Accessing the Nether is done via a gate that must be built by the
player. It must be built from obsidian (one of the most difficult
materials to obtain) and encircle an opening 2 bricks wide by 3 bricks
tall. Once your gate is assembled, lighting it on fire with a Flint
& Steel will ignite the passageway to the Nether.
You must enter the purple haze and then hold still while the game
engine transfers you to your new realm.
of the more useful reasons that the Nether exists, is for ease of
travel. Each step within the Nether is translated to approximately 10
steps in your native land. I tested this by placing two gates exactly
10 bricks apart from each other...
â€¦ and stepped through the new gate I had created, to return to my
original world. I found myself quite a distance from my camp, just as
Notch has claimed that the gates are smart enough to not dump you in
lava or water (depending on the destination realm), and it has been
confirmed that movement on the Z-axis does not amplify in the same way
that horizontal movement does.