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How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft 2023 (December)

Today, we learn how to survive the nether in Minecraft!

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

Have you finally managed to make a portal to the Nether but now have no idea how to survive in this brutal biome? You’re in luck because we’ve gone ahead and compiled some of the best tips that you can use to conquer this area with ease and convenience. 

If you run into the Nether without any preparation, you might quickly get overwhelmed and lose all your items there. Whether that is due to falling in the lava or getting killed by the mobs there, you’ll have a tough time if you do not know what you’re doing. 

To survive the nether, you must be well equipped with the following items being a must:

  • Enchanted armor and weapons
  • Food for the entire duration
  • Building blocks that do not burn (cobblestone)

What is the Nether in Minecraft?

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

There are two main “worlds” in Minecraft; the Overworld and the Nether. While everyone spawns in the Overworld, you need to build a portal in order to reach the Nether. You need to make a 4×5 rectangle portal made out of obsidian. Keep in mind that you need the diamond pickaxe to mine obsidian. Alternatively, you can pour water on lava to create obsidian. Regardless of which method you choose, keep that diamond pickaxe handy.

Plus, if you wish to defeat the final boss of the game – the Ender Dragon – and reach the End Cities, you’ll have to fight your way through the Nether sooner or later. Another thing to note is that one block in the Overworld is equal to eight blocks in the Nether. Now, let’s get started with some of the essential tips that you need to know before going to the Nether. 

Have Good Armor

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

This should go without saying but most new players wander into the Nether without wearing strong or enchanted armor. Since there are tons of hostile and strong mobs in the area, you’ll want to have good protection so that you don’t die immediately. 

Not only will you take less damage from various mobs such as piglin brutes, wither skeletons, and blazes, but you’ll also take less damage when you eventually fall into the lava. 

If you fall into lava, you’ll lose all your items as they will drown in the lava. So, be extremely careful when platforming or roaming the Nether if you do not want to lose all of your precious items. 

Stock Up On Food

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

Another crucial thing to do is to stock up on supplies before you go on your adventure in the Nether. Once you enter the harsh biome, you’ll find yourself eating more food than usual. Keeping your hunger meter filled up is essential as it will help you regenerate health faster and trust me, you’ll need it. 

As soon as you are low on health or find your hunger meter going down, immediately eat some food to fill it back up. Plus, you won’t find much food in the Nether so you’ll want to carry as much as you can. 

Travel Light

While this tip goes directly against the previous one, hear me out first. You will want to make sure that you have plenty of food, but don’t stock tons of rare items such as equipment that you don’t need. Whether you are a new player or a veteran, there is almost a 100% chance that you’ll die in the Nether due to some reason or the other. If you don’t believe me, just watch some of your favorite Minecraft streamers die in the Nether to lava or various mobs. 

So, to avoid losing any rare items, you’ll want to travel light. If you die and lose all your supplies such as food, you won’t lose much because you can easily gather it again in the Overworld. 

However, that rare enchanted pickaxe won’t be easy to obtain once you lose it in the lava. Early on, only bring a diamond sword instead of the complete diamond tool set. Eventually, once you are used to the area, you can start bringing your diamond pickaxe to mine ancient debris for Netherrite.

Note Down the Location of the Portal

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

While this tip might not sound that useful, it will come in handy when you really need it. Since you need the portal to enter and exit the Nether, you’ll want to remember its location. Yes, you can always create a new one in the Nether but then you’ll teleport to a completely different location in the Overworld. 

So, when you enter the Nether, note down the coordinates so that you don’t lose your portal to home. To note your co-ordinates in the Nether, open Minecraft’s debug menu by pressing F3. 

Do NOT Sleep in the Nether

How to Survive the Nether in Minecraft

Finally, never – and I mean NEVER – put down your bed and sleep in the Nether (looking at you Pewdiepie). If you are a veteran player, you know that this is a common prank that most people do on newer players just to see their reactions. The game has an intentional design that stops you from putting a bed down in the Nether and sleeping on it. 

As soon as you do it, you’ll hear an explosion, and your character will die regardless of what armor you wearing. So, don’t sleep in the big scary Nether, instead, go back to the Overworld and sleep in the comfort of your cozy home. 


With that said, we are now at the end of our guide on how to survive the Nether in Minecraft. We would love to hear your thoughts on these tips and did you find them useful? Let us know in the comments below and tell us what other guide would you want to see. 

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