Minecraft resource gathering/Ancient Debris

Ancient debris is an ore added in 1.16, found in the nether. It's drop (netherite scrap) is used to craft netherite ingots, used in crafting and to upgrade tools and armor.


TNT Strip MiningEdit

Ancient debris is most common at Y=12. Strip mine in a straight line for about 50 blocks. Place TNT at four block intervals. Ignite one piece of TNT and return to a safe area. The explosion clears netherrack, leaving Ancient Debris (which is blast proof).


Enchant a diamond pickaxe with Efficiency IV. Go to Y=12 and and start clearing netherrack: note how it's broken instantly. Ancient debris will be left intact due to it's longer mining time.

This method creates a larger risk of dying to lava. Stand a few blocks away from mined blocks, and be ready to place blocks to remove and lava.


By combining 4 netherite scraps with 4 gold ingots on a crafting table, you can create 1 netherite ingot.