Nether Star

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Nether Star
Nether Star.png



No‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]


Yes (64)

Data value

dec: 399 hex: 18F bin: 110001111

Namespaced ID


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 be destroyed by explosions and will take more than twice as long to despawn than other items. 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.png Withering 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
1.4.212w34aNether Star Revision 1.png Nether star texture added.
12w36aNether star implemented into the game, as the drop of wither.
12w37aNether Star Revision 2.png Texture changed so that it no longer has 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.png Changed the texture of nether stars.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 4Nether Star Revision 2.png Added nether stars.
Bedrock Edition
1.10beta Star.png Changed the texture of nether stars.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 11.0.1Nether Star Revision 2.png Added nether stars.
1.90Nether Star.png Changed the texture of nether stars.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12Added nether stars.


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