The Ancient City in Minecraft.

Minecraft: Everything You Can Find Within an Ancient City

Face great threats and find valuable treasure.

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Key Takeaway

Ancient Cities are the only place you can find Echo Shards and Disc Fragments. However, in the Chests of such structures, you can also find rare loot like Saddles, Name Tags, and complete Music Discs.

If you’re braving the depths of Minecraft‘s Overworld, you’re likely on a quest to find an Ancient City. While there are great threats surrounding these subterranean ruins, the treasure found within is worth the risk.

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    Loot Exclusive to an Ancient City

    Player finding a Disc Fragment in a chest.

    There are two items that can only be found in an Ancient City: Echo Shards and Disc Fragments. The former is used to create a Recovery Compass and the latter is used to craft Music Disc 5.

    How to Craft a Recovery Compass

    First, you’ll need a regular Compass and eight Echo Shards. Place the Compass on the middlemost slot of a Crafting Table and then completely surround it with Echo Shards. This recipe will give you one Recovery Compass. Such an item will help you find the place you last died, and potentially, the items you dropped when you last met your doom.

    How to Craft Music Disc 5

    The recipe to create this Music Disc is pretty simple: you need to fill all slots on a Crafting Table with nine Disc Fragments. That will result in you forming one Music Disc 5.

    Music Disc 5 contains a music track called “Samuel Åberg – 5“. In addition to piano solos, this song also contains the sounds of someone mining and a mysterious ambiance. There are also monstrous grunts here and there as well as the sound effects of records being slowed down and sped up. Overall, it’s a very jarring tune.

    Other Loot You Can Find in an Ancient City

    Redstone room in an Ancient City.

    Besides Echo Shards and Disc Fragments, there are other goods to be found in an Ancient City. They aren’t unique to this type of structure but are definitely still worth grabbing if you make your way down this far.

    Highly Valuable Loot

    • Potion of Regeneration
    • Bottle o’ Enchanting
    • Enchanted Book
    • Amethyst Shard
    • Glow Berries
    • Music Disc 13
    • (Cat) Music Disc
    • (Otherside) Music Disc
    • Name Tag
    • Saddle
    • Diamond Horse Armor
    • Enchanted Diamond Hoe
    • Enchanted Diamond Leggings
    • Golden Carrot
    • Enchanted Golden Apple

    Somewhat Valuable Loot

    • Coal
    • Bone
    • Soul Torch
    • Book
    • Sculk
    • Sculk Sensor
    • Candle
    • Compass
    • Lead
    • Enchanted Iron Leggings
    • Snowball
    • Packed Ice
    • Baked Potato
    • Suspicious Stew

    Structural Blocks You Can Loot

    For the most part, Ancient Cities are composed of many variations of Deepslate as well as some Basalt and Dark Oak blocks. There are also some lighting items, containers, and ways to traverse the ruined cityscape. Here’s an exact list of the structural blocks used to make up the structures in an Ancient City:

    • Deepslate
    • Cobbled Deepslate
    • Polished Deepslate
    • Deepslate Bricks
    • Deepslate Tiles
    • Deepslate Brick Slab
    • Deepslate Brick Stairs
    • Deepslate Brick Wall
    • Deepslate Tile Slab
    • Deepslate Tile Stairs
    • Deepslate Tile Wall
    • Chiseled Deepslate
    • Cracked Deepslate Bricks
    • Cracked Deepslate Tiles
    • Cobbled Deepslate Slab
    • Cobbled Deepslate Stairs
    • Cobbled Deepslate Wall
    • Polished Deepslate Slab
    • Polished Deepslate Stairs
    • Polished Deepslate Wall
    • Gray Wool
    • Polished Basalt
    • Smooth Basalt
    • Dark Oak Log
    • Dark Oak Planks
    • Dark Oak Fence
    • Ladder
    • Candle
    • Soul Lantern
    • Torch
    • Chest

    Miscellaneous Loot You Should Also Take

    Within the various buildings, you can also find other resources that are not contained in Chests or used as structural components. Be sure to dig around and beneath buildings in an Ancient City if you want to grab these resources:

    • Reinforced Deepslate
    • Sculk Sensor
    • Soul Fire
    • Soul Sand
    • Redstone Dust
    • Redstone Comparator
    • Redstone Repeater
    • Redstone Torch
    • Redstone Wall Torch
    • Redstone Lamp
    • Block of Redstone
    • Lectern
    • Target
    • Furnace
    • Lever
    • Sticky Piston
    • Piston Head
    • Gray Carpet
    • Glass
    • Glass Pane
    • Dirt
    • Grass Block
    • Blue Wool
    • Cyan Wool
    • Light Blue Wool
    • Campfire
    • Iron Trapdoor
    • Ice
    • Packed Ice
    • Blue Ice
    • Snow
    • Note Block
    • Stone Pressure Plate
    • Skeleton Skull
    • White Candle
    • Water
    • Blue Carpet
    • Cyan Carpet
    • Light Blue Carpet