All Minecraft armor trims and how to trim armor

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Minecraft armor trims are one of the most anticipated features coming to 1.20, so it’s no surprise plenty of players want the lowdown on exactly how this new feature works. While armor trimming has existed for a long time in the world of mods, armor customisation is now set to enter vanilla Minecraft, making it more accessible than ever.

In this guide we’ll go over what armor trimming is, where you can find the necessary new items for it, and how to trim armor. If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge of what’s coming in 1.20 and what’s out in the current beta snapshot, and want a guide on the Minecraft archeology system or the Minecraft Sniffer mob, we’ve got you covered there, too.

Minecraft armor trims: A player in blue-trimmed iron armour stands on top of a tree facing the camera.

All Minecraft armor trims and where to find them

Armor trim smithing templates – or armor trims colloquially – are the new item you’ll need in order to create stylised new designs with different color pallets on your armor. There are a total of 16 in the game, with many only being available in certain structures or locations. Here are all of the Minecraft armor trims and their locations:

  • Coast armor trim – shipwrecks.
  • Dune armor trim – Desert Temples.
  • Eye armor trim – Strongholds
  • Host armor trim – Trail Ruins
  • Raiser armor trim – Trail Ruins
  • Rib armor trim – Nether Fortresses
  • Sentry armor trim – Pillager Outposts
  • Shaper armor trim – Trail Ruins
  • Silence armor trim – Ancient Cities
  • Snout armor trim – Bastion Remnants
  • Spire armor trim – End City structures
  • Tide armor trim – Ocean Monuments, dropped only by Elder Guardians
  • Vex armor trim – Woodland Mansions
  • Ward armor trim – Ancient Cities
  • Wayfinder armor trim – Trail Ruins
  • Wild armor trim – Jungle Temples

In addition to these templates, there’s also a netherite upgrade smithing template, however this is not an armor trim. Instead, the netherite upgrade template will be a required item for upgrading diamond gear to netherite gear. It can be found in Bastion Remnant structures in the Nether.

How to trim armor in Minecraft

Once you’ve acquired the armor trim smithing templates you want to use, you’ll be able to start applying trims to your armor sets using a smithing table. You’re also going to need crystals, gems, ores, or ingots to choose your colour. These are the ores you can use to choose the colour of your trim:

  • Lapis lazuli – blue
  • Redstone – red
  • Quartz – white
  • Amethyst crystal – purple
  • Emerald – green
  • Diamond – light blue
  • Iron ingot – silver
  • Gold ingot – gold
  • Copper ingot – copper
  • Netherite Ingot – black/dark grey

To put trims on your piece of armor, select your chosen template, armor piece, and ore. Take these ingredients to a smithing table, place your chosen template in the left-most slot, followed by your armor piece, and then your ore. This will produce your chosen armor trim design, as illustrated below.

Minecraft armor trims: An image of a smithing table, with the needed materials and items in place to add a blue armor trim to an iron helmet.

Taking into account the total number of variations of leather armor, which can also be trimmed, there are more than a mind-boggling 5 octillion design combinations you’ll be able to create.

That’s everything you’ll need to know about all Minecraft armor trims, and how to trim armor. If you’re all set on style, but want to change your username to better fit your new drip, check out our guide on how. Or, if you’ve not had your fill of 1.20 content yet, take a look at the Minecraft camel, also set to arrive in the coming update.

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How do I trim armor in Minecraft?

To put trims on your armor, select your chosen template to determine pattern, armor piece, and ore/ingot/crystal to determine colour. Take them to a smithing table, place your chosen template in the left-most slot, followed by your armor piece, and then your ore/ingot/crystal.

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