People who love Minecraft like to describe the game as electric LEGO bricks. Both involve using your imagination and a collection of blocks to build wondrous creations! My kid has built amazing roller coasters, impressive statues and huge automated farms. But, like a lot of young players, he was afraid of the monsters when he first started! Grown ups might think the hostile mobs of Minecraft are silly and harmless since they look like cartoons. Heck, they attack by jumping up and down and there’s no blood!
Meet the Bad Guys of Minecraft
There’s two kinds of bad guys in Minecraft. First are the game generated monsters, a.k.a. “hostile mobs” like zombies and giant spiders. The second kind? Sadly, they’re other players. But let’s start with hostile mobs, shall we?
Hostile Mobs and How to Stop Them
Creepers, Endermen, Skeletons, Spiders and Zombies! Yikes! These are the first bad guys your kid will encounter when playing Minecraft. They spawn naturally in the game, a few here and there in the daytime and hordes of them at night. They pop up in dimly lit places, like caves or shady forests. Hostile mobs can really put a scare in younger players, despite their cartoon appearance and bloodless attacks. They moan. They clatter. They blow up your build!
Peaceful and Creative Mode to the rescue!
The easiest way to avoid scary monsters is to Turn. Them. Off. If you set your game to “peaceful,” Minecraft will not allow mobs to enter the world. Ta da! No mobs–no problem! You can also play in Creative Mode with any non-peaceful difficulty level and the mobs will appear…but NOT attack your player. Here’s how to adjust the settings on Minecraft PC.
You have similar choices if your kid plays on Minecraft Pocket Edition. Open the game and hit Play. Select NEW and you can name your world and decide if it should be Survival or Creative. Click Create World.
Here’s the fun part. Once in the game you’ll see a tiny Pause Button in the upper right corner. Tap it to go to the game menu, then select Options. The difficulty slider is a little frustrating…it’s unmarked! Keep the slider to the left for Peaceful. The next settings, left to right, are easy, medium and hard.
Now your kid can build a masterpiece without worrying about that creeper blowing it up!