25 Facts About Minecraft You Might Not Know

Since its earliest days, Minecraft has blown up into an international phenomenon. Practically the new Legos of the digital age, it’s a fan favorite for people of all ages. It’s helped kids learn to code, think critically, and it’s even built small YouTube channels into major media entertainment. It’s such a huge game, there’s so much to learn and know about it. Most die-hards probably think they know everything, but they might be surprised what they don’t know. Here are 25 Facts About Minecraft You Might Not Know.

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25

The Nether Portal can sometimes be invisible.

nether portalSource: https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/m/topic/111010/

If you try to see a Nether Portal behind water or ice, it won’t be visible.

24

Sometimes it gets its own name wrong.

minecraftSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/63119/15-fun-facts-about-minecraft

There’s about a 1 in 10,000 chance that when you turn on Minecraft, it’ll misspell its own name to Minceraft.

23

The indestructible shears.

sheepSource: https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-5313

If you get wool by shearing a sheep, the shears won’t take durability damage. They only take damage when hitting tall grass or leaves.

22

At the end of the Minecraft world, things get dodgy.

minecraft flatSource: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/19179/what-happens-when-you-reach-the-edge-of-the-world

Technically, Minecraft worlds aren’t infinite. The further you go out into them, they get buggy and don’t work as well as they’re supposed to.

21

Minecraft became popular from word of mouth.

word of mouthSource: https://insights.dice.com/2016/01/08/minecraft-and-the-power-of-word-of-mouth/

Minecraft became such a phenomenon because of word of mouth. Gamers told their friends and the word spread like wildfire. Once it hit YouTube, it got even bigger.

20

Creepers were a mistake.

minecraft creeperSource: http://www.gamezone.com/news/notch-calls-minecraft-s-creepers-a-mistake

While he was coding the game, “Notch” recalls making a mistake and coding a pig wrong. The result was a creeper. We’re guessing he coded the exploding part later.

19

You can become invisible to Endermen.

endermanSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC5CdDUoRwg

Dealing with the Endermen in Minecraft is no fun. But if you want to avoid them all together, you can put a pumpkin on your head and become invisible to them.

18

You can get on the roof of the Nether.

netherSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsP2icLOuoo

Though you might reach bedrock when reaching the ceiling of the Nether, there’s a little trick to give you the ability to break through and reach the roof of the Nether. Of course, there’s not much up there but it’s still pretty cool.

17

It wasn't always called Minecraft.

cave gameSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Pre-classic

Influenced by Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, the creator, Markus Persson, just called the early edition “Cave Game.” Honestly, we’re glad he called it Minecraft, later.

16

The Enderman language is more familiar than you think.

enderman languageSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Enderman

While it may sound like an Enderman speaking is unintelligible, the recording is a guy saying “Hi” and “What’s Up?” but it’s backward and at a high pitch.

15

Minecraft even has its own human ghosts.

herobrineSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Herobrine

Players have claimed a human figure with white eyes has followed them around the game. He also is said to create random pyramids and other creations. However, there is no figure like this coded into the game and it’s purely fictional…Or is it?

14

It's possible to create invisible fences.

minecraft fenceSource: http://www.instructables.com/id/16-Things-You-Probably-Didnt-Know-About-Minecraft/

If you put a normal fence next to a nether brick fence, they won’t connect. You can walk through them but animals can’t.

13

You can visit other countries in Minecraft.

minecraft citySource: https://www.polygon.com/2014/4/24/5650592/the-entire-country-of-denmark-has-been-recreated-in-minecraft

In an incredible feat, Denmark has been totally recreated in Minecraft by Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen. They even pulled public data about roads and buildings to get everything right. Anyone can visit the Minecraft virtual Denmark.

12

Dragon eggs are tough to get unless you know this trick.

dragon eggSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Dragon_Egg

When a dragon egg falls into a non-transparent block or is pushed by a piston, it’ll drop as an item. You can be the owner of your very own dragon egg.

11

A dog can have many different collars.

wolfSource: https://www.digminecraft.com/game_commands/entitydata_collar_color.php

Once you’ve tamed a wolf into a dog, if you utilize the cheat code option, you can change the color of its collar into 15 different colors.

10

The first version of Minecraft had a speedy creation time.

minecraft treesSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/63119/15-fun-facts-about-minecraft

You’d think creating an expansive game like Minecraft would take years upon years. However, the first version of the game was completed in only six days.

9

Despite its speedy creation time, it did take time to iron out the kinks.

minecraft worldSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/63119/15-fun-facts-about-minecraft

After Minecraft was released on PC, Mojang made many updates and fixes and didn’t consider it complete until November 18th, 2011.

8

One school requires the game.

minecraft schoolSource: https://www.thelocal.se/20130109/45514

One school in Stockholm, Sweden has made Minecraft a requirement in hopes it’ll help improve the thinking ability of thirteen-year-olds.

7

Minecraft doesn't have bulls.

cowSource: http://minecraft.wikia.com/wiki/Cow

A strange phenomenon in Minecraft is that it only has cows but no bulls. Yet, the cows still can have babies. Life, uh, finds a way.

6

Fishing in the rain might be a good idea.

minecraft fishingSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Fishing

If you played in the 1.2.0 version of Minecraft, an algorithm allowed for an easier time catching fish in the rain.

5

You can create animal proof platforms.

minecraft fishingSource: http://www.instructables.com/id/16-Things-You-Probably-Didnt-Know-About-Minecraft/

Using a fence post and carpet, you can create platforms you can jump on from one place to the next. Animals can’t jump on these platforms.

4

Get digging if you want diamonds.

minecraft diamondSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/2yk28v/what_is_really_the_best_level_for_diamonds/

If you want diamonds, you’re going to need to dig and dig a lot. The best place to find them is deep in layer 12.

3

Bows are more powerful than you might think.

minecraft diamondSource: http://minecraft.wikia.com/wiki/Bow

If you have a fully charged bow in Minecraft, it’s more powerful than wielding a diamond sword.

2

The Ghast noise comes from a cat.

ghastSource: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Ghast

In an AMA on Reddit, it was revealed the noise Ghasts make are from recordings of a cat when its sleeping, specifically when it is disturbed.

1

Peaceful mode still has its antagonists.

minecraft wolfSource: https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/m/topic/111010/

Even if you’re in peaceful mode, you can still anger a few mobs. Both Iron Golems and wolves can both be hostile in that mode.



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