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Ambience (also called ambience sounds or ambient sounds) are sounds that can be heard when the player is near dark areas or underwater. They were created by C418 and Samuel Åberg.

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.

Cave ambience[edit]

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.

A dark cave. This is where one will most likely hear cave ambient sounds.

Cave ambience can be played in any dimension, including the Nether and the End, and can be heard in both singleplayer and multiplayer.

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 may occur when the player is in the vicinity of an air block with a light level lower than 9, without lighting from the sky. There is an interval of several minutes before another sound can be played.[verify]

There are 19 cave ambience sounds in total, one of which is picked randomly when the game decides to play one.

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. 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:

Name Sound
Underwater Ambience
Animal 1
Animal 2
Bass Whale 1
Bass Whale 2
Bubbles 1
Bubbles 2
Bubbles 3
Bubbles 4
Bubbles 5
Bubbles 6
Crackles 1
Crackles 2
Dark 1
Dark 2
Dark 3
Dark 4
Driplets 1
Driplets 2
Earth Crack
Water 1
Water 2


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.


Issues relating to "Ambience", "Ambiance", "Cave sound", "Eerie noise", "Underwater sounds", or "Ocean sounds" 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.

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