Why some Minecraft seeds don't work

Some Minecraft seeds don't work as originally intended, but why is that? Here are a few reasons in response to that question.

[Take me back to GameSkinny's Ultimate Minecraft Seed Guide]

Minecraft is such a massive, impressive achievement to the gaming world. The game is so big, in fact, that the chances of ever receiving a game world that is similar to a previous setting you once had is nearly impossible. Thankfully, developer Mojang included the ability to use in-game seeds, which allow the player to enter into a pre-made world with a specific biome, setting, or buildings. Unfortunately for all players, sometimes these seeds don't work, and there are a few different reasons why this might be.

1. You spelled the seed wrong

Obviously, a user error is the most common mistake behind a Minecraft seed not working correctly. Sometimes, in our excitement, we tend to hit the space bar one too many times, or perhaps leave out a letter or a number, or even forget to remove the quotation marks from the website we got our favorite seed off of.

Now, there's nothing wrong with this happening, but you should always check the entirety of the seed before delving into the code behind the game in an attempt to figure out what is going wrong. 

2. Spawn points may be random for some seeds

Players are using a Minecraft seed in order to play on the world where they can truly build what they want. These individuals don't simply want a random game world to hop into. Going into this world, we all have a sense of what everything is going to look like, as we've seen screenshots of this particular seed.

However, one aspect that some people don't take into account is that spawn points are for some seeds completely randomized. You could spawn into a specific area that looks quite similar to that of a screenshot for the seed, or you could spawn on the opposite side of the world, where everything looks different - or completely wrong.

3. That seed might not work for your version of Minecraft - double check platform and release version.

This is probably the most common reason behind a Minecraft seed not working. When developer Mojang updates their voxel-building game, it changes some things in the code. This means that more than a few seeds will become completely obsolete. That's too bad, but there should be plenty of new worlds coming into the light for us to explore, too.

For example, if your game has not been updated to the most recent version, but you're trying to enter into a brand new biome, then you are going to have a bad time. 

4. Copy/Pasting the seed might confuse your game client

On a rare occasion, copy and pasting the Minecraft seed into your game can cause problems. This one is probably one of the easiest fixes for a seed not working. Instead of taking the lazy way out, simply enter in the entire seed manually.

Overall, discovering the reasoning behind why your particular Minecraft seed doesn't work could be an easy fix. Sometimes things just don't go the right way, especially with a title that receives updates like this game does.

Are you looking for great Minecraft seeds? GameSkinny has you covered with our awesome user-found seeds.

Published Oct. 1st 2015
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