Survival Mode is a gamemode added in Update 0.2.0. It is where the Player starts off with no resources, and must survive by using resources which are available naturally.

Survival Mode introduces many features that are not available in Creative Mode, but also lacks other Creative features like infinite Blocks and flying.



Main Article: Health

The main feature of Survival Mode is the appearance of the health bar. The Player will take damage from falling from high places, being attacked by Hostile Mobs and other Players, etc.

If the Player's health bar is completely depleted, he/she will die, dropping all Items in his/her Inventory and he/she may respawn if they wish to.


Unlike Creative Mode, Survival does not have unlimited resources and instant mining. Thus, the Player must gather resources like WoodStone, etc, and use them to Craft other useful Tools and items.


Main Article: Hunger

In Survival Mode, there is also a hunger bar, which must be continuously replenished by eating Food. It allows the Player to sprint (move faster), and also allows the Player to regenerate health. The Hunger Bar does not degenerate on Peaceful Mode.


To meet the requirement of food, the Player must start Farming. The Player can farm items like PotatoesCarrotsWheat and Beetroots, which can be crafted into other foods as well. They can also be used for breeding Mobs, who can be killed for a supply of meat, Leather and more.


Experience is a Survival Mode feature added in Update 0.12.1. It appears in the form of a bar above the Player's inventory. It can be obtained by performing various actions, such as mining, smelting and killing Mobs. It is used for Enchanting or repairing items.


  • Survival Mode has a tougher, harder variant called Hardcore Mode, which is not yet in Minecraft.
  • All Creative worlds can be played on Survival by switching the gamemode.
    • This allows the Player to obtain resources from Creative Mode to gain an advantage.
    • After Update 0.16.0, the Player can switch gamemodes by using Commands.
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