Tutorials/Creating shapes

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Blocky shapes, such as squares and rectangles, are relatively easy to make in Minecraft, because of the fact that the world is made up of square blocks. On the other hand, other shapes, such as circles and triangles, are more difficult to make. Although there can never be a perfect circle or perfect triangle in the blocky world of Minecraft, this tutorial shows the closest to a circle or triangle you can make.

Any blocks can be used when making the shapes from this tutorial, with the exception of sand, gravel, or concrete powder if the shape includes height as one of its dimensions.

Usage and Basics[edit]

Knowing how to build triangles and circles can be very beneficial if you build very often. Although knowing how to build these shapes will not help you at all with survival skills, when making statues, pixel art, house, and/or large fountains, adding triangles and circles to your building will give it much more depth.

A clown face consisting only of circles, as well as semi-circles for the frame.

Once you know how to build certain shapes, you can build an infinite number of things, and impress other players greatly. Some ideas include a statue made only of triangles, a mansion which looks like a giant sphere from the outside, or a giant oval arm. There are so many possibilities of things to build when you don't have to stick to building squares and rectangles - use your creativity!

The two main categories of shapes are 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. 2-dimensional shapes consist of only 2 of the following: height, length, or width. 3-dimensional shapes consist of all 3. 3-dimensional shapes are usually either a combination of two different 2-dimensional shapes, or two 2-dimensional shapes of the same type but rotated different ways. To make specific shapes, read on.

Angled lines[edit]

Line Slope Angle Steps Line Slope Angle Steps
1/16 3.58° 16, ... 8/15 28.07 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/15 3.81° 15, ... 7/13 28.30° 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/14 4.09° 14, ... 6/11 28.61° 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/13 4.40° 13, ... 5/9 29.05° 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/12 4.76° 12, ... 9/16 29.36° 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/11 5.19° 11, ... 4/7 29.74° 1, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/10 5.71° 10, ... 7/12 30.26° 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, ...
1/9 6.34° 9, ... 3/5 30.96° 1, 2, 2, ...
1/8 7.13° 8, ... 8/13 31.61° 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, ...
2/15 7.59° 7, 8, ... 5/8 32.01° 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, ...
1/7 8.13° 7, ... 7/11 32.47° 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, ...
2/13 8.75° 6, 7, ... 9/14 32.74° 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, ...
1/6 9.46° 6, ... 2/3 33.69° 1, 2, ...
2/11 10.30° 5, 6, ... 11/16 34.51° 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
3/16 10.62° 5, 5, 6, ... 9/13 34.70° 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
1/5 11.31° 5, ... 7/10 34.99° 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
3/14 12.09° 4, 5, 5, ... 5/7 35.54° 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
2/9 12.53° 4, 5, ... 8/11 36.03° 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
3/13 12.99° 4, 4, 5, ... 11/15 36.25° 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, ...
1/4 14.04° 4, ... 3/4 36.86° 1, 1, 2, ...
4/15 14.93° 3, 4, 4, 4, ... 10/13 37.57° 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, ...
3/11 15.26° 3, 4, 4, ... 7/9 37.87° 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, ...
2/7 15.95° 3, 4, ... 11/14 38.16° 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, ...
3/10 16.70° 3, 3, 4, ... 4/5 38.66° 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
4/13 17.10° 3, 3, 3, 4, ... 13/16 39.09° 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
5/16 17.35° 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, ... 9/11 39.29° 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
1/3 18.43° 3, ... 5/6 39.81° 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
5/14 19.65° 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, ... 11/13 40.24° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
4/11 19.98° 2, 3, 3, 3, ... 6/7 40.60° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
3/8 20.56° 2, 3, 3, ... 13/15 40.91° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
5/13 21.04° 2, 3, 2, 3, 3, ... 7/8 41.19° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
2/5 21.80° 2, 3, ... 8/9 41.63° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
5/12 22.62° 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, ... 9/10 41.99° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
3/7 23.20° 2, 2, 3, ... 10/11 42.27° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
7/16 23.63° 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2, 3, ... 11/12 42.51° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
4/9 23.96° 2, 2, 2, 3, ... 12/13 42.71° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
5/11 24.44° 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, ... 13/14 42.88° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
6/13 24.78° 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, ... 14/15 43.03° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
7/15 25.02° 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, ... 15/16 43.15° 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ...
1/2 26.57° 2, ... 1 45.00° 1, ...

This table shows the segments of lines from angles 0 to 45 degrees. To create a line of arbitrary direction, find the angle or slope closest to what you want, then build the segment provided under Line. Build the next segment at the corner of the block and repeat as necessary.

2-dimensional shapes[edit]

These 2-dimensional shapes have only length and height, or only length and width. Most 3-dimensional shapes are based on one or more 2-dimensional shapes.

Note: Each of these demonstrations for the shapes only shows how the perimeter of the shape should look. If you would like, you can fill the center of the shape in. Also, remember that for the grids, the shapes will look wider than they really are.

Right Triangle[edit]

Right triangles are perhaps the easiest triangle to make, because of the fact that two of their sides are straight lines, going either vertical or horizontal. Only one side is diagonal. The following grids show how to make a right triangle with a 4 block base and height, and one with a 9 block base and height.



Right triangle extensions[edit]

You can make right triangles with different bases and heights, but they are harder to make, because they don't use an exact line for the diagonal side. The right triangle shown before is for a 45-degree diagonal side.

For a diagonal side with a 65 to 70 degree angle, repeatedly place 2 blocks upwards for the diagonal line, before going towards the vertical line, like so:


For a diagonal side with a 20 to 25 degree angle, repeatedly place 2 blocks horizontally for the diagonal line, before going towards the vertical line, like so:


For angles in between 25 and 45, and angles between 45 and 65, you must use combinations of patterns from both of the slopes that the angle is in between. (see Angled lines above)

This is a picture of the comparison between equilateral and right triangles in Minecraft. Both have a height and base of 9 blocks.

Equilateral Triangle[edit]

Equilateral triangles are a little bit more abstract than right triangles, but they still have a clear way to build them. First, build a line of blocks however long you want your triangle to be. Then, build one block up on the edges of the lines. Continue by building in sets of 2 blocks up, going 1 block inwards each time. Look at the following grids for examples:




Notice how the triangles look more triangular the bigger they are.

Parabolas[edit]

Parabolas are conic sections that are U-shaped curves. A formula for a parabola is y = x2. Using this, it is relatively simple to build. Just step 1 block, then increase the number of blocks by a constant.


Circles[edit]

Circles are rather difficult to make in Minecraft, partially because of the fact that unlike triangles, there is not one way to make any size of circle; each size uses a completely different arrangement of blocks. As you look at the different sizes of circles, you will see that not all of them have the same shape, and none of them are a perfect circle. This is because different sizes of circles must have different arrangements of blocks, so that they can look as close to a circle as possible.

The pattern of blocks for every circle cannot be explained, because, like mentioned earlier, each size has a completely different pattern. The best way to make a circle is to just experiment with different block arrangements, or look at images made by other people who experimented with block arrangements and made a circle. The diagrams only show quarter circles; the full circles are obtained by reflecting the quarter-circles along the top and left edges. For circles with odd diameters, reflect along the center of the first line of blocks.

Even diameters

Odd diameters

You can use this generator to create other sizes. minecraftcirclegenerator.com

3-dimensional shapes[edit]

3-dimensional shapes are composed of length, width, and height, and are usually made up of either 1 or several 2-dimensional shapes. 3-dimensional shapes are often much more complex than 2-dimensional.

Sphere[edit]

Here is the outline of the 3 connecting circles in a sphere, after steps 3 of 4 have been completed.

A sphere is rather difficult to make in Minecraft, but it looks great when it's finished. It is basically 3 circles, each rotated a different way, with blocks connecting them. Here are the steps:

  1. Design what size you want your sphere, create a circle with height and width for its dimensions.
  2. Make another circle with height and length for its dimensions. It's center top and center bottom block should share the center top and bottom block of the first circle you made.
  3. Make your last circle with length and width for its dimensions. The center block on the right side, left side, close side, and far side should be shared with one of the 2 other circles. You should now have the basic outline for your sphere.
  4. Finally, fill in everything in between to finish of the sphere. The exact blocks you fill in depends on the size of your sphere, but try to estimate what looks best for a sphere.
A fully completed sphere with a diameter of 15.

Pyramid[edit]

Cone[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • If you have Microsoft Paint, or any similar art tool, you will have an easier job with drawing shape blueprints in Minecraft. Select a shape from the tool bar and set it to be the thinnest setting. Then draw the shape, and zoom in all the way. You should be able to tell how the pixels are arranged, and that may help with building the shape in Minecraft.

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