Is Netherite rarer than diamonds in Minecraft?
Over the past decade, Minecraft has established what an ideal sandbox survival game should look like. From a nearly endless world to mobs and structures, this game never fails to amaze even the most experienced players.
While it’s true that the game has a ton of content, much of its survival progression is based on mining resources from the surface world. This article will talk about two of the most valuable resources in the game and their rarity: Netherite and Diamond.
Rarest Minerals in Minecraft: Netherite vs. Diamond
Let’s talk about the two aforementioned Minecraft ores, starting with diamonds and diamond ore. Be aware that these two resources are quite rare.
Diamonds are resources found at the deepest levels of the Overworld dimension in the game. They are used to craft equipment such as high-level weapons, tools, armor sets, and other items such as enchanting tables, firework stars, jukeboxes and diamond blocks. Diamonds can spawn naturally or inside chests that spawn in various structures all over the map.
In terms of rarity, however, the ore block of the diamond resource must be taken into account. Diamond Ore can generate a regular ore block and a deep slate or tuff ore block.
It can also spawn anywhere below Y level 16, with the most profitable levels for diamonds ranging from Y level -50 to Y level -64. Finally, ore has an approximate 0.0846% chance of spawning anywhere below Y level 16 (specifically between Y level 16 and 5), which means that 1 in 1200 blocks below Y level 16 must be a diamond ore block.
Now, let’s compare these stats to Netherite and Ancient debris in Minecraft.
Netherite is a valuable resource mined from a source called Ancient Debris, which is only found in the Nether dimension. As many players know, it is used to upgrade Diamond gear to Netherite gear.
One of the biggest advantages of Netherite gear over all other resources in the game is that it is fire resistant and durable. This means that it does not burn or be destroyed by fire or lava.
In terms of rarity, the ore block for Netherite, Ancient Debris, will have to be considered. Ancient Debris generates in two drops between Y levels 8-22 and 22-119.
The greatest amount of ancient debris is found at level Y -15. As for spawn rates, Ancient Debris has a 0.004% chance of spawning in one piece, making it a 1 in 25,000 chance of a block of Ancient Debris spawning in one piece.
The analysis mentioned above will allow players to determine which resource is the rarest in Minecraft. Since we are comparing a 1 in 1200 chance for Diamonds to a 1 in 25000 chance for Ancient Debris (and subsequently Netherite), players can conclude that Netherite is officially rarer than Diamond by a wide margin.