Compasses are an item used to point to the world spawn or to a lodestone.
|Iron Ingot +
In Bedrock Edition, expert-level librarian villagers have a 1⁄3 chance to sell a single compass for 4 emeralds.
Normally, the compass' needle points toward the world spawn point; more specifically, it always points toward the northwest corner of the block whose coordinates are set as the world spawn. The compass points to spawn when viewed in any way, including as a dropped item, in a player's hand, in an inventory or the crafting table, or in an item frame. The direction the needle points is relative to the player who is viewing it.
The compass can be used on a lodestone, after which it is named lodestone compass by default and points to that lodestone as long as the compass is in that dimension. If the compass is taken to a different dimension, it spins randomly. If the lodestone is destroyed, it also spins randomly even if the lodestone is replaced afterward. However, if an attuned compass is placed in storage, the lodestone can be broken and replaced without the compass losing the attunement, as long as the compass remains in storage while the lodestone is missing.
Lodestone compasses appear enchanted in Java Edition, similar to the Enchanted Golden Apple, and have a unique cyan glint in Bedrock Edition.
|Empty Map||Paper +
|When the player first creates a map, it is blank. Hold the empty map and press use item to transform the empty map into a map item, which gradually begins filling with information as that player travels within its borders.|
|Map or Empty Map +
|[Bedrock Edition only]
Maps crafted from only paper do not show the location marker; to add it, a compass must be added to the map.
|Locator Map||Map +
|Bedrock Edition only.
Maps crafted with only paper do not show the location marker; to add it, a compass must be added to the map.
A compass is also part of the cost of explorer maps:
- An ocean explorer map and[JE only]/or[BE only] a woodland explorer map can be bought from a journeyman-level cartographer for 12 emeralds and one compass, as part of their fifth trade.[Bedrock Edition only]
- In Java Edition, apprentice-level Cartographer villagers offer to sell an ocean explorer map for 13 emeralds and a compass, and journeyman-level Cartographer villagers offer to sell a woodland explorer map for 14 emeralds and one compass.
A compass can receive the following enchantments:
|Curse of Vanishing||I|
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Lodestone Compass locks onto Lodestone||?||Using a compass on a lodestone||?||?||16|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Form||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Alias ID (BE)||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
- tag: The item's tag tag.
- LodestoneTracked: Optional. 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the compass is connected to a lodestone. When false, LodestoneDimension and LodestonePos is not automatically removed when the lodestone is destroyed, but the compass still points to that location.
- LodestoneDimension: Optional. The dimension of the lodestone to which the compass is pointing.
- LodestonePos: Optional. The coordinates of the lodestone to which the compass is pointing.
- X: x coordinate
- Y: y coordinate
- Z: z coordinate
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Country Lode, Take Me Home||Use a compass on Lodestone||Hidden in the Depths||—|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|They have 102 visually distinct frames.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Compasses can now be found in library chests in the new strongholds.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–11 emeralds.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Since the mapping system has been changed, a compass can now be used to craft an empty map.|
|1.5||13w02a||Compasses now, instead of combining two textures, use the new animation feature included in texture packs. As a result, they are considerably less precise, having only 29 visually distinct frames.|
|1.8||14w02a||Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.|
|1.9||15w31a||Compasses are now broken up into individual textures, instead of having every individual frame on one vertical strip like with animated textures.|
|15w43a||The average yield of compasses in stronghold library chests has been increased.|
|1.11||16w39a||Cartographer villagers have been added, who buy compasses as their tier 2 trade.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 345.|
|18w11a||Compasses can now generate in shipwreck chests.|
|1.16||20w13a||Compasses can now be used on lodestones to make them point to the stones.|
|20w14a||Compasses now have the |
|Compasses can now have the Curse of Vanishing enchantment on them.|
|?||Compasses now point to the center of the spawn point block, instead of its north-west corner.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.17||20w48a||The textures of compass and lodestone compass have now been changed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|Compasses currently have no function or legitimate method of obtaining them.|
|v0.8.0||build 2||Compasses are now functional and craftable.|
|The texture of compasses has been changed.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Compasses must now be added to a map using an anvil to add the location marker.|
|1.0.0||?||Windows 10 Edition can now use the anvil, as well as the crafting table, to apply position markers, with compasses just as Pocket Edition can in general.|
|1.0.4||alpha 188.8.131.52||Librarian villagers now sell 1 compass for 10–12 emeralds.|
|1.1.0||alpha 184.108.40.206||Cartographer villagers have been added, who buy compasses as part of their tier 2 trade.|
|Compasses used with emeralds can be used to buy explorer maps as part of cartographer villagers' fourth tiers trade.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Compasses can now be found inside map room chests in shipwrecks.|
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Compasses can now be found in village cartographer house chests.|
|1.11.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Trading has been changed, cartographer villagers now buy compassess as part of their fourth tier trades.|
|Compasses used with emeralds can now be used to buy explorer maps as part of cartographer and fletcher villagers' third tier trades.|
|Librarian villagers now have a 1⁄3 chance to sell compasses for 4 emeralds as part of their fourth tier trades.|
|1.16.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Compasses can now be used on lodestones to make them point to the stones.|
|Compasses now have the |
|Compasses can now have the Curse of Vanishing enchantment on them.|
|1.16.100||beta 188.8.131.52||Changed the ID |
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added compasses.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
/setworldspawnto change the world spawn also changes where the compass points.
- The lodestone compass changes to a greenish-blue color in addition to receiving an enchantment glint.[Bedrock Edition only]
Purchasing a compass from a librarian villager.