How to Find Diamonds in Minecraft

Diamonds are one of the most valuable items in Minecraft. They are used to make the best tools and armour in the game and are a way to showcase your wealth. But how do you find diamonds in Minecraft and what is the most efficient way to get them? First, it will take a bit of preparation!

Preparation


You will need the proper supplies before you go mining:

  • An iron or diamond pickaxe is required to mine diamonds. Iron is quite abundant in the game, so it is quite easy to make an iron pickaxe.
  • You will need torches to light up your tunnels and for exploring caves.
  • Food is important because mining will cause hunger over time.
  • You are likely to encounter mobs, so armour and a weapon are useful.
  • A shovel is useful to clear dirt and gravel in your way.
  • Sticks are important to make more torches as you mine coal.
  • Optional: a water bucket is useful for turning lava into obsidian.
  • Optional: fortune-enchanted pickaxes will increase the amount of diamonds you mine.

Find Diamonds in Minecraft - Ideal Inventory

PHOTO: Ideal inventory before going to get your first diamond ore.

Going Underground


Diamond ore is only found underground, between the “y-coordinates” of 1 to 15. The y-coordinate is the number of vertical blocks you are from the very bottom of the map. In simpler terms, this means that diamonds are found only in the bottom 15 vertical blocks of the map. You can see your current y-coordinate by pressing F3 on PC, or by opening an in-game map item.

Find Diamonds in Minecraft - Y Coordinates

PHOTO: Example of an F3 screen on PC Minecraft. The red box shows the x, y, and z coordinates, with the “15” being my current y coordinate. Below this level, I will be able to find diamond ore.

Begin digging underground, and be careful not to dig straight down as you could easily die from a large fall or from landing in lava. It’s best to dig in a “staircase” method down so you can easily walk back up after you are done mining. People debate what the best y-coordinate is for mining diamonds, however I recommend mining mostly at a y-coordinate of 11. In my many years of mining, I have found this coordinate to be the best in terms of finding diamonds and avoiding annoying lava lakes.




Finding Diamonds


To find diamonds while mining, you have two main options: mining tunnels, or exploring caves. I recommend exploring all deep underground caves you encounter while mining as they will often have diamonds in them. Once you run out of caves to explore, or if you dug down and haven’t found a cave yet, you should mine tunnels at a y-coordinate of 11 as shown in the photo below.

Find Diamonds in Minecraft - Efficient Mining

PHOTO: Efficient mining tunnels in Minecraft include one long 2×1 tunnel with torches placed evenly every 4 blocks. You can mine above the torches in both directions as far as you can go to search for ores.

Other Ways to Find Diamonds in Minecraft


Mining is the best way to find diamonds, but you can also find diamonds as a reward in some chests:

  • Nether Fortresses
  • Woodland Mansions
  • Villages
  • Jungle and Desert Temples
  • Strongholds and Abandoned Mineshafts
  • End Cities

Tips and Tricks


  • The fortune enchant on a pickaxe is the best way to increase the number of diamonds you are getting. This enchant will make it so 2, 3, or even 4 diamonds can drop from each ore you mine!
  • Make sure you mine all the stone around any diamond ore you find. You never know if there might be one more ore close by that you missed.
  • Experience has shown me that if you mine all the coal you find instead of skipping it, you can sometimes find diamonds behind the coal. Keep in mind this only works if you are deep enough underground for diamonds to appear.

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