Minecraft offers a vast open world full of possibilities for players to roam free and explore. But sometimes, things may get a little distracting and you find yourself wandering far away from home. So, how can you track your way back in the middle of nowhere? The answer, a compass! Today, we will show you how easy it is to craft a compass and how to make a compass point to your house in Minecraft!

Compass in Minecraft FAQs

The compass is a very handy item in Minecraft that helps players navigate throughout the open world. Even veteran Minecraft players may find themselves losing track of home, and a compass can help them get out of that sticky situation. The compass always points to the World Spawn, or where you first begin your journey in the game. Or you can bind it to a lodestone instead.

Minecraft Compass
The Compass still continues to point to the World Spawn when dropped.

How to make a Compass in Minecraft

To craft one compass in Minecraft, players will need to gather:

Once you have acquired the materials, place them into the Crafting Table in the exact order as shown in the picture to make a compass.

Compass recipe

Other ways to acquire a Compass in Minecraft

The compass can be included as loot in several chest locations around the world. Naturally, it has a 7.7% chance of spawning in the Map Chest in Shipwreck, 10.9% chance in Library Chest in Stronghold and 26.3% chance in the Cartographer's Chest in a Village.

Minecraft Villager Featured
Minecraft players can trade with villagers for a compass.

You can also trade 4 emeralds for a compass from an expert-level librarian villager. This NPC has a 50% chance to sell a compass in Java Edition, and a 33% chance to sell one in Bedrock Edition.

How does the Compass work?

A compass always points to the spawn point of the world. No matter where you are or how much you spin around, it always shows the exact same direction, even when you drop it. However, when players enter the Nether realm, the compass will start spinning around and pointing in random directions. Not much help there, right?

Compass Point
Normally, The Compass always points to the spawn point.

To make a compass work in the Nether Realm, you will have to bind it to a lodestone. Once it glows like an enchanted item, it's ready to go.

Why the Compass doesn't point to your bed in Minecraft?

Well, because it simply doesn't work that way. As we have mentioned earlier, a compass will naturally point to the World Spawn. So, unless you place your bed right on top of the spawn point, the compass won't point to it. It's just the mechanic of the game.

Spawn Point
The Compass won't point to your bed unless you place it on top of the World Spawn.

How to make a Compass point to your house in Minecraft?

There are two ways to make a compass in Minecraft point to your house in the game. The first one is to use a lodestone and the second option is to use cheats.

Use Lodestone to guide the Compass in Minecraft

The lodestone is a special item that can be used as the homing point for your compass in Minecraft. If you're lucky, you can find a Bastion Remnant Bridge Chest. It has a 100% chance of spawning a lodestone. In case Lady Luck isn't on your side, you can always craft the lodestone yourself.

Minecraft Lodestone
Bind the Compass to a lodestone to guide it.

In order to make one lodestone in Minecraft, you will have to gather the following resources:

  • 1 Netherite Ingot
  • 8 Chiseled Stone Bricks

The Netherite Ingot is quite tricky to craft. First, you will have to locate an Ancient Debris vein in the Nether realm. It spawns in groups of 1-3 from level 22 to 8 (you can check your current level by pressing F3 and looking at the Y figure). Remember to bring a Diamond pickaxe to mine the Debris, and you will need four to make 1 Netherite Ingot.

Ancient Debris
Locating the Ancient Debris may take some time.

Once you have your debris ready, bring them to the surface and start smelting. Another ingredient required for crafting the Netherite Ingot is the gold ingot. You also need 4 of them, but gold is much easier to get.

Netherite Scrap
One Ancient Debris will smelt into one Netherite Scrap.

After you have gathered all the materials, place them inside the Crafting Table as shown in the picture below.

Netherite Ingot
Netherite Ingot Recipe

Watch the video below to learn how to craft Chiseled Stone Bricks.

Place the ingredients in the Crafting Table following the recipe below to make a lodestone in Minecraft.

Lodestone Recipe

Now, take the lodestone and place it inside your home. Take the compass out on your Hotbar, and right-click it on the lodestone to bind them together. When the compass glows like an enchanted item, it's linked to the lodestone and will always point to the lodestone. That's your ticket home from anywhere around the world.

Use cheats to change spawn point of Compass

Another viable yet less fun way to make the compass point to your home in Minecraft is to use cheats. Here's how to do it:

Compass Glowing
Use cheats if you don't want to make a lodestone.
  • #1 Go inside your house.
  • #2 Make sure you turn on cheats in world settings.
  • #3 Press T and type "/setworldspawn".
  • #4 Restart your game, the compass will now point to your house.

Those are the two answers we have for your question of how to make a compass point to your house in Minecraft. We hope that you have found the information you need in our article today. For more in-depth Minecraft guides, visit our website at GuruGamer.com.

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