damage taken? Also, how is it's durability calculated? Is it worth making a set of diamond armor or is leather just as good (seeing as leather isn't used for anything else)...
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Redstone Circuitry - Resistors?

Is there any way to construct a resistor within a redstone circuit? I was thinking that there might be some properties of cobblestone versus glass, dirt versus obsidian, etc. but I haven't had the ...
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How much longer does it take to mine blocks underwater or while airborne?

I noticed that when my feet aren't firmly placed on the ground, it takes significantly longer to mine blocks, even with high-end tools. Is there a factor that mining time is increased by for these ...
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Is there any way to reuse a boat?

I would like to know how to dock or pick up my boat. I've been unsuccessful with this in the past, either breaking the boat on land or just leaving it behind. It would save a lot of time and materials ...
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How to create bows and arrows?

I need to kill!
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How do I craft a chest?

I want to have a place to store my items in case I get full of items or die.
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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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Is there a directory for public servers?

How do I find public Minecraft servers? Is there a directory of them?
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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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What is the most reliable way to get saplings from leaves?

I've started trying my hand at tree farming (I was starting to reach a tipping point where cutting trees was affecting the aesthetic of my base island). After an initial few rounds cutting trees and ...
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What is the average rate at which sufficiently lit grass spreads in a line?

I've built those corridors that let me go across the lake. As I went back and forth on them to reach my mine and shelter, I noticed the grass slowly advancing over the area. This gave me a crazy idea ...
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How can I level water?

It may be my inner OCD, but situations like this annoy me to no end. Sometimes, a patch of water is "ruined" for no apparent rational reason and all attempts to restore it to normality are met with ...
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Is there a canonical list of Minecraft bugs?

Is there a good official/semi-offical list of Minecraft bugs somewhere. I occasionally experience weird behaviors and I want to know if the bug is already known, and I should just accept it since I ...
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Is there a way to see how deep I am?

Is there a way to see how deep a hole I've dug in Minecraft, besides counting the number of squares I've dug through? I realize at some point there is bedrock so if I can't see how far down I am, can ...
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If I'm already above the clouds — how much higher can I go?

What Z-Level are the clouds at? I've found the perfect place to build my minecraft base Right there, in the orange circle. But I can't help but notice. That's pretty damn high. I know minecraft has ...
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What is the minimum safe spacing between trees to contain forest fires?

After trying to implement a minor controlled burn to tame the wild forests surrounding my home, I managed to create what I shall heretofore refer to as The Burning Land. It occurred to me that we do ...
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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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Can creatures follow me through a portal?

Can creatures from both the Nether and the Overworld follow me through a portal? Is it safe to build a portal in the open, or should it be surrounded in a cobblestone hut to prevent unwanted ...
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How is fall damage calculated in Minecraft?

How does the game determine how much damage you take? Is there a formula out there that determines how many hearts of damage you take per blocks fallen?
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Are the days and nights in Minecraft of equal length?

It might just be subjective, but to me the nights seem to be longer than the days. Barely have I gone outside to collect some sand to make glass, or see if I can find that promising looking cave again ...
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Is there a Mac inventory editor for Minecraft server?

I've got a minecrack inventory editor for Macs running on local maps but what about for the 'classic' server setup? There are clearly one-per-user inventory files in the server world directory but my ...
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How do I survive in the Nether?

Whenever I travel to the Nether in Minecraft, I almost instantly get blasted to smithereens and chopped up into little pieces. How do I survive in the Nether, at least long enough to build some sort ...
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Can fish be caught in all water tiles?

The Halloween update for Minecraft added an actual function for fishing rods; you can actually catch fish with them now! To do so, you right click and you cast the line. Can fish be caught in all ...
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Is it possible to lay a block adjacent to another without looking at the face of the existing block?

I want to build a bridge over a valley to allow fast travelling between 2 areas. The only way I can see to do it is this: Build steps up to the level I need. Move right to the end of the last block ...
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What version of Minecraft am I playing?

I finally decided to go ahead and buy Minecraft. I purchased a premium account via paypal, downloaded the client, logged in, and am at a main menu screen: Single-Player Multi-Player Play Tutorial (...
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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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Is there any way to cause lava source blocks to replicate in Minecraft?

You can create an infinite well using two buckets of water and a hole that is one block deep and two blocks by two blocks wide. I'm wondering if it's possible to do a similar thing with lava, now ...
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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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Farming using Mob Spawners in Minecraft

I have a couple of Mob Spawners surrounded by torches (thus rendered inert), and I want to try using them to farm enemy drops. What's the most efficient setup to automatically kill spawned mobs and ...
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How can I make a skeleton shoot a creeper?

I believe this is the way to get records. Has it always just been a matter of luck for everyone, or has anyone set out to deliberately do this? If there is some kind of technique to this, please share....
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Is there a way to kill yourself immediately?

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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What rare items exist in Minecraft, and where can I find them?

What are the rare materials/drops in Minecraft? I'm talking about things you might never find, except perhaps in chests near mob spawners, or by some convoluted collection process. I already know ...
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Is it possible to connect to an SMP server without authenticating?

The problem that I'm currently encountering is that the authentication server is down. I can start Minecraft and select "play offline". I then attempt to connect to a survival multiplayer server, ...
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Can I load and save my Minecraft maps to My Dropbox?

Is it possible to setup Minecraft so that the maps are loaded and saved from a different folder (like my Dropbox folder)? Where are they stored by default?
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Does a larger lava pillar produce a lot more light?

I'm planning on making a beacon, using lava source blocks at the top, encase in glass. Topdown view . . . G G G G L G G G G . . . where G = glass, and L = lava. Then I thought to myself, would ...
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Do Minecraft save files use a Python interface?

How do Minecraft save files work? Is there a Python interface?
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What are the properties of fire?

How exactly does fire act in Minecraft? Specifically, I'm wondering about things like: Which materials are flammable? Within how many blocks of a flaming block can a block catch fire? When you're on ...
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How short can a minecart booster be and still be effective? [closed]

In alpha and beta versions of Minecraft (prior to Minecraft Beta 1.6), 'Minecart Boosting' takes advantage of the minecart's physics when next to another cart to propel itself forward. How many ...
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How often does Minecraft talk to the server?

Does Minecraft only talk to it's online server to authenticate you have a premium account? Does it not talk to it after it has authenticated? Or does it do something else online?
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Why can I move water in Minecraft SMP Alpha?

Is water movable on an SMP alpha server? Last night I tried to make a greenhouse with water for the crops and every time I dropped the water in the trench it did not spread and disappeared within 3-4 ...
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What does Minecraft's scary music mean?

Apparently it means there is a dungeon around but I can never find any? If it does mean dungeons how far away will it trigger?
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How can I play multiplayer against creeps on Minecraft SMP servers?

I purchased Minecraft yesterday and from what I've read, I understand that there are survival multiplayer servers, but so far none have any survival elements. Most have day/night cycles, but you can't ...
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How can I safely explore far away from my spawn point?

I originally built a nice fortification just up the hill from my spawn point for convenience (yes, I do die every once in a while), but now that I've used efficient mining to clear out a good chunk of ...
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How do you create a waterfall elevator?

In Minecraft Alpha Single Player Survival, what are the specifications to create a waterfall elevator to go from the bottom of a long mine shaft to the surface?