You dodged a bullet not taming that parrot. I got one in my current vanilla SSP from a jungle only about 1k from my base. They won't fly with you (can't keep up with rocket elytra), they won't get in a boat with you, they won't ride on your shoulder in a boat and if there's a way to leash them I couldn't do it. I had to row back across the ocean, very slowly, stopping every few yards so the fluttering parrot wouldn't fall too far behind. I did eventually get it back home but just getting across 800 blocks of ocean took 2 minecraft days. Good luck with that 20k hike!
Mojang knew this was a problem, people on the Minecraft reddit kept telling them during the snapshots, people begged for a better way to move or carry parrots but noooo. WHY ARE THEY SO BAD AT PET MOBS REEEEE
Okay, that's what I figured. Though the wiki says they teleport to you if you go too fast or too far, Mojang can't do pets for anything so I figured it would be one big cluster the whole time, somehow resulting in the bird's death if nothing else.
And, yes, the cookie was excellent! The finest imported chocolate from the Southern Lands!
Sharpe, with respect, I think you were trying to tame it a bit wrong. It shouldn't take that many at all; but you need to sneak up on it, and wait until it looks at you. If it's spooked, seeds will have no effect. If you sneak slowly toward it, and stay still, you should see its head turn slowly to look at you. Same as dogs/wolves. It usually takes about 1 to 10 seeds to tame them.
What?! Grabbing it by the throat and cramming seeds down its beak doesn't work?!
Where is all that in the wiki?! Not in the taming section, for sure:
They can be tamed by feeding them seeds. Once tamed, they can be told to sit with a right-click.
Like tamed wolves and cats, a tamed parrot will follow the player unless told to sit, and may teleport if there is a sufficient distance. Like all tame animals, a death message will be displayed to their owner if they are killed.
Unlike other tamable mobs, parrots cannot be bred.
If it's so afraid of me, why is it eating seeds out of my hand? Why isn't it flying away like cats do when scared? The cats I understand. They won't come close. That whole process is pretty cool, though I have no desire to tame one. The birds don't act at all like cats.
Also, I recall just feeding wolves bones, not having to wait and look away like cats. Has that been changed?
Regardless, I can jet back down there real fast in a straight line if I ever feel like it, though I probably won't. It just would have been a decoration for my room in Old Tower.
Regarding wither skulls - without any automation, it's not THAT hard to get them. I expand the fortress a little - by knocking out the walls (to make the corridors 2 blocks wider), removing interconnecting walls, and at any 'crossroads', expand it to become a square, by putting blocks about 8 in each direction from the +
Sure. I agree. Like I say, back in 2015, I just hadn't done it enough for a second beacon, nor did I have any real need for one. I still have never used two at once. I carry one around in a shulker, but never have actually activated it. Another hangs on my wall as decoration.
So if I'm unlucky, it might be 2-3 hours grind, to get 3 skulls. And that's "old school", hand-to-hand combat. Yes, you can automate (or semi-automate) it, but I think this is fine; a few hours every so often to get a beacon is OK with me, and it's actually quite good fun with all those potions running. Diving into lava, parkouring around the edges, and slapping all the mobs around.
I don't know how long it takes me, but it's a bit longer for sure. Sounds like you've expanded your hallways farther than I. I'm due for another grind soon and I'll open up the areas even more.
And...transporting a horse is SO much easier in the newer version, in the back of a boat. In fact, any mob - including most hostile mobs. I can't remember if you explained why you're sticking to 1.8.9; maybe you have your reasons.
Me? I'm not, as evidenced by the rocket-powered elytra and parrot.
The screenshot of me leading Kitt across the water is from December, 2015, just like most of this thread. The whole update is basically a "before and after" or "then and now" post comparing 1.8.9 in 2015 to today in 1.12.1. There's now a tremendous difference in travel methods and times. The "Does anyone here actually build roads?" thread inspired me to revisit this one in comparison.
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