Surviving in Adventure mode can be extremely hard, due to the fact that breaking blocks and placing blocks is impossible. However, by finding a village among other things, it is possible to survive and gather resources. Also, before snapshot 14w02a, the player could still place blocks and breaking blocks with the right tools.
Setting up an Adventure World
The way to survive is choosing a normal world with generated structures. This is because there are jungle pyramids, mineshafts, desert pyramids, woodland mansions, shipwrecks, villages, dungeons, pillager outposts and strongholds, which can all be looted.
Once the terrain is loaded,
/gamemode @s adventure will switch the player into Adventure Mode.
When you first spawn in your world, kill any mobs you see, but try not to jump and sprint too much. However, make sure that you leave at least 2 of each animal, for breeding later. Killing a sheep can be useful for their mutton, but remember that there is no use making a bed with their wool, as blocks cannot be placed in adventure mode. However, you can trade wool with a villager, or sleep in beds inside village houses.
Don't eat raw meat unless you're desperate; wait until you cook it in a furnace in an village forge. You can also trade it for emeralds if you wish; however, this won't really achieve much in the long run, unless you save up for a diamond tools or armor. Many villager trades can be cheap and not worthwhile, so it's important to know what trades will be useful in the long run. See the "trading" article for more information.
The most important thing to do early in the game in adventure mode is to search for a village. For plains village, if the village does not have a weaponsmith, and small house with a crafting table, search for another village, but take notes of the coordinates for the first village. If the plains village does have a weaponsmith or small house with crafting table, then you will have a much easier time. Use the crafting table in the small house for crafting and the two furnaces in the forge for cooking meat.
The easiest way to find a village is to first find a savanna, desert, taiga, plains, snowy taiga, or snowy tundra biome, and look throughout the whole biome. There is a good chance that once you have found one of these biomes, a part of that biome will contain a village. If you've found a village that does not have a furnace or a house with crafting table, take notes of the coordinates and search for another village. That way, you will at least have a place to stay safe for the night.
While crafting tables can be found in some village small houses, only some building generate furnace.
In plains and desert village, furnace can only be found in village weaponsmith which contain 2 furnace
In savanna village, furnace can only be found in one of village weaponsmith variant which contain 2 furnace
In taiga and snowy taiga village, furnace can only be found in one of village medium house variant, which contain single furnace.
In snowy tundra village, furnace can be found in most house, such as in small houses, medium houses and mason house
Smoker and Campfire can also be used for furnace alternative, since the main use is only for cooking, these block cannot smelt non-food resource. 1 Smoker can be found in each village butcher shop, while campfires can only be found in taiga and snowy taiga villages. Smoker cook food twice faster than furnace while campfire cook food three times longer than furnace and can only cook up to 4 items, but can cook different foods at same time and don't require fuel.
After you have found a village and settled in, loot the chest in all buildings. Use the lava as a trash can for useless stuff you find in the chest or obtained from creeper explosions (see below). You can now use this chest for your own storage purposes.
- Barrel in village fisher can also be used to store items.
- Taiga and snowy taiga village building don't generate lava.
If the village bell are reachable by many villager and there are enough villagers for gossiping, and you have enough armor and preparation, you can kill the iron golem for its iron ingots. However, be very careful, as iron golems have lots of health, and can deal great amounts of damage.
Gathering resources in adventure mode can be difficult, as blocks cannot be mined or placed.
One extremely useful tactic is to get creepers to blow up a house or farm in an village; this way, you can get wood and cobblestone. Wheat can be used to breed animals or crafted into bread, though seeds cannot be replanted. Trampling is a more efficient way as you will not lose any of the wheat, however melon farm in savanna and desert village and pumpkin farm in taiga and snowy taiga are useless due trampling stem drop seeds while pumpkins and melon are unbreakable. since you cannot place or destroy blocks in adventure; only blocks that are used in crafting or for trading can be useful).
If you are lucky and have enough supplies, you can get creepers to blow up gravel and craft flint and steel which can only be used to ignite creeper, tnt and underwater tnt. You can also make arrows with flint, although this is probably unnecessary because they can be obtained by killing skeletons. Note that bone meal cannot be used on pre-mature wheat, since that counts as interacting with a block or object, [verify]
A fishing rod can also be useful, since it not only give you infinite amounts of fish, but also can give you junk and treasure which can be usefull on for adventure resource. Village animal pens and plains stable can also be used as a makeshift pen for animals and mobs.
Once you are done with a village, take as many useful items as you can from your chest and head off for the next village. Repeat above steps if necessary and see how long you can survive! It's also possible to find an mineshaft, dungeon or even stronghold by exploring caves. Although there are extremely valuable items you can find in chests, it is also extremely dangerous. For entering stronghold, seek out for dead end of corridor by exploring around cave because sometimes dead end corridor have open hole to the cave.
If you prefer to explore ocean, shipwreck is only structure which can be looted, as you cannot dig block covering chest in ruins and buried treasure making these 2 structure useless, another structure is monument which provide nothing than just a challenge due you unable to break sponge and gold, nor prismarine from guardian as you cannot place block from prismarine you crafted.
Note: Items with an use in adventure mode are in bold.