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Abandoned Mineshaft
Minecraft Mineshaft.png


Consists of

Wood Planks, Oak Fence, Rail and Torch

Can generate


First appearance

Beta 1.8 (Beta 1.8-pre1)

Abandoned Mineshafts are generated structures that generate in the Overworld.


Abandoned mine shafts generate naturally in the Overworld, they are usually found underground but some can be found in the ocean. They are generated before chunk features such as ores. As with other features, multiple abandoned mine shafts can generate near each other and intersect, producing larger complexes. They can also intersect with other cave systems. Corridors will often generate a floor of wooden planks if they cross over empty space.

In the Pocket Edition, they can spawn on the surface in mesa biomes. These are composed of dark oak planks and fences, rather than oak.


An abandoned mine shaft with a minecart with chest.
The dirt room found in abandoned mines
A mineshaft spawned on superflat using the customize feature

Abandoned mine shafts consist of:

  • A starting point - a large room with a flat dirt floor, an arched ceiling and up to four exits (one in each direction, although, sometimes it generates in a way for up to five entrances.)
  • Corridors - 3×3 block corridors featuring supports made from oak fences and wood planks (sometimes complementary with torches), broken rails, minecarts with chests (containing resources) and cave spider spawners surrounded by cobwebs.
  • Crossings - intersections with wooden pillars, sometimes two floors tall.
  • Staircases - diagonal sections of tunnel.


Each chest contains 3-6 stacks of items, chosen from the following list. Chance listed is per stack, not for the chest as a whole.

Item Quantity
per stack

1 - 3 18.75% (3/16)

Pumpkin Seeds
2 - 4 12.5% (1/8)

Melon Seeds
2 - 4 12.5% (1/8)

Iron Ingot
1 - 5 12.5% (1/8)

3 - 8 12.5% (1/8)

4 - 9 6.25% (1/16)

Gold Ingot
1 - 3 6.25% (1/16)

Lapis Lazuli
4 - 9 6.25% (1/16)

1 - 2 3.75% (3/80)

1 3.75% (3/80)

4 - 8 1.25% (1/80)

Iron Pickaxe
1 1.25% (1/80)

Enchanted Book
[note 1]
1 1.25% (1/80)

Iron Horse Armor
1 1.25% (1/80)
  1. Enchanted books in the same chest will have the same enchantments. Enchantment probabilities are the same as a level-30 enchantment on an enchantment table, but the chance of multiple enchantments is not reduced.



  • The video shows that enchanted golden apples and cocoa beans are generated in chests, this is false.
  • Floating mineshafts no longer occur since 1.2.1
  • Chests were replaced with minecart with chests since 1.5


1.8 1.8-pre1 Added abandoned mine shafts.
Support beams in mines are converted from wood planks to oak fences.
Official release
1.2.1 12w05a Added wooden bridges under floating sections of mine shafts.
It is no longer possible to place and ride minecarts on floating rails without the use of mods.
1.4.2 Chests can no longer generate right next to each other, meaning naturally-occurring large chests do not spawn any more.
Chests can no longer be found floating in air.
1.4.6 Added enchanted books in abandoned mineshaft chests.
1.5 13w02a Changed abandoned mineshaft chests to minecarts with chests on rails.
1.5.2 Minecarts with chests may be generated on cobwebs.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added abandoned mine shafts.
Cave spider spawners replaced with regular spiders until potion effects are added.
September 9, 2014 Tommaso Checchi tweeted a picture of mine shafts generated at surface level within a mesa, in a mesa biome.
0.10.0 build 1 Abandoned mine shafts can now generate on the surface in mesa biomes (exclusive feature).
Console Edition
TU5 Added abandoned mine shafts.
TU12 Added wooden bridges under floating sections of mine shafts.


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  • At bedrock layer, abandoned mine shafts will cut through the top bedrock layer(s).
  • Mine shafts can generate on top of other mine shafts. If you see two different ones intersecting each other anomalously, they are two different shafts, even if they somehow meet up perfectly elsewhere.
  • Mineshafts are less common near the origin of the world (0,0).[Verify]


  • In LEGO Minecraft Micro World- The Village, an abandoned mine shaft is beneath the village.