Okay so let me start by saying, I got this idea from two things, one wanting to try some new MC challenges and two, from Elijah87's post from a few years back listing many challenges (all of which will be listed here) which can be found here: http://www.minecraft...hallenges-list/
All of the challenges below have been found on the internet, feel free to try them all out, and if you have a challenge you've made or come across that is not listed, please do comment so I can add it, as I plan to update this frequently! Some of these challenges you can do just by making a new world on your own, others require maps to be downloaded, and some require specific seeds that will have the version printed next to them. Also you will find a small description underneath the links to each, these are taken straight from the challenge it's linked to unless marked with an " * " (asterisk).
Leochick123's Compilation of Minecraft Challenges!
Current Total: 46 random world challenges, 1 seeded challenge, 10 map challenges
In this section, you will find only challenges that you can do just by creating a new world, no downloads required!
1. Nuclear Apocalypse-
Congratulations! You survived the blast! Unfortunately, the world is an unfriendly place now, and there are new challenges to overcome. This is your guide, and hopefully you will survive whatever problems inevitably arise. Good luck, Survivor!
2. The Tree Spirit-
In this challenge you take on the role of a trees very essence. You will become a dryad, a tree spirit, a tree's soul, the God in the tree. It has many names, but common to them all is this: They can never leave the tree, and if one of them dies, so does the other. And just as a tree's reach is limited by the height of it's branches and it's length of it's roots, so is a tree spirit limited. You will become an extension of the tree, just as it becomes an extension of you. The spirit will direct the growth of the tree, digging roots to valuable minerals and precious water, branching out to bask in the sun.
3. 10,000 BN Challenge-
The year is 10,000 BN (Before Notch). You are a simple human leader, whose species is experiencing a burst of intelligence never before seen in this world. You have the brains, now it's time to rise against the wild and take your place in this struggle for survival!
4. Sub-Terra Challenge-
The Overworld has been bathed in demonic beings, led by the infamous Herobrine. The only place left to go are the dark caves and lava-filled tunnels of the Underworld. Though, if one is prepared, he or she may prevail, and create light in the darkest of places.
5. The Underwater Home-
The main point of this challenge is to survive with nothing else but what you brought with you, and what you find in your home. Once you find yourself underwater, and in an air pocket (Man made or natural) the challenge truly begins. But beforehand, You have one day to gather all the resources you need, and keep in mind, that after this day you are not allowed to rise to the surface again to gather more materials. Keep in mind that you CAN leave your air pocket, so long as you dont rise up for air!
6. Insomnia Challenge-
*Can you survive the world of minecraft on no sleep during all hours of the day and night? Test your survival skills in this challenge to find out.
7. The Water Spirit Challenge-
Ahh yes, the great water spirits what a powerful nation they were nobody really knows where they went or why but now they are coming back. Coming with their full power to reshape the land and conquer the oceans. With their advanced aqua tools, aqua armor, and brilliant minds they will once again become the most powerful nation ever known.
8. The Mercenary Challenge-
You wake up to find yourself in a strange and dangerous world. After many terrifying days of travel, you find a small village where you take shelter. Since you have no way to make a living, you decide to earn your keep the only way you know how... as a sword for hire.
9. Hell Survival Challenge-
*Can you survive a night in the depths of hell? What about for the rest of your life? With mini-tasks to complete, it is up to you to not only survive in the Nether but to thrive and make it your own world.
10. The Hobo Challenge-
So basically, after you have started a new adventure and have settled down in a house and have been acquainted with yourself, you go bankrupt. You need to leave ALL of your possessions behind in your house, and must traverse out from it.
11. The Survivalist Challenge-
*Have you ever wanted to live like a restricted nomad? Now's your chance! It is your challenge to relocate constantly with minimal supplies and survive as long as you can.
12. Treetops Challenge-
Damien was travelling the woods when a zombie attacked him from behind. Damien got away and decided he needed to get somewhere mobs couldn't get him. Ding! He thought of building his homes in the trees. Ding! Then he thought of building an entire town within the treetops. He started by building pathways from tree to tree and then built some homes. Your challenge is to take on Damien's idea and do it for yourself.
13. Underworld Survival Challenge-
*Do you think you have what it takes to live in the Underworld? Can you tough it out in this survival challenge? If you think your up to it, why not give it a go?
14. The Un-Named Challenge-
*Think you're hardcore? Think you could play Minecraft in your sleep? Well then try this challenge on for size. You move every night and can only have what you can carry with you, no chests. Have fun with this one!
15. Broken Leg Challenge- You suddenly find yourself falling, and with no way to slow your descent, you slam into the ground with a sharp *CRACK*. You're in an unknown land with no tools, no supplies, and a broken leg. This gonna be a long day.
16. The Dwarven Heartstone-
Being one of the people of the earth, you always felt a close connection to the hard, stable stones of the earth. So the day you were banished from the mines was an especially shocking one. Being caught touching the heart stone... Such a disgrace. But who could ever resist the siren call? But that is the past. This is the present. Determined to be the best dwarf possible, you decided to build your own mine instead of letting yourself perish in the elements. Picking yourself up, you set out to put your soul into a heartstone so that you could stay alive if you somehow died.
17. The Lighting Challenge-
Basically, you're this guy with a problem with the dark. One day, a creeper spawned under your bed, and you've placed light in every conceivable location ever since. You're paranoid and have scotophobia. (Fear of darkness)
18. The Toad Challenge-
Once upon a time, some group of inhumane mad scientists zapped you and turned you into a toad. Well, that's not too bad, right?
Wrong. They put you in a place where you punch trees, exploding green THINGS blow up when they are close to you, and the world is cubical.
However, you have retained human characteristics, and may be able to thrive.
As you are teleported in, you realize life is going to be near impossible to live...
19. The Minehenge Challenge-
To outline the challenge basically before going into detail, the idea is, you will want to build a "Minehenge," a semi-large stone monument. This will serve as your home. By day, you may travel as you please, but come night, and you cannot leave your Minehenge. It is your job to protect it, and expand its power. You can do this by using Minehenge Extensions. As long as these are connected to the Minehenge by redstone dust, you may travel anywhere within sight of it at night, without needing to go to the Minehenge. If you can Build a Pyre, you can then begin to construct another Minehenge, but it must be connected to another Minehenge or an Extension. For every Minehenge besides the original, there must also be a pyre.
20. Valdark's Challenge-
*I can't even think of anything witty to introduce or describe this challenge, it's the most brutal I think I've seen thus far, but hey if that's your thing, give it a go!
21. Eco-Friendly Challenge-
*Do you care about the environment? Ever thought about how you usually just barrel through your world, destroying whatever you want for your own selfish needs? Well now let's try righting that wrong and trying out this challenge.
23. Advance Through The Ages-
You wake up in a strange world and all you know is how to make wooden tools. But you learn quickly because in your normal life you a genius. You begin to explore. LET THE CHALLENGE BEGIN.
24. No-Weapons Challenge-
*Do you think you could survive without using any weapons whatsoever? What about in hardcore mode? Test your Chuck Norris like skills in this extreme challenge.
26. The Zoo Challenge- Steve has decided that the NPCs of Minecraftia need to see all kinds of mobs to farm & protect themselves from attack. You Must Create a zoo to near, in, or on an NPC village to start off. Each achievement is worth a different amount of points.
27. The Story of Minecraft-
*Follow the story and see if you can beat the challenges that lie ahead in this strange new world.
28. The Animal Hoarder Challenge-
Minecraft steve has developed a severe animal obsession. He believes it is his duty from notch to hoard and protect animals no matter what the cost. The piggehs and moo-moos need your help!
30. The Vampire Challenge- You have been bitten by a vampire. You have one day before you become a full vampire. You lost all your materials when you were attacked, use your time to get as many aboveground materials as possible.
31. The Werewolf Challenge-
*Do you think you have what it takes to endure the harsh life of being a werewolf, well get ready because it's happening and you can't stop it.
32. The Way of The Hunter-
Hunters used to live dotted around the wilds of the lands, using their own means of survival to find food and prosper. Their solitary lifestyle meant that they needed very little of an income, and could focus more on the day by day task of finding, killing and preparing food. This was no easy game for them. In the wild they could come across a venomous snake or vicious bear, and when faced with danger they would have to defend themselves... or pay dearly. Your father grew up hunting for himself and his family, as did his father before that, and as soon as you became old enough, he taught you the ropes as well. Since then you've sharpened your senses and heightened your skills, and now your just as good of a hunter as your father. But one day you awake to find your him missing, and a note.
33. The Vegetarian Challenge-
*Ever tried being a vegetarian but that bacon was just too tempting? Well now you can try your hand at it in Minecraft, who knows maybe you can actually do it here! Veg on!
34. Retaking The Surface- Nuclear War, Apocalypse, Judgement Day, or whatever else pleases you has happened and there are few who survived. All you have in your pocket 4 seeds, 1 sapling, and 4 logs and you find yourself underground away from the toxic, hazardous surface where Zombies and Skeletons roam. You'll never see daylight again. Unless...
35. No Crafting Table Challenge-
*Do you think you can figure out a way to win the game without being able to craft all of your tools? Well it's certainly worth a shot now isn't?
36. The One Tool Challenge-
*Do you have what it takes to survive and conquer with the use of only one type of tool? Now's your chance to find out!
37. Quest to Defeat The Wither- (suggested by VampArcher)
The Wither is your sworn enemy, you are on quest to kill the Wither. You have nothing, just a fool sitting in a field. At night the monsters will come out looking for prey and you will be an easy target for them. You are going to need a shelter of some sort; not just a little shack, a fortress would be a good idea. So you set off to collect resources and build a fortress, store up food, get good gear and take the Wither down.
38. Relighting the Portal Challenge-(suggested by VampArcher)
Falling through a nether portal, you are trying to get back through it when a Ghast fireballs it into oblivion. Stuck with only limited supplies, you have to find the resources to relight it, and hopefully not die too much in the process.
39. Evolution Challenge-(suggested by VampArcher)
*Work your way through the stages of evolution and beat the game, do you think you can handle starting out as nothing but a caveman with limited tools? You'll never unless you ugga-- er try rather.
40. Fantasy City Challenge-
*This is a fun challenge with many different ways to play and win, with stages throughout the game, it's definitely worth trying.
41. The Way of the Bow Challenge-
You lie in the fertile, blocky earth, you feel yourself phasing out of a dream. You don't know where you are, you admire the odd world you have founded. You've practiced the art of archery as long as you can remember. It's you only means to defend yourself from the dangers of this new world. Will you claim it or will the monsters claim you? You definitely aren't at home anymore.
42. The Lucky Block Challenge- (mod required, v 1.7.2 only)
*Test your luck and hope for the best in this luck based challenge. Can you score high with nothing but what chance just so happens to allow you?
43. Minecraft Ultimate Challenge-
*Is Minecraft just not challenging enough for you? Do you want almost guaranteed hardship and death? Then this is the challenge for you, go have fun and die a bunch!
44. The Castle Build Challenge-
You awaken in a strange and wonderful land with no memory of how you got there. You realize that the place you first opened your eyes has some sort of mystical power, power strong enough to draw you back to it whenever you are at the gates of death. Though you do not understand the power of that one special spot, you decide to protect it and honor it as hallowed ground for all the times it has saved you from being lost forever to the void. And so, with only the strength of your hands and the sense of purpose in your heart, you set out to construct the ultimate fortification around your spawn and thus create the heart of your future empire.
45. The Flip Challenge-
*Getting all those Minecraft achievements way too easily? Well how about trying to get them all and beat the game while being upside down? Think you can do it? ¿uǝɥʇ ʍou ob ɐ ʇı ǝʌıb ʇou ʎɥʍ
46. Ultimate Pack Survival Challenge-
You are exiled from your former city, Eldoria (Sound Familiar?), and forced to live in the wild. You must use your brain-power and strength to pull through and make a city!
Seeded Challenges- (the following challenges either have seeds included that you must use or you must look up a seed for a specific biome)
1. The Mold Challenge-
You´re playing as the "brain" of a mold, so you´re only allowed to move on your mycelium and it is your aim to spread the mycelium over all biomes around the mushroom biome you live in. You have start a new world for this challenge, so you can´t gather resources or experience. The challenge starts with your first step on a mycelium block, after that you´re not allowed to leave it. You´re allowed to punch ONE tree before the challenge starts!
In this section, you will find only challenges that you must download a map for. As of right now, these should all be compatible with 1.7.x, and will be updated when 1.8 is released fully.
1. The End of Skyblock-
The classic Skyblock map is one of the most popular survival maps in Minecraft history, but did you know it was last updated over 2.5 years ago? When the latest release was Minecraft Beta 1.8?? What if you could keep everything that made Skyblock great, and add some of the best parts from later Minecraft versions? Would you like to fight the Ender Dragon, or assemble a Wither? What could you do with potions or villager trades? What if you had new biomes or new trees? How about completely revamped and updated challenges?
2. The Dark Ages Adventure-
*Go on quests in this fantasy world designed to test your limits. Can you make it all the way through?
3. The Hunt for the Sky Gardens Adventure-
You are an adventurer, making a living from finding mythical places, and "selling" the location of it, to the people who want to reveal it to the public. Your current task for yourself is to find the legendary myth place, the Sky Gardens! You’re hot on the hunt for it, but the Sky Gardens isn't the only thing being hunted. You are also being hunted. By ghosts. Except you don't know that. Yet. You had wandered into this huge mansion, looking for the Sky Gardens, but now you are locked in, without an exit out, and the Sky Gardens somewhere near, and ghosts everywhere. Will you find the Sky Gardens? Will you even make it out alive!?
You start off in Barnett College (The Hub) where you can play through the levels (8 in all, two for each movie), jump through fun mini-games (4 in all), visit the Shop, discover Side-Quest's (friends of Indiana ask you to help them find what they're missing, in the levels), search for Magic Eyes (You'll need them to beat the Bonus Level), and more!
5. Vechs' Super Hostile CTM Series-
Have you ever been playing Minecraft and said to yourself "Man, I wish this could be harder... I haven't died nearly enough today."? In the spirit of I Wanna Be the Guy and Kaizo Mario World, these game maps will be very difficult. It could be low amounts of a critical resource, or deviously placed monster spawners, traps, or just general meanness on my part, I want to take the normal Minecraft experience and really put pressure on the player.
6. Waka Islands-
WELCOME TO WAKA ISLANDS! These islands aren't the average floating islands you are used to. There are secrets to these islands, the only question is what. Oh wait, there's something else. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE OR WHY YOU'RE HERE! These questions you must figure out for yourself, but it won't be as easy as it sounds....
7. Mystery of the Ores-
*Can you solve the puzzles to figure out the mystery of the ores? If you think you have what it takes, try it out now.
8. The Mysterious World-
The legendary heroes forced to enter the mysterious world, But only 1 survived and the others are missing or Dead. For now, you need to find the missing heroes and save them to the mysterious world!
9. Colorful Chasms-
*Find all the pieces to complete the monument to beat the game, do you think you handle it?
10. Adventure Time: Return to the Night O' Sphere-
*Ever wanted to actually be in the Land of Ooo? Run away being awesome like Finn and Jake? Well now you can! It's up to you to return to the Night O' Sphere and save the citizens of the Land of Ooo
If you would like me to add a challenge, make sure it has a link to rules and information, preferably on this site, if you don't want to make the post for it or don't know how, if you give me permission, I will post it on my account here and give you full credit as well as add it to this list with a link to the post I made.
So, I have a challenge that I thought of. Would I post it here?
The Narcissus Challenge:
Named after the greek legend of a man that could stop looking at his reflection, this challenge forces you to play the game while facing yourself! (Press F5 twice)
Sounds like a fun challenge to me, I may have to try it actually, but to add it, make a post about it so I can link the post in the name of the challenge Maybe make some other rules like having to have a certain number of flowers (due to the flowers named after the myth) or possibly having to pick up every flower the player comes across within a certain block range, or maybe having to find and stay close to a body of water at all times but they can have a bucket of water with them to travel. It's your challenge man, take it and run with it, then make a post and I will gladly include it!
This was greatly needed. You may want to add/update some of the challenges from the original list.
Well I added all of the challenges from the original to begin with that didn't require seeds and was only able to add in one as of now, because they don't provide a specific seed. I'm always trying to add more though and I'm glad you found this helpful