Ambience (also called ambience sounds or ambient sounds) are sounds that can be heard when the player is near dark areas or underwater.
There are 2 types of ambience: Cave and Underwater.
The volume of ambient sounds can be changed through "Music & Sounds" in the Options menu, by changing the "Ambient/Environment" bar.
Cave ambience (cave sounds in Legacy Console Edition and eerie noise according to subtitles) is a set of sounds that occasionally play when the player is in proximity to a dark space. Their nature is to be disturbing.
These sounds play in dark (light level lower than 9) areas. Such areas don't need to be sealed off or hidden, as ambience can be heard from a space that the player can actually see, nor does the player need to be underground for them to play. Cave ambience can occur in a space of any size, but they seem much more likely to play in larger spaces that are completely filled with a light level lower than 9, without any lighting from the sky.
There are 19 cave ambience sounds in total, one of which is picked randomly when the game decides to play one.
|Cave 1||High-pitched echo|
|Cave 2||Choir-like echo|
|Cave 3||Low-pitched echo|
|Cave 4||Loud distant roar|
|Cave 5||Deep metal sound|
|Cave 6||Loud, deep echo|
|Cave 7||Quiet, deep echo|
|Cave 8||Echo of distant roar|
|Cave 9||Wind-like echo|
|Cave 10||Sharp violin sound|
|Cave 11||Quiet distant echo|
|Cave 12||Short nearby Roar|
|Cave 13||Deep distant roar|
|Cave 14||Glitching electronic sound|
|Cave 15||Metal-like, slightly elecronic sound|
|Cave 16||Minecart-like metal sound|
|Cave 17||Echo-like sound increasing in loudness that then change to sharp, quick and loud sound decreasing to ambient echo while metal sounds are heard|
|Cave 18||Opening of gate-like sound decreasing in loudness|
|Cave 19||Sharp, high-pitched sound that change to series of sharp, clacking sound|
Not to be confused with the sound produced by flowing water called Water Ambience.
Underwater ambience (also called underwater sounds or ocean sounds) is a set of sounds that play while the player's head is underwater. They can be heard within a body of water of any size and in any dimension.
The sound "underwater ambience" plays in an endless loop, while the other sounds occur randomly.
There are 22 underwater ambience sounds in total:
|Underwater Ambience||Various water sounds heard when below the water surface
It plays in an infinite loop while the player is underwater
|Animal 1||Echoing sounds of a distant aquatic creature|
|Animal 2||Loud plopping sound|
|Bass Whale 1||Distant very quiet whale sounds|
|Bass Whale 2||Distant whale sounds|
|Bubbles 1||Bubbles in water|
|Bubbles 2||Bubbles in water|
|Bubbles 3||Bubbles in water|
|Bubbles 4||Bubbles in water|
|Bubbles 5||Bubbles in water|
|Bubbles 6||Bubbles in water|
|Crackles 1||Cracking sound|
|Crackles 2||Faster cracking sound|
|Dark 1||Quiet disturbing sounds|
|Dark 2||Quiet disturbing sounds|
|Dark 3||Quiet disturbing sounds|
|Dark 4||Loud disturbing roar|
|Driplets 1||Driplets on water|
|Driplets 2||Driplets on water|
|Earth Crack||Cracking sound of ocean floor|
|Water 1||Water sounds|
|Water 2||Water sounds|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.3||Added Cave Ambience, consisting of 13 different sounds.|
|1.2.1||12w07a||The map format was updated to the Anvil format, which now allows ambience to be heard in multiplayer.|
|Cave Ambience was known to play only in 3×3×3 spaces or larger, but it's been heard playing in spaces of smaller size.|
|1.9||15w43a||Added one cave ambience sound, increasing total from 13 to 14.|
|1.10||pre2||Added two new cave ambience sounds, now with a total of 16.|
|1.12||17w13a||Added two new cave ambience sounds, now with a total of 18.|
|1.13||18w02a||Added one new cave ambience sound, now with a total of 19.|
|18w10a||Added 22 different underwater ambient sounds.|
- Some of the ambience sounds seem to be made by creatures that don't exist within the game, such as the sounds Bass Whale 1 and Bass Whale 2.
- When "Cave 14" is viewed in a spectrogram, it appears to contain the face of a creeper. This is an easter egg made by C418. Disc 11 shows a similar easter egg while viewed in a spectogram.