Nether Star

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Nether Star
Nether Star.png

Raw materials


No‌[Java, and Bedrock editions only]
Yes‌[Legacy Console Edition only]


Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 399 hex: 18F bin: 110001111



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



The nether star can only be obtained by defeating the wither, which is a boss mob. One nether star will be dropped each time, and is not affected by the Looting enchantment.


The nether star has the same animated glint that enchanted items and potions have.

The dropped nether star cannot despawn or 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 +


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
The Beginning.Kill the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star.YesYesYesYes40GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngWithering HeightsSummon the WitherSpooky Scary SkeletonBe within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned.minecraft:nether/summon_wither



Java Edition
1.4.2 12w34a Nether star texture added.
12w36a Nether star implemented into the game, as the drop of wither.
12w37a Texture changed so that it no longer has a dark outline.
1.4.6 12w49a Dropped nether stars can no longer be destroyed by explosions.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 399.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0 build 4 Added nether stars.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1 Added nether stars.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12 Added Nether Star.


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