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Ambience (also called ambience sounds or ambient sounds) are sounds that can be heard in specific conditions. They were created by C418 and Samuel Åberg. Currently, there are 136 different ambience sounds.

Ambience is divided into groups of ambience sounds that play under same condition/s. Currently, there are "cave", "underwater" and "Nether" ambiences.

In Java Edition, the volume of ambient sounds can be changed individually through "Music & Sounds" in the Options menu by changing the "Ambient/Environment" bar. However, this also affects the sounds of firework rockets and such.

All ambience can be played using the /playsound minecraft:<code name> command. All ambiences' code names start with ambient.<unique code name>.

Note that player needs to put into the command more variables than just name of the sounds. See playsound for more info.

Cave ambience[edit]

Cave ambience (also known as cave sounds, or eerie noises according to the subtitles) are sounds that occasionally play when the player is in a dark area and/or underground (based on a complex algorithm). There are 19 different cave ambience sounds in total.

Cave ambience can be played in any dimension as long as there is a cave or a dark enough area present in the dimension.

Cave ambience occurs based on a "mood" percent value between 0–100. The mood increases when the player is underground and/or in dark place, and decreases otherwise. When the mood reaches 100%, one of the sounds plays randomly, resetting the mood to 0% and thus restarting the cycle. The deeper the player is and the darker it is, the quicker the mood increases. Mood and its current value can be seen in the debug screen.

Its code name is ambient.cave.

Name Sound
Cave 1
Cave 2
Cave 3
Cave 4
Cave 5
Cave 6
Cave 7
Cave 8
Cave 9
Cave 10
Cave 11
Cave 12
Cave 13
Cave 14
Cave 15
Cave 16
Cave 17
Cave 18
Cave 19

Underwater ambience[edit]

Underwater ambience plays while the player's head is underwater. There are 22 different underwater ambience sounds in total.

They can be heard within a body of water of any size and in any dimension.

Underwater ambience is divided into 2 groups. "Loop" and "Loop Additions". Both of these plays independently on each another while player is underwater. Additionally, "Loop Additions" are divided into 3 more groups.

Its code name is ambient.underwater.<group code name>

Group Info Code Name
Loop Plays in never-ending loop for as long as player is underwater ambient.underwater.loop
Loop Additions Plays commonly while player is underwater ambient.underwater.loop.additions
Rare Loop Additions Plays uncommonly while player is underwater ambient.underwater.loop.additions.rare
Ultra Rare Loop Additions Plays rarely while player is underwater ambient.underwater.loop.additions.ultra_rare
Name Sound Group
Underwater Ambience Loop
Bubbles 1 Loop Additions
Bubbles 2
Bubbles 3
Bubbles 4
Bubbles 5
Bubbles 6
Water 1
Water 2
Animal 1 Rare Loop Additions
Bass Whale 1
Bass Whale 2
Crackles 1
Crackles 2
Driplets 1
Driplets 2
Earth Crack
Animal 2 Ultra Rare Loop Additions
Dark 1
Dark 2
Dark 3
Dark 4

Nether ambience[edit]

Nether ambience plays while the player is in the Nether. Each biome has its own unique ambience. There are 126 different nether ambience sounds in total.

Nether ambience is divided into three groups. "Loop", "Loop Additions", and "Mood." All of these plays independently on each other while the player is in the Nether.

Its code name is ambient.<biome>.<group code name>

Group Info Code Name
Loop Plays in never-ending loop for as long as player is in the biome ambient.<biome>.loop
Loop Additions Plays commonly while the player is in the biome ambient.<biome>.additions
Mood Plays once every 6000-17999 ticks while the player is in the biome ambient.<biome>.mood

Basalt Deltas ambience[edit]

Name Sound Group
Basalt Deltas Ambience Loop
Basalt deltas active 1 Loop Additions
Basalt deltas active 2
Basalt deltas active 3
Basalt deltas active 4
Basalt Deltas Basalt Ground 1
Basalt Deltas Basalt Ground 2
Basalt Deltas Basalt Ground 3
Basalt Deltas Basalt Ground 4
Basalt Deltas Click 1
Basalt Deltas Click 2
Basalt Deltas Click 3
Basalt Deltas Click 4
Basalt Deltas Click 5
Basalt Deltas Click 6
Basalt Deltas Click 7
Basalt Deltas Click 8
Basalt Deltas Debris 1
Basalt Deltas Debris 2
Basalt Deltas Debris 3
Basalt Deltas Heavy Click 1
Basalt Deltas Heavy Click 2
Basalt Deltas Long Debris 1
Basalt Deltas Long Debris 2
Basalt Deltas Plode 1
Basalt Deltas Plode 2
Basalt Deltas Plode 3
Basalt Deltas Twist 1
Basalt Deltas Twist 2
Basalt Deltas Twist 3
Basalt Deltas Twist 4
Soul Sand Valley Wind 1
Soul Sand Valley Wind 2
Soul Sand Valley Wind 3
Soul Sand Valley Wind 4
Nether Wastes Mood 1 Mood
Nether Wastes Mood 2
Nether Wastes Mood 3
Nether Wastes Mood 4
Nether Wastes Mood 5

Crimson Forest ambience[edit]

Name Sound Group
Crimson Forest Ambience Loop
Crimson Forest Addition 1 Loop Additions
Crimson Forest Addition 2
Crimson Forest Addition 3
Crimson Forest Particles 1
Crimson Forest Particles 2
Crimson Forest Particles 3
Crimson Forest Shine 1
Crimson Forest Shine 2
Crimson Forest Shine 3
Crimson Forest Shroom 1
Crimson Forest Shroom 2
Crimson Forest Shroom 3
Crimson Forest Twang 1
Crimson Forest Voom 1
Crimson Forest Voom 2
Crimson Forest Mood 1 Mood
Crimson Forest Mood 2
Crimson Forest Mood 3
Crimson Forest Mood 4

Nether Wastes ambience[edit]

Name Sound Group
Nether Wastes Ambience Loop
Nether Wastes Addition 1 Loop Additions
Nether Wastes Addition 2
Nether Wastes Addition 3
Nether Wastes Addition 4
Nether Wastes Addition 5
Nether Wastes Addition 6
Nether Wastes Addition 7
Nether Wastes Addition 8
Nether Wastes Dark 1
Nether Wastes Dark 2
Nether Wastes Ground 1
Nether Wastes Ground 2
Nether Wastes Ground 3
Nether Wastes Ground 4
Nether Wastes Mood 1 Mood
Nether Wastes Mood 2
Nether Wastes Mood 3
Nether Wastes Mood 4
Nether Wastes Mood 5

Soul Sand Valley ambience[edit]

Name Sound Group
Soulsand Valley Ambience Loop
Soulsand Valley Sand 1 Loop Additions
Soulsand Valley Sand 2
Soulsand Valley Sand 3
Soulsand Valley Voices 1
Soulsand Valley Voices 2
Soulsand Valley Voices 3
Soulsand Valley Voices 4
Soulsand Valley Voices 5
Soulsand Valley Whisper 1
Soulsand Valley Whisper 2
Soulsand Valley Whisper 3
Soulsand Valley Whisper 4
Soulsand Valley Whisper 5
Soulsand Valley Whisper 6
Soulsand Valley Whisper 7
Soulsand Valley Whisper 8
Soulsand Valley Wind 1
Soulsand Valley Wind 2
Soulsand Valley Wind 3
Soulsand Valley Wind 4
Soulsand Valley With 1
Soulsand Valley Mood 1 Mood
Soulsand Valley Mood 2
Soulsand Valley Mood 3
Soulsand Valley Mood 4

Warped Forest ambience[edit]

Name Sound Group
Warped Forest Ambience Loop
Warped Forest Addition 1 Loop Additions
Warped Forest Addition 2
Warped Forest Addition 3
Warped Forest Addition 4
Warped Forest Addition 5
Warped Forest Addition 6
Warped Forest Enish 1
Warped Forest Enish 2
Warped Forest Enish 3
Warped Forest Help 1
Warped Forest Help 2
Warped Forest Here 1
Warped Forest Here 2
Warped Forest Here 3
Warped Forest Mood 1 Mood
Warped Forest Mood 2
Warped Forest Mood 3
Warped Forest Mood 4
Warped Forest Mood 5
Warped Forest Mood 6
Warped Forest Mood 7
Warped Forest Mood 8
Warped Forest Mood 9
Warped Forest Creak 1
Warped Forest Creak 2
Warped Forest Creak 3
Warped Forest Creak 4
Warped Forest Creak 5


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.3Added 13 different cave ambient sounds.
Java Edition
1.2.112w07aThe 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.
1.915w43aAdded cave sound 14.
1.10pre2Added cave sounds 15 and 16.
1.1217w13aAdded cave sounds 17 and 18.
1.1318w02aAdded cave sound 19.
18w10aAdded 22 different underwater ambient sounds.
1.1620w10aAdded 95 different nether ambient sounds for the nether wastes, crimson forest, warped forest and soul sand valley.
20w12aThere is now a new mood detection algorithm for cave ambience. Two factors increase the mood gradually: Being underground and being in low light levels. The mood works by increasing or decreasing the percentage between 0% and 100%, and when it reaches 100%, cave ambience plays. The percentage can be seen in the debug screen.
20w15aAdded 31 new ambient sounds for the basalt deltas. 9 more ambient sounds are reused.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta cave and moody nether ambience.
beta frequency of cave and nether ambience has been tweaked.
Legacy Console Edition
TU12CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added 13 different cave ambient sounds.
TU25CU14 1.17 Added an option to disable or enable ambient cave sounds.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Added cave sounds 15 and 16.
TU46CU36 1.38 Patch 15Added cave sound 14.
TU54CU44 1.52 Patch 241.0.4Added cave sounds 17 and 18.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Added cave sound 19.


Issues relating to "Ambience", "Cave ambience", "Underwater ambience", or "Nether ambience" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


Cave 14 viewed in a spectrogram.
  • When "Cave 14" is viewed in a spectrogram, it appears to show the face of a creeper.
  • Cave ambience is the only ambience that has subtitles.
  • "Basalt Deltas click" is likely based on the sound a Geiger counter makes when in the presence of radiation, despite neither Geiger counters nor radiation existing in vanilla Minecraft.

See also[edit]