Minecraft: How to Create a Nether Portal

The Nether is one of the largest and most interesting parts of Minecraft, so we'll look at how to create a Nether portal. The exact size and shape of a Nether Portal can come in many different shapes, so we'll mainly be looking at what's needed to create a basic portal.

How to Create a Nether Portal

The main block needed to create a Nether Portal is Obsidian. Obsidian is created when water flows over lava spring blocks and as such can sometimes even accidentally form deeper underground due to stray water flow. A diamond pickaxe is required to mine this block, and even then it will take some time. At least ten obsidian blocks are needed to create a portal, so collect them and head to where you want to build it. The smallest form of a portal is as follows, two obsidian blocks at the bottom with any fill block in the corners, three obsidian blocks above each of the two fills, then two more blocks of obsidian across the Top. If you did this correctly, there should be an opening two blocks wide and three blocks high with obsidian edges. The final step is to take a Flint and Steel, which can be crafted by crafting Flint and an Iron Bar together, and right-click on one of the two bottom blocks. This will ignite the portal and create your path to the Nether.

If you're feeling a little more elegant, however, there's one more thing to know about creating Nether portals. They can be much larger than that, up to twenty-three blocks in each direction in fact. Bigger and the gate won't light up, but even so it can give you a lot more room to work with if you want to decorate your gate. It's also safe to place blocks in front of portal blocks, it won't ruin your portal. So go ahead and create portals, but don't forget to bring Nether Flint and Steel with you in case something happens on the other end.

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