Netherite is a brand new resource that can only be found exclusively in the Nether! We're taking a look at exactly what you need to do to get Netherite to craft yourself some Netherite Armor and Netherite Weapons. It's a bit more complicated than you'd think, because it takes some additional steps than just mining it like other rare ores.
Netherite is to be added officially to the game in the 1.16 patch. It is not technically available in the current version of the game, but it can be found in the 20w06a Snapshot that you can play if you have the Java client installed. These Snapshots provide Mojang a way to test how things work, so some of the stuff listed on this post is subject to change. We'll be updating the information periodically as additional updates are added to the game.
How to Find Netherite
Well, you don't really find Netherite itself in the wilds. You will need to locate a very rare ore called, Ancient Debris. This is only found in the Nether, so you will need to create a Nether Portal and be prepared to fight off quite a bit of the evil that dwells in this area.
Once you've reached the Nether, you will need to head to the lower levels of it like you would for Diamond. Ancient Debris should start spawning at Y:8 to Y:22. You can check for your current level you are on by pressing F3 on your keyboard and looking for the XYZ listing. Once you've reached that level, you can start strip mining and hope to run into some. It's pretty rare, so expect spawn rates that are similar to Diamond. It spawns in smaller mineral veins than Diamond, you will only find 1-3 per pocket. If you don't want to mine, you have another option available to you: TNT. Ancient Debris is blast resistant, so you can blow up large areas and look for it after the smoke clears. This is going to likely be the easiest way to obtaining a lot of this stuff in the shortest amount of time.
You'll recognize Ancient Debris by it's brownish color and spiral like design on top. You can ONLY mine it with a Diamond or Netherite Pickaxe, if you try and use something else you will get nothing.
How to Craft Netherite Armor
Step 1: Smelt Ancient Debris into Netherite Scrap
Now that you have yourself some Ancient Debris, you can bring it to a furnace and smelt it using any fuel to create Netherite Scrap. Each Ancient Debris you smelt will give you 1x Netherite Scrap. You will need at least four of these to craft a Netherite Ingot. You might want to use a Blast Furnace because this process can take a while.
Step 2: Craft a Netherite Ingot
Once you have at least four Netherite Scrap, you will need four Gold Ingots along with them to craft a Netherite Ingot. Throw them into your Crafting Table to create the ingot:
Step 3: Craft the Armor, Tools, or Weapons
Now, you will need to previously have a Diamond piece of whatever armor you want to create. Netherite is technically a Diamond upgrade, you won't be crafting a separate item. Put the Diamond piece into your Smithing Table along with a Netherite Ingot and it will be upgraded to a Netherite version! Here's an example of creating a Netherite Chestplate:
You used to lose any enchantments you had on the armor or weapon previously, but now that you use the Smithing Table that is no longer the case. If you need to repair a Netherite item, you can use Netherite Ingots with an Anvil to do so!
How Good is Netherite?
Netherite will now be the best armor, weapons, and tools in the game. Tools work faster and last longer, weapons deal more damage, and the armor has more durability than Diamond. The armor also gives you +1 more Armor Toughness as well as giving you Knockback Resistance. Another pretty huge bonus effect that Netherite armor, weapon, and tools have is that it will float in lava. You will no longer have to worry about losing all of your expensive stuff in a pool of lava ever again!