How to Find Nether Fortress in Minecraft [2020]

Don’t know how to find Nether Fortress in Minecraft? Well, you are not alone and believe me, people are looking for the same solution. If you have been anywhere in the gaming community in the past decade or so, you’ve heard the name “Minecraft“.

It is one of the biggest communities of gaming currently and according to YouTube, was the most-watched topic in 2019.

One of the reasons for its huge fan following is because Minecraft never fails to keep the player engaged through its frequent updates, adding more dimensions to its basic gameplay.

Nether is one of the dimensions in Minecraft. It officially released in October of 2010. It is a cave-like dimension filled with many risks including fire, lava, and other dangers including enemies.

Among the highlights of the Nether is to find a nether fortress that spawns there. They are the only place where nether warts can be naturally found (mostly). Since they are quite huge, so they can act as a good base in the Nether.

nether fortress in minecraft
Nether

The only question that arises now is how to find nether fortress? You can find it out by reading down below.

So, Stay tuned!

What you need before heading into the nether?

If you’re not prepared the nether (and nether forts), it can chew you up like it was nothing, which is often the case with new players. So, here are a few tips and tricks to make sure things go as smoothly as possible before searching for the nether fort.

1. Be fully equipped

This goes without saying for most Minecraft expeditions anyway. Having a good set of armor can really save your life when in a pinch.

It would be recommended that you have at least a full set of iron armor along with a shield before going into the nether. Likewise, it’s wise to make sure that all of your armor isn’t about to break and is doing good on durability.

It’s also for the best if your weapons have some enchantments on them.

2. Have a few stacks of constructible blocks on you

The nether is one of the harshest terrains you can find on Minecraft. If you find yourself stuck in a hole, with nowhere to get out from, or on a very steep edge, a few constructible blocks can make your life that much easier.

3. Bring blocks to find your way

The nether is a fairly monotone area. So, it is a good practice to put down blocks occasionally where you go that serve as markers.

This method is especially useful if this is the first time you are traversing the nether in search of the nether castle.

How to get to the nether

The first step in finding nether fortress is to get to the Nether, which is a whole other dimension from Overworld.

However, you can’t just book a plane ticket to this world. In order to access the Nether, you must construct a portal that will transport you to another dimension. Furthermore, this portal can be used to travel between the Nether and the Overworld whenever you like.

How do you teleport to a nether fortress in Minecraft?

The only step is to build your own mode of transportation. It’s actually easier than it sounds. All you need is Obsidian and either Flint and Steel or Fire Charge.

Flint Steel in minecraft

You can start off by constructing a rectangular shaped frame from Obsidian. The size can vary from 4×5 blocks up to 23×23 blocks.

nether portal
Nether Portal

Afterward, the frame has to be activated by using either Flint and Steel or Fire Charge. You have to place your cursor on the bottom block of Obsidian and use any one of the two items to place fire within the frame. Once activated, the inside of the frame will start glowing and turn purple.

Congrats, you can travel to the Nether and spend time in finding the nether fortress.

Now all you have to do is just walk through the purple area of the portal and you will be transported to the other side. There is just one thing left to answer: how to find a nether fortress?

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This article covers just that.

Where do Nether Fortresses spawn?

Nether castle or Nether fortress in Minecraft is a very large structure that spawns naturally in the Nether. It looks like a castle and made out of nether bricks.

Generally, a Nether castle has two main areas. An exterior, containing open bridges and interior consisting of enclosed corridors. It is suspended with the support of tall pillars over the lava.

nether fortress in minecraft
Nether Fortress Minecraft

How to find a Nether Fortress

Nether fortresses typically spawn on the Z-axis (north/south).  However, they don’t generate consistently in a perfect straight line along north/south. It consists of broken segments in the middle.

To find nether fortress in Minecraft in such a situation requires some level of navigation skills. The most optimum way to find a fortress is if you keep walking along the X-axis(east/west) long enough, you will eventually come upon a segment of the nether fortress.

Pro tip:  You can sometimes entirely miss a nether castle even if you move east/west. So keep your eyes open.

In that case, you need to move diagonally and ultimately you will locate a nether fortress.

On the other hand, if you have found a nether castle, then you should move in the north/south direction from there and you will come across other nether fortresses in due course.

The best thing is that there is no limit to the number of castles in the Nether. Once you have got the hang of finding nether fortress, you can explore so many more using the same tips and tricks.

However, you have to keep an eye out for the hostile mobs in the fortress.

Enemies in Nether fortress Minecraft

There are two types of creatures or mobs that are generally found exclusively in a Nether castle Minecraft;

  1. Blazes
  2. Wither skeletons

Blazes

Blazes spawn naturally in a nether fortress. You can recognize it as a hot ball of flames. This gives you an edge and you can see it before it sees you.

It will target you if you are within its 48 blocks radius. It also has the ability to fly once it has acquired its target. As the name suggests, it blazes its target with its attack of three fireballs, shot from above. Yikes!

blaze in nether fortress
Blaze

Pro tip: avoid damaging a blaze, as it will inform other fellow blazes within 48 blocks to attack you!

How to fight blazes in Minecraft?

However, you can use shields to avoid the attack of a blaze. Moreover, they can be extinguished with snowballs. You can also shelter yourself by placing blocks in front of their attacks. The use of fire resistance is also quite useful in fighting the blazes.

Wither skeleton

They are the third tallest mob in the game. They are usually found in groups of 5. If you found yourself within 16 blocks of a wither skeleton, just run for your safety. Because if you get attacked, you have to withstand its wither effect for 10 seconds.

wither skeleton in minecraft
Wither Skeleton
How to fight wither skeleton in Minecraft?

The easiest way to kill them is to make two blocks tall entrance so that they can’t get through. Then you can stand on the other side of the blocks and kill them easily with your sword.

What type of loot can you find in nether fortress Minecraft?

After you’ve read up on how to find a nether fortress, you may also want to know why do you even want to find it. Rest-assured nether fortresses in Minecraft are extremely invaluable and hold a lot of loot.

Some of the loot that can be found in a nether fortress Minecraft include Horse armor, Spawners, Blaze rods and Wither skulls.

Horse armor

The chests found in a nether castle have a very decent chance of spawning these armors and are the best way of finding horse armor in-game.

These armors are not only great accessories for your horse, but also gives them provided protection against attacks by other mobs. 

Spawners

The nether fortresses are chocked-full of these spawners, and while they can be annoying to deal with, they gave insane amounts of XP when they are mined with a pickaxe.

They also serve to be very useful if you plan on farming for dropped items from certain mobs, which brings us to our next topic. 

Blaze rods

Blazes in the nether castle have a moderate chance of dropping and are essential if you plan on brewing potions in Minecraft.

The rods themselves are used to craft the brewing stand and can be converted to blaze powder to fuel the brewing stand.

Having a brewing stand in your arsenal can be extremely beneficial.

Wither skull

After finding nether fortress, you’ll encounter wither skeletons. They have a relatively small chance of dropping wither skulls.

While they have a bunch of decorative uses, it’s their power to summon the wither is what makes them so attractive. The wither is an in-game boss that is extremely difficult to beat.

Defeating this behemoth of a mob is no small task, however, once that is dealt with, it will always drop 1 “NETHER STAR”. The nether star can be used to craft a beacon, which provides passive Boosts to the player such as regeneration, faster mining, speed boost, etc.

Conclusion

After reading this article on finding the nether fortress we’re sure that you will not only be able to locate nether fortresses, but also take full advantage of the opportunities it provides. That being said, the nether, and by extension, nether castles should never be taken lightly.

They are full of dangerous enemies, and if you’re not prepared. You might not only just lose a life, but also all of your items and XP.

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