What’s the difference between creative and survival modes?
Minecraft Pocket Edition has two main game play modes and depending on your gaming style, you may heavily prefer one over the other. Creative mode gives you endless supplies of all inventory, there are no monsters and mobs to combat, and you can craft and create until your heart’s content. If you like game play similar to that of the Sims, you’ll most likely prefer Creative mode.
Survival mode features both night and day and you start off with nothing. You’ll need to harvest resources in order to build even simple things such as tools and work tables. You also have to beware of angry mobs and monsters that come out at night. If you prefer a challenge, Survival mode is what you want.
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Survival mode: Start punching trees!
Survival mode: Create a Crafting Table and a few tools
Once you’ve harvested a few trees, hop into the Craft menu and create a Crafting Table. There are lots of tools you can’t create without it. You don’t need to make more than one as they are reusable. Unless you plan on leaving a few in multiple locations for convenience, which is perfectly acceptable as well. To create a Crafting Table, just create some wooden planks first and then the option should appear.
After you have a work table, create a few tools such as a wooden axe. You can break through stone a heck of a lot quicker with a pickaxe than you can with your fist. After you’ve got some stone, go back to your Crafting Table and create some stone tools. You’ll need these in order to harvest important items such as coal.
Survival mode: Find some coal
Coal is an item you’re going to want to harvest as soon as possible. In my experience, you want a stone pickaxe in order to break through stone and get to coal. In most instances, you can see flecked rock which sometimes indicates coal is present. Personally I’ve never found this to be a reliable method of finding coal.
I do however always find coal if I dig downwards at least five blocks into stone with a stone pickaxe. I typically start digging in veins of earth where stone meets dirt and grass. This almost always yields coal the fastest. Once you’re further into the game and have mines, you probably won’t have such an urgency to find coal. In the beginning, this is the most efficient way.
Survival mode: Seek shelter by night, and have your torches ready!
Mobs and monsters will come out at night and that’s something you need to be prepared for. It’s pretty much impossible to have enough time to build a house for protection on your first day. Instead, dig a cutout into the stone that you can hide in. I typically dig about 8 or 10 deep and then round a corner out for me to hide in.
Light also keeps away mobs and monsters so be sure you have torches on hand. You can easily stick a few on the entrance to your cave. This should keep mobs away for the most part.