You can ride a Strider in the Nether by placing a Saddle on one. Use a Warped Fungus on a Stick to guide the Strider around in the lava.
What Is a Strider?
Striders are Minecraft’s first passive Nether based mobs. They are not aggressive & will not attack you in their normal form.
Striders have a ¹⁄₃₀ chance to spawn with a Zombified Piglin riding on top of them. If you kill or anger any of the Piglins in the area, they will chase you including those that are riding on top of Striders.
Striders also have a ⅒ chance to spawn with a “baby” Strider riding on top of their head. The smaller passenger Strider can age & will continue to ride the other until disturbed.
Putting a Saddle on the Strider
It is possible for players to ride a Strider just like a baby Strider or Zombified Piglin. Here are the steps you need to follow.
- First you will need to acquire a Saddle from chest loot, fishing, etc.
- Bring your Saddle to the Nether & search around for an adult Strider.
- Use the Saddle on the Strider. You will now be able to ride it, but not control its movements or direction.
- Craft a Warped Fungus on a Stick & wield it while riding a Strider in order to steer it.
Here is the recipe for crafting a Warped Fungus on a stick. You need a Fishing Rod & a Warped Fungus.
If you are lucky & spot a Zombified Piglin riding a Strider you can kill it & it will always drop the Saddle that was on it. This is the only way to get the Saddle off of the Strider.
Riding a Strider
Now that you are riding a Strider you can take it around the Nether and cruise through the terrain at a nice steady pace.
The best thing about Striders is that they can walk / float on lava & don’t take any damage from it.
This allows you to safely travel across all of the lava in the Nether & easily explore things that would usually be harder to do.
Tip: Don’t jump from high places into lava with a Strider because you will take damage & catch on fire for a second.