Respawn Anchor

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Respawn Anchor
Respawn Anchor Charges 0 JE1 BE1.pngRespawn Anchor Charges 1 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 2 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 3 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 4 JE1 BE1.gif



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Charge 1, 2, 3, 4: Yes (3, 7, 11, 15)
Not Charged: No





Catches fire from lava


The respawn anchor is a block that allows players to set their spawn point in The Nether.



Respawn anchors can be harvested with any pickaxe at or above diamond tier. In Bedrock Edition, Silk Touch enchant can work on a Respawn Anchor, and it keeps its current charges.[1]

Block Respawn Anchor
Hardness 50
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 250
Wooden 125
Stone 62.5
Iron 41.7
Diamond 9.4
Netherite 8.35
Golden 20.85
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Crying Obsidian +



Tile priority in where the anchor looks to respawn the player (with 1 being the highest). The minimum area required to be valid is 1×2×1. The anchor must have a direct line of sight to the space in order to respawn the player (if respawning below the anchor).

The Respawn Anchor is used to respawn in the Nether, even if the player leaves the Nether. Once the block is charged, it can be used to set the player's respawn location.


When crafted, a Respawn Anchor has no (zero) charge and can't yet be used until charged. When a glowstone block is used with it, a charge is added, the texture of the block changes, and it starts emitting a light level of 3. Up to four glowstone blocks can be used to charge the anchor. The charge is indicated by a dial on the side of the block. Each additional piece of glowstone after the first increases the light level by four, up to a maximum of 15.

Setting Respawn to the Respawn Anchor

To set your to respawn to the Respawn Anchor you must click on in, just like one does with a bed, and the Anchor must have a charge at the time of the click [verify]. A confirmation that your respawn location is set will appear. Other players also can set their respawing to the same Respawn Anchor - note each respawning will use up one charge, even if it's done by another player.

Respawn upon player death

Each time the player dies, they respawn next to the anchor, and its charge decreases by 1. If a player's Respawn Anchor is destroyed, or its charges have been exhausted, or if the area around it is made unsuitable for respawning, a message is displayed saying "You have no home bed or charged Respawn Anchor, or it was obstructed”, and the player respawns at the world spawn point. (NOTE: Returning through an end portal is not counted as a respawn and thus does not deplete any charges.)

A Respawn Anchor can be shared among several players. When shared, remaining charges are shared as well.


If the player attempts to set their spawn at a charged respawn anchor in the Overworld, the End, or customized dimensions in which they are disabled, the block explodes (and is destroyed) similarly to when a bed is used in the Nether or the End. The explosion has a power of 5, and sets fire to surrounding blocks.

Redstone component[edit]

When charged, a redstone comparator gives a signal depending on the number of charges: 3 for one charge, 7 for two charges, 11 for three charges, 15 for four charges. An empty anchor gives a signal of 0.

The respawn anchor can also be charged with a dispenser.


Hoglins run away from respawn anchors.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Respawn anchor is chargedBlocks?block.respawn_anchor.chargesubtitles.block.respawn_anchor.charge1.0?16
Respawn anchor depletesBlocks?block.respawn_anchor.depletesubtitles.block.respawn_anchor.deplete1.0?16
Respawn anchor sets spawnBlocks?block.respawn_anchor.set_spawnsubtitles.block.respawn_anchor.set_spawn1.0?16
Portal whooshesBlocks?block.respawn_anchor.ambientsubtitles.block.respawn_anchor.ambient1.0?7
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Respawn Anchorrespawn_anchor dragon_immune

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Respawn Anchorrespawn_anchor

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
How many charges the Respawn Anchor has left.

Bedrock Edition: [more information needed]


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


Not Quite "Nine" Lives
Charge a Respawn Anchor to the maximumWho is Cutting Onions?nether/charge_respawn_anchor


Java Edition
1.1620w12aRespawn Anchor Charges 0 JE1 BE1.pngRespawn Anchor Charges 1 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 2 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 3 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 4 JE1 BE1.gif Added the respawn anchor.
20w13aThe respawn anchor can now be charged with a dispenser.
20w20aThe Not Quite "Nine" Lives advancement has been added, which is completed by charging up a respawn anchor to the maximum level.
1.16.220w30aRespawn anchors now prioritize cardinal directions over corners.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Anchor Charges 0 JE1 BE1.pngRespawn Anchor Charges 1 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 2 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 3 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 4 JE1 BE1.gif Added the respawn anchor.
beta anchors can now be charged in the Overworld without them exploding.[2]
A sound now plays when a respawn anchor charge is depleted.
Blocks can now be placed to respawn anchors with no charges without them exploding.
Respawn anchors now require a diamond or netherite pickaxe in order to be mined.[3]
The Silk Touch enchantment now works on respawn anchors.


Issues relating to "Respawn Anchor" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The light level emitted by the respawn anchor is congruent with the redstone signal strength given by a comparator.
  • The explosion produced by one respawn anchor cannot destroy other nearby respawn anchors due to their high blast resistance.
  • The active respawn anchor's top texture is actually translucent, as this texture is a direct modification of the nether portal block texture. This translucency is not visible in-game as solid blocks with transparent pixels are always rendered as opaque.