The Minecraft Guide for Parents: Getting Started

Cori Dusmann goes over the options for buying Minecraft, as well as the steps for downloading and installing Minecraft.

The Minecraft Guide for Parents: Getting Started

Minecraft is very easy to buy. You can buy it online at Mojang, or you can go straight to and buy it there (both end up in the same place, but the route takes a few steps away). Alternatively, you can purchase a gift card, available at many stores, and then use it to purchase the game. You can also buy a Minecraft account for someone else and receive it by email, or email it to you so you can gift it directly (Figure 4.1). We will go through the entire process.

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1 There are many ways to buy Minecraft.

The “Ordering Error” prompt appears when some users try to buy Minecraft from the official store (on The most affected users are

Method 1: Update your Browser (if applicable)

As it turns out, your attempt to buy Minecraft may be suddenly interrupted by your browser for security reasons. For example, Google Chrome is often known to have a new security update that the user has yet to install.

Several affected users confirmed that they had successfully resolved the problem by forcing Chrome to update to the latest version available.

If this scenario applies, follow the instructions below to update your browser to the latest available version:

  1. Open Google Chrome and click the action button (the three-dot icon). Next, click on Help, and then in the newly appearing context menu, click About Google Chrome. Access to Google Chrome
  2. After going to the next screen, wait for the update function to identify the new version of Google Chrome. If a new version is actually available, the tool will automatically update it. Update Google ChromeUpdate Google Chrome
  3. After installing the next version, restart your browser, and after the next restart is complete, try to purchase again to see if the problem is resolved.

If the same problem persists, go to the next potential fix below.

If you want Minecraft for PC, there are two different versions you need to know about.

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Minecraft (Java Edition)

Minecraft for Windows 10

Have you played Minecraft?

The Windows 10 version of Minecraft is technically the “Bedrock Edition” of the game, which is an iteration of the discontinued “Pocket Edition”. Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Minecraft that has become the basis or foundation for current cross-platform Minecraft editions.

For this reason, it comes with content packs that you can buy to shake up and the different editions come with different themed content. For example, the Switch version of Minecraft comes with the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. If you’re familiar with the console versions, it’s the same idea: theme packs that change the look of mobs and blocks in the game.

Minecraft for Windows 10 also has controller support that is missing from the Java Edition. If you’re used to playing Minecraft on your console or mobile device, the transition is likely to be easier on Windows 10. However, I am of personal opinion that all PC games are better with a mouse and keyboard, so I recommend that you learn one true way to play games on PC. Since Java Edition is, well, Java, it runs cross-platform which means you can play on a PC or Mac. If you’re one of the faithful Macs and want to spend hours digging holes in the virtual earth, the Java version is your best bet.

Being a sandbox game, Minecraft is endless. However, it is generally accepted that you will “finish” the game after killing the End Dragon. This tutorial shows the steps necessary to locate and enter the End Dimension, then defeat the End Dragon as well as kill the withers. Notes…

Step 4: Boss fights

There are two bosses in Minecraft (three in Bedrock Edition): Ender Dragon, Wither and Elder Guardian‌‌ [BE only] .

Ender Dragon

A screenshot of The End in Minecraft Java Edition 1.9 with a flying End dragon.

You are at the End at this point. It consists of an end stone and is filled with endermenes. A single Endless Dragon also flies around, assuming this is your first time in this world. Note that you can return to The End at any time after killing the End Dragon, and it will not respawn unless you respawn. WARNING: You cannot get out of The End until you destroy the dragon!

Preparing items

  • At least 2 obsidian stacks
  • Netherite Sword with Sharpness V, Plunder III, Healing, and Steadfast III.
  • the V-power bow should also be enchanted in Infinity or eggs (bring only if the bow is not enchanted in Infinity) to finally throw crystals or a bed (optional) on the end crystals protected by iron rods or use them to damage the dragon (especially the beds in the correct position) can also be used to climb protected crystals or, if you are good enough, a MLG bucket of water to get the Earth.
  • Pumpkin (optional, not recommended) to prevent endermen from looking hostile.
  • Enchantedarmor with protection IV and at least Regeneration. (Armor type is recommended netherite, but a diamond is fine if you’re semi-good)
  • Netherite pickaxe with Efficiency IV or V and Steadfast III and Repair, if the player respawns underground, teleport out of the void or to the main island if the player respawns on a platform hovering above the void.
  • Splash of Healing, Regeneration, SwiftnessStrength (optional), Golden Apples (preferably enchanted) and Potion of Slow Falling (most important) potions).
  • food (high saturation) such as beef or pork chops).
  • Shield (optional), can be used to block the attacks of both the dragon and the enderman.
  • Immortality ward (optional, but highly recommended).

The fight

  1. Destroy all terminal crystals with a bow, snowballs, eggs, or any other projectile. This is because the terminal crystals will heal the End Dragon. You could destroy them by hitting them with your sword, but they will explode when destroyed, so it’s best to destroy them from a distance. If for some reason you don’t have a bow or snowballs, you can use ladders or ender pearls to get to the top of the obsidian towers. You can also “climb” the water, but be careful on the mountain as the End Dragon may throw you off.
  2. Now you must defeat the End Dragon. This is the most difficult task, because the Dragon of the End has 100 hearts (200 HP) and can deal a lot of damage. At the top you will see a pink and purple bar, showing the health of the End dragon. You also have to watch out for endermen, of which there is a lot at the End. Wear full netherite armor. The best way to injure the End Dragon is with a bow and arrows, so it is recommended that you have at least three stacks of arrows only for the End Dragon. The bow spell with the “Infinity” spell removes the fear of missing arrows, allowing you to focus on defeating the dragon. When the dragon runs out of health, he will fly to the center and sit on the final fountain. While the dragon is sitting on the end fountain, it’s immune to bullet damage, so you’ll need to hit it with your sword to kill it.
  3. Watch out for the dragon’s breath and fireballs as they can kill you very quickly
  4. When it dies it will flare up and crumble, losing a lot of experience. The end portal will appear below the site of death. (If you kill an End Dragon while flying, it will just emit blast particles until it flies over the fountain, at which point the death animation will play.) A dragon egg will also appear, which you can collect with a piston or other methods.

Finishing off the End

  1. Collect a dragon egg. Currently, the only purpose of the dragon egg is to be a trophy.
  2. Jump to the end portal, the end line will be displayed.
  3. Read the story, end credits, and quote. If you don’t want to read it all, hit the Escape key or click and then skip to the Bedrock edit.
  4. Congratulations! You finally beat the main adventure in the game!


Preparing items

  1. Get a bow with V power and infinity or better, a diamond or netherite sword from Smite V, and armor with IV protection and repair. Bring 3 piles of arrows, unless your bow has Infinity, in which case you only need one arrow.
  2. Brew potions of speed, regeneration, strength and healing spray potions, optional (to avoid multiple injuries), optional
  3. Jump into the Nether portal and find the Nether fortress.
  4. Kill as many withered skeletons as you need until you have three withered skeleton skulls. It is advisable to carry and use Lootingswords as they increase the chance of getting a skull.
  5. Dig up some soul sand or soul earth.

Creating the wither

  1. Choose the right place to fight the boss. It should be far from your creations or buildings.
  2. Place the four souls of sand or soul earth in a “T” shape and then place the two skulls you obtained earlier on top. Don’t put the last skull on top until you’re ready to fight.

Fighting the wither

  1. Withers will be immune to attacks for a few seconds while it’s blue. After the health bar is full, the puff will explode.
  2. Shoots at desiccated skulls, both of which apply the Wither II effect to normal or higher. Black skulls make explosions weaker than a creeper. Blue skulls create a special explosion that can destroy obsidian. A bow is recommended as the ball often flies out of reach of the player. Drying out can heal itself by draining the health of passive mobs, so stay away from large groups of them.
  3. When half of his health is depleted, an effect called Wither Armor occurs on the withers. It is represented by white stripes on the withers, which protects it from bullet attacks. When hit by a sword, Wither Armor glows red. This status also negates his ability to fly, so arrows are not needed anyway. When he reaches half health, just watch out for his dash attack and summon a withered skeleton (Bedrock Edition). Also in this release it is more difficult due to double health.

The Elder Guardian

In the middle of the vast ocean there may be a gigantic ocean monument, with treasures of gold blocks and wet sponges. However, the mobs inside are dangerous. This is the place where the 3 Elder Guardians respawn, considered bosses in the Bedrock Edition.

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