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Orientation in Minecraft

July 21, 2022
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Finding your way around Minecraft can be difficult for new players at first. But there are a few ways to change that.

Minecraft position

The Minecraft coordinates show your exact position on the map and thus help you with orientation. Because if you don't pay attention in an endless world, you can never know where your feet will take you. Like most Minecraft players, you will get lost at some point and desperately search for your base. Here we'll tell you how to find your coordinates in the endless Minecraft world and give you a few tips to help you find your way.

Finding your way around Minecraft

Unlike most open-world games, Minecraft offers neither a minimap on the edge of the screen nor a world map in the pause menu. So as a new player, you quickly feel very disoriented, especially since the world is known to be endless. Over time, however, you can craft some items that will help you navigate the infinite blocks. First of all, there is the compass, whose needle always points to your spawn point. If you craft a map, you can also map entire areas. In addition to these game-mechanical orientation aids, Minecraft coordinates also provide you with a somewhat less immersive tool - right from the start of the game.


Show coordinates in Minecraft

The Minecraft coordinate system can be accessed at any time and is probably the most useful orientation aid in the game.
To view the Minecraft coordinates of your current position in the Java version, you just have to press F3 (FN+F3 if necessary). In the Bedrock version, on the other hand, you have to enable the display of the coordinates in the world options so that they are permanently displayed.


How does the coordinate system work in Minecraft?

The coordinate system is based on a three-dimensional grid with X, Y and Z axes. The Y axis indicates the height, X and Z the position on the surface.

  • The center of the world is 0,0,0.
  • The X coordinate increases toward the east and decreases toward the west.
  • The Z coordinate in Minecraft increases toward the south and decreases toward the north.
  • The Y coordinate increases upwards (height indicator).

Make a note of your coordinates at the beginning of the game

We recommend that you write down your coordinates at the beginning of the game. This way you have a fixed point for orientation and can avoid unwanted odysseys. Especially if you have built a permanent base, you should know its coordinates.
Using Minecraft coordinates for orientation can take some getting used to at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it.

Of course, if you want a more authentic and challenging gaming experience, you can simply do without the coordinates display. In this case, landmarks can help you orient yourself. Of course, you can also redesign the world for easier orientation by placing conspicuous blocks or small monuments in plain sight. Coastlines can also be a great help here.


Still have some unanswered questions about the game? In our Minecraft Wiki we answer many more questions and give you useful tips on setting up and playing Minecraft.

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