Game Theory: Minecraft and The Power of The Dead
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I've covered some of Minecraft's dark secrets when it comes to souls. Today, we are diving even further into the mystery that is the Nether and what powers it. Theorists, has Minecraft learned to harness the power of the dead? It's time to find out!

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  • A2BT1

    Isn't ali an arabic name

  • Oogway the Wise
    Oogway the Wise

    For a while, I’ve been wondering something that he has never touched on; Why is it that bed blow up in the Nether and End, and why do respawn anchors blow up in the Overworld and End? Here’s my theory: GODS. In Ancient Greek mythology, there were sets of gods that existed long before the main gods you learn about, the most commonly known being Gaea (primordial goddess of earth), Ouranus (primordial god of the sky), and Tartarus (primordial god of the underworld). Something about these gods is that they weren’t just the gods of their realms, they WERE the realms. When they were finished with their business, around when the more common gods rose to power, they became almost completely inactive, but I’m right about similar beings in Minecraft, then maybe they’re still sentient and purposefully destroy beds and respawn anchors. I’m not entirely sure of what their motives for this are, maybe they’ll only let you respawn if you use something from their dimension, maybe they don’t want you to respawn at all and can only destroy respawn methods from outside of their dimension, but it still seems to me like this theory fits. What does everybody else think?

  • Theo Kokk
    Theo Kokk

    While souls are an interesting answer to the question where the energy is coming from, I think that the thermal energy is aslo a logical theory. Maybe the fungai of the nether are able to make use of it instead of the solar energy.

  • Spencer Reisner
    Spencer Reisner

    There is no way that the Warped forest was an attempt at water terraforming. There's no way that could be true and have the only mobs that spawn in the biome die quickly upon exposure to water.

  • Jari Woud
    Jari Woud

    I'm from the Netherlands

  • Adri H
    Adri H

    Or the mushrooms could utilize thermosynthesis :/

  • VictoriaThePigYT


  • soupbirdgames

    My first thought was geothermal energy!

  • Random Loading...
    Random Loading...

    I wonder how story mode fits in

  • Beerdy Won
    Beerdy Won

    So, I have a Minecraft theory! The builders made the Nether portal. When they got there it was a flat landscape. Eventually they would explore all of the Nether. Started making stuff, like the mobs. All the mobs overwhelmed and destroyed the Nether. Things became to dangerous for them. Leaving valuables and other things in the chests that could help if/when they returned. When Steve finds the Nether it’s broken after years on neglect. Just a thought.

  • Brandonbombplays

    I put like half of the souls that are in the nether there, I always die there

  • spyros xristopoylos
    spyros xristopoylos

    hello , soul sand

  • Bob Drake
    Bob Drake

    Could the fungus live off of minerals in the soil as well as decomposing organisms like extremofile bacteria?

  • Buttercup The Tortoise
    Buttercup The Tortoise

    Ok I have a question, why is the Ender dragon the last of its kind. It’s so powerful, what could’ve happened? Was their an ancient war like in Godzilla vs Kong where the ender dragon s and some other alpha species went to war?

  • Edy Diaz
    Edy Diaz

    So can anyone tell me how souls grow the warped forest, I don't know, maybe the fact that the nether is filled with lava and that maybe a source of energy but it's just a theroy a confusing theroy

  • Molnskuggan

    Video 17 of posting about otamatone lore

  • Samuel Chouinard
    Samuel Chouinard

    6:15 wait what you watch mlp??

  • Evan

    8:00 me with a 5 layer nether wart farm in hypixel skyblock: *suprised pikachu noises*

  • Human Humanness
    Human Humanness

    Don't some animals live off of thermal energy though?

  • MT_

    "Sigh, another confusing thing, gotta use the ol' reliable. *_"Ancient Builders"_*

  • your nightmare
    your nightmare

    No one me at 3AM : one more theory

  • The Introverted Arcanist
    The Introverted Arcanist

    The beginning reminded me of how awesome the D&D Underdark would be in Minecraft. Also, there are literally oceans of evidence (in the form of lava in the Nether) that imply there is enough geothermal energy to keep all that lava really hot. And it's possible that the geothermal power is what keeps the Netherblocks (Syblocks but in the Nether) floating. In addition, my friend and I came up with the "terraforming" idea a while ago with an important supplement being new species of fungus based on the sculk stuff... Not just that but many quartz colorations (green, pink, yellow) are caused by iron impurities. With nether quartz appearing to be slightly pink when in nether quartz ore, it's safe to say that there are at least trace amounts of iron wherever you find nether quartz. Also, you find skeletons and fossils in the soul sand valleys... who's to say the area isn't made of fossilized fungi and decaying animal meat from an ancient era? That would make it quite healthy, and maybe the ancient fungus had caps resembling wailing faces. That would scare some creatures away! And MATPAT YOU FORGOT TO SAY "BUT THAT'S JUST A THEORY"

  • •That one girl•
    •That one girl•

    This is basically school :)

  • The Epix Bot
    The Epix Bot


  • Konrad Reuter
    Konrad Reuter

    does anyone know if mat has heard about terraria? and also i think that the terrarian might be stronger than steve because the terrarian has more inventory space and can hold stacks of 999 items. it might be hard to get footage for a vid tho.

  • A Random Mewtwo gamer
    A Random Mewtwo gamer

    So if I was a wither skeleton in the nether I could be eating my grandpa’s soul

  • Tallon Fields
    Tallon Fields

    something i figured out just a cople days ago. that when a piglin kills a hoglin, the piglins will go and collect the raw porkchop that it drops. That mean that piglins don't only eat fungi thay also eat porkchop.

  • Z4kV12

    Just realised blazes head upside down looks like Steve with no beard and mouth

  • Baso Despou
    Baso Despou


  • SMH livestreams
    SMH livestreams

    I believe that the wither we spawn the game is an infant. I think this because of the fossils in the neither can be arranged and look similar to that of the wither but larger. The fossils seem to mostly spawn in soul valleys where the air around you has the blue tint of soul energy and i believe that the souls that the witherzilla took seeped into the netherrack and blackstone forming the soul valleys

  • hgnf hgnff
    hgnf hgnff

    Can u do a theory ant the "those were the days." advancement

  • Erika Schrandt
    Erika Schrandt

    What's up with those tutorials worlds?

  • Pedro Umbelino
    Pedro Umbelino

    Piglin brutes actually don’t barter with the player’s they just attack with no mercy.

  • Atlan A.K
    Atlan A.K

    Do. Video on fossils

  • Cubing Gamer
    Cubing Gamer

    Well, I've never heard anyone say this but, I think the reason why endermen (ancient builders) are hostile to endermites because a silverfish spawner is always found next to the end portal, I think that when the ancient builders were about to enter the end they doubted it and thought about it deeply but the silverfish spawned, surprised the

  • MeloNoggin

    though with more starvation deaths from piglins creates more food for the fungi

  • Reality. Queen_
    Reality. Queen_

    Hey i just found a almost broken pickaxe so dose that mean more peopple there to

  • Dark warrior shisui
    Dark warrior shisui

    at the beginning the piglin really had to say grampa

  • Mr.random

    wait a a second who are the skelltons?

  • Erica Ostrom
    Erica Ostrom

    Hey I have a question WHAT THE FREAK ARE GHASTS

  • Mehmet Sırlı
    Mehmet Sırlı

    Matpat you know the armor stand there a secret about it its an entity there is a soul trap inside if you use the place block Whit armor stand it does not work and if you use a dropper whit some kind of mobi will spawn it whit armor stands is the same

  • Shubh Siddhartha
    Shubh Siddhartha

    idk about the idea of souls as the energy of the nether, I rather I think because it is hell like dimension, there is some sort of dark energy that affects the ecosystem, and laws in our world wont affect the nether.

  • Amélie Schoenmakers
    Amélie Schoenmakers

    I'm from the netherlands.

  • tomlapatate

    yeah but even in you manage to get above the bedrock there is nothing juste darkness

  • Ryoko Wheeler-Taylor
    Ryoko Wheeler-Taylor

    I like how he left out energy inefficiency in wall e but conveniently remembered it here

  • covid cat
    covid cat


  • shorena meskhidze
    shorena meskhidze

    Can you do orgins of witch

  • Mate Zadori
    Mate Zadori

    Theory idea: What was the timeline of, well... all of this (in all of this I mean when did they create the wither? when did they exile the illagers out of the vilages? when did the "masters" become endermen? when did pigs become piglins? And also Im not talkin about like "they create the wither in 1974" or "they traveled into the nether 2 days after the exilation of the illagers" I mean "first they buildt the temples, then the zombie got created, then... you know what Im talking about)

  • The Jade Knights
    The Jade Knights


  • Cassandra Knight
    Cassandra Knight

    I didn't even hit the Subscribe button how to get subscribed this is the second time this has happened what's going on!??

  • Oscar Stigfinnare
    Oscar Stigfinnare

    But What is the glowstone for it vant grow plants its litteralt useless!

  • Dawn Clark
    Dawn Clark

    Did anyone else see Discord from my little pony in the word ENTROPY? No? ok

  • xNight_441

    can u amke an episode about elder guardians

  • Muhammad Kianeziabustatuta - Click Download
    Muhammad Kianeziabustatuta - Click Download

    6:27 the sun really is a deadly lazer

  • Adawg 303
    Adawg 303

    I’m stuck in Minecraft lore/deep dive fact vids these are so addicting I don’t even play this game I love these vids either way

  • Justin Roblox Game
    Justin Roblox Game


  • Micah Birdlover
    Micah Birdlover

    neater mind get it🤭😄

  • ACE [mercury1]
    ACE [mercury1]

    guys, Wfies (the youtuber) made a video called "Hacking in minecraft the right way" and he talks about a book called the official minecraft hacking guide and it talks about how below bedrock is the nether. thats a fun thing to point out that i thought id share. Then again, the book isnt very... trust worthy.

  • Micah Birdlover
    Micah Birdlover

    wait that's just rope funny 🤭

  • shanessie6

    The compass goes haywire in the nether

  • pizzababy 68 :3 pizza + baby = pizzababy
    pizzababy 68 :3 pizza + baby = pizzababy

    Did you know that the nether didn't always had a bedrock roof And piglins have water bottle IN THE NETHER!

  • Mailcs06

    Everyone’s saying “Geothermal power!”, and I thought that too at first, but now I realize why it wouldn’t work. Geothermal energy specifically works by moving heat from a hot area to a colder one, so it wouldn’t work in the Nether. Also, lifeforms can’t harvest heat energy to live. The only reason hydrothermal vents at the ocean’s bottom sustain life is because they spray out tons of chemicals that are used as fuel for chemical reactions. The actual heat of the water does not provide the energy for organisms.

  • Mailcs06

    I was wondering if he made a theory about the Warped Forest!

  • Mailcs06

    Hey. Gold isn’t too rare in the Nether, and the only way to get strong there is from striders, which live out on the lava. A place that’s not safe for piglins, so string is probably pretty valuable to them.

  • DCH Hackler
    DCH Hackler

    I have a theory why do Minecraft players always spawn adults👾

  • tom b
    tom b

    Hay matpat I know this is the wrong video but if you look at the bedrock version for Xbox 360 Which is stuck on update aquatic you can find the sunken remains of the previous versions spawn hub under the ice which also supports your Drowned theory

  • brooklyn

    You know, this may sound kind of stupid but I was talking about this with of my friends and this is completely off topic.. but how big would a Minecraft block like any Minecraft block such as a grass block look like in real life? I know this question seems kind of stupid but I'm actually kind of curious

  • Holy Crusader
    Holy Crusader

    When you finish the Minecraft theories you should make a book combining all theories into a lore on the world of Minecraft

  • Lolo_BobaTEA1


  • Mario Boy W
    Mario Boy W

    It's a pig from hell. Of course its bode does not behave the same as someone else

  • Josuke Higashikata -Jojolion-
    Josuke Higashikata -Jojolion-

    Ok… soul energy, I’m on board. One thing that was nagging me though, it might not just be those who died after coming from the overworld but there is an entire biome contributed to souls aka the soul sand valley, what do you find their? Giant skeletons of dead creatures and… well regular skeletons so the soul sand valley somewhat acts like the nether’s sun

  • Landon Pieper
    Landon Pieper

    ok if Minecraft is randomly generated for every world does that mean there's a Multiverse theory in there

  • Nog X
    Nog X

    Hey game theory I was playing Minecraft and died to llama spit and I was wondering in real life llama spit can kill you. So I thought Minecraft’s hearts are like are body’s but super weak. Also falling of let’s say 5 6 tall building of block in Minecraft you take a lot of fall damage but in irl you break your legs

  • john repko
    john repko


  • serengeti

    what if the Nether produces its own energy? is that possible? like living on the sun, except you can live on it lol

  • Apollo Scott
    Apollo Scott


  • lemon god
    lemon god

    Out of all the theary you could do on the the nether "cough" gast "cough" you do the f##king food chain

  • bts meal
    bts meal

    Random kid theres no lore in Minecraft Matpat hold my diet coke

  • Endevour Exile
    Endevour Exile

    The portal is 3 blocks tall and so r enderman and the warped forest is similar to the end and enderman as the have similar color pallets

  • Tatertot and Frenchfry Twin flower
    Tatertot and Frenchfry Twin flower

    The weird thing is 4 of the most common (old) neither mobs are dead (the Scelly boii and z pigmen) the blazes and magma cubes we're probly formed OF the fire and lava *Ghasts* ,_,

  • James Cochran
    James Cochran

    MatPat I have a theory what if Steve was the pilligers ultimate creaton

  • Optimal Melon Position
    Optimal Melon Position

    this entire theory of the nether would make for one KICKASS Minecraft Mod

  • Nairam’s Vlogs
    Nairam’s Vlogs

    Hey what about the airpods pro those are good they look just the same but only in color white

  • Nairam’s Vlogs
    Nairam’s Vlogs

    I'm talking about the energy of generation because if you start a world it generates the whole world so it stays infinite

  • Nairam’s Vlogs
    Nairam’s Vlogs

    Of the energy of generation duh

  • Freeze-Dried Water
    Freeze-Dried Water

    I saw that little picture of Discord....

  • Tate Rosacker
    Tate Rosacker

    Matpat I love all your videos! You should look at FEZ and do a theory on that game! (This could be a mistake...)

  • Bi-han

    When are u gonna do another video on minecraft? I think u left out alot.

  • Craytherlaygaming

    The sound of netherrack actually sound much like a stoney flesh. So maybe it isn't jus metaphorically hungry for souls

  • The Quadron
    The Quadron

    Energy from (insert the star in question) -> bedrock -> netherrack -> crimson or warped fungus -> hoglin or strider -> piglin

  • The Quadron
    The Quadron

    The nether technically doesn't have herbivores, because fungus aren't plants

  • The Quadron
    The Quadron

    In my opinion both the bedrock & the netherrack must contain to energy that is received by a star. In conclusion nether materials can collect energy. That is how I presume fungi that aren't from the overworld get their energy, their mycelium grows into the netherrack that has lots of energy channeling through it.

  • Yankee

    I want a theory on how Nether was created or how The End was created.

  • River Hall-Geib
    River Hall-Geib

    I have a theory: what if Steve was created by the illagers

  • Frost Spirit
    Frost Spirit

    9:59 Well then how did the end portal close? HUH? ANSWER ME MATPAT!

  • Taco swiftie 13
    Taco swiftie 13

    Mattttt do an episode on granny

  • BlipLit

    what about a theory on why we players respawn while the builders didnt?

  • Donna Steen
    Donna Steen


  • BobaTeaBeing

    Just a theory idea: What about the ability to summon the ender dragon? Lmk a video about this has already been posted

  • titan kronus22
    titan kronus22

    Plants in the overworld can grow in a room, with no access to the sun. They can grow by having a torch beside them because of the light. Any chance lava works the same way in the nether? Idk im pretty dumb and im only halfway through the vid

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