How to Make an Easy Nether Portal in Minecraft
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How to Make an Easy Nether Portal in Minecraft

Prepare to descend into Minecraft hell. Here's how to make a portal to the Nether.
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Don’t let Minecraft‘s cute blocky exterior fool you. Minecraft can be downright terrifying at times. Take the crushing loneliness of a solo survival run (we mean just listen to that soundtrack) or the hoard of spiders, creepers, and Endermen at night. The game even features a literal portal to hell (hello The Nether).

Forgetting everything you know about horror movies, you won’t just enter the portal but actually build one yourself. The Nether is home to not just a bunch of nasty monster spawns, but also rare ingredients you will need for advance items and also reach The End.

How to Make an Easy Nether Portal in Minecraft

Materials You Will Need

To make a nether portal in Minecraft, you will need the following materials:

  • Minimum of 10 and maximum of 14 obsidian blocks
  • 1 flint and steel or a fire charge (both are not needed).
  • Several buckets

To create obsidian blocks, you’ll need an abundance of both lava and water. Fortunately, both are available in ready supply in the game. Lava can be found in underground caves and also along the surface as well. Ironically, the Nether itself is a great source of lava.

Likewise, water can be found in abundance, but you can also make your own well. To mine obsidian blocks after combining water and lava, you will need a diamond pickaxe.

How to Build a Nether Portal

To build a complete Nether portal, create a rectangle by stacking the obsidian blocks in the following dimensions: five by four. The base and top of the portal should be four obsidian blocks in width. Meanwhile, the sides should be five obsidian blocks.

You can also make a quicker portal by eliminating the corners of the rectangle, making a diamond pattern. The portal would then be four by three. Three blocks would make up the top and bottom, and four blocks would form the sides with empty spaces for all four corners. After building your frame, you can light the portal with a flint and steel or a fire charge. You now have a pathway into Minecraft hell. But be warned, you will want to prepare yourself for the journey.

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