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How to find Minecraft diamonds in 1.19

Knowing how to find Minecraft diamonds in 1.19 is crucial to upgrading your weapons and armour quickly. Among the rarest of materials in Minecraft, you’ll have to dig a little deeper to find diamonds – especially since the new world height change of the Caves and Cliffs update – but it will be worth it when you strut into battle donning your sparkling war attire.

Minecraft diamonds are used to craft high tier and extremely durable weapons, tools, and armour in the survival game, and can also be used to create an enchantment table which is needed for Minecraft enchantments. You can also trade diamonds with villagers at Minecraft villages. The level at which diamond can be found changed in the 1.18 update, so read on to find out where to find diamonds in Minecraft 1.19, as well as everything you can create using this rare and valuable mineral.

Minecraft diamonds underground, near lava and skulk

Minecraft diamond level 1.19

The Minecraft diamond level is anywhere below layer 16, but the Minecraft 1.18 update modified ore distribution. Previously, diamonds spawned anywhere below layer 16 and were equally spread across each layer. In 1.19, diamonds still spawn below layer 16, but now become increasingly common as you dig down towards bedrock.

While the best level to find the most diamonds is technically Y-level -59, we recommend mining at Y-level -53 to find Minecraft diamonds.

-53 is the best level to mind for diamonds in Minecraft 1.19 due to the lava level at -54. While you can still bump into the fiery liquid at any level, underground lava lakes will form at -54 specifically, so the best way to stay safe and find diamonds is to stay one block above it. Otherwise you may go up in flames before you’ve had the chance to claim your well-earned reward. If you want to get around the whole digging process, you can use the best Minecraft 1.19 seeds to find diamonds quickly.

Minecraft Diamond ore above a lava lake

Minecraft diamond ore

You can mine Minecraft diamond ore using either an iron, diamond, or netherite pickaxe, and it will drop a single diamond when mined. Remember, if you use any other tool then the diamond ore will drop nothing, so make sure you’re properly equipped before you head down to the mines. You should also try and enchant your diamond pickaxe with Fortune as early as possible, to increase the number of diamonds dropped from natural ore.

If you’re after the ore block itself, either for decorative reasons or to save until you have the Fortune enchantment, then use a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch to force any block to drop itself when mined. You can also use a Minecraft blast furnace to smelt the diamond ore to obtain a diamond, if you don’t have an iron or diamond pickaxe handy.

Minecraft diamond finder

As well as diamond ores, and without having to dig to middle-earth, there are some rare loot chests across the world which could hold Minecraft diamonds within. Be sure to check any of the following chests for valuable items including diamonds:

  • Shipwreck treasure chests
  • Stronghold altar chests
  • Village chests
  • Fortress chests
  • Jungle temple chests
  • Desert temple chests
  • Mineshaft chests
  • Buried treasure chests
  • End city chests

Minecraft diamond sword crafting recipe: two diamonds and one stick

Minecraft diamond sword and other crafting recipes

Here’s a list of all the items you craft using Minecraft diamonds:

  • Block of diamond
  • Diamond axe
  • Diamond boots
  • Diamond chestplate
  • Diamond helmet
  • Diamond hoe
  • Diamond leggings
  • Diamond pickaxe
  • Diamond shovel
  • Diamond sword
  • Enchantment table
  • Firework star
  • Jukebox
  • Netherite tools and armour

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That’s everything you need to know about finding Minecraft diamonds in one of the best PC games of the decade. Once you’ve kitted yourself out, we would highly recommend trying your hand at crafting Minecraft fireworks for some spectacular fun – and a whole new way to travel. If you damage your favourite pair of diamond boots in the interim, you can also use a Minecraft anvil to repair diamond items. We also have a dedicated guide to Minecraft copper, the newest resource to be added to the game.

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