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Not to be confused with Firework Star.

The Nether Star is a rare item dropped by the wither that is used solely to craft Beacons.


Mob loot[]

The nether star can be obtained only by defeating the Wither boss, which is created using Soul sand and Wither Skeleton Skulls. One nether star is dropped each time; the dropped amount is not affected by the Looting enchantment. In Java Edition, nether stars dropped by withers take 10 minutes to despawn and are immune to explosions. In Bedrock Edition, nether star items never despawn, neither by time nor by explosions.


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 a falling anvil,‌‌[Java Edition only] fire, lava, cacti, or the Void.

It is used to craft a beacon.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Beacon Glass +
Nether Star +
Nether Star


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
The Beginning?Spawn the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned.20GBronze
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) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawInvicon Nether StarWithering Heights
Summon the Wither Spooky Scary SkeletonBe within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the wither when it is spawned.nether/summon_wither

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Nether Starnether_starItemitem.minecraft.nether_star

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierAlias ID Numeric ID FormTranslation key
Nether Starnether_starnetherstar518Itemitem.netherStar.name



Java Edition
1.4.212w34aNether Star JE1 The texture of the nether star has been added.
12w36aNether Star JE1 Added nether stars.
Nether stars are dropped by the wither.
12w37aNether Star JE2 BE1 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.
1.1418w43aNether Star The texture of nether stars has been changed.
1.1620w07aNether star has become a renewable resource, as soul sand, one of the blocks used to construct withers, is now renewable through bartering.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.16.0build 4Nether Star JE2 BE1 Added nether stars.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Star The texture of nether stars has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Nether Star JE2 BE1 Added nether stars.
1.90 Nether Star The texture of nether stars has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12Nether Star JE2 BE1 Added nether stars.


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