What are some of your easiest to construct, yet efficient mob traps? Fell encouraged to post pics, schematics, or videos of them.
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Look up "Ethoslab" on youtube, he has a very efficient mob trap that brings mobs to the surface, meaning you don't have to climb down to a collection point! Basically, make a dark spawning room and light up all caves around it and somehow funnel them into one tube that brings mobs up (search "mobivator" by ethoslab) and a drowning system.
I see it this way:
Zombies - useless, you hardly need feathers
Spiders - After you have 7 string (2 fishing rods, one bow) you never need more string
Skeletons - very useful for drops. Best thing to do is find a skellie dungeon and hook it up to a lavablade mob killer. simple and 100% efficient.
Creepers - here it's a bit more difficult, if you want to farm 'em for gunpowder you will have to build a mob tower with darkrooms, and hook it up to a mob killer, however you'll get all mobs and will need to make a sorting system to avoid spiders clogging the trap. A simpler solution is to go outside at night with nothing but a diamond (iron will do though) sword and start swinging.