Part 9 – Experiencing It All

You may have noticed while playing–mining, killing enemies, whatever–that you get little green orbs and there’s a green bar on your screen that fills up when you pick them up. In case you haven’t figured this out yet, those are XP points and that bar is your total experience level. Every time it fills up, you go up a level, which is what that number above the bar is.

Experience Points are one of the weirder things I feel Minecraft has added, because on one hand it’s not like it has absolutely no use at all but on the other hand, I don’t know anyone who consistently uses it on a play by play basis. Experience points are used in enchanting, which I will cover in the next entry, so they do have a purpose, but on the downside every time you die…you lose ALL of your experience. I’m pretty sure there’s also a level cap, but don’t hold me to that. You know, for a guy who writes about Minecraft for a living, I sure don’t know a lot. I believe the cap (if I’m correct) is 40.

Anyway, the following list includes the different ways that experience can be obtained:

  • Killing enemies; Creepers, Spiders, Endermen, Zombies, Skeletons, Etc. (Etc. is the scariest of all the enemies, quite frankly)
  • Mining ore which drop items, such as; coal, lapis, diamond.
  • Smelting any of the following items: Iron, Gold, Cobblestone, Sand and cooking food.
  • Breeding animals, which I will discuss in more depth in a future entry
  • Fishing

Now some things give you more experience points than others. For example, killing anything rural, such as a wolf, sheep or cow will get you 1-3 experience, but killing enemies like a creeper, enderman or spider will get you 5. It all varies. Mining Diamond will net you between 3-7 while destroying a monster spawner will net you between 15-43. So really, just go nuts, because pretty much everything will give you experience.

A monster spawner–for those of you curious, as I will not do an entire entry about it–is pretty much exactly what it sounds like; it spawns monsters. Thankfully it can only be found (well, thankfully unless you want the experience from destroying it, I guess) in dungeons, abandoned mine shafts, strongholds and nether fortresses so you don’t have to worry about running into them very often at all. In all the time I’ve played, I’ve only run into MAYBE 8? MAYBE. They’re pretty rare I feel.

Anyway, experience can be useful for using enchantments, but that really seems to be all that it’s good for. I really haven’t found any other use for it, and I’ve never really heard of any others either. It’s also pretty easy to level up; unlike most games I’ve played with experience points. Really, they’re called “orbs”, but whatever. I’ve rarely had trouble leveling, but then again I’ve never really tried to level either. I really want to discuss this more, but I unfortunately don’t really have much to say on the matter. It’s really just useless, as I said. I mean, I could say that experience is a cool addition to the game, because it definitely adds some depth to an otherwise (no offense to Minecraft, but) flat game? You know what I mean? It gives it something to really get into, like an RPG element, but that’s not really anything to discuss, that’s just me talking off the top of my head when I really have nothing more to say sadly.

So uh. Ok then.

This was kind of a bust.

Onto Enchantments then!

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