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Minecraft — How to Use a Brush

The main tool for Minecraft's Archaeologist update is the Brush so be sure to brush up on how to use it.

The Minecraft Brush tool was added to the game in the Trails & Tales 1.20, and you’ll want to know how to get and use it to uncover treasure from new blocks like Suspicious Gravel. It’s invaluable for exploring the various Digging Sites that you’ll find spread across the game’s seeds. Our guide tells you what you need to know about the Minecraft Brush.

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How to Make a Brush in Minecraft

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Brushes give Copper a great new use since you’ll need the material to craft a Brush. Here are the crafting materials you’ll need to put together on a crafting table:

  • 1x Copper Ingot
  • 1x Feather
  • 1x Stick

These are easy resources to come by, showing up in plenty of locations throughout most every Minecraft Seed, so repairing your brush with another brush is super easy.

Where to Use the Minecraft Brush

Brushes really shine when investigating mysterious blocks found at Desert Temples and Ruins on Land and in the Ocean. These new blocks are called Suspicious Gravel and Sand. They have a unique look when compared to the other blocks. They’re a bit hard to notice at first, as you can see from the pictures above, but they have mottled markings not found on typical sand.

Once you’ve found one of these blocks, hold the Use button or right-click to start digging for treasure. It’s as simple as that.

I’ve found things like emeralds and pieces of clay pots that I’ve combined to make cool decorative features that add a nice bit of life to my library. The treasure hunting doesn’t end there, though: you can find many more random objects hidden in the sand and stone, so search as many as you find!

That’s how to use the Brush tool in Minecraft as of now, but as time goes on, there may be more additions to the ever-changing game. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, head over to our massive list of Minecraft guides.

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