Every Type of Minecraft Map Explained

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Every Type of Minecraft Map Explained

Abhimannu Das
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Here is a breakdown of every type of map that you can experience in Minecraft.
Minecraft maps can be categorized into in-game maps, adventure maps, survival maps, mini-game maps and custom terrain maps.

In Minecraft, a "map" can refer to different things, ranging from the in-game map item to various custom maps created by the community. There might be plenty of community-made terms that you are not aware of so we are here to simplify all of the jargon. Here is a rundown of every type of map that you will find in Minecraft. These include official maps as well as community-made maps that you may find in custom servers.

All Map-Types in Minecraft 

Minecraft maps can be categorized into in-game maps, adventure maps, survival maps, mini-game maps and custom terrain maps.

In-Game Maps

Empty Map: Crafted using paper and a compass, an empty map starts blank and gradually fills in as you explore new areas. This is a handy tool for navigation and can be expanded by combining it with more paper in a crafting table.

Locator Map: Similar to an empty map, a locator map also displays the player's location, but it can't be expanded. It helps you find your way around and locate points of interest.

Banner Map: By combining a map with a banner in a crafting table, you can create a banner map. This allows you to display a banner's design on the map, which can be useful for marking locations.

Adventure Maps

Custom Adventure Maps: These are player-created maps designed for specific adventures or challenges. They often have a storyline, puzzles, and objectives. Players download these maps and play through them, sometimes with custom textures and resource packs.

Parkour Maps: Focused on platforming and jumping challenges, parkour maps test a player's agility and coordination. They often have designated routes and checkpoints, and completion time is a common factor in these maps.

Survival Maps

Survival Island: A classic survival map is where players start on a small, isolated island with limited resources. The goal is to survive and thrive by exploring nearby islands or underground caves.

Skyblock: In this map, players start on a floating island with minimal resources. The challenge is to expand and thrive using only the limited materials provided, often with additional challenges and objectives.

Mini-Games Maps

Hunger Games Maps: Inspired by the book/movie series, Hunger Games maps place players in a central area where they must quickly gather resources and eliminate opponents. The last player or team standing wins.

Bed Wars Maps: A popular multiplayer mini-game where teams build and defend their beds while attempting to destroy the beds of other teams. Once a bed is destroyed, players can no longer respawn.

Spleef Maps: Players compete in an arena where the goal is to break blocks beneath their opponents, causing them to fall. The last player standing or the player with the most eliminations wins.

Custom Terrain Maps

Superflat Worlds: These maps feature completely flat terrain with customizable layers, allowing players to create unique landscapes. Superflat worlds are often used for creative building or specific challenges.

Custom Biome Maps: Some maps feature handcrafted or modified biomes, providing unique environments for players to explore. These can range from fantasy landscapes to realistic replicas of real-world locations.

These are just a few examples, and the Minecraft community continually creates new and innovative maps. Players can find and share maps on websites like Planet Minecraft or the Minecraft Forums. When downloading custom maps, always ensure they are compatible with your Minecraft version and follow any installation instructions provided by the map creator.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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