Why would I want to make a Netherite Hoe?

Hoes are probably the least used tool in Minecraft. At the same time, Netherite is the most difficult crafting material for tools to gather. So why would you waste it for crafting a Hoe? Let’s consider together the pros and cons.

How to get Netherite

To get craft one Netherite Ingot you will need 4 Gold Ingots and 4 Ancient Debris (see also: Does Fortune work on Ancient Debris?). You can find the Ancient Debris in the Nether (related: I can’t find any Nether fortress: what should I do?).

First step, smelt the Debris in a Furnace to obtain 4 Netherite Scraps.

minecraft netherite scraps smelting

Then put the Netherite Scraps and the Gold Ingots in a Crafting Table.

netherite ingot crafting recipe

How to craft a Hoe

To craft a Netherite Hoe, you will need:

  • a Diamond Hoe
  • a Netherite Ingot
  • a Smithing Table

To craft a Diamond Hoe you will need 2 Sticks and 2 Diamonds:

To craft a Smithing Table you will need 4 Wooden Planks (of any kind of wood) and 2 Iron Ingot:

smithing table crafting recipe

When you have the Smithing Table, place it and then right-click on it. Then place the Diamond Hoe and the Netherite Ingot in it.

netherite hoe upgrade

Now all you have to do is move the tool in your inventory and you will have your Netherite Hoe.

What a Hoe is used for

Hoes are designed to perform 2 activities:

A Netherite Hoe is definitely wasted when turning Dirt into Farmland: this action is effectively instantaneous, regardless of material.

Instead it coud turn out to be useful when you want to gather a large amount of certain plant-based blocks. In fact, a Hoe can be used to harvest the following blocks:

  • Dried Kelp Block
  • Hay Bale
  • Leaves
  • Moss Block
  • Nether Wart Block
  • Sculk
  • Sculk Catalyst
  • Sculk Sensor
  • Sculk Shrieker
  • Sculk Vein
  • Shroomlight
  • Sponge
  • Target
  • Warped Wart Block
  • Wet Sponge

A Netherite Hoe could be a great help whenever you find yourself needing a huge amount of one of these blocks.

For example, many players when they find an Ocean Monument would like to remove the water surrounding it. This work would require several Sponge blocks, and it would take time to place time, harvest them, dry them (and repeat).

Another example are Golden Apples, very useful consumables for the late game (in both single player and PvP). For obtaining an Apple (obviously required to craft Golden Apples) you need to break Leaves blocks. Since Apples fall from Leaves blocks only 0.5% of the time (0.833% with Fortune III), you need to harvest many Leaves blocks when you need a large amount of Apples.

Those are just two examples of when a Netherite Hoe is really worth the investment.


Netherite is very precious, and using one Netherite Ingot for a Netherite Hoe can be a good investment when you need this tool to harvest large amounts of plant-based blocks. 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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