Minecraft version 1.18 adds the Caves and Cliffs Part II update, bringing revamped overworld generation, most notably new caves as well as mountains. Along with higher mountain peaks, now you can go much deeper down in the Y-coordinate — or into the ground — than ever before. However, this also means that in Minecraft 1.18 a number of Ores including the extremely valuable Diamond can only be found deeper underground compared to previous versions. Here’s where you can locate and eventually farm the new Diamond spot in the Minecraft 1.18 update.
How to Get and Farm Diamonds
In the previous versions, they can already be found below level 15. But in Minecraft 1.18, Diamond Ores are instead found below Y-coordinate 16 to -64. However, you should concentrate your search between levels -53 and -59, as these levels have the highest concentration of Diamond. The deeper you go, the more Diamonds, Redstone, and Lapis you can find. Meanwhile, at Y -60 Bedrock blocks start to spawn and might end up hindering the Diamonds from spawning, so with that in mind you should start looking above -60. Here’s how to find out what coordinates you are located at in Minecraft:
- Java Version: Press the F3 key. Your exact coordinates are listed in the “XYZ” line. You could also refer to the “Block” line but it doesn’t display your exact coordinates since the numbers are rounded.
- Bedrock Version:
- When you first create your World, turn on the Show Coordinate option in the World Options menu.
- If you forgot or didn’t turn on the Show Coordinate option the first time around, don’t worry. Simply click the Pen icon or Edit button next to your World, then turn on Show Coordinate.
According to the Minecraft YouTuber Ducky (seen above), here are the best tips to farm Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18.
- Ores are less likely to spawn in areas where they’re exposed to air. Don’t bother to dig outside of caves and stay in enclosed spaces.
- Use the 2×1 Strip Mining method:
- Get Pickaxes, food, and Torches.
- Dig down to -58 coordinate by making two block-wide holes.
- Once you reach the coordinate, just start mining in a two blocks-tall path and making one continuous path to make it easy to go back.
- Or you can do his second farming method:
- Get Pickaxes, a Shovel, Water Bucket, and food.
- Dig down to coordinate -59. Once there, dig out five blocks in front of you at eye level.
- Next, switch to the Water Bucket (Java players can put it in their off-hand).
- Place the Water Bucket on the block in front of you. Then walk as far forward as possible, and then make a sprint to the swimming animation and swim into the five block gap you just dug.
- Once in the gap, dig in one straight line as far as you need.
- For more details, the explanation starts at minute 6:26 in the video above.
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