I have cleard out a 32 x 32 block hole right down to bedrock (exactly four chunks i have checked). So now i'm just wondering what's the best design of mob farm for that area. It would be great if you could send pictures or a video link. I would really appreciate if I could get some help here. I was thinking of a "Noob Mob Grinder" (). But it feels to simpel to be real efficient. Thanks in advance.
Mob farms up in the air make it easier to make sure mobs don't spawn outside the farm, just afk more than 128 blocks above the ground and nothing can spawn on or under the ground.
But then your efforts in digging out the chunks would be wasted.
Putting the mob farm down at bedrock and not having anything above it maximizes spawn rates but only if you spawn proof everything within 128 blocks of your afk spot.
Also I presume the rate only matters if the mobs are being killed off at a similar rate.
As long as mobs aren't spawning anywhere else and the mobs in the spawner are being flushed out and killed instead of hanging around on the spawning platforms I don't think the design makes all that much difference.
Yeah, you'll want to focus on lighting up the areas around wherever the farm is. The design itself really depends on what you want to achieve. The model you posted is not a bad design - in fact, I have been using something similar for over six years now in my world (sans spiders) - but it certainly isn't the fastest. Also, you want that drop to be at least 35 blocks instead of 22 to account for witches and mobs with Feather Falling boots.
I've just built this design to try something different:
If you have the resources, it's proven to be a more efficient design because you'll notice it flushes the mobs out instead of waiting for them to fall. This means you can be more than 32 blocks away at any given point, so long as you are within 128 blocks. Indeed, if you rely on mobs walking off the platforms, you'll need to be within 32 blocks (IIRC) for it to work, otherwise the mobs are less inclined to move by themselves and have a higher chance to despawn randomly.
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I think i will setup a noob grinder as an XP farm and some mob drops and then when i have mined out the 128 x 128 blocks (which i'm now planing thanks to you and my love for mining). Build a more tecnical one. Thanks for the help and support!