How to find buried treasure

The world of Minecraft is full of hidden treasures. These include Dungeon Chests, Mine Shaft Chests, Ancient City Chests, and more. A particular type of loot that is unique among the rest is Buried Treasure, as it is the only loot in the game that Minecraft tells you exactly where to find.

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Players will uncover treasure maps they find in their worlds, and from there they can set sail to the red X and dig. However, this can be an incredibly tedious process, as the red X doesn’t give the exact location to the block, nor does it tell players how deep to dig. Fortunately, there is a trick to find it easily.


How to Find Buried Treasure in Minecraft

Before players can search for buried treasure, they will first need to find themselves a treasure map. It’s easier said than done and will require players to search and find an underwater wreck or ruin. Both of these structures have a chance of containing a buried treasure map, so players should set sail and keep a watchful eye. Wrecks may spawn partially on the surface, while underwater ruins will spawn strictly underwater.

Another option is to get an explorer card. These maps can be obtained by village cartographers and can indicate the location of buried treasures. These trades will cost players 13-14 emeralds, as well as a compass, and each cartographer will only give one unique card. This means that if players want to farm explorer cards, they will need to farm villagers and change professions.

Anyway, getting the treasure map is the hardest part, so here’s the trick. Players should head to the red X on the treasure map and center their player cursor on the red X. Minecraft worlds are divided into “chunks” of 16×16 blocks. The red X will lead players to the correct piece, but it won’t give the exact coordinates. Luckily, the buried treasure always spawns in the exact same position relative to that chunk’s borders.

The method varies slightly depending on whether the player is on Java Edition or Bedrock Edition. We’ll 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 position their cursor in the position shown below. There should be a single row of white pixels visible at the bottom of the X. From there, dig straight ahead to find the buried treasure consistently.

For Bedrock Edition, the player cursor will appear above the red X, not below. Players should position their 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 achieve this alignment, arranged in a 2×2 square. The good one to dig is the southeast block.

Players may have to dig a few blocks to get it, or even through stone, but if lined up correctly they are 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: Heart of the Sea. This is an essential element used to activate conduits under water. However, there are many other things players can get from buried treasure; they are all listed below for each version.

Java Edition:

  • Water Breathing Potions
  • iron ingots
  • Gold ingots
  • cooked cod
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Leather Tunics
  • iron swords
  • TNT blocks
  • Emeralds
  • Prismarine Crystals
  • Diamonds

Bedrock Edition:

  • iron ingots
  • Chainmail Helmets
  • Chainmail Chestplates
  • Chainmail Leggings
  • Chainmail Boots
  • Water Breathing Potions
  • Diamonds
  • Gold ingots
  • Tracks
  • TNT blocks
  • name tags
  • Regeneration Potions
  • Prismarine Crystals
  • Books and feathers
  • music discs
  • Boots of Enchantment
  • Cakes

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