Let’s face it. Minecraft’s greatest joys lie in its Creative mode. Open maps where no one can interrupt your artistic flows, where you can be as freeform or prescriptive as you like; what’s not to love? So, you plop yourself into your own gigantic canvas but suddenly find yourself blocked, strapped for ideas on what to build. It’s a common thread amongst budding Minecraft creatives. But have no fear. All you need is a bit of a nudge to get those builder’s juices flowing.
With this guide, we will show you how to build a basic castle in Minecraft. We’ll take you through the steps to put together a base skeleton for your own personal stronghold. After that, you’ll be free to decorate and experiment until you’ve made it your own.
1. Laying The Blueprint For Your Minecraft Castle
For this build, you need 3 types of slabs and blocks:
- Stone Brick
The castle is laid out in a jagged 15 x 15 block square. Follow the pattern in the above image, paying attention to the types of stone we use for each. This will be the foundation upon which your creation will be built.
2. Building The First Set Of Walls
Now that we have a solid blueprint, we can start working on erecting your fortress’s walls and battlements. We’ll begin with the ones beside the main structure. Start by raising pillars of 5 Stone Brick blocks. After that, raise shorter 3-block cobblestone pillars. Once that’s done, you can add Stone Brick blocks horizontally at the 4th block height. Now you’ve got a robust corner.
3. Raising The Main Structure
This part is going to be as complex as it gets. Begin with the Stone Brick pillars and raise them to a height of 12 blocks each. After that, add Stone Bricks horizontally every 3 blocks. The next step is to fill in all of the Stone portions at 12 blocks height but leave the middle ones black to form the windows.
4. Building Your Basic Minecraft Castle Walls
These walls only need to be a touch shorter than the main structure’s. With the above image as your guide, build the taller portions to a 10-block height. For the shorter side, alternate between 9 and 8-block heights. Your Stone portions should go up to a height of 6 blocks.
5. Making The Windows And Other Touches
Back to the main structure, use your Stone Brick blocks to raise the middle portions of the exterior and Stone for the interior. You can use Iron Bars to fill in the windows for that extra bit of protection and aesthetic.
To round things off, use your Stone Slabs to fill in your roofs. The slabs are used in order to create a bit of depth for that extra bit of detail and finesse.
And there you have it! A solidly built basic Minecraft castle to call home. It may not look like much at the moment but you can fish around for ideas on how you can add a bit more detail. Stone Brick Stairs, for instance, can be placed upside down at the edges of your roofs to serve as battlements. Now that you’ve had a go at building in Minecraft, you’re ready to start messing around with your own ideas. Happy creating!