Netherite gear is a must-have for all players due to its increased efficiency, durability, and attack power. The process is more complicated than crafting other forms of armor and tools, but we’ll walk you through the process step by step to make you a Netherite pro.
Netherite armor and weapons were officially introduced to Minecraft in 1.16 and are stronger than their diamond counterparts. The process of crafting them involves heading into the Nether to collect the ingredients needed to craft Netherite Ingots, as well as finding or possibly duplicating enough Netherite Upgrade Templates to upgrade each piece of your equipment. While you’ll need to craft Diamond Armor first to craft Netherite, I firmly believe that the buffs you get are worth the time and resources.
How to get Netherite Ingots
Unlike other ores used to craft equipment, Netherite itself is not found in the wild. Instead, you need to find a very rare ore called Ancient Debris. This is unique to the Nether, so you’ll need to create a Nether portal and be prepared to ward off much of the evil that resides in this area.
After finding Ancient Debris, it can be converted into Netherite Scraps, which are then combined with gold to create Netherite Ingots.
How to Find Ancient Debris
Once you reach the Nether, you’ll need to head to the lower levels, just as you would to find diamonds. Ancient debris starts spawning in Bedrock around Y level 30, but the best place to farm them is between Y level 8 and Y level 17. In Java, the spawn rate doesn’t seem to be as good as in Bedrock, where are the best places So that it is between Y-Level 12 and Y-Level 17. You should focus on farming the levels around Y-Level 14 and 15 as these have the highest spawn density.
You can check your current Java level by pressing F3 on your keyboard and searching for the XYZ list. If you’re on Bedrock, make sure Show Coordinates is turned on in your settings.
You can recognize Ancient Debris by its brownish color and the spiral design on the top. You can ONLY mine it with a Diamond or Netherite Pickaxe. If you try to use anything else, you won’t get anything.
Related: Guide to Ancient Debris Farm
How to Craft Netherite Scraps
Now that you have Ancient Debris, you can take it to a furnace and smelt it with any fuel to create Netherite Scrap. For each Ancient Debris you smelled, you will receive 1x Netherite Scrap. You may want to use a blast furnace as this process can take a while.
You need at least four Netherite Scraps to craft a single Netherite Ingot.
How to make a netherite ingot
Once you have at least four Netherite scraps, you will need to collect four gold bars to craft a Netherite bar. Simply throw them on your crafting table to craft the ingot.
How to Find Netherite Upgrade Templates
With the release of Tales and Trails Update 1.20, a Netherite Upgrade Template is now required to convert Diamond armor and tools to their Netherite versions. These templates can only be found in Bastion Remnants. Bastions that contain a treasury have a guaranteed Netherite upgrade template. All other bastions have about a 10% chance of generating a chest containing one.
Netherite Upgrade Templates are single-use, meaning they will break after being used to upgrade a piece of equipment. You could walk around the Nether to find the nine Netherite Upgrade Templates you need to upgrade a full set of armor and all of your tools. To save time and sanity, diamonds can also be used to duplicate an existing upgrade template.
How to Duplicate a Netherite Upgrade Template
To duplicate a template, you will need a Netherite Upgrade template, a block of Netherrack, and seven diamonds. Open a crafting table and start by placing the Netherrack block in the middle space of the middle row. Then place the Netherite Upgrade Template in the middle space of the top row and fill in each empty space with a diamond.
This recipe creates two Netherite Upgrade templates, so you return the template you originally placed in the table as well as a new one.
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How to Craft Netherite Armor
To start, you’ll need a piece of Diamond gear that you want to convert into Netherite. Netherite is technically a diamond upgrade, so you don’t need to craft a separate item. Place the diamond gear piece on a blacksmithing table along with a Netherite Upgrade Template and a Netherite Ingot. The piece of equipment is converted from Diamond to Netherite! This example demonstrates this process using a Diamond Chestplate.
Their armor and weapons retain the enchantments they had before being converted into netherite. If you need to repair a netherite item, you can use netherite ingots with an anvil to do it!
How good is Netherite?
Netherite gear represents the best armor, weapons, and tools in the game. Tools work faster and last longer, weapons do more damage, and the armor is more durable than their diamond counterparts. The armor also gives you +1 more armor toughness and knockback resistance.
Another pretty big bonus effect that Netherite armor, weapons, and tools have is that they float in lava. You won’t have to worry about all your expensive stuff getting lost in a pool of lava ever again!
For more information on the pros and cons of choosing Netherite over Diamond, check out our Pro Game Guides article Netherite vs. Diamond – Which is Better and Why?