Compass

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Compass
Compass.png
Type

Tools

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearances

See history

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 7.7% of shipwreck map chests and 10.9% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 26.3% of village cartographer chests in stacks of 1.

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

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 Dust

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 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 as you travel around the inside borders of it.

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 PE Put Indicator.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 cartographer villager for 1 emerald, as their tier 2 trade.

A compass is also part of the cost of explorer maps: an ocean explorer map can be bought from a cartographer for 12–20 emeralds and a compass, and a woodland explorer map can be bought from a cartographer for 16-28 emeralds and a compass, as their tier 4 trades.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.0 Added compass.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 Pre-release Compasses can now be found in library chests in the new strongholds.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w21a Librarian villagers will now sell 1 compass for 10–11 emeralds.
1.4.2 12w34a Since mapping system has now been changed, a compass can now be used to craft an empty map.
1.8 14w02a Librarian villagers will now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.
1.9 15w43a The average yield of compasses in stronghold library chests has now been increased.
1.11 16w39a Cartographer villagers have been added, which will buy compasses as their tier 2 trade.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 345.
18w11a Compasses can now generate in shipwreck chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added compasses.
0.14.0 build 1 Compasses must now be added to a map using an anvil to add the location marker.
Pocket Edition
1.0 ?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.
1.0.4 alpha 1.0.4.0 Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.
1.1 alpha 1.1.0.3 Cartographer villagers have been added, which will buy compasses as their tier 2 trade.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta 1.2.14.2 Compass can now be found inside map room chests in shipwrecks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added 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]