How To Build a Mob Farm In Minecraft



Ever felt tired of the endless grind of hunting creepers for gunpowder or spiders for string? Yeah, me too. Minecraft is a vast world, but sometimes those essential resources just seem scarce.

That’s where mob farms come in! These amazing contraptions are built to automatically spawn and kill mobs, giving you a steady stream of loot and experience points (XP) at a rate you won’t believe.

Imagine getting enough gunpowder for a whole stack of TNT without ever having to set foot in a dark cave!

In this guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to build your mob farm, from the basics to design specifics. Get ready to become a Minecraft master farmer!

How Do I Build a Mob Farm In Minecraft?

Let’s face it, Minecraft nights can be a drag. Zombies moaning at your door, skeletons raining arrows, and creepers…well, they’re just creepy. 

But what if I told you there was a way to turn those pesky night terrors into a sweet bounty of experience points (XP) and loot? Enter the glorious mob farm!

Building a mob farm is a game-changer. It allows you to afk (away from the keyboard) and passively farm XP and goodies while you grab a snack, tackle real-world chores, or even catch some Zzzs yourself. Here’s how to create your monster-mashing machine:

Step 1: Choosing Your Design

There are two main types of mob farms: spawner-based and spawning platform designs.  Spawner-based farms are fantastic, but they require finding a natural spawner dungeon, which can be a time commitment. 

Spawning platform farms are a great alternative – they’re more versatile and can be built anywhere. Today, we’ll be focusing on a spawning platform design. It’s efficient, and the best part? You can customize it to fit your needs and resources.

Step 2: Building the Killing Chamber.

  • Digging Down: First, grab your trusty shovel and dig a decent-sized hole. You want a spacious chamber where mobs will fall and accumulate. Aim for at least a 5×5 square that’s 3-4 blocks deep.
  • Water Works: Here’s the genius part: we’ll use water streams to funnel mobs towards a central point. In each corner of the pit, create a 1×2 water source. Then, dig out a channel that connects all the water sources at the bottom of the pit. This will create a flowing current that pushes mobs to the centre.
  • Hopper Havens: In the centre of the pit, place a column of chests. These will be your loot receptacles. On top of each chest, put a hopper. Hoppers collect items that drop above them, so any goodies our soon-to-be-farmed mobs drop will get neatly deposited into your chests.

Step 3: Building the Spawning Platform.

We need to create a dark and inviting space for mobs to spawn. Here’s the key: mobs only spawn in complete darkness (light level 0).

  • Going Up: Build a tower at least 100 blocks tall above your killing chamber. This ensures that mobs only spawn up high and get directed down to their watery doom.
  • Light it Out (or Rather, Don’t): Make sure the inside of the tower is completely dark. Avoid using torches or glowstone – we want to maximize mob spawning up top.
  • Spawning Platforms: At the top of the tower, extend outwards on each side by at least 4 blocks. These platforms are where the magic happens – mobs will spawn here!

Step 4: The Trappy Trick (Optional but Recommended).

Here’s a bonus tip to maximize efficiency: add trapdoors! On the underside of each spawning platform, place trapdoors. 

Keep them open – although they appear solid from below, mobs will still walk on them and fall through. This helps prevent pesky spiders from clinging to the sides of your tower.

Step 5: The AFK Spot.

Almost there! Now you need a safe spot to afk and let your farm work its wonders. Build a small, well-lit room at least 120 blocks away from the spawning platforms.  Mobs won’t spawn that far away from you, allowing your farm to run smoothly while you’re AFK.

Step 6: Reap the Rewards!

With your farm complete, it’s time to test it out. Head up to your AFK spot, grab a snack (or take a nap!), and come back to a chest overflowing with loot and enough XP to level up like crazy. 

Mob farms, on average, can generate thousands of XP per hour and tons of loot depending on the mobs that spawn.

Pro Tip: Experiment with different designs to find what works best for you. You can expand your spawning platform for more efficiency, add additional levels for increased mob variety, or even create a spawner-based farm if you find one.

So, there you have it! With your very own mob farm, nights in Minecraft will never be the same. Turn those pesky mobs into your personal XP loot ATM, and conquer the night with ease!

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Written by Udemezue John

Hello, I'm Udemezue John, a web developer and digital marketer with a passion for financial literacy.

I have always been drawn to the intersection of technology and business, and I believe that the internet offers endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and individuals alike to improve their financial well-being.

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