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Minecraft: Tips for Your First Day & Night


One game that I play on and off to relax is Minecraft. If you’ve never heard of or played Minecraft before, it’s a sandbox construction game. You are thrown into a world that you need to adapt, explore, and survive. Plus there is no tutorial, you just have to figure it out yourself. So here are a few tips to get you started.

Which Mode to Choose?

When you first get into the game you are given the option of creating a new world if you aren’t going to hop onto a server/realm owned by someone else. Here you receive three different modes:

How Long is a Minecraft Day?

One day in minecraft is the same as 10 minutes of real time. So you need to get to work!

What You Need to Do Right Away?

Gather wood! Just go up to any tree and hold down your left mouse button to start breaking away. You do not need to click every single time you want to hit something. Make sure to get every piece of wood from the tree as you will need it all. Once the first resource is gathered, it’s time to hit your inventory. Open by pressing “E”. Turn all your wood into planks from the first tree, you can get more later. With those planks on the 2×2 crafting grid place planks in each space so you can get a crafting table that gets you a 3×3 crafting grid. You will need this for pretty much everything in the game. The inventory crafting grid is basically only good for torches, buttons, sticks and crafting tables.

Craft Yourself a Shelter

This is going to be your first shelter so it doesn’t need to be amazing or big by any means. You just need something to get you through the first night since you probably won’t have any weapons. And mobs will attack if you’re on any mode other than easy or creative mode. So get yourself a shelter right away. Typically this will just be a hole in the ground, side of a hill, or a cube. And typically will be made up of dirt. Your options on how to protect yo’ self that first night are the following:

Most likely it won’t be the glass one as you need to get a lot of materials in order to do that and if you want to use this shelter in the future for expansion, you won’t really be able to. I personally like homes in the side of a hill or if I find a natural small cave, I will take it over and fill in the entrance/exit with dirt, wood or stone then place a door. If it’s a big space, I’ll fill it with torches so mobs don’t spawn inside. And then later, I’ll just build it up to be my amazing permenant base.

Make Yourself Some Tools

You will need wood to make these and stone if you want stronger ones. To create these you need to get planks and sticks. Here are the basic recipes for each tool you will need at some point during the game:

Axe: Cut Down Trees

Pickaxe: Mine Stone

Sword: Defeat Mobs

Torch: Light the night, prevents mob spawning

There are more tools and things to craft, but these will at least get you through the first day and night. Also depending on the version of Minecraft you have, it may just give you a recipe list so you don’t need to know the order in which to place everything. Mine used to make me go look them up and now I don’t have to. So it really just depends. But in case they don’t, here is the list of everything. You have to make sure the items are in your inventory or you can’t craft them.

What Next?

While by this point, it’s probably night and the mobs are outside your shelter. If it’s dark, do some mining make sure not to dig straight down and leave yourself a path to get back up. If it’s daylight, go explore or forage for materials. It’s also a great time to find food/animals. You will need to find sheep to get wool so you can make yourself a bed. This will become your new spawn point once you sleep in it. Also when you sleep in it at night, you can’t get attacked by mobs and will bring you back to daylight. Mobs may still be around as they take a few minutes once it’s daylight to die in the sun.

Got any tips for the first day/night that I didn’t mention? Leave them in the comments!

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