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How to make chains in Minecraft?

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Minecraft may be a survival-adventure game, but it also has a lot of other items that can help players blow off some steam and renovate their bases. 

In this article, we’re talking about chains in Minecraft, including where to find them, what they do and how to make one. 

Also read: How to make a clock in Minecraft?

Chains in Minecraft

Chains are decorative metal items introduced in the Nether update. They can be mined using any pickaxe. You can mine chains without a pickaxe as well, but they won’t drop anything. 

Chains naturally generate in bastion remnants and sometimes in broken portals in the Nether. They always generate on magma cube spawners that are found in bastions. You might find some chains in mineshafts as well.


Since they’re decorative items, there isn’t much use for chains in the game, except hanging bells and lanterns (both normal and soul). Since they don’t require a supporting block to be placed in either direction, they can hang mid-air freely and can be rotated as well. Walking on chains is possible too, but it requires some precision. 

Crafting chains in Minecraft

The recipe for crafting chains in Minecraft is rather simple. You need the following elements.

  • 2 x Iron nuggets: Can be crafting from an Iron Ingot or obtained by smelting iron items in a furnace.
  • 1 x Iron Ingot: Obtained by smelting iron nuggets, raw iron or iron ore in a furnace.

Once you have the items required, follow these steps to craft a chain. Keep in mind that you need a 3 x 3 crafting grid for making chains, so a crafting table is required.

Step 1: Walk up to your crafting table and right-click to interact.

How to make chains in Minecraft?

Step 2: Place the iron nuggets and ingot in the exact pattern below. Once crafted, move the chain to your inventory.

How to make chains in Minecraft?

Now you can use these chains to hang your lanterns and bells wherever you want. Keep in mind chains are stackable so that you can keep as many as 64 in one inventory slot. 

Also read: How to make bread in Minecraft?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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