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A Compass is an item players can use to discern directions within their Minecraft world. They were added in the Secret Friday Update 9 on September 10, 2010.
To use the compass, a player simply needs to hold it in his/her hand, and it will appear in the lower HUD. The needle will point in the direction of the player's original spawn point, where he/she entered the world for the first time. Rotating around until the needle is pointing straight up, signifies that the spawn point is straight ahead. Travelling straight in that direction will take the player to the spawn point, assuming the needle remains pointing straight up.
The compass needle points towards the player's original spawn point, whether in their inventory screen, in chests, lying on the floor, or while holding it in their hand. To use a compass, you don't necessarily need to craft it. Use the materials and it will work within the crafting bench. A player can also obtain Compasses by trading with Villagers.
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- Using a compass in The Nether and The End will make it useless. A compass in these areas will spin in a clock-wise motion and will not point to a specific direction or object..
- A Compass points to the northwest corner of the block the player spawned on, instead of the very middle.
- If the player changes their spawn by using a bed at night, The Compass still points to his/her original spawn point.
- The Compass is one of the few tools that is stackable.
- In Creative mode, right clicking with a compass will teleport the player to that location.
- A compass is one of the most useful tools to carry with players on journeys, for obvious reasons.
- In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, before the 0.9.0 update, Compasses were virtually useless, as the maps then were of no great size.