Monster Spawner Trap
So, you’ve just came across a dungeon and you’ve decided to make a mob grinder? Or you have no idea what a dungeon or a mob spawner is? Well, a dungeon is a room lined with cobblestone walls and a mossy cobblestone floor. if you come across cobblestone while exploring your world and you know you didn’t place it there than it’s pretty certain that this is your dungeon. Either that or it’s a point where water hits flowing lava. A dungeon is typically a 5×5 room with a monster spawner levitating directly in the middle and two chests somewhere. These chests contain random items, the most desired of these are Cocoa beans. This is since this is the only way to obtain Cocoa beans in this current version.
Back on topic, there are a variety of methods out there that people use to manipulate these monster spawners. I will explain the way I find the best to deal with them, this will require the use of these objects:
- 3x Water source blocks,
- 1x Pressure Plate,
- 1x Sign.
While you are building this I suggest you save the game and switch the difficulty down to peaceful. This just makes things easier as you dont have to do things in a hurry due to monsters spawning.
First, take the two chests out of the room and make sure the floor space is exactly 5×5 and 3 high. it should be this normally but occasionally it can lack a roof, or one of the walls is made from gravel.
Make a 2 high 1 wide doorway in the middle of the wall you want to collect your loot from. This should be the only gap in any of the walls or ceiling.
Place your pressure plate, (can be stone or wooden, stone preferably), one block away from the outside of your 2×1 doorway.
Surround your pressure plate with cobblestone leaving the same 2×1 area for the monsters to travel along, directly after the pressure plate dig down two blocks and surround that with cobblestone also. Place your sign on the wall 2 blocks up in your doorway before the pressure plate. (Hard to explain, follow the picture guide below).
After this, dig a trench out from the front of your mob trap. Make it four long and up to the ground level. Again, follow the pictures as it’s hard to explain.
Now place two water source blocks in both corners on the wall opposite your 2×1 doorway and one above the pressure plate.
This grinder works by allowing the monsters to spawn in the 5×5 room and get pushed toward the pressure plate. They then are forced down the hole by the current of the water and drown. Their items then flow through with the water for you to collect at the end of your trench. The downside of these types of trap is that they only work when you are within 16 blocks of the mob spawner.