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5 things players didn't know about the Nether Portal in Minecraft

A large Nether Portal embedded in a mountain (Image via Minecraft)
A large Nether Portal embedded in a mountain (Image via Minecraft)
Joe Greene
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Modified 22 Feb 2021
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Most Minecraft players know how to make a Nether Portal, but most are unaware of its mechanics.

Due to the scarcity of Obsidian, most players resort to making a boring ol' default portal. However, with some patience and time, they can transform their portals into pieces of art.

Here are some ways to do just that!


5 unknown facts about Nether Portals in Minecraft

A large portal resting upon a spire (Image via Minecraft)
A large portal resting upon a spire (Image via Minecraft)

#1 - No corners needed!

Nether Portals do not require corners to be portal compatible (see above). This means that for the smallest version of a portal, players will only need ten obsidian blocks. This is great for players who are short on time or resources.


Cheapest way to craft a Nether Portal (Image via Minecraft)
Cheapest way to craft a Nether Portal (Image via Minecraft)
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#2 - One size doesn't fit all!

Most players don't realize that they can build bigger portals than the one shown above. Portals have a max size of 23x23 blocks, which means they can get quite large!

This is great for players with an artistic side who want to have a grand entrance to the Nether. While certainly more expensive to build than the default portal, for some, the beauty and awe of a massive portal are worth it!


A massive portal encased in ice (Image via Minecraft)
A massive portal encased in ice (Image via Minecraft)

#3 - Prepare!

Players must beware that once inside the Nether, the portal can be destroyed in countless scenarios. More commonly, a ghast will shoot a fireball at the player and accidentally hit the portal, destroying it.

To prevent this highly unfortunate scenario from trapping the player in the Nether, they are advised to bring a Flint and Steel with them. This way, if the portal gets destroyed, players can instantly respawn it and flee.

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In addition to the Flint and Steel, players traveling into the Nether are recommended to bring ten spare Obsidian blocks in case they lose their original portal.


A destroyed portal... a sad sight indeed (Image via Minecraft)
A destroyed portal... a sad sight indeed (Image via Minecraft)

#4 - Teleport friends and pets!

Most Minecraft players are unaware that many mobs and methods of transportation can use the portal. Here is a list of things able to teleport:

  • All mobs (except the Wither and Ender Dragon)
  • Thrown items
  • Transportation (Minecarts or boats) WITHOUT passengers
  • Storage minecarts
  • Powered minecarts

In the case of minecarts, players can make an interdimensional railway, funneling goods from the Overworld to the Nether. If they attempt to ride a minecart into a portal, they will fail.

A working interdimensional railway (Image via Minecraft)
A working interdimensional railway (Image via Minecraft)

#5 - Pig Friends!

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Most players are unaware that there is a chance for a Zombified Piglin to spawn in their Overworld portals.

If they have ever spotted a Piglin in their base of operations, this explains everything! If any of the Nether Portal blocks receive a block tick, a Piglin will spawn.

Excuse me (Image via Minecraft)
Excuse me (Image via Minecraft)

Piglins have a low chance of spawning on easy mode, twice that chance on normal, and three times that chance on hard. This is a fun little feature that can scare unaware players!

Note: This article reflects the writer's personal views.

Published 22 Feb 2021, 09:02 IST
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