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How to make a Minecraft recovery compass

The Minecraft recovery compass, introduced in the 1.19 The Wild update, has a very useful function to help you find your best gear if you lose them.

Minecraft recovery compass - Steve is holding the recovery copmpass, which is pointing to the east.

So you want to know about the Minecraft recovery compass? It only has one purpose: to help you retrieve your lost items. It’s not quite the same as Jack Sparrow’s compass, which takes you to what you desire, but the two share the same trait of being absolutely useless for general navigation. While you have it equipped, the compass points you to the spot where you last died.

The Minecraft recovery compass is one of the many, many, additions to one of the best PC games. It’s not as scary as The Warden, not as creepy as the Deep Dark biome, and it doesn’t have the appeal of the new Minecraft frogs, but the recovery compass is a very handy item to have on you after dying unexpectedly.

The compass only works if the player holding it has died, and you must be in the same dimension where you died. For example, if you die inside the Minecraft Nether, you need to go there for it to start working. If either of these conditions isn’t being met, the compass spins around, never pointing to anything.

Minecraft recovery compass - the recipe for the recovery compass requires you to place a compass in the middle of the crafting table, then surround it with Echo shards.

Minecraft recovery compass recipe

To create a recovery compass, you need the following items:

  • 1x compass
  • 8x Echo shards

Place the compass in the middle of the crafting grid, with eight echo shards surrounding it. Echo shards are a fairly new resource added to the crafting game as of its 1.19 update, and they can only be found in the new Minecraft ancient city biome that spawns in the Deep Dark.

These shards are only used to make recovery compasses at the moment, so you won’t have competing priorities if they prove hard to find. You can stack recovery compasses if you feel like you might end up dying a lot.

That’s everything you need to know about the Minecraft recovery compass. For more Minecraft tips, check out our favourite Minecraft seeds, as well as these excellent Minecraft skins to make sure you’re looking your best.