Minecraft Halloween Update: A Visual Journey - Page 7

Posted Mon, Nov 01, 2010 by borticus

Accessing the Nether is done via a gate that must be built by the player. It must be built from obsidian (one of the most difficult materials to obtain) and encircle an opening 2 bricks wide by 3 bricks tall. Once your gate is assembled, lighting it on fire with a Flint & Steel will ignite the passageway to the Nether.

You must enter the purple haze and then hold still while the game engine transfers you to your new realm.

One of the more useful reasons that the Nether exists, is for ease of travel. Each step within the Nether is translated to approximately 10 steps in your native land. I tested this by placing two gates exactly 10 bricks apart from each other...


… and stepped through the new gate I had created, to return to my original world. I found myself quite a distance from my camp, just as promised.


Notch has claimed that the gates are smart enough to not dump you in lava or water (depending on the destination realm), and it has been confirmed that movement on the Z-axis does not amplify in the same way that horizontal movement does.


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