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A compass is an item players can use to discern directions within their Minecraft world. They were added in the Secret Friday Update 9.

Usage

To use the compass, a player simply needs to hold it in his/her hand, and it will appear in the lower HUD. The needle will point in the direction of a player's original spawn point where he/she entered the world for the first time (not North like normal real-life compasses). Rotating around until the needle is pointing straight up will signify that the spawn point is straight ahead. Traveling straight in that direction will take a player to their spawn point assuming that the needle remains pointing straight up.

The compass needle points towards a player's original spawn point, whether in their inventory screen, in chests, lying on the floor, in the crafting table, or while holding it in their hand. In order to use a compass, it doesn't necessarily need to be crafted since all compasses will show a player where the world spawn is. A player can also obtain compasses by trading with villagers or by finding them inside some stronghold chests.

A compass can now be used as a trade item in order to get Exploration Maps from cartographer villagers as of 1.11 the Exploration Update.

Crafting

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Trivia

  • Unless a lodestone is used, a compass will spin uncontrollably in other dimensions such as The End and The Nether.
    • This is the same with a clock.
      • This is so unless you craft the compass in the dimension you're in and it will only work in that dimension.
  • The compass points to the northwest corner of the block a player spawned on instead of the very middle of the block.
  • If a player changes their spawn by using a bed at night, the compass will still point to their original spawn point.
  • The compass is one of the few tools that is stackable.
  • In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, before the 0.9.0 update, compasses were virtually useless since the maps then were of no great size.
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