Potions are your best friends when it comes to PvP, poisoning your enemy is a great way to do extra damage, and regen potions will counter poisons, and keep you alive in a fight. Remember, whether you're buffing yourself or throwing a splash at an enemy, aim for the head, not the feet.
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Strafe around your opponent while leaping and jumping to increase your chance of landing critical hits. You need to move in circles and random courses, effectively making yourself a harder target to hit, and all the while rapidly clicking left and right to create a defensive side and a simultaneous striking attack.
You need to remember to not hesitate while in combat, especially not what I do sometimes, in which I fiddle over my inventory in a surge of panic, all the while taking damage from my opposing player. This can be extremely crucial in PvP, and sometimes one small mistake could lead to major fatality.
Don't carry too many items around. If you get killed, your enemy won't gain much. Of course, if they're nice, they'll give it back (they never are T.T) and you can be happy, but it is also fun to annoy your opponent with no worthwhile battling for them in the end.
Sneak-attack your target. Approach them from behind and land dire hits upon them. I found wearing an Invisibility (only noobs use 'em, I admit, but they work well for certain methods) and attacking from behind let me land several hits before my opponent could even register where I was. I think his sharpness even partially disguised my blue-bubble-emitting potion for the beginning.
Using things such as Knockback, enderpearls and water/lava are great escaping methods. The liquids slow them down and/or hurt them, and Knockback II can give you a fleeing advantage. If your opposing player chases you, you can lose them by enderpearling in the opposite direction or weaving in and out of hazardous trees.
(Tip: Hold shift when you scoot round a corner when you decide to stop to hide your name tag. Jungles are easiest to rid players, and using Invisibility will also hide your name.)
A good inventory set-out and methods:
Have your highest-skilled weapon in your first slot (if you're using MCMMO stats) then the leftover weapon in the second (If your best weapon is an axe, a sword would be the next slot, as for the other way around). You should bring a bow along too, but keep your stash(es) of arrows in your non-active inventory.
If you're willing to use potions, keep a Splash Pot of Poison so you can hurl it at the enemy at the start and let it gradually work on them through the battle. When you are cut down to around half hearts damage, drink a regeneration potion, or use a splash potion of one for it to be quicker. (Note: Make sure your opponent is out of the splash range. Giving them regeneration would be pointless, so quickly run out a few blocks, throw the pot a few paces in front of your and sprint into its range as it lands. Same works for Strength, Speed and Health)
Individually, I don't think Slowness is worth the brewing, as it can only be a I if it is a splash. Instant Damage II Splashes are great to finish the battle, but they are also risky and dangerous. Timing is essential for these potions, but making sure you are far enough out of range is also good. You overally need to slow your target down for it to land guaranteeably (chase them in to water or poison/burn them when they run), so I guess throwing one straight after a Slowness could make a good combination. (Note: One Instant Damage Splash II can minus five hearts from a full iron-armoured player!)
Another Key Item is a Milk Bucket. Why? It completely rids the effect of any potion. If your opponent threw Poison, Weakness, etc. at you, you could make it useless. Milk is easy to gain, just have a cow round handy and three iron for a bucket. It doesn't always necessarily have to be in your active inventory though - only use when desperate, it's not worth taking spaces up. (Note: Milk will also unfortunately wash positive effects away too :/ . But still bring it.)
In terms of armour, I like using iron for the casual PvP (with a diamond sword, of course). Unless desperate, angry, or doing it for a material purpose, I use diamond, but it is also a risk for losing that gained, precious item. It is much stronger though, which can be the upper hand, and combined with a strength potion, it is near-invincible.
(I also like to low-level enchant iron armour, at around 5 - 15, for example gaining me enchants such as Prot I, II, Projectile Prot I, II, III, Respiration I, II, Fire Prot I, II and many more things like that.)
Fists should be another slot. Either if you have high Unarmed (MCMMO) or you are using Invisibilty Potion for it to work better.
Enderpearls are vital to PvP. In last minute escape, they can save all your loot, and you can also throw them to get back to your enemy in terms of knockback etc. A great, laughable method is to have your enemy chase you, turn around and hurl an enderpearl as far as it can go over their head. Chances are they won't see it, and since they take time to land, you can keep running in the opposite direction of the pearl - your victim still chasing you - and then suddenly teleport 30 blocks away to have your pursuer standing where they last saw you dumbfounded.
A great enchant combination is Fire Aspect and Knockback (preferably knockback II for extra effect). You can send the target flying back several blocks, whilst applying Fire Burns and inflicting DoT [Damage over Time].
Sharpness is good too, although I found it sometimes just... never worked. Seeing blue flecks of triangles and diamonds flying from my victim and yet never seeing them get hurt is so frustrating, even though they are at least one block away from you.
Sharpness and Knockback work well for a desperate escape, though. You can hurt your enemy and take time to run too. Sharpness and Fire Aspect are great attacking combos, dealing ferocious damage and leaving your target with DoT.
That's all for now, might post some more if I have some ideas or new knowledge.
Make sure you have / do
Jump up when attacking to preform a critical attack
Have decent armour / weapons before engaging
Potions of harming (Splash form)
Potions of healing (drink form)
Food for hunger
These are basically the rules to pvp if you want to have a fighting chance (Try assassinating someone from a distance with an enchanted bow when in a fight)
1. Strafing(running around your enemy) helps you get hits in without getting hurt as much. Jump and attack as much as you can to critical hit them, or block-hit to take half as much damage as you would by just hitting, but it slows you down in a chase or can let the enemy flee as you hit them.
2. Know your enemy, because you have to know their armor or sword enchants, or if they fight fair. Have you ever seen them say to someone, "Let's 1v1, no one will jump in.", but he could also msg people and telling them to jump in. If they hack, you might wanna stay out of a fight with them.
3. Sneak attacks can get you a ton of hits and they won't even realize it, It can be very helpful in a battle zone near a bunch of trees, where you can easily hide.
4. Be sure to have food with you on the attack, or you won't regenerate health as you fight, this can save you a few times.
5. Bring wolves (optional) to fight with you, they can deal damage, but not much if the guy has diamond armor, be prepared to lose your wolves (maybe not all.).
6. If you are going to charge them, do it fast, with a speed potions( read the potions section), it can get you the first hit, and first hits can save you by a half heart, if it's the kind of battle where each of you keeps getting one hit at a time.
Minecraft PvP Tips: Armor
1. Always bring armor to the fight. Bring diamond armor to put up a tough longer fight, iron armor to slip pass without being much of a target or enemy, or just act as a noob in need, this faking can get you items and when they REALLY trust you, while they aren't looking, just jump them and they'll be unprepared to fight back. Be ready for things messaging you saying "WTF" "Why did you do that?"
Simply don't answer.
2. Have enchanted armor that has protection IV to keep you alive. Add unbreaking III if you have 1.4.6 or 1.4.7.!
Minecraft PvP Tips: Swords and Bows
1. ALWAYS, ALWAYS have a good sword to fight with, for you might not be able to fight at all, keep the sword #1 in your hotbar.
2. Enchant your sword with Sharpness Iv or V, It does a lot of damage, add knockback II to send them back so they can't get a hit on you, add Fire Aspect II so the fire lasts long and hurts them whilst they are knocked back. The disadvantage of knockback is that your enemy has time to organize their inventory.
3. Don't let your sword drop by not pressing Q or you're screwed.
4.Have a bow with you to keep enemies back for a moment of hitting you.
5. Enchant a bow with Infinity I and Power V. Flame I is unneeded, but can increase the results, like burning to death.
Minecraft PvP Tips: Items to have in your hotbar
4.Potion of Instant Health II
5. Potion Of Instant Health II
6. Poison Splash Potion
7. Non-Enchanted Golden Apples
8. (for mcMMO) Axe (Or for problems like your sword breaking.)
Minecraft PvP Tips: Potions
Be ready with the following list of potions:
1. Swiftness II ( Speeds you up a ton.)
2. Instant Health II x2 (Heals you by like 6 hearts.)
3. Splash Poison (Helps kill your enemy, like fire)
4. Fire Resistance (No water, so this'll help.)
5. Strenght II (Does 1 more heart of damage.)
6. Instant Damage II (Ignores armor and does 6 hearts of damage :o)
Minecraft PvP Tips: Battle Zones
Have a trap set up.
Have water near you, in-case of Fire Aspect or Flame.
Have a bucket and a cow, for milk.
Have some tricky parkour blocks.
Have some trees to hide behind.
Have a High Point/Ground.
What I do is I don't fight until I got my sword, bow and armor with the some of the best enchantments (If your playing normally, not like kit pvp). But how I fight in pvp is I left and right click while jumping! So you do a critical attack while blocking!
Ok so when your getting into minecraft pvp you got to be alert and ready here is the essentials:
- Always have a few Healing, Fire Resistance, Strength, Speed, Regeneration and if possible a few Poision and Instant Damge potions
- Always have your foodbar topped up so this can help with the regen time and sprinting if things get ugly
- Enchantments - You have to have enchanted armor and sword because if your opponent has enchantments and you dont your completely stuffed
- Actual pvp tip try to get behind them and you need to block and attack at the same time also jumping can do criticals doing that bit more damage can save your life so i would really advise you do that
- When you get chased its the time for the Speed Potion, run and dont look back until your clear and even then a punch bow can come in handy
1) Get better gear than the other guy.
2) Get the first strike (usually by stealth: sneak up on them, then kill them).
3) Congratulations, you have discovered how to fight.
If you're playing a server that automatically gives you gear (e.g. the PVP-based minigames on MCorigins) then there IS some more strategy involved since you can't rely on gear and it's easier to rely on structures for a more advantageous battleground (since there'll probably be a prebuilt map) but in SMP just try to get the best gear possible and sneak up on your foe.
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