Diamonds were the rarest and strongest minerals in Minecraft before 1.16. However, in the Nether update, Mojang introduces a new rare mineral called Ancient Debris which can only be found in the Minecraft Nether. It can later be processed into Netherite gears, the highest gear tier in the game. In this article, we are going to showcase how to get Netherite gears in Minecraft.

1. How strong are Netherite gears?

Netherite can be forged into all pieces of armor, weapons like swords or axes, and tools like pickaxe, hoe and shovel. Netherite items are more powerful and durable than diamond, can float in lava, and cannot burn. All of the blocks are also unbreakable by explosions. A Netherite chest plate provides 10% knockback resistance.

Furthermore, netherite gears have 30% more durability than diamond gears. They are also more efficient and damaging. Netherite can still be destroyed by the Wither, however.

Netherite gears
List of all Netherite gears in Minecraft

2. How to get Netherite Gear fast in Minecraft

As netherite is the most powerful material in the game, creating gears with it is not really a straightforward process. Furthermore, it also requires gears of the lower tier (diamond) as well. Below is a step by step guide to acquiring Netherite gear in Minecraft:

Get diamond gears

Players need the base Diamond gears first in order to upgrade them to Netherite. Players can buy diamond tools and armor rather easily via Villager trading. Pickaxe, shovel and hoe can be acquired from toolsmith villager while sword and axe can be acquired from the weaponsmith. Lastly, the diamond armor can be bought from the armorsmith villager.

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Mining Diamonds in Minecraft.

Before 1.18, players can find diamonds anywhere below y level 16, with an equal spawn chance on each level. However, after 1.18, players need to dig much further down to be able to find Diamond ore. The ore is found at level 15 or lower, most commonly between -50 and -64. levels -59 and -58 are the preferred levels to mine as long as they don't contain bedrock.

Blowing up TNT is one of the fastest ways to mine, but it does require a player to kill a large number of creepers for gunpowder and obtain lots of sand. Given a generous amount of TNT, a player can blow up one at a time, detonate a large clump, or place a block every five meters. TNT drops 100% of its items in Java edition, but this method is not viable in Bedrock edition.

How To Make Tnt In Minecraft
Creating TNT is a fast farming method.

If you can't increase the mining speed, it is best to make up for that with efficiency. The pickaxe for mining ores should have Fortune III if possible. Get an enchanting table up and running right away if you want to get lots of diamonds. It is possible to temporarily replace Fortune III with Silk Touch. Store the block in your inventory until you manage to get a Fortune III pickaxe to mine them.

Find Ancient Debris

The main source for netherite in the Minecraft world is ancient debris. It is a rare blast-resistant block found in the Nether that can be smelted into Netherite Scraps. They can be looted from chests in Bastion Remnants or mined at y-level 15-21. You will need a diamond pickaxe to mine this ore successfully.

How To Find Ancient Debris
How to find ancient debris in Minecraft

Smelt Ancient Debris to get Netherite Scraps

You can get up to 4 netherite scraps by smelting ancient debris in a furnace or blast furnace with fuel. They can also be found as loot inside a Bastion Remnant. All three tiers of Netherite (debris, scrap and ingots) can be found in this structure.

Craft Netherite Ingots

Players need to combine 4 netherite scraps and 4 gold ingots to create a netherite ingot. This is the main material to create netherite gears and items.

Upgrade a diamond item into its netherite version

Player can combine the diamond item with a netherite ingot on a smithing table to upgrade an item to its netherite version. These upgraded items keep their custom names and enchantments. Furthermore, they also gain more durability compared to their diamond counterparts.

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There are a lot of steps to upgrade your gears to netherite tier.

3. How to farm ancient debris fast in Minecraft

While looting buildings is a fast way to get one or two pieces of gear upgraded, players need to be much more creative to farm ancient debris in Minecraft. Below is a step by step guide:

  • Craft as many TNT and beds as you can then dig down to y level 15.
  • Upon reaching the spot, begin mining a few blocks directly in front of your head into a wall.
  • Place a bed or TNT into it, trigger them then back away. Once the explosion has gone off, head through into the area and look for any Ancient Debris.
  • Rinse and repeat this process. Try to avoid lava.

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