I have been searching left and right for over 3 hours all over the Nether for a fortress and I can't find any. I have no Idea what to do. In the past the fortresses used to spawn in near proximity of my portal..now 1 hour of walking away in any direction I can't find even 1. Need some help on how to locate one.
My suggestion is to head East or West. I don't know if it's just me, or the way they spawn, but they seem to have more frequency along east/west lines for me. I've had times where I've traveled North/South in the Nether for HOURS on end and never found one fortress only to find two or three in a row simply by traveling east/west.
Terrain is more difficult to explore in the Nether. In the normal world, there is a defined sea level that covers a large chunk of the explorable Y dimension. In the Nether, the lava level is lower so you have to cover a lot more Y range. Also, the Nether is essentially designed like one giant cave so while you may cover a large open area and see nothing, there could be another massive open area above or below you.
When you use a program like Amidst, it will show you all the Nether Fortresses near your spawn. Sometimes you get lucky and see one right away, but many are 200-400 blocks away and when you are trying to explore in the Nether, they can be trickier than in the regular world to just stumble upon one.
Like others said, just keep looking. They are there.
When I find a fortress, it's on acident. I have no intent on finding one and BAM! I find my second fort. It's probably just me, just poke around in the Nether a bit with no intentions other than glowstone and/or quartz. Keep in mind it might just be me and it's probably not the game's generation.
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Yea like one of the other members said, try making a new portal a little bit further away from the first one. You'll spawn in a different part of the nether, which betters your chances of finding a Nether Fortress
I thought that they were supposed to spawn within 500 blocks of your nether portal...
No, that's not a thing, and it never has been anything more than pure dumb luck. They're usually spaced about 2-300 blocks apart, on north-south running strips which themselves are spaced about 6-800 blocks from each other, but it's still pretty random and varied. In my world, my nether spawn put me smack in the middle of a barren region with no fortresses for at least 500 blocks in any direction.
They're as random as villages, mineshafts, and other things, for that matter.
To the OP, how about you try to create a new portal in the overworld and search there instead?
Unless the new portal is more than 1,024 blocks from the first one, he'll just come out at the original portal in the nether. And even if he does go more than a thousand blocks to put a new one, the new nether-side portal will be a mere 150 or so blocks from the first one. If he's truly been searching the nether for hours in every direction, then I'm sure he's probably made it a lot farther than that already. Building a new overworld portal is usually not the best way to find a fortress.
Speaking of, the best way to find a fortress (you'll want to pay attention here, Zansabure) is to explore in one direction, and make sure that direction is not north or south. As I said above, the fortresses generate in (rough, zig-zaggy) "strips" that run north-south. So if you're exploring in a north-south fashion, there's a good chance you can remain forever stuck between two of these strips, never crossing over one and so never coming anywhere near a fortress. Instead, you should explore east-west (or even diagonally), this will ensure that you cross the strips at regular intervals, maximizing your chances to spot a fortress. Since I've learned this trick, it's never taken me very long at all to find a fortress, even when there wasn't one right near the portal. Just head east or west (roughly, doesn't have to be exact) and keep going.