Nether Star

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Not to be confused with Firework Star.
Nether Star
Nether Star.gif
Nether Star
Rarity color





Yes (64)

The nether star is a rare item dropped by the wither that is used solely to craft beacons.



The nether star can be obtained only by defeating the wither, which is a boss mob. One nether star is dropped each time; the drop chance or amount is not affected by the Looting enchantment. In Java Edition, nether stars dropped by withers take 10 minutes to despawn instead of the usual 5. In Bedrock Edition, nether star items never despawn.


The nether star has the same animated glint as enchanted items, potions, and end crystals.

A dropped nether star item cannot be destroyed by explosions. However, it can still be destroyed by fire, lava, and cacti.

It is used to craft a beacon.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Beacon Glass +
Nether Star +
Nether Star


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
The Beginning.Kill the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star.40GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.pngInvicon Nether Star.gif

Withering Heights
Summon the WitherSpooky Scary Skeletonnether/summon_wither

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Nether Starnether_star item.minecraft.nether_star

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Nether StarnetherStar



Java Edition
1.4.212w34aNether Star JE1.png The texture of the nether star has been added.
12w36aNether Star JE1.gif Added nether stars.
Nether stars are dropped by the wither.
12w37aNether Star JE2 BE1.gif The texture of nether stars has been changed so that they no longer have a dark outline.
1.4.612w49aDropped nether stars can no longer be destroyed by explosions.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 399.
1.1418w43aNether Star.gif The texture of nether stars has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 4Nether Star JE2 BE1.gif Added nether stars.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Star.gif The texture of nether stars has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Nether Star JE2 BE1.gif Added nether stars.
1.90 Nether Star.gif The texture of nether stars has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12Nether Star JE2 BE1.gif Added nether stars.


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