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Minecraft - Beginners Guide

This article is specifically for Minecraft for Windows, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, or Mobile devices and other Bedrock versions of Minecraft.  

Menu Exploration

How to customize your in-game character skin: 

  • Click on ‘Profile’ in the main menu when the game launches. 
  • Hover over a grayed-out character and click ‘Create Character’. 
  • From here you will be presented with a character customizer which you can click around and change your characters appearance to your liking. 
  • All changes are saved automatically after any adjustments, you can back out and use your character you just created.  
  • If you would like to delete a character, simply hover over or select which character you would like to delete by pressing the left or right arrows and click on the trash can looking icon near the create character or edit character button. 

The Marketplace 

Not available for Minecraft: Java Edition 

  • You can access the marketplace from the main menu located underneath the settings menu. 
  • Here you can view purchasable Add-Ons that can be added to your game. Feel free to browse the marketplace and find new and customized content created by us and our community! 


Here are some key settings you may want to toggle or adjust when first starting out: 

  • If you would like to rebind default controls, you can do that under the ‘Keyboard Layout’ in the keyboard & mouse section in general.  
  • Under the general section in video, scrolling down you will find the ‘Render Distance’ setting. If you are experiencing frame rate lag, adjusting this to a lower number will usually result in better performance. 
  • If you would like to view custom skins, you will have to turn off ‘Only Allow Trusted Skins’ which is located in the profile settings. 

Starting Objectives

Here are some beginner tips to give you more help if you are having trouble figuring out how to survive! 

  • Collect resources! Grabbing wood is essential as you need wood to create tools and weapons. Coal would also be ideal to create torches and fuel for cooking if you happen to collect any raw food or ore. 
  • You will need to create a crafting table which can be done by turning your logs into planks, simply place the logs in the crafting area and you will see the output. Four planks are needed to craft a workbench. 
  • Once you have a crafting bench (preferably in a safe area where you plan to create a shelter or house, creating a door is essential for entry and departure. You will need 6 planks to craft one. 
  • Torches can be crafted with sticks anfd coal or charcoal, by placing sticks on the bottom and a coal or charcoal above it. Hostile mobs do not like to spawn near light so placing them in and around your house is a good strategy. 
  • To cook food and smelt ores, crafting a furnace is essential. You will need 8 cobblestone to craft one. 
  • After you have created a furnace, to mine ores such as redstone, diamonds, or obsidian you will need higher tier tools to break them. You can create an iron pickaxe by finding raw iron in a cave or on a hillside. This raw iron must be smelted using a furnace. Once that is complete, you can put the newly created ore back in your furnace along with some coal. You will need 3 iron ingots and 2 sticks for 1 iron pickaxe. 
  • After you have created a house make sure to create a bed to set your spawn point and set the time of day to the morning if you decide to sleep at night. If you rest in a bed it will set your respawn point. To craft a bed, you will need 3 wool and 3 planks. You can find wool by either shearing sheep or crafting wool from string. Sheep will also drop wool upon death. 
  • Swords are essential for defending yourself from hostile mobs and can be crafted with wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamond. A diamond sword can be upgraded to a Netherite sword by using a smithing table to fuse the Netherite ingot with the diamond sword. 

After this point you will have a decent start to playing Minecraft survival and we urge you to continue exploring to discover more creatures, blocks, and adventures! 

Last Updated - 2023-02-06 03:13:03 UTC

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