13 Tricky Challenges For Survival Minecraft (2022)

Minecraft is one of the most-played video games out there because the sandbox experience gives you complete freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. There is no end goal in the game. What you want to achieve is completely up to you, but after a while, you might be looking to spruce up your experience.

There are plenty of challenges you can give yourself in Minecraft that will make the game more fun and completely change the way you play. Here we explore the best Minecraft challenges that can improve the game. Just note that some of these challenges involve downloading popular mods.

Updated July 13, 2022, by Gabrielle Huston: Minecraft can be played forever! And ever. And ever. And ever. Ever want to shake it up, though? These challenges are a great way to do that! We've made sure there are plenty of options to choose from.

13 Hardcore Mode

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  • How To Start: Already in-game, just turn it on (exclusive to Java edition)

Hardcore mode is the exact same Minecraft experience you know and love, but with a big twist. If you die in the game, you lose everything. You won’t just respawn at your most recently set respawn point. Instead, you’ll only have two options after death: spectate world and delete world, which takes you to the main menu.

The difficulty in Hardcore mode is set to Hard and can’t be changed, so you can’t play the mode on a lower difficulty. It’s important to know everything about hardcore mode before you get into it because it’s not for the faint of heart.

12 Survival Island

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  • How To Start: Find and use a seed that spawns you on an island

Survival Island is simple. You start on an island in the middle of nowhere and are not allowed to leave the island at any time. You have to do your best to survive on the island and live off the land. Some of the best seeds in Minecraft start you off on a small survival island.

At least you’ll never have to worry about being too far from home with this challenge. Other than that, it’s going to be tough sledding. Hopefully, there’s a cave on the island, so you can still mine and explore underwater caves.

11 See It, Kill It

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

If you want a violent challenge, we've got something that you'll love. In this one, you're not allowed to back down from a fight. If you come across a mob, either it dies or you do.

Some players include passive mobs in this challenge, while others only count the hostile ones. Ultimately, this one forces you to plan your days differently and spend a lot of time learning to defend yourself.

10 SkyBlock Survival

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SkyBlock is one of the oldest mods in Minecraft and has been around for over a decade. This mod starts you off on a small floating island with one tree and a chest containing just the bare necessities.

Inside the chest, you’ll find: a lava bucket with two ice to make a cobblestone generator, melon and pumpkin seeds, red and brown mushrooms, a bone, one loaf of bread, and a full set of leather armor. Your goal is to build outward to find other Skyblock islands, eventually challenging the Ender dragon. Once the boss is defeated, you’ve completed the challenge.

9 Become A Vegetarian

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

Just because you're looking to make Minecraft a little harder doesn't mean you want to spend time doing some super specific challenge. One simple way to increase the difficulty a few notches is just to make your character a vegetarian. That means no eating meat of any kind, so you'll need to get good at farming, quick!

Why stop at vegetarian, anyway? Try going vegan or pescatarian!

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8 OneBlock Survival

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OneBlock is a mod that completely changes the way Minecraft is played. In OneBlock, you spawn in the air on a floating block. You can mine this one block over and over again, giving you basic materials that slowly improve over time.

As you go through phases, the block slowly upgrades to better blocks, chests, and even some new mobs. You can essentially build your entire world through the materials this block gives you. If you were ever frustrated with your randomly generated world, now you can create one from scratch.

7 Hermit Chunk Challenge

The Hermit Chunk challenge is another interesting take on survival mode. It’s a mod that spawns you on a single 16x16 chunk with nothing else. It may not look like it, but this one 16x16 chunk has everything you need to survive. You’ll find wood, a small cave, rare ores, and lava in this chunk. You'll even be able to go to the Nether and the End.

The goal is to play the game with those limited resources, eventually taking down the Ender Dragon. If you can defeat this boss with the gear you can craft from this island, you’re definitely a Minecraft pro.

6 City Construction Challenge

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  • How To Start: Find and use a seed that spawns you in a village

The city construction challenge is a popular survival challenge in Minecraft because it doesn’t require any mods. You simply start in a village and have to slowly transform it into a full-blown city. You will have to live in this city the entire playthrough, sleeping there every night and truly role-playing as a villager.

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It’s going to take a long time to develop good relationships with the villagers and build new structures. In fact, there are many things you may not know about villages, so you’ll want to figure out exactly how they work before you get started.

5 Nomad Challenge

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

The Nomad Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. You have to stay on the move. In this challenge, the use of chests is forbidden so you have to make use of your four armor slots, 27 storage slots, nine hotbar slots, and one off-hand slot. You can carry a total of 41 items on you, so you’ll want to stay organized.

You can rest in a small hut for the night, but the second you wake up, you have to destroy it and keep moving. If you’re a true nomad, you’ll never sleep in the same spot two nights in a row.

4 Just Build Stuff

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

Another more low-key way to make Minecraft harder? Try to build the types of things that you'd usually make in Creative mode, but in Survival. It might not sound so bad, but if you're honest with yourself it will be a true nightmare.

In Creative mode, we all love having access to all of the special blocks without having to create them ourselves, and we tend to make things much bigger than they ever needed to be. Plan something extravagant, then spend 500 hours grinding to get it done. We dare you.

3 Pacifist Challenge

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

The Pacifist Challenge is basically the See It, Kill It challenge but backwards. In this challenge, you can’t kill any mobs whatsoever. It doesn’t matter if they’re passive, neutral, or hostile - you can’t attack them.

In terms of food, you have to plant seeds and eat your crops, since you can’t kill animals. It’s important to have some torches on you as well because you’ll need to make sure you have light at all times since you can’t attack hostile mobs. It’s all peace and love in this challenge.

2 Single Biome Challenge

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  • How To Start: Already in-game, just turn it on

The Single Biome Challenge, also known as the Buffet Challenge, is an interesting one. It makes the entire map just one biome, and you have to survive in this biome.

To start this challenge, just go to “Create New World” then hit “More World Options…” and change the “World Type” to “Single Biome.” From there, you can customize which biome to generate.

If you really want a challenge, pick a barren biome like the desert or the badlands. There’s not much going on in these biomes, making them very difficult to live in.

1 100 Day Challenge

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  • How To Start: Already in-game

The 100 Day Challenge in Minecraft is the ultimate challenge in the game. It involves playing the game in Hardcore mode and trying to defeat the Ender Dragon in no more than 100 in-game days. This is very difficult as it turns the game into a race against time.

If you challenge the Ender Dragon too early, you’ll be killed and lose everything, forcing you to start again from scratch. It’s best to leave the fight to day 99 or 100, even if you feel like you’re more than prepared on day 80. To help you keep track of the days, you can install a day-counter mod. It’ll make things much easier.

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FAQs

What are some good challenges for Minecraft? ›

Minecraft: Best Challenges To Make Survival Mode More Fun
  • Hardcore Survival Minecraft - No Second Chances. ...
  • Minecraft Biome Worlds - Surviving On Bare Necessities. ...
  • Minecraft Skyblock Survival - Living Sky High. ...
  • Minecraft OneBlock Survival - At The Mercy Of The Block.
Mar 21, 2021

What is the hardest Minecraft challenge? ›

The Wither is most likely the hardest challenge a Minecraft player can overcome. The "The Beginning" achievement is completed by killing the Wither. This could prove quite the challenge for even the most battle-hardened Minecraft players.

How do you complete challenges in Minecraft? ›

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How do you make Minecraft Survival more challenging? ›

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How long is 100 days in Minecraft in real life? ›

Real-life days = Minecraft days X 20 ÷ 1,440

Therefore, to play for 100 days and get the Passing of Time achievement, you must play for 33.26 hours.

What's a good Minecraft seed? ›

10 best Minecraft seeds
  • Minecraft Seed Island. Buried treasure and hidden loot make this seed immediately exciting. ...
  • Temple of Doom. Welcome to the jungle! ...
  • A Song of Ice and Spire. ...
  • Ultimate Farm Spawn. ...
  • Village Cut in Half by Ravine. ...
  • Savanna Villages on the Great Plains. ...
  • Horse Island Survival. ...
  • The Titanic.
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What's the rarest Minecraft achievement? ›

The Minecraft achievement titled "How Did We Get Here?" is by far one of the hardest and rarest achievements. It is what's known as a hidden advancement, meaning it can only be viewed by the player after completing it. In order to complete the achievement, the player must have every effect applied at the same time.

What is the hardest badge to get in Minecraft? ›

#1 - The Beaconator

That being said, it's the hardest achievement to acquire because a Nether Star is required to craft the beacon. The Wither only drops Nether Stars.

What is the rarest achievement in Minecraft bedrock? ›

One of the rarest achievements in Minecraft Bedrock is the "Overpowered" achievement, and for good reason too. This is an achievement that approximately only 30 percent of players have unlocked and there is only one way to get it in Minecraft Bedrock Edition.

How do you make a funner in Minecraft? ›

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How do you play a nomad in Minecraft? ›

The basic rules are:
  1. Keep moving.
  2. Keep game on hard mode.
  3. Only build shelters for 1 night.
  4. Don't stay in one area for more than a night.

How do you make a one block world in Minecraft? ›

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Do advancements give XP? ›

by getting every status effect available in survival. Advancements are not the best way to get XP. However, it is still a cool Minecraft trivia gamers can tell their friends.

How long is a Minecraft day? ›

Currently, each cycle lasts about 15 minutes, with day and night each lasting 7.5 minutes. Daylight cycle now lasts 20 minutes.

Is there a goal in Minecraft? ›

In Minecraft, there are two main game modes: Survival and Creative. In Survival mode, the goal…is to survive. Players appear in a new world and are challenged to use its resources to build shelter, find food, and craft tools to help them construct the universe they want to live in.

What are all the challenges in Minecraft? ›

Minecraft
AdvancementIn-game descriptionParent
Ice Bucket ChallengeObtain a block of obsidianHot Stuff
Diamonds!Acquire diamondsIsn't It Iron Pick
We Need to Go DeeperBuild, light and enter a Nether PortalIce Bucket Challenge
13 more rows

How do you make a funner in Minecraft? ›

How To Make Minecraft Fun Again.. - YouTube

Is there a goal in Minecraft? ›

In Minecraft, there are two main game modes: Survival and Creative. In Survival mode, the goal…is to survive. Players appear in a new world and are challenged to use its resources to build shelter, find food, and craft tools to help them construct the universe they want to live in.

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