Minecraft Beginners Guide

All the basic knowledge you will need to start your Minecraft journey!
Minecraft Beginners GuideArticle posted on February 20, 2023 - 10:00 PM
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Minecraft offers countless ways to enjoy your journey. Explore the near-endless world by boat, dive into the stunning cave systems, or defeat the Ender Dragon. Starting your journey may seem a bit harder than it actually is as there are monsters lurking behind the next corner waiting to attack you during the night or while you are in a cave. This article will make sure to prepare you for your first journey and give you useful tips for Minecraft. So without further ado, let us start with the beginner tutorial for Minecraft.

How to Install Minecraft

You can either download Minecraft from https://www.minecraft.net/ or download one of the popular Minecraft Clients, such as Badlion Client. They offer better FPS performance and come with a bunch of Minecraft Mods pre-installed that make your experience unique and easy. Badlion Client offers more than one hundred Minecraft mods including a good variety of Minecraft Survival Mods. And the good news is, that you can install it in just a few clicks and will not have to worry about updating it, nor any of the Minecraft mods that come pre-installed.

Downloading Badlion Client

    2. Then, all there is left for you is to open the Badlion Client Launcher and select the Minecraft version that you would like to play on. If you want to experience Minecraft with all the features that it has to offer, then we recommend you choose the latest version. You will also be able to find a toggle switch to enable OptiFine. This will then automatically install the latest available stable version of OptiFine for you. OptiFine is a Minecraft optimization mod that will give you better performance, as well as allow you to use Shaders.

Selecting Minecraft version

Creating your first Minecraft survival world

Once Minecraft has launched, you will be greeted with this title screen:

Minecraft title screen

You can either keep the current style or switch to Badlion Client Lite by pressing the arrow in the top left-hand corner of the menu. If you are not sure as to what the differences are between the default version of Badlion Client and the Lite version, then we recommend you to read this article.

Now, let us create your first Minecraft survival world. To do this, press the "Singleplayer" button that you can find in the center of the title screen. This will then open up the following menu:

Creating a new world

This menu allows you to give your world a name, change the game mode, adjust the difficulty, change whether you would like to allow cheats or not, as well as a few other options. The game mode selection allows you to choose between the following game modes:

  • Survival (Search for resources, craft, gain levels, health, and hunger)
  • Hardcore (Same as Survival Mode, locked at the hardest difficulty, and one life only)
  • Creative (Unlimited resources, free-flying, and destroy blocks instantly)

Your first journey should not be in Hardcore game mode. This article will focus on the Survival game mode, but you can try out Creative first and check out all the items and blocks without having to gather resources. If you set the "Allow Cheats" option to "ON," you will be able to change your game mode later on, as well as run commands.

The next important choice to make is selecting the difficulty. The "Peaceful" difficulty is the easiest one. It prevents hostile mobs from naturally spawning except a few, such as the Ender Dragon, and prevents mobs from dealing damage to you. If you do not want to worry about surviving the nights and want to focus on gathering resources, building a house, as well as living in peace, then this difficulty is most definitely the one you should go for. If you want to have a challenge but at the same time do not want to worry about surviving too much, then "Easy" is the difficulty that you should go for. Hostile mobs do spawn and deal ½ of the damage that they would on the "Normal" difficulty, which we recommend for anyone who has not had any experience in Minecraft but has played other games prior and wants the authentic Minecraft survival experience.

Are you up for a challenge? Then we recommend you to go for the "Hard" difficulty. Hostile mobs deal around 1 ½ times the damage they would on the normal difficulty. You also have to worry about sufficient food supplies. You will get damage on both the "Easy," as well as the "Normal" difficulty if your hunger bar is completely depleted. However, on "Hard," you would, in fact, end up dying rather than just taking damage to a certain point.

If this is your first time playing and you are not too confident about your skills, then we recommend you to go with the "Easy" difficulty and turn on cheats, as you will then, later on, be able to change the difficulty. To change the difficulty, all you have to do is open up the chat with "T" and then enter the "/difficulty normal" command. If you have set a different key bind for the chat, then use that key bind to open the chat.

Gathering first resources

Now that you created your world to your personal preference and joined it, you have to look out for any kind of tree and collect some wood. You can move with the "W", "A", "S" and "D" keys and look around with your mouse. To collect wood from a tree, press the left mouse button and hold it down until the log breaks and drops so that you can pick it up.

Minecraft breaking spruce log

First crafting recipes

After you have collected a few logs, we can proceed with crafting. For this, open your inventory with the "E" key bind. Your inventory will consist of four inventory rows, with each row being nine slots long. This is the space that you can use to, for example, store blocks that you mined or items that you have crafted. The four slots left to the player can be used for armor. You can equip a helmet, a chestplate, leggings, as well as boots. After beating the Ender Dragon and exploring the end dimension, you will also find an elytra that you can equip instead of your chestplate. Yes, you heard that right, there are multiple dimensions for you to explore, but we will get to that in just a moment!

Now that you know how most of the inventory works, let us take a look at how crafting works. When you have your inventory open, you will see four slots to the right side of your player. These can be used for smaller crafting recipes that do not require a Crafting Table grid. The book right below the crafting grid can be used to display all the crafting recipes that you have discovered so far by collecting the required resources. As you might have noticed, we just mentioned the Crafting Table, a utility block that you can use for all the other crafting recipes that do not fit into the inventory’s crafting grid. To craft a Crafting Table, you will first have to craft your logs into planks, simply drag the logs into the crafting grid and then take out the spruce planks.

Minecraft crafting spruce planks

Now, you should have noticed that more crafting recipes were added to your recipe book. Locate the Crafting Table in the recipe book and then press it to auto-fill the recipe into the crafting grid:

Minecraft Crafting Table recipe

Easy as that we now have a Crafting Table that we can use for all the other crafting recipes there are! Now, place the Crafting Table down by right-clicking any block while holding the Crafting Table in your hand. The lowest row in your inventory is your Hotbar. This is the row that is always visible. Make sure that the Crafting Table is in one of these slots, and then use the mouse wheel or a number on your keyboard to access the designated slot. Once you place down the crafting table, you will be greeted with a three-by-three crafting grid instead of the two by two inventory crafting grid.

Minecraft Crafting Table

We will now go ahead and craft some sticks so that we can craft a pickaxe to collect some stone. We will skip the other wooden tools as they get replaced by stone tools very fast either way and you would just be wasting the wood that you just collected. You can use the recipe book again and press the stick to put the recipe into the crafting grid. With time you will gather more experience and will get to know all the different crafting recipes, and you will be less dependent on the recipe book.

Minecraft crafting sticks

Now you have unlocked even more recipes in your recipe book! For now, we will go with the Wooden Pickaxe, hover over it again, and press it, you probably already got the hang of it!

Minecraft crafting wooden pickaxe

If you have a cave near you, or if you have a mountain near you, you can head there and collect some stone by pressing and holding down the left mouse button. If you do not have a mountain or something similar near you, then you can just build a small staircase down with your hand and mine some stone there. Keep in mind to never dig straight down, as you may end up falling into a cave and dying.

Minecraft mining stone

Let us craft some more tools now and a sword so that you can protect yourself! Head back to the Crafting Table, or craft a new one, and open it by pressing the right mouse button again. You should now be able to see many more recipes ranging from a stone sword all the way to a cobblestone wall. For now, we will craft a stone sword, stone pickaxe, stone axe, stone shovel, and a stone hoe. Keep in mind that you might have to craft more sticks for this.

Minecraft stone tools

Keeping track of your food supply

If you are playing on peaceful difficulty then you do not have to worry about this. If you are not, however, then make sure to always have enough food so that you can sprint and not get damaged. If you already got some damage, then filling your food bar will start regenerating your health. You can kill animals, for example, sheep, and then craft a furnace where you can cook the mutton using the wood you have already gathered. You can, of course, also put the logs into the furnace and create charcoal or mine coal in a cave and use that.

Minecraft cooked mutton

You can also dig through grass and hope for some seeds to drop which you can then plant using the stone hoe that you crafted earlier and wait for them to grow so that you can eat them. Keep in mind that the farmland must be irrigated with water and must have access to a light source. If you place them in a cave, then make sure to place down a torch near the farmland.

Continue your first journey

Now that you have all the tools you will need to start your journey, let us take a look at what you can look forward to! Minecraft currently features three different dimensions. You are currently in the overworld but can also travel to the end dimension or the nether dimension. The end dimension can be entered through the end portal, which you have to find using eyes of ender which can be crafted from blaze rods and ender pearls. Ender pearls drop from endermen, and blaze rods drop from blazes, which you can find in the nether dimension.

We recommend you build yourself a hideout and craft a bed so that you can skip the nights and not have to wait for them to pass every time. You can of course also explore at night but make sure to be prepared to fight some monsters! You currently have stone equipment, the next step would be to get iron, which you can easily find in caves. You can use iron to craft yourself some armor, as well as better equipment. You can also use leather to craft yourself some leather armor to have at least a bit of protection for the beginning. Once you have iron equipment, it will be time for you to get diamond equipment and then netherite equipment. But do not worry, with every hour you spend, you will get more used to the mechanics, as well as the controls.

So, what are you waiting for? This is the perfect Minecraft beginner's guide for you to start your Minecraft survival journey. Download the Badlion Client, launch your preferred version, and start gathering resources!

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