Minecraft ocean bases are a delicate balance of slick design and looming disaster
Scrambling around trying to build a base is always the highest priority on Minecraft's survival checklist. If you're like me, your first base was probably a haphazardly thrown-together oak block box with enough space for a bed, crafting table, and my blocky body to squeeze into. But Minecraft bases have become much more than that, and builders have been experimenting with all kinds of impressive designs like huge underground lairs, epic treehouses, or grand stone fortresses.
There have been plenty of spectacular Minecraft builds, but one design that continues to blow my mind are ocean bases. In short, the water physics in Minecraft are hard to grapple with. The way water flows and fills spaces is pretty confusing and thinking about how the current of one water block is affected by its four horizontal and vertical neighbours is headache-inducing.
That's why it's always impressive to see ocean builds. The engineering and design that have gone into building them is made more amazing by the manipulation of Minecraft's water physics. The risk of having one block break when your build is surrounded by water is always there, but the results are worth it. Slap some realistic Minecraft texture packs and shaders on your game, and you've got an amazing base surrounded by crystal clear water.
A tremendous amount of effort goes into planning an ocean base—underwater or not—and it's something that should be celebrated, so I've listed a couple of my favourites below. If you're keen to build an underwater ocean base yourself, I would start with the house building basics first and work your way up from there.
SheepGG's tutorial shows how to build a cozy underwater base made from glass, stone, and oak wood. The interior is lovely too, with lots of plant life and crops. They've also chosen to build in one of Minecraft's coral reef biomes, making it extra gorgeous.
Reddit user FreePaleontologist69 has built an entire city in the middle of the ocean. This ocean build's design is super sleek and its open-top means you can gaze at the stars above you.
I love the way ManDooMiN has built their base into the side of a slope. It's a small two-floor base and the tutorial is easy to follow, making it perfect for beginners who want to try their hand at underwater base design.
Jaypeeg01's ocean base looks like a Legend of Zelda temple. They've built the surrounding walls with translucent blue blocks, making it look like the ocean has created a wall to protect what's inside—a great idea.
Reddit user Frank_de_bot's base was built in Survival, which adds to the effort and makes it potentially even more impressive than a 'regular' underwater build. The several dome-like buildings are connected through several walkways and plenty of glass means you can gaze out into the surrounding murky world.
This underwater base created by ItsMarloe is another small and cosy design which also hides a brilliant entrance system. The entrance is a trap door that lets in a pillar of water than you can swim down, but instead of it flooding your lovely build there's a drain right under the entrance the water disappears into.
Random Steve Guy's crystal-clear underwater base is completely made out of glass and it's incredible to behold. It's a simple design, but the contrast of the dark underwater biome against the lamps that they've put around the outside of the build is perfection.
Minecraft Today's base is another cosy underwater build. It has a sleek modern design to it, with a cute rooftop garden connecting to the land. But, the best detail is the single block of water they've left standing above the building where underwater plants can grow.
TheNeoCubest's underwater survival base has two handy entrances. There's an external ladder that goes to the surface or a door that opens straight into the water, allowing you to swim out. The square design is super slick and coupled with the windows letting you look out into the sea makes it a great ocean Minecraft base.
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24 things to build in Minecraft: building ideas for
Looking for ideas for things to build in Minecraft? We all know that Minecraft is filled with infinite possibilities, particularly when it comes to building. With the right types and quantities and structures of blocks, there's really no limit to what can be made. The trick is figuring out what to build next!
Below you'll find 24 amazing Minecraft building ideas to inspire you, ranging from small, practical builds such as bridges and storage rooms, to massive aesthetic projects like castles, towns, and skyscrapers. Have a browse below and see if anything captures your imagination!
Things to build in Minecraft
Note: if you're after inspiration for your next house then be sure to check out our dedicated Minecraft house ideas page!
Minecraft Volcano build
What better way to make an impression on your Minecraft server than to find an unassuming island in the middle of nowhere and turn it into a scene-stealing volcano dripping with magma? If you find the right mountain then much of the landscaping work will already be done for you - but if you want to create one from scratch, you can do that too! That's exactly how YouTuber "Shannooty" created the above volcano build, after all.
Minecraft Castle build
For architects who want to think big with their next building project, let this magnificent gothic castle build by YouTuber "Geet Builds" inspire you to embrace your inner medievalist. A big, bold, rustic castle is a builder's dream, with endless design opportunities in the battlements, the windows, the archways, and more.
Minecraft Modern Skyscraper build
Creating a modern-looking build in Minecraft is always an interesting challenge, as it forces you to think hard about the types of blocks you need to use. For those looking for the ultimate challenge, why not create a realistic modern skyscraper like those above, created by YouTuber "Alpine". Just make sure you get planning permission from others living nearby!
Minecraft Floating Base build
Floating bases aren't exactly a new concept in Minecraft, but they've stood the test of time because they're just so versatile. You can make a cute little floating island with a cottage like YouTuber "Rake" made (pictured above), or you can hop into Creative Mode and use mods like WorldEdit to create colossal floating mountain bases if you like (more on mountain bases below!).
Minecraft Bridge build
Ah, the bridge. Delightfully practical, but also a chance to create something truly beautiful. Like many other builds in this list, you can be as simple or as ostentatious as you like. If you don't want to get bogged down with a huge building project, a bridge might be a perfect mini-project for your latest world. The above bridge, by YouTuber "Zaypixel", can be completed in just a handful of minutes.
Minecraft Ship build
There's nothing quite as eye-catching in Minecraft as a magnificent ship on the horizon. The above ship was created by YouTuber "IrieGenie", and gives off some strong Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. And they didn't even resort to black sails! But you could with your ship, of course. It'd look incredible with the realistic water you get by installing one of the best Minecraft shaders, too.
Minecraft Lighthouse build
If you're looking for a similarly nautical build, there's a lot you can do with a nice tall lighthouse. The actual real-life function of a lighthouse is to be a landmark, so it's the perfect opportunity to put your own unique style into a build. Just as long as it shines at the top, you can do what you like. If you need some inspiration, check out YouTuber "Meddi"'s video on creating the above lighthouse.
Note: if you want to inject some more life into your latest Bedrock world, why not check out our guides on the best Minecraft Bedrock seeds and the best Minecraft Bedrock Texture Packs?
Minecraft Cathedral build
Depending on who you ask, a cathedral can be even more grand and opulent than a medieval castle. A cathedral is a huge block of architectural splendour which gives you so many opportunities for interesting designs, patterns, and block choices. The above cathedral was built by YouTuber "Lanwan Builds", and it's a recreation of Winchester Cathedral, a building I've walked around many times and been inside once or twice as well. It's an incredible building, and such a build in Minecraft will be worthy of the blood, sweat, tears, and Diamonds you put into it.
Minecraft Museum build
What better way to show off everything you've collected over the course of your Minecraft journey than to store it in a museum? Much like castles and cathedrals, the grandest museums are tourist attractions in the real world, and so they're bound to attract attention on your Minecraft server. You can check out the interior of the above museum build by watching this video by its architect, YouTuber "MegRae".
Minecraft Statue build
Minecraft's default blocks offer so many different types of stone that you don't even have to use any of the best Minecraft texture packs to create a truly phenomenal statue. Statues are a great thing to build in Minecraft, because you can make a statue of just about anything, and it can be as realistic or as abstract as you like. Check out the above dragon statue build by YouTuber "thebigbaron" for some inspiration. I bet you could make a similarly awe-inspiring statue out of Netherite to give it some extra sleekness.
Minecraft Aquarium build
There's a lot more going on in the sea in Minecraft nowadays than when I started playing. Kelp and sponge and fish and blocks of wild and wonderful colours. Put all that together, house it in some glass, and you've got yourself an aquarium! Of course, there's more to it than that if you want to design a really good-looking aquarium such as the one above, built by YouTuber "Blorg The Saint".
Minecraft Pyramid build
A Pyramid is a fantastic template for an awe-inspiring Minecraft build. Its shape makes it easy to create complexity just by introducing and repeating patterns around the pyramid, which is how you can go from a regular old desert pyramid to a towering behemoth like the one above, built by YouTuber "FallenQbuilds". You can make life easier for yourself by using certain Minecraft commands (or better yet, WorldEdit), but there's nothing stopping you from getting stuck in building a massive pyramid in your survival world instead!
Minecraft Famous Landmark build
When you're thinking about Minecraft builds, it's always best to take inspiration from real life architecture. The truly spectacular creations are often the landmarks that are known all over the world. Places like the Taj Mahal, recreated above by YouTuber "Vexel Design". Or the Eiffel Tower, or Stonehenge, or the Statue of Liberty. Hell, why not the Grand Canyon if you're in the mood for some landscaping? You could even try recreating the Library of Alexandria (although that would take a lot of books)!
Minecraft Mountain Base build
If you're looking for a new thing to build in Minecraft, why not create a new base somewhere? An outpost from which you can explore new lands. And what better place to make one than to embed it into the side of a mountain, so you can see and scout for miles around? There are all sorts of wonderful ways that you can build into the side of a mountain or cliff. The above build is but one of the ideas showcased in this video by YouTuber "Tentango".
Minecraft Underground Base build
An underground base is something we've probably all made at one point or another in Minecraft. Digging down and setting up a subterranean camp is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe from surface-dwelling mobs on the first night. But why stop with just a camp? Why not turn it into a sprawling underground base filled with everything you could ever need to survive, like YouTuber "Spudetti" made above?
Minecraft Underwater Base build
As I mentioned before, aquatic life is much more interesting nowadays in Minecraft, which makes the idea of an underwater base all the more appealing. There's nothing much stopping you from building an underwater base; just make sure you bring some ladders with you so you can stop to catch your breath every so often! The above build from YouTuber "Zaypixel", who also created the above bridge build, combines underwater and mountain base ideas by building into the side of an underwater mountain.
Minecraft Farm build
A good farm is a wonderful sight in any game, Minecraft included. There's something so satisfying about rows upon rows of neatly organised crops. If you're after a more practical build then why not set to work making a new farm that can house all the carrots, potatoes, and wheat you could ever hope for? There are plenty of tutorials on creating compact farms in Minecraft, like the one above made by YouTuber "disruptive builds".
Minecraft Clock Tower build
Just look at that clock tower. Isn't it a beauty? It was made by YouTuber "IrieGenie" (who made the ship build higher up in this list) and it tells you everything you need to know about why a clock tower is the perfect thing to build in Minecraft. Cross a skyscraper with a cathedral and you've got a clock tower - and the best part is that you can make it in any style you like. You want to lean into the Steampunk side and fill the tower with gears and pistons? Go ahead! Or do you want a dark gothic clock tower that would look at home in a Tim Burton film? Who's stopping you?
Minecraft Pixel Art build
I don't know, this one looks sus When it comes to the question of practicality, there's really no build less practical than a piece of 2D pixel art. But there's also nothing quite like logging onto your survival server to see that your friend has "griefed" you with a massive pixel art creation outside your house. YouTuber "RocketZer0", who created the above art, has put out multiple videos on different pieces of pixel art to inspire you.
Minecraft Nether Hub build
A good Nether Hub is a thing of beauty, combining the grand with the practical in a way that few other builds on this list can manage. Travelling by Nether is the fastest way to travel long distances in Minecraft, but it's also a very dangerous place, as you'll know if you ever tried to obtain ingredients for making Minecraft potions, or the items that you need to start a fight with the Wither. A Nether Hub should make you feel safe to travel for long periods in the Nether, but there's also no reason for it not to look fantastic, like the above hub designed by YouTuber "Kemit".
Minecraft Storage Room build
A storage room is just about the most practical build you could ever make. It's all about practicality, about organising your things so that you always know exactly where to go to find what you're looking for. Minecraft gives you lots of tools like signs and item frames to help with such a build, and if you're putting in that much effort then you might as well make the place look nice! Check out the lovely storage room build above by YouTuber "TheMythicalSausage" and let yourself be inspired.
Minecraft Fantasy Town build
If you're a Creative Mode player (or team of players) who is looking for a truly colossal building project, then one of the most satisfying and incredible things you can make is a full-size fantasy village or town. The above build is a recreation of the town Orario from the DanMachi series, and it was created by the "Varuna" design team. As builds go, it doesn't get much more breathtaking, does it?
Minecraft Nature Reserve build
Parks and nature reserves are some of my very favourite places to go in the real world, and both places make for great building projects in Minecraft. If you're tiring of big blocky creations and you're looking for a more landscape-oriented build, then a nature reserve is a chance to create a truly beautiful area of land, and then fill it with foxes, horses, and all other animals you'd like. Take a look at this video by YouTuber "Keralis" for inspiration.
Minecraft PvP Map build
For the game devs and level designers among us, it can be incredibly interesting and rewarding to design a PvP map or arena build in Minecraft, one that is specifically designed for players to fight inside. You have to think not only about how everything will look, but also about whether the sides (if there are sides) will be balanced, how much cover there is around, whether there are any traps or drops that it's impossible to jump out of, and so on. And you can make it any size or shape you want. The above build was made by YouTuber "Gamarudo", and opts for the traditional gladiator arena approach; but you can make a PvP map out of just about anything you want.
That wraps up our list of cool Minecraft building ideas! If you're looking for the perfect world to house your new builds, check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds Alternatively, if you'd like more textures to play around with, be sure to check out our list of the best Minecraft texture packs.
Minecraft: 15 Huge House Ideas For Expert Builders
With brand new blocks come brand new buildings, and thanks to the Nether update, tons of people have returned to the creative land of Minecraft. The success of Mojang's sandbox building and survival game comes from the fact that there's really no set direction to go. Everything is up to the players themselves.
For any builders wanting to challenge themselves or seasoned experts looking for new ideas to add to their build maps or survival worlds, huge projects tend to be the best way to spend time. They're rewarding to make, but difficult to execute. Here's a bit of inspiration for experienced builders wanting to create massive builds.
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Updated on January 21st, by Anastasia Maillot: Minecraft continues to be the go-to game for players with endless creativity. There's simply so much to do within the creative mode and even in survival mode, with the myriad of blocks and decorative items available.
Big builds in particular can look very impressive, but they can be difficult to plan and complete. Creative minds looking for new ideas and inspiration for their next massive Minecraft build won't need to look much further than these giant homes that come in all shapes and styles.
15 Lava Blade Home
With all the new Nether themed blocks there's been a surge in Nether builds as of late. Ranging from dungeons to ominous castles and even builds within the Nether itself, it's a cool change of style for the game which is normally quite happy and bright toned.
Rather than going for an evil wizard's castle, however, why not instead create a lava blade house, which looks like a sword stuck into the ground? That's the path AtrixStd went for in their build, which also has a tutorial available on their YouTube channel.
14 Cherryblossom Mountain House
Mountains remain one of the most popular places for players to set their homes in. There's plenty of high ground safety and the view is simply gorgeous. However, rather than building on top of a mountain, the new trend seems to be the build a home within the mountain.
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This gorgeous cherryblossom adorned Japanese-style mansion created by echo0delta is a great example of just how cozy and lovely a mountain mansion can be. It's a nice mixture of modern and traditional build styles, paired with some creative ways to light up the scene with lanterns and glowstone.
13 Diorite Castle
For absolutely massive builds, the biggest challenge is to get enough material and to actually make them work. Builds like this are probably the hardest feat to accomplish in Minecraft, but it's also the most rewarding feeling ever to finally be able to look at a finished creation.
This castle is made completely out of diorite, which is a creative choice not many end up taking. Diorite is a niche material at best, but ToastyPuma makes it glorious in their highly skillful classic castle creation. This is a home fit for a king, that much is certain.
12 Skull Home
Who said a home has to look like one? Any place that's safe and has a bed is a valid spot to call home, and that thought alone should get anyone's creative juices flowing. Why not make something completely different, something unexpected and even bizarre that most players wouldn't even think of using as a house?
A skull home is a perfect fit for a fantasy themed Minecraft world, and this creepy yet gorgeous skull rock house by Bloody_Corpse is simply breathtaking. Pair it with a lush forest or jungle biome with tons of overgrowth and it looks like something that's been there for hundreds of years.
11 Home In The Sky
Putting limitations on building is a good way to challenge one's creativity. Why build on the ground, when the sky is a great subject, too? Players who love getting into SkyBlock survival in particular will be glad to know that just because there's little land around, doesn't mean things can't get creative.
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A castle or a mansion in the sky is a unique take on just about any regular build. It's a real challenge, especially in SkyBlock survival where space and resources are scarce. However, it's also a valid choice in creative, and this adorable yet incredibly luxurious little cottage mansion on sky islands by censssored showcases that perfectly.
10 Desert Pyramid
The desert biome isn't a fan favorite, that's for sure. However, there's ways to make things look nicer if the player is up for the challenge. Desert biomes also tend to be flat and big, allowing players to easily create builds that would otherwise demand a ton of landscaping and planning.
Reddit user OnTheSpotLive went for a desert themed home for their desert survival base: a gorgeous pyramid style survival base with beautiful details at the entrance and top. What's even better is that the whole area is accessible through a large, decorated bridge highway as well.
9 Classic Castle
Builds don't always have to be something brand new or inventive. Sometimes, classic build styles are the best when it comes to making a giant home. The first idea that comes to the mind of many builders is making a castle, and with so many different styles of castles to choose from, it's a great choice.
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Reddit user Varriv created this wonderful European style stone castle from stone bricks on a survival server. The roofing is really well executed, given that tends to be the weakness of many builders. Moreover, the flags add a touch of motion and a cool detail to the overall build.
8 Underground Base
If clearing an area overground sounds boring, then how about mining downwards and creating an underground base instead? The base could be hidden, or it could be fully visible through a glass ceiling looking up to the night sky, which would make for a cool effect.
Reddit user Executive_Tree wowed everyone with their underground, traditional Minecraft base. The resources are easy to find, as it mostly consists of oak wood and stone brick, but it's the shape, the location and the small details that make this huge circular base so cool.
7 Futuristic Home
Classic builds definitely get old after a while, and some players just might be more into the modern, science fiction style architecture which Minecraft's blocks also happen to cater for. With glass, concrete and wool, the player can already achieve quite a bit when making a modern home.
This futuristic base of class domes and towers was made by Reddit user AdricHs, and it has just about everything in it. The base isn't one singular area, but consists of multiple buildings of various shapes and sizes. The organic and slanted look of the buildings looks absolutely stunning.
6 Classic Oak Base
If the player happens to spawn into a large forest world and there aren't any other interesting biomes nearby, just building a house out of wood might be the best option. Thankfully, oak is one of the best looking blocks in the entire game and no matter the build always tends to look gorgeous.
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Reddit user Executive_Tree made this classic stronghold type survival base with four corners and two floors. It has a nice, homey style, while also looking sturdy enough to fend off any invaders or other enemies at night. There's plenty of space, and the shape isn't too difficult to replicate.
5 Nether Fortress
With the new Nether content more and more players are choosing to build some type of home in the Nether. However, those doing this should ensure they don't put down a bed, since trying to sleep in the Nether has some, well, adverse affects. Try at your own risk!
Despite the abundance of lava, hostile mobs and generally a terrible surrounding, building in the Nether can be very rewarding thanks to all the new biomes and blocks. Reddit user Wintertooth built this ominous fortress floating in the skies, made from some of the new blocks and decorated with fountains of flowing lava.
4 Japanese Mansion
When searching for new architecture types or inspiration, it's always a great idea to look to different cultures for references. Japanese temples in particular tend to have a very unique appearance that could make for a cool challenge to build in the game.
Reddit user Hannah_Whelan didn't shy away from a challenge when creating this incredible Japanese mansion with a dark prismarine pagoda roof. The use of stairs and slabs here is beyond smart and helps to create the illusion of different shapes and curves.
3 Underwater Facility
For the ultimate large building challenge, there's no better way to bring things to the next level than by going underwater. Of course, this requires the player to have a bunch of potions and proper gear available, or a Conduit built with a Heart of the Sea. However, grinding for those items is absolutely worth it.
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Reddit user Frank_de_bot wanted to make a breathtaking aquatic facility underwater, and succeeded. Made with glass, it has an even more stunning effect which also allows the player to admire the underwater animals from inside their survival base.
2 Modern Mountain Base
Another cool location to build houses into are any types of hills or mountains. However, rather than just going for the mountain top the player can simply build into the side of a mountain to create whatever type of classic or modern house they'd like. This is a technique that really uses terrain to its advantage.
Reddit user Guillosd designed and created a modern house into this savanna biome, with a beautiful overlook-type balcony. This is definitely a home worth coming back to, and with how deep the player can dig into the mountain, there's no telling how big the house really could be.
1 Mountain Castle
If heights aren't scary, mountain tops are absolutely one of the nicest places to build at. Not only do bases here provide a nice degree view of the entire area around the player, but they also tend to be safer from the litany of hostile mobs that might otherwise spawn in plains, forests and deserts.
Mixing up styles from classic mansions to simple fortresses, Reddit user Wamshwam was able to create this hybrid of a build and make it look absolutely perfect perched on top of the mountains. With indoor farms, three floors and even a tower, there's plenty of space here for a player who needs it.
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Building an epic Minecraft base in survival mode can be difficult. Especially if you build a basic base to start with, and then try to expand on its boring design while being invaded by mobs at the same time.
That leaves you limited time to gather resources and then build, and you stuck with a dull base that is never going to look as amazing as epic bases on other peoples videos look.
That is why, if you are determined to build an amazing Minecraft base in your next world, you should first watch this new video from popular British YouTube gamer Mumbo Jumbo.
A video in which he breaks down what you need to do to build an epic Minecraft base in survival mode step-by-easy-step. His suggestions are:
- Start from a central point, and then work out from there. That means finding a spot in your Minecraft world that is well-located for resources and for other important locations you might need later on, as well as one that will enable you to spot other players or mobs if they are heading towards you.
- Have a purpose make sure any base you build has an actual purpose, and isnt just eye-candy that looks cool. Like Mumbo himself says when he talks about a fishing village he built back in Hermitcraft Season 2 there was never any reason to build it, as he didnt need a fishing village. So, once he had finished, it just sat there. Without a purpose. Make sure everything you build in and around your base has a purpose, ie: that you will actually use it, and your epic Minecraft base will eventually be a reality.
- Leave lots of room for expansion Some people build an epic Minecraft base in survival mode, and then realize the way it is now is the way it will stay, as there is zero room for expansion. Choose an area that will allow you to add on rooms or other locations, and your base can grow as you come up with new ideas for it. Otherwise, you will end up shutting it down and building another base elsewhere.
- Dont make it too big Remember, when you build a base, you need to have rooms with functions and actual things in them. Otherwise, you just have a huge base full of empty rooms that serve no purpose. Plan your base wisely, make sure you know why you are building all these rooms, and be sure that enormous space you are currently carving out will be filled with things you will use
- Symmetry can look terrible if you dont manage it correctly avoid it unless necessary.
- Avoid symmetry While building a Minecraft base that is completely symmetrical may sound like a cool idea, if you cannot add rooms or machinery to it that is completely identical in each part, it will end up looking terrible. Avoid symmetry altogether or, if you would still like parts of it to be symmetrical, keep that to just one small area you know you can make look amazing.
- A well-planned, beautiful storage area As Mumbo Jumbo points out, no matter how cool your epic Minecraft base looks, you will still spend 90 percent of your time in your storage area. That is why it should look beautiful and be well-planned, so you dont waste time wandering all over it trying to find items.
- Test things out in creative mode first Never think you can build an amazing base without testing your ideas out in creative mode first. If you dont, you will waste weeks of your time building, knocking down and rebuilding parts of your base so that it eventually looks the way you want it to.
- Check out your favorite content creators on YouTube While you dont want to steal someone elses base design, you can get some great ideas from watching other content creators videos. Spend an hour or two watching your favorite content creators before you design your base, and you could end up with some amazing ideas even they have not thought of.
- Be smart with your materials Make sure you either have a resource farm that is producing the materials you will need to build your base, or choose materials that do not need a massive amount of time spent mining them.
- Scale over detail If you dont have a huge amount of time to build an epic Minecraft base in survival mode, go for scale over detail. Meaning big looks epic enough, and you dont have to spend months faffing around with tiny details in your base to make it look cool.
- Know your skills and play styles Dont go with a base idea that doesnt fit your play style. Instead, know your strengths and how you like to play Minecraft, and then build your base using them.
- Choose a precise block pallet Dont choose an enormous number of different style blocks, as this will just make your base look too much. Instead, choose a block pallet of just a few block styles and use them all over your base. Everything will look more uniform, and as if all the design of your base fits.
- Gather resources before you start Not only should you have all your resources already mined and created before you start building your base, they should also be in chests close to your building site. That way youre not half building/half mining, or wasting time going backwards and forwards to your storage area for building supplies.
- Build the skeleton first Dont fill everything in as you build, but instead build the skeleton first. Then you can easily see if something isnt working and fix it. Otherwise, you will have to knock everything down and start again.
- Stop if things go wrong Dont keep going forward if, when you start building your epic Minecraft base in survival mode, you realize it does not look the way you wanted it to. Feel free to step back and think about your design for a while, or trash it completely and start again. Before you finish it and realize you hate it.
- Have enough scaffolding blocks As you are building, you will need scaffolding blocks to stand on. Make sure you have enough of them before you start, and that they are not blocks that need a pickaxe to break.
Watch Mumbo Jumbos excellent video on How To Build EPIC Bases in Minecraft Survival Mode below for additional information. He even points out all the mistakes he made when building his own Minecraft bases, and recommends you dont do the same.
And yes, as always, he is correct with everything he suggests. Thats why so many of his bases are trulyepic!
For more on what Mumbo is up to, check out and then bookmark his website. He puts up all his new videos there, as well as archives his older content.
With several years of amazing Mumbo Jumbo Minecraft builds to watch, his site is well worth going back to again and again.
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