How to make a compass in Minecraft

Compass in Minecraft games is an item which we use to point to the world spawn. It is quite easy to make and to find. You can find compasses in villages, strongholds and shipwreck chests, even librarian villagers often have one for sale. What if you cannot find one? Here is the recipe to make a compass in Minecraft for you.

(If you want more Minecraft recipe tips, please check How to make things in Minecraft survival.)

How to make a compass in Minecraft

Compass in Minecraft

Required materials

You will need 4 Iron Ingots and 1 Redstone Dust to make a compass.

Iron Ingot:  You can add iron ingot to your inventory in Survival mode by killing an iron golem or craft it by smelting iron ore in the furnace.

Redstone Dust: You can find Redstone Dust by mining redstone ore or craft blocks of redstone.

Steps to make a compass in Minecraft

Step 1. First, open your crafting table so that you have the 3×3 crafting grid that looks like this:

How to make a compass in Minecraft 1

Step 2. To make a compass, place 4 Iron Ingots and 1 Redstone Dust in the 3×3 crafting grid in the exact pattern as the image below.

How to make a compass in Minecraft 2

Step 3. Finally, you need to move the new paper to your inventory.

How to make a compass in Minecraft 3

The compass helps you to points to spawn when viewed in any way, including as a dropped item, in a player’s hand, in an inventory or the crafting table, or in an item frame.

Also, we can use compass to craft other ventures in Minecraft, as follow:

Empty locator map

Map with marker


Final thoughts

A compass in Minecraft is a useful tool that helps you show your spawn point. A spawn point is the location where you respawn after you die. Initially in the game, your spawn point is randomly set. But once you sleep in a bed, your spawn point is reset to where you last slept.

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