Today we are going to talk about the various modes of Minecraft, and explain what are the differences between them. We are not talking about the different approaches that a game can have within the survival mode, this article is about different mechanics that allow you to explore and enjoy the game in different ways.
There are mainly two modes that are commonly used in these kinds of games: survival and creative. But Minecraft has three more interesting modes you should know about. However, before going into detail, you should know that they are not always accessible and, even if they are, they are not always useful.
If you are playing a game in local mode, you can choose between the modes when creating a new game and, if you activate the cheats, you can switch between the various modes by using the command /gamemode followed by the mode you want to use in the chat.
If you are playing on a local map and you didn’t activate the cheats when you created it, at first you won’t be able to switch between Minecraft modes, but you have a possibility that will allow you to do it. Press the Esc key to see the menu, press the “Open in LAN” button and, in the configuration section that will appear, click on “Allow cheats: NO”, the caption changes to “Allow cheats: Yes”, and then click on “Start a world in LAN”. This way, you will return to the map and you will be able to switch between Minecraft modes.
If you play on a server, the ability to switch between the various modes of Minecraft is not up to you, but to its administrator, and most often it is not allowed.
Everything you need to know about Minecraft modes
It is undoubtedly the most common of the Minecraft modes, and the one that you will find in most of the servers, as well as being the one that poses more options and a greater challenge to the player. You will have to obtain resources and process them to survive in a world that can oscillate between being peaceful or a real nightmare.
This is the mode in which you can choose between leading a peaceful life on the surface, exploring the map in search of the wonders it holds for you, digging to reach the depths of the Earth, exploring the possibilities of automation provided by the redstone. Or, as many of us do, a mix of all this, with maps whose life and playability can be maintained for years.
These are the different difficulty levels of Minecraft Survival:
- Peaceful: In this difficulty level, you won’t have to worry about evil creatures on the main map, you won’t have to worry about food and your health will recover automatically without you having to do anything. You can die from falling from a great height, falling into lava, or drowning underwater, but these are the only risks. Some people confuse it with the creative mode, but they are two different Minecraft modes, here you will have to collect materials and process them.
- Easy: A good first contact with the evil forces of Minecraft. There are already evil creatures in the overworld but they inflict less damage than in the following levels, as well as being less equipped. You will also have to start worrying about food.
- Normal: The most common of the levels, here the creatures do more damage, and hunger can kill you.
- Hard: Not afraid of challenges? Then this is your level. Not recommended, however, for inexperienced players, the creatures cause much more damage, the zombies are able to open wooden doors (goodbye to the protection of your home), the creatures often have armor. Only suitable for very pro players.
Command: /gamemode survival
This is the most extreme and, therefore, the most difficult Minecraft mode. Basically, it is similar to survival mode on hard difficulty level with some extras. For example, you can not activate the cheats (ie you can not switch between Minecraft modes during the game), you can not adjust the difficulty later and, this is a key factor, you only have one life. If you die, the game is over and, if it is a multiplayer game, you can only enjoy it in spectator mode.
Command: It can not be activated by commands, it can be activated only when creating the map.
In this mode, the limits are set by your imagination, since you will not have to worry about creatures, resources, or food… here the challenge is, as its name suggests to be creative because you will have unlimited access to all materials, you can destroy all kinds of blocks (including the base rock) with a simple touch and without the need for a pickaxe and, if all this seems little, you can fly.
When it comes to creating custom maps and large constructions, the creative mode is usually the mode of choice for most players. For example, if you remember the Harry Potter custom map, it only takes a quick glance at the map to see that it was designed in creative mode. Of the Minecraft modes, this is undoubtedly the ideal one for those who want to exploit their creative potential without worrying that a creeper can, in a second, destroy the work of several hours.
Command: /gamemode creative
This mode takes much of the elements of survival but allows the creators to modify the mechanics to suit their preferences. You can create a customized experience adapted to the purpose of the map. For example, you can disable a player’s ability to break blocks or modify elements.
Command: /gamemode adventure
In this mode you can move freely all over the map, crossing blocks as if they didn’t exist. You will also not be able to interact with blocks, creatures, devices, and so on. You will be able to see the contents of chests but will not be able to interact with them, and you will have no inventory. It is only useful to explore the map.
Command: /gamemode spectator