Spelunking is simply exploring caves and mining all the ores found there. This is by far the most easiest way of mining, but also the most dangerous. Caves are dark and contain hostile mobs. The best way to tackle these caves is to first light up all the paths you can see, travel down these noting all the ores you come across. After you’ve explored a bit, travel back and mine the ores you came across. if you keep doing this, it should limit the amount of surprise attacks from mobs when you have your back turned. if you come across a dead end when exploring these caves, don’t worry, most of the time if you mine into theses ‘dead ends’ you will find they are not dead ends and are in fact blockages in the cave tunnel.
When you explore caves it is almost certain that you will get lost if you do not have a system for finding your route back. This can be by placing torches only on the left hand side, so for going back you just follow them on the right. Or by placing block you wouldn’t normally find in a cave at intersections so you know where to turn. The best way to find you way back would be to simply place signs saying which way the exit is. However signs require a lot of wood to make and take up a lot of inventory space, so it would be best to take a lot of wood with you so you can make them on the go.
If you are to go Spelunking I would highly reccomend you take:
- A full set of armour
- 3 or 4 cooked porkchops
- A sword
- A bow and a stack of arrows
- A stone pickaxe (For coal and iron)
- An iron pickaxe (For any ore higher than iron)
- At least one stack of Torches
- A stack of wood
- A bucket of water