What are Smithing Templates in Minecraft and How to Use Them?

Smithing Templates are one of the newest and most exciting features of the next major Minecraft 1.20 update. You can not only customize your armor but also the entire process of crafting Netherite items is now completely different. But how will these smithing templates affect your gameplay, and more importantly, how can you make the most of them? Explore our guide and find out everything you need to know about Smithing Templates in Minecraft.

What is a Smithing Template in Minecraft 1.20

A Smithing Template is a utility item that is used to customize and upgrade other items in a Smithing Table. Appearance-wise, they look similar to an ancient tablet and often have a symbol referencing their spawn location or name. There are two types of Smithing Templates in the game: Upgrade Template and Armor Trims.

Upgrade Template

Upgrade Smithing Template in Table

The Netherite Upgrade Smithing Template in Minecraft allows you to upgrade your diamond items to Netherite, turning them into their strongest form. This works with armor pieces, tools, and swords in Minecraft. After the Minecraft 1.20 update, there is no way to use Netherite without this template, making it extremely valuable.

Armor Trims

Smithing Templates in Minecraft Armor Trims

You can use the Armor Trim Smithing Templates in Minecraft to customize pieces of your armor by adding patterns to them. There is a total of 16 armor trims in the game and each one of them spawns in a unique in-game structure. Moreover, you get 10 color options to further customize your armor. These include iron, copper, gold, lapis lazuli, emerald, diamond, Netherite, Redstone, amethyst, and quartz.

Where to Find Smithing Templates in Minecraft

The Upgrade template in Minecraft is guaranteed in the chests on the central platform of the Treasure Room Bastion Remnant in the Nether dimension. However, you can get armor trims in almost every major in-game structure. Refer to the table below to easily find the spawn locations for each of them. If you want to know more about all armor trims and their location in Minecraft, follow our dedicated guide for the same.

Upgrade TemplateBastion Remnant
Sentry Armor TrimPillager Outpost
Dune Armor TrimDesert Pyramid
Coast Armor TrimShipwreck
Wild Armor TrimJungle Temple
Tide Armor TrimOcean Monument
Ward Armor TrimAncient City
Vex Armor TrimWoodland Mansion
Rib Armor TrimNether Fortress
Snout Armor TrimBastion Remnant
Eye Armor TrimStronghold
Spire Armor TrimEnd City
Silence Armor TrimAncient City
Wayfinder Armor TrimTrail Ruins
Raiser Armor TrimTrail Ruins
Shaper Armor TrimTrail Ruins
Host Armor TrimTrail Ruins

How to Duplicate a Minecraft Smithing Template

Unfortunately, almost every Smithing template only spawns as a single item within its dedicated location. So, sometimes, you will have to struggle with finding more than one of them. Luckily, there is a way to duplicate them. Let’s see how:

1. First, place a Smithing Template in the middle cell of the topmost row of the crafting table.

Upgrade Smithing Template in crafting area

2. Then, put a compatible building block right beneath it. You can find the list of each compatible block in our dedicated guide on how to make Smithing Templates in Minecraft.

Netherrack in crafting area

3. Finally, fill the rest of the crafting area with diamonds.

crafting recipe of Smithing Templates

How to Use a Smithing Template in Minecraft

Once you have collected the templates, follow the steps below to use a Smithing Template to make a Netherite armor or add patterns to your armor in Minecraft:

1. First, open the Smithing Table and place the template in the leftmost slot of the table.

smithing template in smithing table

2. Then, place the compatible gear into the slot next to the template. The table will show you all compatible items for that template with a dynamic silhouette.

Gear upgrade in Smithing Table

3. Finally, place the material you want to add to the template. It can be any of the coloring materials for armor trims and only Netherite for the Upgrade template.

materials in smithing table

Now, you are ready to collect, make, and use the Smithing templates in Minecraft. Whether you wish to design your own gear or upgrade to the strongest items in the game, these templates have you covered. Though, make sure you know how to find diamonds in Minecraft as you will need a lot of them. Not to forget, for the upgrade template, you have to spend some extra effort making Netherite ingot in Minecraft. So which Smithing template are you going to use first? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • Connot says:

    Yesss I am now armor designing

  • jack says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my god this shouldent be possible

  • Kevin says:

    I can’t believe that your added this in the 1.20 update thanks for the templates

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