9 Epic Minecraft Secrets, Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Minecraft is one of the most popular video game where the worlds (or the map) is randomly generated for every player. So, it stays relevant and exciting even for the veteran players. Even I’ve played it and I’ve also experienced games that are similar to Minecraft. Minecraft is hands-down addictive if you get the hang of it.

Well, if you log in to YouTube often, you might have observed that the most popular YouTuber PewDiePie recently started playing Minecraft as well. Indeed, the video game is popular and unique which makes the player base huge. But, just like every other video game, wouldn’t you like to know some pointers to improve yourself in the game?

In this article, I will be mentioning some of the best Minecraft Secrets, Tips & Tricks that you may find useful.

9 Useful Minecraft Secrets, Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know About

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Just to be clear, I am not here to discuss any cheats (or shortcut) to level up faster or anything similar. These are the Minecraft secrets and tips to help you improve in the most efficient way and some of the things that you might have missed doing in-game.

1. Obtaining Coal Without Mining

You know that you need to farm for a lot of things on Minecraft – be it resources or weapons of any kind. However, there’s a way to acquire coal without even mining for it.

You just have to make a furnace and smelt some logs – and voila! You have coal with you.

The only downside of this technique is that you will not be able to make coal blocks – but it is still a good Minecraft trick if you really want the coal.

2. Tweak the Game Setting for Brightness

Some do – and some don’t. And, it is worth mentioning that you do not need to light up a torch in the game to clearly see what’s going on.

By default, the game has a moody brightness setting, so you just have to change it “Bright” for a better vision.

3. Make An Emergency Shelter

When you’re exploring the world – you will also encounter danger coming your way. Maybe, it is dark out there. Or maybe you are just alone in a very bad place.

What do you do when you see enemies coming to attack you then? Of course, unless you have the firepower to fight back.

You can simply start digging three blocks down and then put a block above you to keep yourself safe. Well, this is the fastest and the most efficient way.

If you have more time, you can make sure that you have a torch with you and enough space to place a bed or anything that you deem necessary.

4. Zombie-proof Ready

I don’t have to mention it – but we gamers are born ready to handle a zombie apocalypse. However, when it comes to Minecraft – it is a bit different.

You may have a home – but is it Zombie-proof?

A good option will be to make an iron door – but you don’t need to do that necessarily. You can utilize a simple door and still keep away zombies from entering your house.

You can place a block in front of the door (or behind it) which will stop zombies from getting inside. In either case, you can also put a lava trap or something similar which will be the next thing zombies will encounter after breaking in the door. Or, you can place sandbags as traps to fall down when the door breaks – which will again prevent zombies from entering.

5. No Compass? No problem

You do not need a compass to know the direction. It helps – but in the worst-case scenario, you should know the trick to figure out the direction you are going in – or else you may get lost in the way.

If you are on the Java Edition, you can get to know the directions by simply hitting the F3 button and check the directions on the debug screen. If that is not the case, the crack on a block when you hit it will give you a reference.

When hit a block to mine, you will observe a crack. Hit alteast two of any blocks. There should be three cracks in that – one straight up, second to the right, and the third to straight down.

If you find the same pattern for multiple blocks there – the straight line points to the North direction. Accordingly, you can guess the other directions.

6. Peace – White Flag?

Do you want to just explore Minecraft? Don’t want zombies to attack you? Can you wave a white flag to make peace? Unfortunately, no.

But, you can do it – by changing the difficulty to “Peaceful”. So, no one will bother you. You can peacefully explore the beautiful world.

7. Motion Sensor

When a mob comes around, you got to know about it. But, how would you do that?

You can set planks which they will cross before they come to you. And, that will make noises (of walking).

However, you need to raise the volume to the maximum limit in order to easily detect the movement of mobs in your vicinity.

8. Set the spawn point

If your home isn’t anywhere near where you are exploring – spawning back at your home will be bad choice.

You will have to travel again to get to the same point. But, as a secret Minecraft trick – you can make a bed if you want to quickly set a spawn point anywhere you want.

You just need to have 3 wool and 3 planks – and you will have your bed ready. In addition to the bed, you have to sleep on it for a night – and then that point will become one of your spawn points.

9. Collect sand without Shovel

This is an experimental tip for Minecraft – which can be a bit tough to follow. Instead of using a shovel to collect sand, you can use a torch.

Of course, a shovel is necessary – however, if you want to keep it intact and not decrease its durability, you have to explore alternatives. To do this, you just have to remove the bottom block of any pillar-like structure and while they do this – keep the torch ready. Once done, place the torch on the floor of the block.

Now, the block above will convert to sand. Do note that you don’t have to rush – or else you might end up with a broken torch.

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Even though Minecraft is all about exploring – you should definitely know about some of the common and useful Minecraft tips and tricks to make your experience better without getting frustrated in-game.

Along with this article, you will find a variety of YouTubers sharing new Minecraft secrets, tips and tricks every day as they uncover new techniques in different realms. So, you should check those out too.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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