An image of a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft.

How to Craft a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft

Have you tried making your own Respawn Anchor in Minecraft yet?

The Nether is a very important place in Minecraft for several reasons. It is home to many rare and exclusive resources you cannot typically find anywhere else. If you are doing survival mode, you will likely take a trip to the Nether at some point.

Dying in the Nether is quite annoying since you will respawn at home or in the Overworld. You will then have to travel all the way back to your portal to get to the Nether. Once you craft a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft, you will be able to respawn inside the Nether every time you die.

If you want to make life (and death) easier in the Nether, check out our quick guide on how to craft a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft.

The Nether

An image of the Nether dimension.

The Nether is a different dimension in Minecraft. It is like the game’s version of a hell dimension in many ways. It is characterized by lava, fire, mobs, and some rare loot and exclusive items. There are also several different biomes within the Nether, all of which have their own ecosystem.

To access the Nether, you must build a Nether Portal using Obsidian blocks. You need at least 9 Obsidian blocks to make one portal, but you can also scale it up to 23 blocks x 23 blocks. The minimum size is 4 blocks x 5 blocks, but you do not need to include corners, saving you 4 blocks in the process.

There are five different biomes in the Nether: Nether Wastes, Crimson Forests, Warped Forests, Basalt Deltas, and Soul Sand Valleys. There are only four generated structures in the Nether: Nether Fortress, Nether Fossil, Ruined Portal, and Bastion Remnant. Anywhere in these biomes or structures, you can encounter enemy mobs like Ghasts, Hoglins, Piglins, Skeletons, and Endermen.

Respawn Anchor in Minecraft

An image of a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft.

The Respawn Anchor is a special type of block that you can craft. You can then drop it in the Nether and set your spawn point there, ensuring you respawn in that spot every time you die. Even when you leave the Nether and die somewhere else, you can still respawn back to your Respawn Anchor.

An important mechanic of Respawn Anchors needs to charge it. You cannot spawn back to the Respawn Anchor if it has zero charges. Each time you use it, it loses one charge. To charge it, use a Glowstone block on your Respawn Anchor. Now that you have it charged, use your Respawn Anchor, the same way you would a bed. After that, you will see a confirmation that your new respawn location has been set.

The same Respawn Anchor can be used by several players and loses one charge each time it is used. Ensure not to set and use a Respawn Anchor in the Overworld, the End, or other dimensions where it is disabled. If you do so, it will just explode like a bed does in the Nether or the End.

Crafting a Respawn Anchor

An image of how to craft a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft.

Crafting a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft is quite easy. You only need a couple of special blocks to make it. First, you need at least 6 Crying Obsidian blocks, which can only be found in Ruined Portals. These are damaged Nether Portals that can be found both in the Overworld and the Nether. Ruined Portals typically come with a loot chest, so keep an eye on those.

Once you see a Ruined Portal, get the Crying Obsidian blocks by breaking them with a Diamond or Netherite Pickaxe. Other Pickaxes do not work, so ensure you have the right one. You also have about an 8% chance of getting Crying Obsidian when bartering with Piglins, but that is not a reliable method.

Next, you will need at least 6 Glowstone blocks. Glowstone is much easier to obtain that Crying Obsidian. You can only get it in the Nether, but it is very common once you get there. Look for Glowstone in different structures like ceilings and overhangs in that dimension. You can only use a tool imbued with Silk Touch to harvest a Glowstone correctly. Any other tool or enchantment will just give you Glowstone Dust.

Now that you have the right materials, combine them in your Crafting Table in the pattern shown above. 6 blocks of Crying Obsidian and 3 blocks of Glowstone will produce one Respawn Anchor in Minecraft.

Other Uses of a Respawn Anchor

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We have already discussed the main usage and purpose of a Respawn Anchor. However, there are other ways you can make use of this special block as well. First, remember that Respawn Anchors are non-flammable and do not catch fire from lava, so you can use them to save yourself in emergencies.

Next, you can set down a Respawn Anchor to fend off Hoglins. These mobs will run away from nearby Respawn Anchors, so you can also protect yourself that way. If you enjoy experimenting with Redstone, you can also charge Respawn Anchors using a Dispenser.

Finally, Respawn Anchors can produce a bass sound when you place them below Note Blocks. The note differs from the Java and Bedrock editions, but they are all bass drum sounds nonetheless.

You Might Ask (FAQs)

What are Respawn Anchors in Minecraft?

Respawn Anchors are special blocks that you can use in the Nether to set a respawn point in that dimension. You cannot place a bed down in the Nether, so a Respawn Anchor is your only option.

What is the Nether?

The Nether is the hell-like dimension in the world of Minecraft. This dimension is home to many dangerous mobs as well as structures that you can only find there. To access the Nether, you need to build a Nether Portal first.

What is a Nether Portal?

A Nether Portal is a structure that you can build using some Obsidian blocks. You need at least 9 Obsidian blocks to make the smallest possible Nether Portal. After you build one, a portal spawns between the Obsidian blocks, and you can enter the Nether.

Now that you have learned how to craft a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft, you can go ahead and explore the Nether as much as you want. You can now explore the dangerous places that you were previously hesitant to visit since you can just respawn in the Nether anytime.

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