As an extremely popular game, Minecraft has significantly evolved over the last decade or so. It has undergone many updates and, even more importantly, a staggering number of mods has become available.
With so many things to do, knowing the geography of your map is often crucial, especially if you’re doing a building project. This is where the coordinates kick in. If you’re making something big in Minecraft, you’re going to need your XYZs.
Why Would You Need the Coordinates?
The world of Minecraft is vast. There is plenty of walking ground to be covered, but you can also dig beneath the ground and fly across the sky. Making realistic objects in Minecraft is very popular and there are many impressive examples out there. These, however, would be impossible to plan and execute without correct coordinates in the Minecraft world.
Let’s say that you want to build a huge pirate ship. Small-scale building is relatively easy; just count your cubes and build a house, for instance. Projects such as a huge sailing ship will require planning, and without the coordinates, you’re going to have a tough time figuring it out. Luckily, they are available in Minecraft, but no by default. You’ll to turn them on in order to see the literal big picture.
How the Minecraft Coordinates Work
Like any three-dimensional space, Minecraft has three coordinates, X, Y, and Z. With these three you can accurately pinpoint the exact location of any particular cube in the Minecraft world. Here is what each of these three coordinates determines.
- The X coordinate determines your East/West position on the map. If the value is positive, it means that the position in question is East of the central part of the map. The negative value determines a position in the West.
- The Y coordinate determines your position up/down on the map. The more you move upwards, the more the positive value will increase. Alternatively, the more you go below the sea level, the more the negative value will increase.
- The Z coordinate determines your South/North map position. As you shift your position to the South, the positive value will increase. Go North and the numbers will turn negative.
There are two types of coordinate positions: the absolute position and the relative position.
- The absolute coordinate represents a specific location in Minecraft. If you see numbers 65, 239, 54, these coordinates refer to a specific location that’s 65 blocks to the East, 239 blocks above the sea level, and 54 blocks South of the central point of the map.
- The relative coordinate is written with a “~”. If you see numbers ~3, ~1, ~2, this refers to a position that’s 3 blocks East, 1 block upward, and 2 blocks South of your current position.
Finding Your XYZ Coordinates
To see the coordinates, you need to turn on cheats in the world. To do this, create a new world, go to the menu, and select More World Options… In the next window, select Allow Cheats: ON. Once you’ve enabled cheats, use the /tp ~ ~ ~ command to find your current XYZ coordinates. This works with the following editions of Minecraft: Java, Pocket, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and Education.
Entering the Command
To enter the /tp ~ ~ ~ command, you’ll need to use the chat window. Opening this window, however, depends on the version of Minecraft that you’re using. For the Java, Windows 10, and Education editions, press the T key on your keyboard to open the chat window. For the Pocket Edition, tap on the chat button towards the top of the screen. For the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch editions, the chat window is activated by pressing Right on the D-Pad, and by pressing the right arrow on the controller, respectively.
When you typed in the command, press Enter and you’ll see your current coordinates in the bottom left corner of the screen.
In addition to making building large objects a much easier experience, the coordinates allow you to establish points of interest. It is easy to get lost in Minecraft and trying to find your way back to a point of interest can be a nightmare. Additionally, if you happen to respawn, you’ll have an even harder time finding your way back to your point of interest.
Additionally, coordinates are used when sharing level seeds to give directions to other people where to find things. This is very convenient for YouTubers who often do Minecraft streams or people who make tutorials.
Coordinates are also used for teleporting. They can help you when you want to zip from point A to point B without the extra hassle or wasting your time. To teleport to an exact location, type teleport [your username] x y z, where X, Y, and Z are to be replaced with the exact coordinates of your destination. Keep in mind that your username is case-sensitive.
Coordinates Are Essential
If you’re playing basic Minecraft, the whole thrill might be in getting lost and exploring the vast world. However, if you are approaching the game from a different perspective – mods, etc. – you’ll want to have coordinates at your disposal.
Have you ever used coordinates in Minecraft? What do you use them for? Feel free to discuss anything Minecraft related in the comment section.