Welcome back crafters to another helpful guide on the recently released Minecraft Earth! Today, we will go over buildplates – the central core of Minecraft Earth – and rubies, the premium currency and how to get more of both. By the way, if you have not already, make sure to check out our previous guide on how to get more tappables in Minecraft Earth!
Buildplates are special augmented reality spots where you build your own Minecraft creations, and you will need a lot of rubies to get them. We will show you how in our Minecraft Earth guide on how to earn more buildplates and rubies!
Explore your world and level up to get free buildplates!
To start you off, Minecraft Earth gives you a small but respectable buildplate right from the get-go. It is a humble 8×8 plate with some grass and a tree on it. It is not much, but it is a good starting point for creating your own little home!
Of course, you are going to want to move up in the world and get yourself some more buildplates. You will receive five buildplates for free (including the starting one) as you level up and progress through the game. Here is a complete list!
The starting buildplate is nothing more than a field and a small lake with a single tree. What you see pictured above is our version where we made things a little more lively with some animals!
Level 5 Buildplate
The level 5 buildplate is a simple little house nestled between a couple of trees. Many of your starting houses probably looked something like this!
Level 10 Buildplate
The level 10 buildplate is a small desert oasis with a waterfall in the center. There are some cacti making things a little more colorful, and this buildplate is perfect for your desert creations.
Level 15 Buildplate
The level 15 buildplate is a mossy tall tree covered in vines. If you want to make a tree house or something of the sort, this is a good starting point!
Level 20 Buildplate
Finally, the level 20 buildplate is an arctic igloo complete with a polar bear! If you prefer things a little chilly, this buildplate is for you.
Remember that ultimately buildplates can turn into whatever you want them to so as long as you have the blocks ready to make your dream build come true, so do not feel like you are restricted to the default palette of the buildplate.
Unfortunately, these all seem to be 8×8 but they should give you some ideas to spark your creativity. You gain these by simply leveling up, and what is the best way to level up? Finding tappables of course! But that’s not all…
Tappables are the key to rubies and experience!
Every time you find a tappable, you will earn experience for collecting it. If you manage to find uncommon and rare items in the tappable, you will earn even more experience. The key to leveling up is to simply just get out there and explore your world while collecting everything in sight!
Not only that, but every tappable you find has a small chance to grant you a ruby. The chance is slim, but eventually you should receive some rubies after a couple of tappables. If you are out of challenges to do, run out and collect everything you see to hopefully get some rubies. Speaking of which…
Complete challenges for more rubies!
Challenges are special objectives that reward you with lots of experience points and a decent amount of rubies once completed. There are four types of challenges: dailies, weeklies, career, and events.
Daily challenges, as the name suggests, cycle out every day. You get assigned two challenge groups: Let’s Collect and Let’s Build.
Let’s Collect will require you to collect certain items from specific tappables. You will need to run around a lot to get this one done! Let’s Build requires you to place certain objects on a buildplate. This one is not too hard, you might need to craft the blocks you need beforehand though.
Completing both the Let’s Collect and Let’s Build challenge groups rewards you with 5 rubies and a grand total of 500 experience points!
The second type of challenges are the weekly challenges. You have the whole week to get these done, so naturally they are a bit harder to complete, but the rewards are even greater!
There are a total of six weekly challenges that you must do. The first challenge is to complete the 5 days worth of daily challenges. This one is easy to miss if you start in the week too late, so be careful!
The second challenge is to simply log into the game every day of the week. You do not need to collect a tappable or anything, you just need to open the game to receive credit.
The third and fourth challenges require you to collect specific tappables or mobs, and the fifth challenge makes you smelt a bunch of items in your smelter. You need to visit adventures often to get the ore you can smelt, so this one requires a bit of effort.
The final challenge asks you to put down a certain number of mobs on a buildplate. As long as you have been collecting every tappable you come across, you should have no problem with this one.
Completing every single weekly challenge, including the daily ones, will reward you with a grand total of 20 rubies and 200 experience points.
And finally, we have the Career challenges. The career is meant to be a guideline down the general progression path of Minecraft Earth. If you are ever unsure of what to work towards next, take a look at your next career challenge and you should get a good idea.
You do not get any rubies with the career challenges, but you do get a lot of experience points, making them still very worth your time to do.
There are also Event challenges, but they have not been implemented yet, so stay tuned for those. We can imagine there are going to be some nice events where special tappables appear!
Take a look in the store!
Once you have amassed a hefty sum of rubies, you can visit the store to see what kind of buildplates are on sale. Just like the ones you earn by leveling up, the ones in the store are all differently themed.
The real treasure here are the 16×16 buildplates, which is currently the biggest buildplate you can get at the moment. The cheapest 16×16 buildplate costs a whopping 225 rubies, so you better start saving now if you want it!
And that would be our guide on Minecraft Earth’s buildplates and rubies. If you have any other tips or tricks to getting more rubies that you would like to share, let us know in the comments below!
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