Minecraft’s 1.16 Nether update is officially here, and that means players have a brand-new material to use called Netherite. Here’s everything you need to know about finding, smelting, and crafting using Netherite.
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.
Minecraft remains super popular, and Mojang continues to update the game regularly, with June 23 finally bringing the Nether Update. This massive content dump sees the developers completely overhaul the Nether realm, introducing new mobs, three biomes, and most importantly Netherite to the game.
Of course, to get your hands on Netherite, you need to head to the Nether, but it’s well worth the trip. It may be the rarest material in the game, but it’s also stronger and more durable than diamond, meaning you can take even more damage compared to those in the shiny blue gear. The substance is rare though, and on top of that, it’s going to cost you if you want to actually use it.
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 veins at certain levels below the surface.
How to get Netherite – step-by-step guide
- Go into the Nether with a Diamond Pickaxe
- Dig down between levels &7 to Y16
- Mine four ‘Ancient Debris’ blocks across these levels
- Take the material to the surface and refine it using a furnace
- Use the Crafting table to combine four Netherite scrap with 4 gold ingots to form a Netherite ingot, which can then be used to craft items.
As it stands, Netherite can only be used to upgrade crafted diamond 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.