How to find minerals in a Minecraft cave

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How to find minerals in a Minecraft cave
How to find minerals in a Minecraft cave
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Fossil mining is a big part of Minecraft, but it can be very dangerous. Preparation and caution are important, and this article will provide some tips.

Steps

Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 1
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 1

Step 1. Create a base

If you enter a cave right next to your main home / hideout, then you obviously don't need a base. However, if you are exploring a cave or ravine away from home, you should definitely build a base. Don't make it pretentious; a small structure of stone or earth is fine. The base should be on the surface (not underground) or at least not too deep underground (for example, right in the cave would be great). It should be easily accessible from the surface of the earth, and from a cave or ravine, ideally, it should be near the source of the wood. In this case, you can easily stop mining and go to the base to renew supplies and collect more wood for torches, tools, etc. You will need a stove, a work table, at least one double drawer and (preferably) a bed.

Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 2
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 2

Step 2. Get ready

In a cave or ravine, you can find yourself in different situations - you have no idea how large the cave system is, what you will find inside and how many monsters you will have to defeat. Don't be afraid to spend a few in-game days gathering tools and materials to take with you. Below is a list of the items you need to grab.

  • At least two full bundles of torches - you will never have enough torches!
  • Minimum 4-5 pickaxes - Wood is useless and although gold pickaxes work faster than other types of tools, they do not last long. You should use iron tools if possible, but if not available, stone will do. And of course, use diamond pickaxes wherever possible.
  • 1-2 Shovels - Digging through the ground / sand / gravel, etc. with a pick will wear out the tool faster and make it less efficient, so you should take at least one shovel with you. If you have an iron (or diamond) shovel, one will be enough, but you have to use a stone, it is worth taking a spare.
  • Minimum 50 Ladders - Bringing ladders with you is a really good idea, especially if you are heading into a ravine. Many caves have ledges that you won't want to jump from, and the ravines can be very deep with many long drops.
  • About 30-40 blocks of earth or cobblestone - Small crevices can be easily crossed using small bridges made of earth or cobblestone, and if you have to cross a lava pool, you need something that does not burn. However, you shouldn't worry too much and carry a lot of dirt / cobble with you, as you can easily find a lot of cobblestones underground.
  • 2-3 swords - Stone will work, but iron or diamond will be perfect. You will likely encounter many zombies and skeletons, as well as a few reptiles, so arm yourself appropriately.
  • Armor - Full leather armor is fine, even a set of iron boots and a helmet will do. You don't need much, but let's face it - no one can figure out all the reptiles before it's too late. With a good set of armor, you will be slightly better protected.
  • Bed - If you are playing with someone else, you need to take a bed, then you can hide in a small hole or a separate section of the cave, and the other player can "stay awake" when needed.
  • Minimum 1 bucket of water - If you're careful you won't have to use it, but many cave systems have lava and you can put out flames with water if you catch fire.
  • Bow and as many arrows as you can get - Use the bow against reptiles and other enemies as you see fit.
  • Minimum 8 steaks / chops / breads / etc. - Food is needed for loot. You need to restore health, because even when you leave the cave, you will not last long if you have a few "hearts" left and you are hungry.
  • Workbench - You can do without it if you have built a base, as you can make torches without a desk and take a lot of tools with you. If you decide to take it with you, you can restock picks / swords / shovels right in the cave, and you can also make a furnace or chest to store items. If you decide not to take the table, you can always return to base.
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 3
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 3

Step 3. Don't let yourself get lost

When you're in a cave, it's easy to lose direction.

  • A great and easy way to avoid getting lost underground is to place torches on only one side of you. For example, if you are right-handed, place the torches only on the right - you can remember that this is your “right”, because you can remember that you are right-handed. When you want to go down below, continue to place torches on the same side. When you want to return, place them on the opposite side. It is very easy to accomplish and quite effective.
  • Try to remember where you have been and where you are. If you have forgotten which passage leads to where, or where you have already been, it is quite easy to get lost.
  • Always place torches and keep the cave well lit. If you don't, you will not only miss out on iron / coal / stuff, but you will also get confused about which areas you have already seen.
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 4
Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 4

Step 4. Be vigilant

After playing Minecraft for a while, you will learn how to easily isolate the sounds made by various monsters - the moans of zombies, the rumble of skeletons, the sharp whistle of spiders, and so on. In the cave, you should use these sounds as a warning for enemies. Use your senses to take advantage. Of course, you can't figure out a reptile if you don't see it - you just hear the "shhhhh" sound when it appears next to you. However, this sound gives you a fraction of a second to get away and take less damage.

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Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 5

Step 5. Always block water and lava sources

Lava is incredibly dangerous and can burn your items when you die. Water blocks your path and hides valuable rocks as it flows across the cave floor. Fill the buckets if necessary, then block the water and lava sources with cobblestones or earth.

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Explore_Mine in a Cave in Minecraft Step 6

Step 6. Replenish supplies when needed

If you don't have enough torches to see where you are going, or there is only one pickaxe left that is about to break, or you run out of swords - head back to the base and restock. This should be easy if you followed the advice and only placed the torches on one side, at the same time you can put valuable items in the chest and return with additional space in your inventory.

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