Obsidian is a handy block for a few different purposes in the game. It’s a nice building block for fire-proofing, but the color doesn’t quite match with everything, so some people don’t use it. Most players will need a few blocks of it as some point though, as it has one dedicated use. The Nether Portal needs to be made out of Obsidian, and you need quite a few blocks to make it work. There are a number of methods to use to get plenty of the crucial block, keep reading to learn more.
How to get Obsidian in Minecraft
You could head down into the depths and hunt for it, but that takes time and luck. Most players don’t bother with hunting for Obsidian to mine. You also need diamon pickaxes to mine it, so focus on getting those first. There’s a much faster way to get an infinite amount of obsidian than trying to hunt for it. The fastest way to get Obsidian in Minecraft is to just create it yourself. You just need two buckets, one filled with lava, the other with water.
By placing down a source block of water in the right place, you can spawn obsidian. You need to place the source block of water in a way that it will flow over the lava, not directly on the lava. If you use buckets of water on the lava, it will not work. Instead, the water will disappear, and you will lose the water. If you’re out hunting for lava, just drop a water bucket on a hill above the lava, and the water will flow over the lava, creating obsidian.
The other way to do is to effectively trick a cobblestone generator into spawning a piece of obsidian. The trick is, the lava must not be flowing, or it will turn into cobblestone instead of obsidian. You need to dig a hole that’s five blocks wide and place three lava buckets inside it, then place two water buckets in that same hole. The goal is to create an obsidian block between the two sources. It will take a bit of work, but by using blocks to stop the flow of water and lava, you can make it work.
The buttons you need to press depending on the version of the game you’re playing. Here’s the control breakdown for each current platform of the game
- For Java Edition (PC/Mac), right click on the water.
- For Pocket Edition (PE), you tap on the water.
- For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press the LT button on the Xbox controller.
- For Nintendo Switch, press the ZL button on the controller.
- For Windows 10 Edition, right click on the water.
- For Education Edition, right click on the water.