Desert temple

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Desert Temple
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Desert temples are generated structures.


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


Inside view of a desert temple.

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

In the center of the temple's ground floor is a single block of blue terracotta. Underneath this terracotta 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 terracotta), connected to a 3x3x1 grid of TNT.

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

Desert temples look yellow on maps, similar to sand and sandstone, but with a distinctive shape.


See also: Chest loot

Each desert temple chest contains items drawn from 2 pools, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight # Items Chance # Chests
2–4× 2–4×

4–6 1–8 25232 1050 5.216 70.8% 1.4

Rotten Flesh
3–7 1–8 25232 1050 5.216 70.8% 1.4

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

Spider Eye
1–3 25232 0.647 28.7% 3.5

Enchanted Book
[note 1]
1 20232 0.259 23.5% 4.3

1 20232 0.259 23.5% 4.3

Golden Apple
1 20232 0.259 23.5% 4.3

Gold Ingot
2–7 15232 0.873 18.0% 5.5

Iron Ingot
1–5 15232 0.582 18.0% 5.5

1–3 15232 0.388 18.0% 5.5

[note 2]
1 15232 0.194 18.0% 5.5

Iron Horse Armor
1 15232 0.194 18.0% 5.5

Golden Horse Armor
1 10232 0.129 12.3% 8.1

1–3 5232 0.129 6.3% 15.8

Diamond Horse Armor
1 5232 0.065 6.3% 15.8

Enchanted Golden Apple
1 2232 0.026 2.6% 39.0
  1. All enchantments are equally probable, except treasure enchantments, and any level of the enchantment is equally probable.
  2. 'Nothing' does not refer to the chance of an empty chest. Instead, it refers to the chance that the random loot generator will not add any loot on a single roll.


Block Amount


Cut Sandstone

Orange Terracotta

Chiseled Sandstone

Sandstone Stairs



Sandstone Slab

Blue Terracotta

Stone Pressure Plate



Java Edition
1.3.1 12w21a Added desert temples.
1.4.6 12w50a Enchanted books now generate in desert temple chests.
1.8 14w03a Desert temples now generate with terracotta (at that time called "hardened clay") instead of wool.
1.9 15w44a Chest loot is changed.
Added gunpowder, sand, string, spider eye, and normal and enchanted golden apples.
Average yields of diamond, gold ingots and iron ingots are decreased.
Average yields of horse armor, enchanted books, rotten flesh, saddles and emeralds are increased.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0 build 1 Added desert temples.
0.15.0 build 1 Enchanted books now generate in desert temple chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14 CU1 1.05 Patch 1 Patch s1 Added desert temples.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Desert temples now generate with terracotta instead of wool.


Issues relating to "Desert temple" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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 generate fully if generated partially on water. When generated 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 generates above a ravine, it will have a deeper foundation like the Village houses.
  • On the back of the desert temple, there will always be one out-of-place block. It is a bug.[Java Edition only][3]
    • However, as of 18w32a, this bug has been fixed.[4]


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