Leather armor may not be the most protective, but it offers the widest range of aesthetic customization options in Minecraft, being dyeable in up to 12.3 million colors. Make a gradient suit of armor, a rainbow costume, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
The methods to dye armor in Minecraft will differ depending on whether you’re playing on Java Edition or Bedrock Edition, but this guide will cover both.
How to Dye Armor in Minecraft Java Edition?
Leather armor in Java Edition can be dyed with the same method as other dyable items like candles, beds, and glass.
Simply place the item of armor you want to dye into a crafting table along with the dye of your choice. In order to create a unique color scheme, you can add any number of dye colors to an item of armor. Armor and up to eight dyes will fit on the crafting table at once; once dyed, the armor can be returned to the table.
You can see what the finished armor will look like by looking at the output slot after you’ve added the dyes to the crafting table and beginning to mix colors. If you aren’t satisfied with the result, you can always try rearranging the dyes in the input slot again.
You can un-dye your armor if you ever decide you don’t like the color and want to try a different look without having to make an entirely new set or throw away the one you already have.
In order to accomplish this, one must set down a cauldron and fill it with water by interacting with the cauldron while holding a water bucket. You can undye armor by holding it over the cauldron and using it to remove the dye. All the color will be removed, but keep in mind that the dyes will be lost.
How to Dye Armor in Minecraft Bedrock Edition?
In Bedrock Edition, you can’t just add dyes to the armor at a crafting table like you can in Java.
Instead, you’ll need to soak your armor in colored water that you’ve dyed in a cauldron. This is more practical because a single item of dye can color up to three pieces of armor. It’s also riskier because you can’t “preview” the color like you can in Java. Dye cannot be removed after it has been added.
To do this, get a water bucket and set down a cauldron and interact with them both. As a result, the pot will be full. You can now take control of the water coloring process by holding a dye and interacting with a cauldron. You can repeat the process indefinitely to create a wide range of hues. Hold the armor piece you want to dye in your hand and use the cauldron again once you’ve found a color you like.
The armor will be dyed and the water in the cauldron will be reduced by a third. It’s true that after dying two sets of armor, you’ll need to add fresh water and dye the item again, but you’ll still save a ton of dye compared to the Java version. However, the ability to never die remains unchanged. Holding your newly dyed armor, you should interact with the clear water in the cauldron. As a result, the color will be dulled.
While leather is the weakest type of Minecraft armor, it can be dyed and customized to your liking, making it a good, low-cost option for most situations outside of boss fights and dangerous cave exploration. Try out different color combinations to see what you like best!