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MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION A FAQ/Guide by Homsarrunner3 INTRODUCTION: Hello, and welcome to my FAQ/Guide for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. The goal of this guide is to provide information on how to survive and thrive in the wonderful randomly-generated world of Minecraft! In this guide, you will find a general guide to surviving your first night, getting a good mine started, and gathering the resources you need to, well, do whatever you want. One thing to keep in mind though, is that the game you play will not be the same as the one I play. Whenever you start a new game in Minecraft, you receive your own randomly-generated world, with completely unique topographical features. Randomness is not a guide-writer's friend, so I must let you know that this guide will not and cannot hold your hand through every problem you have, simply because I cannot anticipate what is going to happen in your world. Now, without further ado: The guide. VERSION HISTORY: v1.0: 7/4/12 First version of the guide completed and uploaded to gamefaqs.com v1.1: 7/15/12 Of course, right after I post the first version, they update the game. Anyway, added in information about the update, skins, and an infinite cobblestone cheat. Added credits section and slightly altered Legal section. v1.2: 7/29/12 Tiny little update. I was feeling ambitious, so I added a section on the skins. Also fixed a couple of typing errors. TABLE OF CONTENTS: For the sake of saving you time, this guide uses a text-based search system. Here's how it works: 1. Find the section you want to go to in this table. 2. Copy the code next to it (including the brackets) 3. Press CTRL-F on your keyboard to open the search submenu 4. Paste the code into the searchbar. 5. Press the ENTER key twice, and with the power of Redstone Dust, you're at the section you want! Disclaimer: This is the first FAQ I've used this system on, so it might not work. If this is the case, use that handy-dandy scroll wheel of yours. Frequently Asked Questions----- [MINEFAQ] Controls------- [MINECTRL] Basics------ [MINEBAS] Surviving the first night------ [MINE1ST] The hunt for Obsidian------ [MINEOBS] The Nether------ [MINEHELL] Extra Stuff------ [MINEEXT] Skins------[MINESKIN] Crafting and Furnace-ing----- [MINECRFT] Cheating------ [MINENOOB] Achievement guide---- [MINEACHI] Contact------ [MINEMAIL] Legal------- [MINELEG] Credits-------[MINECRED] FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS [MINEFAQ] Q: What is Minecraft? A: Ah, our first cliche "Nobody would actually ask this." question. *cough* Minecraft is an indie sandbox survival/construction game designed by Mojang, originally released on the PC in late November 2011 as a Java game. As the name implies, the basis of the game is to Mine (break down blocks around you) and Craft (turn them into tools to help you mine a wider variety of blocks, as well as structures to live in). The Xbox 360 Edition was released on May 9th, 2012 for download as an Xbox LIVE Arcade game. Q: How much does it cost? A: The Xbox 360 Edition costs 1600 Microsoft Points, which translates to $19.99 U.S. and 19.20 U.K. (My computer doesn't have U.K. currency symbols, sorry) Q: What's different in the 360 Edition? A: Besides the new control scheme, the Xbox 360 Edition is largely the same as the PC version of Minecraft, with a few changes. The most major change is the overhaul to the crafting system. In the PC version, players need to discover crafting formulas on their own by placing materials in a crafting grid, with no instruction for how to make a certain object. In the Xbox Edition, all of the crafting formulas are already given to you. All you have to do is find the proper materials, highlight the object you want to make, and press a button. In addition, there is a Tutorial in this version of the game for teaching new players the basics. There is split-screen Co-op multiplayer for up to 4 players (but only if you have an HDTV), and online Co-op (including voice chat) for up to 8. As always, an Xbox LIVE Gold membership is required to play online. Finally, the Xbox 360 version's graphics and general gameplay mechanics are on par with those of the original release of Minecraft, and does not include the many updates the PC version enjoys. Q: Wait, so this isn't the full version of the game? Lame. A: Hey, I never said that! The developers are planning to update the game often, so that it will eventually be caught up to the PC version. Q: Oh, alright then. Any word on DLC? A: Yes, actually. The 1st Skin Pack DLC was released in July 2012. It costs 180 Microsoft Points (2 U.S. dollars) and contains skins of characters from licensed games, as well as generic characters. A free version of the skin pack was also released, containing only the generic skins. In addition, in the Summer of Arcade sale in 2012, a pack of free skins was released, featuring characters in the games of the SOA sale. Q: I heard that this version is harder than the PC version. Is that true? A: I'm not sure, really. Many people I've spoken to have said that the spawn rate for monsters in this version is higher than the PC version, but that could just be bad luck. Q: What if I don't want to deal with monsters, and just want to mine and craft at my leisure? A: Every time you go to load a world (save file), you have the option to adjust the difficulty slider (unlike in the PC version, where you can do this from the pause menu). The slider has 4 settings: Peaceful, Easy, Normal, and Hard. On Easy, Normal, and Hard, monsters spawn at night and in darkened areas, and do more damage according to how high the difficulty is. On Peaceful difficulty, monsters will never spawn (besides animals, and those won't attack you) and health that you lose from fall damage, drowning, catching on fire, etc. is restored over time. HOWEVER, you can still die on Peaceful if you're really stupid about falling into lava or things like that. Also, never having monsters spawn prevents you from gathering materials that are necessary for several crafting creations, most importantly bones, gunpowder, and strings. Q: When I create a new world, the game asks me for a "seed". What do I do? A: A "seed" is a custom phrase that the game uses to create a word. Though there are some seeds out there custom-made by the developers to create awesome worlds, feel free to type in your own phrase (like, say, your name), and see how the game interprets it! Or, if you prefer, you can leave the seed box blank, and the game will generate a random seed for you. CONTROLS [MINECTRL] Left Stick: Tilt to walk/, click to change camera angle. Right Stick: Tilt to look around, click to crouch. Crouching prevents you from falling off edges (unless you jump). RT: Hold down to mine the block in front of you, or attack monsters or animals. LT: Alternative action: This changes depending on your situation, and is used to do everything from opening doors to eating food to firing arrows from your bow to placing down blocks you are carrying. RB/LB: Scroll right/left along your hotkey bar. Start: Enter the pause menu. Note: This will not actually pause the game. Select: Access the list of players in your world in multiplayer. From here you can view others' Gamertags, or, if you are player 1 in this world, kick unwanted players out of the game. Home: Open the Xbox 360 Home menu. This will not pause the game. A: Jump. B: Drop your equipped item. If you are carrying a stack of items, this will only drop one. Y: Open your inventory. From here, you can rearrange the items you are carrying, assign items to your hotkey bar (you can only use items assigned to this bar), and equip armor. Opening this menu will not pause the game. X: Open the Handcrafting menu. Crafting is the bread and butter of Minecraft, but this particular menu will become basically obsolete when you craft a workbench. See the "Crafting and Furnace-ing" section for how to use the handcrafting and workbench crafting menus. Opening this menu does not pause the game. BASICS [MINEBAS] Day and Night: Minecraft employs a day/night cycle to show the passage of time. Each day consists of 10 minutes of broad daylight, a 90 second sunset, a 7-minute night, and finally a 90-second sunrise. During those 7 minutes of night (which feels like much, much longer), there is enough darkness to allow monsters to spawn outside, and if you're not safely in your home, you run the risk of bumping into some seriously nasty critters. See below for more on monsters and their spawning. The only weapon you have against the night is a bed, crafted from wooden planks and wool. Fall asleep in a bed, and time will progress to just after sunrise the next morning. Monsters can no longer spawn on the surface, and many of the monsters left over from last night will burn to death in direct daylight. Good riddance. Health, healing, and death: This is pretty important. Those 10 red hearts at the bottom left of your screen represent your health. If it hits zero, you're dead. If you die, you will reappear with full health at your original spawn point (the place you were when you began your game). Nothing in the world has changed, except for the tiny fact that you dropped EVERYTHING you were carrying. You now have 5 minutes to hoof it back to the place you died and grab all your stuff before it disappears forever. Harsh? Maybe. But that just makes it all the more important that you DON'T let your health hit zero. You lose health by getting attacked by monsters (or other players, in the instance that you have scumbag friends), drowning (When you're underwater, a line of 10 bubbles appears above your health bar. This is your air meter. If it hits zero, you start losing health rapidly. Surface to replenish it.), stepping in lava, catching on fire (which quite often follows the lava stepping), falling from a height of over 3 blocks, getting buried by blocks that follow gravity (sand and gravel), and touching a cactus. It's a dangerous world, huh? Health is replenished by eating food, and there are many types: Raw Porkchop: Dropped by dead pigs. Cooked Porkchop: Cook a raw porkchop in a furnace. Dropped by dead Zombie Pigmen. Bread: Made from 3 wheat. Cake: Made from 3 wheat, 3 buckets of milk, 2 sugar, and 1 egg. Cakes function differently from other food in that you place them down like a block, and then by pressing RT on them, you eat a slice. There are six slices in each cake. Raw Fish: Catch with a fishing rod in any body of water. Cooked Fish: Cook a raw fish in a furnace. Cookie: Made from 2 wheat and 1 cocoa bean. Cocoa beans are only found in treasure chests in dungeons. Mushroom Stew: Made from 1 bowl, 1 red mushroom, and 1 brown mushroom. After you eat it, you recover the bowl. Apple: Found in treasure chests near monster spawners. Oh, yeah, and when you sleep successfully in a bed, your spawn position is set to the location of that bed, so that's where you'll respawn if you die. Handy! Sadly, sleeping does not restore your health. Monsters: Behind every great game is a cast of wonderfully nasty villains, and Minecraft is no exception. In this game, light is life and darkness is death, literally. You see, every area in Minecraft is lit up to a certain degree. This degree of light is measured by an invisible counter that goes from 0 (darkest) to 15 (brightest). Monsters can spawn in light level 7 and below. Here's a list of all light sources and their light levels. The Sun: 15 Fire (from burning blocks or Netherrack): 15 Jack-O-Lantern: 15 Lava: 15 Glowstone block: 15 Torch: 14 Active Furnace: 13 The Sun with rain: 12 Nether Portal: 11 Redstone Torch: 7 The Moon: 4 (For light sources that are placed (Fire, Jack-O-Lantern, lava, glowstone, torch, furnace, nether portal, redstone torch), the light level decreases by 1 for every block away from the source.) The three exceptions to this rule are Slimes, Ghasts and Zombie Pigmen. Ghasts and Zombie Pigmen only spawn in The Nether, and will spawn no matter what the light level is. Slimes only spawn very deep underground, and they are incredibly rare. Also, animals are TECHNICALLY classified as monsters, but they can spawn in any light level (but not underground). Here is a list of all the monsters and animals in the game, with general information on each: Zombies: The original brain-munching walking corpse is the most basic monster in Minecraft, and can be classified by their human-like shape and constant moans and gurgles. They attack by walking into you and (inexplicably) drop feathers on death. Zombies burn in direct sunlight, unless they are underwater. Skeletons: My personal most hated and feared monster in the game, Skeletons make a distinctive bone-rattling sound when they are nearby. The other sound they make is the *twang* of arrows flying out of their bowstrings and right towards your head. That's right, Skeletons are the ranged specialists of Minecraft's monster lineup, and they have deadeye aim. It's difficult to even get close enough to smack these suckers without taking a couple hits. And if you meet one in the cramped quarters of an underground cave? Yikes, good luck with that. They drop arrows and bones when they die. Thankfully, they burn in direct sunlight, unless they are underwater. Creepers: The official mascot of Minecraft, Creepers have a very odd attack pattern. They make absolutely no noise until they get very close to you. Then, they start flashing white and letting out a hissing noise. If you haven't already seen it coming, it's already too late to turn around and fight it, because that hiss means it's about to explode. When a Creeper explodes, it not only hurts you A LOT (It can 1-hit kill you if it's right next to you when it blows), it also rips up all the blocks around it, breaking them down as if you had mined them all. Now just imagine you were standing near your house when this happened. Yep, I hope you were ready for a renovation anyway, because that wall is coming down. These habits, combined with the fact that they don't burn in sunlight, makes Creepers a highly annoying foe. They drop gunpowder when you kill them. (But not if they blow themselves up.) Note: Creepers also have a second item drop on death. These are music discs, which you can use in jukeboxes to play music. However, Creepers only drop music discs when killed by a Skeleton's arrow. You can't imagine how difficult it is to accomplish this task. Spiders: No, these aren't your everyday daddy longlegs. These are hairy, red-eyed, arachnaphobia-inducing tarantulas the size of small dogs, and to top it all off, they can run faster and jump higher than you can. Spiders can jump over walls two blocks high, making them nearly impossible to outrun. Their cry is an unearthly, static-y screech that does nothing to make them less scary. They drop string when they die, and although they do not burn in sunlight, they become friendly in the morning, and will not attack you. They also screech less often in the daytime. Ghasts: Probably the strangest and spookiest monsters in Minecraft, Ghasts inhabit The Nether. They are large, white, cube-shaped, ghost-like beings with sad faces. They attack by floating out of reach and spitting flaming cannonballs at you. Combined with Netherrack's forever-burn nature, Ghasts can turn the very ground you walk on into a firey deathtrap. Because they float so far away, the only ways to kill them are to pelt them with arrows from a bow, deflect their cannonballs back at them with a well-timed sword swing, or (pros only), use a fishing rod to pull them right up in your grill and hack away at their bodies with a sword. Zombie Pigmen: The other, less-dangerous inhabitants of The Nether are these creatures. Similar in form to Zombies, but decked out in worn armor, Zombie Pigmen are unique in that they will not attack you until you fight them first. Then, they chase after you and bash you with their swords. Nearby Pigmen will also rush to their comrades' aid in battle as well. They are certainly tough, but because they drop cooked porkchops when they die, the reward might just be worth the risk. Slimes: This RPG cliche makes its' way to Minecraft in a rather obscure way. Slimes only spawn deep underground (below Y level 40 on your map) in natural caves, and they are very difficult to find. They resemble jiggly green blocks of gelatin, and attack by hopping toward you and ramming you. They come in several sizes, with the larger ones being stronger. When dealt lethal damage, larger Slimes split up into several smaller ones. They drop Slimeballs when they die, which are used to craft Sticky Pistons. Cow: This farm animal wanders lazily around the world, as cows often do, mooing its' little heart out. When they die, they drop leather, which can be crafted into weak armor. Pig: The most useful animal in the game by far, pigs drop raw porkchops when they die. Going pig hunting is a great way to restock on health-restoring items. Chicken: These lil' guys wander around aimlessly, clucking and crowing and clucking some more. They drop feathers when they die, but you may want to consider letting them live. Every five minutes or so, a chicken will lay an egg, which can be used to craft yummy cakes, or you can just chuck them at your buddies. Interesting note: Throwing an egg has a small chance of hatching a live chicken. Sheep: These fluffy animals come in several different colors in nature. Killing them causes them to drop 1 block of wool, but pressing LT on them with shears makes them drop up to 4 blocks and become bald. There is no reason to kill them after shearing the wool, as they don't drop anything on death when they are bald. Eventually, a sheared sheep will regrow its' wool, and can be killed/sheared again for more wool. Also, if you have dye in your hands and press LT on a sheep, you will dye the sheep's wool the color of the dye. Have a whole flock of blue, pink and yellow sheep if you want! Squid: These rarely-seen sea creatures lazily swim around in large bodies of water. They drop ink sacks when they die. Wolf: Uncommon, sheep-hunting members of the canine family that, at first glance, don't seem to be very special. They don't drop anything when they die, and are the only animals that actually fight back when you hit them. Furthermore, if a wolf sees his buddy getting attacked, he will come after you as well. However, wolves are very special for one reason: they can be yours. By feeding a wolf a bone with LT, you have a chance of taming the wolf. It may take several tries (and bones) to succeed, but when you see hearts popping out of the wolf and a red collar appear around its' neck, that wolf is now yours. Your new pet will follow you everywhere (except into The Nether), and will help you fight enemies (except Creepers). By looking at a tame wolf and pressing LT, you can make them sit if you want to go alone for a bit. If they get hurt enough, they will die. Prevent this by feeding them raw and cooked porkchops. Tame wolves show their health condition by the position of their tail. A perked-up tail means a healthy wolf. Dungeons and Monster Spawners: Deep underground, there exist special areas. These areas, denoted by unique Mossy Cobblestone lining the floor, are known as dungeons. In the center of each dungeon, there is a blue cage with a tiny spinning pig inside. This is a monster spawner. These are very bad things, because every few seconds, a certain type of monsters (either spiders, skeletons, or zombies) spawn around the cage, in groups of 3 or 4 at a time. Monster Spawners can be broken, but a better way of disabling them is to place torches on all sides of the spawner block. This prevents monsters from appearing out of the cage. And leaving a spawner intact will allow crafty players to make devices to mass-produce monster items. I have no idea how to do this, and if you want to find out how, your best bet is to look it up elsewhere on the Internet. Finally, the thing that makes dungeons worth finding, are up to two treasure chests in each dungeon. These are filled with random items, including strings, gunpowder, bread, empty buckets, music discs, and saddles (used to ride pigs!). Fun Fact: Character Skins This has nothing to do with anything, but if you press the Start button to open the Pause menu, then select Help/Options, you can choose from a limited selection of skins for your character. Want blonde hair and a red Speedo? You can have that. Want a James Bond suit? You can have that, too. This is a hidden line. It is an anti-theft measurement. If you find this guide is on a website that is not in the list of approved sites in the "legal" section, please send me an email. SURVIVING THE FIRST NIGHT [MINE1ST] This is assuming you don't wimp out and set the difficulty to Peaceful on your first night. When you start a new world, you will appear in a random area. Wherever you are, your first priority is to get wood. OK, OK, have your laugh. I'll wait. All done? Good. Anyway, go run around until you find a tree, then hold down RT to punch one of the wood blocks making it up until it breaks and a collectable block of wood pops out. Grab it, and repeat until you have a good supply of wood. 20 or so will be more than enough for now. Next, open your crafting menu with the X button. You should have Wood Planks highlighted. Mash the A button repeatedly until all your Wood has been crafted into Wood Planks (1 Wood= 4 Wood Planks). Next, we need to upgrade your crafting menu to allow for more options. Highlight the Crafting Table (some people call it the Workbench). You'll need 4 Wood Planks to craft this bad boy. You only need one, so don't waste your planks. After you craft it, make sure it's equipped to your hotkey bar (open the inventory with the Y button, and use A to move stuff between your inventory and hotkey bar). Equip the Crafting Table and place it down on the ground with LT (you can break it with RT to pick it up and move it later). Press LT on the Crafting Table, and you will have access to the complete Crafting menu, with all the options unlocked. Right, for what we want, we need sticks. Stick are made using wood planks, so highlight them and make a good supply (but not so many that you waste all your wood planks). Next, press RB to change tabs in the crafting table. This section is your tools, and your option on the far left is the bread and butter of Minecraft: The pickaxe. Highlight it and craft a Wooden Pickaxe out of 3 Wood Planks and 2 Sticks. Equip that baby, and our next priority is finding some coal. By now, it might be getting a bit late, so hurry up and find it! Coal Ore stands out against normal Stone by having big black flecks in it. Break it with your pickaxe to gather the coal from it. Note that you cannot mine coal, or even stone for that matter, with anything besides a pickaxe. The block *will* break eventually, but you will not be able to gather the resource. Anyway, once you collect a bit of coal and a good supply of cobblestone (you get cobblestone by mining stone), you can build your first house. It doesn't need to be fancy, just a little hut. You can also make it out of Wood Planks if you're hurting for Cobblestone, but make sure to upgrade to cobble ASAP. Wood-based blocks are not the best building material, trust me. Now, craft some torches with Coal and Sticks, and place them inside your house to light it up. Craft a door with Wood Planks, lock yourself inside, and... relax. You did it. You survived your first day and night. Assuming your house is secure, your torches are placed, and your door is shut, no monsters can get you. You're safe. If you still have time before sunset, go out and smack some sheep until you get 3 Wool of any color. Use it with Wood Planks to craft a bed, place that in your house, and you have a way of instantly turning night into day. Worst-case scenarios: 1. I spawned in a desert/other area with no trees! What do I do? Find some. There is no substitute for wood. Birch wood can be used just as well as normal wood, if that's all you have. Really, if you can't find ANY trees by the your first sunset, you can consider the world a flop anyway. 2. I can't find coal, and it's getting dark! Alright, this is a pretty common problem, and fortunately there is a workaround. What you want to do is gather some wood, but only craft some of it into wood planks. Mine some Cobblestone (you can find stone, I presume), and use it at your Workbench to craft a Furnace. Place that down, and use the planks as the fuel, and the wood as the ingredient. This will create Charcoal, which functions exactly like Coal. Make sure to find natural coal as fast as possible, because making charcoal is just a waste of wood unless there is no other option. THE HUNT FOR OBSIDIAN [MINEOBS] After you survive your first night, your main goal in Minecraft is to find and mine iron, then diamond, then obsidian. Firstly, you will need to start a mine. This is sometimes as simple as digging down (but not straight down!) into the ground until you randomly stumble upon a natural cave. Then, just explore the cave systems beneath the earth's surface until you find iron ore. Iron ore looks like stone, with light brown/tan flecks in it, similar to coal ore. However, mining out iron ore does not give you workable iron, instead it just gives you a block of the iron ore itself. To turn it into Iron Ingots (which is what you use to make iron tools), you need to smelt the ore in a furnace (made with 8 blocks of Cobblestone at a Crafting Table) with fuel, ideally coal. However, charcoal, wood, wood planks, sticks, saplings, etc. can also be used as fuel. Once you have iron ingots, you can craft an Iron Pickaxe. With the Iron Pickaxe, you can mine any block in the game... except one: Obsidian. For that, you will need to find Diamonds. Diamond Ore looks like stone, but with light blue/green flecks in it, and it is even rarer than Iron Ore. Thankfully, when you do mine Diamond Ore, you do not need to smelt it, as it will give you a Diamond directly. Now, we need at least 10 blocks of Obsidian to complete our main quest. Obsidian, for those who don't know, is volcanic stone that is very, very durable. In Minecraft terms, that means it can only be mined with a Diamond Pickaxe (and even then, it takes a long time to break). Finding Obsidian is even more difficult than mining it, unfortunately. Obsidian is created artificially when water touches unmoving lava. So, you'll need to craft a bucket (3 Iron Ingots), fill it with water, find some lava, and pour the water all up in there. Break it with a Diamond Pickaxe, grab the Obsidian before it falls into the lava, and rinse and repeat 9 more times. Hey, nobody said it was easy! Once you have your 10 Obsidian, you'll want to arrange it (preferably on the surface) in this pattern: 4 blocks across by five blocks up. The corners do NOT need to be made of Obsidian, and if you want the corners, you will need a total of 14 Obsidian. After the Nether Portal is constructed, craft a Flint and Steel (1 Iron Ingot, 1 Flint from digging up Gravel) and light the center. The Portal will now make eerie noises, and purple haze will be inside the center. Congratulations, you have reached the theoretical extent of what you can accomplish in Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition! But what lies behind the Nether Portal? Well, that's an entirely different story altogether. (See the "The Nether" section below) THE NETHER [MINEHELL] The Nether. Quite literally the "Hell" of Minecraft, this strange place is home to strange creatures (Ghasts and Zombie Pigmen) and new and intriguing types of blocks. Each step taken in The Nether equals three steps in the surface world, so if you build two Nether Portals, you can use the Nether to travel more quickly between distant areas. What else is in The Nether? Danger, and lots of it. Lava flows like water here, the very ground beneath your feet is incredibly flammable, and certain sections can slow your movement down, making you easy pickings for the Ghasts. It's nice, but I wouldn't build a summer home there. EXTRA STUFF [MINEEXT] So, you've built your portal and had your fill of The Nether. What should you do while you're waiting for the next update to come out? Try some of these little tricks to make your Minecraft experience that much better: 1. Achievement hunt! (See the Achievement section below) 2. Take the fight to the monsters by crafting a bow and making a stockpile of arrows! 3. Make a wheat garden and have a renewable resource of food! Making a wheat garden is one of the most underrated practices in Minecraft, fairly complicated though it is. First off, you'll need some seeds. Seeds can be found by ripping up tall grass and ferns. Once you have seeds, you'll need to craft a Hoe to till dirt (preferably in a designated area fairly close to your house). Next, you need to make sure that the seeds have two things they need to survive: Water and constant light. The former is as easy as making an infinite spring (See the Cheating section below) and piping some of that water to furrows in the ground near your tilled dirt. When the dirt becomes very dark brown, seeds will begin to grow in it once planted. For constant light, set up torches in and above the garden. This not only stops monsters from spawning in your fields, it also lets the wheat grow at night, when there is no sun. Finally, we need to make sure that curious animals and monsters can't get into the garden and trample the growing wheat! Craft some fences with your Crafting Table (6 Sticks makes 2 fences), and surround your entire garden with them. Leave one space for a Door so you can enter and exit the garden as you please. Now, just wait for the wheat to grow tall and turn brown. Then, smack the crop with RT and you will recieve 1 Wheat and up to 2 Seeds. Replant a seed back in the open plot, and start it all over again! With wheat, you can craft many food items, most importantly bread. Bread is a cheap alternative to Cooked Porkchops for restoring health. 4. Build a minecart track for easy access around the world! The only thing to keep in mind for this is that you will need Powered Rails as well as normal rails to get your minecarts moving, and those need to be powered by Redstone to be activated. I recommend placing Redstone Torches along the sides of your minetrack wherever you have powered rails. SKINS [MINESKIN] Skins are, basically, alternative characters to play as. The skin you are "wearing" does not affect gameplay in any way. In the original release, the skin you had was dependent on what player you were (player 1 in a world was always Steve, player 2 was always Tennis Steve, etc.) Standard Skins: These come preloaded when you buy the game. 1. Steve (green shirt, jeans) 2. Tennis Steve (Tennis uniform, blonde hair, headband) 3. Tuxedo Steve (Tuxedo and dress pants) 4. Athlete Steve (African American, white tank top, jeans, gold chain) 5. Scottish Steve (Orange hair, tuxedo, kilt) 6. Prisoner Steve (White hair, orange prisoner's jumpsuit) 7. Cyclist Steve (Red sports top, Speedo) 8. Boxer Steve (Blonde hair, boxing gloves, boots, jock strap) Skin Pack 1: The first 15 skins can be downloaded for free via the Skin Pack 1 Free Trial. The rest will cost you 180 Microsoft Points (2 U.S. dollars) 1. Racing Driver 1 (Blue) 2. Racing Driver 2 (Green) 3. Racing Driver 3 (Red) 4. Racing Driver 4 (Yellow) 5. Nurse 6. Prisoner (Traditional black and white striped uniform and cap) 7. Victorian Swimmer 8. Deep Sea Diver 9. King 10. Queen 11. Jester 12. Knight Templar 13. Black Knight 14. Wizard 15. Creeper Man 16. Squid Man 17. Zombie 18. Herobrine 19. Jack of Blades 20. Hero (from Fable 3) 21. Garth 22. Reaver 23. Hammer 24. Locust Drone 25. Cole Train 26. Clayton Carmine 27. Master Chief 28. Covenant Grunt 29. Covenant Brute 30. Banjo 31. Grunty 32. Bottles 33. Tooty 34. Mumbo Jumbo 35. Klungo 36. Trials Rider 37. Freestyle 38. Old-School 39. Biker 40. Combat 41. 'Splosion Man 42. Scientist Wilson 43. Scientist Danklef 44. Ms. 'Splosion Man 45. Mandy Elite Summer of Arcade 2012 Skin Pack: Free for a limited time in the summer of 2012. Downloaded from the Minecraft tab in the Summer of Arcade 2012 menu, accessed from the Xbox Dashboard. These skins feature characters from all the Summer of Arcade 2012 games. 1. Paladin 2. Wariant 3. Randall Wayne 4. Stella Patterson 5. Skinny Zombie 6. Female Zombie 7. Wreck 8. Knight 9. Hot Goblin 10. Bunny Suit Goblin 11. Dust 12. Fidgit 13. Tony Hawk 14. Ollie 15. Officer Dick CRAFTING AND FURNACE-ING [MINECRFT] What an undertaking this is, huh? Eh, whatever. Crafting is the potatoes of Minecraft (the meat being the Mining, of course). All sorts of things can be crafted in Minecraft, and this will show them all. I've added personalized notes to entries that require specific detail. Now, without further ado: TAB 1: STRUCTURES 1. Wood Planks (makes 4 Wood Planks) Ingredient: 1 Wood Very versatile crafting and construction tool. You will use these a lot throughout the entire game, especially at the beginning. 2. Sticks (makes 4 Sticks) Ingredients: 2 Wood Planks Used in bulk to craft Torches, you will mostly use these for crafting the various tools throughout the game. 3. Sandstone Ingredients: 4 Sand This does not follow gravity like Sand does, making it better for construction. It's also found naturally underneath Sand. 4. Snow Block Ingredients: 4 Snowballs 5. Clay Block Ingredients: 4 Clay Balls 6. Brick Block Ingredients: 4 Clay Bricks 7. Crafting Table Ingredients: 4 Wood Planks This is used to open up the full crafting menu. Absolutely essential for crafting anything useful. 8. Furnace Ingredients: 8 Cobblestone Used to smelt ore into ingots, burn wooden things, turn Sand into Glass, and cook raw meat. 9. Chest Ingredients: 8 Wood Planks Used to store items safely, and are found naturally in Dungeons. If two chests are placed side by side, they share a double-sized inventory. 10. Bed Ingredients: 3 Wool (any color), 3 Wood Planks Used to turn night into day. In multiplayer, all players must be sleeping at the same time in different beds for time to change. 11. Fence (makes 2) Ingredients: 6 Sticks Treated as 15 blocks high for players, animals, and monsters, but 1 block high for blocks. 12. Ladder (makes 2) Ingredients: 7 Sticks 13. Wooden Door Ingredients: 6 Wood Planks Press RT or LT to open/close. Keeps animals and monsters out. 15. Iron Door Ingredients: 6 Iron Ingots Can only be opened by a lever or Redstone circuit. 17. Trapdoor (makes 2) Ingredients: 6 Wood Planks Basically a vertical door. 18. Wooden/Stone Stairs (makes 4) Ingredients: 6 Wood Planks/6 Cobblestone Used to make compact staircases 19. Wooden/Sandstone/Stone Slab (makes 3) Ingredients: 3 Wood Planks/3 Sandstone/ 3 Stone OR 3 Cobblestone TAB 2: TOOLS AND WEAPONS 1. Wooden/Stone/Iron/Diamond/Golden Pickaxe Ingredients: 2 Sticks, 3 Wood Planks/2 Sticks, 3 Cobblestone/2 Sticks, 3 Iron Ingots/2 Sticks, 3 Diamonds/2 Sticks, 3 Gold Ingots Needed to mine Stone and Ore 2. Wooden/Stone/Iron/Diamond/Golden Shovel Ingredients: 2 Sticks, 1 Wood Plank/2 Sticks, 1 Cobblestone/2 Sticks, 1 Iron Ingot/2 Sticks, 1 Diamond/2 Sticks, 1 Gold Ingot Digs Dirt, Grass, Sand, Gravel, and Snow faster, required to gather Snowballs 3. Wooden/Stone/Iron/Diamond/Golden Axe Ingredients: 2 Sticks, 3 Wood Planks/2 Sticks, 3 Cobblestone/2 Sticks, 3 Iron Ingots/2 Sticks, 3 Diamonds/2 Sticks, 3 Gold Ingots Chops Wood-related blocks faster 4. Wooden/Stone/Iron/Diamond/Golden Hoe Ingredients: 2 Sticks, 2 Wood Planks/2 Sticks, 2 Cobblestone/2 Sticks, 2 Iron Ingots/2 Sticks, 2 Diamonds/2 Sticks, 2 Gold Ingots 5. TNT Ingredients: 5 Gunpowder, 4 Sand Used to make big booms. Set off by hitting with RT or a Redstone circuit. 6. Fishing Rod Ingredients: 3 Sticks, 2 Strings Used to fish in any body of water. Press LT to cast, and again to reel in a Raw Fish when the bobber sinks underwater. 7. Shears Ingredients: 2 Iron Ingots Used to more efficiently harvest wool from sheep, and can also be used to gather leaves, instead of just breaking them. 8. Flint and Steel Ingredients: 1 Iron Ingot, 1 Flint Starts fires, activates Nether Portals 9. Bow Ingredients: 3 Sticks, 3 Strings Ranged weapon. Fires arrows. 10. Arrow (makes 4) Ingredients: 1 Stick, 1 Flint, 1 Feather Used as ammunition for the Bow. They don't need to be in your hotkey bar for you to fire them, they just need to be in your inventory. 11. Bucket Ingredients: 3 Iron Ingots Used to transport water, lava, and milk. Press LT to gather and again to pour. 12. Bowl (makes 4) Ingredients: 3 Wood Planks 13. Wooden/Stone/Iron/Diamond/Golden Sword Ingredients: 1 Stick, 2 Wood Planks/1 Stick, 2 Cobblestone/1 Stick, 2 Iron Ingots/1 Stick, 2 Diamonds/1 Stick, 2 Gold Ingots Used to fight monsters more easily. 14. Torch (makes 4) Ingredients: 1 Stick, 1 Coal OR 1 Charcoal Lights up areas, preventing monsters from spawning. Melts snow and ice. 15. Jack-O-Lantern Ingredients: 1 Pumpkin, 1 Torch Brighter than Torches and more festive than Glowstone Blocks. Melts snow and ice, and can be placed underwater. 16. Glowstone Block Ingredients: 4 Glowstone Dust Exactly the same as a Jack-O-Lantern, but less festive. 17. Clock Ingredients: 4 Gold Ingots, 1 Redstone Shows the position of the Sun and Moon. In other words, completely useless. 18. Compass Ingredients: 4 Iron Ingots, 1 Redstone Points to your spawn point, or to the last bed you slept in. 19. Map Ingredients: 8 Papers, 1 Compass Shows a map of your world, with X, Y, and Z coordinates and colored markers for different players in multiplayer. Filled out automatically when you walk to new places with it equipped. TAB 3: FOOD 1. Mushroom Stew Ingredients: 1 Red Mushroom, 1 Brown Mushroom, 1 Bowl Health: 5 You recover the bowl after you eat it. 2. Cookie (makes 8) Ingredients: 2 Wheat, 1 Cocoa Bean Health: 0.5 3. Cake Ingredients: 3 Buckets of Milk, 2 Sugar, 1 Egg, 3 Wheat Health: 1.5 per slice, with 6 slices Placed like a block, press LT or RT to eat 1 slice at a time. Formerly, you would lose the Buckets when you craft it, but this has been fixed. 4. Sugar Ingredient: 1 Sugarcane Cannot be eaten, only use is in crafting Cake. 5. Bread Ingredients: 3 Wheat Health: 2.5 TAB 4: ARMOR 1. Leather Cap/Iron/Diamond/Golden Helmet Ingredients: 5 Leather/5 Iron Ingots/5 Diamonds/5 Gold Ingots 2. Leather Tunic/Iron/Diamond/Golden Chestplate Ingredients: 7 Leather/7 Iron Ingots/7 Diamonds/7 Gold Ingots 3. Leather Pants/Iron/Diamond/Golden Leggings Ingredients: 6 Leather/6 Iron Ingots/6 Diamonds/6 Gold Ingots 4. Leather/Iron/Diamond/Golden Boots Ingredients: 4 Leather/4 Iron Ingots/4 Diamonds/4 Gold Ingots TAB 5: MECHANISMS 1. Lever Ingredients: 1 Stick, 1 Cobblestone 2. Redstone Torch Ingredients: 1 Stick, 1 Redstone Provides less light than Torches, so little that monsters can spawn in their light. 3. Redstone Repeater Ingredients: 2 Redstone Torches, 3 Stone, 1 Redstone 4. Button Ingredients: 2 Stone Stays activated for about 1 second after being pressed, then automatically turns off. 5. Pressure Plate Ingredients: 2 Wood Planks Activated by a player, animal, or monster stepping on them, or when an item is dropped on them. 6. Dispenser Ingredients: 7 Cobblestone, 1 Bow, 1 Redstone Place items inside, then activate it with a Redstone Circuit to make it dispense them. Dispensed Arrows, Snowballs, and Eggs are fired rapidly,break on impact, and can damage monsters or players. 7. Note Block Ingredients: 8 Wooden Planks, 1 Redstone Plays a note when activated by LT. Use RT to change the pitch. Plays different instruments when placed on different types of blocks. 8. Piston Ingredients: 3 Wooden Planks, 4 Cobblestone, 1 Iron Ingot, 1 Redstone When activated by a Redstone circuit, it pushes forward. When the circuit is cut, it retracts. I'm not really good at using Redstone mechanisms, you should find somebody else to teach you how to use these. 9. Sticky Piston Ingredients: 1 Piston, 1 Slimeball Created to (finally) make hunting Slimes worthwhile, the Sticky Piston functions similarly to the Piston, but the block it touches when it extends becomes "stuck" to it and when the Sticky Piston retracts, the block will stay with it. TAB 6: TRANSPORT 1. Rail (makes 16) Ingredients: 6 Iron Ingots, 1 Stick 2. Powered Rail (makes 6) Ingredients: 6 Gold Ingots, 1 Redstone, 1 Stick When activated by a Redstone circuit, makes Minecarts move faster. 3. Detector Rail (makes 6) 6 Iron Ingots, 1 Redstone, 1 Button Pressure Plate that is only activated by a Minecart rolling over it. Needs to be activated by a Redstone circuit. 4. Minecart Ingredients: 5 Iron Ingots 5. Minecart with Chest Ingredients: 1 Minecart, 1 Chest For transporting items along rails that won't fit in your inventory. Harder to move than Minecarts. 6. Minecart with Furnace Ingredients: 1 Minecart, 1 Furnace Can move on its' own and push other Minecarts when given fuel. 7. Boat Ingredients: 5 Wood Planks For quicker travel over water than simply swimming. TAB 7: DECORATIONS 1. Wool Ingredients: 1 Various Wool, 1 Various Dye Different-colored wool. 2. Dye Ingredients: Various items Different-colored dyes for wool. 3. Block of Iron/Diamond/Lapis Lazuli/Gold Ingredients: 9 Iron Ingots/9 Diamonds/9 Lapis Lazuli Dye/9 Gold Ingots Placable blocks, used for high-class construction or more compact storage. 4. Breakdown Iron Ingot/Gold Ingot/Diamond/Lapis Lazuli Dye (makes 9) Ingredients: 1 Block of Iron/1 Block of Gold/1 Block of Diamond/1 Block of Lapus Lazuli 5. Jukebox Ingredients: 8 Wood Planks, 1 Diamond Plays Music Discs. 6. Paper (makes 3) Ingredients: 3 Sugarcanes 7. Book Ingredients: 3 Papers 8. Bookshelf Ingredients: 6 Wood Planks, 3 Books 9. Painting Ingredients: 1 Wool (any color), 8 Sticks 10. Sign Ingredients: 6 Wood Planks, 1 Stick Displays text players can write on it. THE FURNACE The Furnace is a crafted item that, when placed, allows for firing of objects. To use the furnace, you must put a compatible object in both the ingredient and fuel sections. Some types of fuel burns longer than others. Sticks: Very short fuel time (smelts 1 block) Wood Planks, Saplings, Birch Saplings: Short fuel time (smelts 3 blocks) Coal, Charcoal: Medium fuel time (smelts 8 blocks) Bucket of Lava: Long fuel time (smelts 100 blocks, but you lose the bucket) Many objects can be fired to become different items: Wood or Birch Wood----Charcoal Sand----Glass Iron Ore----Iron Ingot Gold Ore----Gold Ingot Cactus----Cactus Green Dye Raw Porkchop----Cooked Porkchop Raw Fish----Cooked Fish Each firing process takes a bit of time to occur, signified by whether the furnace is lit or not. A lit furnace generates high amounts of light, enough to prevent monsters from spawning! Also, furnaces can be combined with minecarts to create a minecart that can travel on the fuel placed in the furnace, without the need for Powered Rails and Redstone to power them. I highly recommend using Powered Rails and Redstone Torches, though. CHEATING [MINENOOB] I know of a few cheats so in this version of the game. Before this guide was written, there was a duplicate items glitch with the Dispenser, but to the best of my knowledge, that has been patched. 1. Infinite Spring glitch You'll need two bucketfuls of water for this. Dig a 2x2 ditch in the ground, place a bucket of water in one space, allow it to fill the hole, and pour the other bucket in the space diagonal to the first Now every space in this tiny lake is a "source" block, and you can collect as much water as you need from any space in the lake without ever running out. 2. X-ray vision/See caverns glitch For this glitch, you need to dig deep underground, then dig a very long, straight tunnel that is just big enough for a character to fit through (2 blocks high). Stand at the entrance to the tunnel and go into third person mode. Position the camera so it is behind and slightly above your character and run forward. If the camera is angled correctly, the bobbing of the camera should allow quick glimpses through the ceiling of the tunnel, allowing you to see undiscovered natural caverns on the horizon. When you see them, head towards them and mine over to them, and loot the treasures within. 3. Cobblestone Generator There are several ways of creating these. This one was sent in (complete with ASCII, which is beyond my realm of skill) by reader "Necrolythe". Required Items: At least 20 stone or cobblestone 1 bucket of lava 2 buckets of water 1 ladder/sign 1 wood/stone/sandstone/cobblestone slab Directions: Start by placing 3 pieces of cobblestone on the ground in a V, then build each spot up to 3 blocks high. At the opening of the V, make another stack of cobblestone 3 high, and mine out the middle piece. Pour the bucket of lava into gap between the 4 blocks at the top of these stacks. Should end up with something like this: TOP VIEW [c][c][c] [c][L][c] [c] [c]=Cobblestone [L]=Lava The lava will flow down, and not spread through the gap. Now, place a block of cobblestone on the ground on 2 opposite sides of the generator, and make a V on each side, resulting in this shape: [c][c][c] [c][c][L][c][c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] Place 2 cobblestone on the ground diagonally from the inner 2, until you have a shape like this: [c][c][c] [c][c][L][c][c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c] In the 1 block wide opening, dig down one block and put in a slab. Place a sign or ladder on the side of the cobblestone next to this hole, as this will keep the water from flowing out of the generator. Follow this up by pouring a bucket of water into the middle of the side Vs, which will finish the generator. The final product should look something like this: [c][c][c] [c][c][L][c][c] [c][w] [c] [w][c] [c] [c] [c] [c] [c][s][c] <---sign/ladder in middle now, by standing on the slab in the hole, you can mine the cobblestone in front of the lava flow, and a new one will pop up, with the flow of water delivering the mined block to the player. When lava flows into water, it makes a block of cobblestone, while water flowing into water does nothing. A simple way to get a lot of cobblestone is to tape down your RT button, and walk away, coming back in a few minutes to check on the progress. Hope you enjoy the infinite supply of building materials. ACHIEVEMENT GUIDE [MINEACHI] 1. Taking Inventory Press the Y button to open your inventory. Done. 2. Getting Wood Punch a tree until a block of Wood pops out. Easy Peasy. 3. Benchmarking Gather 4 blocks of Wood Planks, and craft a Crafting Table. Also easy. 4. Time to Mine! Using a Crafting Table, use 3 blocks of Wood Planks and 2 Sticks to craft a Wooden Pickaxe. 5. Time to Farm! Using a Crafting Table, use 2 Blocks of Wood Planks and 2 Sticks to craft a Wooden Hoe. 6. Time to Strike! Using a Crafting Table, use 2 blocks of Wood Planks and 1 Stick to craft a Wooden Sword. 7. Hot Topic Using a Crafting Table, use 8 blocks of Cobblestone to craft a Furnace. 8. Acquire Hardware Smelt a block of Iron Ore in a Furnace and collect the Iron Ingot that is made. 9. MOAR Tools Using a Crafting table, craft 1 Pickaxe, 1 Shovel, 1 Axe, and 1 Hoe. 10. Getting an upgrade Using a Crafting Table, use 3 Cobblestone and 2 Sticks to craft a Stone Pickaxe. 11. Cow Tipper Kill a cow, take the Leather that pops out. 12. Monster Hunter Kill a monster. I suggest using a Sword. 13. Dispense with This Using a Crafting table, use 7 Cobblestone, 1 Redstone, and 1 Bow to craft a Dispenser. 14. Leader of the Pack Kill lots of Skeletons and gather a stockpile of bones. Carry them around with you while exploring the surface. When you find a wolf, feed it bones until it is tamed (hearts come out of it). Repeat for 4 more wolves. 15. On a Rail Construct a REALLY long minecart track (over 500 blocks long) in one direction. Craft Rails, Powered Rails, and Redstone Torches and lay them down until you can travel 500 blocks on the track in a Minecart. 16. Delicious Fish Craft a Fishing Rod, press LT to launch it into a body of water, wait for the bobber to go all the way under, then press LT again to reel in a Raw Fish. Take it and cook it in a Furnace, and take the Cooked Fish. 17. Bake Bread Grow and harvest 3 Wheat by following my instructions in the "extras" section, and craft it into a loaf of Bread. 18. The Lie Grow and harvest 3 Wheat, craft 2 Sugarcane into 2 Sugar, craft 3 Buckets(3 Iron Ingots each) and fill them with Milk (press LT on a cow with the empty bucket equipped to fill it with Milk), and follow a chicken around for a few minutes until it lays an egg. Craft it all together to make a Cake. 19. When Pigs Fly Find a dungeon with a Saddle in one of the chests, find a pig standing on a cliff, attach the Saddle to the pig, ride the pig, and hope it falls off the cliff and takes fall damage. If you have a friend, he or she can punch the pig to knock it off the cliff early for you. Note that you lose the Saddle when the pig dies. 20. Into The Nether Construct a Nether Portal with at least 10 Obsidian following my instructions in the "Hunt for Obsidian" section. CONTACT [MINEMAIL] If you want to contact me for FAQ related reasons, send me an email at email@example.com . Please use "Minecraft FAQ" somewhere in the subject bar, so I know that it's referring to this. I reserve the right to ignore emails that I can't understand. If you send me a tip or point out a mistake, I will fix it and credit you below. Also, not to be a beggar, but if you like this guide, please click on the "recommend to other users" link at the top of the screen. It's free, it (literally) only takes a second, and it helps me in ways you can't imagine. LEGAL [MINELEG] This guide was written entirely by me, homsarrunner3. It is based on my own experiences with Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition, and some extra information was gotten from the free Minecraft wiki at minecraftwiki.net . Minecraft was created by Mojang, and all characters, names, etc. belong to them. It was brought to the Xbox 360 (minus Herobrine) by 4J Studios and Microsoft Game Studios. I did not create anything pertaining to Minecraft or Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, besides this guide. I am not making a monetary profit off of this guide in any way, shape, or form. This guide may not, for ANY circumstances, be used for any purpose other than personal use. It may NOT be used for ANYONE to make a monetary profit in any way. If I wrote the guide and I'm not making money off this thing, you aren't either. If you want to put this site on your NON-PROFIT website, I only ask that you shoot me an email to ask my permission first. I'm not stingy, if you ask I will probably say yes. As of right now, this guide may only be used on the following website(s): gamefaqs.com CREDITS [MINECRED] It takes many people to raise a child, and making a guide is no different. I gagged a little bit just by writing that. But anyway, this section was missing from Version 1.0, and with the V1.1 update, I decided to remedy that. In the words of Steve Jobs, "I have many faults, but ungratefulness is not among them." Thanks to gamefaqs.com for being the first to host this guide. Thanks to Mojang, 4J Studios, Microsoft Game studios, and anybody else who worked on Minecraft or Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Thanks to minecraftwiki.net for extra information that helped make this guide. Extra thanks to 4J Studios for not bringing Herobrine into this version of the game. Thanks to Herobrine for not murdering me for that last statement. Thanks to you, the reader, for reading this guide and putting up with my idiocy. *cough*Extrathanksifyouclickedthe"Recommendtootherusers"l inkatthetopofthepage *cough* Thanks to Necrolythe for sending in the Cobblestone Generator cheat, and for taking the time to fix up his original instructions to make it more clear for my tiny brain. Thanks to delarosa1101 for confirming that the cake glitch that made you lose your buckets has been fixed. If you are reading this far, I hope that this guide helped you. Have a nice day. ---------END OF DOCUMENT-----------