Can't Find Minecraft Buried Treasure? Read This
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Can’t Find Minecraft Buried Treasure? Read This

Minecraft is an immersive game, especially if you play in creative mode. As time passed the game got many updates which introduced new biomes and mobs making the game even more interesting to play. The game developers actively try to further this aspect of the game with every new update. One such update is the buried treasure. But how does the buried treasure actually work in the game?

The treasure allows you to take full advantage of Minecraft’s potential for exploring. The treasure provides a fun challenge, forcing the player to find and follow a map in order to find the treasure and get the rewards held in the treasure chest.

However, finding buried treasure can be quite tricky if you do not know what to do. There are a few tricks to make the task of finding these treasures easier and quicker. Read this article all the way to the end and you’ll master this task in no time.

What is in buried treasure in Minecraft? 

Buried treasure is a chest that can be in Minecraft, containing loot. The chests fall under the generated structures category. This means that the chests will not appear if the “Generate structures” world creation option is not turned on. 

The buried treasure consists of a single chest which can be found on the beach and snow biomes and sometimes underwater as well. The chests will be covered by some type of block, most likely sand, stone, or gravel.

Unless the chests are buried on the ocean floor when sand covers them or on the side of an underwater hill when a stone block covers them, the chests can be covered by any block suitable to the terrain. The chests can also be waterlogged.

The chest contains different loot. Depending on the specific chest you find, it will contain iron, gold, cooked salmon and cod, leather tunic, iron sword, TNT, emerald, diamond, Prismarine Crystals, or the heart of the sea.

How to find buried treasure in Minecraft?

In order to find these buried treasures you first need to find a treasure map. The maps are usually easy to find. They are found inside underwater structures such as boats or ruins. Although they do not spawn all over the place it shouldn’t take too long to find them.

Since boats and ruins are on the rarer side the best way to find them is to fly above any water surface and looking for them on the ocean floor.

It’s important to keep in mind that not every structure will have a chest with a treasure map inside it. If this happens to you, just be patient and keep searching.

Once you find the map and take a look at it, the map will display the location of the buried treasure with a red X and, conveniently, your own location with a white dot.

To find the treasure simply follow the map. It works just like a regular map, with the top of the map showing North, and other sides of the world according to that.

One important thing to note is where you are in regards to the treasure the map is showing. Depending on where you are, in order to find it, you may have to go the opposite way.

If you are not sure which way to go, you can press F3 on your keyboard, and among other information, right under chunk, you will find a line showing which way you are facing.

In order to make it easier to find the treasure, you can take advantage of this game mechanic. Another thing that makes finding the treasure chests easier is that the map actually starts to color in once you get close enough to the location of the treasure.

How far down is buried treasure in Minecraft? 

Although a sane person may assume that a treasure may be buried quite close to the surface, however, this may not be the case with your chest.

Some chests may be found under one or two blocks, but they will never be under about ten blocks below the X. 

People often dig deeper while trying to find the chests, but that is not the way you should go about it. This happens because the map does not show you when you are exactly above the chest. 

Because of this mechanic, you should dig a few blocks around instead of digging deeper. This will allow you to find the treasure quicker.

However, if all else fails there is also another way you could easily find your treasure chest. This is also arguably the easiest way to find the chests. To avoid all hassle simply place a TNT block somewhere near the chest. 

You can place the TNT block anywhere as long as your location overlaps with the location of the treasure shown on the map. If the chest is in the way of the explosion it will get blown away, but you will still be able to collect the contents of it.

Can buried treasure not spawn? 

The buried treasure originally spawned on their own. However, if you turn off the “generate structures” option in your setting you will not be able to find treasure chests.

Another thing that could make it seem like the treasure chests do not spawn is if you have a map from one version and trying to find the treasure in a different version. Due to the terrain changes the chest will actually not be located where the map shows.

Is there only one treasure map in Minecraft? 

Many people question if there are actually multiply maps since they usually lead them to the same treasure even if it was already raided. However, this happens because of the way the game works. 

The maps show the treasure that is the closest to it. So, in order to find a different treasure simply find a map that is located further away from the one you already found.

What is the easiest way to find treasure in Minecraft?

Although the process of finding a map and following it to the treasure the map shows isn’t all that hard if you want to skip all of that there is also an easier way to find the treasure.

It may be a bit of a cheat but if you simply type in /locate buried_treasure, the game will let you know where the nearest chest is. 

Another thing you could do is switch to the spectator mode and search through the layers of the blocks. 

Do Dolphins lead you to treasure in Minecraft?

Another way you can get to the treasure is by using dolphins to help you find these treasures. You can find them in any non-frozen oceans and approach them without much trouble.

Once you find a dolphin you can use raw cod or raw salon to improve their trust. Depending on the amount of the provided fish the dolphin will start interacting with the player.

This built-up trust will make dolphins lead the player to the nearest shipwreck, ruin, or buried treasure. Since dolphins don’t look for the structures, but rather the chests, once you destroy the chest after you raid it the dolphin will lead you to the next closest chest.

Can buried treasure be underwater? 

Since the treasure will spawn either in a beach or snow biome there is a pretty big chance the treasure will actually spawn underwater. Even if they spawn on the shore since they are under a few blocks they will most likely be underwater.

There is also a chance the treasure will be on the ocean floor or even buried underneath. 

How do you get the underwater treasure in Minecraft? 

The fact that some of these chests will be underwater; you may wonder how you get to them. 

If your buried treasure happens to be underwater you will have to get underwater and due to the fact that you will most likely not be able to find the treasure immediately, you should keep an eye on your oxygen level. If you want to be sure this doesn’t stop you a way to avoid this is taking a Potion of Water Breathing.

Once you find your treasure, simply look into it. To make sure you can actually get to the chest make sure to remove the send blocks covering it or a water block if the chest is waterlogged.


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