7 Amazing Minecraft Nether Portal Design Ideas

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Nether portal, a mysterious gate that can lead you through the Nether dimension with risks and danger.

Everyone who plays Minecraft knows that in order to build one, you will need some obsidian and a source fire from a flint and steel.

And to be honest, the basic Nether portal is ugly! So why don’t you decorate it with these awesome Minecraft nether portal design ideas below? Let’s dive in!

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When it comes to designing your Minecraft nether portal, you have to understand that the main obsidian frame still remains. You can only modify the surrounding block to cover the portal up. Without further ado, let’s see our best Minecraft nether portal design ideas!


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7 Amazing Minecraft Nether Portal Design Ideas

Even though you can’t see the obsidian frame on the nether portal design below, the portal does exist! It’s either made from 10 obsidian (which is an optimized version) or can be up to 23 by 23 obsidian blocks.

The listed materials for each design below do not contain the obsidian count, but make sure to prepare at least 10 obsidian in your inventory. Then craft flint and steel, and you’re good to go!

1. Beehive Nether Portal

Materials: Honey block, honeycomb block, yellow concrete, yellow terracotta, yellow wool, oak trapdoors, beehive, and oak fences.

Nothing is greater than combining the dark aspect of the Nether portal with the natural from the bee nest. With the main yellow tone, this design is really attractive and makes the portal stand out from the messy environment.

However, the materials are quite hard to get, so be prepared! You need to farm bees, travel to the badlands biome, craft concrete, farm sheep, and dye their wool yellow. It sounds tough, but really worth the effort!

2. Ender Dragon Nether Portal

Materials: Bone block, black concrete, and sea lantern.

This Minecraft portal design idea simulates the head of the ender dragon with its mouth as the entrance to the Nether dimension.

You can expand this design furthermore by building a complete head, a body, and even the dragon wings to make it more menacing. Moreover, using pointed dripstones as dragon teeth is also a good idea!

3. Advanced Nether Portal

Materials: Blackstone stairs, polished blackstone, basalt, polished basalt, iron bar, hoppers, netherrack, crimson and warped nylium, nether gold ores, magma blocks, and other plants in the Nether.

It’s rare to see a square in Minecraft, right? And it’s even weirder to see a working Nether portal with this type of decoration! This portal design is suitable in the Nether biome, where it’s hidden deep inside the nether forest cliff.

If you don’t know how to build with Minecraft stairs, we are sure that you will have a hard time building the blackstone stairs at the front of the portal. That’s why we’d recommend using some general building blocks to build the stairs easier!

4. Overgrown Nether Portal

Materials: Cobblestone, cobblestone stairs, cobblestone wall, mossy cobblestone slabs, mossy cobblestone stairs, andesite, stone, vines, spruce leaves, azalea leaves, and grasses.

Overgrown is never an old theme when it comes to building in Minecraft. Besides the aesthetic look, the overgrown nether portal design can tell a sad story when it’s abandoned behind.

Over time, the dirt and leaves layer above the portal slide down. The stone becomes mossy and sunken, making the entrance to the portal tighter.

Mossy blocks, leaves, grasses, vines, and any other plant blocks play a huge role in this design, so make sure to craft some shears to harvest them!

5. Medieval Nether Portal

Materials: Polished andesite, stone bricks, stone brick stairs, cobblestones, cobblestone wall, spruce planks, spruce slabs, spruce trapdoors, and spruce stairs.

Back in the middle age, where a different dimension is still a strange thing to people in Minecraft. And what happens if you can integrate the Nether portal inside of a temple located deep underground?

This Nether portal design is quite huge, but it’s easy to build, and the required resources are not so hard to get. Moreover, you can expand the portal to four sides to create a symmetrical build containing 4 different nether portals.

6. Enchanted Amethyst Nether Portal

Materials: Calcite, smooth basalt, block of amethyst, budding amethyst, and amethyst clusters.

Most Minecrafters choose to build their Nether portal inside a cave and later wanted to redesign it, so it’s important to make your portal blend in well with the surrounding environment and terrain.

With this particular design, you will need a lot of amethyst and calcite blocks. They are rare blocks that can only be found in amethyst geodes – a new Minecraft structure in the 1.18 Cave and Cliff update.

You also need some basalts, which you can find around the amethyst geodes, or in the Nether dimension.

7. Skull Nether Portal

Materials: Warped planks, warped stairs, pointed dripstones, netherrack, flint and steel, and red stained glasses.

This is the most complicated Minecraft nether portal design idea on today’s list! Not only are the materials hard to get, but also the size of this portal is big.

There are at least 3 layers in this design to create the depth of the portal. As you can see, the nose and the jaw are sticking out, then the eyes, the face, and finally, the layer of obsidian is placed all the way inside!

To make it lit, you should place some netherrack right inside and under the eyes. Then use the flint and steel to light them up. In the end, cover the eyes with some stained glass of your choice.

Let’s not forget about the teeth built with pointed dripstones! This makes the skull even more frightening when it releases the Nether creatures into this world.


Which one is your favorite? Is it about the block choice or the color combination?

For us, the overgrown Nether portal is the design we’ll definitely use in our survival world.

So that’s all Minecraft nether portal design ideas for today! Happy building, Minecrafters!

Binh Tran

I'm an enthusiast who has played video games for 10 years, as well as other survival/idle/RPG/FPS games. At Gamer Empire, I think, write, and grind for the best content!

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