Minecraft Netherite: what you should know about the powerful new material

Minecraft netherite - a view of the nether inside a warped forest
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Why should you be looking for Netherite in Minecraft? Popular for its Diamond-beating properties, Netherite is a precious new material found in the Nether. It's versatile and powerful, which may be why it's all the rage in the latest update.

It's time to trade in your old items and upgrade to Netherite armor and tools. Thought you need never take a break from mining Diamond? Well, never say Nether. Let's cover how you can get your hands on Minecraft Netherite, including how to craft the desirable ore, and why it's the best material for practically everything.

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Where to find Minecraft Netherite 

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Before you set out on your quest for the precious material, here's what you're going to need:

  • Diamond pickaxe
  • Crafting table
  • Furnace/Blast Furnace
  • Gold Ingots (four per Netherite Ingot)

Note: Netherite can be crafted using a regular furnace, but using a Minecraft Blast Furnace will speed up the process considerably.

Despite its impressive value, Netherite is surprisingly easy to craft—once you make your way into the eerie alternate dimension of the Nether. Access the Nether by crafting a Nether portal in the Overworld with a rectangular obsidian frame activated by fire inside it.

It's in the Nether you'll find Ancient Debris, deep in the belly of this creepy, dark dimension. This block cannot be blown up so you'll want to bring your trusty Diamond Pickaxe to hack away at it.

Minecraft Netherite recipe

Now, to craft Netherite, here are the ingredients you need:

  • Netherite Scrap x4
  • Gold Ingots x4

After collecting a substantial haul of Ancient Debris, place it in a Blast Furnace with any type of fuel to smelt it into Netherite Scrap. Ensure you have a decent stash of Gold Ingots as this recipe requires 4:4 Gold Ingots to Netherite Scrap. Next, place four of each ingot on the Crafting Table. 

In need of a blast and lava-proof house? Combine nine Netherite Ingots to create a Netherite block for the safest crib around.  

Minecraft Netherite armor and weapon options

Diamond has been the go-to material for tools and armor for some time, but Netherite has stolen the show. Netherite items float in lava and don't burn—sounds pretty good, right? It's about time you got an upgrade—here are all the items that can be crafted using Netherite: 

  • Axe
  • Hoe
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Sword
  • Boots
  • Leggings
  • Chestplate
  • Helmet

To craft a Netherite item, place a Diamond version of that item with a Netherite Ingot on your Crafting Table. If you want a complete set of Netherite armor, you'll need to upgrade each item separately. For example, to craft a pair of luxurious Netherite Boots, simply add a Netherite Ingot to a pair of Diamond Boots. 

Donning Netherite armor gives you a more durable ensemble and has knockback resistance for added protection against arrows. Of course, colour coordination between your armour and weapons is just as important, too. Thankfully Netherite weapons deal more damage than Diamond ones. That said, if you're more of a farmer than a fighter, Netherite tools are more durable and mine materials faster than their Diamond counterparts.

However, Netherite doesn't finish top of the class in every way. While Netherite items have a higher enchantment value than Diamond, it's still lower than Gold. That said, considering Netherite's durability, knockback resistance, and style, it's an acceptable compromise. It's still perfectly worthwhile heading over to your Minecraft enchantments table and casting the desired enchantments on your Netherite items. Just remember that you'll need a stash of Lapis Lazuli to fuel your spells.  

Emma Matthews

As PC Gamer's guides writer, Emma is usually juggling several games at once. She loves competitive first-person shooters like CS:GO and Call of Duty, but she always has time for a few rounds of Hearthstone. She's happiest when she's rescuing pugs in Spelunky 2.