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What's in the cave?

The underground tunnels of Minecraft have been compared to System Shock 2 due to their complete isolation, the darkness, and the mindless polygonal Body Horrors. And there's still more to it.note 

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  • The guardians appear to be some sort of prismarine golem, but are impossible to construct by any player. What kind of being could have created these monsters?
  • The medieval designs of the underwater ruins (coupled with the prospect of how they even got submerged in the first place) really emphasizes just how old these structures are. Now take the drowned into account. They witnessed the fall of a prosperous kingdom, and now sunken with it on the ocean floor, are cursed to haunt it forever beneath the waves.
  • Spectator Mode. A mode that allows you to fly through blocks. You can even fly underground! Just don't look at yourself too closely in the inventory...explanation 
  • One of the more strange features of the game is that ambient sounds play when the player finds - or is just somewhat close to - a very dark area. Try listening to all 13 tracks if you dare.
    • Try exploring a deep cave with all of the sound turned on without getting paranoid.
      • If you don't think that's fun enough, try unwittingly building your base right on top of a cave system. You get all the foreboding noises without having to leave the comfort of your own home! Sweet dreams!
  • In the early noob phase of the player, when they're still getting used to the the game, they might build a skylight. If that happens, it is likely they will see a spider step onto it every time they walk by. Then they realize it's tracking their movements from the roof, and will be right above them when they leave their base in the morning.
  • When you wake up, you know that there are Creepers outside in the morning, but not where they may be.
  • Hearing a monster noise out of nowhere, but not knowing where (again).
  • The range at which you can hear a mob is 16 blocks. Now realize the range at which a mob can sense you is 16 blocks; this means that if you can hear it it can find you, and if it finds you you are probably 5 seconds away from being mobbed by zombies. This can make anyone paranoid of noises in Minecraft.
    • As of Minecraft 1.6, zombies can see you from a much greater distance that 16 blocks. They can see you and start coming for you before you can even hear them.
  • You've just used up most of your tools, and it's getting dark out. You've only a few torches left (perhaps none if you went full out) as you're running from the cave you just finished excavating, and the sky is getting very dark, so you're making a bee-line for the camp/lodging you made yourself... and all too late do you fall down that nearly bottomless pit that is a vertical drop into complete darkness.
  • Before an update disallowed you from sleeping if there are monsters nearby, if you are foolish enough to go to bed where monsters can get you, you'll doze off and go to sleep... only to be immediately woken up by a monster right beside you.
  • Carefully exploring a new branch of this massive cave... around a corner... TWANG! Skeleton shoots you from behind.
  • So you're wandering around in the daytime, minding your own business, looking around for enemies, and getting resources. Then you hear the dreaded hiss of a Creeper.
    • Even worse if you're in Hardcore mode (see below).
    • Imagine this: it's your first time playing Minecraft. You're running around a happy, bright field, looking for some trees to get some wood from, when you suddenly step over the edge of a deep gorge you had no idea existed until a few moments ago and fall in. Taking a look around, you find no discernible exit and a Creeper lurking in an alcove, staring directly at you and doing absolutely nothing - waiting for you to pass by so it can spring out and blow you up. Somewhere, out there, a Creeper is plotting to kill you
  • Creepers hit by lightning turn into power creepers, which are not only scarier, but are also more powerful.
    • The Minecraft Wiki's advice for dealing with one? "Run."
  • You are alone in this massive world save for animals, zombies, skeletons, and whatever the hell Creepers are. What happened to everyone?note 
    • A later patch added villagers for towns.
      • For a lot of players villagers aren't much of a comfort considering they look nothing like you. Unlike zombies.
    • Silverfish, usually found in Strongholds can also be found in random stone 'monster eggs' throughout the world. Imagine you're mining out to make an underground house, and you break a block with them in it. Enjoy the rush.
  • Abandoned Mineshafts. They're deep underground, dark and lonely. Part of them become labyrinth-like and easy to get lost in, while hearing the sounds of skeletons, zombies and spiders, regular and cave spiders clashing against dead silence (except for the occasional ambience)
    • Something about their construction is really unsettling too. Cart rails frequently disappear over the edge of what appear to be vertical shafts, except unlike in an actual mine, they don't have a clearly defined top or bottom. Just wooden pillars looming up and dropping away into the darkness...
  • The Beta 1.9 prerelease introduced a lot of new music discs. Most of these are pretty innocent. All except one, which is simply titled "11". For one thing, it seems to be cracked and broken. For another, it doesn't play music (well, not a lot of music). It plays the sounds of somebody sprinting through stone, dirt, and gravel, stopping to take a breath before running for their lives from something that makes either a barking or roaring sound. Then it suddenly cuts out.
    • For those interested, a rough play-by-play.
    • Music Disc "13". On the outside, it looks like a normal music disc. When you play it however, you are treated to some creepy ambiance while strange noises are heard in the background. Like "11", it ends abruptly.
  • From the ending sequence;
  • If you jump from a large height in 1.0, you can literally hear your bones crack as you hit the ground.
    • Thankfully, by 1.4, it's now just a *thump* when you take fall damage.
  • Notch might have something really scary going on with the number 11. Disc 11 is scary as hell, Endermen are the 11th mob added, and Herobrine has been removed 11 times. Plus, Minecraft 1.0 was going to be released on 11/11/11. note 
    • And 1.1 was the only update that didn't list Herobrine as "removed" since he was first "removed". 1.1 minus a "." equals.. 11.
  • Hardcore mode. Imagine not only getting unluckily owned by a creeper or some other horrid abomination...but also having all your hard work taken away from you. This basically means you will seriously have to survive to the best of your abilities, and take almost zero risks for some time. For once you die... Game Over...
    You cannot respawn in hardcore mode!
    (Delete world)
    • However, from 1.9 onwards, you are now given the opportunity to respawn in spectator mode to view the final state of the world as you left it when you were killed. It gives you a very uneasy feeling to look at all your hard work one last time, and you simply cannot help but wonder what potential there still was. Whether you accept this opportunity or not, your save file still gets deleted once you leave the world.
  • You can write in books if you make a quill to go along with it. If you're playing in multiplayer with some people who has a sick sense of humour, you may come across a broken house with a diary in a chest full of cobwebs, with the diary going through a man's last few days. If you don't know that this isn't a naturally generated structure it can really freak you out.
  • Chunk errors. A glitch where your world renders incorrectly and you can see a giant hole going through the ground/water/etc. Can be a Good Bad Bug, because it can help you locate mineral deposits and lava flows and so on, but you can walk over it and see Zombies, Creepers, Sheep, NPC's, etc. endlessly falling to their doom. Even when it happens to a monster, it's still pretty creepy.
  • As of Minecraft 1.2, wolves, creepers and zombies have been given path-finding abilities, meaning they can go around lava and other hazards and will stalk you.
  • Underground ravines. There is no good level to enter one from. Enter near the top and you're stuck edging along the narrow ledges and praying you don't screw up and fall, and you might not even bother because all the best ore blocks are near the bottom. Enter near the bottom and every creeper that spawns on one of the aforementioned ledges within a reasonable radius will decide to take a flying leap and come join you. And often the fall isn't enough to kill them.
  • The removed void fog. Now imagine being in a ravine where you can't see anything above you and very little ahead of you. Now realize that enemies see you perfectly in the fog...
  • In version 1.2, the zombies gain the ability break doors in Hard Mode, leaving you unable to sleep unless you have a way to stop them getting to you.. Ready for a surprise visit?
  • Snapshot 12w06a of version 1.2.1 introduced rare drops from some mobs. Zombies have a rare chance to drop Iron things. It's pretty cool, until you realize...that iron may have been the spoils of other miners the Zombies have killed, they themselves are the other miners or it could have something to do with how they died.
    • The drops have since been nerfed, but it still applies as most of the tools have been degraded, implying that the former owner has been dead a long time.
  • Even if you're playing on peaceful, the cave noises can still freak you out. And sometimes updates will reset your settings, and if you forget to put it back on peaceful you can get ambushed by monsters.
  • The acrophobia is strong with this one... seriously. You will discover a fear of hieghts as you move along a narrow ledge over a hundred feet above the cold hard ground below. Even if you don't build really tall structures you're still not safe. All it takes is one misstep in the wrong place and suddenly you're falling to your doom off the side of a mountain, cliff, or hole you just now noticed. It doesn't help that many types of buildings require the player to get near the ledge of something to place blocks...
    • Holding the SHIFT key prevents you from falling, though. Just be sure your finger doesn't slip when you're teetering on the edge of a block...
  • In the 1.3 update, zombie pigmen spawn (albeit rarely) near Nether Portals in the Overworld. Sweet dreams ensue.
  • Villagers have a chance to be infected by zombies.
  • The Water world. note  It's this giant... ocean that is incredibly deep and literally has no end... If you're aquaphobic note  or achluphobic note  then don't go to this world!
    • Speaking of quirks of superflat, the flying Abandoned Mineshafts generated on certain custom superflat conditions can be large. Very large. Very, VERY largenote . Imagine if it were a closed-in cavern like in a normal game, complete with darkness, loss of direction, and hostile enemies, but still that size... You'd be lost in it forever.
  • The 1.4 "Pretty Scary Update" updated the sounds of mobs. By far the worst is the Endermen. If you anger one, they make a horrific mix of a growl and a scream, and it always sounds as if they're right next to you (Which, thanks to their teleporting ability, they probably will be.) Hearing it is bad enough. Hearing it out of nowhere after looking into a pitch-dark cave is pants-wetting.
    • Their "stare" sound. Dear Notch, their "stare" sound. It combines a sinister growl, static, and what sounds like a plane taking off in the most horrifying way possible. Hearing a recording of it is scary enough. Hearing it in-game is terrifying, especially when you aren't expecting it.
    • 1.4 also changed a lot of the mob noises, so the skeleton's noise is now considerably more rattly, and the creepers now have a hiss that's somehow worse. Plus their explosion is even louder.
    • The Witch. While it spawns in witch huts and only rarely at night, it's got terrifying potential, with slowness and poison potions to make fighting it even more difficult, with its 26 hit points. Unfortunately, the opportunity for a Karmic Death is also gone as you can't burn them (they simply drink potions of fire resistance), and you can't drown them (they will drink potions of water breathing). Villagers struck by lightning turn into them.
      • 1.7 has changed it so they no longer spawn just in witch huts. Your already rendered world is no longer safe. They will spawn everywhere, even caves, and don't burn in sunlight (ironically). Making matters worse is that, prior to 1.9, they didn't even make any sounds, so you couldn't even hear them coming until it was too late.
  • In 1.8 (and its snapshots), Ocean Monuments (which is a temple underwater) were added. Special mobs lurk near it, which are simply called "Guardians", and they are potential nightmare fuel. Their appearance looks like something straight out of Eastern Mind, and they attack with a beam that deals 4.5 whole hearts of damage on Hard Mode, and 3 on Normal mode alone, as well as a thorn attack. It doesn't help there's an Elder version of the guardian, which seeks a player within 60 blocks of them, and gives them Mining Fatigue 3, with a ghostly image of its face accompanying it. The ghostly image will appear while exploring the monuments as well.
  • Mob Farms. You can set things up to spawn in such a way that you can gain a lot of materials/XP from dead mobs. While many of these creatures are inherently hostile, some, like Zombie Pigmen, are neutral, and yet you can set up a Rube Goldberg device of doom to murder them in vast quantities.
  • 1.9 added something called a "Skeleton Trap." Approaching a horse will occasionally cause the animal to be struck by lightning, summoning the Minecraft world's take on the Horsemen of the Apocalypse note . And considering this could happen at any moment, Paranoia Fuel is created.
  • 1.9 also added igloos, which can randomly spawn in snowy areas. On their own, they are quite cozy little places, complete with beds, furnaces, crafting tables, and even carpets - however, destroy the carpet and you may find a trapdoor, which leads to a hidden basement beneath the ground. In the basement you'll find two cages, one housing a zombified villager and one housing a healthy one, as well as brewing supplies. What are they doing there, and what happened to whoever locked them down there?
  • 1.11 adds the Woodland Mansions, large houses which are the homes of the so-called "Illagers". the Vindicator is bad enough, but then there's the Evoker, a strange Necromancer-type mob which spawns weird impish phantoms called Vexes that are almost implacable, and can summon Spikes of Doom tipped with jaws to bite you from the floor.
  • Spiders were scary enough with their abnormal sizes and glowing eyes, but a recent update changed the sounds they make. Now, instead of walking silently, they make a horrible slithering noise that makes your skin crawl.
  • In some versions, thereís a bug that crashes your game, and when you come back everything looks the same. Unless you happen to live near a village. In which case, youíll find as you investigate that all those villagers you happened to be trading or hanging out with are now gone, spirited away, never to be found. Although itís a bug, considering the various supernatural creatures stalking the shadows, it wouldnít be too out of possibility to think they might have had a hand in the population going full Roanoke.

    Creatures and animals 

  • The Endermen are possibly the most terrifying of all Minecraft monster, so much so that they have their own folder below.
  • During your visit at an ocean monument, the Elder Guardian will periodically refresh your Mining Fatigue by popping up on screen and making a loud noise. A cheap Jump Scare that gets you every time.
  • Squids. They're kinda cute. Until you see their mouth (though mercifully, squids are completely harmless).
  • Have you ever come across a giant spider? In Minecraft they are everywhere. With their leg span, they are twice as wide as a human and they all want to kill you.
    • Have you ever found a spider carrying a skeleton? This is called a spider jockey, and is not only faster than a normal skeleton, but can hit you from far away unlike a normal spider. Spiders have a 1% chance of spawning as one of these. They can also appear in spider dungeons.
    • Spiders can climb walls. This includes the side of your house, castle, or tower. They can climb for as long as they want without becoming tired, so they can potentially reach any height if they follow you for long enough. It's not uncommon for them to cluster in large amounts on top of your house. This can be even worse if you have a glass ceiling.
  • Cave spiders are like the generic spiders, but smaller, blueish, and much deadlier. Luckily they only spawn in abandoned mine shafts. Unlike the original spider, they can poison you. Becoming poisoned is not a very common feature in Minecraft. Cave spiders are one of the very few physical forces in the game that are capable of inflicting poison damage on the player. This is a good thing, because getting the Poisoned status effect is one of the best ways to ensure death while in a dangerous situation. When you are poisoned, your health bar turns green and you slowly take damage until the poison runs out, or you are left with the smallest amount of health possible; half a heart. Now consider the fact that a cave spider can do this to you every time it bites. Then when you are no longer strong enough to survive any kind of attack, it can bite you again. Good luck killing the cave spider before it kills you, because they are notoriously hard to hit without getting the first shot.
    • Sometimes a player can have a close scrape with death when being poisoned by a cave spider and then successfully killing it. Most likely they will be left at half a heart. If you end up in this situation and see another cave spider coming towards you, it is already too late.
    • Abandoned mine shafts are filled with cobwebs which are easy to get stuck in; spiders are impervious to them.
    • Why are the mine shafts abandoned? Perhaps the spiders killed all the miners.
    • But then you realize the spiders couldn't possibly have killed all the miners, there had to be surviving miners... But then you realize you're the only human in the world. So if there were surviving miners, where did they go?
  • Zombies used to be one of the very weakest, easily killed monsters in the game. They were a simple and basic enemy with no obvious flair. But they kept being updated to the point where they became a real menace. In Minecraft 1.2, they started breaking down wooden doors and killing Villagers. In Minecraft 1.4, they started wearing armor, holding swords, and turning the Villagers they kill into more zombies. The harshest change came in Minecraft 1.6 when they started doing what zombies do best; swarming and attacking in large numbers. Now they can see you from absurd distances and will start tracking you long before you are aware that they are coming. Zombies can see the player from much further than 16 blocks away. Although it is still easy to kill lone zombies, attacking any zombie is likely to create an increase in the amount of zombies coming after you, especially on harder difficulties.
    • Baby zombies were also added in 1.6. They are much smaller and faster than their adult counterparts, and they do not burn in the sunlight either. But where did juvenile zombies come from?
    • As of 1.10, there is a kind of zombie called a Husk. It bears resemblance to a mummified corpse. The only idle sound it makes is heavy, dry breathing. Worst of all, unlike normal zombies, they don't catch fire in the sun.
    • As of 1.13, there is an underwater variant of zombie called a Drowned. They make a gurgling sound that's a disturbing cross between a Zombie's moan and a choking gurgle as if perpetually drowning, adding to the creepiness factor. Before, you had nothing to fear in the ocean aside from drowning and Guardians; now you have to contend with swarms of undead that swim up from the ocean's many dense kelp forests, making it seem as if they've spawned right on top of you out of nowhere. To make matters worse, they sometimes spawn with tridents, giving them a strong ranged attack (thankfully less accurate than a Skeleton's, but even more painful) that they can use perfectly fine underwater. Even worse? They can spawn at day on the overworld as long as the light level on the seafloor is dark, then rise to attack you at the surface — and they won't burn thanks to being in the water.
  • Silverfish are small, fast critters that might spawn when you destroy a stone block in a Stronghold or in an Extreme Hills biome. They look like some kind of hybrid between a real silverfish and a centipede except a hundred times larger, are hard to hit, and spawn more of their kind out of nearby blocks whenever they are hit.
  • Wolves are cute at first. Then you accidentally hit them, turning them hostile and giving them red eyes.
  • While the 1.6 update was for the most part heartwarming and awesome with the addition of horses, a Dummied Out kind of horse leads to a kind of zombie horse. It can still be spawned in and is reasonably friendly, but looks nightmarish compared to its living counterparts. There's a skeleton version too which can be spawned, where a lone one appears in a thunderstorm — and if approached, will get hit by a lightning bolt and replaced by four skeletons in enchanted armor on four skeleton horses!
  • The Bountiful Update added rabbits, which are typically peaceful. However, there's a very rare chance that they spawn as a (now they no longer spawn) killer rabbit, which are extremely hostile and can deal a pretty great amount of damage. And what's worse is, they even attack dogs! Surprising, considering what they're referencingÖ
  • The way the Shulkers kill you is by levitating you up in the air, so you die of fall damage. Imagine floating up, up, up, knowing that you won't survive the fall when the effects inevitably runs out. To top it off, their projectiles track you.
  • Snapshot 18w07a introduced Phantoms. Saw images of these and assumed they were stingrays per this being the Aquatic Update? You're in for a nasty surprise. They spawn after 3 in-game days without sleeping or dying, become more likely to spawn with each sleepless night, and only spawn at night or during a thunderstorm. They can spawn in packs of up to four, and they are nasty to fight; they're the first hostile Overworld mob that can fly—they start in the air, unreachable by swords, and attack by swooping down and biting you, dealing up to three hearts of damage to an unarmored player on Normal difficulty. You can stop the attack by striking them at the right moment, but you're sword swing is gonna have to be timed perfectly, which is gonna be difficult when you have more then one aiming at you. They also have a "Size" tag, implying that they could spawn in various sizes in the official update, and the largest ones are massive. Fortunately, 18w09a made it so that they despawn come daybreak(and 18w10d made it so that they burn like any other Undead mob instead), as well as removing their previous ability to spawn in The End where you couldn't sleep to keep them at bay.


    The Endermen and The End 

  • Beta 1.8 added the Endermen, a terrifying cross between Slender Man and a Weeping Angel. When you have one in your sights, it looks right at you, opens its mouth, and starts shaking and smoking it keeps shaking even when you pause the game.
    • Wearing a pumpkin as a helmet will keep them peaceful- that is, if you both have a pumpkin and are willing to wear one.
    • Endermen are able to pick up blocks. Nobody said it'll stop them from picking blocks from your house's walls. Remember about it when you wake up with an Enderman right in front of your face. Although in a later update they were nerfed so they can mostly only pick up certain common natural blocks, so you can avoid them making holes in your house. In the Beta version they could make holes in the world itself by moving the indestructible bedrock at the bottom of the map.
      • Endermen are weak to water. Endermen can teleport. It rains in Minecraft. Your house is dry. Although this problem can be avoided by making your living areas only 2 blocks high as Endermen can't fit. Or building a rain shelter around the outside of your house so they will hopefully stay outside. Or by not building a roof, but that leaves you open to spiders if you don't also build an overhang on the walls.
    • Looking an Enderman in the eyes will make them go into an Unstoppable Rage, turning their attention fully to you and hunting you down, while also emitting a noise that sounds like a groan overlaid with static. And considering that they like to Teleport Spam, they are hard to lose when they are on your tail.
  • Putting Endermen in a game? Creepy and a bit challenging, but fairly easy to avoid. Putting Endermen in the same game that already had Creepers? Asking for trouble. For the uninitiated, a savvy player's first reaction to entering a new, dark area is to quickly look around to make sure there's nothing dangerous nearby. But now you're running the risk of accidentally looking at an Enderman that way. Suddenly no strategy is safe anymore...
    • Also applies to exploring underground caves and tunnels. Even if you can't see them in the pitch darkness in front of you, they can see you looking at them and will respond just as aggressively as they normally do.
      • Though their eyes glow in the darkness.
  • The Release Candidate gives the Endermen really weird and creepy sounds. You may want to turn your volume down before you kill one. The new teleport sound is also rather creepy as well.
  • The End. Imagine a world with no stars, no moon or sun, the sky a void made of static noise, no trees, entirely made of a barren, dry stone and weird, obsidian towers. No oceans, no villages, no forms of life besides a throng of Endermen mindlessly walking around until they spot you. On top of that, add in a humongous dragon which can spit corrosive acid, heal itself using enigmatic crystals, and DELETE ANY MATERIAL NOT NATIVE TO THE END BY TOUCHING IT. Once you're inside The End, you HAVE to kill this beast or die to escape. Let's just say that on Hardcore mode, you damn better be carrying enough weaponry and food.
  • The 1.4.2 update gave the Ender Dragon its own sounds; actual dragon-like sounds mixed in with bass undertones. Its' death sound is especially unnerving to say the least.
  • As of the 1.9 update, you can go to the outer islands, which have a warped forest of purple coral-like Chorus Flowers, and occasional tree-like cities filled with hostile mobs disguised as blocks. It's easy to get lost and never find the link to the main island with the only exit to the real world if you don't make a trail.
  • The End also now has its own music. During the boss fight, it's just a weird, strangely calming loop...
    • However, when you go to the main continent, it's fleshed out - It starts out sounding like the song "Minecraft" but heavily distorted, before becoming overwhelmed by a glitchy effect that sounds like your computer crashing. After this, the song turns into ambient tones with occasional bits of the game's soundtrack drifting by, before eventually culminating in a powerful Dark Reprise of the music track "Sweden". Chilling...
  • Itís even scary without the Endermen harassing you for deadly staring contests. Imagine walking around trying to find an End City on peaceful, no monsters there to attack you, but youíre completely alone, with only the darkness of the void and the yellowish end stone to keep you company and with that haunting music track playing right to your ear. Suddenly you donít want to stay so long anymore.

    The Far Lands 
  • The (now gone) Far Lands. If you head an impossibly far distance away from your spawn, the world basically goes batshit insane, creating:
    • Bedrock to sky walls of randomly generated, swiss cheese looking, non-natural in any way formations;
    • Strange, three layered planes, one on top of another:
      • The top, devoid of life, and with most blocks that usually fall (sand, gravel) completely ignoring gravity;
      • The middle pitch black and filled with mobs which, due to the fact that you have more or less stepped into the twilight zone, will spawn at a rate so fast that it is literally impossible to kill them fast enough, and
      • A bottom layer consisting entirely of an ocean filled with squids.
    • And, if you go even farther out, you eventually hit a point where the game stops generating light. Going beyond this (with the help of mods to see) gives you the worst experience off all: nothing.
      • Sheer cliffs all around, with strange, unnatural looking landmarks, and no mobs, trees, or anything to keep you company. Nothing but sand, dirt, and stone.
      • The Minecraft Wiki has some lovely images that show the Far Lands twisting blocks out of shape once you get deep enough in them. For a character used to simple, even square shapes like the Player Character, the Mind Screw is probably quadrupled. Oh, and MCEdit gets distorted by attempting to edit the Far Lands, too - everything related to that region is just pure Nightmare Fuel.
      • Imagine the player traveling from his neatly ordered, ordinary looking home to this nightmarish land of Alien Geometries. As he travels on, not only is the land strange and wild, but once orderly blocks start jittering, warping and stretching, the few trees that he sees oddly misshapen, deserted villages that are abruptly cut off, sand that will not fall until touched, whereupon they will fall in massive landslides. Reality itself is starting to break down. Then, after miles and miles of worsening madness, the world just... ends.
      • Even worse when you realize that, from poor Steve's point of view, the very fabric of reality is unraveling.
      • The "Campfire Tales" skin pack on Pocket Edition includes the "Farlander", who looks like a normal Minecraft human got fused with Missingno., with voxels of her body displaced and floating. And blank white eyes like Herobrine's.
    • Even worse, the Nether also has Far Lands. Take the normal Far Lands, and put it in hell.
      • (Fortunately) dead. Now you get oceans...and oceans...and oceans... oh and you will fall into "fake chunks" and die. Enjoy!
      • Now, there's an animated world border instead of fake chunks.

    The Nether 
  • Ghasts. Imagine big, white, house-sized... Jellyfish-like things, with faces, which have rather pained expressions, and they spit fireballs at you whilst crying. They sound like a crying baby, can be heard from far away.
    • If you look closely at the face and think about it, you can notice that the Ghasts are crying while they try to kill you.
  • Press F3 and look for the line where it tells you what biome you're standing in. You are inside 'Hell'.
  • Soul Sand. It sinks you in a bit (like video game quicksand) and slows you down. It has faces on it. Faces that look like Creeper faces. Put that together and think about why it's called Soul Sand for a moment.
    • Now add in the fact you create Withers with them.
  • Sometimes you will find a truly massive ocean of lava. All the lavafalls pour into it, creating this great sea of fire. And that's when it sinks in that you are, in fact, standing in Hell.
  • Add in that the nether block is pink, black and red and the most common resource is bone marrow. Evil Is Visceral indeed.
  • Nether Fortresses can be this. There're only two kinds of creatures in the Nether that appear to be capable of constructing these things: Wither Skeletons and Zombie Pigmen. Not only would this tend to imply that one or both of them are smart enough to build fortifications, but none of the other Nether mobs attack either of them, meaning there's no point in building elaborate castles, since there's nothing they need to protect themselves from... right?
  • What happens if you mine upwards in the Nether? You reach a "ceiling" of bedrock, and if you pass that, a never-ending creepy, red void with nothing in it... and Ghast cries playing over and over.
  • One can get used to the Nether. A lot of preparation goes a long way to ease most fears of walking into Hell. But the one thing that must be on one's person at all times for Nether trips is the Flint and Steel. This is because Ghasts can actually shut down a Nether Portal with a direct hit; considering a player is standing on it for a few precious seconds when they materialize, the flying monsters have a good opportunity. If the portal gets shut down without a Flint handy, you are now stuck in the Nether until you find another one in a Nether Fortress, commit suicide, or manage to reignite the portal with another Ghast explosion.
  • The Wither. An Eldritch Abomination with three heads. It can shoot skulls that inflict a form of poison that can actually kill you. It also can destroy ice and will attack any passive mobs. Luckily, the Wither Boss itself only spawns if you summon it.
    • Even scarier is what the message is for succumbing to this effect; "(name here) has withered away". Oh yeah, and arrows at close range bounce off, and the status effect it inflicts somehow heals it.
    • Because of the mysterious nature of the Wither, many players tried experimenting on it. Imagine their shock and horror when they found it literally eats through blocks, including obsidian. And that isn't eating through blocks in the sense of acid or whatever: as far as anyone can tell, the Wither literally devours the world . With a crunching noise and everything. It's as terrifying as it is bizarre. Let's just say, they'll be building with bedrock for further tests.
    • The Wither Skeletons. They are some horrific amalgamation of the Zombie, the Skeleton and the Enderman (three-block tall black skeletons that always wield swords), inflict the Wither status effect, and can kill you within three hits on Medium. Unlike the Wither, they are regular mobs in the Nether, and they're aggressive. They also rarely drop Wither Skeleton Skulls, used to summon the Wither Boss. Have fun.
  • While Zombie Pigmen are normally harmless, if you attack one then every Zombie Pigman in the area will turn hostile and converge on you at once to hit you like a freight train. Even if you have no intention of harming them, they also have no sense of personal space and will gladly walk right up to stare you in the face while you're mining, making you paranoid about accidentally hitting one with a stray pickaxe swing.
  • There's no way of knowing where a Nether portal will lead you until you actually step inside. If you're particularly unlucky, you could end up standing inside a Nether portal right above a sea of lava, with no way to explore the rest of the Nether other than returning to the overworld and building another portal in a different location, or very carefully building a bridge from the portal to solid ground. Just hope that there aren't any Ghasts around before attempting the latter.


    Beyond the games 
  • Resource Packs have sound and model support, meaning you can masochistically make any part of the game you didn't think scared you enough even more terrifying.
  • The iterations of fictional entity Herobrine can range from unsettling to terrifying.
    • Their first iteration was a generic Urban Legend of Zelda on /v/ detailing a mysterious player (apparently also the former main developer's deceased brother) who would dig tunnels, raze leaves from forests, and build enigmatic structures. On top of that, they would order anyone trying to find out more about them to not speak of them, and eerily watch the player from the fog.
    • Their second iteration was from two much more disturbing hoax streams on Brocraft in which two different players are terrorized for a moment, after which one of the two provided a webpage featuring a Steve with real eyes and a garbled text describing torture victims who would retreat into delusional dreamworlds from which they must find their own mental note to escape.
    • Their THIRD iteration is the popular flanderized version most see them as - In this depiction, Herobrine is a terrible, fearsome spirit, a force of nature who will wreck everything you have created and give you a good scare for the hell of it.
  • The (Fictional) Closed Map Experiment. Get some some minecraft players and confine them in a 350x350 block world with a bedrock wall for a few weeks, see what happens.
    • Eventually, the entire surface layer was gone. Nothing but slowly-flooding fragmented plains of rock and rare outcrops of soil that once used to be caves, bizarre depressions in the plains of rock that used to be mines now being used to hold the last survivors of a dead world and floating dirt cubes in the sky that occupied what once used to be the pristine surface remained. From outside, the rest of the map was oblivious to what had happened inside the walls. Apparently, the experiment is going to be repeated, by the same person who ran the first one. There is plenty of evidence to indicate it is a hoax however.
    • Initially, Minecraft: Pocket Edition servers and maps are REALLY small. One server at definitely follows this. A 256*256 map, surrounded by INVISIBLE bedrock with at least 60 people on the server. All trees have been mined by other players. You will never get anywhere near a wooden sword to defend yourself. Good luck against the diamond armor players because your fist doesn't do worth a flip amount of damage to them.
      • Minecraft: Pocket Edition worlds are now infinite.
      • The Xbox 360 maps, however, are not unlimited. The map still is pretty large though (about 1024*1024), servers are private, and you can only have 8 people on the server at a time. The Closed Map Experiment is not likely to happen here.
      • A "closed" border isn't really needed. One of the oldest anarchy servers in Minecraft, 2b2t, shows how time can significantly impact a world. This is its spawn. It is a wasteland thousands of blocks around its spawn, and you will have to walk hundreds of thousands of blocks to be able to settle safely anywhere.
    • What makes it scary is that it's exactly how we function in real life. We form clans (nations) who collect resources. Once the resources are used up and start to become scarce, clans wage war against each other over them. And as clans fight one another, the resources eventually run out...
  • Some kindly contributors at deviantART have been kind enough to provide us with approximations of what each mob would look like in a realistic setting. We have zombies, creepers,skeletons and spiders, endermen, zombie pigmen, and the ever adorable ghasts.

  • The Biomes O' Plenty mod adds a ton of new biomes to the game, including biomes for the Nether. One of these Nether biomes is called Visceral Heap and easily spotted by how the majority of the terrain is made up of seemingly endless expanses of flesh with the occasional plant made of eyeballs and pools of blood.
    • If you're an apiphobe, then there's another reason why you will dread wandering through the Nether with this mod installed. You're forgiven if you flinch the moment you hear the Nether Wasps' buzzing. Oh, and there are giant hives strewn across the entire Nether where these things spawn. Sure, they're merely a nuisance to any well-armored player rather than an actual threat, but you still can't deny that seeing a giant wasp flying your way is probably going to scare the living daylights out of you the first time.
  • Divine RPG, while otherwise a rather boring mod, can probably hit the Surprise Creepy territory the moment you make it to the Mortum and Vethea dimensions. The former is a dark gray landscape that houses some of the mod's most dangerous creatures (With appropriately threatening names, like Soul Stealer or Demon of Darkness), while the latter is an absolutely bizarre Dream World that is accessed, appropriately enough, not by a portal, but by using a Nightmare Bed. This is also the only dimension where you actually get a (rather fair) warning about how dangerous it is before you attempt to enter it for the first time. Not helping is the fact that, judging by the quotes from the place's various bosses and npcs, the Vethea dimension is basically a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Thaum Craft starts out as a relatively average magic mod. At first, the forbidden knowledge has some relatively tame things, like flesh golems or a Hell-Fire furnace, but when you begin delving a bit too far, not only will you be affected by some rather nasty effects (Starting out from some cryptic messages appearing randomly, to some rather nasty creatures like Eldritch Guardians and Mind Spiders randomly appearing out of nowhere), but after a certain point in Eldritch research, things get... Odd. And it only goes downhill from there.


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