Maps in Minecraft are a valuable item, and are an integral part of the game. They not only show your position, but also provide a way to view other players and locations. When it comes to mapping the world, you can choose from two map types: Basic Maps and Explorer Maps.

The basic map shows a 1:1 representation of the world. However, it’s not as comprehensive as other maps. It doesn’t list all of the major structures and biomes.

The explorer map can help you locate a woodland mansion or ocean monument. These maps were introduced in Update 1.1. Using these maps can make exploring more exciting and rewarding.

To level up your map, you will need to fill in the empty spaces with paper pieces. There are eight paper pieces needed to create a locator map and four more to expand it.

You can also use cartography to make your map bigger. To do this, you need to put the map on the crafting table. Place it in the middle. Next, put the paper in each of the four squares around the map. This will produce a zoomed out version of your map.

If you want to see more of the world, you can expand your map as many times as you like. However, it’s recommended to take it slow.

Upgrading your map is as simple as placing it in the crafting area and surrounding it with paper. Once you’ve completed the steps, you’ll have a new, more detailed map.