I have read up on this issue as much as I possibly could. I even tried it on the PS4 version of Minecraft and have had no issues with it. I am now trying it on the iOS Minecraft version (which is Bedrock I believe).

So this is the issue:

My current portal (overworld portal) is at these coordinates. X:830, Y: 63,Z:645. I know the rule is roughly that your X and Z coordinates must be +/- 128 to make it so your portals don't link and you finally get a new portal location. I want a new portal so I can have a better chance at finding a nether fortress.

Therefore I made my new portal at X: 447, Y: 68, Z: 900. This obviously is more than the 128 blocks rule, but it still didn't work. I went through the portal, which sent me to the same nether portal that was created from the original overworld portal I made. Am I misunderstanding something? I did the same thing on the PS4 version and it worked normally.

  • I think it's 128 blocks in the overworld, but I'm not sure. Here's a tutorial for portal linking in regular Minecraft, maybe it also works for MCPE: minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials/Nether_portals Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 20:56
  • @FabianRöling Yes, I believe its 128 blocks in the overworld as well. My portal coordinates are the overworld coordinates. I moved 128 blocks in the overworld. Unless we're mistaken and it's not the overworld. But yeah I've read that guide and that's what I got from it
    – Mellow
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 4:49

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The 128 blocks distance shows where where the game searches for existing portal to link to. The number is the same in the overworld and in the nether, but there is an important consideration when calulating the result. One block in the nether corresponds to 8 blocks in the overworld. So by moving 128 blocks in the overworld you moved only 16 blocks in the nether. This is still less than 128 so the game finds the existing nether portal and sends you there. To move more than 128 blocks in the nether and force a new nether portal, you need to move at least 1024 blocks in the overworld. Frankly, depending on your gear it could be easier to just walk in the nether.

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    Oh, then I misunderstood the guide. I thought it was 128 blocks in the overworld, not in the nether. I appreciate the clarification. But yes, it would seem that 128 blocks in the nether is a lot better than 1024 in the overworld, although harder, but less walking.
    – Mellow
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 22:02

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