Compass

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Compass
Compass.png
Type

Informational items

Rarity

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 345 hex: 159 bin: 101011001

Namespaced ID

compass

Compasses are an item used to point to the world spawn. They are crafted using 4 iron ingots and one piece of redstone dust.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Natural generation[edit]

Compasses can be found in 7.7% of shipwreck map chests, 26.3% of village cartographer chests, and 10.9% of stronghold library chests, all in stacks of 1.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 10.5% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1.

Trading[edit]

Expert-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to sell a single compass for 4 emeralds.‌[Java Edition only]

Expert-level librarian villagers have a 13 chance to sell a single compass for 4 emeralds.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

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 compass shown on the topmost tab of the recipe book also points to spawn. 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 Locator Map Paper +
Compass

When the player first creates 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 as that player travels within its borders.

This variation is called an "empty locator map"‌[Bedrock Edition only] or "empty map"‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Map
(with marker)
Map or Empty Map +
Compass


[Bedrock 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]

Name Ingredients Anvil usage Description
Locator Map Map +
Compass
Map Position Marker BE.png Bedrock Edition only.

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

Trading[edit]

A single compass can be sold to a journeyman-level cartographer villager for 1 emerald.‌[Java Edition only]

A single compass can be sold to an expert-level cartographer villager for 1 emerald as their sixth trade.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

A compass is also part of the cost of explorer maps:

An ocean explorer map or a woodland explorer map can be bought from a journeyman-level cartographer for 12 emeralds and a compass, as part of their fifth trade.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

In Java Edition, apprentice-level Cartographer villagers will sell an ocean explorer map for 13 emeralds and a compass, and journeyman-level Cartographer villagers will sell a woodland explorer map for 14 emeralds and a compass.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.0 Added compasses.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseCompasses can now be found in library chests in the new strongholds.
Java Edition
1.3.112w21aLibrarian villagers will now sell 1 compass for 10–11 emeralds.
1.4.212w34aSince mapping system has now been changed, a compass can now be used to craft an empty map.
1.814w02aLibrarian villagers will now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.
1.915w43aThe average yield of compasses in stronghold library chests has now been increased.
1.1116w39aCartographer villagers have been added, which will buy compasses as their tier 2 trade.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 345.
18w11aCompasses can now generate in shipwreck chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2 Added compasses.
0.14.0build 1Compasses must now be added to a map using an anvil to add the location marker.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0?Windows 10 Edition can now use the anvil, as well as the crafting table, to apply position markers, just as Pocket Edition can in general.
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.0Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.3Cartographer villagers have been added, which will buy compasses as part of their tier 2 trade.
Compasses used with emeralds can be used to buy explorer maps as part of cartographer villagers' fourth tiers trade.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Compasses can now be found inside map room chests in shipwrecks.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Compasses can now be found in village cartographer house chests.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Trading has changed, cartographer villagers now buy compassess as part of their fourth tier trades.
Compasses used with emeralds can now be used to buy explorer maps as part of cartographer and fletcher villagers' third tier trades.
Librarian villagers now have a 13 chance to sell compasses for 4 emeralds as part of their fourth tier trades.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1 Added compasses.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Compass" are maintained on the bug 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. It can also be viewed in the recipe book as the search tab's icon, or when the recipe for it if it has been unlocked.
  • 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]

See also[edit]