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how to make a minecraft compass

how to make a minecraft compass

This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft a compass with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

In Minecraft, a compass is one of the many tools that you can make.

Let’s explore how to make a compass.

Supported Platforms

A compass is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

PlatformSupported (Version*)
 Java Edition (PC/Mac)Yes
 Pocket Edition (PE)Yes (0.8.0)
 Xbox 360Yes
 Xbox OneYes
 PS3Yes
 PS4Yes
 Wii UYes
 Nintendo SwitchYes
 Windows 10 EditionYes
 Education EditionYes

* The version that it was added or removed, if applicable.
NOTE: Pocket Edition (PE), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows 10 Edition are now called Bedrock Edition. We will continue to show them individually for version history.

Where to find a Compass in Creative Mode

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Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Here is where you can find a compass in the Creative Inventory menu:

PlatformVersion(s)Creative Menu Location
 Java Edition (PC/Mac)1.8 – 1.18 Tools

Definitions

  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers where the item can be found in the menu location listed (we have tested and confirmed this version number).
  • Creative Menu Location is the location of the item in the Creative menu.

Required Materials to make a Compass

In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft a compass:4 Iron Ingots1 Redstone Dust

How to craft a Compass in Survival Mode

1. Open the Crafting Menu

First, open your crafting table so that you have the 3×3 crafting grid that looks like this:

2. Add Items to make a Compass

In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make a compass, place 4 iron ingots and 1 redstone dust in the 3×3 crafting grid.

When making a compass, it is important that the iron ingots and the Redstone dust are placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the first row, there should be 1 iron ingot placed in the middlebox. The second row, there should be 1 iron ingot placed in the first box, 1 Redstone dust in the second box, and 1 iron ingot in the third box. In the third row, there should be 1 iron ingot placed in the middlebox. This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for a compass.

Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the compass will appear in the box to the right.

3. Move the Compass to Inventory

Once you have crafted a compass, you need to move the new item to your inventory.

Congratulations, you have made a compass in Minecraft!

Item ID and Name

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Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft, a compass has the following Name, ID and DataValue:

ItemDescription
(Minecraft ID Name)
Minecraft
ID
Data ValueStack SizePlatformVersion(s)
compassCompass
(minecraft:compass)
345064Java Edition (PC/Mac) Java Edition (PC/Mac)1.8 – 1.12
compassCompass
(minecraft:compass)
345 64Java Edition (PC/Mac) Java Edition (PC/Mac)1.13 – 1.18.2

Definitions

  • Description is what the item is called and (Minecraft ID Name) is the string value that is used in game commands.
  • Minecraft ID is the Internal number for the item.
  • Data Value (or damage value) identifies the variation of the block if more than one type exists for the Minecraft ID.
  • Stack Size is the maximum stack size for this item. While some items in Minecraft are stackable up to 64, other items can only be stacked up to 16 or 1. (NOTE: These stack sizes are for vanilla Minecraft only. If you are running a mod, some mods may change the stack size for an item.)
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers that the Minecraft ID and Name are valid for.

Give Command for Compass

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Give Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 1.18, 1.18.1 and 1.18.2, the /give command for Compass is:

/give @p compass 1

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, the /give command for Compass is:

/give @p compass 1 0

Enchantments for Compass

In Minecraft, you can enchant a compass with the following enchantments:

EnchantmentDescription
Curse of VanishingCursed item will disappear after player dies

Definitions

  • Enchantment is what the enchantment is called.
  • Description is the description of what the enchantment does.

See a complete list of Minecraft Enchantments that is interactive and searchable.

Things to Make with Compasses

You can use compasses to make items in Minecraft such as:How to make a MapHow to make an Enchanted Compass

Things to Do with Compasses

Here are some activities that you can do with compasses in Minecraft:How to Use a CompassHow to make a Lodestone Compass

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