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Map (Item)
Map
A blank map
Type Tools
Uses Exploration
Stackable
No
Renewable
Yes
First Appearance Beta (1.6)
Data Values Hex: 166
Dec:
358
Technical Name minecraft:(filled_)map

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For a list of all map-related Minecraft topics, see Map (Disambiguation).

Maps are items which were added in the Beta 1.6 update. They can be used as a visual aid when exploring the Overworld or The End, which allows a player to discern surface features for areas from which they have visited while holding the map.

Mechanics

Mincraft map

An example of a map

When held and right-clicked, a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a player revisits that location with the map in hand. A 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.

Uses

4BlockMap

Multiple maps can be mounted on a wall, and arranged to make a larger map of the Overworld.

A map allows a player easily 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 a map to locate other players who happen to be within the area that 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. In this way, smaller-scale maps can be arranged to create larger mosaic maps. Clicking a map while it is mounted on the wall, will rotate it by 90 degrees.

Crafting

ItemCSS
Map
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Compass
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper


ItemCSS
Map
(Identical Copy)
(Shapeless recipe)
None None None
None
ItemCSS
Map
ItemCSS
Blank Map
None None None


ItemCSS
Map
(Expanded)
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Map
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper
ItemCSS
Paper


Trivia

Tutorial Video

Finally Explained Minecraft Map Mechanics-001:47

Finally Explained Minecraft Map Mechanics-0

Gallery

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