- 设定 种子：开始游戏前，玩家输入某一指定的种子，在一个预先已经确定好的世界中搜寻战利品、末地城、要塞等。玩家可能会多次重复使用同一种子以尝试缩短任务时间。
- 随机种子: 玩家以一个随机种子进行游戏，搜寻村庄或其它有用的目标，必要时也可以新的随机种子重新开始游戏。
- 利用漏洞/不利用漏洞: 玩家可选择是否利用游戏中的漏洞（这在其它游戏的速通中十分常见）。在Minecraft中，最有用的漏洞即为复制方块或物品，这些漏洞在近期的版本中大部分已被修复，因此利用漏洞的速通在较新的版本中较为罕见。
- 利用辅助软件/不利用辅助软件：即TAS(Tool Assisted Speedrun)工具辅助速通，指使用包括且不限于按键连发、按键录制、逐帧操作、即时存读档等辅助工具进行的速通，后两者在Minecraft TAS速通中得到多种应用。但这类辅助工具通常都是不破坏游戏规则的，与单纯的作弊不同。
- 难度: 由玩家选择世界难度。和平难度下末影人不会生成，并通常需要玩家从村民处购买末影珍珠。
首要的抉择之一系是否挖矿。最快的速通采用地面上或靠近地面的岩浆、桶与水以建造地狱门，但这意味着你需要以最少的装备穿行地狱并消灭许多烈焰人。为了找到更多基础物品，你可以挖到岩浆层或其之下以便收集更多矿物。挖矿会大大拖慢你的时间，但也可以大大提高你在龙口及其之前生存的概率。Anecdotal evidence shows that finding a nether fortress isn't affected by the Y level of the overworld portal.
Finding iron ingots or an iron pickaxe first thing is a great boost. However, if you don't, you'll need to obtain wood, craft a wood pickaxe, mine cobblestone, craft a cobblestone pickaxe, then mine iron ore. If you don't get these things from a village, keep an eye out for a tree next to a cave so you have what you need in the same place. Ravines with a waterfall or close to water source are also a great place to get the materials you need quickly. Also, the difference between chopping a tree with your fists and using a cobblestone axe usually isn't enough to justify stopping to make one.
If you start near a village, carrots are the best raw food. Once you have time, baked potatoes are better. For survivability, you are probably going to want some cooked meat before fighting blaze or later in the game. If there are pigs, cows or sheep in the area, kill some of those, but if you didn't light them on fire first, you may want to wait to cook the meat until you enter the nether or while fighting blaze.
If you haven't spotted any lava and you don't plan to mine, you may want to gather other materials, make food, get flint or complete other necessary tasks while waiting for sunset. Once it starts to get dark, lava pools are much easier to spot from a height. Don't forget a blacksmith building has two lava source blocks if you happen to come across a smaller lava pool.
Make sure you have enough food and materials, then create a nether portal. Even if you have a diamond pickaxe, with some practice you can make a nether portal using a bucket, water and lava more quickly than mining 10 obsidian. Dig out a frame for the nether portal, if necessary, or pillar up 5-6 blocks and place your water source using the bucket. Now scoop up lava and place it next to the water to make obsidian. Keep adding lava until you have the 10 obsidian blocks in place to make the portal. If your lava makes cobblestone next to it instead of turning to obsidian, move the water source block until it's flowing next to the lava.
After you enter the nether, you may want to set up a furnace to cook or smelt anything you didn't have time to before. Remember that if you leave a furnace in the overworld it will stop smelting shortly after you enter the nether so it won't be finished when you get back.
Make sure you thoroughly understand how nether fortresses are generated and search accordingly. You are more likely to find a fortress quickly if you head east or west until X 200/-200 and then search north or south. Listen and keep an eye out for blaze and nether skeletons. Magma cubes also spawn at a higher rate in a fortress, so if you see one it might indicate a fortress nearby. Turn up your render distance, if possible, to see further. Remember to watch and listen for endermen and kill any that you find. Dig a quick tunnel two blocks high and 2 blocks back, look at the enderman and kill him from just inside the tunnel. If you travel very far to find the fortress, use torches or overworld blocks, such as cobblestone, dirt or leaves to mark your path back to the portal.
Once you find a nether fortress, you may want to search the interior first. The potential loot may help you survive the blaze and later parts of the game. A saddle is especially valuable later when you hunt endermen in the overworld. However, ultimately you want to find a blaze spawner. Ideally, you want a blaze spawner surrounded by netherrack so that you don't have to worry about blaze flying up or a ghast shooting at you. If the blaze spawner is out in the open, you may want build a quick roof and walls to keep the blaze in and protect yourself from other mobs. Building a two block pillar near the spawner can also help to block some blaze fire attacks while you kill the others. You usually want to leave with 8 blaze rods, more if you plan on making a brewing stand. If so, don't forget to get nether wart before you leave the fortress. While gathering blaze rods, you may want to keep them in your hotbar so you can see how many you have.
Finish exploring the fortress to get any additional loot, if desired, and head back to your portal. Get any items from the furnace and portal back to the overworld.
Your next two priorities are finding the stronghold and gathering ender pearls. If you have already managed to get an ender pearl, convert your blaze rod to blaze powder and make an eye of ender. Use the eye of ender to get the general direction of the end portal and start heading in the direction, unless you are in a good area for hunting endermen and it's night. It's ideal to use a triangulation calculator to minimize the number of pearls needed to find the stronghold. Write down your X and Z coordinates and the direction you are facing when looking at the eye of ender in the air (f). Two eyes of ender thrown from about 500 blocks apart in a radius around the stronghold will provide a very accurate location.
Remember that a saddle is very valuable? The fastest way to hunt endermen is riding a horse in the desert or savannah. Endermen won't spawn in the rain and therefore the lack of rain in the desert and savannah biomes is helpful. These biomes are also usually flat which makes it much easier to spot them. You can quickly ride far enough to reset the spawn, meaning you will have many more chances for endermen to spawn, riding in a large circle around the biome.
If it's daytime or you aren't near one of these biomes, head in a roughly orthogonal direction to the stronghold to get your next eye of ender reading. In other words, if the eye of ender went to the northwest, head north and a little east 500 blocks or so before the throwing the next eye. If the eye went west, head southwest a distance before throwing it. If you don't yet have an ender pearl it might be useful to pick a direction and head that way. Strongholds don't generate until 1408 blocks of the origin, so if you head in any direction out past 1000, you will most likely be closer to a stronghold than when you started. On the way, look for desert or savannah biomes and horses (and a saddle if you don't already have one). You can also look for villages, desert temples, shipwrecks and other places to find loot.
Once you reach the area of the stronghold, you can start digging, unless it's night and the surrounding area is good for hunting endermen. If not, dig a pit for your horse and head underground. You might want to dig straight down, or dig stairs since you will likely be returning to the surface. Turn up your volume and turn on subtitles to help find silverfish, which spawn inside the end portal room. Strongholds can be vast, so keep track of your progress. Open wooden doors are a sign you have already been there, but use your pickaxe to remove iron doors, or else mine down the wall next to it. Use torches or other blocks to mark areas you have explored. Once you find the end portal, place any eyes you have already and figure out how many more you will need. Many players bring an extra ender pearl to teleport off the platform in the end, if necessary.
A very valuable item is a book with looting. These can be found in a few places, including libraries in a stronghold. If you find one and you have enough iron to make an anvil, this will drastically increase the number of ender pearls you can gather.
Once you have found the end portal, return to the surface the way you came or by digging a new set of stairs. Keep hunting endermen until you have enough ender pearls. During the day you can hunt for more loot in the stronghold or the overworld, gather additional resources, such as snowballs, flint to make arrows, food and golden apples.
When you have enough ender pearls to make eyes of ender and complete the frame, get ready to fight the dragon. You'll likely need good food, a water bucket, projectiles for the end crystals, blocks for pillaring up and a good weapon or several beds. Removing the end crystals is frequently more dangerous than killing the dragon. Once they are gone, killing the dragon isn't too difficult. Also, if you aren't using beds, remember that a cobblestone axe has more damage (though lower DPS) than a diamond sword. Waiting until the dragon is perched and jumping to get crits will kill the dragon in 3-4 perches.
After the dragon is dead, jump through the portal and check your time. How did you do?