Gaming Game Play & Streaming How to Make a Nether Portal in Minecraft You can link Nether Portals too by Robert Earl Wells III Writer Robert Wells is a professional writer and amateur game developer. His specialties include web development, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity. our editorial process LinkedIn Robert Earl Wells III Updated on September 23, 2020 Game Play & Streaming Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email If you want to visit the fiery underworld, you need to know how to make a Nether Portal in Minecraft. Here's all the information you need, including the correct Nether Portal dimensions and how to build your portal. Instructions in this article apply to Minecraft for all platforms including Windows, PS4, and Xbox One. What Do You Need to Make a Nether Portal? Nether Portals offer a gateway to the Nether, Minecraft's underworld. There are a few ways to construct Nether Portals, but they always require the same materials: At least 14 obsidian blocksAn item that can create fire, such as lava, a fire charge, or flint and steel The minimum dimensions for a Nether Portal are four obsidian wide and five obsidian high (for a total of 14 obsidian blocks). If you'd like, you can construct even larger frames and build adjacent Nether Portals that share sides. Mobs can also travel through portals, so they can follow you from the overworld to the Nether and vice-versa. How to Make a Nether Portal in Minecraft Follow these steps to construct a portal to the Nether: Add obsidian and your combustible block (fire charge, flint and steel, etc.) to your hot bar. Place four obsidian blocks on the ground side-by-side. You cannot build Nether Portals underwater or in the End. Place four obsidian blocks on top of one edge. To stack blocks vertically, stand on top of the block you want to stack upon and jump, then place the blocks below you while you're in the air. Place four obsidian blocks on top of the other edge. Place two obsidian between the edges of the vertical blocks to connect the frame. Select your combustible block and drop it inside the frame to activate the portal. The inside of the portal should glow purple. Jump inside the frame to teleport to the Nether. When you arrive, the portal you built will follow you. To return to the overworld, reenter the portal. The Nether randomly generates just like the overworld; however, there is only one Nether per world, so each portal you make will link to the same Nether. How Much Obsidian You Need and Where to Get It You'll need at least 14 obsidian per Nether portal, so you should collect as much as possible. To mine obsidian in Minecraft: Make a crafting table using four wood planks. Any type of wood will do (Warped Planks, Crimson Planks, etc.). Place your crafting table on the ground and interact with it to access the 3X3 crafting grid. Craft a diamond pickaxe. In the 3x3 crafting grid, place three diamonds in the top row, then place sticks in the middle of the second and third rows. Craft a bucket. Open the 3x3 crafting grid, place iron ingots in the first and third blocks in the top row, then place an iron ingot in the middle of the second row. Use the bucket to scoop up some water. Find some lava and pour the water on it. Use the diamond pickaxe to mine the obsidian. The diamond pickaxe is the only tool capable of mining obsidian. How to Deactivate Portals There are a few things that can deactivate Nether Portals: Explosive blastsWaterDestroying the obsidian frame with a pickaxe Although the obsidian frame can withstand explosions, the portal itself cannot. Nether Portals can be reactivated the same way you originally activated them. To protect your portals, shelter them with cobblestone or other blast-resistant stone bricks. How to Link Nether Portals Anytime you make a new Nether Portal, a link between the Nether and the overworld is created. Portals work both ways, so you can go back and forth. Once you're in the Nether, you can place portals in strategic locations to create shortcuts to the overworld. The Nether is smaller than the overworld by a ratio of 8:1 on the X-axis. In other words, if you move one block to the left or right on the map while in the Nether, you will have moved the equivalent of eight blocks in the overworld. The Y-axis ratio is 1:1, so this doesn't apply when moving up or down on the map. You can create as many portals as you like; however, if you place multiple portals in close proximity, they will lead to the same spot.