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avatar dingousa
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
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Welcome to today's tutorial, brought to you by Dingo!

So, you want to know a thing or two about tools, do you? Well, it's a good thing you visited me today, for today is a tutorial about what tools to use in specific situations, and how long they'll last doing different activities!

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Now, you didn't think we'd start right in, did you? You need to get some basic tools first. Go chop a tree, please. Check back when you're done.



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All done? Good! Get yourself a crafting bench (1 log => x4 wood planks => crafting bench) and make some basic tools. Follow the example below if you need to. ;)

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Good job! If you want, you can replace the wood planks with any of these four materials (once you gather them): cobblestone, iron ingots, gold ingots, and diamonds.


Read on to find out how long your precious new tools will last.



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Different tool types have different
durability
. In Minecraft, the durability of an item depends mostly on the object it is being used upon. Other than that, all tools have a set amount of uses before breaking.

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NB: Using the wrong tool on an object will count as two uses! (does not apply to fishing rods, bows, shears, or flint & steel)




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Not all tools will work properly on the same surfaces. For example, if you try to hoe your garden with a pick axe, you won't get anywhere at all. Or dig in your mine with an axe. Or get maximum wool from a sheep by killing it with a sword (killing it gives you only 1 piece).


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NB: Fishing rods only count uses when you actually catch a fish.


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Not all tools can break all materials. For example, certain ores can only be broken with certain pick axes. Iron ore can be mined by a stone pick, but not by a
wooden
pick or
gold
pick. However, both can mine coal ore. See this diagram for a better idea:


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(TIP:
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ood
tools
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gold
tools can break blocks faster than
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I think you're ready! Go out into Minecraftia with a better knowledge of tool efficiency and which tools work best on certain objects. I salute you, pupil, as you ride off on your trusty pig to better yourself physically and mentally by mining and crafting.


For glory! :)


I leave you with this graphic:


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CreditPhotos/Diagrams/Writing: dingousa; Info: Minecraftwiki; Icons: Minecraftopia
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Update #1 : 09/01/2012 5:53:23 pmSep 1st, 2012

- Added 'Choose your Pick' section, with info on which pick axes break which blocks.

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02/07/2013 2:47 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Engineer
edude44
Nice! Didn't realise you had three pages of stuff on ur profile XD
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09/05/2012 9:30 am
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Painter
LaffenGas
Worthy of a diamond!
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09/11/2012 6:04 am
Level 21 : Expert Archer
kingmit
and a sub and a fav!

i did all of those dingousa!
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09/04/2012 2:47 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Skinner
CryXCry
What tools do you use to create all these images?(all of your blogs)
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09/04/2012 7:03 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
I use Keynote to put the graphics together (Apple version of PowerPoint).
And sometimes iPhoto to crop/retouch/enhance images.
;)
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09/05/2012 6:05 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Skinner
CryXCry
Ah..thanks for the quick reply!
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09/03/2012 5:20 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
Luis
Lapis can be mined with a stone pick or better
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09/03/2012 11:44 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
*derp* xD
Ok Luis, as soon as updating's back up, I will fix it.
Thank you. ;)
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09/01/2012 8:18 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Scribe
BigGuardian
This is Awesome! Though, Gold Picks can mine Iron Ore, Iron Blocks and anything Iron, (Except tools of course!)
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09/01/2012 8:24 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Thanks! ;)
But actually, a gold pick can't mine iron ore.
From Minecraft Wiki:
For example, while stone can be mined with any pickaxe, iron, gold, and diamond ore must be mined with an iron pickaxe or better, or else the player will harvest no ore.
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09/01/2012 8:33 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Scribe
BigGuardian
Ok. so you're saying that iron is a better pick than gold? Not true.

When you think about it, the pickaxes sort-of get better as they get rarer.

For Example: Wood is easy to find, it's above ground and you get 4 wood when you break one of it.

Stone is harder to get, Underground, and you only get one of it when you mine it (Unless you have an enchantment of course!)

Iron is even harder to find, deeper underground hiding in the caves, and you also have to smelt it to use it!

Gold is very hard to find, most common is cave systems,it is also faster than every other pickaxe, but it is not very durable.

Diamond is of course the hardest to find, the second fastest and most durable pickaxe.

So there you are :) Why Gold is better than iron!
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09/01/2012 10:11 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Well, what I meant was that gold picks can't mine iron, gold, or diamond ore. That's what I was trying to explain in that comment.
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09/02/2012 1:59 am
Level 35 : Artisan Scribe
BigGuardian
Yes but they can! You quoted Minecraft Wiki by saying: "For example, while stone can be mined with any pickaxe, iron, gold, and diamond ore must be mined with an iron pickaxe or better, or else the player will harvest no ore" So Gold is a better pickaxe than Iron so it can mine iron,gold and diamond ore.
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09/02/2012 2:34 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
No, they cannot. Look HERE.
That is from further down on the Minecraft Wiki page, in the Speed and Durability section.
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09/01/2012 4:03 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Best tutorial ever.
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09/01/2012 4:09 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
:D Thanks Oliver.
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09/01/2012 7:42 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Explorer
FoofleManiac
I still cant believe you shaved. very nicely done
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08/31/2012 7:31 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Very nice! The pictures help my slow mind... :)
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08/31/2012 7:33 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Thanks Grey. :D
Yep, I wanted to put many diagrams and pictures. ;)
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