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How to make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft

How to make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft
Written by ga_dahmani
How to make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft
  • In Minecraft, the recovery compass item helps you find the last place you died.
  • The recovery compass is an incredibly useful tool for finding items you drop after you die.
  • To create a recovery compass, combine a compass with nine echo shards.

Even if you’re not playing Hardcore mode, dying in Minecraft can be quite a setback. In addition to being teleported to the last place you slept, dying also causes you to drop all items in your inventory, including your armor.

Usually this means saying goodbye to all your items. But if you have a recovery compass, a new item introduced in the wild update, you can easily find where he died and everything he dropped.

Minecraft recovery compass tracks where you’ve died

Unlike a normal compass that always points north, the recovery compass always points to the last place your character died. This means you can use the recovery compass to track where you died and retrieve any items you’ve dropped.

A GIF of a Minecraft player using a recovery compass to find items.

The blue needle points to the last place you died.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


The recovery compass will work no matter how far you are currently from the place where you died. But you must be in the same dimension (the overworld, the abyss, or the end), otherwise the needle will just spin randomly.

If you travel a long way from your spawn point, the recovery compass is a useful tool. But unfortunately, it is also more difficult to manufacture than the normal compass.

How to make a Recovery Compass in Minecraft

To make a recovery compass, you will need a normal compass and eight echo shards.

To make a normal compass, combine a unit of redstone dust with four iron ingots. You can mine redstone and iron ore underground, but you’ll need to smelt the iron ore into ingots.

The recipe for crafting a compass in Minecraft.

The recipe for crafting a compass in Minecraft.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


Echo Shards are a new item, also introduced in the Wild update. You can find them in Ancient Cities, massive structures located deep underground at Y coordinate -51. They will be hidden in treasure chests, but there is only a 30% chance that they will appear in a given chest.

Once you have a compass and eight echo shards, go to a crafting table. Place the compass in the center slot on the artboard and surround it with echo shards.

The recipe for crafting a recovery compass in Minecraft.

You will need to fill all nine slots on your crafting table.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


You now have a recovery compass, ready to find your last kill spot. Put the compass in your character’s hotbar, pull it out and follow the needle.

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