First Two Days
This page is meant to take you through your first two days (40 real world minutes) of Minecraft play. It takes you step by step though how to make tools, build shelter, and secure food. Don't be discouraged if you're not able to accomplish all these tasks in the first two days, as long as you are able to build some kind of shelter, you can learn everything else at your own pace.
Day 1 - Daytime (10 real world minutes)
The Controls-how to move around and do things
Your avatar is controlled using the w, a, s, d, and space bar on your keyboard. 'W' moves you forward, 'A' to the left 'D' to the right, 'S' backwards and space bar makes you jump. The position where the game starts you is called your spawn point. To 'harvest' a brick, point at it with your mouse and hold down the left button. You will see the block start to look like it is breaking up. Breaking a block with your hand takes several seconds, just keep holding the left button down continuously. Dirt is the easiest to break, then wood, then stone. Once a block has broken it will appear on the ground as a miniature of what it looked like whole. Running over the tiny block will pull the block into your inventory. You can not break blocks that are too close to your spawn point, so move ten or so blocks before trying to harvest a block.
E and the inventory Once you have harvested a block, it will appear in your inventory. To see everything in your inventory, hit the 'E' key. Hitting 'E' again will take you out of your inventory. While your inventory is open, you can move blocks from the larger top portion of the inventory to the row of 9 blocks on the bottom of your inventory. These are the only items that you have access to during game play. You can scroll through the 9 items with your mouse scroll bar, or by hitting the corresponding number (If you wanted to be using the first inventory item from the left, hit 1, the third from the left hit 3, ect.)
The first thing you should do is find a tree and break it down to get wood blocks. From wood you can craft your first tools, which greatly speeds up harvesting materials in the world. There are several distinct biomes in Minecraft that you might have spawned into, so the number and type or tree will vary. If you have spawned in an area without trees, and you can't see any trees, just pick a direction and run in it. The biomes are typically small, within a few minutes of running you should find some trees. Hold the left button down on the trunk of a tree to break the block. Depending on the size of the tree you can get 5-10 wood blocks from each tree, harvesting ten blocks should be enough to get you started.
Building a crafting table Once you have a few wooden blocks, you are ready to start crafting. By hitting the 'E' key to see your inventory, you'll also see there is a small four block crafting table, just above your inventory items. By clicking on your wood blocks and moving them into any of the four blocks on the left of the crafting module you will see that the output on the right shows wooden planks. Clicking on the wooden planks will allow you to move them from the crafting table and place them in your inventory for use. You will also see that you get 4 wooden planks per wood block. Putting a single wooden plank into each of the four positions will make you a crafting table. Move the crafting table into one of the nine spots on the bottom of your inventory, and hit 'E' to get out of the inventory screen. Select the crafting table, and then right click anywhere on the ground, and that will place the crafting table on the ground in the world. Now you are ready to make tools.
Making Wooden Tools
The first tools you will want are pick axes and shovels. Harvesting blocks can be done with any tool, but if you use the 'right' tool it goes much faster. Shovels harvest dirt and sand, pick axes harvest cobblestone and all the ores, axes harvest wood. To make tools you will first need to turn some of your planks into sticks by placing one wooden plank in a position directly above a second wooden plank. This will form sticks in the output on the right.
This is the recipe for a pick axe:
This is the recipe for a shovel:
To use a tool simply select it in your set of 9 items. The tool will appear in your hand in the game. Now holding the left mouse button on an item will cause it to break much faster.
Once you have wooden tools, you will want to start upgrading them to cobblestone. Cobblestone tools last longer, and harvest materials faster than wooden tools. To harvest cobblestone, use a wooden pick axe. If you are in an area without cobblestone on the surface, use a wooden shovel to remove the first few layers of dirt and cobblestone will be underneath it. Harvest 10-12 cobblestone blocks.
Making stone tools
Once you have cobblestone blocks you are ready to make cobblestone tools. The recipes are very similar, except that instead of wooden planks you will use cobblestone blocks.
Cobblestone pick axe:
Make a shelter for the night Once you have stone tools, the next order of business is to build yourself some kind of shelter. There are bad guys that spawn at night and will try to kill you- skeletons shoot arrows, zombies and spiders attack with their hands if they get close to you, and creepers are green little creatures that move up behind you and then blow up. The good news is that building a wall two items high will keep all the bad guys out and allow you to spend the night in safety. Harvest extra dirt or cobblestone and build yourself a small castle at least two items high. Alternatively, you can dig yourself a cave out of the side of a mountain and then close in the outside wall, or dig directly into the ground and close up the roof. Getting to this point will allow you to make some more tools and get ready to mine. If you aren't able to make a shelter, and you get killed once night falls, the game will respawn you in the same place, and most of the items that you had gathered will still be on the ground where you were killed. If you can make it back to that spot within five minutes you will be able to just run over your things to pick them back up and keep going.
Day 1 - Nighttime (10 real world minutes)
Building a furnace
Coal and Charcoal
Finding Iron, Gold, Diamond, and Polycraft Ores
Day 2 - Daytime(10 real world minutes)