In “Minecraft”, diamonds are a player’s best friend.
Once these shiny blue gems are found, they can be transformed into some of the best items in the game, such as the formidable diamond ax or the sturdy diamond armor. They can also be transformed into charming tables, jukeboxes and more. In some cases, the villagers may even offer you emeralds in exchange for diamonds.
This means that you will probably want to start growing diamonds sooner rather than later. And even if 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 will need
Before embarking on your caving or mining adventure, you need the right tools.
You can craft these tools as you dig, but don’t break them or use them all before you find your diamonds – remember you’ll have to make a return trip.
Where to dig for diamonds
Each “Minecraft” world is divided into layers: think of it as altitude. The sea level in “Minecraft” is approximately level 64, for example.
Diamonds only spawn at layer 15 and below, and most commonly between levels 12 and 5. This is pretty deep, almost to the bottom of the world.
To get there, find a cave or start digging diagonally into the earth. Never Dig Down – If you accidentally dig through a cave ceiling, you may find yourself falling into lava or a huge ravine. Place the torches as you go to light the way and chart your path.
As you proceed, you will likely encounter enemies such as spiders, skeletons, zombies, and witches. Be careful and avoid these enemies – you will usually be able to see or hear them before they notice you – or take them down carefully.
If you need to run, use your blocks to build a tower and escape to higher ground, but don’t slip and get killed by fall damage. Or, if you’re in a dead end, quickly dig into a wall and then place blocks to seal the exit.
Remember that if you die, you will drop everything in your inventory. And once an item has been dropped, you only have a few minutes to retrieve it before it disappears. That is, unless you fall into the lava; any object that hits the lava is immediately destroyed.
Once you get to level 15, keep digging
You are getting terribly close to diamond territory at level 15, but go ahead and keep digging. Level 12 is when the diamonds, indicated by blue spots, start making more appearances. And there is less lava on layers 11 and 12 than others, so this is probably your best bet for a large mining operation.
Remember that diamonds are rare, even in low layers. It may take a long time to find one. And, of course, there’s always the chance that you won’t find any before you have to go home.
But once you find the diamond ore, mine it with the iron pickaxe and collect your prize. Most diamonds come in a “vein” which means there will be multiple blocks of diamond ore connected together. Extract as many diamonds as you can see and then move on.
How to find diamonds without mining
Although mining is the safest way to find diamonds, you can find them already mined around the world.
Although rare, there is a chance to find diamonds in the village’s treasure chests. Desert temples and mines may also have diamonds in their chests.
The most common place to find diamond chests is in buried chests. These are chests buried underground, usually on the beaches. You can find these chests using explorer maps, which in turn can be found in underwater wrecks.