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The Nomad's Guide to Travelling [Contest]

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Level 18 : Journeyman Skinner
As you may know, travelling is essential in Minecraft for finding resources, biomes, and other such things your you to use. Utilizing your inventory is essential too! But this also requires knowledge of the biomes and what could happen at any moment!

Here's some tips and tricks to Traversing the open landscape!

1. Basic Knowledge
  • Always equip yourself with Food and Tools for travelling
  • Keep all Tools (Sword, Bow, Pickaxe, Spade, Axe) in your Hotbar for fast use, along with Food and Torches
  • If you are moving all of your belongings to another home, measure out adequate amounts of each type, and make all your ingots, lapis lazuli, and diamonds into space reserving Blocks!
  • Equip your Armour! Travelling is always dangerous!
  • Use your sword on Zombies and Spiders when you're in good health, and a Bow against Creepers and Skeletons or any mob when you're in bad health
2. Biome Specifics
1. Deserts
  • Provides the most open land for hostile mob spawning
  • Little to No vegetation (Reduced to Dead Shrubs and Cacti)

  • Ranges from mostly flat terrain to hilly terrain
2. Forests/Taiga
  • Mostly wolves and hostile mobs spawning due to grass being in shadows
  • High amounts of vegetation (Oak and Pine Trees, some tall grass and flowers)
  • Mild Hills covered in trees, also snows in the Taiga
3. Tundra
  • Little amounts of spawning except for hostile mobs
  • Scattered Vegetation (You may find Oak or Pine trees in certain areas)
  • Mostly flat terrain covered in snow
4. Plains
  • General amounts of Passive and Hostile mob spawning
  • High amounts of vegetation (Tall grass, red and yellow flowers)
  • Relatively Flat area covered in grass, open caves are generically found
5. Swampland
  • Mixed spawning of Passive and Hostile mobs
  • High amounts of vegetation (Oak trees, vines, lily pads, mushrooms)
  • Almost Flat area with deep colored grass to note the biome change
6. Jungle
  • Low amounts of mobs, including Ocelots that are only in this biome
  • Incredible amounts of vegetation (Jungle trees, vines, ferns, flowers)
  • Ranging Hilly area, mostly covered by ferns
7. Extreme Hills
  • Mixed spawning of Passive and Hostile mobs
  • Low vegetation (Oak trees, flowers)
  • Literally Extreme landscape, sudden drops and ledges, and very high, steep hills
8. Mushroom Islands
  • Unique spawning to MooShrooms
  • High Vegetation (Mushrooms, Huge Mushrooms)
  • Generally Hilly landscape, small islands, unique Mycelium blocks replace grass
9. Ocean
  • Unique spawning to Squids
  • No vegetation
  • Underwater landscape lowers the farther from land it is, boats are recommended
3. Mob Fighting Ethics
  • Zombies - Generally dumb but effective, zombies only attack is 'Punching' you when they're near. The best strategy is to get on higher ground or to circle it so there isn't time for it to attack while turning. They can drop peices of armor and swords as rare drops
  • Skeletons - Due to their ranged bows, they are quite hard to attack with a sword. The best strategy is to shoot (From a Distance) at them, or suprise them with quick hits from a iron/diamond sword before they can shoot. They can drop Bows (Normal or Power I Enchantment) as rare drops.
  • Creeper - The menace of all hostile mobs, silent until they light the fuse. The best strategy is to use a bow or jab and flee with a sword, but a deadlier option is to make it blow up to kill nearby mobs or if you can't kill it easily (Bad weapons/No Weapons). They drop a music disk ONLY if killed by a skeleton (Final Blow, not the creeper blowing up)
  • Spider - The All-Terrain mob of Minecraft, with the ability to move fast and climb walls. The best strategy is to use a bow, because they can beat most peoples clicking speed at attacks. No rare drops come from this mob
  • Enderman - You've been played a bad card, don't look at it or attack it. The main problem is that after every hit it teleports somewhere behind you, and they can't be hit by projectiles
Thank you for taking the time to prepare yourself with the knowledge to travel, I hope this will assist you with all of your future endeavors...

Good Luck!

08/08/2012 8:17 am
Level 27 : Expert Taco
i have a tric kagainst skelentons with a sword
zigzag upto the skelenton giving odd hits and circleing around the skelenton when close
08/04/2012 3:23 am
Level 37 : Artisan Network
Team Ham
Good Job.
08/01/2012 4:09 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
good one :D
07/30/2012 9:25 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Dragon
Great little blog, I like the user-friendly atmosphere you created. Maybe you could make more of these?
~Yod out
07/30/2012 9:08 pm
Level 28 : Expert Unicorn
This is a good tutorial, yet when I first saw the preview picture the first thing that came to my head was HIT THE TESTIFICATES OFF THE PILLARS. Aside from that, good job!
07/30/2012 8:36 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Farmer
Pretty cool! Good luck!
07/30/2012 8:41 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Skinner
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