One of the most enjoyable parts of Minecraft is exploring massive worlds and discovering new biomes, structures, enemies and items. Sometimes though, you may want to revisit the first area you spawned in, especially if you built a house and ventured out a few thousand blocks. If you don’t remember the direction of your world spawn, lodestones or any nearby landmarks, a compass can help you find them. By the end of this guide, you will learn how to make a compass in Minecraft.
How to Make a Compass in Minecraft
To make a compass, you will need a crafting table, four iron ingots, and one redstone dust. Place the iron ingots in a + pattern with the redstone in the middle in your crafting grid. The image above also shows this recipe and where to place your crafting materials. Compasses also naturally generate in the following areas on both Java and Bedrock Edition:
- Shipwreck map chests
- Stronghold library chests
- Cartographer’s chests in villages
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You can use a compass to point you to your world’s spawn point. This is the spot that you spawn at when you first create a world. You can use /setworldspawn if you want to change your world spawn point and have commands enabled. However, the compass will not point you to your bed if you sleep in a bed and change your spawn point. It will also not work when you are in the Nether or the End.
The compass will also point to lodestones that you have placed in your world. Playing Java Edition, your lodestone compass will glow like an enchanted weapon, armor piece, book or apple. If you are playing Bedrock edition, your lodestone compass will turn cyan.