If you’re looking to upgrade your diamond gear in Minecraft but don’t have the necessary materials, this guide will help you easily find Ancient Debris that can be turned into a Netherite Ingot.
Before Minecraft released The Nether Update in 2020, diamonds were the strongest material in the game. Leather, iron, and gold paled in comparison to the strength, durability, and protection diamond gear provided.
That was until Netherite was introduced. A material that’s hard to obtain, and even harder to break, would replace diamond as the most precious resource.
Not only did developers completely overhaul the Nether in Minecraft 1.16, but they also added Ancient Debris, a source of Netherite buried deep underneath the netherack floor.
How to get Ancient Debris – step-by-step guide
- Go into the Nether with a Diamond Pickaxe
- Dig down between levels Y7 to Y16 (most players prefer Y12)
- Mine Netherack until you find ancient debris
Ancient Debris is completely surrounded by blocks on all sides so you won’t find any exposed pieces. This means you have to strip mine, often for several hundred blocks, in order to find any.
Luckily, Netherack is very easy to mine allowing players to walk forward without stopping to clear their path. Players will need to find four Ancient Debris in order to make a single Netherite Ingot.
How to craft a Netherite Ingot
Once you have four Ancient Debris, it’s almost time to craft a Netherite Ingot. You will also need four Gold Ingots which you can easily find in the Nether by mining the gold ore blocks.
You will also need to smelt the Ancient Debris in a furnace turning them into Netherite Scraps. Then you can put all four scraps and gold ingots into a crafting table to make one Netherite Ingot.
How to craft Netherite Gear
The reason behind getting Netherite is to upgrade your gear to the highest level. Thankfully you don’t have to collect multiple Netherite Ingots to craft a single piece of Netherite armor.
Instead, Netherite Ingots are used on diamond gear and tools to convert them into Netherite pieces. You can upgrade your diamond gear by placing it in a Smithing Table along with a Netherite Ingot.
Gear retains its enchantments after it’s been converted so you don’t have to worry about losing your precious buffs. In order to convert a full set of armor and four tools into Netherite you will need 32 Ancient Debris to make 8 Netherite Ingots.
Not only are Netherite Tools faster and stronger than Diamond Tools, but they are also fire resistant. This means that fire and lava won’t destroy your items if they accidentally find their way into trouble.
For more Minecraft guides, check out how to find The Warden in updated 1.19.