Minecraft’s Wandering Traders Make a Strong Case for More Random Events

Since Minecraft has been out of beta for 11 years as of 2022, most of its players are rather attuned to the unique experience it offers by now. No matter how fans play the game, the modes offered and the challenges players encounter have stayed more or less the same apart from any mods or resource packs players have added to spice things up.

Needless to say, the overall gameplay loop of Minecraft has been the same for a rather long time. The game does have some events that aim to surprise the player, such as Wandering Traders spawning near them every so often if they’re lucky, with a few other events happening so rarely they may catch unaware players by surprise the first time they’re encountered. However, Minecraft could benefit from having a few more random events than just the one occasional Trader.


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The Gameplay Loop of Minecraft


Minecraft in itself is rather simple; it’s exactly what the title suggests. Players can mine, and players can craft. The default way players can experience the game is through Survival Mode where they have a chance at dying to enemies and hazards on their randomly generated worlds, with Creative Mode offering a less stressful way to explore and build with the materials the game provides. Some mods and even official DLC for the game change this up, but for the most part, there are not a lot of changes to what fans experience between playthroughs and worlds.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some players may have found the same gameplay loop to be rather monotonous over the last few years. Minecraft is a fun game to come back to, but there can be only so many times fans really enjoy exploring a new world without too many changes. This may be in part as to why the mod scene for Minecraft is so large. Even as players adore exploring its worlds, some players may desire for at least something different as they explore the game’s many biomes all over again. This is where adding random events can help.

Random Events in Minecraft


The Wandering Trader is currently the only truly random encounter Minecraft has, and some people still get excited seeing him come around every morning. Other possible encounters may seem like they’re random occurrences, such as the Skeleton Horsemen or Phantoms, but they actually have set conditions that can cause them to trigger. Skeleton Horsemen have a chance of spawning whenever lightning strikes, and Phantoms spawn when a player hasn’t slept or died in three in-game days. The same goes for all the other mobs Minecraft offers.

Considering the game mostly consists of the same daily grind of mine, craft, explore, and sleep off the dangerous nights, having more unexpected events could keep even the most experienced players on their toes. It could also breathe life to a gameplay cycle that fans have known for over a decade now, in more ways than the yearly new mobs like the Sniffer have. Even something as simple as lost rare items spawning or using a luck stat to change a cave system to one full of challenging enemies and plenty rewards could add a new depth to Survival Mode. After so long, a change could be exactly what fans need to feel excited about generating new worlds

Minecraft is no stranger to change, as the game has seen updates rather often, with large scale updates changing key parts of the game every year or two. With the Caves and Cliffs update, the caves of Minecraft were changed to reflect the incredible underground systems that can be found in real life. This update not only added new creatures, but also reworked the ores in the game. As the title is undergoing constant re-adjustment for the sake of improvement, perhaps random events may be one of these future additions.

While many fans would welcome random events, some might not enjoy the idea of the world of Minecraft becoming more unpredictable. After all, it’s already home to enemies that tend to catch players by surprise as it is, such as Creepers and the archer Skeletons. In times of bad luck from both new events and already existing ones, it may turn the game into less of a relaxing experience and more of a frustrating one. Still, like many of Minecraft’s options, the random events could easily be made into a toggle fans can switch off whenever they want.

Minecraft is available on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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