How To Make A Compass In Minecraft 2023 – A Guide To The Right Direction

Always getting lost? Learn how to make a Compass in Minecraft in this step-by-step guide.

Minecraft is an amazing game, given how much it packs within its worlds. Millions and millions of blocks that stretch out almost infinitely are left to be explored by eager and valiant players.

But with an entire blocky world to venture into, one can easily get lost inside. That’s why players want to learn how to make a Compass in Minecraft.

In this article, you’ll discover the crafting recipe for a Compass, the materials you’ll need, and everything else you need to learn about a Compass in Minecraft.

What is a Compass in Minecraft?

Compass in Minecraft

A compass is an essential tool in Minecraft as it helps players navigate the game’s vast world. The compass always points to the world spawn point, which is the location where the player first entered the game.

By using a compass, players can find their way back to the spawn point or create a base near the spawn point for easy access.

Where to find a Compass in Minecraft?

Compasses cannot be found naturally in Minecraft. Regular Compasses can be found in certain structures such as shipwrecks, village cartographer chests, and stronghold library chests.

In these cases, the compass would be found in a chest rather than generated naturally in the game world. You also have a small chance to trade with an Expert-Level Librarian Villager and get a Compass for 4 Emeralds.

But if you’re struggling to find one naturally, you can always make your own Compass. Here is how to make a Compass in Minecraft.

How to Make a Compass in Minecraft

How to make a compass in Minecraft

Step 1: Find the Materials

First, you need to obtain the items needed to craft a Regular Compass. You’ll need the following:

  • Redstone Dust
  • 4 Iron Ingots
  • Crafting Table

Redstone Dust

Redstone Dust

Redstone Ore can be found deep underground in the Overworld or in the Nether. It has a distinctive appearance, with red spots and flecks on a black background. To mine Redstone Dust from it, you need to use an Iron Pickaxe or higher.

Iron Ingots

You can get Iron Ingots by smelting Iron ore. It’s a dark grey ore found in caves and mineshafts and can be mined with a stone pickaxe or better.

Once you have mined enough iron ore, you need to smelt it in a furnace. We have an article that teaches you how to make a Furnace in Minecraft.

Place the iron ore in the top slot of the furnace and fuel such as coal in the bottom slot. Wait for the ore to smelt, and you will get iron ingots. Repeat this until you have 4 Iron Ingots.

Crafting Table

To make a crafting table in Minecraft, gather four wooden planks of the same type and arrange them in a square shape in your inventory crafting grid.

Then, collect the crafting table from the result slot. You’ll need it the most in Minecraft and in this case, making a Compass.

Step 2: Craft a Compass

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to learn how to make a Compass in Minecraft. 

Crafting a Compass

To craft a compass in Minecraft, place four iron ingots around the edges of the crafting table grid, forming a cross shape and place a piece of Redstone dust in the center.

The compass will then appear in the result slot of the crafting table. Congratulations! You now have a Compass.

How to use a Compass in Minecraft?

You do not have to do much for a Compass to function. A compass always points towards the world spawn point, making it a useful tool for finding your way back home if you get lost. Simply hold the compass in your hand and look for direction.

How to change a Compass’ direction in Minecraft?

You can use a compass to navigate to specific locations in the world. By placing a lodestone block at the location you want to go to, you can use the compass to point toward that location.

To make a lodestone, you need to have 8 chiseled stone bricks and 1 netherite ingot. Place the 8 chiseled stone bricks in a ring shape around the outer boxes of the grid, leaving the center box empty. Place the netherite ingot in the center box to get a Lodestone in the result box.

Once you have a Lodestone, place it on the location you want to mark and click on it using a compass to link them. This way, the Compass will always point to the direction of the Lodestone instead of your world spawn point. 

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A Compass may be a small tool, but learning how to make a Compass in Minecraft is very rewarding and will help you in times when you are lost, literally!

So if you want to learn more about Minecraft recipes, tips, tricks, and guides, make sure you check out our Minecraft section.

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