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Minecraft Dungeons guide: How to play with friends with co-op

Minecraft Dungeons Playing Over Shoulder
Minecraft Dungeons Playing Over Shoulder (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Windows Central)

Mojang's next adventure into the wonderful world of Minecraft is none other than Minecraft Dungeons, an aggressive entry that combines the best of Diablo with the sandbox title everyone knows and love. The only way I can think of to make the experience even better is to combine it with all those friends I wish I had. If you have friends, here's everything you need to know about co-op in Minecraft Dungeons.

How can I play with friends in Minecraft Dungeons?

Minecraft Dungeons Beta Friends List

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Minecraft Dungeons is a fantastic platform for social features and gameplay, so of course Mojang made those features front and center when you're playing. The only requirement? Be hanging out at your camp, which is your rest point between every level. Here you can take a moment to upgrade your weapons with enchantments, buy new gear with emeralds, and more.

If you're at camp, all you need to do to play with friends is open the Friends menu using the "View" button (the one that looks like two interlocking squares) or pressing the "F" key on a keyboard. This brings up a handy screen that lets you add more controllers for local play (yes you can do that!), check to see if any of your friends are already playing and have active sessions that you can join, or select one of your friends from a list to invite to your own game.

The UI is simple and put together pretty well, so it's easy to either join games or get friends to join yours. Even better, Minecraft Dungeons does support local play so you can get multiple people playing on one device! Local play isn't a guarantee in any game anymore, so it's awesome to see it here.

Better together, even in Dungeons

Competitive multiplayer isn't for everyone, but cooperative games with friends and families can make a world of difference when playing games, and Minecraft Dungeons has a great formula to support it. Whenever you jump into Minecraft Dungeons, be sure jump on with others and tackle the Arch-Illagers hordes hand-in-hand. That way when you're beaten anyways it's not just your fault.

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Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

2 Comments
  • Agreed there should be more games that support local play! Glad this one does.
  • Zach, side note related to co-op: I know it doesn't officially support Cross-play yet, but you posted an earlier story claiming that Minecraft Dungeons was an Xbox Play Anywhere title (all of which support Cross-Play and Cross-Save). Minecraft Dungeons is not an Xbox Play Anywhere title despite being a 1st Party title from Microsoft. The previous story should probably be retracted to help clarify.