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==The First Day - Making a base== === Options === You have about 20 minutes to prepare before the first night approaches. Before that happens, it is greatly advised to be on the lookout for good base locations. Remember, mobs will breach your base if it's not in a good location. You should create an initial wall around your base that's at least 10 or so blocks away from the base. Make sure you put torches on the inside, too. When night approaches, steer clear of the walls and stay close to the center. Often a good early base makes use of the environment around it. For example, Grassland biomes may spawn with "domes" - large hills with carved-out caverns, exposed to the surface. They have enough light in the daytime, but also put a roof over your head and one or two stone walls to watch your back. Another place with unexpected defenses are the more swampy biomes, such as wetlands and bayous. While not every instance will have this, small-to-medium sized islands can spawn, with trees for lumber and lily-pad filled water all around. This makes for easy defense: since most land mobs can't travel across lily pads, you only need to worry about lighting up the island itself. These places also have plenty of water for agriculture later on. Alternatively, if you are able to travel far enough in your first twenty minutes, you may come across a fully-functioning town that has not been overrun with bandits<sup>1</sup>. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get outside of the ruins range before the first night falls. If you happen to come across a snowy biome, be on the lookout for [[Reindeer]]: they are a great boon, as they can help you travel quickly, especially for before your first night. Another option is to create an underground base. If you dig far enough down, mobs won't sense you in your base. Just be careful for caves that may be near your base, as the mobs may dig through your walls. If you've done any of these options, you should be safe for your first night. You can then start looking at options to [[Settling Down: The basics|expand your settlement]]. === Starting Dangers === If you choose to live on a mountain or hill, be careful of [[Harpy|harpies]], which spawn on mountains and other high places. These humanoid birds can pick you up and drop you at deadly heights, so smack them as soon as you can if you fall in their clutches. If you choose to live in a swampy biome (or temperate rainforest) be careful of [[Stymphalian Bird|Stymphalian Birds]], which spawn in low-lying, moist regions. These bronze birds shoot out dagger-like feathers from the air, making them hard to defeat without a bow or long weapon. In addition to these nasty birds, swampier biomes also have lurking underwater threats. Eels, lampreys, pirañas, and [[Frenzy|Frenzies]] can spawn in the water, waiting to chomp down on the unsuspecting traveler. While most of these deal minute damage, Frenzies can easily kill you if unprepared and/or surprised. The beaches are not immune to nasties either: Cyclops home can spawn by the shore, and nearby coastal rocks may spawn with alluring sirens that can drag you to your doom. On rare occasions, giant sea serpents can rise from the depth and decimate anything near the water. As a result, one should be wary of walking along the coastline in search of a better home. === Additional Tips === It is recommended you don't put torches around the entrance of your base until you have enough gear to fight, as [[Zombie|zombies]] investigate light sources, and will alert other zombies if they notice something suspicious. For example, the entrance to an underground base from the surface should not have torches. Another thing to possibly pay attention to is how much noise you are making. Placing blocks and mining will cause nearby mobs to investigate the area. However, this usually isn't a big deal unless you're detonating TNT, or a creeper explodes. <p style="text-align:right;">→[[Early-Game Base Strategies]]</p> <p style="text-align:right;">→[[Early-Game Food]]</p> <p style="text-align:right;">→[[Settling Down: The basics|Settling down]]</p> <p style="text-align:right;">→[[Leaving the Shell, Conquering the World|Leaving the Shell]]</p> [[Category:Guide]]
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