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In Minecraft beta, normal strongholds only spawned within a certain distance of 0,0, so they would never appear in a world which was explored beyond that radius.

In Minecraft 1.0, do nether strongholds have a limit like this, or will they appear at any distance? Can you keep exploring and find unlimited nether strongholds?

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Nether Fortresses are closer to regular dungeons than they are to strongholds - that is to say, there's no set limit, and they spawn all over the place.

Here's a picture from AMIDST, a stronghold-finder tool with the Nether Fortress overlay active.

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And here's a picture of another random portion of the same seed.

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There's a definite pattern (though I don't know the exact code) to their position, and it extends in all directions with the map.

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That's quite reassuring/disconcerting knowing you're surrounded by them at all times. –  John the Green Dec 10 '11 at 4:26
    
Any indication as to elevation for these? Is there a "typical" elevation they're usually at? –  John Dec 20 '11 at 20:27
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@john They're pretty big vertically, and are guaranteed to be at least partly in the main nether cavern. –  Raven Dreamer Dec 20 '11 at 20:29
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