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Not to be confused with Firework Star.
Nether Star
Nether Star.gif
Nether Star
Rarity color





Yes (64)

The nether star is a rare item dropped by the wither that is used solely to craft beacons.



Mob lootEdit

The nether star can be obtained only by defeating the wither, which is a boss mob. One nether star is dropped each time; the drop chance or amount is not affected by the Looting enchantment. In Java Edition, nether stars dropped by withers take 10 minutes to despawn instead of the usual 5. In Bedrock Edition, nether star items never despawn.


The nether star has the same animated glint as enchanted items, potions, and end crystals.

A dropped nether star item cannot be destroyed by explosions. However, it can still be destroyed by fire, lava, and cacti.

It is used to craft a beacon.

Crafting ingredientEdit

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Beacon Glass +
Nether Star +


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
 The Beginning.Kill the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star.40GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
  Withering Heights
Summon the Wither Spooky Scary Skeletonnether/summon_wither

Data valuesEdit


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Nether Starnether_starItemitem.minecraft.nether_star

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDAlias ID (BE)Numeric ID FormTranslation key



Java Edition
1.4.212w34a  The texture of the nether star has been added.
12w36a  Added nether stars.
Nether stars are dropped by the wither.
12w37a  The texture of nether stars has been changed so that they no longer have a dark outline.
1.4.612w49aDropped nether stars can no longer be destroyed by explosions.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 399.
1.1418w43a  The texture of nether stars has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.16.0build 4  Added nether stars.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta  The texture of nether stars has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1  Added nether stars.
1.90   The texture of nether stars has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12  Added nether stars.


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