Since the worlds in Minecraft are so big and spawn millions of blocks in every direction, you can sometimes get lost. This is especially true for newer players who haven’t gotten their bearings yet.
Fortunately, there are several strategies to employ that can prevent players from getting lost. Some tactics require items, while others simply require players to use a bit of knowledge.
Either way, each and every one of these cheats are very useful for both beginners and veterans who can get back into the game after a lapse in the game.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the writer.
Minecraft: Tips to keep in mind so as not to get lost
1) Have a compass handy
The compass is one of the most useful items in Minecraft and costs very little to make.
Created through four iron ingots and a lump of redstone dust, compasses will always point towards the world spawn. This ensures that players can return to the point where they first came into the world.
Additionally, players can link compasses to lodestone blocks to point them at certain locations if world spawning is not preferred.
Compasses can be looted from certain spawned structures, including villages, fortresses, shipwrecks, and ancient cities.
2) Using a map
Players can create maps in Minecraft by combining nine sheets of paper in Bedrock Edition or eight sheets of paper and a compass in Java and Bedrock Edition. Maps start out blank, but when players use the item, the map will start to fill up.
As players progress through the area outlined on the map, they will discover more of the area. Initial map sizes are limited, but players can use mapping tables to increase the amount of terrain the maps cover. These items can even keep track of buildings and other landmarks, making them invaluable for beginners in particular.
3) Mark your way
As players travel through their Minecraft world, it never hurts to have a few easy-to-collect extra blocks on hand. Specifically, these can be used to create tall structures or other large landmarks for players to remember if they get lost.
Granted, the effectiveness of these waypoints will depend on how close they are built and how far away a player’s render distance is set, but they can be incredibly useful.
For example, if a player gets lost in a forest biome, they can climb to the top of a nearby tree, look up into the sky for the last placed tower, and return to it.
4) Use console commands
If Minecraft players don’t mind having cheats enabled, they can use console commands to navigate no matter where they are in the world.
Players can use commands like /locate to find specific biomes or structures they may be looking for. They can also use the /teleport or /tp command to immediately appear at certain coordinates.
It is even possible to go back to the world spawn point or a spawn point set by a player like a bed by using “/tp @s” and then entering the coordinates of the player spawn. If players get lost in their Minecraft world, teleportation and other useful commands can be of great help.
5) Use map mods
If all else fails, it might not be a bad idea to download a maps mod and install it to avoid getting lost. Awesome mods like JourneyMap give players a minimap to help them find their way around while also presenting a larger version that can be viewed in a web browser.
On the larger map, players can mark points of interest or spawn points, and the map automatically updates over time so players always have up-to-date information about their surroundings.