Minecraft Netherite tools and weapons crafting explained

Minecraft Netherite tools
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Minecraft Netherite tools are arguably the best tools in Minecraft you can get, with the Netherite weapons, gear and tools you build being far tougher and more durable than practically any other variant you can find in Minecraft. Introduced as part of the (now distant), Minecraft Nether update, Netherite tools will last even longer than their diamond counterparts - but they're proportionally as difficult to get your cubic paws on. Nonetheless, we'll show you below the easiest methods for how to craft Netherite tools and weapons to make your own, whether an indestructible pickaxe or an unstoppable sword.

How to craft Netherite tools and weapons in Minecraft

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To craft Netherite tools and weapons in Minecraft is a fairly simple process, broken up into the following stages:

1. Build a Diamond version of the Netherite tool/weapon you want (so if you want a Netherite Pickaxe, make a Diamond one)

2. Craft a Smithing Table (two Iron Ingots at the top of a 3x3 crafting grid, with four wooden planks below them, taking up a 2x3 space in total). Alternatively, take one from a village.

3. Place a Netherite Ingot and the Diamond Tool in question in the Smithing Table, as shown above.

4. This provides you with a Netherite tool. Considering that this is an "upgrade" to the existing tool rather than a fresh creation, it keeps existing enchantments as well as any lost durability. 

This is the first time Minecraft has introduced an upgrade system rather than having to craft an entirely new item.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about Netherite is that it floats when in lava, which means that you can't accidentally throw it away or lose it when you die to the fiery pits of hell. As long as you pick it up within the five minute timeframe, you'll be able to rescue all your Netherite items.

Netherite uses and crafting

Alongside tools and armor, Netherite can also be used for two other things. The first is to power beacons. Simply insert a Netherite ingot in the same way you would any other power source and it will work. The issue here is that since Netherite ingots are such a pain to obtain, this isn't an effective use when you can use a stack of Iron ingots instead.

Of course, you can also combine nine Netherite ingots together to make a Netherite block. This is solely a decorative item to show off the fact you have more Netherite than you need, to flex your wealth on any visitors you may have.

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Ford James

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