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How to Build a Nether Portal in Minecraft

Follow these 3 simple steps to create your a Nether Portal in Minecraft.

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It's true: There isn't a ton to do in the Nether right now aside from farming glowstone (because it's fun to build with) or blaze rods (for Eyes of Ender). With that said, everybody should brave the Nether at least one time in their Minecraft career. To get there, you will simply need to build a portal. This guide will tell you how to do so.

Step 1: Farm obsidian

To build a Nether Portal, the first thing you will need to do is farm 14 pieces of obsidian.

Obsidian is created when flowing water is added to lava. If you're lucky, you will find some naturally formed obsidian just waiting to be farmed in the world around you, but that's fairly rare and not really worth your time to hunt down (unless you already know of a spot). Most likely, you will need to create it yourself. The good news is, it's pretty easy to do.

One of the easiest ways to farm obsidian is to find a natural lava source and dump buckets of water on top of it. Each bucket of dumped water will produce one obsidian block. Lava can be found both above ground and underground. If you don't have any above ground lava to work with, just dig down. Eventually, you're pretty much guaranteed to come across some.

Note: You will need a diamond pickaxe in order to harvest the obsidian. Also, you will need to be careful when harvesting obsidian. Lava hurts. A lot.

Step 2: Build the frame of your portal

Once you have your obsidian ready, it's time to build the frame of your portal. The frame should be 5 blocks tall by 4 blocks wide (though if you prefer, you can skip the corner pieces). Once it's finished, the frame should look like this:

unlit nether portal

If you're playing on survival mode, you will need to build a few steps to complete the top of the build.

Step 3: Light the portal

Now that the frame of your portal is built, it's time to light it. The easiest (and safest) way to light your portal is by using a flint and steel (which requires only one piece of flint and one iron ingot to craft).

Use the flint and steel while standing directly in front of the portal, and the portal will activate.

There are alternative lighting methods as well. For example, you can use lava to burn wood, which will also activate the portal. However, this is time-consuming and dangerous (I once burned down most of my wooden house with this method), so unless you're feeling bold and daring, I'd stick to the flint and steel method.

Once lit, your portal should look like this:

lit nether portal

You're all set! Head on into the Nether (and don't taunt the Zombie Pigmen).

Originally Published Apr. 3rd 2013

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  • 1
    Lexus Provost
    Can you do it on Minecraft Pocket Edition
  • 1
    Aidan_7288
    I do it all the time
  • 1
    Aidan_7288
    I like that u did the splatoon one
  • 1
    Lisa_5657
    Does this work on pe?
  • 1
    molly_3981
    I TRYED IT 5 TIMES ALL IT DID WAS GO ON FIRE AND ONE TIME IT KILLED ME I TRYED 11 DIFRENT WEBSIGHTS UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH I KNOW HOW TO GO IN THE ENDER PORDLE
  • 1
    Princesscrafter
    Um all it is doing to me is putting it on fire
  • 1
    Ile_9357
    Sir I have tried both of these and none of it worked so do u know any thing els
  • 1
    Elizabeth_9485
    Everytime I light portal it just stays alight it does not change colour
  • 1
    Bbbay
    Then try again its works
  • 1
    scotty_fukd_mee
    Works on ps3, thank you.
  • 1
    Scarlet_6876
    Stupid. Its not working.
  • 1
    Bablooshka
    Where do I light the obsidian
  • 1
    Ender dragon
    Light what part
  • 1
    Dan_5329
    Actually works, thank you so much!!

    Also, to leave the Nether, you gotta do the same process

    G Dog, you must have messed up somewhere, cuz it worked with me
  • 1
    g dog
    IT DON'T WORK BECAUSE I DID IT 3 TIMES AND I DID WHAT YOU TOLD ME AND NEVER WORK!!!!!!!!!!