How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17: Diamonds level in 1.17 and 1.16
Want to find some Diamonds in Minecraft? This guide has you covered, as it will teach you how to find Diamonds quickly in Minecraft 1.17 and 1.18, which will bring some changes to how caves are generated in your worlds, along with new Dripstone cave biomes. We'll also cover the best method for mining Diamonds, so that so you can get started with crafting some of the strongest items in the game. You'll want a full set of Diamond armour if you're planning to fight one of Minecraft's bosses, like the Wither.
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How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17
Diamonds can be found in Minecraft 1.17 in the exact same way as you can find them in 1.16. You can find Diamond Ore in every biome at levels 1-15, but they spawn most often at levels 5-12.
Minecraft's upcoming Caves and Cliffs update was meant to all be delivered as part of 1.17, but Mojang decided in the end to split the update into two parts: 1.17 and 1.18. This has led to some confusion, because the update to the world generation was going to change where to find Diamonds, as we'll explain below.
To know what level you're on, hit F3 to bring up the coordinates display. The second number next to "XYZ" is the current level of the bottom half of your body.
How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18
As of Minecraft 1.18, world generation will change so that you can go below Y-Level 0 and into negative figures. Down below Y-Level 0 you'll find all the usual ores, including Diamonds, embedded in Deepslate blocks instead of regular Stone blocks.
If you're playing Minecraft 1.18, then Diamonds will spawn between levels 14 to -63 in any Overworld biome, and the spawn chance increases the further down you go. So you'll find the most Diamonds in 1.18 at levels -63 to -53 (although you might not get enough to make an entire tower or castle with Diamonds).
While not quite as strong as Netherite tools, Diamond tools are essential if you want to progress in any Minecraft world or server. Just make sure that you keep an eye out for the Warden when 1.18 arrives!
Best method for mining Diamonds in Minecraft
Diamond Ore can only be mined with an Iron Pickaxe or better. As mentioned earlier, Diamonds are less common in open spaces like caves, which means to maximise your chances of finding Diamonds in Minecraft you should strip-mine in straight lines in all directions.
The best method for mining Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17 or 1.16 is to dig down to level 6 and dig a long 2x1 tunnel in any direction. Then, start to mine out to either side in more 2x1 tunnels, leaving a 2-block gap between each new tunnel.
Once you're satisfied you've strip-mined all diamonds on that level, repeat the whole process at level 10. If you dig at both level 6 and level 10, then you'll be able to see all Diamonds that spawn between levels 5-12, which as we've discussed are the levels where you're most likely to find Diamonds.
For Minecraft 1.18, you can use this exact same method but using levels -62 and -58.
While mining, it's a good idea to keep a Water Bucket on your person, because pockets of lava are fairly common at these levels. Remember also to bring plenty of torches to light your way and prevent mobs from spawning in your tunnels. Alternatively you could light your way using Night Vision potions - though this won't prevent mobs from spawning.
If you need to take a break from mining Diamonds, make sure to mark your location with a Beacon so that you can easily find your way back!
That's everything you need to know about how to find Diamonds in Minecraft fast. But Diamonds alone aren't enough: you're going to need to consult our guide to Enchantments to learn how to enchant your gear to become as strong as possible. If you're having trouble finding Diamonds, check out our list of Texture Packs, because some of them will help you spot ores more easily. And while you're digging, keep an eye out for Copper, the new ore added with 1.17, which you can use to create marvellous new builds and fancy tools like the Lightning Rod.To see this content please enable targeting cookies.
Diamonds are one of the most sought-after items in Minecraft, due to their use in crafting diamond and netherite tools, weapons, and armor. Diamonds are also one of the rarest ores in Minecraft along with emeralds, lapis lazuli, and ancient debris. This makes diamonds extremely difficult to find and severely limits a player's supply of diamonds. This tutorial is intended to help players who want to obtain, maintain, and expand their diamond supply.
When descending to the deepest part of the underground (level 10 to 12 are the best levels to find them in version 1.17 and below, in versions 1.18+ levels -20 to -64 are the best), to find diamonds the player must have an iron, diamond, or netherite pickaxe in order to mine diamonds (bringing 2 or more is a good idea, in case one breaks), food, and some torches to prevent mobs from spawning. Additionally, a water bucket to convert lava into obsidian and to remove the burning status from falling into lava, a crafting table to make mineral blocks and furnaces, a sword to fight off mobs, and a shovel to remove dirt and gravel, and armor to reduce lava and monster damage are recommended.
Players can use a bucket to store lava or from nearby lava pools for some good smelting, but if the bucket contains water, remember to store the water in a hole before starting the smelt. Water Buckets are also good for mining a lava pool.
A pickaxe with the Fortune enchantment doubles, triples, or quadruples the average number of diamonds obtained depending on the level.
Diamonds can be obtained from diamond ore, a rare find found in about ~0.0846% (~1 in 1200) of blocks in levels 5-16. Diamonds can be found anywhere beneath layer 16, but is most common in layers 5-12 in version 1.17.1 and below; in versions 1.18 they are expected to be most common between layers -50 - -64. Most players find it through caving or mining.
The player needs an iron, diamond, or netherite pickaxe to mine diamonds (and any gold, emerald, or redstone they find, as well). Although it may be tempting to use stone tools for digging to save the durability of iron tools, remember that diamond ore does not drop diamonds when mined with a wood, stone, or gold pickaxe. Use an iron pickaxe (or better) at these low levels for anything that looks unusual.
A player needs a supply of torches and wood for more sticks (it is likely to find plenty of coal along the way). When caving, a player should take the usual supplies for that, especially armor and weapons.
Diamonds can sometimes be found in naturally-generated chests.
Spelunking (exploring caves) takes less time and tool-usage than mining, but is more dangerous since there could be monsters within.
To locate diamond ore by caving, simply explore any cave, either by locating surface entrances or digging and working down to level 15 or lower. In Java Edition, pressing (the debug screen) helps check depth. In Bedrock Edition, there is a "show coordinates" game setting that doesn't count as a cheat. It is best to mine at level 11 or 12 because lava beds mainly spawn at level 10. A bucket of water can be useful to stop lava flows.
Ravines and shafts can provide shortcuts to the depths; creating a waterfall can help players get down and back up safely. Finding underground lava pools is a good indication of the proper depth range, but may not be the best place to find diamonds. Lava may have replaced part of the ore pocket, leaving fewer diamonds to mine.
If a player does see diamond-ore blobs exposed near a lava pool, use a water bucket to convert the surface of the pool into obsidian or cobblestone, then leave the area flooded while mining. That way, if there's more lava under the diamond ore, the water can quench it before the lava can destroy the newly mined diamond(s).
If no diamonds are revealed after spending some time searching, don't give up - diamonds are considered rare for good reason. Search for more caves at similar levels, or switch to the next method: mining or searching for village chests.
To do this, the player must have many potions of water breathing and night vision. Oceans have many ravines which can contain many caves for searching and may contain diamonds at the bottom. It is a profitable way to find diamonds as many ores are already unearthed for you.
Blowing up TNT is one of the fastest ways to mine, but it does require a player to kill a large number of creepers for gunpowder and obtain lots of sand. Given a generous amount of TNT, a player can blow up one at a time, detonate a large clump, or place a block every five meters. TNT drops 100% of its items in Java edition, but this method is not viable in Bedrock edition.
By branch mining
Branch mining is safer and more reliable than caving but consumes more tool-crafting resources. It also generates a lot of spare cobblestone, gravel, andesite, dirt, diorite, and granite, which, depending on the player, may be viewed as a downside or a benefit. It is advisable to use a silk touch pickaxe for stone as the stone items can be traded for emeralds. Players should prepare 6 or more pickaxes (pickaxe type dependent on current resources) before starting, carry a water bucket, full set of iron armor, 3 stacks of torches, an iron sword, some quality food, a crafting table, a shovel (for clearing dirt and gravel), a shield to block skeleton arrows, and a furnace. Players can use their bucket to store lava from nearby lava pools for some good smelting. Enchant equipment if possible, as even the weakest enchantments make a large difference.
To create a diamond mine, first, get down to the diamond layers. Besides following existing caves, players can just dig a vertical shaft, quarry, or staircase down to the diamond-containing layers (but remember the cardinal rule: don't dig straight down). Most players prefer level 11 because that puts the "lava flood" at foot level. Deeper tunnels are likely to expose lava at head level or from above, but at level 11, lava is likely to be exposed in the floor. This may block further progress, but probably won't flood down the tunnel, and a player cannot fall down a pit into the lava. For Bedrock edition, level 11 also has the biggest chance of finding diamonds. Once at the chosen level, begin branch mining or mining long, level hallways two blocks high and one block wide. Sooner or later (often later), mining exposes a diamond ore blob. Sometimes, the player can find two or more diamond blobs intersecting together while branch mining.
After finding the first diamonds and graduating to enchanting, a player should make and carry one Fortune III pickaxe to multiply the diamonds mined in the future. At this point, enchanting the player's new diamond pickaxe with Fortune seems obvious; however, there is a better way: Enchant the diamond pickaxe with Silk Touch, and keep a separate Fortune III pickaxe (which can be left home instead of risked on trips) for valuable ores. If possible, add Mending to the Fortune pickaxe.
It's likely for a mine to intersect several caves. Since any cave located while mining for diamonds is naturally at the right level for diamonds, it's a good idea to explore (and light) the cave before proceeding with the mine. A cave is likely to have hostile mobs inside.
Although diamonds themselves are nonrenewable, diamond tools and armor can be renewably obtained via villager trading. The following diamond items can be renewably obtained via villager trading:
- Diamond pickaxe (renewable from toolsmith villager)
- Diamond sword (renewable from weaponsmith villager)
- Diamond axe (renewable from toolsmith and weaponsmith villagers)
- Diamond shovel (renewable from toolsmith villager)
- Diamond hoe (renewable from toolsmith villager)
- Diamond armor (renewable from armorer villager)
This video shows how to find diamonds mathematically by looking for patches of similarly generated, but visible things.
Upon finding a block or blob of diamond ore, a player must mine it to get the diamond it contains. Before doing this, though, make sure the area is safe: after all, players don't want to lose any diamonds.
First, if the player has located the diamond ore by caving, then the player should light up or block off any nearby dark areas to avoid getting blown up or shot while attempting to mine. Flood any lava nearby, turning it into obsidian (then go back and light up any areas which are now dark).
Next, dig away all blocks touching the blob, both to expose the whole blob and to make sure the diamonds don't drop into lava and burn. Any lava found should be flooded with water. If this results in obsidian next to the diamonds that cannot be mined away, the area should be flooded and then the diamonds can be mined, to quench any newly-exposed lava while mining.
Now that it's safe to mine, use an iron, diamond, or netherite pickaxe to break the blocks. The blocks drop one gem each, unless mined with a pickaxe enchanted with the Fortune enchantment. Fortune III, the highest level, causes as many as four diamonds to drop, and on average doubles the yield of a diamond blob. Remember to dig around diamond blobs, as diamonds can form diagonally in the same blob.
If a player does not have a Fortunepickaxe but has a Silk Touchpickaxe, then the player can mine the block using a Silk Touch pickaxe to obtain the diamond ore. The diamond ore can then be stored elsewhere until obtaining a Fortune pickaxe to mine the diamond ore with a higher yield.
Once in possession of diamonds, it's best to proceed directly to a safe place to stash them in a chest; this could be a home base or a secure mining outpost. Be careful to make the chest secure from attacks by creepers, or the precious new-found wealth could go up in smoke.
Using the diamonds
With diamonds, a player can craft some of the best items the game has to offer:
- Diamond pickaxe (allows mining obsidian for the enchanting table, and to make a Nether portal. Highly recommended with the first diamonds the player collects) (renewable from toolsmith villager)
- Enchanting table
- Diamond sword (renewable from weaponsmith villagers)
- Diamond axe (renewable from toolsmith and weaponsmith villagers)
- Diamond shovel (renewable from toolsmith villagers)
- Diamond helmet (renewable from armorer villagers)
- Diamond chestplate (renewable from armorer villagers)
- Diamond leggings (renewable from armorer villagers)
- Diamond boots (renewable from armorer villagers)
- Diamond hoe (renewable from toolsmith villager)
In total to make one of every single diamond related item you need 38 diamonds.
Diamonds can be used to make shovels, pickaxes, axes, and hoes that work almost as fast as gold and last significantly longer than almost any other tool. Most players use their first three diamonds to make a diamond pickaxe, the only tool in the game that can harvest obsidian blocks, except for the extremely late-game netheritepickaxe. Although a diamond hoe lasts longer than any other hoe, with the exception of a netherite hoe, it grants no speed boost and is generally considered a waste of diamonds, as any hoe is sufficient to till farmland. Hoes are more useful in the 1.16 nether update, as they are the quickest tools for breaking leaves, hay bales, sponges, and many other blocks. They can also receive enchantments from the enchanting table, including Efficiency, Unbreaking, Silk Touch, and Fortune. So, the player might want to spend some diamonds on a diamond hoe or purchase one from a toolsmith.
Diamond weapons and armor
Diamond swords deal the second most damage of any sword - seven points - although both iron and diamond swords kill most enemies with 3 hits, making iron swords preferable to diamond swords which are not enchanted as they are cheaper and about just as useful. Diamond armor protects the wearer better than any other armor aside from netherite. Diamond armor and swords both have the advantage of greater durability than armor and swords of any other material aside from netherite. A full set of diamond armor requires 24 diamonds, and 9 diamonds more to make a full set of tools, which contains a pickaxe, a sword, an axe and a shovel.
Other diamond items
After making a diamond pickaxe, it is usual to mine some obsidian and use the next two diamonds for an enchanting table. This allows players to convert experience into valuable enchantments to improve weapons, armor, and tools.
Diamonds are also required to make jukeboxes, and can be used in decorative diamond blocks, though players would only want to make diamond blocks really late-game.
Also, diamond can be used to trade with villagers. One emerald can be obtained from one diamond, although this is a waste, unless a player has created a good trading farm and has lots of diamonds.
Maintaining and expanding the supply
Once players have realized how useful their first diamonds are, they probably want more. To this end, they need to continue mining. If they want to become truly diamond-rich, though, they need to do a few other things first.
Getting a Fortune III pickaxe
The player should mine with the Fortune enchantment on a pickaxe, preferably level III, for the next diamond blob, to significantly improve the number of diamonds they get. Also, this is not something they can rely on, but they can try. If they find a large diamond blob, they have an enchanting table, and are confident they can get a Fortune III, it might be worth waiting and acquiring the diamonds later or mining it with a Silk Touch pickaxe and harvesting the ore when they acquire Fortune III. If they see the hint on the table say Fortune III, immediately enchant a diamond pickaxe with it.
Enchanting is somewhat complex, but here is how to bootstrap the equipment needed: Start with at least 5 diamonds. Use the first three for a diamond pickaxe to mine obsidian. Four obsidian blocks plus the other two diamonds and one book are used to craft an enchanting table. In fact, one needs a lot of books, but one is necessary to craft the table.
Obtaining books and bookshelves
For the books, a player needs leather from cows, horses, or llamas, or even from fishing. Leather can also be obtained by bartering with piglins in the Nether. The first book requires just one piece of leather and three pieces of paper (from three pieces of sugar cane), which can be obtained from a cow farm and a sugar cane farm. A wheat farm is useful for breeding the cows. To reach the maximum amount of enchanting, players need 46 leather, one for the book to craft the table and the rest for the bookshelves.
If the player can manage to get a tool with Silk Touch, this can significantly reduce the difficulty of obtaining bookshelves. If they find a village, they often contain a house with a number of bookshelves. Bookshelves can also be found in stronghold libraries. If they have Silk Touch, they can simply steal the bookshelves whole. Even without Silk Touch, they can still get the books by mining the bookshelves but must provide wood to re-craft the bookshelves.
After crafting the enchanting table, small enchantments are possible, but to get Fortune, let alone Fortune III — the table's power must be boosted with bookshelves. 15 bookshelves are needed, requiring 45 books, in turn requiring 45 leather, 135 paper, and 90 planks, so having a tree farm is handy. See the Enchanting article for details of how to arrange those.
High Level Enchanting
In order to get Fortune III on an iron or diamond pickaxe the player need to consume much experience points per attempt, so a mob farm is handy for accumulating XP. While advanced methods are possible, it's fairly easy to build the experience by simply camping at a suitably modified dungeon. It should be noted that other things give players experience too; between mining, breeding animals, and fishing, a player might well get to level 30 or higher by the time they've built a table. The player also needs a fair bit of lapis lazuli, 3 pieces for the "final" attempt, and from 1 to 3 pieces for each try at resetting the enchanting table.
Alternatively, a player can "build" a Fortune III pick on an anvil by combining two items with the more common lesser enchantment Fortune II. Fortune II can itself be obtained by combining two items with Fortune I, which can sometimes be found for sale from a Librarian. While this method costs more experience to obtain Fortune III than simply enchanting a pickaxe at level 30 and hoping for the best, it is more reliable with less risk and/or waste. Also, the Fortune I or II pickaxes can be used to obtain more coal, redstone, and lapis lazuli while waiting to level up again. However, due to the limitations on the number of times a tool can be worked on an anvil, combining Fortune I and II pickaxes leads to a Fortune III pickaxe with less overall longevity. A master or journeyman villager could sell the player an enchanted iron or diamond pickaxe with Fortune I or II though the chances of getting such a pickaxe are low and could take a while.
Even after all this building and grinding, it's by no means guaranteed to get the desired enchantment. If Silk Touch is obtained instead, that can be used to collect diamond ore instead of gems. When a few diamonds (say, for a diamond sword) are required, the player can always place that many blocks and use another pickaxe to mine them, but save the rest of the ore for when a Fortune pickaxe is available.
The player can see the enchantment to be granted, and more enchantments may be granted on that pick, so if it says Fortune III, enchant it as soon as possible. Players don't need to worry if they don't have enough levels, the enchantment stays the same until it is used. Remember, the player needs thirty levels for a 30-level enchantment, but it costs only three. Choosing one of the lower tiers, it costs only 1 or 2 levels.
If the table doesn't offer any of the desired enchantments, the player must enchant something to get a new selection. If one of the enchantments on offer is halfway interesting (that is, it might be useful later), players might then enchant it onto an iron pick or a book. Alternatively, players can do a one-level (minimum) enchantment on a junk item like a wooden shovel. They can then use a grindstone to reclaim some of the experience used for the enchantment.
Eventually, the player should have up to 3 main pickaxes, which can be created with a combination of enchanting table, enchanted books, and anvil:
- Silk Touch pickaxe, with Unbreaking III and optionally Efficiency. This one can be used to collect ores, and if it's diamond, for general mining (the player collects stone instead of cobblestone).
- A Fortune III pickaxe with Unbreaking III and optionally Efficiency. This one should also have Mending if possible. If players save this one for mining ores, even an iron pickaxe with Mending basically lasts forever. And if a player uses a Silk Touch pick for general mining, they can keep the Fortune pick safe at the player's base, used only for mining the ores they bring home.
- Optionally, a diamond pickaxe with Efficiency IV or V, Unbreaking III, and perhaps Mending, for general mining and as a back-up.
Repairing two tools doesn't just add their durability up — it adds some extra uses as well (5% bonus for grindstone and 12% for anvils). That can help extend mining trips with non-enchanted tools. An anvil combines two identical equipment and their enchantments together, while doing it in a crafting menu loses all enchantments. (Durability also combined, enchanted or not) And depending on the target's enchantment level, it can get very expensive. An anvil can also repair equipment if so needed by sacrificing experience and equipment material. However, if a piece of equipment is repaired too many times with its material, it gets ridiculously expensive. To resolve this simply combine the target equipment with a piece of enchanted identical equipment, in which the enchant level should be as low as possible, in order to lower the experience needed. The dupe equipment could come from the player or from villager trading. A crafting-grid repair wipes enchantments, making way for a higher enchantment if the player needs it, but it is recommended to use a grindstone to gain some experience back. Repairing armor on an anvil with regular diamonds also uses fewer diamonds, but costs experience.
A more permanent, less experience intensive method of repairing tools is to use the Mending enchantment on a pickaxe to repair it with experience points, which can be gained from an experience farm. A Mending enchantment can be applied to the pickaxe by acquiring a Mending book from trading, fishing, or by looting End City chests, which has a chance of containing a pickaxe already enchanted with Mending.
What is the best level to mine Diamonds in Minecraft?
In Minecraft, diamonds are one of the rarest ore. This ore is not only the rarest, but it is also one of the strongest materials in the game.
Players can make weapons, tools, armor, and other equipment in the game with diamonds. Diamonds are even needed to create an enchantment table.
Players will need to make the diamond material first before being able to upgrade it to Netherite, and a diamond pickaxe is required to mine obsidian. Players must use a diamond pickaxe or Netherite pickaxe to mine obsidian, and diamonds must be used for Netherite.
Diamonds are commonly found inside caves and ravines. It is possible for players to find diamonds by locating them inside villager chests, but there is a rare chance of that happening.
The easiest way for players to get diamonds in Minecraft is to look for them and mine them. Diamonds are commonly found in the bottom of caves and ravines, and in order to mine it players will have to have at least an iron pickaxe.
Players can find diamonds in veins of 3-8, and a lot of the time diamonds can be located near lava. The player should be careful of the lava, but also on the lookout for diamonds as well.
In this article, players will learn what the best level is to find diamonds in Minecraft!
The ideal levels to find diamonds in Minecraft
Where do they spawn?
Diamonds can only spawn anywhere between Y levels of 16 and below. Players will never find diamonds above level 16. They will only be seen at the bottom of caves and ravines.
Diamonds are very commonly found on levels 5-12, but they are very abundant on levels 11 and 12. Diamonds are very commonly seen at this level, and players will also not have to worry about so much lava either.
The player should still be careful because there is still lava located around the area, so players should still be attentive and on the lookout where they are stepping around while mining.
Lava generally spawns at levels 4-10. Diamonds can melt if dropped in lava, so players should be careful when mining them. Players should take a few things with them when mining, just to be safe.
Players should take extra food with them, and make sure to wear armor when mining diamonds. Mobs and lava can be very lethal, and if players dies to lava, all of their diamonds and other equipment will be lost.
Torches could also be useful if the player has trouble seeing inside the caves, or they can just increase the game's brightness.
What can they be used for?
Minecraft players can use diamonds to make a series of things in Minecraft. The best variant of the pickaxe is created using diamonds. Diamond armor is the strongest armor type in the game, besides Netherite.
Diamonds in Minecraft are also required for players to make enchanting tables to apply enchantments to their mining tools. Enchantment tables in Minecraft are created using four obsidian, one book, and two diamonds.
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How to find diamonds in 'Minecraft' quickly and mine them without dying
- To find diamonds in "Minecraft," you'll need to dig down to at least layer 15, and use an iron pickaxe or better.
- You can see what layer you're on by opening "Minecraft's" debug menu, which will show your current coordinates.
- Diamonds can be used to craft some of the best weapons and armor in all of "Minecraft."
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In "Minecraft," diamonds are a player's best friend.
Once you find these shiny blue gems, they can be crafted into some of the best items in the game, like the formidable diamond axe or tough diamond chestplate. They can also be crafted into enchanting tables, jukeboxes, and more. In some cases, villagers might also offer you emeralds in exchange for diamonds.
That means you probably want to start farming diamonds sooner rather than later. And although you have to dig deep, diamonds aren't hard to find, especially if you know where to look.
How to find diamonds in "Minecraft"
The tools you'll need
Before you set out on your caving or mining adventure, you need the right tools.
What to take when mining for diamonds
- The most important item is an iron pickaxe. Diamond ore can only be mined with an iron pickaxe or better (better meaning gold, diamond, or netherite). If you try to mine diamonds with a stone or wood pickaxe, the block will break but you won't get anything from it.
- Bring along a generous supply of torches. Torches will light your way as you mine, making it harder for enemies to get the drop on you. You can craft torches by placing a piece of coal on top of a stick. Craft coal by burning wood, if you don't find some while digging.
- You'll need food to heal and stave off hunger. Anything edible will do, but if you can cook steaks or chickens before heading off, do it — you never know when you'll need the extra health.
- Extra weapons can help you out in a pinch. While you can use your pickaxe if you need to, having a good sword and shield is always a better option.
You can craft these tools as you dig, but don't break or use them all before you find your diamonds — remember that you'll have to make a return trip.
Where to dig for diamonds
Every "Minecraft" world is divided into layers — think of it like altitude. Sea level in "Minecraft" is roughly layer 64, for instance.
Diamonds only spawn at layer 15 and lower, and most commonly between layers 12 and 5. This is pretty deep, almost down to the very bottom of the world.
Quick tip: If you're not sure what layer you're on, you can check the debug menu, also known as the F3 screen. This menu shows you your exact coordinates, as well as a wealth of other information.
You can open the debug menu by pressing F3 on a PC, or Fn + F3 on a Mac. Your current layer is the Y coordinate — in this image, 12.0000.
To get there, find a cave, or start digging diagonally down into the earth. Never dig straight down — if you accidentally dig through the ceiling of a cave, you could find yourself falling into lava, or into a massive ravine. Place torches as you go to light the way and track your route.
As you go, you'll likely run into enemies like spiders, skeletons, zombies, and witches. Stay alert and either avoid these enemies — you'll usually be able to see or hear them before they notice you — or carefully take them down.
If you need to run, use your blocks to build a tower and escape to higher ground — just don't slip and get killed by the fall damage. Or if you're at a dead end, quickly mine into a wall and then place blocks to seal the exit.
Remember that if you die, you'll drop everything in your inventory. And once an item has been dropped, you'll only have a few minutes to retrieve it before it disappears. That is, unless you fall into lava; any item that hits lava is immediately destroyed.
Once you get to layer 15, keep digging
You're getting awfully close to diamond territory at layer 15, but go ahead and keep digging. Layer 12 is when diamonds, indicated by blue flecks, start to make more appearances. And there's less lava on layers 11 and 12 than others, so that's probably your best bet for a large mining operation.
Remember that diamonds are rare, even in low layers. It might take a long time for you to find any. And of course, there's always a chance that you won't find any at all before you need to head back home.
But once you find diamond ore, mine it with the iron pickaxe and collect your prize. Most diamond comes in a "vein," meaning that there will be multiple diamond ore blocks connected to one another. Mine all the diamonds you can see, and then move on.
How to find diamonds without mining
Although mining is the most surefire way to find diamonds, you can find them already mined out in the world.
Although rare, there's a chance to find diamonds in village treasure chests. Desert temples and mineshafts might hold diamonds in their treasure chests too.
The most common place to find chests with diamonds is in buried treasure chests. These are chests buried underground, usually on beaches. You can find these chests using explorer maps, which themselves can be found in shipwrecks underwater.
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What is the most common level to find diamonds in Minecraft?
In Minecraft, diamonds are those shiny items that players are always on the hunt for. Not only are these items eye catching, but they are also extremely resourceful for the player.
Because of how great they are, diamonds are a little harder to find than other resources. They are considered a rare ore in the game and players can only find them naturally spawning in specific locations. These ore also have specific Y levels where they can be found.
That may sound like a lot to take in for players who are new to the game, but finding diamonds is much easier than it seems. In this article, players will learn the most common Y level to find diamonds in Minecraft.
Best Y level to find diamonds in Minecraft
Where are diamonds usually found & what are they su?
Diamonds commonly spawn inside caves and ravines. On occasion, these ore can be found in chests inside villager huts, shipwrecks, dungeons and in other rare chests around the world.
The easiest way for players to find diamonds would be to hunt for them and mine them naturally. Players should note that they will need at least an iron pickaxe to mine the diamonds.
Anything below that will just cause the block to break, resulting in no diamond ore being dropped. Diamonds can be used to craft enchanting tables, diamond armor, weapons and other tools.
The best armor and tools in the game are made of Netherite; however, the item has to be made of diamond before it can be upgraded to Netherite. Since Netherite is so hard to find, players typically settle for diamond equipment, which is second best.
Diamond armor is extremely sustainable, and players will gain a lot more protection with it equipped.
What is the best Y level for diamonds?
Players can find diamonds anywhere from Y level 16 and below. Diamonds cannot naturally spawn in any level above 16. Although the starting point is level 16, diamonds are most commonly found at levels 5-12.
One specific level that players have said tends to be the most abundant for diamonds is level 11. Players should just be careful when mining, as lava spawns around this area.
Diamonds will melt in the lava if they fall into it. Players should therefore take a water bucket with them, so that they can turn the lava into obsidian if they consider it an obstacle or hazard.
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The best way to find diamonds in Minecraft 1.17
Chances are, if you're looking for the best way to find diamonds in Minecraft 1.17 you've hit the same issue affecting everyone else: they're now really rare. This isn't an intentional Minecraft change but rather a bug introduced by the latest update.
The current thinking is that because the Bedrock and 1.17 updates are moving the bedrock depths, this would also move the spawn depth of Minecraft diamond. However, because the updates has been split into two parts a bug somewhere currently makes diamond incredibly rare. It still technically spawns at the same level or depth of around y=16 and below, just much more sparsely now. So most of the advice in this guide still stands, you just need a lot more luck now.
If you're not sure how to check what level you're on then press shift and F3 to bring up this screen:
In the area we've ringed red you'll see three numbers that are your X, Y, and Z coordinates in the game. As you can see here, the diamonds we found in the 1.17 update are around the y=11 stage.
The bug appears to be logged and it looks like the next hot fix should take care of the error. That was first scheduled as being in about a month's time, which would make due around July 10. Until then, the usual diamond finding methods below still apply, it'll just be a lot harder, so good luck.
How to find Diamonds in Minecraft
While Minecraft Netherite is now the strongest material for weapons and armor in Minecraft, Diamonds work as the base and are much easier to acquire in comparison (though still somewhat hard in the grand scheme of things). If you get yourself a full set of Diamond armor and a Diamond sword, plus an Enchanting Table, you'll be set for any enemy that tries to take you on. Here are some tips for finding Diamonds in Minecraft.
- Diamonds only spawn below Y=16
Press F3 when playing Minecraft on PC (Java Edition) or on console, you need to enter the game options before loading your world and select "Show Co-ordinates" (Bedrock Edition). Diamonds can only spawn naturally below Y level 16, which means that if you're exploring a cave that doesn't descend significantly, you won't find the good stuff.
- Look and listen for lava pools
Diamonds do not tend to spawn close to lava, but lava pools are naturally more open areas and you can look at more blocks this way. Plus, if you find a natural lava pool at around that level, it means every single block you see surrounding the pool has the potential to be Diamond Ore.
- Branch mine on Y=10
Branch mining is essentially digging down to Y=10, then creating symmetrical paths branching off. Then you simply mine in a straight line. So you'd start a new path every third block, in both directions. You don't want to have a new branch mine path at every other block, because you'd be limiting how many new blocks — and potential Diamonds — you're seeing on the wall, so it needs to be a two-block thick wall.
- Explore deep caves
Of course, Minecraft is all about caving too. So if you find a complex cave system that delves deep into the depths of the world, stock up on equipment (food, torches, weapons, armour) and start exploring! Provided it does go below Y=16, there's a good chance you'll find a vein or two.
- If you've already got an Enchanting Table, use a Fortune Pickaxe to mine the ore
Mining any ore with a Fortune Pickaxe will yield more resource than the ore would usually contain. Unfortunately, you do need to have already found Diamonds to make an Enchanting Table, but it's a great way to quickly accumulate more Diamonds at once.
Ultimately, finding Diamonds is luck in Minecraft. There is a method to the madness though; only one Diamond vein will spawn per chunk (a chunk is 16x16 blocks) below Y=16, and that vein can be anywhere from 1-10 Diamonds long. So if you decide to clear out an entire chunk, you are guaranteed to find Diamonds inside. It's a lot of effort for a somewhat small reward though, when you could use a more effective mining style like branch or strip mining. Either way, find enough Diamonds to kit yourself out and you'll be the envy of the entire server.
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