The vast world of Minecraft is full of dangerous creatures and treacherous terrain. The Nether dimension, in particular, is a hub for some of the scariest and strongest neutral and hostile mobs in the game. Worse yet, players can’t use the beds traditionally used to set up their respawn point in the Nether when they set out to explore the Hell Dimension. Fortunately, respawn anchors can be used for this purpose.
Respawn Anchors are blocks that players can use to set up a respawn point within the Nether dimension. While beds cause a massive explosion when attempted to be used to place a spawn point, respawn anchors are completely safe. They can even be considered a bit overkill, as they don’t stop, acting as a viable respawn point, even if the player exits the Nether.
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Minecraft: Top 5 Respawn Anchor Facts
5) Nether portal sound effect
Mojang is known to use interesting sounds for many items, mobs, and blocks in the game. For example, the “Ghast” mob screams, which appear to be quite horrible, are just sounds made by cats. Likewise, the ambient sound made by a respawn anchor is the same hissing sound a Nether portal makes, only backwards.
4) Cannot be destroyed by the Ender Dragon
The Ender Dragon is one of the strongest mobs in the game, serving as the final boss of Minecraft, and essentially being one of the last obstacles a player has to overcome in order to finish or “win” the game.
Since Respawn Anchors work the same way in the End as they do in the Nether, i.e. they don’t cause an explosion. Players can use them to set up a respawn point and essentially respawn at the End if they die fighting the Dragon.
However, one of the best advantages of the respawn anchor block is that it cannot be destroyed by the Ender Dragon, making it infinitely more valuable than any other block capable of respawning players.
3) When charged, they emit more light
Respawn Anchors must be “charged” in order to be used. When a respawn anchor has zero charges, it stops emitting light and cannot be used as a respawn point. The block can be charged up to four times, emitting light levels of 3, 7, 11, and 15 at each level.
2) Charge levels are contained if using Silk Touch on Bedrock Edition
Silk Touch is a pretty useful enchantment in Minecraft. Certain blocks in Minecraft drop resources when mined, such as ore blocks. Silk Touch causes these blocks to drop on their own and not their resources. The same works with respawn anchors, as when the block is mined (while charged) with a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe, it will drop and retain its charges.
1) Pistons can’t push respawn anchors
It’s been a fact for a long time that respawn anchors are one of the strongest blocks in the game. This is quite evident as they cannot be destroyed, not even by the Ender Dragon, one of the strongest mobs in the game.
Another entity in the game that can’t even move the block is the piston. While pistons work on most blocks, pushing them in a specific direction set by the player, they don’t work on respawn anchors.
Respawn Anchors in Minecraft can be obtained by combining some resources that are mainly found in the Nether. The recipe for a Respawn Anchor is six Weeping Obsidian blocks and three Glowstone blocks. While these ingredients only spawn naturally in the Nether, players can also obtain them through trading (glowstone), mining ruined portals (weeping obsidian), or slaying mobs (glowstone dust).