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Minecraft Heart of the Sea

A rare item only found in buried treasure chests, the heart of the sea is a desirable item because it is used in building conduits. Finding the heart of the sea can be difficult as buried treasure chests are typically 3-5 layers below the surface. However, there are maps that generate in the game that make finding buried treasure much easier. This guide will show you how to find the heart of the sea, how to find the map that leads you to buried treasure, and how to use the heart of the sea in Minecraft.


How to Find a Heart of the Sea


There are 3 ways you can find the heart of the sea.

1. You can dig around sandy shores randomly and hope to run into a buried treasure chest.

2. Loot shipwrecks or ocean ruins in hopes of finding a map that leads you to buried treasure. 3. Finally, you can feed dolphin raw cod or raw salmon and they will lead you to the closest buried treasure, ocean ruins, or shipwreck.


How to Find a Heart of the Sea


Shipwrecks and ocean ruins can contain a treasure map that will lead you to an “X” on the map. Not every shipwreck or ocean ruin will have a treasure map, or even a chest to loot in the first place. Keep your eyes peeled for any generated structures down in the depths of oceans to find yourself a treasure map.


Treasure map


Once you have found the treasure map, hold it in your hot bar and select it. The map looks different than most maps, but it functions identically to a locator map. Look for the “X” on the map to figure out which direction you ought to head towards for the buried treasure.


How treasure map works


This map shows that I am on the right, middle border of the map and I need to reach the top right of the map to reach the buried treasure. As you approach your map should begin to fill out.


How treasure map works


Try to stand directly on the “X” to begin digging. You will most likely need to dig out quite a bit of space if you want to find the buried treasure.


Digging to find the buried treasure


Do not be discouraged if you cannot find one. Most likely you just need to dig out a wider and deeper hole to find the treasure. There are some unfortunate cases where the world generation does not generate the buried treasure chest correctly. In this case, you will need to start over. If you managed to find the buried treasure, open it up to claim your reward!


Heart of the Sea


How to Find a Shipwreck or Ocean Ruins


If you are looking to find the heart of the sea, it is easiest if you start with a shipwreck or an ocean ruin. While they are easier to find than a buried treasure chest, that does not mean they are necessarily common. Wandering aimlessly across an ocean is tedious work, luckily there are ways you can find an ocean ruin or shipwreck easily.


Start by swimming through an ocean until you find dolphins.


How to Find a Shipwreck or Ocean Ruins


If you feed a dolphin raw cod or salmon, they will begin to swim quickly towards the nearest ocean ruin, shipwreck, or even buried treasure. Follow their trail to find whatever is closest.


Feeding a dolphin a raw cod or salmon


Unfortunately, this ocean ruin had no chest for me to loot. Swim a good distance away from it and try to remember which direction it was facing. If you feed another dolphin and it starts swimming towards the same location, just move along. Eventually, your dolphin may stop swimming towards the location it had in mind. Feed it another fish to encourage it to continue guiding you.


Fish guiding


This is an easy way to find more shipwrecks and ocean ruins without spending too much time wandering aimlessly.


This is an easy way to find more shipwrecks and ocean ruins


How to Use a Heart of the Sea


The heart of the sea is used in one recipe, which is to build a conduit. To make a conduit you will need 1 heart of the sea and 8 nautilus shells. To obtain nautilus shells you can either kill drowned enemies that are holding a nautilus shell, you can fish up nautilus shells with a fishing rod, or trade with a wandering trader for a nautilus shell with 5 emeralds each.


The heart of the sea is used to build a conduit


Once you have gathered your nautilus shells and have located a heart of the sea you can craft a conduit at a crafting table. Just place the heart of the sea in the middle-most slot of the crafting menu and surround it with nautilus shells to be awarded with a conduit.


Crafting a conduit at a crafting table


In order to utilize the conduit’s functions you need to have some prismarine blocks or sea lanterns. This means you will most likely need to conquer an ocean monument to obtain enough blocks. The arrangement required for the conduit needs to be built with water surrounding the conduit. Start by placing a cross of prismarine on the floor.


Utilizing the conduit’s functions


Raise up each of the 4 points with another block. Then place a ring around the tops of the 4 points. This will be the middle of the design.


placing a cross of prismarine on the floor


Raise the 4 points up one more block with prismarine, and copy the cross arrangement from the bottom to finish the prismarine structure.


Finishing the prismarine structure


With all that taken care of, placing the conduit in the middle will now power the conduit. You can place a temporary block to raise the conduit to its appropriate spot. Remember to break it though, as the conduit needs to be completely surrounded with water source blocks. If you built the shell correctly, the conduit will be fully powered and provide you with water breathing, night vision, as well as attack any hostile mobs that come within the field of vision that the conduit has.


Conduit is ready to be utilized


That is all you can make with the heart of the sea.


In a Nutshell


While the heart of the sea has relatively limited uses, its end result is well worth the trouble. If you are interested in living near the sea, or even building an underwater base, having a conduit nearby will remove almost all the tedium of working underwater. It can be troublesome to find the heart of the sea, especially if your world did not generate the buried treasure correctly. Stay diligent and keep trying to eventually get an underwater beacon.


FAQ


What can you Use a Heart of the Sea for in Minecraft?


Other than using it as a trophy, the heart of the sea has one practical use. You can use a heart of the sea and 8 nautilus shells to build a conduit. This grants you many beneficial effects while you are within range and in water. Even if it is raining, if you are within range of the conduit you will gain the night vision buff and be able to breathe underwater.


Do you have to find a Buried Treasure Map to find the Treasure?


You do not have to find the map to find the treasure. In fact, if you gather sand around coastlines and sandy shores you can expect to find a buried treasure chest eventually. The chest does not spawn when you open the map, the chest spawns during the world generation.


How can you easily find a Shipwreck, Ocean Ruins, or Buried Treasure?


If you feed a dolphin raw cod or raw salmon, they will begin to swim towards the closest shipwreck, ocean ruins, or buried treasure (whichever is closest). Since buried treasure is the rarest of these options, try to feed the dolphins fish when you are close to land to ensure that they have a chance to lead you to buried treasure.


Conclusion


Congratulations, you now know what it takes to get a heart of the sea in Minecraft. There are a lot of nuances involved, but with enough knowledge and preparation, you can make the process much easier for yourself. Like most rare items in Minecraft, a lot of it boils down to luck. Keep searching your oceans for a treasure map to get a heart of the sea for yourself. The end result of a conduit is definitely worth the trouble.



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