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How to find Diamonds in Minecraft: Diamond level in Minecraft 1.18

Here are the best places to go mining for Diamonds in Minecraft

Want to know how to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18? Diamonds are one of the most important resources you can find in Minecraft, and finding your first Diamonds are always a milestone in any survival game. With Diamonds you can craft a new tier of tools and a host of new items and blocks that will help you advance far beyond where you were before.

As of Minecraft 1.18, the manner in which you find Diamonds has changed. Sure, you could just dig down or explore some caves and hope, but Minecraft's world generation follows specific rules, and those rules can also tell us what is the most effective way to go mining for Diamonds. Below we'll explain the very best method for finding and mining Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18 and 1.17 respectively.


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How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18

Minecraft 1.18 made several very important changes to Minecraft's world generation. If you're playing Minecraft 1.18 or later, you can go down below Y-Level 0 and into negative figures. Below Y-Level 0, you'll find all the usual ores, including Diamonds, embedded in Deepslate blocks instead of regular Stone blocks.

To find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18 you'll need to dig down to between Y-Level 15 and Y-Level -63, but to maximise your chances of finding Diamonds you should head as far down as possible before reaching bedrock, because the spawn chance for Diamonds increases the further down you go.

See the below graph of ore distributions in 1.18 for details on where you can find the highest concentration of Diamonds and other resources:

A graph showcasing the various distributions of types of ores in Minecraft 1.18 compared with Minecraft 1.17 and earlier.
This graph showcases the distributions of various types of ore in Minecraft 1.18 (left), compared with 1.17 and earlier (right).

As you can see, the 1.18 update dramatically changed how ores spawn in Minecraft. Each ore distribution is illustrated by a bar which increases and decreases in thickness at different Y-Levels.

Thankfully the formula for Diamond is fairly simple: it starts generating at Y=15, and increases linearly in frequency the further down you go. However, diamond placement is also subject to what Mojang call "reduced air exposure" in 1.18. This means that if a Diamond is about to be placed next to an open air block during world generation, it has a chance of not spawning. This makes it harder to find diamonds embedded in cave walls and the like, so you'll need to spend some time digging tunnels through the deepslate if you want to maximise your chances of finding diamonds.

So, in summary: to find diamonds quickly, head as far down as you can go until you hit bedrock, then start strip-mining!

To know what Y-Level you're on, hit F3 to bring up the coordinates display. The second number next to "XYZ" is the current level of the bottom half of your body.

A Minecraft screenshot showing where your current Y-Level coordinate is displayed in the debug overlay.
Hit F3 to bring up the debug overlay. You can use this overlay to find out your current Y-Level, which will help you to find Diamonds more easily.

While not quite as strong as Netherite tools, Diamond tools are essential if you want to progress in any world or Minecraft server. Just make sure that you keep an eye out for the Warden when The Wild Update arrives!


How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17

If you're still playing on Minecraft 1.17 or earlier, then you can find Diamond Ore in every Overworld biome between Y-levels 1-15. They spawn most often at levels 5-12, so if you want to maximise your chances of finding Diamonds, stay between these two levels.

No matter what version of Minecraft you're playing on, Diamonds will spawn in small veins of up to 9 blocks at a time, although very occasionally you'll find larger veins that are made up of multiple veins touching each other. So even at the right levels, Diamonds are pretty rare.


Best method for mining Diamonds in Minecraft

Diamond Ore can only be mined with an Iron Pickaxe or better. As of 1.18, Diamonds are far less common in open spaces like caves, which means to maximise your chances of finding Diamonds in Minecraft you should strip-mine in straight lines in all directions.

The best method for mining Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18 is to dig down to level -57 and dig a long 2-block-tall tunnel in any direction. Then start to mine out to either side in more 2x1 tunnels, leaving a 2-block-wide gap between each new tunnel.

Once you're satisfied you've strip-mined all Diamonds on that level, repeat the whole process at level -53. If you dig in this way at both levelw -57 and -53, then you'll be able to see all Diamonds that spawn between levels -58 and -51. This gives you the highest concentration of Diamonds without intermittently running into blocks of Bedrock that may otherwise hinder your strip-mining progress.

If you're playing on Minecraft 1.17 or earlier, you can use this exact same method but using levels 6 and 10.

A 2D Minecraft mockup showing that two 2x1 tunnels mined at level 6 and level 10 will expose all blocks between levels 5-12.

While mining, it's a good idea to keep a Water Bucket on your person, because pockets of lava are fairly common at these levels. Remember also to bring plenty of torches to light your way and prevent mobs from spawning in your tunnels. Alternatively you could light your way using Night Vision potions - though this won't prevent mobs from spawning.


That's everything you need to know about how to find Diamonds in Minecraft fast. But Diamonds alone aren't enough: you're going to need to consult our guide to Enchantments to learn how to enchant your gear to become as strong as possible. If you're having trouble finding Diamonds, check out our list of Texture Packs, because some of them will help you spot ores more easily. And while you're digging, keep an eye out for Copper, the new ore added with 1.17, which you can use to create marvellous new builds and fancy tools like the Lightning Rod.

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