How to Find Diamonds in Minecraft

IGN’s Minecraft Wiki guide will walk you through the process of finding and mining Diamond Ore successfully. While also detailing several helpful tips and tricks that will make the progress of finding these shiny blue gems just that much easier!

Diamonds are the most sought-after commodity in Minecraft because they are incredibly rare and have many practical uses. One of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences in Minecraft is the search for these shiny blue gems.

What Are Diamonds Can What Do They Do in Minecraft

Diamonds are a rare mineral in Minecraft and can be sure to make some of the best gear in the game. Sometimes you get lucky and find a handful all in one location. Other times, you’ll just find one. A great tip for mining them is to enchant your axe with Fortune so that more than one will drop when you mine diamonds. Diamonds can be used to craft a series of different items.

Listed below are all the items you can craft with Diamonds.

  • Block of Diamond
  • Diamond Armor
  • Diamond Tools
  • Diamond Weapons
  • Enchanting Table
  • Firework Star
  • Fireworks
  • Jukebox

Diamond can also be used to craft netherite armor, tools, and weapons. Netherite is primarily used for end-game situations, raids, or PvP.

How to Mine Diamonds in Minecraft

Before starting your adventure, know that you need the right tools to get the job done. You’ll need an Iron or Diamond Pickaxe to mine a Diamond. A Wood, Stone, or Gold Pickaxe won’t do the trick as you’ll simply mine through the Diamond Ore, and no Diamonds will be mined. What a waste!

How to Find Diamonds in the 1.18 Update

The 1.18 Caves and Cliffs update added more underground layers in the Overworld. Now players can dig even further underground without hitting bedrock. Usually, Diamond is found under layer 12, but now if you get to these -Y levels, the odds of finding diamond significantly increase: -50, -64, -59, and -58. It’s important to mention that bedrock now appears at Y level -60.

Diamond Spawn Locations

Players can also find Diamonds in Generated Structures. Listed below are the locations Diamonds spawn in Java, the chances of finding them, how many, and where they’re located.

Bastion RemnantTreasure Chest2-615.8%
Buried TreasureChest146.9%
Desert TempleChest1-36.3%
End CityChest2-721.2%
Jungle TempleChest1-312.8%
MineshaftChest1-28.9%
Nether FortressChest1-319%
ShipwreckTreasure Chest114.1%
StrongholdAltar Chest1-37.1%
VillageTools Smith Chest1-39.9%
VillageWeapons Smiths Chest1-316.2%

Listed below are all the locations Diamonds spawn in Bedrock with the chances of finding them, how many, and where they’re located.

Bastion RemnantTreasure Chest1-28.9%
Buried TreasureChest1-259.9%
Desert TempleChest1-36.3%
End CityChest2-721.2%
Jungle TempleChest1-312.9%
MineshaftChest1-28.9%
Nether FortressChest1-319%
ShipwreckTreasure Chest114.1%
StrongholdAltar Chest1-37.3%
VillageTools Smith Chest1-39.9%
VillageWeapons Smiths Chest1-316.2%

Other Tips and Tricks for Finding Diamonds

  • Don’t get too excited and quickly mine Diamond Ore. Make sure you check the surrounding blocks, first. If you don’t, you might find yourself surprised by a Lava flow and lose your treasure, or worse, your life.
  • Always bring lots of Torches. Mining is a dark job. If you want to ensure you can see, bring the necessary tools.
  • Lava does not guarantee Diamonds. Many players associate Lava with finding rare Ore, but that’s not the truth. Because Lava is most common in the same place that Diamonds are found, there is often a crossover.

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