Our Best Ways to get XP in Minecraft Guide walks you through some of the most common methods to gain experience in the game! These are options that do not utilize glitches, but work within the rules of standard survival gameplay. If you want to enchant or repair your items, you're going to have to have a reliable way to gain XP!
What Does XP Do?
Experience is largely used for enchanting, which can be used to add additional properties to your armor, tools, and weaponry. You can also use XP at anvils, which is used to repair and upgrade all of the previously mentioned items. Enchanting requires the most experience, and it also requires you to be high of level to get the maximum enchant. If you're wanting to really max out all of your items and what not, you're going to have to farm up some XP.
Best Ways to Get XP in Minecraft
Here are some of the current best ways to gain XP in the game. Some of these ways can be a bit dangerous, so be sure to pick the option that best suits your style of play.
This is probably one of the easiest and safest ways to farm up XP in Minecraft. However, you will need to prep a bit by creating some Wheat and vegetable farms to have enough food to breed all of the necessary animals.
Once you've got your vegetable and Wheat farm producing, you'll need lure over at least two of each of the following animals to your base: Cows, Sheeps, Pig, and Chickens. You can use the foods listed below to lure the animals. Craft a bunch of fencing and make a square area for each animal type (with a gate), probably something like 15x15 or larger. Once you've got that done, you can start the breeding process. Each animal requires a different food to breed, here's a list of what you'll need:
- Chickens: Seeds (Wheat, Beetroot, Melon, or Pumpkin)
- Cows: Wheat
- Pigs: Carrots, Potatoes, or Beetroots
- Sheeps: Wheat
Go around to each of your four different pens and breed the animals. This will start to gain you the XP you are looking for, but it will be a bit slow at first. Once you've done all four, go around and do them again and repeat this process until you receive a message that the animals can no longer breed. When you receive that message, you need to go around to all of the pens and kill the adult animals that can no longer breed. This also gets you some additional experience! Now, you'll have to wait a bit for the baby animals to become adults. Once they do, you repeat the exact same process you did before, only this time there will be more animals and you should gain even more XP. Keep on repeating this until you have all of the required experience that you need!
Mine Nether Quartz
This is obviously going to be a bit of a dangerous endeavor because you'll have to head into the Nether. If you've got the stomach for it, this is one of the fastest ways to get experience. Once you enter the Nether, look around for blocks like the ones depicted in the image above. That's Nether Quartz and mining it yields a lot of XP. There's quite a bit of it to be found, so harvest as much as you can and try to stay safe. Always mark your path when you are running around in the Nether because it's easy to get lost.
This is another Nether farm, but it's a solid way to gain some more XP. Find yourself a bunch of the Pigmen that make a home in the Nether. They are passive at first, but if you attack one, they'll all go after you! An easy way to avoid being killed yourself is to just stack up at least three blocks under you. You can reach them with your sword, but they can't reach you! Shoot one with your bow to start them attacking you, and then slash away at the Pigmen until they are all dead. You might want to bring a lot of extra swords if you don't have a good diamond one.
You could view this as a glitch, so I would understand if you didn't want to pursue this method. However, it's a very good way to get a ton of experience very quickly. The problem is that you'll have to build a somewhat complicated contraption to take advantage of it. You'll also need to have been to The End and defeated the Ender Dragon. If you've fulfilled those requirements, you can watch the following video to create the farm.
Monster Spawner Farm
If you haven't gotten to The End yet, then you can do a monster spawner farm. You will need to locate a monster spawning block, but once you do, you can build around it and make a pretty powerful xp farmer. This takes a fair amount of time to build, but it's worth it if you are going through a ton of experience when enchanting.