What is the Nether in Minecraft?

What is the Nether in Minecraft?
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What is the Nether in Minecraft?

the nether in Minecraft it is a dark dimension, full of lava and pigs. What exactly? Minecraft doesn’t have much of a history, but that doesn’t stop us from looking at the lore behind the Nether, and why it exists.

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Here we are going to take a in-depth look at the nether. It’s important to remember that this will mostly consist of theories put together by players on the internet; since Minecraft hasn’t officially declared any lore related to the Nether.

Civilizations in the Nether

In the Nether, you will find a few different types of mobs, including Piglins, Endermen, and Wither Skeletons.


Here at TheGamer, our theory is that Piglins are prevalent throughout the dimension, so this is most likely the native species here. The piglins reside in bastionswhich could serve as your main ‘village’.

There are also Zombie Pigmen, who appear to be the zombified version of Piglins. The Nether is teeming with this mob, so one potential theory is that Piglin was the main species populating the Nether, before some sort of ‘plague’ occurred, causing Zombie Pigmen to appear and cause the downfall of the Piglin civilization.

This explains why Bastions is a bit run down and they serve as defensive forts, rather than houses like the ones villagers have in the Overworld.

The Plague of the Undead and the Lesser Fortresses

This plague theory may also explain the existence of the Nether Fortresses. If a plague spreads through the Underworld, causing certain Piglins to become zombified, the Nether Fortress could be the “base of operations” for the force behind the plague.

Zombie Piglins and Pigmen are not hostile to each other. This could be evidence that the two are from the same society and have no intention of causing harm to the other.

Nether Fortresses are the only place that spawns Wither Skeletons, a powerful mob that can cause the wither effect. This effect causes their hearts to turn black and deteriorate over time. With this in mind, it’s possible that the ‘plague’ is actually Wither. Zombie Pigmen could be trapped in a withering state, causing them to endlessly wander the Nether in a zombified state.

The Fall of the Piglin Civilization

Based on everything we learned earlier, there was a war in the Nether between the Pigmen society and the Wither Skeletons, led by the Withers. The Wither forces were too powerful for the Pigmen to handle, causing their civilization to crumble. leaving only bastions for them to take refuge.

Once the Wither forces won this war, the Wither himself disappeared. Now to pick it up, You need to collect three Wither Skeleton heads and some soul sand.

The war remains in the valley of soul sand

After the war ended, there were countless losses, which were buried in Soul Sand Valley. In this biome, the abyssal forces were buried, with their souls imprinted in the sand.

Were the Piglins buried here too? This is a possibility, but Inside this biome, you will find blue soul flames. Interestingly, these flames scare Piglins. This could be evidence that Piglins was buried elsewhere.

Also, to re-summon Wither, you need to collect Soul Sand. With this theory in mind, this means that you you need to essentially collect the souls of fallen Wither Skeletons to summon the Wither.

User DeathSlayer9521 on Reddit suggests that when you walk on soul sand, trapped souls break free. Also, the reason you sink into the sand is because trapped souls push you down.


Endermen can spawn in soul sand valleys, nether wastelands, and warped forests. They could be a second race living in the Nether along with Pigmen. However, they are much less frequent. More than ten years ago in the minecraft forumuser WingOfWar noted that Abyssal portals were built at the height of Endermen, which was not a coincidence.

This theory proposes that The Endermen were the original builders of the Nether portal. The portal itself and the Endermen have the same purple particles floating around them, and the Endermen have the ability to teleport.

Endermen passed through this portal to the Overworld and met the society that lived here before our arrival. Together, the two build the Fortress, but something may have gone wrong, and no portals were made for the Endermen to return to the Nether.

Now the population of Endermen in the Nether is declining, with most of them residing in the forests.

The beyond

It’s hard to ignore the fact that the Nether could be the Afterlife, or more specifically, Hell. The word ‘Nether’ means ‘below’ and Hell is often referred to as being below us, similar to an Underworld. Many believe that the Nether is Minecraft’s version of the Underworld, where souls go to die.

In general, the Nether could be the Underworld, filled with its own civilizations, but it would also be an alternate dimension that mirrors the Overworld.

The Netherworld theory is supported by the achievement you get from going through a Nether portal. By doing this you will get the ‘We Need to Go Deeper’ achievement, implying that the Nether is ‘deep’ underground.

What are ghosts?

Ghasts are giant white ghost-like mobs that float around the Nether. Upon death, this mob will shed tears for you to collect.

A theory of a Reddit thread now deleted suggests that Ghasts are the ghosts of those who die in the Nether. Ghasts are most likely to spawn in Soul Sand Valley, which is essentially a graveyard.

Ghasts have a few achievements associated with them, Return To Sender, which involves destroying one with a fireball, and Uneasy Alliance, where you must take a Ghast to the Overworld and then kill it.

You may notice that the The ‘Uneasy Alliance’ achievement mentions bringing a Ghast home and that you’re rescuing it. This supports the fact that Ghasts are the souls of those who wander into the Nether through a portal and end up dying. If you play Minecraft with subtitles, you’ll also see Ghast noises described as ‘crying’ They cry when not actively attacking; this may be because the Ghast is in “mourning” due to his death.

Ghasts do not have feet, but they do make footstep sounds. Is this evidence that they were once living beings with legs?

Ghosts can even be players. When you die in the Nether, you respawn in the Overworld, but your ‘soul’ could remain in the Nether in the form of Ghast.

In general, there are many competing theories about what the Nether is. Minecraft has been around for a long time, giving players plenty of time to come up with new theories. Regardless of what theory you believe, the Nether is still a harsh environment full of ruins and mobs that could kill you at any moment.

Next: Minecraft: Guide for each nether biome

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