Minecraft Legends Beginner’s Guide: 9 Things To Know Before You Start

There is always a lot going on in the world of Minecraft Legends, and even with a series of tutorials introducing you to the RTS game, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Spending your time wisely between hunting piglins, gathering resources, and defending unfortunate villagers is key to saving the blocky realms. These Minecraft Legends tips on building, squad management, and important settings will make the process easier and more enjoyable.

Build a diverse army

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Golems are great, but they can only do so much. You unlock more golem types, plus the option to recruit classic Minecraft creatures, a little into Minecraft Legends, and worth experimenting with different combinations to make battles easier.

Stone Golems are great for destroying enemy structures, but they won’t help much during an invasion. Creepers and skeletons can’t easily destroy forts and walls, but they are more effective at dealing with enemy mobs than your wooden golems. Creepers explode after a short time while skeletons can shoot arrows over walls.

Place your spawn points on the edge of your next battlefield and try out a mixed army of different unit types to see what suits your style and needs best.

Always farm resources

They have a strict cap on how many resources you can gather during the first tutorial. However, once this phase ends, you can harvest as much wood, stone, and eventually iron and other resources as you can hold – and you should max it out whenever you can. Building defenses and other structures in the field takes quite a bit of resources, and the last thing you want is to fall short when it matters most.

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Once you arrive at a village or embark on a new journey, take a few seconds to place harvesting tools in resource-rich areas. In most cases, you’ll only end up with a few hundred of the resources you collect from just one harvest round. Make these gathering methods a habit, and you’ll never run out of materials to build a strong defense.

Build in every village

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You’ll spend as much time fending off piglins from villages as you will dismantling nether portals. Fortifying each village as you reach it makes it much easier to defend against enemy hordes when the time comes. When you arrive in a new village, take some time to build walls, watchtowers, and other fortifications all around the perimeter.

Be creative too. Their basic square perimeter sure is effective, but you could build a section of V-shaped walls that would direct piglins into a corner overlooked by several watchtowers, or a bridge that would drop them into an enclosure.

Just make sure you leave room for at least one gate so you can enter and exit the village.

Watchtowers are the key

Speaking of watchtowers, this particular stronghold is your most useful defensive tool. They cover a wide area, deal heavy damage to Piglins and, just as important, distract enemies from knocking down walls or attacking villagers. You don’t even need a wall to build a watchtower. Knock down several in a row and your village is all but defended.

Sacrifices must be made

However, one cannot be everywhere at the same time. The world of Minecraft Legends moves at its own pace. So while you’re destroying a fortress or defending a village, another is likely to fall victim to the Piglin army. It’s impractical to drop everything you do to save every village that’s under attack, so occasionally you’ll just have to drop them.

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Good defenses can help villages last longer, but if piglins overrun them, all you have to do is defeat every pig within a village’s borders to free it again. There’s also no time limit, so you can postpone it until you have time – or just ignore it entirely.

Don’t hesitate to jump into the fray yourself

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Creepers can scare mobs away, but they are the most effective force against enemy mobs. Her basic sword attack makes short work of basic Piglins and stronger enemies, and your attacks can distract enemies from your own mobs, giving them more freedom to tear down Piglin structures quickly.

If you get hurt, just run around for a few seconds and wait for your health to refill. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to lure Piglins into the lava by crossing a bridge or jumping over a lava pool with an enemy mob in tow.

Use advanced banner controls

With your basic banner controls, you can send all of your followers to a certain point at once, but it’s often wiser to use the advanced controls and select just part of your army to charge. You’ll learn how to use these during the first attack on three Piglin Keeps and should put them to good use from then on. Advanced controls give you more control over your mobs. You can muster a select few soldiers and send them off in one direction, before summoning a squad of Creepers to send them into the middle of a Piglin mob, and then sending a squad of Golems to deal with a nearby building. It’s just a more efficient way to manage your army in general.

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Check your settings

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You’ll automatically start with your build settings toggled to Hold, forcing you to hold down the build button while setting up your structure. This isn’t the most convenient default setting, and often makes building while moving more difficult than it should be. If you’re having trouble, go to the Controllers or Keyboards section of the menu to troubleshoot the issue.

build a well

You learn how to build wells during your first push against a nether portal, and you should make it a point to build them regularly around the map. Wells are useful resting spots, but more importantly, they’re also quick travel points. Normally, you can only fast travel to a liberated village. Placing wells on the map reduces travel time and even makes it easier to defend villages.

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