How to Find Minecraft Diamonds Using Coordinates and Mining Layers

One of the most valuable items in Minecraft is a diamond. You can use them to create amazing tools and show off your wealth. Where can you find diamonds and which mining layers are best?

It will require some preparation.

How to find diamonds

Before you can mine for diamonds in Minecraft, you will need the right supplies.

  • To mine diamonds, you will need an iron or diamond pickaxe. It is easy to make an iron pickaxe because iron is common in the game.
  • To light your caves and tunnels, you will need torch.
  • Food is vital because mining can cause hunger over time.
  • Mobs will be encountered, so armor is useful and a weapon is handy.
  • To clear dirt and gravel from your path, a shovel can be useful.
  • Sticks can be used to create more torches when you mine coal.
  • Optional: A water bucket can be used to turn lava into obsidian.
  • Optional: Fortune-enchanted pickaxes can increase the number of diamonds that you mine.


Only underground is diamond ore, which can be found between the “y coordinates” of 1 and 15. The y coordinate is the distance between the top and bottom of the map. This means that diamonds can only be found in the 15 blocks at the bottom of the world. On PC, you can view your current y coordinate by pressing F3 or opening an in-game item.

PHOTO: A screenshot of the F3 screen in PC Minecraft. The red box displays the x,y and z coordinates. The “15” is my current y coordinate. Below this level I will be able find diamond ore.

Start digging underground . Be careful not to go straight down. You could easily get hurt or die in an accident. Digging in a “staircase” style down allows you to easily climb back up when you’re done mining. The best coordinate to mine diamonds in Minecraft are 11 and. These y coordinate levels have been my favorite for mining diamonds in Minecraft. They also avoid annoying lava lakes.

Finding Minecraft Diamonds

You have two options to find diamonds in mining: exploring caves or mining tunnels. As diamonds are often found in deep underground caves, I recommend that you explore them all. If you have run out of places to explore or haven’t yet found a cave, you can mine tunnels at a coordinate of 11 or 12, as shown in this photo.

PHOTO: Minecraft has a 2×1 tunnel that is efficient and contains torches evenly spaced every 4 blocks. To find ores, you can mine in either direction above the torches.

There are other ways to find diamonds in Minecraft

While mining is the best way of finding diamonds, you can also find them as a reward in certain chests.

  • Nether Fortresses
  • Woodland Mansions
  • Villages
  • Temples in the Jungle and Desert
  • Strongholds and abandoned mineshafts
  • Cities at the End

Tips and tricks

  • A pickaxe’s fortune enchantment can increase your chances of getting more diamonds. The enchant will allow you to get 2, 3, or 4 diamonds from every ore that you mine.
  • You should always mine the entire stone surrounding any diamond ore that you find. You never know when you might find another ore.
  • Sometimes, diamonds can be found in coal if you mine it all instead of just skipping it. You must be able to see diamonds if you dig deep enough.
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