The Nether update is relatively new considering it just came out on 23rd June this year (2020) and with it also arrived the substantially rare mineral, ‘Ancient Debris’ which can be turned into Netherite.
Netherite’s rarity is important because it’s stronger than diamond, making it one of the handiest materials to craft with, if you can get it! Let’s take a look at how you can score some Netherite some for yourself.
Before We Begin
As mentioned before, materials like Netherite aren’t exactly the easiest to obtain. Most of the other minerals in Minecraft are found by simply locating the relevant ore and mining it.
Netherite, on the other hand, requires you to do a few more things. You need to find Ancient Debris. Smelting the Ancient Debris on a furnace will give you Netherite Scrap, combining the Netherite Scrap with gold will then give you a Netherite Ingot.
You will need to get a few things in place before you can begin. Firstly, you’ll need a diamond pickaxe.
Secondly, you will need 14 obsidian to create a portal to the Nether.
Thirdly, always keep in the mind the location of the portal you created, so that you can easily get back to your base.
Getting To Nether
The first thing you will need to find is Ancient Debris, this can only be found in the Nether. Once you manage to build the portal to the Nether, you can begin your expedition by going through it. The chances of you getting Ancient Debris is always going to be higher on the bottom levels of the world, but not on the bottom-most level.
Unfortunately the portal, it’s practically impossible to know where you’ll be teleported to, and that’s why it’s very important to know exactly at what point you started. This can be done on PC by using the F3 command/key and on the Xbox One and PS4 pressing the right D-pad. This will open the debug information handle on PC and the coordinate handle on a console, in which you’ll be able to see 3 coordinates on the left side, X, Y and Z. You must note down this information because you can use it to later come back to the portal. Make sure you, keep an eye out for the Y-Axis because that’ll help you the most in finding Ancient Debris.
Ancient Debris usually spawns in groupings, one, two or even three block groups. This Ancient Debris can be found on various Y-levels, one to three block groupings spawn between Y-levels 8 to 22, while one to two block groupings spawn randomly between Y-levels 8 to 119, so make sure you dig enough to get down there, but not all the way to the bottom. On an average, Y-level 15 has the most Ancient Debris. That means the maximum number of Ancient Debris blocks that can be found in one chunk (a 64x64 block section) is around five.
Ancient Debris spawns completely covered by blocks or lava, which means you might have to start a Nether Mineshaft. On your expedition there, you will also need to watch out for the perils of the Nether, which include mobs and lava, so be careful.
Once you’ve gotten yourself some Ancient Debris, you can then proceed to make Netherite.
Once you have enough Ancient Debris, you will need to start smelting it in a blast furnace, or a furnace with any fuel source. Smelting one Ancient Debris will give you only one Netherite Scrap. Note that you’ll need four Netherite Scrap and four Gold to make one Netherite Ingot.
You will then need to combine the Netherite Scraps and the Gold Ingots on the crafting square, to create a Netherite Ingot. As mentioned before, because of the rarity of the Ancient Debris, it will take you a while to get an entire kit full of Netherite.
The placement of the Scraps and Gold Ingots on the crafting square doesn’t affect the result because the recipe is shapeless.
Once you’ve created your Netherite Ingots you can now craft both tools and armor. Simply combine the Netherite with any Diamond tool to get a Netherite version of it.