Minecraft’s first game can be quite boring. Each time players go through these first stages, they are the same: break wood to craft starter tools, then use them to get stone to craft better tools. If the player is lucky, however, they can skip much of that early game monotony by spawning near a village or shipwreck.
If players spawn near a village, they can likely skip straight to Iron Tools. If they are lucky enough to spawn near a shipwreck, they can potentially find a buried treasure map, which can give them iron, gold, food, and even diamonds to speed their departure.
Tips and Tricks for Using Minecraft Treasure Maps
water against land
There are two types of terrain on an uncharted treasure map: land and water. These two are very distinctly marked. Water is orange in color, with horizontal stripes across it, while land is denoted by a flat, tan coloring.
Shapes and areas drawn on the map may not be completely accurate, with land existing where the map marks water and water existing in the area noted as land. Thus, players should use the terrain types found on the map more as a guide than a strict rule.
Whenever a player first looks at a buried treasure map, there will be a dot on one side of the map. This represents their current location, which they can use to tell which direction to move. Fortunately, on a map, north is, left is west, right is east, and down is south.
This means players with a dot on the bottom border of the map must move north to find the treasure, with those at the top having to go south. If they are on the left, they must move east, but west if the points are reversed.
Java Edition players can use the F3 menu to find the direction they are facing, and Bedrock users can use the sun to find their landmarks.
Another important clue for players looking to find the treasure found on a map is their previously mentioned player point. While the cardinal direction is arguably the most important clue, there is a second piece of information they can glean from their player point: the approximate distance to the treasure.
If the player’s point is normal size, it means they are within 1027 blocks of the edge of the map. If they are further apart than this distance, the dot will be much smaller. This means they can get a rough idea of their distance based on the size of the dot on the map.
Exact treasure location
There is a very simple way for players to quickly position themselves directly above a treasure, after which they will just have to dig directly to find it in Minecraft.
When they get close enough to the X for their arrow to appear, players can use its position as a shortcut to locate the treasure. They should face so that the tip of the arrow is pointing up, then position it so that exactly one row of white arrow pixels is visible below the center of the X.
Then, assuming the player is aligned correctly in the horizontal direction, the treasure should be directly below them, very easy to access via downward mining.
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