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3 Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Nether in Minecraft

3 Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Nether in Minecraft

The Nether is a dangerous yet interesting biome in Minecraft that houses many unique mobs and materials. Therefore, it only makes sense for a curious traveler to venture inside this crazy yet interesting world.

However, you might not get that big of an incentive by just exploration alone. Your goal might be to build the biggest fortress or to defeat certain mobs. Therefore, the term “Nether” might not have introduced itself to you before now. 

In Minecraft, the Nether is a hell-like dimension that warrants much more than a visit if you want to clear the game. This is because the items available in the Nether are generally better than in the Overworld and can help in an easier clear. 

Needless to say, venturing forth into such a dangerous yet exciting dimension is worth the time and risk. Don’t believe us? Sit tight to know the exact reasons!

What is The Nether in Minecraft?

For those unaware, the term “Nether” refers to one of the three dimensions in Minecraft that serve as alternate yet interconnected worlds. Their main goal is to provide different flavors of adventure to the player. 

However, they can be key at times since their loot is unique. Therefore, it is quite unlikely for you to be defeating the Ender Dragon without completing such adventures. 

The Nether: Structure

As mentioned, the Nether is a depiction of hell in the Minecraft sandbox. As such, it comprises areas with extreme heat. For instance, you will be able to witness lava patches wherever you go. 

Furthermore, the Nether’s dimly lit and craggy environment is perfect to house certain exotic mobs that serve as good experience and item suppliers. 

Unlike the Overworld, the Nether is relatively smaller since it features an 8:1 block ratio. This means that you’ll be able to traverse longer distances in shorter periods in the Nether. However, you will need a Nether gate to make that count since you cannot get in or out without one. 

Importance of Nether in Minecraft

Venturing into the Nether is necessary for beating the Wither and the Ender Dragon. They are the two main bosses in Minecraft that serve as the guardians of game progression. Furthermore, you will also need to set up certain workshops to strengthen yourself for the battles. 

While these might seem trivial, the inescapable reality is that you will need everything you can get to defeat the Ender Dragon. 

That being said, there are certain factors that contribute to the Nether’s importance much more than one might think. Therefore, we have listed the major ones for you below:

1. Setting Up a Potion Brewery

Brewing potions is an extremely important art to learn in Minecraft. You would need a reliable stream of potions to get yourself going in the later stages of the game. This is because your potion requirements will increase to the point where any unreliable form of potion collection will get obsolete. 

That being said, here is the basic equipment needed for a potion brewery:

Brewing Stand

This stand is required for brewing potions. It can be found in the Cleric’s job site area located in the churches of a village. Simply extract it with a pickaxe and you’re good to go. 

Cauldron

This block can also be found at a regular leatherworker villager’s job site. The Cauldron is used to contain the water during the brewery process. 

Glass Bottle 

This bottle is necessary to contain the final ingredient. That being said, make sure to prepare two since you will be needing one to create the base for your potion. 

Blaze Powder

This item can only be obtained from the Nether and is the key to igniting any brewing stand. With that said, you will need to go through the following route to obtain it:

ObjectDescription
Blaze RodThis ingredient is needed to produce the Blaze Powder. One rod can create two such items. 
BlazeA Blaze Rod is an exclusive drop from the Blaze. However, these mobs can only be found in the Nether Fortresses.
Nether FortressThe Nether Fortress are certain buildings in the Nether dimension that house unique sets of mobs and drops. There are a lot of key items to be obtained here. Therefore, it is generally recommended to explore every Nether Fortress available.

As mentioned, you will be needing a trip to the Nether region in order to make a basic potion brewery work. While there are other ways to strengthen yourself, nothing provides as wide of a choice as a potion does. 

2. Spawning The Wither

The Wither is the first main boss in the Minecraft saga. There is no way for it to naturally spawn. Therefore, you would need to make an active effort in order to set a proper spawning environment for him. 

You will need to collect the following ingredients to make a spawning platform:

Soul Sand/ Soul Soil

The Soul Sand can be obtained in the Nether biome or in the Ancient cities. There are some unconventional ways of obtaining it. However, the mentioned ones are generally preferred. 

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The Soul Soil can be found in the Soul Sand Valley located in the Nether. Therefore, obtaining it will require you to make a trip to the Nether. 

Nonetheless, you only need 4 blocks of either Soul Sand or Soul Soil, so obtaining one is generally good enough unless you’re aiming to go for a constant marathon. 

Wither Skulls

This item can only be obtained from the Nether since it is an exclusive drop from the Wither Skeleton. You can find these Skeletons in the Nether Fortress. Just cutting off their heads will do. However, you can choose to mangle their corpses if you desire. 

The chance of a Wither Skull dropping will still remain a low 2.5% no matter what you do. Since you will be needing 3 of them, you will statistically have to kill hundreds of Wither Skeletons in order to fulfill the mentioned criteria.

How to Craft a Wither Summoning Platform

Despite the materials being so hard to collect, the Wither summoning platform is rather simple. Just place the blocks in a Tetris T shape and place the Wither skulls on top of it. You will be able to see a strange phenomenon happening before you get to see the Wither spawning. 

Nonetheless, we recommend you make a run for it since it is way beyond your league as a rookie Nether explorer. 

3. Entering the End

Similar to the Nether and the Overworld, the End is one of the dimensions present in Minecraft. As the name suggests it is the final dimension and the place where the Ender Dragon resides. 

That being said, entering the End isn’t as easy as pushing a single button. Instead, you will need to use the Minecraft tagline of Dig, Fight, and Explore to create the Eyes of Ender since it is the key to accessing Ender.

Luckily, we’ve done most of that part for you, so you can just take a look at the steps needed to find the End Portal:

  • Craft 12 Eyes of Ender: This might seem like a lot but you’ll soon know why. That being said, here is the recipe for crafting a single Eyes of Ender:
    • Blaze Powder: As previously mentioned, this item can only be created after finding sufficient Blaze Rods from a Blaze in the Nether Fortress. 
    • Ender Pearl: This item is a drop from the Enderman that can be found in all three dimensions. 
  • Locate a Stronghold: Use one of the Eyes of Ender to locate a nearby Stronghold and enter it. 
  • Activate End Portals: Find the End Portals within the stronghold. Use the crafted Eyes of Ender and place them within the portal slots. Once done, the portal will activate. 

Head inside and explore. We won’t recommend you go and start provoking the Ender Dragon on your first venture but getting a feel out of everything is definitely a must. 

How to Enter Nether in Minecraft

Getting notified of the importance of the said region won’t do you any good unless you know how to enter the Nether. Similar to the End, you need to have a portal that connects to the Nether dimension.

Luckily, the Nether portal is not as complex or painful to obtain as the End portal. However, you would still need to spend a little bit of effort. 

  • Procure 14 blocks of Obsidian by mixing lava with water. 
  • Make a 5 Obsidian High and 4 Obsidian wide structure that is hollow in the middle. 
  • Use a Flint and Steel or a Fire charge to activate the portal and pass through it. 

Once you’re through, all that will await you is the torment of the Nether region. Good luck surviving out there!


All in all, the Nether is one hell of an interesting place (quite literally). You will be progressing through the game once you reach the Nether. However, if you’re only into the creative building then exploring the Nether might not be on top of your bucket list.