How to find Diamonds in Minecraft with the Clay trick [2023]

Updated to 1.20

Clay blocks and Diamond Ores are linked. You can easily find Diamonds following a simple step by step process, starting from a Clay patch. Today we are here to see this Clay-Diamond trick in details. Let’s start!

minecraft diamond

Where to find Clay patches

This method for finding Diamonds doesn’t work with every block of Clay that you can find. You will need to start from Clay patches in Swamp biomes.

clay patches minecraft
The Clay blocks are the light grey ones

In Swamps you will find those circular (“circular” considering Minecraft’s standards) Clay patches underwater. This method works also for Clay patches in River biomes, but in Swamps there is a higher chance for it to work.

If you can’t find any Swamp, you can try to use the /locate biome command. To use commands you will need to have cheats allowed in your Minecraft world. If cheats are not allowed in your world, there is a workaround. You can check here how to still use cheats in that Minecraft world.

To use locate biome you just need to open the commands and type:

/locate biome minecraft:swamp

And you’ll see a message appearing with the coordinates ot the closest Swamp.

minecraft locatebiome

Now what you have to do to get there is just closing the gap between your coordinates (that you can see by pressing F3) and the coordinates of the biome that you want to go to.

minecraft coordinates
F3 coordinates

Where to dig for Diamonds

First and foremost, press F3+G to see the chunk’s borders. This is very important. The chunk’s borders will look like this.

chunk borders

Go to the center block of a Clay patch. From there, go to the 6th block North.

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The golden blocks represent the center of the patch and the 6th block North

To know where the North is, you can press F3. The blue arrow at the center will point North (also known as the positive Z-axis).

minecraft north

If the 6th block North from the center of the Clay patch is in another chunk, like in the following screenshot:

minecraft clay patch

then you have to continue counting on the other side of the same chunk:

chunk border trespassing

You can start digging down from that block.

Always be careful when digging straight down, you could easily die from fall damage or end up in a Lava pool. That’s why you may want to dig following a vertical stairs pattern.

minecraft staris digging

All you have to do is dig down until you find Diamond Ores.

minecraft diamond

When the Clay trick doesn’t work

  • This system doesn’t have a 100% chances of success (more like 80%), so you will not always find Diamonds this way
  • It also does not work in all seeds. If you try it on 5/6 or more Clay patches and you don’t find any Diamond, chances are that it is not going to work in all the Minecraft world you are playing
  • It doesn’t work if you are playing the Java 1.13 patch or older
  • This method doesn’t seem to work in Minecraft Bedrock edition

Credits to Matthew Bolan who discovered and covered the correlation between Clay and Diamonds.


The Clay-Diamond trick is a great way to find plenty of Diamonds without having to strip mine, something that players usually don’t love (to say the least). You need to find a Clay patch in a Swamp, then dig down starting from the 6th block North from the center of the clay patch. If the 6th block North from the center of the Clay patch is in another chunk, then you have to continue counting on the other side of the same chunk. Thank you very much for reading the article this far and I hope I’ll see you again around here. See you and take care!

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