Challenging is the normal survival mode. There is danger, but you will be able to respawn at your last sleep position when you die, unless you haven't slept yet. If you haven't, you will spawn back at the original drop-off area when you first started the game. It is the second hardest of the gamemodes, following cruel mode

Gameplay Advantages

  1. You spawn at your place when you die

Gameplay Disadvantages

  1. Finite supply of blocks, items, etc. You have to find them from the enviroment or crafted
  2. Almost anything can kill you
  3. Animals are more provoked than in harmless mode and just one touch on an animal will cause them to attack you
  4. Animals cannot easily be set on fire with matches
  5. Tools and weapons wear down at a certain point
  6. No spawner eggs (except birds) are in this gamemode
  7. Eating is necessary for survival

Other notes

  • You cannot change the terrain generation, enviroment behavior, etc. once it is set to challenging mode. You can still get around this easily
  • Before the 2.0 update, you could not change the world temperature or humidity in survival modes