Skywars or Sky Wars is a popular Minecraft minigame where each player starts off on a separate island that is floating in the Void and tries to battle each other until there is only one player (or team) left alive.

Each server with Skywars has its own maps and variations, but learning the basic strategy and a few advanced tricks will definitely work on most of them. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase a complete guide on how to play Sky Wars in Minecraft 1.19.


1. Basic guide for Minecraft Sky Wars

Firstly, to play Sky Wars, players need to join a server with the Sky Wars minigame. There are a lot of them, with the best being Hypixel, Mineplex, or Arkham Network.

Select a Sky Wars game variant. Some servers have more than one type of Sky Wars available. There are solo modes, team modes, or even special modes that add more events to the map.

Basic tactics of Sky Wars

In this mode, each player starts on a separate island, with chests of randomized loot. Death is permanent, with the last person left alive getting the victory. In Team Mode, your teammates start on the same island.


The most common type of map has the players' islands arranged in a big circle. The center island is the main point of contest - it is uninhabited and contains powerful gear.

Build a wall at the edge of your island if you keep getting hit by projectiles. A two-block-high wall will block arrows while a one-block-high wall will stop you from falling off the edge.

Sky Wars is a fast-paced game so watch your surrounding at all times. Try to stay near the middle of your island, as the most common way to die is to get knocked off the edge. If you have your own range weapon, try to aim at targets standing at the edge or building bridges.

How to PvP in Sky Wars

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You need to learn how to rush and take advantage of opponents, especially if they are not paying attention. The golden rule is that you should always stay away from the edge of the island and don't give enemies the chance to knock you off it. Remember to hold down the sneak button so your name tag isn't visible.

Creative use of building blocks is a must. Never rush onto an unprotected bridge if anyone nearby is watching you. Instead, make sure you have plenty of blocks (breaking trees and dirt if you need to), then build across safely instead.

If your neighbor is waiting for you at the edge, approach until you're just out of reach, then quickly build a tower upward. from there you can build another bridge to quickly jump over behind him or drop lava, TNT, or other special items and projectiles.

Seize opportunities if possible - always looking to push players off the edge or clean up if you see two players fighting.

2. How to use items in Sky Wars


Loot all the chests you find. Your island should have at least one, with more available down on the lower level. Besides armor, weapons and food, pick up the following items:

  • Every building blocks you see. You will need them for walls, bridges, and towers.
  • Tools with knockback - they have the ability to push enemies off the island. Fishing poles can also pull enemies off the edge.
  • Buckets of water or lava come in handy. Stash sticks, metal ingots, and diamonds can be crafted into better weapons.

Try to adapt to your situation, if you got good armor and weapons, go on the offensive. Otherwise, try to lay low until you see a chance for sneak attacks.

Get to the center if possible. Most maps have at least one central island, and the chests there usually have valuable powerful loot. The player who manages to reach and loot them would get a big advantage. Rushing center is also a viable strategy if the islands are not that close together.

Be careful — if you take too long to build or to get to the center of the enemy island, anyone nearby could knock you into the void.

3. Advanced strategies for Sky Wars in Minecraft 1.19

Water bucket usage

This item might seem useless at first glance but it can save your life:

  • When jumping or falling from a great height, empty your water bucket beneath you just before you hit the ground to avoid taking damage.
  • When making a risky crossing, empty a water bucket on the bridge. If you get knocked off, try to land in the waterfall and swim back up to the top.

Go on the offensive if you get OP items

If players manage to claim the central islands and get powerful items such as enchanted gear or golden apples, it might be a good idea to go charge the weaker opponents.

Ender Pearls can be used to escape when in danger or attack well-defended islands without having to cross a bridge.

Sneak attack from below

Players usually just expect you to come at them in a direct line and would not notice you creeping in from the bottom of the island. Just creep down to the bottom of your island while the other player isn't looking, then build toward their base.

Try to keep an eye out and be ready to run back.

Lure people into fire

In close-range fights, it is possible to lure other players into chasing you while you run backward, dropping lava or fire. This can easily turn the tide of combat in your favor, even if they have better equipment.

Become familiar with the maps on your server

Each server has its own set of Skywars maps. Each map favors different strategies and might have special resources like hidden chests or lava.  Getting familiar with them gives you a head start and shortens the exploration time.

Additionally, you can also try to earn server perks, such as special currency to buy items during the game. Most big servers have their own unique additions to Sky Wars.

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