So you finally made a portal in your base to access the nether. You enter in hopes of starting an awesome adventure, but you come across many issues, and you may be asking yourself these questions:
- "Why is my nether portal sending me to someone else's base in the nether?"
- "Why is my nether portal not sending me back to my base, but to someone else's base in the overworld?"
- "How do I make a nether portal to go where I want?"
This tutorial should help to explain the phenomenon of nether portal linking, as well as show you how to make a guaranteed pair of portals between your overworld base and your nether mines.
Firstly, you need to understand that you are currently on an international server, namely Dogecraft. This is different to a singleplayer world because players have already ventured the nether before you. As a direct result of this, when you make your portal in your overworld base, instead of creating a corresponding portal in the nether that will link to your portal, you would be teleported to an existing portal within the nether, probably created by a previous visitor.
Above is an image of how all created overworld portals would link to an existing nether portal within their range. Regardless of how many overworld portals are made, all of them will send you to the same nether portal unless another one exists close by.
If you're lucky, the portal in the nether will bring you back to your base. In most cases however, the portal in the nether will fail to find your base, and will instead teleport you to the closest existing portal in the overworld, which would likely be in someone else's base. In rare cases, a new portal would be created in the overworld where you will teleport to, that is nearby your base but not exactly the same portal.
Above is an image of how a nether portal would send players back to the closest overworld portal. Note that while the overworld portal on the right will send players to this nether portal, they won't be able to return and will instead be sent to the closer overworld portal on the left.
There is a method to make a pair of portals that are guaranteed to link together. The key is to remember that the overworld is 8 times "larger" than the nether, so all coordinates match in a 1:8 ratio.
Example, an overworld portal located at "x:800 z:16" is guaranteed to send you to a nether portal at "x:100 z:2" if you create a nether portal in that spot. If there is no portal there, you may be sent to a different portal nearby, which will cause the teleport problems you've experienced so far.
Write down the xz coords of the portal where your overworld base is. Then use the following equations to calculate xz nether coords:
(x coord overworld) = 8×(x coord nether)
(z coord overworld) = 8×(z coord nether)
Enter the nether through your home portal, then within the nether, travel to the xz coords that you calculated, and create a brand new portal there to return to your overworld portal. It is preferable to use the same y coord for both portals.
Remember to protect both your portals and the surrounding bases. Other players may create portals in the future that could link to your portals by accident, so be aware of this issue and let the other players know about this tutorial.
If you don't want to deal with nether portal linking, and would just like to access the nether, know that players before you have already created safe passage to the nether, and so you can always type /res tp nether.