When you’re new to Minecraft, you worry more about surviving the first day and building a shelter. Top level players rely on different tricks (and advanced tooltips) to give them an edge, especially when playing in Hardcore mode.
Minecraft has an often overlooked information feature that displays additional information about the elements of the game. The information boards show specific identifiers for each item, but also show more critical details: tool durability, remaining weapon and armor, as well as other important details.
How to activate advanced descriptions
The easiest way to enable advanced descriptions in Minecraft is to click F3 + H at the same time. A message will appear on the screen that says:
When you see this, you will know that the order has been successful. Some users report problems activating descriptions in this way due to commands encoded on their keyboard setting up F3 + H in another shortcut. If the keyboard does not allow it map the shortcut again, you will need to find another way to activate advanced suggestions.
There are modifications that allow you to enable the feature and access other debug commands through the options menu.
The information tips show the remaining weapon and the durability of the tools
In Vanilla Minecraft, it can be difficult to calculate how many impacts are left on weapons. You may have found or fished an amazing item with powerful enchantments, but its durability indicator has dropped to almost nothing.
Minecraft advanced tips don’t just show an indicator. They show the exact numerical durability that remains in a given item. See the image above for an example. Using these information tips will also allow you to look at the rate of destruction of weapons.
It can be the difference between putting your new item in use immediately or saving it for later repair. While a good rule of thumb is that any damaged item you fish is usually a single use break.
The information tips show the durability of the remaining armor
Just as Minecraft’s advanced tips demonstrate the durability of your weapon and tool, it can also show you the abuses your armor can inflict. Different enemies and types of damage cause your armor to slow down at certain rates. The previous damage was caused after a Creeper explosion at a blank spot.
For example, a fall can damage a set of boots, but it is unlikely to damage the chest plate. The burning will damage your entire armor. The armor worn by enemies will not be damaged unless worn by undead creatures, and their helmets will be damaged when they begin to burn in sunlight.
Descriptions can also be used to designate additional information about items, such as whether a hive contains bees or not. Beyond that, the information tips do not provide additional information, but there are other ways to use the debug menu.
F3 + B activates the visible guest boxes and the line of sight
The F3 key paired with another key not only serves to activate information tips, but to manipulate the game’s debug menu. This allows you to see a lot of information that you might not have access to. For example, if you press F3 + B, you can see the success boxes of different entities and their line of sight.
This can be particularly useful if you are unsure of the size of an enemy. You can assess how far you have to go to get a hit, as well as in what direction that enemy is looking. When it comes to Endermen, you want to avoid direct eye contact, and this command can help.
F3 + T reloads resource packs
Minecraft is an old game with many modifications over the years. While it usually works smoothly, there are times when resource packs can fail. You may encounter strange graphics issues or errors that interfere with the game.
When this happens, press F3 + T to reload texture packs. This is especially useful if you are playing a modified version of Minecraft or have downloaded additional texture packs to enhance the look of the game.
The game will stop and a loading screen will appear. Once the bar is complete, the screen will flash and the game will resume with all the textures reloaded.
Alt + F3 Displays the frame time graph
No one would define Minecraft as a resource-intensive game, but specific modifications can definitely affect performance. If you are concerned about your percentage of frames in the game and want to control it while performing specific activities, press Alt + F3. This opens the debug menu, with the frame time graph added at the bottom.
You can play while this menu appears on the screen (although it is quite distracting) and control the behavior of your frame rate during the game. This is a great way to measure exactly what activities can affect your performance.
F3 + G shows chunk boundaries
The world of Minecraft is divided into different sections called “pieces”, each of which has a 16 x 16 area height of 256 blocks. They are important for several reasons, but the main one is this: the pieces that remain loaded at all times affect the game around the world.
For example, the generation piece (the section where it is generated within the game) is always loaded. If you have set up many redstone clocks that cause a delay in this snippet, then each snippet in the game will also experience a delay.
However, most chunks do not load. If you want to make sure you create things in different pieces to avoid overlapping and possible errors, it’s important to be able to see the borders of pieces. Press F3 + G to display them on the screen.
Once you know where the boundaries of the piece are, you can better plan redstone machines, modifications, and more.