Minecraft: How to Make a Recovery Compass

A Recovery Compass is an explorer's best friend in Minecraft, here's how to make one.

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The Recovery Compass was introduced to Minecraft in patch 1.19, and this tool has a very special use: it leads you back to the last spot you died. It’s especially indispensable when playing in survival mode. You’ll want to make one as soon as you can since you won’t be able to find one anywhere. In this guide we’ll go over how to make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft.

How to Make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft

The Recovery Compass requires the following materials to be crafted:

  • 8 Echo Shard
  • 1 Compass

You need to place the Compass in the center of the crafting grid and surround it with the Echo Shards once you have them on hand.

You’ll be able to make the Compass much sooner than you’ll be able to get your hands on enough Echo Shards. To craft a regular Compass, you need:

  • 4 Iron Ingot
  • 1 Redstone Dust

Where to Find Echo Shards

Echo Shards can only be found within Ancient Cities. As you probably know, Ancient Cities are particularly dangerous and shouldn’t be taken on without preparation. Check out our Ancient City Survival Guide for tips to survive the Warden and other threats in these areas, as you’ll probably need all the help you can get.

You can only accurately use the Recovery Compass in the same dimension you died. Trying to spot where you died in another dimension will just cause the needle to spin uncontrollably, which is of no help at all. Be mindful of this when trying to use one of these.

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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.