Minecraft: How to Get and Use Pottery Sherds

Craft some Decorative Pots with the help of our guide on how to get and use Pottery Shards in Minecraft 1.20.

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Pottery Sherds (or Pottery Shards) are an archaeology item in Minecraft that can be used for crafting Decorated Pots. There are 20 kinds of Pottery Sherds in the game with different design patterns. Their patterns impact how the Decorated Pots they form into will look. Our guide will provide you with tips on how to get and use Pottery Shards in Minecraft, including all the possible locations where you can find them.

How to Get and Use Pottery Sherds in Minecraft 1.20

Pottery Sherds primarily come from suspicious blocks, either Suspicious Sand or Suspicious Gravel. We’ll go into where to get each type of shard in a list a bit below. You’ll need a Brush if you don’t have one. Check out our guide on how to make a Brush if you don’t know how!

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Best Places to Farm Pottery Sherds

Different areas contain different types of Pottery Sherds. So if you want to get a specific type of shard, you can use this list that we’ve prepared for your convenience of all the locations with their respective drop chances:

  • Cold Ocean Ruins (gravel):
    • Blade Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
    • Explorer Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
    • Mourner Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
    • Plenty Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
  • Desert Temple (sand):
    • Archer Pottery Sherd (12.5%)
    • Miner Pottery Sherd (12.5%)
    • Prize Pottery Sherd (12.5%)
    • Skull Pottery Sherd (12.5%)
  • Desert Well (sand):
    • Arms Up Pottery Sherd (25%)
    • Brewer Pottery Sherd (25%)
  • Trail Ruins (gravel):
    • Burn Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Danger Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Friend Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Heart Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Heartbreak Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Howl Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
    • Sheaf Pottery Sherd (8.3%)
  • Warm Ocean Ruins (sand):
    • Angler Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
    • Shelter Pottery Sherd (6.7%)
    • Snort Pottery Sherd (6.7%)

I’d suggest focusing on the Trail Ruins if you’re looking for a wide variety of Pottery Shards and the Desert Well if you’re looking for the highest chance drop rate for Shards.

How to Use Pottery Sherds in Minecraft

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Pottery Sherds can only be used for crafting Decorative Pots, with different sherds resulting in different patterns. You can craft a Decorative Pot with 4 Pottery Sherds of the same type. But you can also use simple bricks to fill out one of the missing sherds. The result will be the same. If you break the Decorative Pot, it will drop all 4 Pottery Shards that have been used for crafting it. So you can craft it again immediately.

That’s everything you need to know on how to get and use Pottery Sherds in Minecraft. Stay tuned for more Minecraft tips and tricks articles right here.

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Serhii Patskan

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.