How to Find a Shipwreck in Minecraft

Few things can beat a treasure hunt in Minecraft. All you have to do is make a boat and start sailing until you get a treasure map and locate buried treasure. But, before all that, you’ll have to locate a Shipwreck, which will always have a buried treasure map that can be found nearby. So let’s see how to find a Shipwreck in Minecraft, as well as how you can loot it efficiently.

Where to Find a Shipwreck in Minecraft

Finding a Shipwreck

Shipwrecks are structures that can be found in oceans and beaches, as well as icebergs and ravines. As their name suggests, Shipwrecks are ships that have crashed on the beach or sunk in the ocean’s depths.

These were added back in 2018, and they’ve been my favorites to loot, as they contain some good items for the early part of the game.

Blocks and Mobs Unique to the Shipwreck in Minecraft

Shipwrecks don’t have many unique items since most can also be found elsewhere in your Minecraft world. Also, while Drowned mobs might spawn near a Shipwreck, I’ve noticed that this doesn’t happen that often, making them practically mob-free.

Here are some of the blocks and items that are found in Shipwrecks, which are rare to find in other structures:

  • Clocks: Despite being pretty rare to find, in general, there’s a ~7% chance that a clock naturally spawns inside a Shipwreck’s map chest.
  • Buried Treasure Map: Speaking of the map chest, every Shipwreck will have 1 buried treasure map.
  • Coast Armor Trim Smithing Template: This template is used to change the look of your armor and can only be found inside Shipwrecks.
  • Moss Blocks: While they’re certainly not the most valuable item in the game, Moss Blocks can be obtained through the supply chest of a Shipwreck.

How to Loot the Shipwreck in Minecraft

Finding the Map Chest

Now that you know what a Shipwreck has in store for you, let’s see how you can loot it effectively.

For starters, you’ll need to get a hold of a turtle shell or a water breathing potion to loot a full Shipwreck in one dive. Considering that up to 3 chests are inside, grabbing all the items you need without taking a second dive is nearly impossible.

But, if you don’t have access to these, don’t worry; it’ll just take a bit more time to loot the entire Shipwreck, as you’ll have to swim back up for air after every chest.

The Treasure Chest

The back of the Shipwreck will usually have 2 chests, while the front has one. If the structure is upside down or sideways, or one of its parts is missing, it’ll have fewer chests.

To loot a Shipwreck efficiently, go directly for the front or the back and try to locate all the chests. Then, swim up to get back to full breath and swim down to grab all the loot. Of course, getting all the items you need from a Shipwreck on a beach or inside an iceberg is much more simple, as you won’t have to dive into the sea.

The Supply Chest


That’s how simple it is to find a Shipwreck in Minecraft. These are the best when you want to roleplay as a pirate, as they’ll always have a map for a buried treasure map nearby. What are your thoughts on Shipwrecks? Let us know over on the Minecraft Forum!