Minecraft: Here’s How To Find and Track Other Players

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PvP Minecraft is serious business. Praying on your enemies is essential to coming up with a good strategy for executing the enemy team, finding their base, and ruining their plans. Getting lost in Minecraft is also an issue, and finding your friends who have gone exploring and can’t seem to find their way back can be frustrating for them and the person tasked with finding them. So how do you find and track other players in Minecraft?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • There are multiple ways to find and track other players in Minecraft.
  • Still, the easiest one is to simply ask them for their XYZ coordinates which you can see on the debug screen in Minecraft Java Edition, or enable coordinates in Minecraft Bedrock Edition.
  • Another way to locate them without them knowing is to use commands.

What is the easiest way to find other players in Minecraft?

The easiest way to find other players in Minecraft is to ask them for their coordinates. They should have access to their debug screen if playing Minecraft Java by pressing the F3 button, whereas Bedrock Edition players must enable coordinates in their world settings. XYZ coordinates can be confusing at first so let’s explain them in detail.

XYZ coordinates: How to read them

It can be confusing for newcomers to read coordinates in Minecraft to make their way in a Minecraft world, but that’s simply because these coordinates are not the exact equivalent of the four cardinal directions in the real world. So let’s explain how it actually works.

To begin, you must first understand the directions that X, Y, and Z represent and their equivalent directions in the real world. Y represents up and down, while X and Z represent horizontal directions. You want to use these two coordinates to know your way in a Minecraft world. Now onto their equivalent directions.

X and Z coordinates can get higher and lower. Both can also go into negative numbers. Negative Z coordinates represent the North, while positive ones represent the South. The negative X coordinate values represent the West, while positive ones represent the East. The starting point on which these coordinates are based is 0,0, or your spawn point.

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So if you were to head straight and only the Z coordinate grew, that means you’re going in the direction of South. However, most players don’t overcomplicate this and look at the debug screen while walking. They then change direction accordingly to try and make their way to the coordinates other players have given them.

A word of advice, if you’re a Java Edition player, you can also use the Facing: a feature that tells you which direction you’re facing.

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All the ways to find other players in Minecraft

Reading coordinates is just one of the many ways to make your way around a Minecraft world, and often, it’s confusing to even the most seasoned players, so how do you make it work without them? It’s hard to do, but you can minimize your reliance on these coordinates using any of the following methods:

1. Using a locator map

Locator maps are maps you create with a compass instead of using paper on the crafting table. These maps can be cloned; if you clone it and give it to the other player that has it in their inventory, the player’s location will be displayed on the map. You can clone the map in an anvil, placing the map in the first slot, a compass in the second, and then taking out the cloned map in the third slot.

You can also clone the map using a cartography table. Place an empty map in the bottom slot and the map you wish to clone in the upper space, and you’ll get two identical maps. To make the most out of these maps, players should do this early on when starting their world.

2. Using the /tp command

If you have cheats enabled in your world, you can use the /tp command to find other players. This will not only find you the player but teleport them to your exact location. The way to do this is to type in the command /tpa playername. This sends a teleport request to the other player, and they can /tpaccept or /tpdecline the request.

If you’re the server owner, you can easily use the /tp playername and it’ll teleport them without them needing to accept or decline.

3. Using a compass

A compass will always point to the world spawn point. Both players can then use it to walk back to the spawn point. You’ll need four iron ingots and redstone dust placed in the center of the crafting table grid to craft a compass. Then, look at the red pointer of the compass, make sure you face in the direction it is pointing, and walk in a straight line until the two of you meet or until the compass pointer turns in another direction which would signal you’ve passed the spawn point.

4. Constructing towers at the spawn point and beyond

You can make checkpoints in your world to make your way around the world easily. The checkpoints should be tall towers, the largest being the tower at the spawn point. You can color code these checkpoints to mark whether you’re North, South, East, or West from the spawn point as well. You won’t be able to see the spawn point tower once you’re far away, and if you have a low rendering distance, the smaller towers should make it easier to navigate.

5. The old-fashioned way

Suppose players have a base they meet at, and one of you decides to go exploring but tends to get lost. In that case, you can walk, placing a block along the way every now and then so that you can find your way back eventually by simply following the line of blocks back to where you first started placing them. It’ll take a while and can be a tedious process, but it’s highly efficient for new players.

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How to locate other players without them knowing

If you’re a PvP player or want to mess with your friends, you’ll find helpful instructions on tracking players without them knowing. Of course, they can do the same to you if they know how to because the method requires you to use commands. If this applies to your situation, follow these steps to locate other players without them knowing:

  1. Type in the command /gamerule sendcommandfeedback false. This will prevent players from seeing you use commands.
  2. Memorize your coordinates or write them on a piece of paper.
  3. Type in the command /effect give (your player name) invisibility 1000000 255 true. This will make you invisible to other players.
  4. Type in the command /tp (the name of the player you want to teleport to)
  5. Write their coordinates down.
  6. Teleport back to the previous coordinates that you wrote before.
  7. Lastly, type in the command /clear effect (your player name) invisibility.

What is the command to see other players?

To ensure you know which players are on the server and their names in the game, you must press TAB to see who is online. You can change this button to something else in the Controls Settings.

Even with all these tips, it’s best to learn how to stalk other players if you’re a PvP-er looking to finally kill the enemy team. Locate their base, and make sure you’re aware of the surroundings of their base and what weapons they have at their disposal. Then, proceed to make a plan to destroy them. Good luck!

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