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The Ultimate Minecraft Progression Guide

The Ultimate Minecraft Progression Guide

Minecraft has cemented its place in the hearts of many with its unique take on what an open-world game truly means. With that said though, Minecraft truly is a game that allows you to explore the world at your own pace. But, there are no set-stone rules when it comes to progressing through the game and ultimately defeating the Ender Dragon.

Therefore, we’ve concocted the Ultimate Minecraft Progression guide for you right here. By giving it a readthrough, you’ll be able to survive your first night, set your base up, and ultimately take down the Ender Dragon in spectacular fashion!

Reaching The End Goal In Minecraft

In the olden days, there was a lot of debate as to what was considered as the End in Minecraft. Some thought it was acquiring a full Diamond set while others presumed it was building the best base possible. But, with the introduction of the Ender Dragon, it was quite clear that the way to beat Minecraft was to take down the Ender Dragon.

Note: This guide assumes that you’ll be playing the game in Hard Mode. If not, all these methods still apply. Albeit, you’ll be able to do them with much less difficulty.

Surviving The First Night

Alright, so we’ve just set foot in the world of Minecraft. What’s the first thing we should do? Well, simple. You need to start looking for a tree and start chopping it down with your bare hands. After doing so, get a crafting table up and ready.

Once you’ve placed it at a reasonable spot, get some more wood by crafting a wooden axe and then craft the rest of your arsenal i.e a wooden pickaxe and sword. Once we’ve got our tools sorted, the next issue we need to resolve is our rapidly depleting hunger bar. For that, grab as much food as possible. While apples are a viable food source, you might need to get your hands dirty by slaughtering some chickens, cows or pigs nearby.

Building a basic cobblestone base is of pivotal importance

As soon as you get these essentials, start digging down for a few blocks using your wooden pickaxe. Once you do, dig a 4×4 hole around you and use the cobblestone you’ve just acquired to craft a furnace. Now, place all the raw food you’ve gathered into the furnace and use the wooden planks to cook it.

After you’ve done all this, all you need to do is wait for the sun to come up! In order to check, dig a 1 block hole to poke your way out and look for signs of light. If you don’t close the hole and retreat back to your newly constructed cave.

A Miner’s Day Out

You are going to need all the wool you can get!

As soon as you hit Day 2, immediately get out of your cave (don’t forget to mark its location with a dirt block) and start grabbing as much food as you can along the way. After you have at least 4-5 days’ worth of food (about 30-35 raw pieces of meat), you’ll need to start finding sheep.

Since you don’t have shears just yet, you’ll need to resort to killing the sheep to get some wool off. Wool will remain an integral resource when fighting the Ender Dragon. Therefore, try to snag as much of it as you can. Moreover, before you head back; grab some wood along the way.

The Scouting Begins

The opening of a ravine

Now that we’ve gathered the essential supplies, it’s time to go deep underground. Generally, while digging down yourself also works – until you fall into lava of course – you’ll find much greater success in finding ores by finding a ravine or cave system.

While locating a cave can feel quite difficult at first, after a bit of scouting, you’ll be able to find an opening or some sort of indicator that will lead you straight underground. This, in turn, will save you from mining down manually and will also allow you to score some coal which is extremely useful for both cooking and crafting torches so you can actually see where you are going.

Mining Ahoy!

Diamonds can be really hard to find!

Your primary goal now is to prep yourself for your journey to the Nether. While you can spend your merry time trying to get a full diamond set, that’s not really needed when it comes to killing the Ender Dragon. Therefore, we’ll go for the bare minimum.

You are going to need exactly 24 iron ore to craft a complete set of iron armor. You’ll be able to find iron loitered around in relative abundance especially if you’ve been lucky enough to find a cave system. After you’ve got your iron armor, you’ll need to craft an iron pickaxe.

Now, you’ll need to dig down to about to y -50 to -64 (you can see what layer you are at by pressing F3). As you might’ve guessed already, we’ll need to get our hands on a few diamonds. To beat the Ender Dragon, we’re already going to be needing three.

The Nether Awaits

After we get our hands on the diamonds and craft our diamond pickaxe, all we need to do now is find some obsidian. You must’ve found plenty of it already when trying to look for diamonds. You’ll need at least 10 obsidian in order to make a nether portal. After that, find some gravel and keep using your shovel / bare hands to break it down and place it again until you find some flint.

Now, all you need to do is make a nether portal in the formation shown above, craft flint and steel and light the portal up and head straight inside.

How a typical nether fortress looks

Hitting The Fortress

Once you’ve entered the eerie dimension that is the nether, you’ll be met with a lot of Zombie Pigmen. Do not hit them under any circumstances as they remain passive unless you attack them first. Your main job in the nether is to try and find a fortress as quickly as possible.

While these can spawn randomly, they tend to spawn in the positive x-axis. Therefore, you’ll increase your chances of finding them by moving either West or North. You can also increase your render distance in order to see further helping you spot the fortress quickly.

Killing Blazes is your primary purpose in the nether

Once you find a large fortress made up of dark red nether brick, you’ve found your stronghold. Now, enter with caution. Your primary goal in the fortress is to collect at least 10 blaze rods that are dropped from blazes found in the nether. You’ll be able to find two blaze spawners in each fortress. We recommend destroying one of them with your pickaxe and then farming the remaining one until you get your required amount of blaze rods.

While you can craft potions of fire resistance to help you move further in the nether, for now, to beat the Ender Dragon, you’ve got what you needed and you can move back to the overworld.

The Stronghold Awaits

Crafting an Eye of Ender

Once you are in the overworld, we recommend stocking back up on supplies and collecting more wool if you haven’t earlier. Moreover, take down them spiders and try to get as many feathers as you can in order to craft a bow and a least 30-40 arrows.

As soon as you have these materials, you’ll need to wait for night to fall. Once it does, move your way towards dimmer areas and kill as many endermen as you can. To get to the End dimension, you’ll need to have at least 10-12 ender pearls for safe measure. In some cases, if you aren’t lucky, this process can take 1-2 nights.

The End Is Near

The eye of ender can also break sometimes when you throw it

Now that you have your ender pearls, craft eyes of ender by using the crafting recipe shown. Once you do so, throw one of your eyes of ender by right-clicking. Now, you should see them fly up into the air. Carefully follow the path it takes and pick the eye up when it falls down. Keep doing so until the eye ends up dropping at the same place you throw it.

Once that happens, you’ve found a stronghold! Well, you are standing right on top of one. While digging down may be your first instinct, there’s a high chance you fall into a pit of lava while doing so. Therefore, dig down in a spiral / staircase fashion instead and you should land right near an incomplete end portal.

Now, place the eye of ender in the incomplete spots and you should activate the End portal immediately!

Getting Ready For The End

Now that we’ve got our portal set up, before you jump in, here’s the bare minimum in terms of supplies and materials that you’ll need to defeat the Ender Dragon:

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Once you’ve gathered all these supplies, it is time to jump into the portal and get rid of the Ender Dragon once and for all!

Killing The Ender Dragon

Now that we’ve finally reached the Ender Dragon, you can’t deal any sort of real damage to him before we take down his healing crystals. There are two particular methods you can use in order to do just that:

  • Shooting Them Down: If you have good aim and are able to stand still for a while as you try and take down each healing crystal, shooting them down with bows and arrows is your best bet.
  • Up Close And Personal: If aiming isn’t your thing, then manually climbing up using cobblestone is your next best option. However, once you hit the Enhealing crystal, beware ofd its explosion. While it doesn’t deal a lot of damage, it can knock you back quite far. Therfore, you’ll need to use a water bucket and keep spam clicking towards the ground as you fall in order to not take any fall damage.

After you’ve taken down the healing crystals, now comes the tricky part: using beds. Now, wait a second, why does the mighty Ender Dragon even take damage from beds? Well, simple, just like the nether, the End is another dimension where placing beds has them explode.

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So, we can capitalize on this mechanic to our advantage and deal massive amounts of damage to the Ender Dragon by placing beds right at the exact moment when it can deal explosive damage.

The Bed Technique

To kill the Ender Dragon using beds after taking down the healing crystals, go right to the center of the Ender Dragon’s resting place. Once there, place two cobblestone blocks above the outer boundary of the bedrock shrine. Now, wait patiently.

If you’ve taken down all the crystals, the Ender Dragon will eventually move downwards in order to attack. you. First, start off by hitting it with your sword, this should deal a lot of damage. Once it starts flying off, place a bed right on the cobblestone blocks you placed earlier and destroy the bed right after.

If done correctly, you’ll only need to do this for two cycles (two beds) and you should be able to take down the Ender Dragon quite easily!

Alternative Method

If beds simply aren’t your thing, no worries. While this method will end up taking a lot more time and is a bit riskier, it is also a great way to get rid of the Ender Dragon. For it, you’ll need a lot more arrows.

All you need to do is hit the Ender Dragon with a volley of arrows whenever he goes away from you. Then, whenever he comes closer to the center, hit him with your sword until he flies off. After enough hits, you’ll be able to eventually take the fiesty dragon down.


That’s everything you needed to know about progressing in Minecraft. Credits go to the Minecraft Wiki for helping us out with the images. Good luck, Steve!