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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 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 | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Empty Locator 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 as you travel around the inside borders of it.

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

(with marker)
Map or Empty Map +

Version exclusive.[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 | edit source]

Name Ingredients Anvil usage Description
Locator Map Map +
Map PE Put Indicator.png Pocket 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 | edit source]

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 | 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 Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–11 emeralds.
1.4.2 12w34a Since mapping system is changed, a compass is used to craft an empty map.
1.8 14w02a Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.
1.9 15w43a Increased average yield of compasses in stronghold library chests.
1.11 16w39a Cartographer villagers are added, which buy compasses as their tier 2 trade.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added compasses.
0.14.0 build 1 Compasses must 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 in general could.
Legacy 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]