So, you’ve been playing Minecraft and found yourself a buried treasure map. It’s a bit mysterious because you don’t know what you’re going to find with this map, or even really how to use the darn thing.

Not to worry, friend, we’ve got everything that you need to know about buried treasure maps in Minecraft. So, put on that Captain Jack Sparrow hat and let’s get to work on that treasure, shall we?

How To Find Buried Treasure Maps in Minecraft

If you’re reading this just now and had no idea that buried treasure maps were even a thing in the game, then your mind is probably racing wondering how the heck you can get your hands on one.

You’re not going to believe how easy it is to find a buried treasure map in the game.

To look for them, you need to look in underwater ruins chests and shipwreck chests. That’s it – those are the two locations in Minecraft where you have the chance of finding a buried treasure map.

But not all chests in those two locations will have the treasure maps.

You’ll know you’ve found one of the treasure maps when you see something that looks like yellowish paper as the small icon (see image below). That’s your path to the treasure.

minecraft treasure map in chest inventory

As you can see in the image above, the chest had a treasure map that was moved to inventory. I know it doesn’t really look much like a map, but trust me, that is the map you seek.

How To Use A Minecraft Buried Treasure Map

Okay, now that you’ve found a chest containing a buried treasure map, you’re halfway there. It’s not time to set out on a quest to discover this treasure.

So, you need to equip the treasure map in your hotbar, and then select it. That brings that map up to a larger size so that you can more easily follow it to the rich stuff.

Just know that if you have something like a shield also equipped, then you map will show up slightly smaller than normal.

minecraft treasure map equipped

As with any good buried treasure map, X marks the spot. So, you just have to work your way through the world until you reach that big red X on the map.

Not sure where you’re starting from on this map? Well, your current position should be marked by a white cross.

Of course, your current position might not be shown on the map because you are located somewhere off the map. In this instance, you’ll see yourself as a white dot somewhere on the edge of the map.

If this happens to you, then you need to start walking in the opposite direction in order to show up on the map. For instance, if your white dot is found on the northwest corner of the map, then start walking in a southeast direction to get on the map.

I know that sounds kind of confusing, but that’s just the way that it works.

How To Dig For Buried Treasure In Minecraft

Okay, so once you have maneuvered your way through the lands to get to where that big red X marks the spot, it’s time to dig up that buried treasure. That’s right, the treasure is literally buried and you have to dig to uncover it.

minecraft buried treasure red X

The tricky part is that red X is not an exact location, so you’ll have to dig over a wide area in that general vicinity to uncover the hidden loot. Usually gravel or sand is what you’ll have to dig through – but it may be a more durable material.

What is the buried treasure?

It will be a chest that contains five items for you. To uncover it, you’ll have to dig a depth of several blocks.

When you see the chest, you need to right-click on it to get the chest and it’s goodies.

What you can expect in a buried treasure chest in Minecraft? Five of the following items will be in it:

  • Heart of the Sea
  • Iron Ingot
  • Gold Ingot
  • Cooked Codd
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Leather Tunic
  • Iron Sword
  • TNT
  • Emerald
  • Prismarine Crystals
  • Diamond

Buried treasure chests are the only way to get the Heart of the Sea item.

More of a visual learner? Or just want to see what it looks like when you’re digging for buried treasure in Minecraft?

Then, check out the short video below.

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