My favorite mode in Minecraft is Survival. It’s not as easy as Creative mode, but playing in this mode makes the game more fun and challenging. For new players, however, it can be difficult, so here is a very simple guide to surviving your first day and night in the game.
Let’s see how to do it.
Here we go, a new game in Survival Mode on Minecraft. I’m just using a randomly generated world instead of a pre-built Minecraft map. As you can see, it’s a pretty basic and very flat world. This seems like a nice place to start, with easy access to water and some trees to the left. I can see a cow across the river. He’ll make a tasty lunch a bit later in the game.
But first things first. We need wood! When I turn left, there is a nice clump of oak trees, ready to be chopped down. The sun is just rising on this new, first day of Minecraft, and I’m ready to go to work.
Let’s punch some wood! When you first start, you need to click/tap on the tree with your bare hands. After you collect your first few blocks of wood, however, you’ll want to make a wooden axe to make chopping more efficient.
First you’ll make some planks from the raw wood…
Next you’ll want to craft some sticks, and finally the wooden axe. Now get to chopping! There’s no hard and fast rule about how much wood to gather, but I like to keep chopping for a while to collect at least 20-30 wood so that I’ll have enough to construct everything I need for the first night.
Remember to keep some raw wood in your inventory. Don’t turn everything into planks because you’ll want the wood later on to make charcoal for your torches. You want to be able to see at night!
Your First House
Now it’s time to start building your house. The goal of your first house is simple: shelter and protection from the dangerous mobs that spawn at night. Don’t try to get too fancy. Something simple with room to move is all you need.
One of the best materials to construct your first night’s house is good old dirt. Yep, you’re going to spend your first night in Minecraft in a pile of dirt. Don’t worry — you can always upgrade your house to something fancier later. Your priority for the first night, though, is to quickly build a basic house.
Here’s my simple dirt house, 6×6 square and 5 blocks high (including the roof). You won’t see it featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, but it’s going to be good enough to keep me alive when night falls.
Use some of your leftover wooden planks to craft a door so that you can get in and out safely and of course see through it so that you know when the next morning arrives.
…and it’s complete just in time.
Here’s what the interior of my little dirt house looks like. I’ve got my crafting table and a furnace tucked into the corners, and I have started to dig a tunnel from the inside of the house. I’ll be spending the first night busy at work mining for ore.
The next morning, with plenty more wood and stone in my inventory, I set about giving my simple dirt house a cosmetic upgrade. You could just start fresh and build a completely different house, but I like adding on to my original dwelling over time.
Here I am building a new outer wall of stone around the original dirt perimeter. For style, I’m building the corners out of wood instead of stone.
Here is the finished product. It’s now 8×8 with a roof built from wooden stairs to give it a sloped look. You can’t see this in the screenshot, but the center of the roof is made of glass so that I can see the stars at night.
This simple first day/night technique works on most Minecraft worlds, including the randomly generated and pre-built maps. It should also work on any public Minecraft Servers in survival mode.
That’s it! You’ve built a simple dirt house, survived your first night in Minecraft, and started down the path of upgrading your house. Congratulations and watch out for those creepers!