How to Find Diamonds in Minecraft the Smart Way
Written By Tabish
The Overworld generates Diamond ore in the form of mineral blobs. One can find Diamond between layers 15 to 1. However, this is a large area of 15 layers. Continue reading to find Diamonds in Minecraft the Smart Way.
Minecraft has many resources, and Diamond is one of the most sought out resources. Hence one must know, Where to find Diamond?. How much Diamond can you expect to spawn?. How to maximize your chances of getting it?. One can craft strong armour, tools, weapons and have multiple enchantments using diamond. It is also rare and difficult to find.
Details About Diamond
Like any other game, Minecraft divides itself into chunks. Chunks allow the game to load, save, generate in an optimized manner. Minecraft uses chunks, the size of 16×16 blocks, from Bedrock to the sky. Diamond on average only appears up to 4 times per chunk in blobs size of 0 to 13. One can find Diamond between layers 15 to 1.
In Java Edition 1.18 and Bedrock Edition 1.18.0[upcoming] things are different. Diamond ore attempts to generate in two batches between layers 14 to -63. It is more common in layers with a negative y value. The first batch generates 6 times per chunk in blobs of 0-5 ores and the second batch generates in blobs of 0-23 ores. Diamond ore is also less likely to be exposed to air: 50% of ore blobs from the first batch and 70% from the second batch will not generate.
Now, players fear losing their diamonds ore or equipment. We already know how rare diamond is in Minecraft. Wouldn’t you want to have more diamonds so you do not fear losing them?. What strategy should one use to make it fun and progress faster in the game?. To learn more, continue reading.
Strategy to find Diamonds in Minecraft the Smart Way
The best way to find Diamond ore is by digging a mine or finding a cave or a ravine. You can locate a vein of Diamond ore at these locations. Players often tend to loot villages, find chests in sunken ships, towers, mineshafts, strongholds for Diamond, but it is not worth it.
Mining everything in layers 15 to 1 is not a good strategy as it is time-consuming, exhausting and not fun. Moreover, you will end up with tons of unwanted resources and have no place to store them. Would it not be fun if you could get a good quantity of Iron, Lapis Lazuli, Gold, Redstone, Emerald, Coal, Concrete and Cobblestone while mining for Diamond?.
The smart way to find Diamonds in Minecraft is by first digging straight to layer 12 and make a small home/storage room or a Base to keep necessary items like chests, smelter, enchantment table, food etc. Once done, you can start branch mining at layer 12. This layer and layers below have a good concentration of resources, including Diamond. Just make sure that level 13 will be your ceiling. At layer 12, diamonds can be found in abundance as compared to other layers. One can find it in veins of up to 8 blocks.
I am pretty lazy, and if you are as lazy as I am and do not want to mine a lot, one can search caves. The best part is you do not have to dig a lot, just light torches or use the light generated by lava. (Caves below level 13). Diamonds are easily spotted here. One must carry a good amount of non-essential block to make paths and water to throw on lava.
What tools do I need to mine Diamond ore?
Mining Diamond requires an iron pickaxe or better. Wood pickaxe, Hands or non-tool items will not work, and you would end up destroying the ore. In other words, you will gain nothing by using the wrong tool. By enchanting your pickaxe with Fortune, you will get more Diamond from a single node. For maximum results, enchant pickaxe with Fortune 3.
How to Branch Mine?
Dig your way underground to the desired level. Try to avoid digging straight down as you might fall into lava or a pit. Bedrock is the bottom-most layer in Minecraft and is unbreakable. Ores are most commonly located only a few blocks above this layer, so dig until your character’s y-coordinate is 11 or so. (Press F3 to see this value.)
Now you can start digging small tunnels that your character can fit. The tunnel can be as small as one block wide and two blocks tall. Use torches to light the area, or else your tunnel will attract unwanted guests. In other words, if you do not place torches in the tunnel, enemies will spawn.
The next step is to build more tunnels by splitting from the main route. Build more tunnels that branch off from the first one. This way you can look for ores over a large area. You can get the most out of this method by digging tunnels two blocks apart from each other. By doing so, you can now inspect a large surface area and not miss anything.
Tip: If you are uncomfortable with the show coordinates, you could use sea level to calculate how deep you should dig. One could use sea level to know the current layer. As sea level in Minecraft is 62. Therefore one must locate a sea, then dig down 51 blocks (62 – 51 is 11). You should be at layer 11 if you follow the steps.
Note: Since diamond is hard to find. It only makes sense to invest your experience points and resources in getting Fortune enchantment. This will increase your chances of getting more drops per node. The higher the Fortune enchantment level, the more drops per node you get.