Minecraft Challenge Races are a staple of the crafting game maker community. It’s not generally what we’d call a violent game, but you end up killing a surprising number of enemies in a normal game – whether it’s zombies that bother you at first, item farming of creatures in the Nether, or just slaying the Ender Dragon – and so a pacifist game is trickier than you might think. You enact a lot of violence without ever really planning it.
You do not have to have however, and we know this now because of SwitchBackMongo, a Minecraft YouTuber who plays mostly Hardcore. SwitchBackMongo decided the cycle of violence had to end and embarked on a journey to beat the game without killing any Minecraft monsters. Well, mostly. They technically didn’t kill anythingbut the explosive beds – that’s right – they used around the Ender Dragon certainly did.
Anyone who has ever played Minecraft will know that if you search for resources, you end up having to defend yourself. When you’re deep in the overworld’s crust, skeletons, spiders, and creepers will all try to find and kill you, so avoiding them is a pretty daunting effort. Even just grabbing iron can get you into a fight or, you know, get killed. Remember, this is Hardcore, so death is not an option.
For SwitchBackMongo, the real sticking point was the Nether. Specifically, it was an enemy called Blaze, which is the only source of Blaze Rods in the game. It is an essential ingredient in crafting the Eye of Ender, which leads to The End , making Blazes one of only two enemies that must die to “finish” Minecraft. But does that mean you need to kill them?
SwitchBackMongo tries a few methods to deal with them in the video, including watching an Iron Golem decimate fifty Blazes without drops, before heading to Google like many of us for an answer. Luckily, wolves truly are man’s best friends, and they got the job done.
The whole run is fun to watch as it’s a brand new endeavor for the prolific Minecraft YouTuber, so they’re not 100% sure how to go about it. It’s rare to see a challenge run that hasn’t already been mastered, especially in a game that’s been around as long as Minecraft.
In other awesome Minecraft races, a group of players managed to complete the game in under two minutes, and another player decided to capture the ender dragon instead of killing it. While you’re here, check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds to find glorious worlds for your next game.