The Best Ways To Get Experience in Minecraft

Experience (EXP or XP) is dropped as orbs when you do certain tasks in Minecraft, such as mining ores or killing mobs. You will need it to gain levels and put useful enchants on your tools, weapons, and armour. Enchants will let you break blocks faster, make your tools last longer, and much more! This article will provide you with some tips for the best ways to get experience and levels in Minecraft.


Mining is probably the most common way people get levels early in the game. The following ores will drop orbs: coal, diamond, emerald, redstone, lapis lazuli and nether quartz. Ores which drop “blocks” (such as iron ore or gold ore) instead of “items” will not provide any orbs. Mining ore blocks with the Silk Touch enchant will also not provide orbs.

Useful Tip: I have found that mining nether quartz ore in the Nether is one of the fastest ways to get experience. It drops as much experience as lapis lazuli and is very abundant in the Nether!

Best Ways To Get Experience in Minecraft - Nether Quartz Ore


Smelting or cooking items in a furnace will award some orbs when you take out the finished products. Note that if you use a hopper to withdraw the items for you, no orbs will be given. This is a quick way to get experience if you are smelting a large amount of items, for example stacks of ores or chests worth of cobblestone.

Smelting For Experience in Minecraft

Hostile Mobs

Killing hostile mobs such as zombies, skeletons, spiders, or creepers will drop a small amount of experience. This is typically a slower way to get levels unless you construct a mob grinder (mob farm). Keep in mind that only mobs recently attacked by a player will drop orbs. Using fire, lava, fall damage, or other ways to kill mobs automatically will stop any orbs from dropping. For an XP orb-dropping mob grinder, it is best to concentrate mobs into a central location where they can be easily killed by a player. Consider building your grinder from a dungeon to get more drops!

Other Ways To Get Experience

There are a few more ways you can get levels, however they are generally not the most efficient methods:

  • Fishing: Each time you catch a fish, some XP will be dropped.
  • Killing Animals: Animals will drop a small amount of orbs.
  • Breeding: When animals are breeded, some orbs are generated once the baby animal spawns.
  • Bottles O’ Enchanting: Bottled XP can be purchased from villagers.
  • Trading: Trading with a villager will award a small amount of XP.

Villager Trading for Bottles O' Enchanting

PHOTO: Villager trading screen for Bottles O’ Enchanting.

Experience (XP) FAQs

  • Do fortune pickaxes increase experience orb drops?

    No. The fortune enchant will increase the number of items dropped, but not experience orbs.

  • Is there a command or cheat for experience?

    Yes. The /xp command may be used to give a player xp.

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