I am on an SMP with no one living near me. The nearest player is around 4000~5000 blocks away. The (when i say no one I meant no one with a different portal.) someone shares a portal and base with me.

i have started to build a nether boat road, and all went fine at first. after a few hours, I went back to my PC only to find my nether portal in the nether taking me to somewhere around 200 blocks away from the original oveworld portal. If I break this new portal and try to go to the nether and back to the overworld, it spawns a new portal. how can I fix this?

after looking at some solutions on multiple sites the issue isn't related to anything people have said. eg. having portals in the nether close to mine

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Seems like the game upgraded - somewhere around early 1.16, portals search range for the 'nearest' portal was drastically reduced - overworld portal used to search for a matching portal in the Nether within 128 blocks range, Nether portal would cover a whooping 1024 blocks to find a matching overworld portal. This is no longer the case - a Nether portal will seek a sphere of 128 blocks of overworld to find a matching portal; an overworld portal still searches a 128 block sphere but truncates it to 3x3 chunks column centered on the chunk with matching coordinates. (Notably, it does not truncate when choosing a place to spawn a portal, which can lead to a mess of spawning portals in certain circumstances.)

Best solution - just build a pair of perfectly linked portals. Find the x,y,z coordinates of the portal in the overworld (using the F3 debug screen), divide x and z by 8, find the location at x/8,y,z/8 in the Nether and build a portal there. It will take you to the overworld portal, but you should now spend at least 15 seconds in the overworld for the overworld portal to "forget" its old link, before re-entering it - or in certain cases (if this fails) even break and re-light it.

You may 'stretch' the match some - e.g. build your Nether side portal at y coordinate of your ice road instead of somewhere at lava level as you'd be prone to with overworld ground level portals, but remember the restrictions - overworld no more than 128 blocks 'off', Nether - within 3x3 chunks (F3+G to display borders) with the matching coords in the center of the 3x3.

  • thanks for this suggestion, but whats weird is that earlier there was no problem
    – fishey
    Jan 30, 2021 at 13:59
  • @fishey As I said, the matching rules changed. I believe it was 1.16.1 -> 1.16.2 change or something around then.
    – SF.
    Jan 30, 2021 at 14:08
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    I did realize that, but what I meant was a few hours ago it still had no problem, not a few versions ago. however still thank you, I moved the portal in the nether and now it works perfecly
    – fishey
    Jan 30, 2021 at 15:16
  • @fishey well, there are other caveats. Eg. if the game doesn't find a portal within the 3x3 chunks, it starts looking for a viable place to spawn one within full 128 blocks and if there's already one at a position found, it will link up. But if a nearer position opens up (say, due to you mining out some blocks) it will happily spawn a new one.
    – SF.
    Jan 30, 2021 at 15:42

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