All right so I started a new survival mode right? Cause my first one was set to normal so I thought I'd try and do one set on "hard". Get this... I set up camp near the first village I find, and their mine leads RIGHT to a stronghold! No kidding! I don't have to hunt down ender pearls, blaze rods, or anything else. There is a stronghold right next to my camp! The only sucky part is that means I just started over in this server so I have literally nothing to fight the ender dragon with. I haven't even found diamond yet. Let alone set up a villager pris-... I mean... Set up a defensive wall to protect my villagers from harm...
Is this normal for hard mode or am I just ludicrously lucky?
On an older multiplayer world I'm on with friends and family, I was forced to build a base in unclaimed territory so was way away from world spawn, While digging a 3 level basement, I ran into a mine which connected to a stronghold so I did not even have to leave my base to get to one. A different one of the first-ring 3 had already been exploited though on this world..
It's hasnt got a specific rareness value, so its not too rare but its definitely not common either; however, it is very convenient you decided to head to the village & explore the mine - and on top of that very nice you got a stronghold in that mine. I guess it can be considered lucky, because no one finds stuff like this commonly, i certainly havent even during my whole 4-5 years of playing.
I have found a stronghold near spawn but not near a village... so you are very lucky to have loaded up a world with this generation! Overall, great find because i, and everyone else i know, has not come across these conditions while playing.
Several years ago I joined a multiplayer server, grabbed some basic tools from their spawn-chunks base complex, and headed out into the wilderness to find a good spot for my own base complex. I found a nice hill sticking up out of a swamp and started digging myself an underground base beneath that hill. As soon as I start digging down a ladder shaft to bedrock to start a mine...the ladder shaft breaks into a stronghold. Wasn't even looking for one, but there it was. And the portal room was just a few meters away from the room I broke into.
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