Minecraft Vault Block Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Don’t you feel pretty disappointed when you find a loot chest that has already been looted by your friends? Well, Minecraft developer Mojang found a solution for this and added a loot block called the vault to the game. It’s a unique block that will solve looting issues on multiplayer servers. So with that, let’s dive deep and talk about the vault in Minecraft 1.21.

What is the Vault in Minecraft

Vault is a unique block that looks similar to a trial spawner. It is see-through and dark-colored and includes a spooky face on the front. This block is similar to the trial spawner, but it’s also easily distinguishable due to some differences.

Updated vault texture next to a trial spawner

The vault will not be lit if the player is more than several blocks away. Also, the face on the front will usually have its mouth shut. But once you get in the range of three blocks of the vault, it will open its mouth and light up. In addition, you’ll see orange particles emit from the vault.

While it’s in this state, the vault will cycle through and display the reward items you can get from it. This includes various items that we will cover later in the guide. It will choose a few items out of this loot table as your reward.

The vault can be broken, but it will take quite a long time, even with the netherite pickaxe. This has been done on purpose to discourage players from destroying the vault for others, but it’s still possible in case you need to remove it and mess with your friends.

You cannot craft or obtain it in any way in survival, and it’s also not possible to move the vault. This block also has a high blast resistance, so explosions cannot break it.

Where Is the Vault Located in Minecraft

You will find the vault block only in the newly added trial chambers, at least so far. The vault usually sits on a copper “throne” of sorts so you can easily spot it. Although having said that, in some rooms, the vault is harder to find on purpose.

Vault block on a copper throne

Also, multiple vaults will be generated in rooms with trial spawners, providing more rewards if you manage to complete all the challenges. However, that is not always the case.

You will even find the vault in a completely safe room, such as the one with the tree. Typically, you won’t find vaults in the corridor, but you will find decorated pots that you can break and get the trial key from. Finally, it’s also possible to explore a whole room with trial spawners, but not find a single vault block. This layout is usually rarer.

How to Unlock the Vault in Minecraft 1.21

Vault is a loot block, but it doesn’t have an interface like a chest. Instead, it will spit out items when you unlock it. To do this, you’ll need to right-click the vault with a trial key.

To get a trial key, you’ll need to search some chests, break decorated pots, or complete trial spawner challenges in trial chambers. Check out our linked guide above for more info.

Vault has been unlocked and it's spitting out items

The vault’s most interesting property is that it will reward every single player who unlocks it, not just the first one. This means you can go to the already-looted trial chamber structures and still get precious resources. However, do keep in mind that you cannot farm items from the vault. The point here is to explore and overcome challenges.

If you can just farm one vault over and over again for loot, you wouldn’t be playing the game right. That’s why Mojang has made it so the vault will reward the player only once. So, you’ll need to continue exploring in search of more vaults. Once you do open the vault, the mouth will close and the items will be ejected.

When all the items are out, the vault will not be lit anymore indicating you cannot open it. If another player who hasn’t looted that vault comes close to it, it will light up again and only allow them to use the trial key on it.

Unlocked and locked vaults next to each other in Minecraft 1.21

All the Loot You Can Get from the Vault

The vault has some of the best loot in all of Minecraft. From basic items like arrows and emeralds to rare armor trims, golden apples (one of the best food sources in Minecraft), and a trident.

This block will randomly assign the number of items to eject, meaning you will receive five different items from one vault but then only three from another. Moreover, the stack sizes can vary from item to item. Check out the table below showing all the possible loot you can get from vaults.

Arrow of Poison34.6%
Iron Ingot26.9%
Honey Bottle26.9%
Ominous bottle (levels 1-2)18.6%
Damaged Shield10.9%
Enchanted Bow10.9%
Golden Apple10.7%
Wind Charge9.6%
Golden Carrot7.3%
Enchanted Book7.3%
Enchanted Crossbow7.3%
Enchanted Iron Axe7.3%
Enchanted Iron Chestplate7.3%
Bolt Armor Trim 5.4%
Enchanted Diamond Axe3.6%
Enchanted Diamond Chestplate3.6%
Precipice Music Disc3.6%
Guster Banner Pattern3.6%

With that, you now know everything about the vault block in Minecraft 1.21. It’s a fairly cool and special block with some amazing animations and well-executed mechanics. However, we can’t help but want this block in other structures too.

What if there are other keys like a jungle key, fortress key, or igloo key that will open specific vaults? What do you think? Share your opinions in the comments!

Can you move the vault?

No, you cannot move the vault in any way. If you need to have it removed, then you’ll need to mine it for quite some time, which won’t yield anything in the end.

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