As you roam the plains and mountains and jungles of Minecraft, marveling at all the virtual beauty that seemingly stretches forever, a sinister dark side awaits. Among the demons and otherworldly entities there are fortresses to explore, chests to loot, and unique res to collect. This guide shows you how to make a portal in Minecraft so you can enter these dire realms.

Here’s how to build two portals: one leading to the Nether biome and one leading to the End biome. While you may be itching to revisit a final ship and want to build a final portal right away, you need an item from a nether fortress to build the portal, which in itself can be difficult to find. That means you need to build a Nether Portal first.

Build an abyssal portal: mine obsidian blocks

This is a complicated process, so we grouped the instructions into four parts.

The obsidian blocks create the framework for your Nether Portal. To obtain obsidian, you need a bucket of water, a diamond pickaxe, and a pool of red-hot lava.

Step 1: Equip your bucket of water and collect water.

Step 2: Find a pool of lava and bathe her with the water.

Step 3: Once the washes cool down, recover the water using the empty bucket.

Step 4: Mine the resulting obsidian wearing a diamond pickaxe.

minecraft mine obsidian

Build a Nether Portal – Create Flint and Steel

This is what you need to light up the obsidian frame and create the Nether Portal. Here you need two types of ore: iron and gravel. With gravel, simply mine with anything, including your hand, until the flint appears. The iron ore must be smelted in the furnace to create iron ingots.

Step 1: Open your oven.

Step 2: Laying iron ore in the upper square.

Step 3: Put fuel in the bottom square, including wood, charcoal, and charcoal, basically anything that burns.

Step 4: Drag the resulting iron ingot in your inventory.

Note: As shown above, you can put more than one iron ore and one fuel in the furnace at the same time to create multiple iron ingots in a single session. The furnace will continue to melt until one or all of the res are depleted or until the furnace closes.

Next, with the Flint and Iron Ingots now in your inventory, you can make the Flint and Steel Tool.

minecraft make iron ingot 2

Step 5: Open your crafting table.

Step 6: Place an iron ingot in the top square of the left column.

Step 7: Place a flint in the center square in the middle column.

Step 8: Drag the flint and steel tool in your inventory.

minecraft make flint and steel

Build a Nether Portal – Create a Fire Charge (optional)

This is an optional method of lighting the obsidian frame, but it requires an ingredient to be dropped into the Nether. This is what you need and these are the steps:

  • Glow powder – Created by placing a fire rod in the center square of the crafting table. A bar of fire is launched by a Blaze, which protects a Nether Fortress.
  • Gunpowder – Obtained by killing a Creeper or opening chests.
  • Coal – Mined from coal ore, which you can find 4-15 blocks below the surface.

Step 1: Open your crafting table.

Step 2: Place a gunpowder in the left square in the top row.

Step 3: Lay a fire powder in the center square of the top row.

Step 4: Place a charcoal in the right square in the top row.

Step 5: Drag the three resulting fire charges in your inventory.

minecraft make fire charge

Step 6: Repeat these steps as necessary.

Build your Nether portal

The frame requires a total of 14 obsidian blocks. Once built, light either side of the obsidian block looking in.

Step 1: Place four blocks of obsidian on the floor.

minecraft build nether portal frame bottom

Step 2: Stack four blocks of obsidian In the block on the left currently on the ground. This creates a column of five blocks.

minecraft build nether portal frame sides

Step 3: Stack four blocks of obsidian In the block on the right currently on the ground. This creates a column of five blocks.

Step 4: Connect the two columns using two blocks of obsidian.

minecraft build nether portal frame top

Step 5: Move your flint and steel or fire charge from your inventory to the quick access bar and select it.

Step 6: Do the following to turn on the portal:

  • personal computer – Right click on the inner side of any obsidian block.
  • Console – Select the inner side of any obsidian block and press the left fire button.
  • Mobile – Tap on the inside side of any obsidian block.
minecraft nether portal pose

Step 7: Pass through to the dark side of Minecraft.

Note: One block in the Nether equals eight blocks in the Overworld, so be careful how far you go from the Nether Portal.

Build a final portal

Here’s the catch: if you’re playing survival mode, you can’t create an end portal. You can create the part of Ender’s Eye needed to build the portal, but there is no way to get the necessary Final Portal Frame blocks without switching to Creative Mode.

The only way to access a final portal in survival mode is to invade an underground fortress. You can locate a Fortress by loading Chunkbase in your web browser and entering its world seed number. This online application gives you the coordinates of each Fortress.

Otherwise, there is no method to create a final portal frame block. They are only available in the creative mode inventory. Technically, you could temporarily switch to creative mode and build the portal and then go back to survival mode.

These are the two ingredients you need to build this portal:

  • 12 Ender’s Eye
  • 12 end portal frame blocks
minecraft end portal

Build a Final Portal – Create an Eye of Ender

If you don’t want creative mode to completely take you by the hand, you can create this part of the final portal requirement. This is what you need and these are the steps:

  • A pearl of Ender – This is dropped by a downed Enderman.
  • A dust of fire – To create this ingredient, you must place a fire rod in the central square of the crafting table. This item is dropped by a downed Blaze, which normally protects a Nether Fortress.

Step 1: Open your crafting menu.

Step 2: Place a pearl of Ender in the center square in the middle row.

Step 3: Lay a fire powder in the right square in the middle row.

Step 4: Drag the resulting Eye of Ender in your inventory.

minecraft create eye of ender

Step 5: Repeat these steps to create 12 Ender eyes.

Build a final portal – build the framework

Standing or floating in place set 12 end portal frame blocks on the ground in a 25 x 25 grid – three on each side. You must place these blocks in a specific direction or the final portal will not turn on.

Step 1: Consider yourself standing at block zero. Motionless, count two spaces together forward – as shown above – and place your first final portal frame block in the place of the “two”. Place the second and third blocks. on each side of the first block.

At this point, there should be an empty block space, the number 1 shown above, between you and the blocks in the final portal frame.

minecraft end portal frame block spacing

Step 2: Motionless, rotate 90 degrees instead and repeat Step 1.

Step 3: Without moving again rotate 90 degrees instead and repeat step 1.

Step 4: Finally, without moving again, rotate 90 degrees instead and repeat Step 1 to place the last three blocks.

minecraft correct end portal frame block placement

As shown above, we placed a grass path block in the center to demonstrate where we were while using red wool blocks to demonstrate the one-block space between the player and the End Portal Frame blocks.

Note the arrows. The engravings on the End Portal Frame block must point absolutely inward, towards the player, for the portal to open. Otherwise, the portal will not be activated.

minecraft incorrect end portal frame block placement

The design shown above is incorrect. Notice how the engravings do not point inward, but rather point away from the frame. These engravings must point absolutely inward, so location is extremely important.

Build a Final Portal – Place Ender’s Eye

To activate the portal, you must equip the Eye of Ender. Target the end portal frame block and do one of the following (depending on your device):

  • Commands for gamers playing on PCRight click on the End Portal Frame block.
  • Commands for game consolesTarget the end portal frame block and press the left shutter button.
  • Commands for mobile device playersTap on the End Portal Frame block.
minecraft working end portal

The image below shows an unsuccessful attempt, because the final portal frame blocks were positioned incorrectly. Unfortunately, the portal will not work if you do not position the blocks so that the engravings face inward.

minecraft broken end portal

Build a final portal: create another final portal

You will know that you can cross to the other side if you see a black void. This also lets you know that you have created a solid portal. Congratulations! After crossing the void, you will be automatically transferred to the final biome. Depending on your preference, you can start exploring space or, if you’re feeling adventurous, fight the Endragon a second time.

Once you’ve experienced all that the End biome has to offer, you can easily build another portal. Since you have already figured out how to do this successfully, you will be able to create a new one in no time. After creating this new portal, you will be transported to your spawn point in the Overworld dimension.

minecraft end city cropped

Unfortunately, you cannot travel to the end city using an end portal after being inside Overworld territory. However, it is possible to access the End City or End Ship by accessing the End Gateway after preparing the Ender Pearls. Once you have accomplished this, you can create another portal that will transport you out of End City and back home.

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