Paper is just as important in Minecraft as it is in real life. They can easily be crafted from sugarcane and are one of the biggest reasons players create sugarcane farms. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the 4 best uses for paper in Minecraft 1.18.

1. Craft books

To create books, you would need 3 paper and 1 leather. Books are the main component for enchanting and crafting in Minecraft. They can be made into enchanted books by enchanting them on enchanting tables.

Minecraft Enchantments Enchanting Table
An enchanting table needs a number of bookshelves around it to work.

Creating a maxed enchanting table requires a lot of books. Players need to get at least 45 for the 15 bookshelves and another book to create the enchanting table.

Players can trade them to villagers for Emerald. Apprentice-level Librarian villagers have a 2/3 chance to buy 4 books for an emerald in Java Edition, and always offer the trade in Bedrock Edition.

2. Create maps

It is fairly easy to get lost if you stray too far from your base. To keep track of your base and various points of interest, it's best to use maps. They can let you figure out your location, where you've been, and where you are heading. You can also add your custom markers.

Zoom Out Map Minecraft
Maps in Minecraft are the easiest way to record the various locations around your base.
  • To make a map in Java Edition, you will need a compass and 8 pieces of paper. Both items can be crafted by the raw materials you find around the world.
  • If you are playing Bedrock Edition, you can combine 9 pieces of paper into a basic map that doesn't have location tracking. You can even start a game in bedrock with a map equipped by toggling on "Starting Map" in the World Preferences menu.

3. Villager trading

One of the main sources of Emerald is through trading with villagers. They will always offer up some emerald for a certain number of random things... and one of them is paper from sugarcane.

Minecraft Villagers
Trading paper or books to villagers.
  • In Java Edition, novice-level cartographer villagers always offer to buy 24 paper for an emerald, while novice-level librarians have a 2/3 chance of offering the same trade.
  • In Bedrock Edition, novice-level librarian and cartographer villagers buy 24 paper for an emerald as part of their trades.

4. Craft firework rockets

A firework rocket is an item used for creating decorative explosions, boosting when flying with elytra, and loading into a crossbow as ammunition.

Minecraft Fireworks
Fireworks in Minecraft

The recipe for firework rockets with explosion effects includes:

  • Gunpowder: The amount of Gunpowder you add will determine the flight duration of the firework rockets. It's the time between when they detonate and when they explode. More Gunpowder means longer flight duration.
  • Paper: Crafted from sugar cane. You only need 1 piece of paper in this recipe.
  • Firework Star: The most important part of the firework rockets. It adds different effects to the explosion.

Crossbows firing rockets are one of the deadliest weapons in Minecraft. Rockets are also affected by the Multishot enchantment, resulting in three explosions instead of one.

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