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How to Make a Nether Wart Farm in Minecraft

Posted: Jun 16, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott

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Minecraft is a game full of beautiful landscapes, eerie mineshafts, and wonderful adventure. But doesn’t all that RPG stuff get a little dull? Wouldn’t you rather enter the depths of hell itself? Ok, I may have gotten a bit carried away, but the Nether has stuff that the Overworld just can’t offer. You may be surprised, but this is not limited to red rocks and endless lava lakes. The Nether actually has its own farmable crop: Nether Wart. Today, we’re going to learn all about Nether Wart, how to farm it, and its functionality. Let’s begin.

Nether Wart

Warts? Gross! Why would I want a wart instead of my beautiful wheat? Nether wart is a fungus harvested from nether wart crops, which used to plant them, as well as being vital in the creation of potions. It has an odd wine red color which complements the Nether color scheme, while looking sort of like an underwater growth. Without this weird fungus, you can’t create a consistent supply of those awesome alchemic concoctions.

Nether Wart

Nether wart’s primary purpose is to brew the awkward potion, the base for all potions, but optional for Weakness. This involves a process using the Brewing Stand along with a bottle of water and Blaze Powder. You can read more about this on our complete Potion Chart and guide.

Finding and Farming

Nether wart has the potential to spawn within soul sand gardens surrounding stairwells in Nether fortresses. Additionally, it can be found in the courtyards of housing unit bastion remnants. As it exclusively generates in these particular structures, there is a chance for a Nether fortress or bastion remnant to generate without any nether wart present. However, it is worth noting that nether wart can still be discovered within the chests that spawn inside the fortress.

Nether Wart Growing

When planted on soul sand, nether wart undergoes four growth stages. However, the middle two stages share the same appearance, with the hitbox of stage 3 being three pixels taller. In the Java Edition, the precise age of nether wart can be observed using the debug screen, ranging from 0 to 3. During each random tick, there is a 10% chance for nether wart to advance one stage in growth. At the default random tick speed, on average, nether wart progresses one age step every 13,653 game ticks (approximately 11.3775 minutes), and it fully matures from planting to harvest within 40,960 game ticks (around 34.133333333333 minutes) on average. The growth rate remains unaffected by light or any other environmental factors. Unfortunately, bone meal cannot be utilized to accelerate the growth of nether wart.

Nether wart exclusively thrives when planted on soul sand and does not grow on soul soil. It can be cultivated in any dimension.

Nether wart is ready to be harvested when it reaches the fourth stage (age:3). Breaking a fully grown nether wart plant yields 2 to 4 nether wart items, while an immature plant only drops a single nether wart. Utilizing a tool enchanted with fortune enhances the maximum number of nether wart dropped by 1 per level, with a tool enchanted with Fortune III yielding a maximum of 7 nether wart per harvest. All in all, Nether Wart is pretty easy as far as crops go. It doesn’t even need water!

Nether Wart Facts

Ever wanted some wart facts? No? Oh well!

  • Nether Wart’s stages cannot be detected by a block update detector. However, they can by an observer block.
  • Unlike other crimson “plants”, nether wart doesn’t have a warped equivalent. This is also the case with nether sprouts, which lack a crimson equivalent.



That’s all! To summarize, Nether Wart is a niche yet unique crop in Minecraft’s Nether dimension. It can be found in specific structures such as Nether fortresses and bastion remnants, though it may not always generate naturally. Although it has some interesting quirks, such as being unaffected by bone meal and lacking a warped equivalent, Nether Wart is a relatively straightforward crop to cultivate. So venture into the Nether and start your own Nether Wart farm to unlock the full potential of alchemy in Minecraft today!

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