Have you ever wanted to travel to another realm in Minecraft, one far more dreary? Well, you can! But first, you will need to learn how to make a Nether portal in Minecraft.

How to Get Obsidian

To mine obsidian, you will need to have yourself a diamond pickaxe. Obsidian can be found naturally near lava pools underground, and it can also be made.

To make obsidian, pour water over a non-moving block of lave. The result will be one block of obsidian to mine.

It’s also important to be careful when mining obsidian that you find naturally, as once mined, there is a good chance of the block below also being lava.

Creating the Nether Portal

To create a functioning Nether portal, you only need 10 obsidian blocks. The frame itself needs two blocks on the top and bottom, and three blocks on each side, as seen below.

how to make a nether portal in minecraft

Some things to note about Nether portals are that they have some cosmetic functions to them.

  • You don’t actually need obsidian blocks in the corners, they’re just for show
  • You can make a functioning Nether portal wider and taller than the standard 2wx3h

Activating and Using the Nether Portal

Once your portal is built, activating is pretty simple. You will need to make a flint and steel from one iron and one flint.

With your flint and steel in hand, you need to light the inside frame of the portal on fire.

When the portal is activated, you will see a purple effect inside the portal frame. You can now step in it to go to the nether!

how to make a nether portal in minecraft

At this point, you are in the Nether! That being said, you may want to head back and make sure you are prepared for the journey ahead. You will want appropriate gear, food, and some cobblestone to build a safe shelter inside the nether.

Want to learn more about the Nether? Check out the official Minecraft wiki page here.

Wrapping Up

What do you think of Nether Portals, and did you find this guide helpful for crafting them? Let us know in the comments below!

We’re going to be covering some more basics of Minecraft in the future, so stay tuned!

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