How to easily grow light berries in Minecraft 1.19 update

Glow Berries are an interesting item for Minecraft. Although they have become synonymous with Lush Cave since 1.18, they were actually added before Lush Cave as random loot obtainable from mine shaft caves.

Used as food, light sources, and to raise foxes, these berries are very useful for players and are, thankfully, farmable.

And while some resources can be quite difficult or boring to farm, Glowing Berries are not one of them. They can be farmed quite easily, as detailed below.

The easiest way to farm light berries in Minecraft 1.19

Where to find glowing berries

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As mentioned earlier, players have a chance of finding Glowing Berries from chests found in Abandoned Mine Shafts. There is a 38.7% chance that these chests will contain between three and six Light Berries.

Abandoned mine shafts aren’t the only place in Minecraft, however, these glowing berries can be found as loot. The new Ancient Cities, added in Minecraft 1.19, also contain such chests. These have a 23.2% chance of containing 1-15 Light Berries.

However, Bright Berries do not have to be found in chest loot. They are found growing on vines hanging from the ceilings of lush caves. For Bedrock players, using an enchanted Silk Touch tool on a vine will always drop a glowing berry, even if the vine appears empty. It is important to note that the Fortune enchantment has no impact on the number of berries dropped.

What are light berries used for?

Foxes, which can be bred with light berries (Image via Minecraft)
Foxes, which can be bred with light berries (Image via Minecraft)

Light berries have a multitude of uses in Minecraft. The first and most obvious use is as a food source. The berries will restore two levels of hunger, represented by a hunger icon, as well as 0.4 points of saturation.

Glowing berries can also be used as light sources, as each glows – hence the name. These bays give off level 14 light, making them a very bright source of light comparable to torches.

A more minor use of bright berries is composting. This means that players can place the glowing berries in a composter to get bone meal. Each item placed in a compost bin has a 30% chance of increasing the compost level by one.

The last and one of the most important uses of luminous berries is fox breeding. Foxes are similar to cats, in that player movements can startle them. The resulting baby fox will trust the player and not run away from him.

How to Grow Bright Berries

A lush cave, where players can find glowing berries (Image via Minecraft)
A lush cave, where players can find glowing berries (Image via Minecraft)

Light berries can be placed at the bottom of most blocks. This will turn the berry into a vine, from which more of them can grow as new vines generate under the starting vine. These vines have a maximum length of 26 blocks, and each newly grown piece has a one in nine chance of bearing bright berries.

Using Bone Meal on an Empty Vine will turn it into a Bright Berry Vine, which means a Bone Meal can be converted directly into a Bright Berry.

How to get bone meal

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Since Bone Meals are important for easily obtaining large amounts of Bright Berries, it is essential that players know how to access them.

Bones can be converted to three bone meals per piece, which means any source of bone, renewable or not, is a good source. This means mob farms and dungeon farms with skeleton spawners are good sources of bones. Additionally, there are fossil structures made of blocks of bone that can be made into bone and then into bone meal.

Java Edition players can get bone meal by killing any fish, such as cod, salmon, tropical fish, and puffer fish. They all have a 5% chance to drop a Bone Meal upon death. On the Bedrock Edition of the game, these fish instead drop a bone, which can then be crafted into Three Bone Meal.

Another way to get Bone Meal, exclusive to the Bedrock Edition, is through the Wandering Trader. These traveling villagers will sell three bone meal for one emerald.

When a composter is completely filled, a single bone meal will drop the next time the player interacts with the composter.

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