10 Rarest Items in Minecraft

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Minecraft had a small Alpha release in 2009 and was widely commercially released in 2011. Despite being over a decade old, Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world. Minecraft has sold more than 200 million copies and has more than 126 million monthly active users to date.

As an open-world sandbox game, Minecraft is pretty much limitless and players can obtain countless items. Of course, some of these items are rare and difficult to obtain. While players might disagree over which items are the rarest, the items on this list are generally cited as some of the rarest and hardest to find.

As of October 2020, the information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

  1. Emerald Ore
  2. Reason for Rarity: Only available in some chunks in Mountains Biome (formerly called Extreme Hills)
     Obtained By: Mined with Pickaxe (Iron or better)
    Chance: N/A
    Use(s): Drops Emeralds, which are used for Trading with Villagers and Wandering Traders; Activating Beacons; and Crafting Emerald Block

    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    Emerald Ore is the rarest mineral in Minecraft and only occurs in some chunks in the Mountains Biome (formerly called Extreme Hills). Moutains Biomes are fairly common, but Emerald Ores are so rare because they typically appear as a single block. Occasionally, Emerald Ores can be found in two-block veins.

    Besides Emerald Ores, Emeralds can be found in various chests. Emeralds are also sometimes dropped by Vindicators, Evokers, Foxes, and Pillagers spawned from Raids (only in Bedrock Edition). Players can also trade certain items with Villagers to get Emeralds. With all the different ways to obtain Emeralds, they are not as rare as Emerald Ores.

    Did You Know?

    Emerald Ore is 30 times rarer than Diamond Ore.


  3. Heart of the Sea
  4. Reason for Rarity: Only found in Buried Treasure chests
     Obtained By: Finding in Buried Treasure chests
    Chance: 100% in Buried Treasure chests, which are not that common
    Use(s): Part of Conduit recipe
    Heart of the Sea
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    The Heart of the Sea is fairly rare aquatic-related item. If a player can find a Buried Treasure chest, then they are guaranteed to find a Heart of the Sea, which is why the item’s official rarity rating is listed as Uncommon. However, by their very nature, Buried Treasure chests are not that common. Buried Treasure chests can be found with buried treasure maps found on Shipwrecks (100% chance of finding map), Underwater Ruins (41.7% in small chests and 43.5% in big chests), or buying from a cartographer villager.

    Did You Know?

    The Heart of the Sea’s only purpose is for crafting the Conduit, which is an underwater beacon that attacks hostile mobs underwater and provides Water Breathing, Night Vision, and Haste to players swimming nearby.


  5. Totem of Undying
  6. Reason for Rarity: Only found in Woodland Mansions or Raids and can only be used once
     Obtained By: Killing an Evoker
    Chance: Unspecified, but Evokers have a very low spawn rate
    Use(s): Saves player from death from otherwise fatal damage if held in their hand at the time
    Totem of Undying
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki


    The Totem of Undying is an extremely useful, but pretty rare item. Technically, Minecraft lists the Totem of Undying with an Uncommon rarity, however, Woodland Mansions are difficult to come across. Woodland Mansions spawn tens of thousands of blocks away from the spawn point and only in Dark Forests or Dark Forest Hills. However, if a player can find a Woodland Mansion, killing an Evoker (Woodland Mansion enemies) will always result in a Totem of Undying drop. Evokers also appear in Raids at wave 5 and above. Once a Totem of Undying is used, it is destroyed and the player must obtain another one.

    Did You Know?

    Mobs, like Zombies, Skeletons, and Foxes can also hold the Totem of Undying and be resurrected.


  7. Music Discs
  8. Reason for Rarity: Less than 25% drop rate
     Obtained By: Chests in Dungeon, Woodland Mansion, Bastion Remnant, Buried Treasure (Bedrock Edition only), and Creeper drop when killed by Skeleton’s or Stray’s arrow (except Pigstep)
    Chance: Java Edition – 5.6% to 21.8% for discs found in chests; Bedrock Edition – 3% to 21.8% for discs found in chests
    Use(s): Plays song when put into Jukebox
    Music Discs
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    Music Discs are fairly rare items that add a little fun to Minecraft as they actually play music when inserted into a Jukebox. There are 13 different discs and a few of them can only be found in chests, while the others are dropped when a Creeper is killed by a Skeleton’s or Stray’s (Skeleton variant) arrow. The Pigstep Music Disc is the only one that can’t be dropped and is the rarest Music Disc, with only a 5.6% chance of spawning in a Bastion Remnant chest in Java Edition and a 3% chance in Bedrock. The Cat and 13 Music Disc have a chance of spawning in Dungeon or Woodland Mansion chests in both versions of Minecraft. Mellohi and Wait have an 18.9% chance of appearing in a Buried Treasure chest in Bedrock.

    Did You Know?

    All of the songs for the Music Discs were composed by Daniel Rosenfeld (aka C418), except for Pigstep, which was composed by Lena Raine.


  9. Elytra
  10. Reason for Rarity: Only found in the End
     Obtained By: Taken from Item Frame in the Treasure Room of End Ships
    Chance: On average, 56.25% of End Cities have an End Ship
    Use(s): Flying
    Elytra
    photo source: Minecraft Fandom Wiki

    Eltyra is the only way players can fly in Survival Mode. This rare armor item is only found in End Ships, which only appear in about 56.25% of End Cities. So, players need to visit a few End Cities before finding a single Elytra in an End Ship’s Treasure Room. Thankfully, this rare item can be repaired, with phantom membranes, and used multiple times.

    Did You Know?

    Capes affect the appearance of Elytra, giving the Elytra a design based on the cape equipped.


  11. Mob Heads
  12. Reason for Rarity: Only obtained through very specific ways or very low chance of dropping for certain heads
     Obtained By: Wither Skeleton – killed by player; Creeper, Skeleton, and Zombie from Charged Creeper explosion; Ender Dragon – from End Ship; Player Head – only in creative mode
    Chance: Wither Skeleton – 2.5%; N/A for other heads, but are hard to obtain
    Use(s): Decorative
    Mob Heads
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    Mob Heads are fairly rare decorative items that require some work to obtain. There are six different heads that players can get: Wither Skeleton, Creeper, Skeleton, Zombie, Ender Dragon, and Player. The Wither Skeleton head is the easiest to get as players only need to kill Wither Skeletons, however, the drop rate is only 2.5%. Next, the Ender Dragon head isn’t too hard to get once a player creates a portal to the End as the head can be found on an End Ship next to some End Cities in the Outer End.

    Creeper, Skeleton, and Zombie heads are only dropped when a Charged Creeper explodes nearby. Charged Creepers occur naturally if lightning strikes near one. Players can summon lightning with a trident equipped with the Channeling enchantment during a thunderstorm.

    Player heads are technically the rarest mob heads because they can’t be obtained in Survival Mode without cheats.

    Did You Know?

    Mob Heads can be worn as helmets, but won’t provide protection; however, Mob Heads do provide some camouflage against the corresponding mob and allow the player to get fairly close before being detected.


  13. Enchanted Golden Apple (Notch Apple)
  14. Reason for Rarity: Can’t be crafted (previously able to craft); low chances of finding naturally
     Obtained By: Finding in a chest in a Dungeon, Mineshaft, Bastion Remnant, Desert Temple, Ruined Portal, or Woodland Mansion
    Chance: Java Edition – 1.4% to 6.5%; Bedrock Edition – 1.4% to 3.1%
    Use(s): Eat to restore hunger and provide strong status effects
    Enchanted Golden Apple
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki


    The Enchanted Golden Apple, aka Notch Apple or God Apple, is the rarest and most powerful food item in Minecraft. When eaten, the Enchanted Golden Apple restores 4 points of hunger and provides several useful status effects. These magical apples can’t be crafted (used to be able to craft before 1.9 update) and only occur naturally in chests found in dungeons, mineshafts, bastion remnants, desert temples, ruined portals, or woodland mansions.

    Although the Enchanted Golden Apple can be found in many places, it has a low chance of spawning. For the Java Edition, chances are: 1.4% in Mineshaft, 1.5% in Ruined Portal, 2.6% in Desert Temple, 3.1% in Dungeon and Woodland Mansion, and 6.5% in Bastion Remnant. For Bedrock Edition, chances are the same as in the Java Edition, minus the Bastion Remnant.

    Did You Know?

    If a player used an Enchanted Golden Apple to create the Mojang logo on a banner, they receive the “Fruit on the Loom” achievement.


  15. Beacon
  16. Reason for Rarity: Nether Star is difficult to obtain
     Obtained By: Crafted with 3 Obsidian, 5 Glass blocks, and 1 Nether Star
    Chance: N/A
    Use(s): Light source and provides useful status effects
    Beacon
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    The Beacon is one of the rarest crafted items because the Nether Star is so difficult to obtain. Also, while Obsidian isn’t rare, it can only be mined with a Diamond or Netherite Pickaxe. As its name suggests, the Beacon emits a strong beam of light and is desirable because of the status effects it provides when activated. To activate the Beacon, players need to build a 9 block, 34 block, 83 block, or 164 block pyramid out of Iron, Gold, Emerald, Diamond, and/or Netherite.

    Did You Know?

    The color of the Beacon’s beam can be changed by putting a Stained Glass block or Stained Glass pane over it.


  17. Nether Star
  18. Reason for Rarity: Only dropped after a Wither is killed
     Obtained By: Killing a Wither
    Chance: N/A; technically no limit on how many Nether Stars can be obtained, but killing a Wither is extremely difficult
    Use(s): Part of Beacon Recipe
    Nether Star
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki

    The Nether Star is a rare item that takes numerous steps to obtain. In order to get a Nether Star, players must first summon, then kill a Wither. While there is no limit to how many Withers can be summoned (and therefore no limit on Nether Stars), killing a Wither is not easy and is harder than killing an Ender Dragon. Also, gathering the items needed to even summon a Wither takes a lot of time. Summoning a Wither requires three Wither Skulls, which are a rare drop item at only a 2.5% drop rate.

    Despite all the work, getting a Nether Star is worth it because it’s used to craft a Beacon, which provides useful status effects for players.

    Did You Know?

    A dropped Nether Star can’t be destroyed by explosions, but can still be destroyed by fire, lava, and cacti.


  19. Dragon Egg
  20. Reason for Rarity: Only one per world
     Obtained By: Slaying the Ender Dragon
    Chance: N/A; will always get the egg the first time Ender Dragon is killed
    Use(s): Decorative
    Dragon Egg
    photo source: Official Minecraft Wiki


    The Dragon Egg is the rarest item in Minecraft because only one egg is available per world. While players can kill the Ender Dragon more than once by returning to the End again, the Dragon Egg only drops after the death of the first Ender Dragon a player kills.

    Although the Dragon Egg is a player’s prize for killing the Ender Dragon, it takes a bit more work to pick up the egg. Clicking on the Dragon Egg will make it teleport, so players need to use a piston to make the egg drop and allow it to be picked up. The Dragon Egg has no uses and is simply a trophy.

    Did You Know?

    The dragon egg is one of only two items that appear when a Minecraft boss is killed, the other item being the Nether Star.

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