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If you are reading this that means you have successfully survived your first night, congratulations. Now, in this guide you
will learn some tips and get advice on surviving your second day.


The second day is a good time to setup a reliable food source, this can be done in several ways including:


The most basic source of food would be from farming, you can get seeds from breaking grass, carrots and potatoes are rarely dropped by zombies and can be found in villages and shipwreck supply chests‌[upcoming: JE 1.13], beetroot can also be found growing in villages and there seeds can be found in chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts, dungeon chests, and woodland mansion chests.

After figuring out what you are going to plant you need to figure out where you are going to make your farm, if you don't have a bucket yet it is best to make the farm near a natural water source such as a river or ocean. Water hydrates farmland in a 9x9 area centered around the water block, but it will only hydrate soil on the same y level as itself. Next you need to craft a hoe which can be used to make farmland by right clicking any dirt variant, grass blocks and mycelium.

Here is an example of a compact farm needing only one block of water:


While you could just kill animals as you find them for food a much more efficient solution is to capture some of them in an enclosed area and breed them, this method may require you to have a steady source of wheat ,potatoes, or carrots depending on the animal you choose to breed. To breed animals simply right click two of them with the food they eat (Table below), note that there is a cooldown period between breeding animals so this process can be slow at first, it can be best to wait to accumulate a large number of animals before killing any to make the process faster.

Animal Food
Chicken Seeds
Cow Wheat
Pig Potatoes
Rabbit Carrots
Sheep Wheat

Oceans and Rivers[edit]

Oceans and rivers can also be a reliable source of food, you can craft a fishing rod and fish in any source of water.

Oceans and Rivers also contain Fish[upcoming: JE 1.13] and kelp[upcoming: JE 1.13]. When fish mobs‌[upcoming: JE 1.13] are killed they drop a fish item of the same type they are, for example a cod mob would drop one raw fish[until JE 1.13]. Kelp can also be harvested by simply punching any part of it, then smelted to create dried kelp, although dried kelp is not a particularly good food it can be harvested in large quantities and eaten faster than any other food type.


This section discusses technical details about how the hunger bar works, this is not required to play the game and you may skip ahead to Exploration if you want.

What is saturation[edit]

While food refills the hunger bar it also has a somewhat hidden function, all food replenishes a certain amount of saturation points, when your saturation reaches 0 your hunger bar will go down. So foods with higher saturation will cause your hunger bar to last longer and require you to eat less often. Below is a table showing some saturation values for different foods.

Food Saturation Value
Apple 2.4
Bread 6

For a complete list see Food


Player actions will increase exhaustion levels, and as a result decrease saturation and make the hunger bar go down. Some examples include:

Action Exhaustion Increase Unit
Swimming 0.1 Per meter
Breaking Blocks 0.005 Per block broken
Jumping while sprinting 0.2 Per jump

For a complete list see Hunger




On the second day it will be a good idea to collect additional resources, some resources to look out for include:

Resource Appearance Tool required Where to find Uses
Iron Iron Ore Revision 3.png Requires at least a stone
pickaxe to mine.
Iron can be found throughout the world between
the y levels 1-63.
Iron can be used to make armor, tools, and weapons.
Gold Gold Ore Revision 3.png Requires at least an iron
pickaxe to mine.
Gold can be found throughout the world between y levels 2-29. But in Mesa biomes it can generate at higher levels. Gold can be used for armor, tools, and weapons, but it isn't advised to use it for that since it has a low durability, rather it can also be used to make golden apples and carrots.
Diamond Diamond Ore Revision 3.png Requires at least an iron
pickaxe to mine.
Diamonds are found all throught the world
below the y level 15. But are rare.
Diamonds can be used to make armor, tools, and weapons, it is the highest tier material currently in the game. They can also be used to make an enchanting table.
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli Ore Revision 2.png Requires at least a stone pickaxe to mine. Lapis lazuli can be found throught the
world between y levels 13 and 16
Lapis Lazuli can be used as blue dye, and is also required for enchanting.
Cocoa Cocoa Revision 2.png No special tool required. Cocoa can only be found in jungles, and
will only grow on jungle logs.
Cocoa beans can be used as brown dye, and are required to make cookies.


The second day can be a good time to expand on your shelter, below are some examples of shelters that can be done on the second day.