Diamonds spawn & can be found deep underground in all Overworld biomes between layers Y=1 & Y=16. However they are most commonly found between layers Y=5 & Y=12.
Finding Diamonds in Minecraft
Finding Diamonds in Minecraft 1.17 is no different than previous versions of the game. This is expected to stay the same for 1.18 Caves & Cliffs part two which will most likely release later this year.
The most efficient way to start mining for diamonds is to use the method below which relies on math to find diamonds 88% of the time.
Follow the steps & tips below to locate diamonds quickly.
Step 1 – Find Clay in Swamp Biomes
The best method for finding diamonds in Minecraft relies on clay patches that are underwater in Swamp biomes.
Locate a swamp & find a large body of water that has many visible patches of clay. Refer to the image below to see what to look for.
Step 2 – Choose a Clay Patch & Mark the Center
Once you have discovered an area filled with clay patches it’s time to mark them for digging.
Find the middle of the clay patch & mark the center of it by mining the block away. A shovel will work best for clearing the clay.
Step 3 – Lining Up the Dig Spot
Enable visible chunk borders in your game by pressing F3+G. This is an important step for locating diamonds.
Go down to the clay patch you marked & line up with the center hole while facing perfectly south.
Step 4 – Using Math to Find the Dig Spot
While still facing south count out & place six blocks in a line going south directly next to the hole that you marked.
Place six blocks down & on the seventh block begin digging straight down.
Step 5 – Mine Down & Look for Diamonds
On the seventh block begin mining straight down. There is an 88% chance that you will find diamonds in the diamond layer each time that you repeat this process.
If you don’t find diamonds then you will need to mine in the center of the clay patch instead of seven blocks out. Each seed is different.
Note: If counting to seven blocks will take you outside of the current chunk, go to the opposite side & continue counting from there. This is why we had you enable chunk borders.
That’s everything you need to know about how to find diamonds in Minecraft 1.17 & future versions.
Using a little math with this technical approach is one of the easiest & most reliable methods of finding diamonds in Minecraft.
We hope you found this guide helpful. Please feel free to drop a comment below if you have any questions or concerns!