Minecraft biomes are large, varied, and full of things you absolutely need. As every Minecraft world is randomly generated, there’s never any guarantee as to where you’ll find the Minecraft biome you’re looking for, but there may be clues you can follow if you pay enough attention.
It’s always worth going out and exploring above ground to try and find the Minecraft Biomes which are near where you spawn. Each offers different resources that you might need on your journey, whether it’s beating the ender dragon or simply creating the best Minecraft house in the land. Each biome is also home to different creatures, NPCs, and potential loot. This means that while finding them all is rarely essential to your progress, it might make things a little easier.
With so many different Minecraft biomes available, it can be incredibly difficult to remember them all and what they contain. Who among us has an encyclopedic memory for random things in games? That’s why we’ve gone ahead and collected them into one handy article for you to browse at your leisure and find everything you need to know.
Here are all the main biomes in Minecraft:
Plains are the most basic biomes, and probably the one you’ll see the most. Apart from offering vast spaces full of grass and dirt for you to build or dig, they are also full of different farm animals and can often contain villages too. There is also a subtype of plains called Sunflower Plains, which are – surprisingly – full of sunflowers.
Swamps look a bit like plains, but tend to have a few more trees and the grass and water will be slightly discolored. You can easily find clay here thanks to all the shallow water, and you can also find slimes and witch huts in the swamps. It’s also a great place for a Minecraft slime farm.
Forest biomes are full of trees. Although you can find animals there, they are mostly good for growing wood – you know, because of all the trees. Most forests contain oaks, but you can find variations with birches instead. There is no real difference other than the color of the blocks that are produced.
There is also a “flower forest” variant, which is basically the same but with lots of pretty flowers, and you’re more likely to find Minecraft bees.
The dark forests are full of massive trees and, often, huge mushrooms. The main difference between these forests and normal forests is that this biome is dangerous, as hostile Minecraft mobs can spawn due to lack of light. This biome can also spawn a woodland mansion, but that’s rare.
Jungles are full of huge, towering trees covered in vines and can be a great place to find unique resources. Along with ocelots, this is where you can find cocoa pods and melons, making this biome a useful food source. Occasionally, you can also find Jungle Temples here, which are fun little dungeons full of rocks and loot.
The taiga has even more trees, but this time it’s the noble spruce. This biome is incredibly hilly and you can often find wandering wolves and foxes. Sugarcane can also be found here. There is a taiga variant that is covered in snow; there is no sugar cane for your minecraft farm but there is frozen water. There is also a variant of the taiga called the “big tree taiga”, which has mushrooms and thicker trees.
Snowy tundras are covered in blocks of snow and ice. These areas are often similar to plains in terms of underlying structure, but everything is much colder. Instead of rain, the snowy tundras have falling snow, and you’ll often find a splash of spruce trees and wandering wolves. There is a variant of this Minecraft biome called “Ice Spikes Plains”, which is covered in spikes of packed ice. A great place to hold your Minecraft Christmas.
It might surprise you to learn that deserts are full of sand and sandstone. In addition to things like cacti, you can sometimes find desert wells and temples. It’s not the most exciting area in the game, but glass can be crafted from sand, so if you’re considering a Minecraft build with windows, it’ll be good to keep an eye out for your nearest desert biome.
Badlands look a lot like deserts, but in red. They get their coloring from the mixture of clay and red sand blocks which dominate their composition and are often devoid of life apart from the odd cacti. You can sometimes find mineshafts below the surface of badlands, which have rails lying around along with a few other interesting items.
Savannahs can often be found next to deserts or badlands, and are a kind of midpoint between the more vibrant plains and the wastelands. In addition to acacia trees, you can also find villages, horses, and even llamas. It never rains here either, which is nice.
Mushroom fields are strange islands usually far from a given world’s main landmass, which are covered in a variant of soil called mycelium. You can find giant mushrooms here, as well as a mob called mooshroom, which is a cow made of mushrooms that you must protect/destroy at all costs because she’s cute/deeply haunting.
Mountain areas feature huge stone hills that often hide hidden caves and can lead to some of the most spectacular locations in the games. Waterfalls, lava falls, huge cliffs and deep valleys are all quite common here. This is a great biome to visit for early access to ore, as the caves that spawn here are often easy to see from afar.
Caves are often labyrinthine areas you can find underground that are filled with different types of ores, enemy loads, and a variety of other materials.
They come in a few different variations, with the Minecraft The Wild update introducing new ones like the ‘deep dark’, which is home to the Warden boss, and the ‘drip caves’ which are so big they can hold rivers. You can also find “lush caves” filled with plants. Caves are also a great place to find amethyst.
Surprising absolutely no one, the ocean is a great body of ancient water. It’s really huge and full of aquatic animals which vary depending on how deep you are and also how hot or cold it is. The Deep Ocean is a variant that goes much deeper, but can also have abandoned mineshafts, ocean monuments, and other exploration opportunities provided you can hold your breath long enough.
We recommend brewing some potions to help you out: while you’re there, keep an eye out for the infamous Minecraft trident, too!
Minecraft Biome Finder
Looking for a particular biome in your Minecraft seed? In the Java edition of Minecraft, you can use the Minecraft Biome Finder command to locate the nearest instance of each biome. just type /locatebiome in the chat window, and you’ll be given the coordinates of the biome, which you can use to teleport there (or walk, of course).
If you’re looking for a biome that isn’t present in your current dimension, or can’t be found nearby, the game tells you it “couldn’t find [biome] at a reasonable distance. »
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That’s all you need to know about Minecraft Biomes. New biomes and biome variants tend to be added alongside major updates, so we’ll keep adding to this guide as we hear more information about upcoming features. For Minecraft tips, be sure to check out the best Minecraft skins so you can dress your best no matter the location.