Caving is the exploration of caves. As gems, time crystals, ore, and various other natural resources can only be found naturally in caves, it is one of the most important activities in The Blockheads. However, there are other ways to get these items, such as mining with a gold pickaxe or meditating.
A cave can be as narrow as a series of unconnected single block gaps to large chambers wider than the reach of a torch's light. Some caves are also filled with water, which may require special preparation to navigate.
Basic caving is nothing more than climbing, crawling, and walking through the available spaces. A pickaxe is useful for opening barriers between unconnected caves. However, as caves can intersect and branch, they sometimes end up like a maze.
A good general approach to exploring caverns without getting lost is to follow the right-most path. This helps on knowing what has been explored and what has not. It only fails when there is a circular connection, in which case placed lanterns or torches indicate the cave looped back into itself.
Another way to keep track of which tunnels have been explored or stripped of resources is to place a block of limestone or another easily distinguishable block at the entrances. The cave could also be walled off with stone because it is abundant. Paint is also a very distinctive marker.
- Chest for extra carrying capacity
- Ladders for crossing large gaps
- Steel lanterns, Oil Lanterns, or torches for light
- Pickaxe for removing barriers and harvesting, possibly a gemstone pickaxe for bonus harvests
To deal with underground water: