Monday, February 7, 2011

Minecart Intermediates: Multi-Carts

A Multi-cart is another minecart glitch that works on the same principles as a booster with one exception: Multi-carts are self-powered, meaning that they are essentially their own booster. Every booster works on the same physics: that of two minecarts on parallel tracks pushing each other and feeding off of each others energy. Multi-carts, however, are two or more minecarts in one on the same track.

Multi-carts strengths lie in their ability to:
1. Potentially travel forever
2. Power themselves without the need of a booster
3. Travel over flat land and water
4. Be created with ease
5. Do minecart jumps! (SUPER ADVANCED TECHNIQUE! Will describe later.)

Multi-carts are not perfect though, and they can be broken apart if the track they are on has too many turns.

Here are the steps to create a multi-cart station

1. Make a rail loop of at least 4 blocks length.

2. Remove one end of the rail loop.

3. Replace the removed rails with solid blocks.

4. Now place a minecart against each rail so that the carts rest against the blocks. The minecarts should move around the bend and combine. You now have a multi-cart!

Place a cart against one block...

...and then the other. The carts should boost each other...

...and combine! You now have a multi-cart!

6. To make the double cart move, all you have to do is touch it! Now place a rail upon one of the blocks that the multi-cart is NOT resting against, give the cart a tap, jump in quickly, and go for a ride!

As the name multi-cart suggests, you can make triple, quadruple, penta, etc carts simply by putting another cart on the empty rail. The more carts you use, the more powerful your cart momentum is, but more carts also means less stability, so your multi-cart becomes even more likely to break apart when turning on a rail.

The multi-cart is not as well researched as boosters, so expect some unexpected things. If a user is unprepared, it is not unusual for them to lose their multicart as it speeds off into the horizon without its rider, but they can be great tools to use while in the wilderness should you need a fast way to travel across a flatland, an ocean or down a mountain.

I am currently testing multi-carts to see what kind of uses they can be put to, so expect further information on the subject at a later time. That includes details on the minecart jumping which I mentioned earlier in the post.


  1. thanks for the tip. keeping this handy for when i finally get around to creating carts.

  2. thats really cool, ill try this later

  3. niiiice, ive been wondering how to do this

  4. awaiting your minecart.. jumps! o_o

  5. Probably gonna try this out, pretty good guide!

  6. thats cool, would of never thought of that

  7. Every time I view your blog I come one step closer to trying minecraft. Could you maybe link some beginner websites to learn all the basics? Or maybe some videos you think would push me over the brink?

  8. very creative, I never would have found this out. It is not very stable as you said, every time I try something goes wrong eventually. Still lots of fun.