You might have heard about Tick speed while reading advanced Minecraft guides. It is a type of function that controls how the event triggers in the game get updated and activated. For example, tick speed defines how quickly or slowly fluid in liquid blocks can flow. It is part of the game's core mechanic, and in this article, we are going to show you how to set tick speed in Minecraft.

Minecraft tick speed
Minecraft tick speed can be changed at any time.

1. How to set tick speed in Minecraft using commands

You need to enable cheats on your world for commands to work. The option can be found on the creation menu when creating a new Minecraft world. Below is a step by step guide on setting tick speed command.

Firstly, you need to open the chat window. For Windows 10 and Java editions, use the T key, and for PS4 and Xbox, use the D-pad on the controller. Once the chat window opens up, enter the Minecraft tick speed command to change the tick speed as you like. There are 2 commands:

  • /gamerule randomTickSpeed (value)
  • /gamerule randomTickSpeed

The first one is for setting an exact value of the tick speed in order to control the speed of how quickly things grow or decay. The second one is to check the current tick speed of the game. These commands are available in many versions of Minecraft.

Change Game Tick Speed
How to set tick speed in Minecraft to grow trees in a short time.

The program loop of Minecraft runs at a fixed speed of 20 ticks/second. This means if you want to set your tick to change every 4 seconds, the command should be "/gamerule randomTickSpeed 80".

2. How to increase tick speed in Minecraft using game settings

Players can also change tick speed using an option in the settings. While playing, just go to the setting and select the option "Random Tick Speed" at the very bottom of the settings page. Afterward, just type the new tick speed that you want to set.

The rule works the same as the above Minecraft commands. You need to multiply the speed of the game (seconds) by 20 to get the tick speed.

Random Tick Speed in Minecraft
Random tick speed in Minecraft can also be changed in settings.

What tick speed should you use in Minecraft?

This option should only be done temporarily, as changing it permanently might make your game run in a weird way. It is best to just increase the speed bit by bit to see if your hardware can handle it.

The tick speed increases or decreases the growth of crops and fire spreading. The normal tick speed is 3, so if you set it at, say, 15, it'll go five times as fast. The random ticks would be disabled if you set the speed to zero.

Minecraft world breaking down
If you set your random tick speed too high, the game will break down in no time at all.

3. What is a game tick in Minecraft?

Simply put, a game tick is the unit of time in Minecraft. The default tick speed in Minecraft is 20 ticks per second, with one tick occurring every 0.05 seconds. One Minecraft day lasts for 24000 ticks, which is 20 minutes in real life. You can press ALT + F3 in game to show the default tick speed or TPS (ticks per second) set value.

The advancements or updates in Minecraft happen based on ticks. A higher tick rate will cause everything in your Minecraft world to update slower. For example, if you set your tick rate at 72000, your game would update only once in an hour.

However, if you set it to just 20, it will update every second. This is why higher tick speed can help performance, as lower tick speed's frequent refresh might make the game run slower. The highest tick speed in Minecraft is 256 ticks/second. Outside of that, the tick will still happen but the display speed won't change.

Why should you change Minecraft random tick speed?

Minecraft random tick speed is a separate feature in the game that affects random things such as the spread of fire, growth of plants, decay of leaves, summon random lightning strikes... and more. By changing it, you can speed up the growth of your crops or the breeding time of your mobs to get the resource right away.

temporary tick speed
How to set tick speed in Minecraft temporarily.

Just don't set it too high, as a very high value might crash the game or make it unplayable. For example, if the default tick speed is three, you can increase the growth of plants by 7 times by setting it to 21. Some people have tested by setting the speed to 500000 and breaking their game completely.

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