How To Make & Use The Respawn Anchor In Minecraft [Step-By-Step Guide]

One of the coolest parts of the nether update was the respawn anchor.
This is really an amazing block because it allows you to set a spawn point in the nether.
A respawn anchor In Minecraft is crafted by placing crying obsidian in the first and third column and glow stone in the second column of the 3×3 Crafting table grid.
How To make and use respawn anchor in Minecraft

What Is A Respawn Anchor In Minecraft?

Let’s understand it better now,
A respawn anchor is the same as the bed because when we click the bed, the game automatically sets the rebirth point of that player/Steve to the bed — which means that a person can easily respawn there after death.
In the same manner, when we have a respawn anchor, after death you will spawn at the place where the anchor is located.
[Respawn Anchor] Some important points to know:
  • You cannot use a bed in the nether/end in place of the anchor because while setting the spawn point the bed and the area around it will explode.
  • Respawn anchor cannot be used in the over world because while setting the spawn point the anchor and the area around it will explode.
  • It is important to recharge the anchor before using it. Glowstones are used to charge the anchor and on a full charge it can spawn you 4 times after you die, then you can recharge it again.
  • A diamond pickaxe or a netherite can easily be used to break and then pick the anchor.
Things that you need to make a respawn anchor in Minecraft are:
Crying Obsidian: To make the anchor you need six crying obsidians.
Let me first tell you, what is a crying obsidian ?
Crying Obsidian is a type of Obsidian which is found in the nether and the overworld — both which cannot be used to make a nether portal but we can make respawn anchor and do some designing with it.

Where you can find Crying Obsidian In Minecraft?

Currently, there are two ways to find crying obsidian:

The first method is to create a new world and then find the nether ruins structure which was added in the nether update by Minecraft.
It looks something like this:
Oftentimes you don’t need to worry about finding the structure as it’s evident, but sometimes, it is a little tougher.
Here, you will find a lot of crying obsidian — some on the structure and some inside the chest.
The second method is to trade with the Piglins. 
This method is quite a bit easier if you have the required resources.
All you need to do is to make a golden armor because piglins will attack if you don’t have an armor of gold [any armor part made up of gold will work ex: boots, armor, helmet, leggings, etc.]
And the next thing that is required is gold ingots which you can have by mining and basin. Each ingot will provide you a different item: Quartz, Nether Brick, Crying Obsidian and a lot more. Here, keep trying until you get a crying obsidian.

Go into nether > Ensure that you have the armor of gold and gold ingots > Go near a piglin and click on barter > Collect The Item

Note: Piglins can give you anything, and because of that, it might be possible that you’ll get it the first time or you may have to spend a lot to get this crying obsidian.
Tip: Try to spend more gold ingots at the same Piglin.
Glowstone : Glowstone is one of the easiest resources that can easily be found in the nether.

Visit Nether > Find Glowstone > Break it with any pickaxe > Collect glowstone dust > Arrange it in a 2*2 Cell > Collect It

Now if you have all the resources then we are good to go:

How To Make A Respawn Anchor In Minecraft?

Now, let us craft a respawn anchor:
  • Open the crafting table
  • Place Crying Obsidian in the top column and the bottom column
  • Fill Glowstone in the middle cell
  • Collect the respawn anchor, and move it to your inventory

How to Use The Respawn Anchor in Minecraft?

After making the respawn anchor, it is important to activate it. If you don’t activate it, it will not work.
If you want to activate it then you just have to follow some simple steps:
  • Choose a place where you want to set your respawn point
  • Place the respawn anchor at that place
  • Be sure to have some Glowstone with you
  • Take Glowstone in one of your hands and click on anchor
  • Four glowstones are enough to charge the anchor
  • After doing this, click on the anchor and set your respawn point
Note: One Glowstone is equal to one birth and because of that, after using the respawn anchor four times, you have to recharge it.
Facts About Respawn Anchor:

  • You can charge a Glowstone by using a dispenser.
  • By setting the respawn point on the anchor in the Overworld, it will explode.
  • The respawn anchor produces light level of 15, 11, 7, or 3 with a mystical music.


In this article, we have covered how to make and use the respawn anchor in minecraft, as well as the two ways to gather crying obsidian.

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