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I spawned near the ceiling in the nether. However, I'm trying to make the best of things and find a nether fortress anyway. I've found my way to lower levels and have been digging steadily west a while.

Is there a specific y-axis limitation in which nether fortresses spawn or should I just keep digging?

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I don't think they spawn underground. But I could be wrong. I was under the impression they were always accessible from the surface, with no digging required. – Zibbobz Dec 4 '13 at 18:38
Related Question:… – John Dec 4 '13 at 20:41

There is no limitation in where Nether Fortresses spawn.

Normally they are spawned at lava level.

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