How to use armor trims in Minecraft

A showcase of different armor trims in the new Minecraft Update

A showcase of different armor trims in the new Minecraft Update

With the elusive Minecraft 1.20 update coming soon, the developers at Mojang have been teasing all sorts of new gameplay elements. No more will armor trimming be a ploy to get you into the Wilderness to take your money; here's how to use the armor trims in Minecraft.

Armor trimming serves to give us more creative freedom when picking out our armour of choice, with 11 different patterns coming in ten different possible colours. As well as this feature, new mobs and biomes have been revealed for the update, as well as new items and blocks.

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How to use armor trims in Minecraft

The first thing you need to do to use armor trims is get yourself a Smithing Table. These can be found inside toolsmith houses in villages or made using four planks and two iron ingots.

When you interact with the Smithing Table, you’ll see that you have a couple of different ingredients you’ll need to trim your armor.

You’ll need to get your hands on an Armor Trim Template. These can be looted from several different locations, and each of them will give a distinct and exclusive pattern.

All of the different armor trim patterns in Minecraft
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All of the different armor trim patterns in Minecraft

From left to right on the image above, we have:

  • Sentry Armor Trim: Pillager Outpost
  • Dune Armor Trim: Desert Pyramid
  • Coast Armor Trim: Shipwreck
  • Tide Armor Trim: Ocean Monument
  • Snout Armor Trim: Bastion Remnant
  • Rib Armor Trim: Nether Fortress
  • Spire Armor Trim: End City
  • Vex Armor Trim: Woodland Mansion
  • Eye Armor Trim: Stronghold
  • Ward Armor Trim: Ancient City
  • Wild Armor Trim: Jungle Temple

What colours can I make my armor trim in Minecraft?

The last step of armor trimming is to pick the colour that you want the trim to be. The colour of the trim will reflect the colour of the ingredient used. So if you want a green trim, then go for Emerald. If you want a red trim, go for Redstone.

The current ingredients you can use are as follows:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Lapis
  • Emerald
  • Diamond
  • Netherite
  • Redstone
  • Amethyst
  • Quartz

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to equip your armour and enjoy your new look. You can, of course, mix and match the styles to get the armour drip that you really want. The designs have no impact on gameplay, so there’s no meta or impact that you need to worry about at all. It's all about the drip.

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