Tutorials/Ultra hardcore survival

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If you have played Hardcore mode many types, are comfortable with it, and want an even bigger challenge, try Ultra Hardcore Mode. Ultra Hardcore mode is like Hardcore, but to add to the challenges of hardcore, you don't naturally regenerate health! This difficulty is extreme, so it is advised to try hardcore mode first to gain extensive experience, and move on to this difficulty when you think you are ready.

All the rules of regular Hardcore still apply, so read them first.

Creating a UHC World[edit | edit source]

To play on Ultra Hardcore, you must first create a Hardcore world. Once the world has finished generating, open the pause menu, click the open to LAN option, and turn on the allow Cheats option, before clicking the "Start LAN World" button. Once this is done, exit the menu and enter the following command into the chatbox: /gamerule naturalRegeneration false. Once you have completed these steps, save and exit to the title screen, before returning to the game. Now you have successfully created your own Ultra Hardcore world.

Notes and Tips[edit | edit source]

Ultra Hardcore Mode, like mentioned earlier, is very difficult to survive when playing, and if you die, your map will only be available for spectating. Therefore, it's important to know how to avoid dying. Here are some tips:

  • First of all, as stated before, there is no natural health regeneration. So, remember to avoid even the most pathetic ways of getting damaged, such as touching cacti, as the health that is taking away will not regenerate.
  • You'll have to be really quick with getting resources, because no regeneration makes taking damage much more dangerous.
  • Find ingredients to make a golden apple, a potion of Healing, or a potion of Regeneration, as quick as possible, as these are some of the few ways to regenerate health in UHC.
  • Although hard and labor-intensive to acquire, a beacon can significantly make your life easier, along with reducing the amounts of potions and apples you may consume.
  • Remember hunger is the most crucial part of survival. As with a normal survival, get food quickly. Hunger is a pitiful excuse for taking damage.
  • Keep a water bucket on your hotbar at all times. Falling and fire damage can be minimized by using a water bucket.

Tips that apply to PvP[edit | edit source]

  • A great way to check out if there are any players in the vicinity is to trap yourself in a small capsule. The lack of lighting causes everything to be dark except for name tags, which are now more visible than regularly.
  • Gold and apples are going to be your top priorities. Apples can be found on the surface and dropped from oak leaves, like saplings. In many cases you'll have more apples than gold.
  • While waiting for your items to smelt, consider farming Gravel to gain enough Flint to craft Arrows.
  • Consider checking out YouTubers or Twitch streamers to see their UHC strategies.
  • The game usually goes up to 1-2 hours, so make sure you won't starve (in real life) or go to restroom, keep some water beside you and snack if necessary.
  • Check the rules before going into a game of UHC, some may have player head apple and strength/regen disabled, you might just want to read it before joining.

Beginning[edit | edit source]

There are a lot of options of what you can do play singleplayer UHC, but if you want to survive, you generally want to either not take much damage, or get a lot of materials to heal with. Generally you want to start by getting some wood and stone tools like usual. It's recommended to get a full set of iron armor before doing anything else, although if you are good at avoiding damage, this may not be necessary. It is also generally good to look for chickens for feathers before you start making skeleton grinders, as feathers are required to make arrows. Also it might be worth it to try to get apples (to craft golden apples), or leather and sugarcane (for making enchantments). This is probably a good time at which to hunt spiders for string if you want, although remember you can also get bows from skeletons and in caves. Try to avoid taking damage as much as you can, especially if you are not in full iron armor yet.

After you've gathered basic materials, next you should probably either continue more caving or go to the Nether.

Caving[edit | edit source]

Caving in UHC mode is what you make it. Generally people either try to go super fast or super slow. The goal of going super fast is to beat mob spawns through the caves and gain materials more efficiently. You can light behind you with torches if you want, especially if you plan to go back out the way you entered. If you run through placing torches you might want to not even mine ores to get through faster. The other approach is to go through caves very slowly. A lot of people will recommend this, although for competitive or time based environments, it's generally more efficient to just run through. When caving slowly, always block off mobs and attack their feet.

The Nether[edit | edit source]

Read the Nether survival guide first.

In general, avoid all types of damage. However, you must be even more cautious due to the many dangers in the Nether.

  • Lava is way too easy to fall into, and with no regeneration, you will die quickly. Brew a Fire Resistance potion if you are going to be in the Nether for a long time.
  • If you are not looking, you can walk directly into fire, which never burns out on netherrack.
  • Be watchful for sharp drops, and never dig down. Many floors are only one block thick, with the sea of lava directly underneath.
  • Ghasts can quickly kill you, as well as blow out your portal. Surround your portal with cobblestone, and listen for their noises.
    • In a pinch, smelt netherrack into nether brick. It will not be destroyed by ghast fireballs.

The End[edit | edit source]

The End is essentially the final stage. You need to kill the Ender Dragon, so increase your chances before you enter.

  • Bring a sword, preferably diamond. If it is low on durability, bring a backup or repair it with an anvil.
  • Enchant your sword, bow, and armor. Armor is especially important; go for Protection IV.
    • A Level 1 enchant on a bow guarantees Power 1.
  • Always use arrows to destroy end crystals, rather than melee weapons.
  • Bring snowballs. Either find the right biome or get a Snow Golem to farm them. These can break Ender Crystals that heal the dragon.
  • Entering the End can be very dangerous as players can spawn on an obsidian platform which floats above the void. This leaves players very vulnerable to being knocked into the void by the ender dragon. To reduce this risk, keep an ender pearl on your hotbar while entering the End, so that you can teleport off the platform. Remember that when you do this you will also take ender pearl damage.
  • If you're prone to aggravating endermen, wear a pumpkin on your head. However, this will block your vision somewhat. Many players think it's best to wear a helmet, but use a water bucket to protect against endermen.
  • Another method is to wear a pumpkin in your helmet slot and then press F1, as this hides the pumpkin face. However, this will also hide your hotbar, health bar, and hunger bar. Another option is for players can use a resource pack to make the pumpkin face texture transparent.
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