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How to find buried treasure

How to find buried treasure
Written by ga_dahmani
How to find buried treasure

The world of Minecraft is full of tons of hidden treasures. These include dungeon chests, mineshaft chests, Old Town chests, and more. One particular type of loot that is unique from the rest is buried treasure, as this is the only loot in the game that Minecraft tells you exactly where to find it.


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Players will discover treasure maps they find in their worlds, and from there, they can set sail for the red X and start digging. However, this can be an incredibly tedious process, as the red X doesn’t give the exact location down to the block and doesn’t tell players how deep to dig. Fortunately, there is a trick to find it easily.

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How to find buried treasure in Minecraft

Before players can search for buried treasure, they will first need to find a treasure map. Easier said than done and will require players to search and find a shipwreck or underwater wreck. Both structures have a chance to contain a Buried Treasure Map, so players need to jump into the sea and be on the lookout. Shipwrecks may appear partially on the surface, while underwater ruins will be strictly underwater.

Another option is to get a scout map. These maps can be obtained by village cartographers and can show the location of buried treasure. These trades will cost players 13-14 emeralds, as well as a compass, with each cartographer only giving a single map. This means that if players want to farm scout maps, they will need to farm villagers and change their professions.

Either way, getting the treasure map is the hard part, so here’s the kicker. Players must travel to the red X on the treasure map and center the player’s cursor on the red X. Worlds in Minecraft are divided into “chunks” of 16×16 blocks. The red X will take players to the correct chunk, but will not give the exact coordinates. Fortunately, buried treasure always appears in exactly the same position relative to the edges of that chunk.

The method varies slightly depending on whether the player is Java Edition or Bedrock Edition. We will start with Java. To locate the exact block, players will want to face north (identifiable by the direction the cursor is facing on the map) and place the cursor in the position shown below. There should be a single row of white pixels visible at the bottom of the X. From here, dig down to consistently find buried treasure.

For Bedrock Edition, the player’s cursor will appear above the red X, rather than below it. Players must position the cursor so that there are two groups of four red pixels at the top and two groups of three at the bottom, as shown below. There are actually four different blocks players can stand on to get this lineup, arranged in a 2×2 square. The correct one to excavate is the southeast block.

Players may have to dig through some blocks to get it, or even through stone, but if they’re lined up correctly, they’re guaranteed to find the treasure.

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What’s in the buried treasure?

In any buried treasure, players are guaranteed to find one thing: the heart of the sea. This is an essential item used to activate underwater conduits. However, there are plenty of other things that players can get from buried treasure; all are listed below for each version.

Java Edition:

  • water breathing potions
  • iron ingots
  • Gold bullion
  • cooked cod
  • Cooked Salmon
  • leather robes
  • iron swords
  • TNT blocks
  • emeralds
  • Prismarine crystals
  • diamonds

Basic edition:

  • iron ingots
  • chainmail helmets
  • chainmail breastplates
  • Chain Mail Leggings
  • chain mail boots
  • water breathing potions
  • diamonds
  • Gold bullion
  • directs
  • TNT blocks
  • name tags
  • regeneration potions
  • Prismarine crystals
  • books and pens
  • music records
  • Bottles of Enchantment
  • cakes

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