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First appearances

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Data value

dec: 345 hex: 159 bin: 101011001



Compasses are an item used to point to the world spawn.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Compasses can be found in 11.0% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1.

Trading[edit | edit source]

A single compass can be bought from a librarian villager for 10 to 12 emeralds as part of their tier 2 trades.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Iron Ingot +

Usage[edit | edit source]

The compass needle points towards the world spawn point. The compass will point to spawn when viewed in any way, including as a dropped item, in a player's hand, in an inventory or the crafting table, or in an item frame. The direction the needle points is relative to the player who is viewing it.

In the Nether or the End, the compass' needle will spin wildly and point in random directions.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Empty Map

Paper +

When you first create a map, it is blank. Hold the empty map and press use item to transform the empty map into a map item which gradually begins filling with information.

(with marker)

Map +

Windows 10 Edition only.

Maps crafted with only paper do not show the location marker; to add it, a compass must be added to the map.

Anvil usage[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Anvil usage Description
Map (with marker) Map (without marker) + Compass Map PE Put Indicator.png Pocket Edition only (excluding Windows 10 Edition).

Maps crafted with only paper do not show the location marker; to add it, a compass must be added to the map.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.1.0 Added compass.
1.8 pre1 Compasses can now be found in library chests in the new strongholds.
Official release
1.3.1 12w21a The compass can now be purchased from villagers.
1.4.2 12w34a Since mapping system is changed, a compass is used to craft an empty map.
1.9 15w43a Increased average yield of compasses in stronghold library chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added compasses.
0.14.0 build 1 Compasses are no longer a crafting ingredient for a map; now they must be added to a map using an anvil, to add a location marker. Maps did not exist before this update.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added compasses.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Compass” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A compass can be viewed under the item statistics page, as long as one has made a compass at some point in the past.
  • A compass points to the northwest corner of a block, not the middle.
  • Using /setworldspawn to change the world spawn will change where the compass points to.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]