How To Make A Map In Minecraft


Are you trying to figure out how to make a Map in Minecraft? Minecraft drops players into a vast, near-infinite world and provides no guidance or direction. Without a Map, it’s extremely difficult to navigate the sandbox that is Minecraft. So, if you’re trying to stay organised and chart your journey, below, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to make a Map in Minecraft.

How To Make A Map In Minecraft


To make a Map in Minecraft, you need to combine a Compass with eight pieces of Paper. Open your Crafting Table, place the Compass in the centre, and surround it with eight pieces of Paper.

Below, you can find the recipes to craft Compasses and Paper:

Compass Ingredients

  • Four Iron Ingots
  • One Redstone Dust

Compass Recipe: Place the Redstone Dust in the centre of the 3×3 Crafting Menu, and surround it on all sides with the four Iron Ingots.

Paper Ingredients

  • Three Sugar Cane

Paper Recipe: Line the three Sugar Cane horizontal across the centre row of the 3×3 Crafting Menu.

Alternatively, you can find Maps in Chests or purchase Maps from Cartographer Villagers.

How To Use A Map In Minecraft


With a Map in hand, equip it and use it to etch down the surrounding area. You’ll notice a white marker on the Map that indicates your current location. You can transfer Maps to your off-hand, and they’ll function similarly to a traditional minimap.

Fresh Maps only cover a small portion of a near-boundless Minecraft world. With this in mind, you’ll need to continue crafting new Maps if you hope to explore your Minecraft Seed entirely. Or, you can simply expand your existing Maps.

How To Upgrade And Expand A Map In Minecraft


To upgrade and expand a Minecraft Map, you’ll need to stock up on some more Paper. Upgrading a Map takes eight pieces of Paper, and you can upgrade a Map up to four times, which would require a total of 32 pieces of Paper.

Approach a Crafting Table, insert the Map you want to expand in the centre tile, and surround it with eight pieces of Paper to complete the upgrade.

How To Mark Locations On A Map In Minecraft


Have you encountered a point of interest out in the world and wish to remember its location for later? You can add custom markers to a Map as a way to keep track of your favourite spots. 

To mark a location on a Minecraft Map, you need Banners. Banners require six pieces of the same coloured Wool and a Stick. Fill the top two rows of the Crafting Menu with Wool and put the Stick in the bottom-middle slot to fashion a Banner.

With a Banner ready, place it at the location you want to mark on the Map. With the Banner situated, pull out the Map and use it on the Banner — this will cause the Banner to show up on the Map. If you want to take it a step further, you can name Banners with an Anvil.

How To Make A Map In Minecraft: Cartographer Tables


Cartographer Tables make the process of managing Maps in Minecraft far easier. You can find Cartographer Tables in villages that house Cartographer Villagers, but you can also make one yourself with two pieces of Paper and four Wood Planks.

You can use a Cartographer Table to create, clone, lock, and zoom out Maps. Additionally, Map-related recipes typically cost far fewer ingredients to craft with a Cartographer Table. For example, you can upgrade your Map at a Cartographer Table with a single piece of Paper, whereas the process requires eight pieces of Paper when using a Crafting Table. So, if you plan on doing a lot of mapping in Minecraft, it’s advised that you get your hands on a Cartographer Table.

With that, you are now well versed in how to make a Map in Minecraft. No longer must you desperately roam with no direction. Make a Map and plot the course for your next Minecraft adventure.

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