Maps are very useful items when playing the game of Minecraft. In particular it is mostly used in survival mode as a means to spot places in your vicinity. Here is a tutorial on how to make a map in Minecraft. To read more about uses for maps, you can go to its page here.
How to find a map in Minecraft
You can obtain maps from chests in stronghold libraries. Strongholds are not the easiest places to find as they are build underground but are massive in size and rewarding for what you can find in them.The best strategy to find them is to use an eye of ender. This item will point you in the direction of the nearest stronghold. If you do not have an eye of ender you can always get the ingredients to make a book yourself.
Another place you can get a map is through trading with cartographer villagers. Because of the quality of the item you will need to have 7 or more emeralds for the trade.
Tip: In the console edition each player will have an empty map in their inventory when starting the game.
How to craft a map in Minecraft
Using a crafting recipe is both the easiest and best way of obtaining a map in Minecraft. The player will first need to start off by making a Crafting Table. Each player starts off with a 2×2 crafting grid located in their inventory however this recipe is much more complicated and requires a 3×3 grid. This is done by opening your inventory box (Pressing ‘E’) and placing 4 Wooden Planks into the 2×2 grid located in the top right corner. You are able to use any type of Wooden Planks like oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, or dark oak. In the example below we are using oak wooden planks.
Once you match the grid with planks a crafting table appear to the right of the arrow. Right click on the item to put it into your inventory.
After you have completed the recipe you will need to equip the table to your hand. This is done by dragging the item to the bottom left row of your inventory box. The last step is to place the item on the ground. To do this you will need to find an open area you will like the table placed at then right click to put it on the ground. Doing this will allow you to then click on the crafting table and utilize a 3×3 grid for crafting recipes rather than the default 2×2 from your inventory. Now that you have a crafting table to use let make a map.
Ingredients to make a map
|8 Paper – Paper is easiest to get from crafting. You will need to put 3 Sugar Cane in the bottom row of the Crafting Grid. Sugar Cane itself is a little tricky to get, the best way to obtain them is from running around the Overworld and trying to find the item on the ground. They are generally located near patches of Water on top of pieces of Grass or Dirt. Further information on Paper can be found at How To Make Paper In Minecraft.|
|1 Compass – This item seems hard to make but the crafting ingredients are fairly common materials. The recipe is 4 iron ingot and 1 redstone dust and you can find out more from our crafting page.|
By right clicking the crafting box a pop up window will appear. The crafting recipe for a map is 8 paper and 1 compass. Place the ingredients into the crafting box using the pattern shown below:
You will need to put the 8 paper lined around the outside boxes in the grid and the compass fill the remaining middle spot. Once this is done you will see the map item appear in the empty box to the right. Right click on the map to transfer it into your inventory.
Now that you have learned how to make a Map in Minecraft, it can be used to run around the world and remember where you have already walked around. The map will draw the surround region while you move around up to 128 by 128 pixels. maps can be made in the nether and the Overworld and need to be in hand for it to draw. Maps can be combined by crafting the map with 8 paper to increase the radius of the Map 2 times larger. You can combine it a total of 5 times to make it show the size of 2048 by 2048 blocks.