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How to find Diamonds in Minecraft: Diamond level in Minecraft 1.17 and 1.18

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

Want to know how to find Diamonds in Minecraft? 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 best method for finding and mining Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17 as well as the upcoming Minecraft 1.18, which will change how and where Diamonds are spawned underground.


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How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17

Diamonds can be found in Minecraft 1.17 in the exact same way as you can find them in 1.16. You can find Diamond Ore in every biome at levels 1-15, but they spawn most often at levels 5-12.

Minecraft's upcoming Caves and Cliffs update was meant to all be delivered as part of 1.17, but Mojang decided in the end to split the update into two parts: 1.17 and 1.18. This has led to some confusion, because the update to the world generation was going to change where to find Diamonds, as we'll explain below.

To know what 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.

How to find Diamonds in Minecraft 1.18

In Minecraft 1.18, world generation will change so that you can go below Y-Level 0 and into negative figures. Down below Y-Level 0 you'll find all the usual ores, including Diamonds, embedded in Deepslate blocks instead of regular Stone blocks.

If you're playing Minecraft 1.18, then Diamonds will spawn between levels 14 to -63 in any Overworld biome, and the spawn chance increases the further down you go. So you'll find the most Diamonds in 1.18 at levels -63 to -53 (although you might not get enough to make an entire tower or castle with Diamonds).

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


Best method for mining Diamonds in Minecraft

Diamond Ore can only be mined with an Iron Pickaxe or better. As mentioned earlier, Diamonds are 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 1.17 or 1.16 is to dig down to level 6 and dig a long 2x1 tunnel in any direction. Then, start to mine out to either side in more 2x1 tunnels, leaving a 2-block gap between each new tunnel.

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

Once you're satisfied you've strip-mined all diamonds on that level, repeat the whole process at level 10. If you dig at both level 6 and level 10, then you'll be able to see all Diamonds that spawn between levels 5-12, which as we've discussed are the levels where you're most likely to find Diamonds.

For Minecraft 1.18, you can use this exact same method but using levels -57 and -53. This gives you the highest concentration of Diamonds without intermittently running into blocks of Bedrock which may otherwise hinder your strip-mining progress.

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.

If you need to take a break from mining Diamonds, make sure to mark your location with a Beacon so that you can easily find your way back!


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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