Minecraft Tips: How to Quickly Build a Nether Portal

The path to completing a Minecraft Nether portal is complex and theoretically laborious. It’s not as quick as whipping out and igniting obsidian bricks when playing survival mode. Often, it calls for hours of preparation.

Completing the Nether portal means gaining entry to the hellish Nether, a place filled with violent mobs, unsafe environments, and formidable Nether fortresses. It’s also the only place to find a wide range of unique materials and crafting items, making it a valuable place to access.

While there are a few different ways to build a Nether portal, all Nether gateways have the same function. Read on to find out one way to create one (as seen in the image below) quickly.

Minecraft Tips: How to Quickly Build a Nether Portal
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Steps to Make a Nether Portal

Have the required materials, and follow the steps to craft a Nether portal in Minecraft.

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Have the Required Materials

In Minecraft, you need 14 obsidians, 1 flint and steel, and 1 fire charge to craft a Nether portal. You don’t need both Flint and Steel and a Fire Charge to activate the Nether Portal. You can use either of them.

Minecraft Tips: How to Quickly Build a Nether Portal
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Build the Obsidian Frame

You need 14 obsidian to build the frame of the Nether portal in Minecraft. The base of the Nether portal should be four obsidian wide. Its sides should be five obsidian high

A total of 14 blocks of obsidian will be used for this particular design. One recommendation is to build a small platform to stand on at the top of the Nether portal when positioning the obsidian. 

The game control to position every obsidian block is based on the Minecraft’s edition.

  • For PS3 and PS4, press the L2 button on the PS controller.
  • For Wii U, press the ZL button on the gamepad.
  • For Nintendo Switch, press the ZL button on the controller.
  • For Java Edition (PC/Mac), right-click on the block.
  • For Pocket Edition (PE), you tap on the block.
  • For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press the LT button on the Xbox controller.
  • For Windows 10 Edition, right-click on the block.
  • For Education Edition, right-click on the block.
Minecraft Tips: How to Quickly Build a Nether Portal
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Activate the Nether Portal

Next, you need to activate the Nether Portal. To activate the portal, you can use either flint and steel or a fire charge. Use the flint and steel in this case. So, in your hotbar, select the flint and steel.

Place your pointer (the plus sign) on a bottom block of obsidian, and then use the flint and steel. The game control to use the flint and steel is highly dependent on the version of Minecraft.

  • For Wii U, press the ZL button on the gamepad.
  • For Nintendo Switch, press the ZL button on the controller.
  • For Windows 10 Edition, right-click on the block.
  • For Education Edition, right-click on the block.
  • For Java Edition (PC/Mac), right-click on the block.
  • For Pocket Edition (PE), you tap on the block.
  • For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press the LT button on the Xbox controller.
  • For PS3 and PS4, press the L2 button on the PS controller.
Minecraft Tips: How to Quickly Build a Nether Portal
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Walk through the Nether Portal

After using the flint and steel in the portal frame, the portal’s middle should be shining and turning purple. This implies that the Nether portal is active and working, and you can transport to the Nether.

To use the portal, simply jump/walk through the Nether portal’s purple region. You are going to be pulled into the Nether. Once you’re in the Nether, there’ll be another portal that will bring you back to your Minecraft world. Explore it, and have fun.

Conclusion

You can move back and forth as much as you want, now that you know how to build a Nether portal. Once you’ve conquered the Nether by yourself, nothing can hinder you except the creepers.

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