Minecraft netherite: effects and how to make netherite

Everything you need to know about Minecraft’s high-level material

A Minecraft player character wearing a full set of Netherite armour, holding a Netherite sword

What is Minecraft netherite? The latest material in Minecraft is available as part of the 1.16 update and you can find it in the deepest depths of the Nether…right? Yes, and you can also make it from a new ore called ancient debris – here’s how.

Netherite isn’t for the faint-hearted, it’s a high-level material and you better believe it does something special worth venturing through a Minecraft Nether portal for. You can use it to update your diamond gear, but instead of diamond+ it’s a whole new thing by itself, opening up possibilities for netherite items, gear, tools, weapons, and more.

In order to get your cubey mitts on the strongest material in the game, you’ll need to take a trip to the Nether in search of rare ancient debris, which you’ll craft into netherite ingots before creating the best weapons and armour in Minecraft. Wondering how to find netherite? Nether fear, we’ll guide you through the whole journey, from digging in the spooky dirt to showing off your full set of netherite equipment. Here’s how to make netherite in Minecraft, along with netherite effects, and why it’s so much better than diamonds.

How to find Netherite in Minecraft

Unlike diamond, you can’t find Minecraft netherite in ore form in the ground. Instead, you’re looking for a block in the Nether called ancient debris – and it’s astronomically rare. You’ll need at least a diamond pickaxe to harvest it, so come prepared.

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Ancient debris spawns in veins, and always spawns completely covered by blocks (or lava) on each side, so you won’t be able to spot them from the surface. Instead, you’ll need to dig down – ancient debris can be found from y=22 to y=8, though it’s most common at y=15.

How to craft netherite in minecraft

Once you’ve found some ancient debris, it’s time for the next step – crafting netherite scrap. After smelting an ancient debris block in a furnace or blast furnace, you’ll have one netherite scrap. You need four netherite scraps and four gold ingots, arranged in any shape, to make a single netherite ingot.

How to craft Netherite Armour and Netherite Weapons

The good news is, after scouring the Nether for enough ancient debris to make a netherite ingot, you only need a single netherite ingot for each piece of netherite equipment. Instead of crafting your new tools out of pure netherite, you’ll instead upgrade existing diamond armour and weapons by combining them with your netherite ingot using a smithing table.

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Smithing tables can be found in the blacksmith’s building in a village, or you can craft one yourself with wood planks and iron ingots. Enchantments placed on your diamond equipment will be transferred, but the durability won’t be reset, so you’ll need to use an anvil if your diamond equipment needs restoring.

Minecraft netherite effects

So what can you do with your shiny new netherite in Minecraft? All netherite items float, handy for traversing Minecraft’s lava filled underworld, and it means any items you create won’t sink – so you can just watch them float away instead.

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Netherite items are an all-around upgrade from diamond. They have a high enchantment value for using on a Minecraft enchantment table, the tools work faster, too, and are more durable. Netherite weapons also deal more damage and netherite armour has a higher toughness and lasts longer than your average diamond gear. If you’re dressed in your netherite fineries, you’ll barely get knocked back when hit. That’s an added benefit of this cool new material, especially if you’re preparing to take on the Minecraft wither boss and need some extra padding.

Once you’re all geared up with your netherite gear, find out how to find blackstone in Minecraft, and what you can expect from the Minecraft 1.17 update.