Everything about Buried Treasure Map

A fun and way to find rare items and resources in Minecraft is by finding Buried Treasures. They can be found by using Treasure Maps, which will make the experience more spicy and adventurous. In this article you’re going to see every aspect of those maps, how to find them, how to use them and much more.

Minecraft buried treasure map

Buried Treasures

The buried treasures are single chests that you can find in beach and snow biomes, sometimes even underwater. As the name suggests, the chests will very often be covered by other blocks, sand most of the time.

A very important thing to know: the treasure chests are what is called “generated structures”. This means that you need to turn ON the world creation option “Generate structures” or they will not be in your world. 

What’s inside the chest

Minecraft buried treasure loot

Inside a Treasure chest you can find items from this list (Java version):

  • Heart of the Sea
  • Iron Ingot
  • Gold Ingot
  • Cooked Cod
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Leather Tunic
  • Iron Sword
  • TNT
  • Emerald
  • Prismarine Crystals
  • Diamond

You will always find a Heart of the Sea in every Buried Treasure chest. It will also be the only way to obtain one, so if you want to craft a Conduit (which is mandatory for building anything underwater) you will need to follow the steps that we showed in this article.

How to find Buried Treasure Maps

You can find them only in Shipwrecks and Underwater Ruins, they will be inside chests that you will find inside those structures. This means that you will need to do some underwater exploration, so don’t forget to be prepared with some Water Breathing gear and be sure to know how to swim properly.

If you’re having a hard time finding this kind of underwater structures, you can always try to feed a Dolphin with Raw Cod or Raw Salmon. Giving them food will improve their trust in you. If their trust is high enough, they will swim towards the closest Shipwreck or Ocean Ruin, and sometimes even a Buried Treasure chest. In the third case you won’t even need to use a Treasure Map (related topic: How to use the Fill Map Command in Minecraft).

How to use a Treasure Map

Once you’ll have the Treasure Map, you can use it by keeping it in your hand. It will look like this:

Minecraft buried treasure map

Now what you need to do is go to the red X by following the map.

Once you’ll be there you’ll need to dig a bit around the place. The X is not super precise, so you won’t know exactly on which block the Treasure will be.

If you don’t want to dig around and you get bored while doing it, a nice trick is to use TNT. Yes, exactly. You need to place some TNT around the area and blow it up. This will destroy all the unnecessary ground that is covering your treasure. And when the explosions will reach the Treasure chest, this will be destroyed, but all the items inside it will drop and they’ll be ready for you to take them. It’s also much more fun.

If you want to find a Treasure chest quickly by using cheats instead, you will need to type:

/locate structure buried_treasure


  • You can copy a Buried Treasure Map using an Empty Map (which will require a Compass for crafting it)
  • in Java edition there is an average of 1.25 Diamonds in every Buried Treasure chest, the highest of the game
  • Both Buried Treasure and Buried Treasure Map were added to the game in the 2018 1.13 version, the Aquatic update

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