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Dungeons are naturally generated structures that appear in the Overworld.


Dungeons generate naturally in the Overworld at any level below the surface. For each chunk, 8 attempts are made to generate a dungeon; it's possible, though unlikely, for multiple attempts to succeed.

For each attempt, a location and size (an open area of 5×5×4, 5×7×4, or 7×7×4) is chosen. The attempt succeeds if the following conditions are met:

  • The floor area (including under the walls) of the potential dungeon must be entirely solid.
  • The ceiling area (including over the walls) of the potential dungeon must be entirely solid.
  • The walls of the potential dungeon must have 1–5 openings (2-high air blocks) at floor level.

If the location passes, air and cobblestone are placed, then 3 attempts are made to generate each of 2 chests. To generate a chest, the chosen block must be empty and must have a solid block on exactly one of its four sides. The spawner is placed at the center of the dungeon.


Dungeons are small rooms made of cobblestone and moss stone and contain a monster spawner and up to 2 chests. Finding a dungeon without a chest is very unlikely but possible. Additionally, there is a slight chance of a dungeon being found without a spawner. Occasionally, a dungeon will generate with its chests in such a way as to create a double chest. Dungeons generate with either a zombie (50% chance), skeleton (25% chance), or spider (25% chance) spawner. The spawner is always in the center of the dungeon room, with chests located around the walls of the room (large chests can connect with the short side against the wall). Each block of the floor has a 25% chance of being cobblestone, and a 75% chance of being moss stone.


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See also: Chest loot

Each dungeon chest contains items drawn from 3 pools, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight # Items Chance # Chests
1–3× 1–4× 1–3× 1–4×
Bone 1–810403.37557.8%1.7
Gunpowder 1–810403.37557.8%1.7
Rotten Flesh 1–810403.37557.8%1.7
String 1–810403.37557.8%1.7
Wheat 1–4201251.00034.1%2.9
Bread 1201250.40034.1%2.9
Name Tag 1201270.31528.3%3.5
Saddle 1201270.31528.3%3.5
Coal 1–4151250.75026.6%3.8
Redstone Dust 1–4151250.75026.6%3.8
Music Disc (13) 1151270.23621.8%4.6
Music Disc (Cat) 1151270.23621.8%4.6
Iron Horse Armor 1151270.23621.8%4.6
Golden Apple 1151270.23621.8%4.6
Beetroot Seeds 2–4101250.60018.5%5.4
Melon Seeds 2–4101250.60018.5%5.4
Pumpkin Seeds 2–4101250.60018.5%5.4
Iron Ingot 1–4101250.50018.5%5.4
Bucket 1101250.20018.5%5.4
Enchanted Book[note 1] 1101270.15714.9%6.7
Golden Horse Armor 1101270.15714.9%6.7
Gold Ingot 1–451250.2509.6%10.4
Diamond Horse Armor 151270.0797.7%13.0
Enchanted Golden Apple 121270.0313.1%32.1
  1. All enchantments are equally probable, except treasure enchantments, and any level of the enchantment is equally probable.



Java Edition Infdev
June 25, 2010, 2 Added dungeons.[more information needed]
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4 Added redstone dust to dungeon chests, sometime between its introduction in Alpha v1.0.1 and 1.0.4.
v1.0.14 Added the newly introduced 13 and cat music discs to dungeon chests.
Java Edition Beta
1.4 Added cocoa beans to dungeon chests.
1.8 ?Bread can now appear in groups of 2[verify], because food has now become stackable in 1.8.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w22a Breaking the spawner of a dungeon will now give experience.
1.4.6 12w49a Added enchanted books to dungeon chests.
1.6.1 13w16b Added name tags to dungeon chests.
13w18a Added horse armor to dungeon chests and removed cocoa beans. Probabilities have now also been adjusted.
1.7.2 13w36a Changes in cavern generation will now make dungeons considerably rarer.[1]
1.8 14w30a The chances of music discs in dungeon chests have now been reduced.
1.9 15w44a Added bones, coal, rotten flesh, enchanted golden apples, and melons, pumpkins and beetroot seeds to dungeon chests.
The average yield of music discs in dungeon chests has now been increased.
The average yield of enchanted books, gunpowder and string in dungeon chests have now been doubled.
The average yield of normal golden apples in dungeon chests has been substantially increased.
The average yield of iron horse armor in dungeon chests has been decreased.
The average yields of name tags, saddles, wheat and bread in dungeon chests have been nearly halved.
The average yields of iron ingots and buckets in dungeon chests have been substantially decreased.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added dungeons.
0.15.0 build 1 Added name tags, enchanted books and horse armor to dungeon chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Added music discs to dungeon chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added dungeons.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Dungeons.


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  • Dungeons are always connected to a cavern or other structure, although it's possible for the dungeon itself to overwrite most of a very small cave.
  • It is possible, though rare, to find connected dungeons with multiple spawners and extra chests. It is also possible for a dungeon to generate over another, replacing the chests and spawner of the first.
  • It is possible, though almost impossibly rare, for a dungeon to be generated at bedrock level, thereby deleting the bedrock. In that case, digging through the moss stone can lead into the Void.[needs testing]
    • Because the air at y=10- replaces itself with lava, this cannot happen in caves. However, it can happen in abandoned mineshafts.
  • Double-chest dungeons, as shown below, may have chests that form a perpendicular barrier between the wall and spawner (an exception to this would be in 7x7 dungeons, in which the chest cannot reach the spawner).
  • Dungeon is the only structure with chest loot that cannot be located using the /locate command.


Surface dungeons[edit]

Multiple dungeons[edit]

Odd generation[edit]