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Skywars is a multiplayer PvP game where each player starts off on a separate island and tries to battle each other like in PvP. The main goal is to be the last person or team alive to win.
Often there is a middle, larger island that contains chests with better loot.
On many multiplayer servers, there are many perks that players can purchase that can aid them in skywars. Here is a list of some of the perks:
- Creeper Kit: A player spawns in-game with TNT and flint and steel to set off the TNT. This is useful for blowing up other opponents.
- Teleporter Kit: The player spawns in-game with ender pearls. This is useful for teleporting to someone else's island right away, though some servers do have a wait time for the ender pearl to be used (so no one is being cheap).
- Builder Kit: The player spawns in-game with some sort of building block and a speed potion.
- Troll Kit: The player spawns in-game with Cobweb X16, A knockback weapon, and/or a Note Block or Jukebox
Players can also rush into the middle island, coming first there can grant the player better items to kill other players. However, the middle islands are often contested by other players, so there is a risk of death from using this tactic.
Another tactic is camping, where the player stays in their starting island while watching other players kill each other. Then, the final surviving player is often knocked into the void by the camper. This tactic is sometimes considered cheap and can be easily countered by ender pearls. Another downside is the lack of kills the camper gets after the game.
Hypixel Skywars is by far the most popular (as of player count) server to host skywars. There are four modes in Hypixel Skywars: Solo, Team, Mega, and Ranked, while solo and team subdivide into Normal and Insane mode. Each mode has varying kits and perks from coins and soul well rolls.
Solo skywars is consisted of 12 players, with 3 chests on their starting islands.
There are four stages in solo skywars.
Start~First Refill: This stage lasts 3 minutes and 20 seconds from the start of the game.
1st ~2nd Refill: This stage lasts about a minute long
2nd Refill ~Doom: This stage lasts about a minute long
Doom ~ Game end: This stage lasts 45 seconds, during which ender dragons will spawn, destroying blocks.
The chests give at least 3 pieces of armor that are either iron or diamond, which gives the player 9 to 20 armor. The chests also contain 1 to 3 swords ranging from a stone Sharpness 1 sword, a diamond sword, and a diamond sword with Sharpness 1. Wooden Planks and stone are randomized in the chests and give 8 to 16 in one slot, which gives anywhere from 8 blocks to over 64.
Other random items by chance are:
- Water bucket
- Lava bucket
- Diamond pickaxe
- Diamond axe
- Splash potion of Regeneration (0:40)
- Splash potion of Speed (around a minute)
- Potion of Fire Resistance (3 minutes)
- Bow enchanted with Power I or Power III, 15 arrows (if the bow is Power I) or 20 arrows, if it's a Power III
- Fishing rod
- Eggs or snowballs