Desert temple

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Desert Temple
Desert Temple.png


Consists of

See Blocks

Can generate


First appearances

See History

Desert temples (also known as Pyramids) are generated structures.

Generation[edit | edit source]

Desert temples naturally generate in desert biomes. Desert temples always spawn with their floor at y=64. This may cause the desert temple to be partially buried.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Inside view of a desert temple.

Desert temples are constructed from sandstone (all 3 variants), orange and blue stained clay, sandstone slabs, and sandstone stairs.

In the center of the temple's ground floor is a single block of blue stained clay. Underneath this stained clay is a 'booby-trapped' hidden chamber with four chests that can each contain very valuable loot. The trap consists of a stone pressure plate (located directly under the blue stained clay), connected to a 3x3x1 grid of TNT.

Preview of the 4 hidden chests with the TNT Trap under the desert temple.

Desert temples look gray on maps, similar to bare stone, but with a distinctive shape.

Loot[edit | edit source]

Each desert temple chest contains between 2 and 6 item stacks, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight / 73 # Items Chance # Chests

4–6 20 5.479 72.2% 1.4

Rotten Flesh
3–7 16 4.384 62.8% 1.6

Gold Ingot
2–7 15 3.699 60.2% 1.7

Iron Ingot
1–5 10 1.644 44.5% 2.2

1–3 3 0.329 15.5% 6.5

1 3 0.164 15.5% 6.5

1–3 2 0.219 10.5% 9.5

Enchanted Book
[note 1]
1 1 0.055 5.4% 18.6

Iron Horse Armor
1 1 0.055 5.4% 18.6

Gold Horse Armor
1 1 0.055 5.4% 18.6

Diamond Horse Armor
1 1 0.055 5.4% 18.6
  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.

Blocks[edit | edit source]

Block Amount


Smooth Sandstone

Orange Stained Clay

Chiseled Sandstone

Sandstone Stairs



Sandstone Slab

Blue Stained Clay

Stone Pressure Plate

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.3.1 12w21a Added desert temples.
1.4.6 12w50a Enchanted books now spawn in desert temple chests.
1.8 14w03a Desert temples now spawn with stained clay instead of wool.
Console Edition
TU14 Added desert temples.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The desert temple's basement is 21 blocks by 21 blocks.
  • The orange symbols on the outside resemble the Ancient Egyptian symbol for Life,[1] an Ankh. [2]
  • Desert temples have a rare chance of generating improperly causing some blocks to be lost or added.
  • As there is no light in the lower chamber, mobs can spawn inside and trigger the TNT trap, destroying the chests and loot before any player can reach it. Also, rarely a lava lake might generate next to TNT, potentially setting the trap off as well.
  • A desert temple will not spawn fully if spawned partially on water. When spawned on lakes, they are only half-generated.
  • The top hole in the temple's ceiling is almost always generated above ground, so buried temples will be accessible, but fall damage is likely.
  • When a desert temple spawns above a ravine, it will not have a deeper foundation the way village buildings do; rather, its shaft will be left hanging. There will always be a one-block floor under the TNT.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ankh on Wikipedia.