How to get Netherite in Minecraft – crafting guide and tips

by Connor Bennett


A brand-new material was added to Minecraft in the form of Netherite with the 20w06a snapshot. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on it, here’s how you can do so.

Minecraft first released as an alpha back in 2009, with what you could do in-game only being limited by your imagination. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the most popular games of all-time – eclipsing 180 million copies sold. 

Though its peak may have come a few years prior to 2020, that hasn’t stopped Mojang from dropping updates every so often. While the majority of these updates address bug fixes, they do add new content too, with things like new mobs and building materials being what fans want most.

Netherite armor in Minecraft
The Nether has been given a new look in Minecraft with the addition of Netherite.


The 20w06a snapshot added a material stronger than diamonds in the form of Netherite. As the name might suggest, you’ve got to head to the Nether to get your hands on it – which already creates a difficult challenge.

However, players have quickly sussed out the quickest and easiest ways to get ahold of the brand-new material, even though its spawn levels aren’t exactly the easiest to narrow down.

Like the rarer materials in Minecraft, Netherite only spawns in second veins at certain levels below the surface.

How to get Netherite – step-by-step guide

  1. Go into the Nether with a Diamond Pickaxe
  2. Dig down between levels 8-22 and 7-119
  3. Mine four ‘Ancient Debris’ blocks across these levels
  4. Take the material to the surface and refine it using a furnace
  5. Use the Crafting table to combine four Netherite scrap with gold ingot


As it stands, Netherite can be used to upgrade crafted weapons and armor instead of creating an entirely new one out of the material itself. 

All you have to do is take the weapon or piece of armor that you want to upgrade, toss it on the crafting table, place a piece of Netherite ingot above it and you’ve got yourself a pretty durable weapon.

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You can also enchant the Netherite gear like other pieces of equipment, however, if you try and upgrade an already enchanted weapon with the ingot, you will lose your enchantment. 

Of course, as the material is tested further, the developers may make some slight adjustments in its spawn rate and levels but, for now, just follow the step-by-step guide to grab some Netherite.