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Compass
Compass.png
Compass
Type

Tools

Durability

N/A

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearance

Alpha 1.1.0

Data value

dec: 345 hex: 159 bin: 101011001

Name

compass

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

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Compasses can be found in chests in stronghold libraries.

Trading[edit]

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

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Iron Ingot +
Redstone


Iron Ingot
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Compass
Iron Ingot Redstone Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot

Usage[edit]

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]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Empty Map

Paper +
Compass

Paper Paper Paper Grid layout Arrow (small).png Empty Map
Paper Compass Paper
Paper Paper 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.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Alpha
1.1.0 Added compass.
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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added compasses.
Console Edition
TU1 Added compasses.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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. This is because the spawn area is centered around this point, not a block.
  • Using /setworldspawn to change the world spawn will change where the compass points to; however, you may need to quit and return to make the compass notice the change.

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See also[edit]