Minecraft Modding For Kids For Dummies
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A drone in Minecraft is an invisible, flying robot that can move around and place blocks and entities at its location. Building large structures is made much easier when you can use drones. Minecraft drones move faster than typical player movement and can more easily reach higher places, as opposed to having to craft and use player-made items like ladders. Utilize our guide below which will help you learn how to make a drone and use it to your advantage!

How to Create a Drone in Minecraft

Creating a drone in Minecraft isn’t complicated, but it does require you to use a new coding feature: variables. A variable is a way to name an object. For these instructions, you can follow along with the description of the Drones challenge in the LearnToMod online software.

Open the Drones challenge, and follow these steps to make a Minecraft drone:

  1. To be able to give commands to the drone, you need to name it. You name an object, like a drone, by assigning it to a variable. First drag a variable block into the main function.

    making a minecraft drone step 1
  2. Always give objects names that make sense to you and that you can easily remember. In this example, create a new variable by clicking on the arrow next to item.

    making a minecraft drone step 2
  3. Name it d for drone.

    making a minecraft drone step 3
  4. To create a drone, you have to assign a new one to the variable you just made. This is where you find the new Drone block.

    making a minecraft drone step 4

    This is where you put it in the d assign block.

    naming a drone

Now that you have learned how to build a drone using mods, custom coding, and variables, it is now identified as an object that can be used in the game. You can access it by using its name, d, and you can tell it to perform certain actions, such as place blocks or spawn entities.

Setting Up Your Flying Drone

As previously mentioned, after you give the new flying drone a name, you now have the ability to give it commands. However, you must still setup the commands in the modding interface to efficiently operate it. Using the interface below, you will be able to add block codes, assign them key binds, and fully control the drone. Use the following settings below to begin adding functionality to use, move, and control your drone:

code blocks for minecraft drones

This code block requires you to specify a type of block that the drone will put down, like a brick or diamond block. This is where you can find the brick type.

adding a brick block with a minecraft drone

Here’s the completed code.

command to place brick block with drone

If you run this code in Minecraft or the simulator, you see a scene like this.

using a drone to move blocks in minecraft

Your structure appears in the area in which you’re looking, so move to an empty area when you build. You can even go into Creative mode and build in the sky: Double-click the spacebar to hover, and then press the spacebar again to move upward.

How to Move and Use a Drone in Minecraft

Now that you know how to add code blocks to your drone mod, you can utilize additional coding and commands to properly move and control it. Continuing with Step 3 of the Drones challenge, you should add a move block to your mod. You can find the block under the Minecraft category and then Drones, just like the place block code block you found.

drone movement functions

If you run the code again, you see the same result. The drone is invisible, so moving it around has no visible effect.

Continue working to complete this challenge by adding three more lines of code. Check out the completed code needed to earn this badge.

drone movement mods in minecraft

Before you run the mod, predict on paper what you will see. Then run the mod in the simulator, and compare your prediction to what you see.

If your prediction was incorrect, go back to the code and trace it either on paper or on the computer. To trace using the computer, disable all blocks of code by right-clicking and choosing Disable Block. Then reenable one block at a time, testing the mod every time you enable one, to see whether you understand what is going on.

Disabling your minecraft drone

Congratulations. You have learned how to use modding, coding, and creative thinking to build a drone in Minecraft. Use the drones to help make your virtual life easier by placing blocks more easily and safely spawning entities (like creepers).

About This Article

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About the book authors:

Sarah Guthals, Ph.D. is the CTO of ThoughtSTEM and has dedicated her life to coding education.

Stephen Foster, Ph.D. is the CEO of ThoughtSTEM, a company that teaches computer science to kids across America.

Lindsey Handley, Ph.D. is the COO of ThoughtSTEM and has hundreds of hours of experience as a classroom instructor for Minecraft based science and computer science classes.

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