How to Make a Respawn Anchor in Minecraft

Have you ever gotten tired of dying in the nether in Minecraft? Sometimes piglin brutes, ghasts or blazes can be a tough mob to handle. Especially when you are a newbie.

And the worst part of all is that you cannot set spawns in the nether with your bed.

But since the Minecraft nether update, you can now use respawn anchors and have a spawn point in the nether, like in the overworld.

And for setting a spawn there, you will need to know how to make a respawn anchor in Minecraft.

In this article, we will explain the recipe and usage of respawn anchors. With our guide, you will no longer need to travel long distances and search where you have lost your items.

What is a respawn anchor in Minecraft

Respawn anchors are specially crafted materials, which are used for setting a spawn point in the nether. It follows the same concept as beds in the overworld.

But, a respawn anchor is a material with charges. To be precise you have 4 charges and every time you respawn in the nether, you lose 1 charge.

To power up the charges for your respawn anchor, glowstone will be needed. Once the glowstone is put around the respawn anchor, it will start recharging.


It may seem like a great block for respawning purposes, but it cannot be used anywhere except in the nether. If you try placing it in the overworld, it will explode.

Respawn anchors follow the same concept as beds in Minecraft. If you try to put a bed in the nether, it will blow up.

The explosion from a respawn anchor is bigger than TNT and may cause player death. Being careful not to place one, could save hours of grinding and enchanted materials.

Where can I find a respawn anchor in Minecraft

The only way to get a respawn anchor in Minecraft is by trading with the piglins. Every time you give them some gold, they may return the favor with some respawn anchors.

Aside from that, there is no other way to get respawn anchor.

But to get the materials for a respawn anchor, the choices are many. All the materials can be found in the overworld or traded with villagers.

Sometimes players even find a broken nether portal with chests, which contain respawn anchors or at least crying obsidian.


What materials do I need to make a respawn anchor in Minecraft

The materials needed to make a respawn anchor can be found both in the nether or through trading with the villagers.

As before mentioned, you can also find broken nether portals, which will have any of the desired materials.

One of the materials required for the respawn anchor is crying obsidian. To break crying obsidian we will need a diamond or netherite pickaxe. When a player doesn’t have a diamond pickaxe still, the best way would be through bartering with piglins.

They may drop material for crafting or the respawn anchor itself.

The next material for making a respawn anchor is glowstone. It is one of the easiest materials to get from the nether and can be broken with a hand or pickaxe.

To be precise for the number of materials required, we will be needing 6 crying obsidian and 3 glowstone. With these materials, we can make 1 glowstone, which would be good for starters.

How to make a respawn anchor in Minecraft

Once you have gathered all the needed material to make a respawn anchor, you will need to use a crafting table.

Respawn anchors need all 9 boxes to be used. So the first thing will be to put the crying obsidian in the 1st and 3rd horizontal lines.

In the middle row, you will need to place the glowstone. If you have glowstone dust from mining, it can easily be turned into glowstone by filling slots.

Once you have made the respawn anchor, you can then get a bit more glowstone, so it can be powered.

How to use a respawn anchor in Minecraft

To use the respawn anchors in Minecraft access to the nether is a must. Once we enter the nether we can simply place the respawn anchors anywhere.

Whenever we die we will be respawned on top of the respawn anchor and it will lose 1 charge.

The glowstone that was mentioned above can be used for powering it and helping with the charges. Every time you run out of charges, you will need to add glowstone, so your respawn anchor can be recharged.

When you are out of charge, the respawn anchor will not work anymore.

Can I stack respawn anchors in Minecraft

You can stack up to 64 respawn anchors per slot and the number cannot be changed, except if you are using a plugin or mod for this.

Keep in mind that only one respawn anchor needs to be placed in the nether.

Otherwise, there is a risk of overlapping and your spawn point may not be correct when respawning.