Minecarts are one of the most iconic items in Minecraft. As the very first vehicle to be added to the game, this simple block completely changed the game of Minecraft by dramatically expanding your playable area. With a properly crafted rail track, you can traverse across multiple biomes in a matter of minutes.
Players can use this newfound flexibility to create multiple bases. This means that a player can leave one base without losing it for good - and makes waste a thing of the past. You can even use Minecarts as storage, which means that you can move entire bases over long distances at a much faster pace than if you did so manually. Crafting a minecart is not expensive and expanding your rails is a reasonable investment for the mid-game.
To craft Minecart in Minecraft, you will need the following:
Take five Iron Ingots and place them in a U shape in the bottom half of the crafting grid of a Crafting table to craft a Minecart.
To craft a stack of 16 tracks, you must gather 6 iron ingots and a singular stick. This means you’ll need a lot of iron to craft a long track! Below, you can find out how to craft them.
Minecarts can be used as a vehicle to traverse rails that you have placed as a track. First, take your inventory out of your inventory and place it on a track. Players can press the use button on the Minecart to enter. However, in order for the cart to actually move, you will need to push it by sprinting into it. Quickly press the use button to get in while it still has momentum, and voila! You will be rolling along smoothly. Similar to a train, the Minecart can only travel in one direction until it stops. Press the sneak button to dismount the cart.
You can also place Furnaces, Chests, Hoppers, and TNT in Minecarts. This allows you to use the Minecart in many ways, be it as a form of mail, transportation, or even as a weapon. However, you must first craft these using a Crafting Table and after crafting, place any variation of Minecart on the tracks by activating the use button.
Q. How many items can I fit in a Minecart?
This question is tricky to answer but the easiest way to think about it is that you can store a maximum of 27 distinct items. While you are not limited to 27 items total, the only way to surpass that limit is by storing copies of items in stacks. This means you can store 64 wooden planks in a single chest slot, or fill a Minecart with a total of 1728 wooden planks.
Q. How in the world do I make my Minecart go faster?
You may have noticed that Minecarts have a hard time going up inclines and do not travel quickly by default. This can be easily fixed by utilizing powered rails, which require redstone and gold. For the recipe, simply replace iron with Gold Ingots and place a redstone dust underneath the stick to convert a Rail recipe to Powered Rails.
Minecarts are incredibly useful, versatile and most of all fun. The added creativity and flexibility of transportation networks adds excitement to any game but it especially does so for Minecraft. Players can create small farms, villages, and even sprawling, interconnected cities by using this item. Do not delay, craft a Minecart today!