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Command Blocks - Tutorial 1 - The very basics


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Finally there's a way to add custom teleports and redstone activated commands to the game. However, while it may look simple, often it's not. In this series, you'll be able to learn all about how command blocks work - from the very basics to the insanely hard stuff.

What exactly are they?

Command blocks, in a nutshell, are a block that when powered by redstone, uses the command inputted into it. They're designed for adventure maps, but they could be used in a normal map if you really wanted to use them.

How do I get one?

Annoyingly, you can't get them from the creative inventory. Instead, you have to enable cheats (if cheats are disabled on your world by default, then open the world to LAN and change the setting there) and use the command /give [name] 137. This will give you 1 command block. If you need more, you can use /give [name] 137 [amount].

Setting them up

You can only edit the command a command block outputs when you're in creative mode, so if you're in survival or adventure mode, use the command /gamemode 1. Then, right click the command block and a box to type in a command will appear. You don't need type in the / - you just need to type in the actual words in the command.


In future tutorials, I'll be explaining how to choose who'll be affected by the command, what commands you can use and how to make multiple commands fire off at once.

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  • NeoForce
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • November 10, 2013, 12:37 am
nice! I already know nearly everything about them,but this will be brilliant for starting guides!
  • legovader09
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • November 1, 2012, 8:01 am
Your leveling up so rapidly you got to like level 15 in a month! (O-O ) Well anyways could you do an advanced way of using command blocks blog? like only teleporting when the player is in createive or only doing an action when the player(s) are/is in a certain area :)
Yup, that'll be coming at some point - although I'll be doing some basic ones first! :)
  • legovader09
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • November 1, 2012, 11:50 am
  • duke_Frans
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • October 30, 2012, 9:10 am
I love your great blogs, i subscribe to you and diamond every one :)
Haha, thanks very much! I'm purposely taking command blocks very slowly, as I know of a lot of people who've got quite confused with them. =]

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