It's not always easy coming up with the best ideas for what to build in Minecraft. Especially not when you're just getting started and learning how to build in the game. The task seems overwhelming at first, but with the right approach and the right knowledge about what's possible, you'll soon know how to become a master builder.
After you've acquired all of your basic tools, learned how to survive, how to navigate the world and gather resources like redstone, it's time to decide what building project you want to work on in #Minecraft.
Minecraft Building Ideas Ranked By Difficulty
We're here to suggest a few easy, but also interesting ideas that'll teach you a number of things about the game without being boringly complex or difficult. We'll even rate the difficulty of each of the projects, so you don't risk jumping into something too difficult and time consuming at first.
With that said, all of the projects listed are pretty basic and as long as you don't start out trying to create RAM and instead learn the basics of building first, you'll be all right.
Let's start out with the easiest projects and go from there:
Project 1: Learning To Love Redstone
To start building functional things in Minecraft, you need to understand redstone, which is a very essential part of construction. Luckily, youtuber Mumbo Jumbo has created a simple introduction to the material. The ten mini-projects featured in the video help you understand the basics of redstone, redstone dust and redstone wiring, which is basically the Minecraft equivalent of copper, allowing you to transmit power.
Mastering the basics of redstone and its abilities allows you to power up mechanism components (doors, pistons, redstone lamps, etc.) which is a lot of fun in any building project and often an integral part of more complex Minecraft mechanisms.
- Difficulty rating: 3 out of 10
- Time to create: Each project in the video should take about 5 to 10 minutes.
Project 2: The Automated Wheat Farm
If you're playing in survival mode, we probably need to make sure your character doesn't starve to death before we venture any further into the world of redstone circuit building. One of the easier ways to do this is to build an automated farm, and though this also requires a bit of basic redstone wiring, it's nothing you can't handle.
The wheat farm shown is just one example of how to feed yourself. If you're more of a carnivore, let's move on to the next project.
- Difficulty rating: 4 out of 10
- Time to create: Around 30 minutes.
Project 3: The Compact Cow Breeder
This automated food generator is a bit more brutal than the wheat plantation. Here, baby calves are bred inside the machine with the release of water before—through an ingenious use of redstone and lava—they're roasted and turned into delicious steak after a mere three minutes of existence.
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The machine is super simple to create and will leave you a decent number of steaks in a little chest at the bottom of the building, which will definitely keep you fed as you move on to more complex projects.
- Difficulty rating: 4 out of 10
- Time to create: Should be doable in 20 minutes.
Project 4: The 7 Segment Display
Once you've filled your belly and grown more familiar with how redstone circuits work, you can try to create your very own "digital" numbers display. The mechanisms behind this project are a bit more complicated than what's been presented in the earlier videos, but the basics are the same.
When you're finished with the huge display it's definitely a very satisfying experience to see the enormous numbers light up. What the actual in-game use of this is, we're not so sure of, but does it matter? You've just built your own computer inside a computer!
- Difficulty rating: 5 out of 10
- Time to create: Around 35 minutes.
Project 5: The Random-Access-Memory Project
Now we're taking things to the next level, as redstone is also what powers this piece of Minecraft RAM. It's a pretty basic mechanism which doesn't take long to create, and when it's finished it allows you to store (very simple) binary information by pulling levers on the top of the structure, and then reading that information as an output at the bottom.
Training yourself in the understanding of these circuits doesn't only allow you to build more complex things in-game, such as calculators or computers, but it also gives you an idea of how actual, digital memory works in today's electronics.
- Difficulty rating: 6 out of 10
- Time to create: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on your success.
This small introduction does not tell you everything there is to know about Minecraft, but it does push you in the right direction. The game is so heavily based on openness, creativity and imagination that there really is only one way to master the game, and that's by playing it with an immense amount of passion and curiosity.
If you do that, and continue doing that, you might just be able to build that calculator or recreate a somewhat decent version of your favorite place from Game of Thrones.
What have you built in Minecraft?
[Video credit in order of appearance: Mumbo Jumbo, ItsLotsofLead, NiclasBlocko's Minecraft, 100% Awesome and xRush101]