So we know that a maps location is based on the first time you look at it, but can you craft a map of the Nether?


Yes, but they don't do you much good. From the wiki:

While maps in the Nether work, it has a ceiling, and all that will be shown is red and gray. The only useful function is finding where you are in relation to where you made the map. Additionally, the direction indicator rapidly spins and is not a good indicator of direction. Remembering that maps are East at the top and that the L corner of nether blocks points north is more reliable. And as long as the map was created near a portal, that map's center will always be that portal.

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    That would be pretty good, to be fair. You can see where you are in relation to your portal. – The Communist Duck May 29 '11 at 9:05
  • @The Yes, I guess that could be useful. I'll have to map the nether to see if it is worth it. – John the Green May 29 '11 at 13:10

You can break the ceiling of the Nether (although getting there is only safe in Creative), so if you break the ceiling the map might map out the actual landscape. I haven't tried this, but I think it would work well.

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    If you have your own question, you should ask in a different question, not put it in an answer here. And your answer doesn't seem to add anything that is not stated or inferred from the accepted answer. – murgatroid99 Dec 21 '12 at 4:13

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