How to Make a Bamboo Raft in Minecraft 1.20 (Guide)


After the controversial chat report system, we didn’t expect Minecraft to present players with any major surprises this year. But fortunately, we now have a completely unexpected new vehicle in the game. Announced during the Minecraft Live 2022 event, rafts are now part of the game and they are ready to surpass boats. So, let’s learn how to craft a raft in Minecraft and see how good they really are.

How to make a raft in Minecraft (2022)

To note: Currently, rafts are only available as an experimental feature in Minecraft 1.20 Beta and 22w42a Snapshot. They are a bit far from complete and subject to change in the final version.

What is a raft in Minecraft

In the real world, a raft is a floating structure that usually made from long dried bamboo sticks. Minecraft’s raft iteration isn’t much different. It is made from bamboo blocks and floats like a boat in Minecraft waters. In terms of appearance, the raft can be thought of as a long piece of bamboo wood with a spade-like oar to row it.

Two players, one player and a mob, or two mobs can easily sit on a raft at the same time. With the exception of boss mobs, no matter what monster you try to put on it, the raft will sit them down and allow you to move them around. We were even able to put the Minecraft camels on a raft, but that obviously didn’t look as appealing to the players riding it.

Items Needed to Craft a Raft

You only need the following few items to craft a raft in Minecraft:

Handmade bamboo plank recipe

To create a bamboo plank, you must place four pieces of bamboo in a square space in the field of craftsmanship. You can use this recipe in any corner of the crafting area, and it will give the same result. As for bamboo, you can find a bunch of them in the jungle biomes of Minecraft.

Minecraft raft crafting recipe

The raft crafting recipe is an exact replica of the boat crafting recipe in Minecraft. However, you cannot craft the raft with other types of wood. That said, follow the steps below to create a raft in Minecraft.

1. First, place a bamboo plank in each corner of the top row in the crating area.

Two bamboo blocks in the crafting area

2. Next, fill the middle row of the crafting area with bamboo boards. You can place the boards and create the same pattern using the middle and bottom rows as well. The exit will be a raft.

recipe for crafting a raft in minecraft

3. Once the raft is ready, you can choose to combine it with a chest in the crafting area. You will now be able to carry items with you on your journey, but the raft will only accommodate one player.

Raft craft recipe with a chest

How to use the raft in Minecraft

Riding raft with baby camel

Since rafts are like boats, you can push them through water by stepping on them. Then you have to right-click or use the secondary action key to mount it. Once on the raft, you can control and steer the raft with movement keys. If you don’t want to travel alone, you can push a mob onto the raft to get them into the back seat.

Boats versus rafts: which is better?

Although they look cool, rafts have no practical advantage over boats. Both have similar speeds, the same ability to reduce fall damage, and even the exact same crafting recipe. Not to mention, you can even add chests to both. All the differences between them are visual.

The boats are closed by a small wooden border on their edges, but the raft is open on all sides. However, this does not affect the ability of mobs to reach them or attack you.

A raft next to a boat

So, which to choose in Minecraft – a boat or a raft? Well, the answer to this question depends on your personal preferences. If you want a variety of colors and a traditional design, you can opt for the boat. Meanwhile, rafts are the way to go if you want something fresh and different.

Crafting and using a raft in Minecraft today

With this, you are ready to experience even more realistic survival islands in Minecraft. And to make your experience worthwhile, we have already compiled a list of the best Minecraft survival island seeds. Some of them even grow with bamboo which you need for your raft. Not to mention that rafts aren’t the only mountable entity in the new update. You can also ride the camels in Minecraft and unlock a completely unique combat experience. That said, do you think rafts are good for Minecraft, or are they useless? Tell us in the comments below!


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