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I crafted a respawn anchor, but it doesn't seem to do anything. What do I have to do to make it useful?

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To make a respawn anchor usable, you must do the following:

  • Go to the nether
  • Place it where you want to respawn
  • Use 1-4 glowstone blocks on it to give it the equivalent number of charges.
  • "Use" the respawn anchor (in the same way you'd open a door)

Afterward, if you die in any dimension, the respawn anchor will use a charge to respawn you at its location.

Warning: Don't try to set your spawn point at a respawn anchor in the Overworld or The End. If you do, it will explode (similar to when you use a bed in the Nether).

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    However, I'm playing minecraft hardcore, so is it completely useless then? (except for the achievement) Aug 27, 2020 at 7:30
  • @DarthOverlord Essentially. If you can't respawn, then it's only useful as decoration or to get the Java-edition advancement. FWIW, in Bedrock, there's no achievement associated with the Respawn Anchor.
    – Shaun
    Aug 28, 2020 at 20:18
  • It can also be used to set where you will return from the end to. Dec 15, 2021 at 9:31

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