How to Make a Nether Portal in Minecraft

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
7 Min Read
Credit: Mojang

Nether portals will transport a player to the Nether world in Minecraft. This guide will show you how to build a Nether portal in Minecraft.

In Minecraft, players can enter three Dimensions: the Overworld, the Nether, and the End. Every Minecraft world will start by spawning players into the Overworld, and players have to build or find the portals to get to the Nether and the End.

The End portal can be found naturally in a room of a Stronghold, but the Nether portal needs to be built to travel to the Nether.

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The Nether is a hell-like dimension in Minecraft containing fire, lava, hostile creatures, and dangerous structures and biomes. Players need to build the Nether portal in the Overworld to enter the Nether and collect resources and rare items to craft or even get to the End to beat the Ender Dragon.

This guide will show you how to build a Nether portal in Minecraft.

Steps You Must Follow to Make a Nether Portal

A Nether Portal in Minecraft is built by placing Obsidian blocks in a rectangular frame and lighting a fire inside the structure with a Flint and Steel. You can choose how big you want your Nether portal to be in the Creative mode of Minecraft. However, it can be hard to obtain Obsidian blocks in Survival or Hardcore mode.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a Nether portal in Minecraft.

Get a Diamond Pickaxe

First, you need to make a Diamond pickaxe from the Crafting bench, which can be used to mine Obsidian. You can mine Obsidian blocks using an Iron pickaxe, but mining just one block will take a lot of time. So, it’s better to mine Obsidian blocks using a Diamond pickaxe.

Crafting a diamond pickaxe
Crafting a diamond pickaxe | Credit: Mojang Studios

You can get Diamonds from Shipwrecks in the Ocean, Mineshafts, or Desert Pyramids in Minecraft. You need three Diamonds and two wooden sticks to craft a Diamond pickaxe.

Mine Obsidian

After crafting a Diamond pickaxe, you need to mine Obsidian blocks to build the Nether portal. You need at least 14 Obsidian blocks to make the portal, but you can build a portal with 10 blocks and use Cobblestone or other blocks at the corners to be more efficient.

It will take you around 10 seconds to mine a piece of Obsidian block with a Diamond pickaxe. You can mine Obsidians faster if you have the Efficiency enchantment on your pickaxe.

Mining Obsidian blocks
Mining Obsidian blocks | Credit: Mojang Studios

You can find Obsidian blocks in a cave or places with a lot of Lava. When water comes in contact with lava, it will create Obsidian. However, if you find a Lava pool on the surface, pour water on the side, and it will create Obsidian. Mine the Obsidian blocks until you have enough to build your Nether portal.

Creating Obsidian in lava
Creating Obsidian in lava | Credit: Mojang Studios

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Building the Nether Portal

After mining enough Obsidian blocks, you can start building the Nether portal. Follow these instructions step by step to create the portal,

Building the Nether Portal
Credit: Mojang Studios
  1. Place 4 Obsidian blocks side by side on the ground
  2. Place 3 Obsidian blocks on top of each other on both ends.
  3. Connect both ends on the top with Obsidian blocks in the middle to finish the portal.

You can use any rectangular blocks at each corner of the portal to save you some time, and Obsidian to build the portal.

Crafting a Flint and Steel

After you build the frame of the portal, you need a Flint and Steel to activate the portal. Flint and Steel is a tool that is used to create fire, and it can be crafted by using a Flint and an Iron ingot.

Crafting a flint and steel

Flint is a raw material that can be found after mining gravel. Gravel can be found near water and you can mine it with a shovel or using your hand. When you mine a Gravel block in Minecraft, there is a 10% chance that you will receive a Flint instead of a gravel.

You also need an Iron Ingot, which can be obtained by smelting an Iron ore in the game. You need to mine underground to find an Iron ore using a stone pickaxe. After getting an Iron ore, you have to smelt the ore in a Furnace to get the Iron Ingot.

Finally, put both Flint and Iron Ingot in the crafting menu, and you will get the Flint and Steel.

Activate the Nether Portal

The final step is to activate the Nether portal using the Flint and Steel inside the frame. Right-click on any of the blocks in the frame with the Flint and Steel, and it will glow and turn purple, activating the Nether portal.

Activating the nether portal
Activating the nether portal

You can walk inside the purple area of the portal, and it will transport you to the Nether. You will get the We Need to Go Deeper achievement when you get to the Nether. You can walk back into the portal in the Nether and return to the Overworld again. That is how you can make a Nether portal in Minecraft.

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Himel Mahmud is a writer and social media manager at GameRiv. He is a former FIFA professional. He is also a social media and digital marketing expert.