You can make silent and deadly Minecraft lava traps out of string

Minecraft lava is undoubtedly one of the worst surprises to drop in the sandbox game. You can happily walk through a cave system, mind your own business, and maybe try to find another bunch of resources, and then bam, you’re on fire and everything you own is gone. It’s heartbreaking, but after a few hours of play you can overcome this problem and even master the lava and start incorporating it into your builds.

You can also do a lot with lava, such as making it a cool ground feature or using it as a way to defend your base against the hordes of monsters that can besiege you at night. The only problem is that the bubbling noise can be quite annoying. However, it turns out you can actually get rid of it without hampering the lava itself – just by using some string.

This incredibly strange interaction was discovered by Reddit user Henry1691. (Judging by the username, I’m amazed that Henry is playing Minecraft at the age of 331.) They posted the post showing a video of the interaction, and, well, it’s really quite strange, even when it comes to Minecraft. The usually fizzy lava becomes eerily quiet as soon as it’s covered in string, and the string doesn’t even ignite.

It all works because lava depends on air blocks to work properly. Without an air block above, the lava not only doesn’t make a sound, but it also can’t set the rope on fire. As a result, you get silent lava which is an incredibly sneaky trap. The biggest problem with using lava as a trap is normally that it’s very easy to hear. If you just cover it with chain, other players won’t be able to hear it, and you can use it however you want as long as you cover it with some kind of redstone mechanism, or just hide the hole for good.

TIL placing String on Lava prevents the lava from making sounds. from Minecraft

It’s not often that we get new discoveries in Minecraft, at least not without a new update, so it’s incredibly exciting to see something like this pop up. The Minecraft 1.19 release date marks the next major update, and new snapshots letting you play with the update’s new features are starting to arrive at an increasing rate.

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