Minecraft: The Fastest Way to Travel in the Game Over the Years

Published 04/12/2021, 9:45 AM EDT


Minecraft has a massive world, which is almost impossible to cover. Fans have to play the game for a long time to scavenge for items, gain XP by killing mobs and many more. To become much more efficient, players have always tried to travel faster, with the use of tricks and glitches in the game. This is how the mode of fast travel has evolved in Minecraft.

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Pre Classic, Classic and Alpha versions of Minecraft

In the early Pre-Classic phase of Minecraft in 2009, most players thought that the fastest way to travel was by walking. But, by pressing R, the game slingshots players into the air in whichever direction they were facing. It got more interesting in the next update, Classic, where players could teleport by saving a location by pressing R. Once they traveled to another location, they could return to the saved position by pressing Enter.

Soon after, the developers released the Alpha version in 2010, where the world becomes infinitely generated, so the need for a fast travel option is very necessary. One of the most popular methods at that time was using Minecarts. Players could use the normal rails to travel at a slow speed. However, they could boost the speed by setting up a separate track with a minecart aligned next to the original rail line. They also used minecarts like an elevator to travel upwards faster instead of using ladders.

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Modern Era of the game

In 2011, Minecraft released the Beta version. With this update, redstone became a major component of fast travel mechanisms. Other than that, fans found a very interesting way to speed up the game. By setting the system’s date back by a day, Minecraft enters a speedrun mode where players move at a very high pace.

With the release of 1.8 in 2014, the game introduced blocks like slime, which brought the next generation of fast travel. Players can now create flying machines using Pistons and Redstone. Then in 1.9, Elytra was added to Minecraft, and fans can now fly with the boosts from fireworks or bows. They can now also create a highway system using Ice as the pathway and use the boat to travel on it.

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Soon after, in 1.12, players could use TNT blocks to boost the trajectory of Ender Pearls. Players even used machines with hundreds of them to boost the speed of the pearl drastically. In 2014, 1.14, Ravagers became popular because its knockback effect allowed players to create contraptions around it to thrust them into the air.

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Finally, the most impressive method was introduced in the current version of the game. By combining the Dolphin’s Grace effect, a track of soul soil, depth strider and soul speed boots, players can now cross large water bodies before they run out of breath. It is one of the fastest and the most efficient ways to travel in the Modern era of Minecraft.

Over the years, the glitches have increased drastically, decreasing the number of fast travel options. But with new items arriving in every update, players always find ways to increase their efficiency.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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