A blank map
|First Appearance||Beta 1.6|
|Data Values||Hex: 166|
Maps are items which were added in the 1.6 Beta update. They can be used as a visual aid when exploring The Overworld or The End, which allows the player to discern surface features for areas from which they have visited while holding the map.
When held and right-clicked, the player will be displayed as a white arrow on the map, with a small circle of the land surrounding it. The remaining part of the map is blank, meaning that it has been unexplored since the creation of the map. As the player walks around the world, the map will be slowly filled in. However, it must be held while walking around.
When the map has been fully filled in, a single map can be expanded by simply placing it in the crafting table and surrounding it with Paper. A single map can be expanded up to four times. Once this has been done, a new map must be crafted in order for the player to continue "mapping" unexplored areas. A map can also be duplicated. This is done by placing a blank map beside a used map in a Crafting Table.
Buildings created by the player will show up on the map (only if it is 16 by 16 blocks minimum), but if any changes are made to the buildings, they will not be displayed on the map until the player revisits that location with the map in hand. The player can also walk around with the map in their hands, so when they look down, the map is brought up to full screen, and when they look up, the map is brought down. This way players can look at a map and explore at the same time.
PC vs Console Versions
In the PC version of Minecraft, a single map cannot possibly display the entire world, as a Minecraft World is potentially infinite. However, in the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions, a single map can cover the entire world. In all versions- with the exclusion of Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft Pi edition, the map will display any and all players in the world and their locations. This feature was first introduced in Minecraft XBLA and was later added into Minecraft via update 1.5.
Maps allow players to be able to find their way back to a location they had previously found. Maps currently only support seeing surface locations. There is no support for underground locations.
In multiplayer, players can use the map to locate other players who happen to be within the area that the map covers, as they will also appear as icons on the map.
Maps can be mounted within an item frame and hung on a wall. The map will expand to fill the side of the block upon which the item frame is mounted on. In this way, smaller-scale maps can be arranged in order to create larger mosaic maps. Clicking a map while it is mounted on the wall, will rotate it by 90 degrees.
|Map (Identical Copy) |
- Maps work in The Nether, although the map must be crafted in The Nether. Maps crafted in The Nether do not work in the Overworld, and vice versa. Maps made in the Nether will not display any terrain because the roof of the world is covered in bedrock (making them quite useless).
- In Minecraft Console Editions, players are automatically spawned with a map in their inventory.
- As of 1.4, when maps are crafted, they are labeled as empty maps and will show the current chunk the player is in when right-clicked. This can be very useful in finding Jungle Temples and Desert Temples, as they will appear on the map as well.
- The "Map Room" achievement in Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition requires players to complete and properly arrange 9 separate maps in a grid pattern in item frames.