Tutorials/Best biomes for homes

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One of the most important things to think about when building a shelter, is where it is built. Here you'll learn about the biomes to build your base in and the pros and cons. The biomes on this page are currently listed from coldest to hottest, with neutral biomes at the end. Please note that this page is currently under construction.

General Issues[edit | edit source]

All biomes have certain characteristics about themselves. Some of these are desirable, while others may not be so desirable.

Desirable[edit | edit source]

  • Flat -- relatively easy to build on, easy to fight or evade mobs.
  • Trees -- An easy start for crafting and building.
  • Access -- Travel between your base (or respawn location) and sites of adventures and resources becomes more important as your ambitions rise ... or if you die.
  • Scenery -- Some biomes are particularly spectacular, to the point where this can be a reason in itself to build there.
  • Villages -- Villagers can be traded with, and provide farms early on. However, they also attract zombies, and if the player stays nearby overnight, the zombies are likely to kill off the villagers (if not the player). This can be avoided by getting a bed early on, which prevents a majority of zombies, if not all, to not spawn or burn down in day, by skipping the night.

Undesirable[edit | edit source]

  • Crowded -- some biomes are simply hard to get around due to too many trees or hills.
  • Heights -- mountainous (and jungle) biomes offer greater chance of falling to one's death, and may make it more difficult to build farms or homes on the surface. Mobs may be hard to avoid, or collect in valleys. Lava flows may also be hazardous. For advanced players, though, fast travel over the neighborhood is made easy with use of ender pearls and elytra.
  • No/Few Animals -- some biomes do not spawn animals when generated. Others lack grass, so animals cannot spawn over time.
  • Scarce Wood -- some biomes have few or no trees, making for a more difficult start.
  • Dense Woods -- where leaf cover is widespread, mobs may survive or even spawn during the day. More densely packed forests can also be difficult to navigate, and provide hiding places for mobs to ambush players.
  • Snowy -- in snowy biomes, sugar cane is likely to drop quickly, and the water blocks hydrating farms will freeze if not protected. Snow can also impact visibility. However, snow and ice can be harvested.
  • Watery -- hard to get around or escape mobs, difficult to build large farms or structures. A boat can help, bridges can be built, and advanced players can use one Frost Walker enchantment. However, mobs will not spawn on water.

Cold Taiga[edit | edit source]

The cold taiga is a snowy, cold biome. It is a place with lots of snow, ice and trees. Wolves will spawn here, which can aid the player when tamed. Snow falls instead of rain, so it can be a good source of snow. Water will eventually turn to ice if exposed to the sun in this, which disallows sugar cane or infinite water sources that are outdoors. Snow on top of your shelter can be annoying, and the tall spruce trees may be too tall to be harvested easily, and if having fewer leaves, they may drop few saplings.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Plenty of wood in the tall trees.
  • Ice farms and snow farms can be built here and, unlike the extreme hills, do not require to be above y=95.
  • Wolves can be found here and tamed.
  • Igloos spawn here.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • The cold taiga is inconvenient to farm in, because irrigation water freezes into ice if not protected from freezing by light sources like torches.
  • It snows a lot and that is uncontrollable, and can leave annoying snow patches on your structures.
  • It is rather hard to find sheep here as wolves will kill them.
  • Be careful when living in the cold taiga, as the last thing you want is a pack of wolves attacking you!
  • It is commonly a safe haven for undead mobs during the day, they could hide under spruce trees and end up surprising you.
  • Polar bears spawn here, and if you're near a cub, the parent will attack you, even if you don't directly harm the cub or the parent. They can swim faster than the player, so escaping them is difficult.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Snow, ice, wood, ferns.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • It is advised not to build something here unless you want to let it be covered in snow.
  • Do not attack wolves, as they will group up like zombie pigmen and possibly kill you; also, there is little point in killing wolves, as they don't drop anything except experience upon death.
  • To completely chop the tall trees, try to pillar jump.

Ice Plains Spikes[edit | edit source]

Ice plains spikes is a very interesting biome with its random giant spires of packed ice, which have a very pleasant appearance, but also, like the mesa, lacks resources. This biome is also good for building homes that are more for show than for function. The taller ice spikes can be made into a tower with some work, although, inside, it will be little more than a spiral staircase with a room on top. The smaller ones can also be hollowed out and used to make an igloo. If you decide to live in a ice plains spikes biome, try to find one that is near a cold taiga biome, so that you can harvest wood easier.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Great source of ice and snow.
  • The ice spikes in this biome are very nice to look at.
  • The packed ice can be used for spawn areas for mob grinders.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • No wood naturally spawns in the ice plains biome. This is a horrible place for a beginner to build a house because there is no wood, meaning the only way you can successfully live in the biome is if there is a biome with wood nearby that you can harvest wood from.
  • The ice plains biome is extremely difficult to farm in. Because the biome is so cold, water will freeze unless protected. This means that you will have to go through extra work to build your farm inside your house or underground. Because of this, no natural sunlight would be there to boost the crops's growth, meaning that you would have to go through extra trouble to provide illumination.
  • Biomes that are hot or medium/lush are usually not found near ice plains spikes, which means that it's harder to gather resources if living in an ice plains spikes biome.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Packed ice, snow

Mega Taiga[edit | edit source]

The mega taiga is a variant of the regular taiga which spawns with huge trees. These trees have few leaves, but yield lots of wood. The ground here is made up of coarse dirt, giving it a more "dead" feel. There are many ferns and double ferns that may otherwise be rare, as well as podzol, which is a good alternative to mycelium (since mushrooms can be placed on it in daytime). Moss stone spawns naturally here, making it unnecessary to use up shears to cut vines, if using moss stone for something. Like other taiga biomes, wolves can spawn in this biome.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Comes with podzol, the only place to find it.
  • Comes with moss stone which can be useful for aesthetic buildings.
  • Wolves can be found and tamed here.
  • Coarse dirt can be found here (although it can also be crafted).
  • Plenty of wood to go around, possibly more than the forest but harder to harvest. It is best to gather the first 5 meters (vertically) of a tree on your first day, then you can start getting more later on.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Trees have relatively few leaves (hence saplings) and can be hard to harvest due to their height and lack of foliage to stand on.
  • Other than offering the rare podzol, coarse dirt or moss stone blocks, there is not much that this biome offers in terms of progressing through the game.
  • Just like its snowy counterpart, it can house several hostile mobs in the shade of its trees.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Podzol, moss stone, ferns, wood

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The trees give off spruce wood. Since it's possible you may have started out somewhere with oak trees, keep in mind your inventory might be cluttered if you collect different types of wood and their plank variants.
  • To cut down these trees, cut into it in a spiral pattern, making a thin spiral staircase all the way to the top. Then, destroy the stairs as you walk back down the tree.

Extreme Hills[edit | edit source]

The extreme hills biome is perhaps one of the most spectacular biomes, with arches and stone cliffs, but also one of the most difficult to get around. In extreme hills biomes it is better to build bases in the hills, instead of on the hills. Large surface caves, floating mountains, and overhangs are often found. Snow falls above y-level 95, allowing for snow farms and ice farms in this biome.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • The scenery of the extreme hills biome is something to be desired.
  • Emerald ore is scattered underground, providing a helpful start for future trading. There is also quite a bit of exposed coal ore and stone.
  • One of the better biomes to farm ice and snow. The farm must be built over y=95, but most mountains reach far beyond that height.
  • Exposed stone makes it easier for beginning players to obtain it, in turn making it easier to upgrade both gear and building materials.
  • Find lava without having to go down deep into a cavern, as lava will commonly spawn on the surface and allow you to build whatever you need with it (cobblestone generator, nether portal, mob farm, etc.)
  • Some trees, which are handy for starters, although they are few and far between.
  • It is very easy to find and harvest coal, which means you will never have to use the few trees you find for wood.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Heights. Falling can kill you depending on the height. The vibrant environment of the extreme hills makes it hard to find an existing landmark to know where your inventory's contents are. The terrain is not easy to explore to get to your items very quickly, and getting there will take a lot of hunger and food.
  • Rather hard to build on the hilly terrain.
  • Hard to find sugar cane due to the lack of apparent open lakes.
  • There are few trees, which is a necessity for beginning players.
  • Monster eggs (releasing silverfish) are also scattered underground, which can be dangerous for the unprepared.
  • Few ores spawn in the cliffs because they are so high.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Cobblestone, snow, ice, stone, emerald ore, coal ore

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • To avoid silverfish, see how long it takes to mine the supposed stone block. If it takes too long or takes the same time with any tool, it is a monster egg. You can also mine them with a Silk Touch pickaxe if you have one, because if they're mined with a Silk Touch pickaxe, they don't spawn silverfish. Consult the monster egg page for more information.
  • If you get a critical hit, you may be able to kill a silverfish in one hit (so you don't awaken others) with an iron or diamond sword.
  • To obtain more wood, gathering saplings or building your house near a wooded biome (like a forest) is advised.
  • Watch out for steep cliffs. Boots enchanted with Feather Falling are strongly advised.

Stone Beach[edit | edit source]

The stone beach biome often occurs where an extreme hills biome meets the ocean. Therefore, stone beaches have many of the advantages and disadvantages of both ocean and extreme hills biomes. Stone beach, despite its name, is very different from a standard beach biome. It contains many high hills and steep cliffs, and, true to its name, it is completely made of stone.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • In stone beach biomes, you can often see both, extreme hills and ocean, which makes great scenery
  • Stone beaches are completely made up of stone, making it great if you need to go stone mining but don't want to go underground
  • As stone beaches often occur near extreme hills and oceans, this means that both emeralds and ocean monuments are available nearby.
  • Unlike for extreme hills biomes, water is easy to obtain in stone beaches, as they are directly next to oceans.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • No passive mobs can spawn in this biome, meaning that you have to go to another biome to get porkchops, beef, chicken, mutton, or rabbit.
  • Like for extreme hills biomes, the heights of stone beaches make it difficult to navigate, and provides little level ground for houses.
  • There are often no trees at all in a stone beach biome, as trees cannot generate on stone.

Useful resources[edit | edit source]

Water, snow, ice, stone, coal ore

Forest[edit | edit source]

The forest has a lot of trees, making it great for getting wood, but it also means that building a house here involves cutting down a couple of trees. Also, this can be a dangerous biome at night for beginners. There are many trees, allowing for mobs to hide from the player, and minimizing combat space, which is especially dangerous for creepers. Also, the forest provides shade, allowing skeletons and zombies to survive in the daytime.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Lots of wood, which is a resource both new and experienced players require, able to craft nearly every item or an item to unlock another item in the game.
  • High frequency of hills makes for a good scenery.
  • Though normal houses may be hard to build, a treehouse is always a good solution.
  • The density and low height of tree tops can provide a useful alternative mode of travel, especially at night, since spiders cannot climb past the leaves and other harmful mobs cannot find many ways to follow you - especially since they cannot jump over small gaps between trees. Just don't fall down!
  • Has a chance of being a "flower forest", and in that case, the biome will be filled with exclusive flowers that are great for decorating.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Rather inconvenient to build in.
  • Trees obstruct visibility.
  • It is difficult to recognize any one section of the forest, which can be bad if you get lost.
  • Mobs are prevalent here. Skeletons can shoot you from around-the-corner, creepers can sneak up from you from behind trees, and undead mobs have plenty of shade to shelter in during the day.
  • Hard to run through due to the high amount of trees blocking your path. Also, horse riding here is near impossible. In a game mode where you must respect your health as much as possible, this will be very dangerous, as suffocation in the trees is likely and hard to avoid without carefully travelling at speeds lower than simply sprinting without the horse.
  • Fire and lightning strikes are an issue here.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Wood, flowers

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Consider making this your resource base.
  • Be wary of fires. It's far worse here than in every other biome except for the Nether (and maybe the jungle).
  • Sometimes getting on top of trees helps. Your visibility of the forest will increase and you will be able to travel faster. It also acts as a temporary shelter during night if you are desperate; if you break the blocks you used to get up, usually mobs cannot reach you.

Roofed Forest[edit | edit source]

This is the only place that dark oak trees naturally spawn. These thick trees allow players to chop a single tree down for more than half a stack of wood, plus saplings and the occasional apple. Also, roofed forests will occasionally spawn woodland mansions. However, in addition to all of the problems with living in a regular forest, the area underneath the trees is often dark enough for monsters to spawn, making this biome rather dangerous, especially for beginners.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Lots of wood.
  • Large mushrooms. These can be used as quick shelters.
  • The "roof" of the forest is safe. Mobs do not spawn on the leaf blocks. This can also be used to travel over the forest quickly as there are little to no obstructions.
  • Woodland mansions can spawn here, which can provide instant shelter but are very rare and difficult to find. The player will also need to clear and light the mansion out of hostile mobs. The mansion can be then turned into a base once cleared and looted, and is generally easy to find after doing so because of how large and easy to notice a mansion from far away, and your explorer map may be fully explored.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Can be difficult to navigate.
  • Leaves block out most of the sky, allowing undead mobs to be active throughout the day. It is usually dark enough on the forest floor to spawn even more monsters.
  • Trees may hinder construction.
  • Woodland mansion mobs do not respawn, meaning that you have a limited amount of totems of undying you can get.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Dark oak wood, mushrooms, totem of undying.

Plains[edit | edit source]

The plains is a good biome for a player's first house.The lack of obstruction makes it fairly quick to walk or sprint around. The flat ground makes it easy to create a large house, and villages are common. Horses spawn here, allowing for even faster transportation. There is a lot of tall grass, making it easy to get seeds and start a wheat farm. This biome has many gullies and short hills. Wood is scarce, but forests are likely nearby.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Flat landscape for easy building and traveling.
  • Plentiful tall grass for initial seed farms.
  • The presence of animals offers much-needed meat and resources like leather and wool. Compared to other "green biomes" like the forest, the spawn rate of passive mobs is not increased, but the lack of obstruction makes them easier to find and offers more spawning areas that are usually covered with trees.
  • Villages that offer great trades, potential blacksmith loot, and maybe a good shelter.
  • Horses spawn exclusively here or in the Savanna. They offer great mobility and combat advantage.
  • The sunflower plains offer sunflowers.
  • The abundant tall grass can sometimes hide you from monsters (or surprise them), even when you're on the move.
  • Both water and lava lakes spawn here, often easily identified due to the flat landscape, and can provide plentiful resources for various advanced tasks.
  • Fewer trees means the undead have little protection from sunlight.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Scarce wood (although forests nearby can take care of that as can replanting saplings you get from leaf decay).
  • Many open caves which can disrupt the flat landscape, and mobs such as zombies can come out of the caves to attack you.
  • When in combat you will often find yourself swinging your sword at the Tall grass rather than at your opponent.
  • Skeletons and witches can more easily shoot you down due to the lack of obstruction.
  • Tall grass can clutter your inventory with seeds, and can be annoying to clear out in the case of building a large structure.
  • Players and animals can accidentally fall into lava lakes, and die within seconds.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Sunflowers, seeds, lava, horses, wood.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Consider building your first or permanent house here, with resources you've acquired from other biomes.
  • It is recommended to not kill all the villagers or leave them vulnerable to zombies by breaking their houses for wood. Eventually, iron golem farms or fully automatic wheat farms will all become possible through villagers, not to mention they offer renewable diamond equipment.
  • Clearing out tall grass can be quickly done by dumping water on the ground to wash it away.

Swampland[edit | edit source]

The Swampland biome offers flat space (admittedly much of it is flooded), plenty of trees, water, and clay. Witch huts appear here, and slimes spawn on the surface. Mushrooms are fairly common, allowing for early mushroom stew. Lily pads are common and useful. Be careful while inside the caves in these biomes, fossils spawn 15-24 blocks underground and these structures may scare you. Blue orchids are exclusive to swamps. The water also interferes with the spread of fire.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Flat surfaces.
  • Slimes, which will drop slimeballs upon death. Slimeballs are used to craft sticky pistons and slime blocks, making this biome useful for redstone-knowledgeable players.
  • Blue orchids spawn only in this biome.
  • Witch huts will spawn witches continuously. This allows for witch farming, which brings farming of redstone, sugar, glowstone and pre-brewed potions.
  • Fire does not spread far in this biome, due to trees being spaced out enough.
  • A lot of ponds, lakes, and oceans overlapping means it is a good place for fishing.
  • Fossils have a 1/64 chance to spawn underground and which can be a good source of bone meal.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Extremely flooded. It is very hard to attempt to build anything here without reforming the landscape.
  • Depending on your equipment and skill level, the extra slimes may be overwhelming.
  • Witches can damage you often.
  • If you are bringing any tamed cats, dogs and/or any other animal through the region on leads, they may become stuck under a lily pad and drown.
  • Water is gray which means not good for building water based decorations.[Bedrock Edition only]

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Clay, wood, sugar canes, vines, mushrooms, slimeballs, lily pads, blue orchids.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Consider building bridges out of lily pads or other blocks.
  • A squid farm is feasible here, although the terrain makes it awkward to build large, symmetrical tanks for the squid to spawn in.
  • The Depth Strider enchantment is helpful for traveling in water.

Mushroom Island[edit | edit source]

The mushroom island is very rare, and is rarely connected to the "mainland" in any way. The most common reason for players to find a mushroom biome, is the fact that no monsters naturally spawn here, although monster spawners will still spawn mobs. It is completely safe for new players, and still great for experienced players. The one mob that does spawn there, mooshrooms, can be sheared for red mushrooms, as well as "milked" with a bowl to get mushroom stew or with a bucket to get milk, allowing for an infinite food source as long as the player has wood for bowls. Finding one can be an amazing feat that many challenged players wish to do. The mycelium is useful for growing mushrooms, and with the exception of the roofed forest biome, this is the only biome containing giant mushrooms. Mobs that don't spawn from spawners cannot spawn at all, meaning that gunpowder is inobtainable but the drops of zombies, spiders, and skeletons are available from monster spawners. Trees also don't spawn here, meaning that wood is unavailable. Make sure to bring saplings with you if you decide to build your house on a mushroom island.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Mycelium, on which you can plant mushrooms independently of the light level, like podzol. Contrary to podzol, though, mycelium will spread like grass, making it a renewable resource.
  • Mooshrooms spawn here, and give a reliable infinite food source, as long as you have bowls in stock.
  • Huge mushrooms, both types, spawn here, allowing for more mushroom collecting and using the mushroom block as a building material (if you have a Silk Touch shovel).
  • No hostile mobs on land spawn, which means an overall safer experience.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • No natural light-based mob spawning means creating a mob farm without a spawner is impossible or without transporting animals and breeding them. This means the only ways to obtain drops such as bones (which speed up crop growth), string (to craft bows), or arrows (for use in bows) is to build out over the ocean.
  • No wood. No wood means no first set of tools or crafting table or anything crafted with cobblestone or wood. No wood also means no bowls, and that negates the effect of mushroom stew.
  • Rarely connected to any other land, and if you spawned here for the first time, you will have a very hard time going to the mainland due to your hunger going down from swimming. You can't make a boat either, because wood is not available on a mushroom island.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Mycelium, mushrooms, mushroom stew, milk.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Like the desert, come back here after venturing to the mainland so you can have wood to start your gameplay with.
  • You can get dirt blocks to build a bridge to the mainland.
  • If you find one of these biomes when in a boat, use the extra space to take a mooshroom with you back to your base.

Jungle[edit | edit source]

Although the jungle may not be the best place to start for new players, it can provide lots of wood, as giant jungle trees are the biggest trees in the game. Also, if you can avoid the traps, the jungle temple have loads of good loot to take. One of the problems with a jungle is that thick bundles of leaves generate on the ground, making it hard to navigate. The trees in a jungle can have horizontal branches, on which mobs can spawn, so be careful of these.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Loads of wood.
  • Jungle temples have loot in them (they can serve as houses, too). Just be careful of the dispensers that shoot arrows.
  • Ocelots spawn naturally. This will scare away creepers, which may be hard to notice due to their green texture and dense amount of foliage.
  • Lush beautiful grass
  • Melons and cocoa beans spawn naturally.
  • The large jungle trees can be made into treehouses, which are easy to protect.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Limited space for building due to the thick tree foliage.
  • It's easy to fall out of a tree, which, because giant jungle trees are far larger than those in other biomes, may be lethal.
  • Very difficult to navigate through.
  • May be more laggy than other biomes.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Jungle wood, vines, melons, loot from jungle temples, cocoa beans, ocelots.

Savanna[edit | edit source]

The savanna biome has a similar appearance to the grassland, but it doesn't rain here, and it contains plateaus for greater range of building. Abundant trees are never quite as thick as anywhere else, with less vegetation than a swampland to obscure vision. There can be many high mountains, which can be beneficial and problematic. The diversity of views possible offer flat, semi terraced, and sheer vistas.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Trees are rather abundant.
  • Horses can spawn.
  • Villages can spawn.
  • This is the only biome where acacia trees spawn naturally.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Lack of water from rain makes farms slightly harder to make. Passive mobs (sheep, cows etc.) rarely spawn.
  • Grass is very thick in this biome, can hide spiders, can camouflage creepers and is very hard to get rid of without a bucket.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Acacia and oak trees, horses, villages, double tall grass for seeds, all other passive mobs

Desert[edit | edit source]

Many players prefer to not live in deserts, as they lack grass, wood, and many other vital resources - however, once a player has basic materials, living in a desert can be beneficial. Non-renewable sand can be obtained in large quantities, and cactus is rare in other biomes. No water spawns here, which poses a problem if spawned deep within these biomes. Also, no passive mobs spawn here with the chunk generation, and no grass means no animal spawn after. No trees spawn here, either. Though not the best biome for the beginner, it is still a nice biome to live in after you've got your initial house set up somewhere else (see Tutorials/Survival in an infinite desert for tips on how to survive in a desert)

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Desert temples spawn here.
  • Desert villages spawn here.
  • Generally flat terrain.
  • No rain, that means no thunderstorms causing any trouble.
  • Lots of cactus and dead bushes.
  • Lots of sand means you can get lots of sandstone, TNT and glass. Sand and sandstone are quite rare in other biomes.
  • The bright sand can make it easier to see in the dark, and the Mobs that come with it.
  • Undead mobs will have a harder time trying to find shade during the day with the lack of foliage.
  • Rabbits spawn here, which offer food when the desert doesn't spawn many animals.
  • Fossils spawn underground in this biome like the swampland biome, Which can be a good souce of Bone meal
  • Rain does not obscure your vision from potential dangers like mobs.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Little water (except in desert m, a variant of desert) which causes difficulty in many water-related activities, especially farming. However, villages and desert wells can be good sources of desert water.
  • Lack of rain also means you can't boost the time of fishing, and you can't hydrate crops if the desert is lacking any water sources.
  • No grass.
  • Difficult to farm.
  • No trees or reliable way to naturally get wood.
  • Sand can suffocate you while mining near the surface.
  • Like the plains, you can get shot down by skeletons due to the lack of foliage shielding its shots.
  • Husks, a variant of zombies, makes up 80% of zombies found there. They give the Hunger effect when they hit. Also, husks will not burn in daylight, and can therefore can be dangerous for players who have trouble during mob fights .

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Sand, cactus, dead bushes, sticks sandstone, sugar cane.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Spawning in a desert is a rough time. For newer players, it is recommended to wander to another biome or accept the great challenge to come.
  • Coming to the desert to mass-collect the sand in bulk is great if you need glass or sand.
  • If you find a desert and expect to need sand in the future, set up a base in somewhere more habitable and come back later

Mesa[edit | edit source]

The mesa is beautiful, and holds a lot of terracotta. While only a select few variants have some useful trees to start out with, you'll want to come back here to enjoy the scenery. When not enjoying the scenery which allows many structures that look here and no where else, you can mine out the terracotta for other projects. Like the desert or mushroom island, it's best to start out somewhere else and return here when you have gathered some basic materials.

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Terracotta can be mined out here for future projects.
  • Scenery is great for building here in the natural plateau.
  • The only place where red sand can be found, which is useful for red sandstone, glass or TNT.
  • Plenty of cactus.
  • Good source of gold.
  • Surface-level abandoned mineshafts generate, which can be a source of dark oak wood as well as a good place to find gold and loot.
  • You can easily get sticks by breaking the dry grass without need to craft them, a good strategy since this biome almost lacks of trees.
  • Mineshafts are easier to find.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Not much surface-level or near-surface-level stone.
  • It is rather hard to find wood here, and while the mesa can have oak trees, relying on the chances of spawning there is not efficient.
  • Lack of passive mobs and therefore meats and their other products cannot be obtained.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Terracotta, dead bushes, red sand, red sandstone, cactus, gold

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure to collect the saplings from the trees in the mesa biome! You want to make sure you will never run out of trees or their saplings.
  • Use a mineshaft to get down somewhere you can get stone and ore.

Ocean / Deep Ocean[edit | edit source]

An ocean is not the best place for living if a beginner player, but advanced players may find deep oceans useful for guardian farming. An underwater base may also look impressive.

Pros[edit | edit source]

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Lack of land for building houses, and difficult to get around without a boat or boots with Depth Strider or Frost Walker enchantments.
  • Guardians can be found in ocean monuments, which may be deadly to unprepared players.
  • No mobs, or even hostile mobs except guardians may spawn in these biomes due to it being mostly water, unless there is a place dark enough to do so, while this is an advantage, it will also make it harder to get valuable resources such as string.
  • Nearby ocean monuments may cause one of the elder guardians to attack you with mining fatigue, preventing you from progressing due to this making early-game resources like coal taking too long to be mined out.

Useful Resources[edit | edit source]

Water, prismarine shards, prismarine crystals, gold, sponge, wet sponge, ink sacs.

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