Why does my Minecraft mob farm not produce?
September 18, 2011 3:41 PM Subscribe
I built a mob farm in Minecraft but its output does not seem to be nearly as great as the tutorial implies. Did I mess up or are my expectations just too high?
posted by Rhomboid to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I followed this tutorial
almost exactly to the letter. I made sure to measure all distances carefully to ensure that the water flowed correctly with no dead spots. The only deviations I made from what is described on that page are:
- I had to insert a couple of 90 degree turns in the canal post-lavablade (the part the only carries items) to work around a lava pool. I made sure to have at least two squares on both sides of the elbow before changing elevation, as the tutorial mentions.
- Where the 'main' (central) canals meet the edges of the room (i.e. where they start at a depth of 2) I made a one-block step cutout on both sides so that I could get in and out easily without fighting the current. I didn't think this would matter as most of the canals start at depth 1 anyway.
The tutorial suggests that items will be plentiful, even going so far as to say there will be items waiting for you by the time you finish extinguishing all the torches and sealing off the room and getting down to the collection point. This was not the case for me. In the video mentioned on that page at about the 5:30 mark
the author shows how fast he gets items from his farm and says that inventory will fill up in about an hour. Mine is nowhere near that fast; they only occasionally trickle in. I've idled at the collection point for over 6 hours and all I have to show for it is approximately 15 units gunpowder, 30 bones, and 50 arrows. Based on that video I thought I'd be swimming in TNT in no time, but after all that work I only have enough to make a few.
So that leaves me thinking that there are several possibilities to explain what's happening:
- Some light is leaking in the room, or I missed one or more torches. It seemed pretty dark in there, but I suppose there's a chance I missed some. Can I just temporarily set the difficulty to friendly and go in there to check?
- The game parameters of 1.7 have changed since that video and tutorial were made, making this device inherently a lot less effective (why wouldn't someone update the wiki to mention this before I spent all those hours digging?!?)
- The third option -- I did something else wrong but I don't know enough about the game to know what.