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I’m playing the tutorial for Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition, on survival mode, with peaceful difficulty, and yet I keep seeing monsters, which sometimes attack me! Why is this happening, and is it possible to make it stop? Please help, and thank you.

Games Guru: Unfortunately, others have had this issue, too. First, don’t play online. Second, when you load your world, move the difficulty bar from peaceful to easy and than back to peaceful. Then start the game. That should do it, I’m told.

How do I get to a village? I type in a seed, but it never works.

Games Guru: Minecraft can be complex, as I’m sure you know. It’s not as easy as typing in a seed.

Here are various methods that might help:

No matter how hard I try, I cannot build anything impressive in Minecraft. Do you have any tips on what and how to build an awesome structure?

Games Guru: It was like that when I started, too. Minecraft takes a ton of commitment, and because of the time involved, it’s not for everyone. But here’s how to build a mansion:

And here’s another way to construct one:

Games Guru, how rare is lapis lazuli and redstone? Thank you.

Games Guru: I got this from the Minecraft Wiki: “Lapis lazuli can be mined with a stone or better pickaxe. It is usually found at a depth of 31 and below. The highest concentration of lapis lazuli ore is found between levels 13 and 16. At this level the concentration is about 0.083% of all blocks (0.1013% of stone). The concentration drops linearly as one gets farther from these rows. Overall, lapis lazuli is around 1.1 times as common as diamond ore with an average of 3.43 lapis lazuli per chunk.”

And here’s everything you need to know about redstone:

How do you spawn hero brine?

Games Guru:  There’s a mystery surrounding this. Does it really work? Check this out:

My favorite game is Minecraft. Do you know any codes for me?

Games Guru: There are no actual codes that I know of. If you’re playing on a PC, there are a lot of keyboard commands that are helpful. Here’s the full list:

  • ascend – Moves you to the next platform above your position
  • atlantis – Toggles atlantis mode on/off
  • biome – Tells you what biome you are currently in
  • bind {COMMANDPARAMS} – Binds a command to a keyboard button.
  • bindid {ARGS} – Binds a command to a keyboard key using the key id
  • bring [ENTITY] – Brings the specified entity to you.
  • cannon [STRENGTH] – Shoots a primed TNT in the direction you are pointing.
  • chest – Allow access of chests
  • clear – Clears the console
  • clearwater – Toggles water clarity on/off
  • clone [QUANTITY] – Clones the NPC which you are looking at
  • config – Allows you to set the global configuration file as your current configuration
  • confuse [DISTANCE] – Confuses nearby mobs
  • confusesuicide – ?
  • cyclepainting – Cycles through the painting which you are pointing at
  • damage – Turns player damage on/off
  • defuse [all] – Defuses any TNT nearby which has been hit, drops 1 tnt in its place
  • descend – Moves you to the next platform below your position
  • destroy [all] – Destroys the current item
  • difficulty – Sets the difficulty to the specified level (0-3)
  • drops – Turns item drops on/off, having them turned off will make the game run a little bit faster, and also stop your inventory from filling.
  • dropstore – This command transfers everything in your inventory into achest that it creates next to you.
  • duplicate [all] – Duplicates and drops the currently selected item stack
  • explode [SIZE] – Sets off an explosion in your current location.
  • exterminate [SIZE] – KillNPC with style, kills the NPC you are pointing at
  • extinguish|ext [all] – Puts out all nearby fire (or all fire)
  • falldamage – Turns fall damage on/off
  • firedamage – Turns fire damage on/off
  • flammable [CATCH] [SPREAD] – Sets the specified block at the flammability level
  • fly [SPEED] – Allows you to turn flying mode on/off, speed specified your flying speed
  • freeze – Freezes mobs so that they cannot move or attack you
  • goto – Goto a waypoint
  • grow [all] – Grows all saplings/wheat on the map.
  • heal – Heals a player the specified number of points
  • health – Sets the health of a player to pre-defined figures
  • help [COMMAND] – Gives general help when COMMAND isn’t specified, gives specific help when COMMAND is specified. Same as /h
  • helmet [ITEM] [QTY] [DAMAGE] – Specifies the helmet the player wears
  • home – Teleport to spawn point
  • infiniteitems – Toggles infinite items on/off
  • instantkill – Instantly kills any NPC you hit
  • instantmine – Turns instant mining on/off
  • instantplant [grow] – Instantly plants saplings into the ground, if grow is specified the tree will when instantly gro
  • item [QUANTITY] [DAMAGE] – Gives player item, if quantity isn’t specified maximum amount of that item. Same as /give and /i
  • itemdamage – Turn item damage on/off. This means you will never have torepair an item again
  • itemname – Use this command to discover the itemname and ID of your currently selected item.
  • itemstack [QUANTITY] – Gives the player the specified quantity of maximum item stacks of the item.
  • jump – Moves you from where you are to where your mouse is pointing. Note: This command is buggy and may put you in the block you move to.
  • keepitems – Turn this on and you will keep your items when you die.
  • kill – Kills the current player
  • killall – Kills all of the specified mob type
  • killnpc [all|monster|animal] – Kills all living creatures nearby.
  • light – Turns permanent lighting on and off
  • listwaypoints – Lists all waypoints. Same as /l
  • longerlegs – Makes your legs longer so you can walk up 1 block high
  • macro – Runs a macro
  • maxstack [ITEMID|ITEMNAME|all] [STACKSIZE] – Configures the maximum stack size of that item between 1 and 64.
  • mobdamage – Mobs cannot give you damage
  • msg – This commands adds a message to the console.
  • music [play|pause|skip|stop|VOLUME] – Requests a music track to be played, there is a limitation of at MAX 2 tracks per day. Set the volume by specifying VOLUME.
  • noclip – Turns no clip on/off.
  • output – This just toggles SPC messages on/off, useful for macros/scripts.
  • phelp [COMMAND] – Provides help for plugins
  • platform – Puts a glass square under your feet
  • plugin – Lists all loaded plugins and also allows you to enable/disable plugins
  • pos – Gives current player position. Same as /p
  • reach – Sets the player reach distance.
  • refill [all] – Re-stocks your items in your inventory to the maximum ammount
  • rem – Removes the specified waypoint
  • removedrops [all] – This command removes item drops from the world.
  • rename – Allows you rename a command to a new name
  • repair [all] – Repairs the currently selected item to full health
  • reset – Resets the player settings
  • reskin – Reskins the NPC which you are pointing at to the specifiedskin
  • return – Moves the player to the last position before teleport
  • ride – Allows you to ride any NPC which you point at
  • sc – Added scripting support (more information coming soon)
  • search – Allows you to search for items using a name
  • set – Mark a waypoint on the world
  • setjump [JUMP|reset] – Sets the height that you jump. Note: Turns fall damage off if the jump is configured to move than 1.
  • setspawn [ ] – Set the current position as the spawn point, if X Y Z are specified sets that position as spawn point
  • setspeed [SPEED|reset] – Sets the speed that the player moves
  • skin – Change your players skin to ANY minecraft player
  • slippery [SLIPPERYNESS] – Makes the specified block slippery
  • spawn [QTY] – Allows you to spawn an individual creature.
  • spawnportal – Spawns a portal nearby the player
  • spawnstack – Spawns the specified creature a few blocks away from your current position (use “/spawn list” to get a list of creature names and codes).
  • superheat [all] – Turns items which are furnace-able into their furnaced form
  • superpunch [DISTANCE|reset] – Hit that NPC with a punch like no other
  • tele – Teleport to X Y Z coordinates. Same as /t
  • time [set|get|day|night [minute|hour|day [TIME]]] – Set and get the time within minecraft.
  • timeschedule > – Sets a period of time (HH:MM format), this will make minecraft always within this time.
  • unbind – Unbinds the specified key from a command.
  • unbindid – Unbinds a command from a keyboard key using the key id
  • useportal – Instantly transfers you to the nether, use it again to go back.
  • waterdamage – Turns water damage on/off
  • weather – Toggles weather on/off
  • world – Allows you to explicitly, have control over your world.
  • world load – Loads the specified FILE, this allows you to play ANY save on your computer, not just World1-5, and can have any name
  • world save – Explicitly saves your game then returns to it
  • world seed [SEED] – Allows you to see and change the seed of the map, so it will generate custom terrain
  • world new [FILENAME] [SEED] – Creates a new map at the specified location
  • world exit – Lets you exit a game without saving (perfect from when a creeper blows something up)
  • world list – Lists all the saves which you can load from “.minecraft/saves”
  • world backup – Allows you to backup your current world into .minecraft/backup

Can you find out some Dwarf Castle servers? I have been searching for four months straight!

Games Guru: Go here for a list of all the Minecraft servers:

Games Guru, how do you read the enchantments for tools and armor? I read about it on the Minecraft Wiki, but I still do not understand.

Games Guru: It’s hard, but not that hard. And the writers of the Wikis aren’t that clear. This kid has a decent video that should help:

Hey Games Guru, do you know any EASY ways to find diamonds? I watched a Youtube video that said to dig straight down, but I’m not following that.

Games Guru: This can be tricky and takes time. So I’m sending you to a site that has the scoop, so to speak:

Do you have any tips for this game?

Games Guru: Wow. That would fill a book, especially since I don’t know what you want to do. The thing that’s hardest to do is to defeat the dragon. But even telling you that would take the whole column. Go to Google and search for Minecraft Wiki. It will give you a ton of information. Minecraft rocks!

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73 Comments on Minecraft

  1. it is the end of the ender dragon

  2. BlazeW310 (my name in pc) // September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    its the best game I’ve ever played 🙂

  3. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a superb
    article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.

  4. is it possible to use nether portals in the new PE update?

  5. Start small then go big like a hotel.

  6. Party Pants // August 3, 2014 at 10:42 am // Reply

    Play in creative mode! I made an obsidian battlefield. You can make one!
    List of Impressive structures( player created):
    Village, desert or jungle temple, battlefield, fountain, skyscraper, mansion, statue, BE REDSTONE ACTIVE!!!!!!,mineshaft, floating island, garden, ocean, maybe even a biome! How about a mod……

  7. Kitty Girl // July 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm // Reply

    Yeah how do i build a mansion? i don’t want to go on youtube

  8. What does the keyboard button do in Minecraft PE?

  9. Dragon boyscout7 // July 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm // Reply

    I know how to make a thing I call a pumpkin warrior.

  10. Dragon boyscout7 // July 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    I know how to make an armycaptin ship

  11. Right now my favorite creative server is Lichcraft. Awesome and if you play and want to see my plot warp to Four_Nations! 🙂

  12. Mincraft is awsome

  13. minecraft hater // July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    worst game ever.

  14. modwanter1710 // July 8, 2014 at 9:30 am // Reply

    are there any COOL mods for 1.7.10 plz reply

  15. Bronzebeeb // July 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    SERIOUSLY! I don’t see why people are obsessed about herobrine! He’s just a dude that kills you and trolls you! EVERYONE trolls in minecraft! WHAT is so big about him?!?!?!

  16. herobrine is on the seed ss BEWARE BRINE

  17. minecraft is awesome

  18. read my nickname if you want survival command

  19. Midtooth894473 // June 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm // Reply

    AWESOME!!!! I love it !!!!!!! (Except Herobrine.)

  20. This doesn’t work for pocket edition.

  21. I do play minecraft and I had it about for 3 years it is a very cool survival game I am really good at redstoning its my thing but can someone tell me how to make a clock

  22. Dirthouse213 // June 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    I love minecraft I built a town in survival mode

  23. make an anvil and use enchanted books on your bow and arrow

  24. Redpuffleguy // June 17, 2014 at 8:31 am // Reply

    Gold is a rip-off. 😦

  25. Just how do you make a ender portal

    • To make an ender portal you either find one in a stronghold, then put eyes of ender in each slot or make a 3 by 3 square of them in creative mode them put eyes of ender in them.

  26. I also found a command that spawns skeleton and zombie horses you can ride! 🙂

  27. Get the star wars clone wars HP mod/texture pack bows turn into guns😎😏😏😏😏😎

  28. You can summon Giants, Ender Dragons, and Ender Crystals in the over world!

    Just type in /summon Giant, /summon EnderDragon (with no spaces), or /summon EnderCrystal.
    Just don’t summon the Ender Dragon in an important world. It destroyed everything except end stone, obsidian, and bedrock.

  29. game guru how rare are diamonds?

  30. random scout // June 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm // Reply


  31. MISTER mYSTERY // May 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm // Reply


  32. Those cheats listed require you to get a mod called single player commands.

  33. DaKingHazRizzen // May 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    Three words for all of you guys (or should I say Scouts).
    King’s Out, NetherBoy56 🙂

  34. I play sky wars on a 1.7.9 minecraft server.

  35. make a cabin to live in for safety and shelter from zombies creepers and spiders to not die in the game.

  36. SkythekidRS // May 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm // Reply

    Do something on how derpy squids are, and how awesome butter is.

  37. ripstik master // April 13, 2014 at 9:22 am // Reply

    Why does it go so slow on the computers addition.

  38. If you want to eat food, just hold it.

  39. how do i change creative mode to survival?I tried /gamemode 2 and 1.That didn’t work. and i tried /gamemode survival.All that did is make it say world default survival.It was still creative! help

  40. Boysplaylife2468 // March 27, 2014 at 9:49 am // Reply

    I have demo on my computer but not on my iPad or kindle

  41. Does anyone know how to use ender pearls in PC?

  42. Games Guru, I would say that the Wither is hardest to defeat with the Ender Dragon being second. This is because the Wither has more health than the Ender Dragon and at half health the Wither becomes immune to projectiles.

    • señorllama // April 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm // Reply

      Good point, but the Ender Dragon flies high up in the air and is difficult to shoot with a bow. You also have to destroy all of the crystals around so it can’t regenerate. I think the Wither is harder to survive but the Ender Dragon takes longer to kill and is a more complicated fight.

  43. Number 1 rule of Minecraft: NEVER dig straight down (or up) because there could be lava, water, sand or gravel.

  44. I am really excited for 1.8! I heard about Mojang tryng to implement a slime block. I play Pocket Edition and PC.

  45. Try to survive in the desert on survival with no cheats. It is hard!

  46. I play the Xbox 360 edition and I cant wait till tu14.

  47. This is to help you. Go to creative and dig down. Get some armor and a pick axe and just dig. Change to survival mode and start digging. If you find a monster, quickly go to creative, grab your stuff and go.

  48. name a mob Grumm and use caps on the g it turns thing upside down

  49. Do you know if there is a way to make a repeating TnT canon?

  50. I’ve played this game before. And it’s really awesome.

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