Minecraft: How to easily find cave biomes

While exploring the overworld in Minecraft is an entertaining adventure in itself, venturing into deep, dark caves is a whole different experience. Whether you find a beautiful, lush cave or a terrifying ancient city, you’re sure to have an exciting time digging into the dirt and uncovering hidden gems. If you are lucky, you can find real gems like lapis lazuli or diamonds. This guide will tell you how to easily find cave biomes in Minecraft Java and Bedrock editions.

How to easily find cave biomes in Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft

Minecraft Java rock cave biome

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As new updates are released in Minecraft, brand new biomes appear for us to explore. From Minecraft 1.19, there are three cave biomes to explore. Below is a list of each, their main features, and easy ways to find them:

  • Dripstone Caves: Massive underground areas have large drip columns, stalagmites and stalactites scattered around. While they don’t favor a specific biome, you’ll likely find them far from oceans, especially under mountains.
  • Dark and ancient city: Spawning below Y=0, the Deep Dark Caves are the only subterranean biome to have sculk blocks! These also include sculk howlers, sensors, and monitor catalysts. You’ll also want to look for Deepslate blocks to indicate you’re headed in the right direction.
  • Lush Caves: By far the easiest way to find Lush Caves is to search until you find Azaleas. These are very similar to oak trees, except that their leaves have pink flowers! Once you find an azalea, dig under it until you see the lush cave.

Although there are only three cave biomes in Minecraft, there are also several underground structures and caves that you can find. Below are some examples:

  • Underwater caves: As the name suggests, these are caves filled with water! While they don’t spawn exclusively in ocean biomes, you’re much more likely to find them under oceans and other large bodies of water.
  • Dungeons: Dungeons are notorious for having mossy cobblestones and monster spawners. If you start to hear multiple of the same monster, like a zombie, skeleton, or spider, head in that direction to see if it’s because of a dungeon! If you start seeing cobblestones, you’ll know you’re approaching one.
  • Mine shaft: Mine shafts have wooden tunnels lit by torches! You will also find minecart tracks, cobwebs and chests scattered along the way. If you start noticing one of these blocks while you’re digging, you’ll know you’re about to find one. You can also find them occasionally in ravines, so check ravines you come across to see if mine shaft tunnels run through anywhere.

How to Find Cave Biomes in Minecraft Using Commands

While this might be considered cheating to some, there is a really easy way to find where specific biomes are using commands. To do this, make sure cheats are enabled and use one of the two commands below:

  • /locate the biome – For example, use /locate biome minecraft:dripstone_caves to find a Dripstone cave.
  • /locate structure to find specific buildings – For example, use /locate minecraft structure:ancient_city to find an ancient city!

Using these commands, you will find the coordinates of the biome or structure, and how many blocks away they are. You can then travel to the area and start digging until you find them!


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