How to Get String in "Minecraft" Without Killing Spiders

By Seth Amery

Although Spiders once were the only source for string in past versions of "Minecraft," this is no longer the case in the most recent version of the game for both the PC and home consoles. Players now have additional opportunities to get string for crafting that don't require combat, ideal those who like to play on Peaceful difficulty.

Finding String in Minecraft

If you don't want to put up a fight against dangerous spiders in "Minecraft," you can instead trek out to temples found in jungles: These buildings generally contain five pieces of tripwire that you can mine to harvest string. Sometimes, you'll find string hiding in a dungeon chest, but finding those is a matter of luck and deep exploration. While you're exploring under the earth, mine any cobweb you see: Each destroyed cobweb rewards you with one piece of string. Fishing for string is also possible, but crafting a fishing rod requires string first, of course.

Using String for Crafting

Once you've gathered four to eight pieces of string, you have a few options for using it. Creating a 2x2 square in the crafting grid using string to yield a block of wool, which you can combine with certain items, like dye, to create decorative blocks. Alternatively, you can combine string with sticks at a crafting table to make either a fishing rod or a bow for fighting. If you want to fish, don't forget the lead; you'll not only need some string but also a slimeball to make it.

About the Author

Seth Amery is a long-time writer whose specialties extend to all areas of video games, having written thousands of tutorials, fully-featured strategy guides and reviews across all platforms. His experience also includes one-on-one relationships with major gaming publishers to write previews on upcoming games, establish interviews with game designers and hold early game giveaways.