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 are listed from easiest to hardest to settle in for a new player, based on the desirable/undesirable characteristics mentioned below. Please note that this page is currently under construction.

This guide will judge each biome based on it's own merits, i.e. it's ability to provide necessary resources preferrably without needing to travel elsewhere. For biomes from the Nether or End, this includes assuming the player will not be travelling to the Overworld for supplies, if possible.

Contents

Desirability[edit]

All biomes have certain characteristics about themselves, which can enhance or dampen the building experience.

Desirable[edit]

  • Flat — Easy to build on, easy to roam around and easy to fight and/or evade monsters due to the even terrain.
  • Has a consistent food source — Provides a reliable source of food whether this is in the form of animals or crops.
  • Has trees — Provides an easy and renewable source of wood.
  • Has particular generated structuresVillagers can be traded with, and provide farms for the player to use early on. However, they also attract illagers and zombies, both of which will attack the village in raids and zombie sieges. This, in turn, can endanger the player, but also the villagers, which may even get wiped out in these attacks. Other generated structures can be looted for their resources and even converted into homes, although each structure will come with its own dangers.
  • Scenic — Some biomes are particularly spectacular, whether it is due to personal preference or unique environmental generation that creates memorable areas.

Undesirable[edit]

  • Crowded — This can make biomes difficult to move around in smoothly, as well as requiring the player to landscape the environment if they intend to build. Biomes that contain an excessively large amount of trees can shelter monsters during the daytime and allow them to resume spawning under the cover of vegetation. Because of this, players can potentially get ambushed by groups of monsters at a time. Biomes that contain a lot of hills and mountains can cause similar ambush situations.
  • Flooded — Due to the player's dampened speed in water, it can be difficult to navigate at speeds that you'd get on more land-based biomes. This, in turn, means that escaping dangerous situations and monsters will be harder. It is also difficult to build large farms or structures. Mobs that die in sunlight can survive if they are within the water. Skeletons can shoot the player in the safety of bodies of water while zombies may sink and become drowned.
  • No/Few Animals — Some biomes do not spawn animals when generated. Others lack grass, so animals cannot spawn over time.
  • Scarce Wood — Some biomes contain few or no trees, forcing the player to resort to alternative methods of obtaining wood.
  • Unsteady footingMountains and jungles offer a greater chance of falling to one's death and may make it more difficult to build farms or homes on the surface. Hostile mobs can attack the player suddenly and can collect in valleys. Lava flows will be more hazardous due to the terrain, causing it to flow unpredictably.
  • Lack of food - In some biomes like desert, icy biome or small island in the middle of the ocean, it is hard to find food and set up a constant food source.

Overworld[edit]

The Overworld is the main dimension in Minecraft and the one the player will spawn into on world creation. It is by far the easiest of the dimensions, being the one designed for survival far more than the others. Food has many different sources, and the mobs in these biomes are relatively easier than other biomes. The player will have an abundance of biomes to choose from, each offering a different pro/con dichotomy for the player to consider.

Plains[edit]

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 collect seeds and start a wheat farm. This biome has many gullies and short hills. Wood is scarce, but forests are likely nearby.

Pros[edit]

  • 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 chest loot, and maybe a good shelter.
    • Plains villages are also the only villages that can generate large houses, which have 4 beds.
  • Horses and Donkeys spawn exclusively here or in the savanna. Horses offer great mobility and combat advantage, while donkeys can be used for extra storage. In Bedrock Edition this is the only biome where donkeys can spawn.
  • 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 mean the undead have little protection from sunlight.
  • Cornflowers generate here, used for blue dye.
  • Bees and bee nests can spawn. This allows for honey farming which brings farming of honey bottles, honeycomb, honey blocks and beehives.
  • If you are on a multiplayer server and at your base, it is hard to be snuck up upon due to the lack of cover.
  • Plains villages have large amounts of hay bales, which can be made into several stacks of bread.

Cons[edit]

  • Trees are a bit uncommon, although the plains biome often has forests nearby.
  • There are 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, and you can be found and attacked easily on servers.
  • Tall grass can clutter your inventory with seeds, and can be annoying to clear out when building a large structure.
  • Players and animals can accidentally fall into lava lakes and die within seconds.
  • Pillager outposts can generate in the biome, and although it has loot chests, it spawns pillagers infinitely around the structure and can easily kill unarmed players. But if the player construct a raid farm, they will have up to 1500(in Bedrock Edition) or 2000 (Java Edition) emerald/AFK hour. Combine with the nearby villages that have villagers, the player can obtain a massive quantities of items, even enchanted diamond tools via trading.
  • There are often many water holes scattered throughout the plains.
  • On servers, a base here will be very easy to see.

Useful Resources[edit]

Sunflowers, seeds, lava, horses, donkeys, villages, hay bales (from villages), cornflowers, Villager, pillager outposts, and bees are useful resources found in plains biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • Consider building your first or permanent house here, with resources you've acquired from other biomes.
  • It is highly recommended to not kill 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 enchanted diamond equipment.
  • Clearing out tall grass can be quickly done by dumping water on the ground to wash it away.
  • Build a more hidden house when on servers.
  • A raid farm is highly requested, as it can produce an enormous amount of emerald for you to trade with the villagers around. You can get tons of iron and exp (smelting and grinding (enchanted) iron tools as loot), potions, emerald, etc. With the emerald you got is possible to trade a full set of diamond armor and tools and build a full beacon and still have 500-1000 emerald left in just 1 AFK hour.

Multiplayer[edit]

On multiplayer, the Plains biome has both some heavy pros and some heavy cons. It is very easy to build defences due to the flat terrain, and it is hard to be sneak attacked when at your base. However, the base (if at surface level) is easy to see. This means that enemy players/scouts could find a way in. If you settle in a plains biome, it is recommended that you make some tall walls to keep enemies away. Alternatively, you could build above or below a pillager outpost, and the pillagers would act as a natural defence. Before settling in a plains biome for a long time, you will want to have gathered a substantial amount of wood from the nearest trees so that you don't have to go back and forth between your base and a forest.

Forest[edit]

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]

  • 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 good scenery.
  • Though normal houses may be hard to build, a treehouse is always a good solution.
  • The density and low height of treetops 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 small chance of being a "flower forest", and in that case, the biome will be filled with exclusive flowers that are great for decorating. Also, rabbits and bees can spawn.
  • Is hidden and harder for players to find or attack you on servers.
  • Wolves can spawn.‌[JE only]
  • Sometimes have a plain nearby.

Cons[edit]

  • Somewhat inconvenient to build in unless an area is cleared.
  • Trees obstruct visibility.
  • It is difficult to recognize any one section of the forest, which can be bad if you get lost.
  • Hostile mobs are surprisingly prevalent here depending on how dense the forest is. 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 traveling at speeds lower than simply sprinting without the horse.
  • Fire and lightning strikes are a major issue here as they can potentially start huge forest fires.

Useful Resources[edit]

Wood, saplings, flowers, wolves[JE only] are useful resources found in forest biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • 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 the night if you are desperate; if you break the blocks you used to get up, usually, mobs cannot reach you.
  • Never let your guard down! As already stated, a dense enough forest can allow hostile mobs to spawn even in daytime, which can give the player a nasty surprise if they are not careful.
  • Make watchtowers and beacon (if possible) in your resource base, clear out all trees and light up the area around them. This help you to locate the resource base easier, stop hostile mobs from spawning and stop the unwanted forest fire.

Multiplayer[edit]

On Multiplayer, the forest is a very good place to build a base. There is an abundance of wood and animals, as well as cover so that your base stays semi-hidden. However, building defences is very difficult in a forest, because the nearby trees will need to be cleared out. If you wanted to, you could burn some of the trees down, but make sure it doesn't get out of hand or you won't have a forest left! If FireTick is off, however, this will not work. However, never leave trees close to the perimeter of your base. It will be very easy for enmies to climb the trees and get over the wall. If FireTick is off on the server, building a base out of wood might be a good idea, because of its abundance. However, it does not have as much blast resistance as stone.

Savanna[edit]

The savanna biome has a similar appearance to the grassland, but it doesn't rain here(except in shattered variants‌[BE only]), and it contains plateaus for a greater range of building. Abundant trees are never quite as thick as anywhere else, with less vegetation than a swamp 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]

  • Trees are rather abundant.
  • Horses can spawn, except in shattered variants.
  • Villages can generate here.
    • Villages here generate melons, also lots of farms.
    • Also, village butchers can have chests that have loot.
  • This is the only biome where acacia trees spawn naturally.
  • Llamas can spawn.
  • Shattered savanna and shattered savanna plateau can have spectacular scenery. There is also quite a bit of exposed coal ore and stone. Also in Bedrock Edition rain can occur in shattered biomes.

Cons[edit]

  • Lack of water makes farms slightly harder to make, except in shattered savanna.
  • Grass is very thick in this biome, can hide spiders, can camouflage creepers and is very hard to get rid of without a bucket.
  • Pillager Outposts can generate here.
  • Terrain in shattered savanna can be dangerous, especially near a cliff as the player can take fatal fall damage and monsters can spawn in the darkness under the cliffs.

Useful Resources[edit]

Acacia and oak trees, horses, llamas for storage, melons and hay bales can be found in savanna villages, double tall grass for seeds, all other passive mobs, pillager outposts are useful resources found in the savanna biome.

Tips[edit]

  • Water can be found underground, in village or in lakes. Find them, make an infinite water source near your base.
  • You can set up your main base here, since is has lots of resources like wood, stone, and still very flat.
  • Acacia wood is unique to this biome, and acacia is awesome for building.

Multiplayer[edit]

Savannas are the one of the best places to build bases. They have less trees than a forest, but more than plains. Plateaus are great as vantage points where you can see the surrounding land, and animals and coal spawn here. The only downside to savannas is that once you have gathered the resources, its just a hotter variant of the plains biome. For this reason, its very important to make a tree farm if the savanna is quite small, so that you can keep producing wood sustainably. Shattered savannas are great for both camoflauge and height, but building defences can be very challenging due to the height variation.

Taiga[edit]

The taiga is the cold version of the forest. In taiga biomes, only the spruce tree can be found. This is useful for spruce-based building.

Pros[edit]

  • Wolves spawn here and can be tamed.
  • Rabbits can spawn here.
  • Villages can generate here.
    • Village fletchers have chests that can be looted.
    • Pumpkins generate abundantly in taiga villages.
  • Only spruce trees are available, giving taigas a less obstructed view of the sky than forests.
  • Berry bushes generate here.
  • Foxes spawn here, and trusted foxes can defend the player.

Cons[edit]

  • Although rabbits, sheep, and foxes can spawn here, they can be killed by wolves, additionally chicken and rabbit also targeted by foxes.
  • Hostile mobs can hide under trees.
  • Pillager outposts can generate here.
  • Just like its snowy counterpart, it can house several hostile mobs in the shade of its trees.
  • Spruce trees require slightly more effort to remove due to their varying heights.

Useful Resources[edit]

Wolves, villages, ferns, wood, rabbits, pumpkins from village, sweet berry bushes, foxes, pillager outposts are useful resources found in taiga biomes.

Multiplayer[edit]

The taiga is a wonderful all-round biome. The trees provide cover but are not as dense as forests or dark forests, and berries provide a source of food. Villages here generate a lot of pumpkins, and wolves spawn in this biome too. pillager outposts provide a challenge or can be used as a natural defence for a skybase or underground base. Foxes can also be tamed, which only adds to the benefits of the biome. This biome is not particularly special or "cool", but is a good all-rounder, and is one of the best choices for a beginner to multiplayer.

Giant Tree Taiga[edit]

The giant tree taiga is a variant of the regular taiga which spawns with huge trees. These trees have a few leaves, but yield lots of wood. The ground here is made up of coarse dirt and dead bushes can be found, 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 the daytime). Mossy cobblestone spawns naturally here, making it unnecessary to use up shears to cut vines, if using mossy cobblestone for building. Like other taiga biomes, wolves can spawn in this biome.‌[JE only] Foxes can also spawn.

Pros[edit]

  • Comes with podzol, one of the only places to find it.
  • Comes with abundant mossy cobblestone which can be useful for aesthetic buildings.
  • Wolves can be found and tamed here.‌[JE only]
  • Foxes can be found here.
  • Coarse dirt can be found here (although it can also be crafted).
  • Plenty of wood to go around, 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.
  • Plenty of mushrooms.

Cons[edit]

  • Trees have relatively few leaves (hence saplings) and can be hard to harvest due to their height and lack of foliage to stand on, except in the giant spruce taiga.
  • 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.
  • Can house several hostile mobs in the shade of its trees.

Useful Resources[edit]

Podzol, mossy cobblestone, ferns, wood, wolf[JE only], rabbits[JE only], foxes are useful resources found in giant tree taiga biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • 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 become 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.

Multiplayer[edit]

In multiplayer, this biome is not as good as a regular taiga due to the lack of horizontal cover. However, it provides almost as much wood as a jungle biome and offers a good opportunity for tree bases. There are also mushrooms, which can be used in mushroom soup, which is an important part of pre-1.9 PvP.

Swamp[edit]

The swamp biome offers flat space (admittedly much of it is flooded), plenty of trees, water, and clay. Swamp huts appear here, and slimes spawn on the surface. Mushrooms and huge mushrooms[Bedrock Edition only] are fairly common, allowing for early mushroom stew. Lily pads are common and useful. Fossils spawn 15-24 blocks underground, great for bone meal supply. Blue orchids are exclusive to swamps. The water also interferes with the spread of fire.

Pros[edit]

  • 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, besides woodland mansions.
  • Swamp huts will spawn witches continuously. This allows for witch farming, which brings farming of redstone, sugar, gunpowder, glowstone, glass bottle and pre-brewed potions.
    • Cauldrons may contain potions or splash potion‌[Bedrock Edition only].
    • Alternatively, one can also claim ownership of the witch hut and use it as their own shelter by lighting up the interior
  • Fire does not spread far in this biome, due to flooded terrain and 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 can be a good source of bone meal.
  • Provides good hiding spot on servers.
  • Huge mushrooms generate here‌[Bedrock Edition only].
  • Zombie villagers spawn here wearing unique clothes which can be cured into swamp villagers.

Cons[edit]

  • Extremely flooded. It is very hard to attempt to build anything here without reforming the landscape, building a stilt house may be a solution.
  • Depending on your equipment and skill level, the extra slimes may be overwhelming.
  • Witches can become a problem due to how prevalent they are.
  • If you are bringing any tamed cats, dogs, parrots and/or any other animal through the region on leads, they may become stuck under a lily pad and drown.
  • Water is discolored and not as appealing as water elsewhere.
    • Zombies may end up underwater and become stuck like mentioned before, turning them into drowned. This makes Nights in this Biome noticeably more dangerous.

Useful Resources[edit]

Clay, wood, sugar canes, vines, mushrooms, slimeballs, lily pads, blue orchids, witches, fossils and tridents are useful resources found in swamp biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • Consider building bridges out of lily pads or other blocks.
  • The Depth Strider enchantment is helpful for traveling in water, beware of drowned as vision underwater is reduced in this biome.
  • A boat can easily harvest lily pads, can be troublesome if drowned approach and mount boats then attack behind you.

Multiplayer[edit]

Swamps are good enough by themselves in a multiplayer setting, but are outclassed by taigas and savannas. They provide trees and food (mushrooms), but also boast many dangers on top of enemy players (slimes and witches). However, bases in swamps are hard to attack without boats and/or lily pads. Aside from this, it is easy to farm in swamps due to fossils being a good source of bone meal, and water being plentiful. Clay (and bricks) are not good materials to make a bse out of - they are very conspicuous. However, if you are into redstone traps, the swamp will be both a blessing and a curse. Water can ruin redstone contraptions, but slimeballs are in high supply here.

Snowy Taiga[edit]

The snowy taiga is a snowy, cold biome. It is a place with lots of snow and trees. Wolves will spawn here, which can aid the player when tamed. Snow falls instead of rain, and water will eventually turn to ice if exposed to the sun, which disallows sugar cane or infinite water sources that are outdoors unless near a light source. 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 fewer saplings.

Pros[edit]

  • Plenty of wood in the tall trees.
  • Ice farms and snow farms can be built here and, unlike the mountains, do not need to be above y=95.
  • Wolves and Foxes can be found here and tamed.
  • Igloos spawn here.
  • Berry bushes rarely generate here.
  • Villages can be generated here.
    • Buildings using the same architecture as taiga villages, but are covered in snow, which can be hard to see from distance other than smoke particles from a campfire.
  • Pillager outposts can generate here, which is awesome for raid farms.

Cons[edit]

  • The snowy 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 snowy taiga, as the last thing you want is to have 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, especially skeletons.
  • Pillager outposts can generate here.

Useful Resources[edit]

Snow, ice, wood, ferns, igloos, wolves, sweet berries, villages[Bedrock Edition only], pumpkins from villages, pillager outposts and foxes are useful resources found in snowy taiga biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • It is advised not to build something here unless you don't mind having everything 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.
  • Tame a lot of wolves. They offer you excellant protection. You can kill undead for bones and rotten flesh for your wolves. Wolves also lure skeleton away.
  • To completely chop the tall trees, try to pillar jump.
  • Many light sources will melt snow and ice which can be used to keep the player's structures somewhat cleaner.
    • This can also be used in snowy taiga village farms, as lack of light source causing these farms to be always frozen, which can uproot any crops on it.
  • You can come to this biome to gather snow for the snow farm.

Multiplayer[edit]

This is a good place to live in multiplayer. Snowballs can actually be used to break armor in PvP (at least in pre-1.9), and both wood and food can be found here. Igloos make decent bases, and the villagers in their basement offer trades. Consider curing the zombie villager to get better trades. However, you could just take the golden apple for yourself. Wolves are good companions found here, and pillager outposts can generate too.

Jungle[edit]

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 pyramid has loads of good loot to take. One of the problems with the 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]

  • Loads of wood.
  • Jungle pyramids 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 generate naturally in huge quantity.
  • The large jungle trees can be made into treehouses, which are easy to protect.
  • Optimal choice for houses on servers.
  • Parrots spawn naturally, it can imitate the sound of nearby mobs, useful for detecting hostile mobs.
  • Bamboo naturally generate here, great for crafting scaffolding and sticks.
  • Pandas can be found here.
  • Zombie villagers spawn here wearing unique clothes which can be cured into jungle villagers.

Cons[edit]

  • Limited space for building due to the thick tree foliage.
  • It's easy to fall out of a tree, which may be lethal due to the size.
  • Extremely thick vegetation makes it very difficult to navigate.
  • May be more laggy than other biomes.
  • Cannot obtain pufferfish or tropical fish when fishing.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Useful Resources[edit]

Jungle wood, vines, melons, loot from jungle pyramids, cocoa beans, parrots, ocelots, bamboo, pandas[Bedrock Edition only] are useful resources found in jungles.

Tips[edit]

  • Jungle provide unique jungle woods, so you should have a resource base here.
  • Build your base on top of trees. If this is build right, you will have a beautiful jungle village as your base.
  • Walk and live on top of trees for clearer vision.

Multiplayer[edit]

Jungles are a very interesting biome to live in. First off, the chances of enemies finding your base is miniscule, particularly if it is concealed. Second, a lot of wood can be harvested, and melons provide a source of food. Jungle pyramids can be used as ready-made bases. However, there are several downsides. It is very difficult to construct defences, and you may have to clear out a large area - which will take a lot of time. As well as this, jungles are often large and hard to navigate, so you might need to write down the co-ordinates of your base. Treebases can be accessed by vines, and can be hidden easily.

Bamboo Jungle[edit]

Bamboo jungles share many similarities with regular jungles, except massive amounts of dense bamboo shoots and only giant jungle trees can be found.

Pros[edit]

  • Loads of bamboo.
  • Jungle pyramids 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
  • Pandas spawn here, which is more common than in regular jungles‌[Bedrock Edition only]
    • In Java Edition, the bamboo jungle is the only place where pandas can be found.
  • The large jungle trees can be made into treehouses, which are easy to protect.
  • One of the biomes where podzol can be found.
  • Parrots spawn naturally and can imitate the sound of nearby mobs, useful for detecting hostile mobs.
  • Zombie villagers spawn here wearing unique clothes which can be cured into jungle villagers.
  • Melon patches can be found, though not as abundant in the regular jungle.

Cons[edit]

  • Limited space for building due to the massive amount of bamboo.
  • Extremely thick vegetation makes it very difficult to navigate.
  • Cannot obtain pufferfish or tropical fish when fishing.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • A large amount of bamboo can lead to a frozen computer.

Useful Resources[edit]

Jungle wood, vines, podzol, loot from jungle pyramids, parrots, ocelots, bamboo, pandas, melons are useful resources found in bamboo jungles.

Multiplayer[edit]

Bamboo jungles are not recommended for many reasons. One, they have far less wood than normal jungles. Two, they can be very laggy unless you have a very good device. And three, they are both difficult to navigate and to build defences in. Even the bamboo itself has little practical use other than scaffolding and a poor fuel source.

Snowy Tundra[edit]

This biome is made up of large expanses of flat, snow-covered grass. These contain scattered trees in about the same density as plains biomes, although spruce trees generate instead of oak. There is also a sub-biome consisting of mountains which, while tall, are not as tall as the ones in the mountain biome. This biome can be beautiful, but the cold can make finding a reliable food source difficult.

Pros[edit]

  • Plenty of snow and ice.
  • The snowy landscape can be very appealing, especially when near to its mountain sub-biome or other snowy biomes.
  • Igloos, uncommon generated structures, contain the basic necessities for a starting player: A bed, crafting table, and furnace. Furthermore, an igloo has a 50% chance of containing a basement (Check under the carpet!), which can contain rare treasures for a starting player like a brewing stand and a weakness potion, as well as having a loot chest with basic loot and one golden apple, and cauldron. The player will also find two villagers, one being a zombie villager, locked in cages. Using the clues lying around, the player can learn how to cure a zombie villager.
  • Snowy villages can generate here.
    • Village shepherd houses generate chest which can be looted.
    • Snowy villages are the only place where sheep, cows and pigs spawn in this biome.
    • Some snowy village houses are made out of packed ice and blue ice.
  • In Bedrock Edition, skeletons and strays are the only monsters that can spawn in this biome, so the underground may be safe to explore as zombies can only spawn during sieges or from spawners. Spawners still spawn monsters though.
  • Rabbits can spawn here.

Cons[edit]

  • The cold temperature is not directly threatening, but any water in this biome will freeze without a nearby heat source. Thus, farming can be difficult without putting in extra effort to keep the water heated.
    • Village farm can be used as an alternative, so the player doesn't need to build a farm.
  • Cow, pig, and sheep only spawn as part of village generation.
  • Polar bears spawn fairly frequently; These neutral mobs will attack when approached if there is a cub (Otherwise will only attack when hit). They are generally best avoided unless the player needs their drop, fish.
  • When it snows, snow layers will be created on any flat, solid blocks. It can be a nuisance, but heat sources will melt the layers.
  • Top snow can stack during snowfall.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • During the night, strays spawn on the surface.
  • Pillager outposts can generate.

Useful Resources[edit]

Snow, ice, igloos (which is if it had good loot such as golden apples), snowy villages, pillager outposts, raw salmon and raw cod from polar bears, rabbits and wood from trees are useful resources found in snowy tundra biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • If the player is finding themselves low on wood, a snowy taiga biome may be nearby.

Mountains[edit]

The mountains 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 mountains biomes, it is better to build bases in the mountains, instead of on them. 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]

  • The scenery of the mountains biome is something to be desired.
  • Structure can be very beautiful if build right.
  • Emerald ore is scattered underground, providing a helpful start for trading with the wandering trader if the player cannot find a village. 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.
    • The exposed stone walls also make it easier to find early-game ores.
  • 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 farming, 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 charcoal.
  • Later on, you can make a hidden base using simple redstone here.
  • Llamas can spawn here, useful for storage pack.
  • Zombie villagers spawn here wearing unique clothes which can be cured into taiga villagers.
  • You have a high vantage point, Useful on servers and PvP

Cons[edit]

  • Heights. Falling can kill you depending on the height. The vibrant environment of the mountains 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.
  • The hilly terrain often provides very little flat ground, making it hard to build structures.
  • Hard to find sugar cane due to the lack of apparent open lakes.
  • There are relatively few trees, which can pose problems for beginning players, except if the player in wooded mountains.
  • Infested stone (releasing silverfish) are also scattered underground, which can be dangerous for the unprepared.
  • You will have to dig farther to reach ores that generate below layer 16.
  • While ores can spawn in the cliffs, it can be quite challenging to reach them because they are so high up.
  • Gravelly variants have surface almost completely made out of gravel, almost no trees at all, and slightly dangerous unsupported gravel may fall down.

Useful Resources[edit]

Cobblestone, snow, ice, stone, emerald ore, coal ore, llamas, gravel, flint, spruce wood are useful resources found in mountains biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • In Bedrock Edition, you can avoid infested stone by seeing how long it takes to mine the supposed stone block. If it takes unusually long or takes the same time to mine regardless of what tool you use, it is an infested stone. 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 infested block 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 its wooded variant (like wooded mountains) is advised.
  • Watch out for steep cliffs, falling is one of the leading causes of death in this biome. Boots enchanted with Feather Falling are strongly advised.
  • A snow golem-based snow farm is much better than a weather-based one in both simplicity, efficiency and cost. You should gather enough snow for a golem-based farm.

Stone Shore[edit]

The stone shore biome often occurs where a mountains biome meets the ocean. Therefore, stone shores have many of the advantages and disadvantages of both ocean and mountains biomes. Stone shore, despite its beach biome variant, it 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]

  • In stone shore biomes, you can often see both mountains and ocean, which makes great scenery.
  • Stone shores 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 shores often occur near mountains and oceans, this means that both emeralds and ocean monuments are available nearby.
  • Unlike in mountain biomes, water is easy to obtain in stone shores, as they are directly next to oceans.
  • Similar to mountains, stone shores contain a lot of coal and at some height will snow.
  • Buried Treasure can generate at high elevations here, so you don't need to dig below sea level.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Cons[edit]

  • No passive mobs can spawn in this biome, meaning that you have to go to another biome to get porkchops, beef, chicken, raw mutton, or rabbit.
  • Like in mountain biomes, the heights of stone shores make it difficult to navigate, and provides little level ground for houses.
  • There are no trees at all in a stone shore biome, although some dirt patch may generate, this biome never generates any trees.

Useful resources[edit]

Water, snow, ice, buried treasure, stone, coal ore are useful resources found in stone shores.

Dark Forest[edit]

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, dark 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]

  • Lots of wood.
  • Huge mushrooms, Huge mushrooms are naturally spawned near the trees.
  • The canopy 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 shelter but are very rare and difficult to find. The player will also need to light and clear the mansion of hostile mobs. The mansion can be 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 is from far away, and your explorer map may be fully explored.

Cons[edit]

  • 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 Mansions provide an instant and very gorgeous-looking shelter, although the original owners are not exactly hospitable homeowners.

Useful Resources[edit]

Dark oak wood, mushrooms, totem of undying (found when you kill a evoker found in a woodland mansion and raids) are useful resources found in dark forests.

Mesa/Canyon/Badland[edit]

The Canyon hold 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 nowhere else, you can mine out the terracotta for other projects. Like the desert or mushroom fields, it's best to start out somewhere else and return here when you have gathered some basic materials. You can also find above ground mineshafts in this biome.

Pros[edit]

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

Cons[edit]

  • Not much surface-level or near-surface-level stone.
  • It is rather hard to find wood here, and while the badlands can have oak trees, relying on the chances of spawning there is not efficient as it only generates in wooded badlands plateau variants.
  • Lack of passive mobs and therefore meats and their other products cannot be obtained.
    • In Bedrock Edition, eroded badlands can spawn cows, chickens, pigs and sheep, so it's better to live in these badlands variants.

Useful Resources[edit]

Terracotta, dead bushes, red sand, red sandstone[Java Edition only], cactus, gold, oak wood from trees in wooded badlands are useful resources found in Canyon biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • Make sure to collect the saplings from the trees in the Canyon 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, even chest loot from minecart there.

Make sure to have another biome close by to get as much food as you can.

  • Set up a resource base here for the massive amount of gold. This biome will provide you gold enough for a lifetime.
  • Terracotta is also abundant. Use your resource base for collecting them. Terracotta are awesome in building, and glazed variants are brilliant for decoration.

Desert[edit]

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. Sand can be obtained in large quantities, and cactus is rare in other biomes. Almost no water generates here, which poses a problem if spawned deep within these biomes. Also, no passive mobs spawn here other than rabbits. 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]

  • Good scene, and is an awesome place for large build (or any kind of build).
  • Desert pyramids spawn here (which contains good loot inside the treasure chests).
  • Desert villages spawn here.
    • Village temple can have chests, which can be looted.
    • Desert villages are the only place where pig, sheep, and cow can be found in this biome.
  • Generally flat terrain, except hills variants.
  • Rain does not obscure your vision from potential dangers like mobs. It also 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 animals.
  • Fossils spawn underground in this biome like the swampland biome, which can be a good source of bone meal.

Cons[edit]

  • Little water (except in desert lakes, a variant of the 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.
  • No trees or reliable way to naturally get wood.
  • Sand can suffocate you if it falls on 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%‌[Java Edition only]/70%‌[BE only] of zombies found there. They give the Hunger effect when they hit. Also, husks will not burn in daylight, and can, therefore, be dangerous for players who have trouble during mob fights, or to villagers in desert villages.
  • Pillager outposts can generate here, which supply a large amount of dark oak log and birch planks in the desert.

Useful Resources[edit]

Sand, cactus, dead bushes, sticks, sandstone, sugar cane, melon seeds from melon stems from desert village farms, rabbits, villages, wood from pillager outposts are useful resources found in desert biomes.

Tips[edit]

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

Ice Spikes[edit]

Ice spikes is a very interesting biome with its random giant spires of packed ice, which have a very pleasant appearance, but also, like the badlands, 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 an ice spikes biome, try to find one that is near a snowy taiga biome, so that you can harvest wood more easily.

Pros[edit]

  • This is one of the places where you can naturally find packed ice besides the frozen ocean and snowy villages.
  • Very beautiful and unique scene.
  • Great source of ice and snow.
  • The ice spikes in this biome are very nice to look at.
  • The packed ice can be used as spawn areas for mob grinders, or to craft blue ice.
  • A good place for ice-related builds.

Cons[edit]

  • No wood naturally spawns in the ice spike 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 spike 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 crop'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 spikes, which means that it's harder to gather resources if living in an ice spikes biome.
  • There are practically no passive mobs in this biome (aside from occasional rabbits or polar bears), which, coupled with the total lack of plants, as if things weren't bad enough, makes it ever so harder to obtain food.
  • Strays can spawn here.

Useful Resources[edit]

Packed ice, ice, snow, polar bears, rabbits are useful resources found in ice spikes biomes.

Mushroom Fields[edit]

Despite this biome being far down on the list, it is actually one of the easiest biomes to live in. However, Mushroom fields are very rare and are rarely connected to the "mainland" in any way. The most common reason for players to look for a mushroom fields biome, is the fact that no monsters naturally spawn here, although 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 "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 a bowl. The mycelium is useful for growing mushrooms, and with the exception of the dark forest biome and swamp‌[Bedrock Edition only], this is the only biome containing giant mushrooms. Normal monster spawning cannot happen at all, meaning that gunpowder is unobtainable but the drops of zombies, spiders, and skeletons are available from spawners, additionally mineshafts still generate and can spawn cave spiders. Trees also don't spawn here, meaning that wood is unavailable unless you find a shipwreck on the mushroom field shore. Make sure to bring saplings with you if you decide to build your house on a mushroom island, if you don't have saplings, wandering traders can still spawn in this biome and may sell saplings, make sure to have emeralds to buy it.

Pros[edit]

  • Mycelium, on which you can plant mushrooms independently of the light level, like podzol. Contrary to podzol, though, the mycelium will spread like grass, making it easier to obtain in large quantities.
  • Red Mooshrooms spawn here, and give a reliable infinite food source, as long as you have bowls in stock.
    • In Java and Bedrock editions, when mooshrooms breed, they have a small chance to spawn as brown mooshrooms, which if milked after being fed by flowers will give you Suspicious Stew that can inflict you with status effects depending on the flower used. Red mooshrooms also transform into brown mooshrooms when struck by lightning and vice versa.
  • Small and large mushrooms, both types(red and brown), 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 spawn within this biome, which means an overall safer experience.

Cons[edit]

  • Aside from mooshrooms, no other passive mobs spawn which makes obtaining food harder. Although, just milking the mooshroom will make far enough food.
  • 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.
    • Alternatively as long you have a composter, you can convert mushroom into bone meal.
    • Make sure to have loads of emeralds as wandering trader trades are very useful in these biomes.
  • 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.
    • The only wood source is from shipwrecks which can generate on land in mushroom field shore, though rare.
  • 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 in mushroom fields. Unless you somehow swim to the mainland, the biome connected to other biome that not ocean (very rare) or you find a shipwreck, wood is inaccessable.
  • If you spawn here, you must swim back (or go back) to the mainland (sometimes can be thousands of block away), find a shipwreck, or go to the middle of the sea to fight patrols to get emerald to buy saplings in order to get wood. If the mainland is too far away, you should consider create another world.
  • The whole island is covered in mycelium, which make it's not a good place for big builds.

Useful Resources[edit]

Mycelium, mushrooms, mushroom stew, milk, suspicious stew, planks from shipwrecks, loot from dungeon, mineshaft chest and buried treasure in mushroom field shore are useful resources found in mushroom fields biomes.

Tips[edit]

  • 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.
  • Make sure to sleep regularly in this biome, as if you forget to sleep for 3 days you will be attacked by a group of phantoms when leaving this biome (even if you just leave for one block).

Ocean / Deep Ocean[edit]

As of Update Aquatic, oceans have been reworked to be much more appealing for players to live in. Oceans spawn in temperature variants, such as warm, lukewarm, normal (basic ocean biome), cold, and frozen. Each one of these (except warm oceans) also have a "deep" variant, allowing for larger underwater structures. All ocean types can contain underwater ruins and shipwrecks, and all deep variants can contain ocean monuments.

Pros[edit]

  • All variants except for warm oceans contain kelp, which can be used as an underwater "crop" for food.
  • While warm oceans lack kelp, they are the only variant to generate coral reefs and sea pickles, which are a spectacle.
  • What variant you're in depends on what type of underwater mobs spawn. Warmer variants spawn tropical fish which come in thousands of color combinations, as well as dolphins and pufferfish; Cold (but not frozen variants) will also spawn dolphins as well as cod and salmon; squids spawn in normal and frozen variants.
  • Dolphins, when fed fish, will lead the player to a nearby underwater structure chest, likely a shipwreck or underwater ruin. They also provide the player with a dolphin's grace effect‌[Java Edition only] or instant swimming boost‌[Bedrock Edition only] that increases their swimming speed when swimming alongside them.
  • Turtles actually only spawn on beaches, but you will generally find them swimming around in the adjacent ocean. They will often head back to their home beach to lay eggs, which can be collected with silk touch or observed until they hatch to harvest scute from baby turtles.
  • Both underwater ruins and shipwrecks can contain valuable loot such as crops, books, paper, iron bars and nuggets, gold, and even diamonds and emeralds. However, their most valuable loot is the buried treasure map, which leads to a buried chest in a nearby beach biome. These chests contain more valuable minerals, as well as one heart of the sea, which is the main component to the conduit.
  • Drowned, while difficult, can sometimes drop nautilus shells (used for making conduits), or tridents, a weapon that can be used as a sword or thrown. It can also be enhanced with unique enchantments like Channeling, which calls down a lighting strike; riptide, which pulls the player along with the trident as it is thrown; or loyalty, which causes the trident to return to the player once thrown.
  • Abundant supply of ink sacs.
  • Ocean monuments are found in deep oceans. This is the only source of resources like sponges, also one of place where sea lanterns and prismarine can be found, and can be used to create guardian farms.
  • A good, deep source of water for fishing in.
  • Fish can be caught with water buckets, allowing for the player to move them to their desired location.
  • In factions or anarchy servers, this is the best biome so set up a base. You can build an impenetratable base under the bottom of the ocean or in the monument while nobody know.

Cons[edit]

  • The biggest problem with underwater activity is, of course, the lack of oxygen. The player will need to find a method for prolonged underwater living that best suits their needs, be it water breathing potions, air pockets using non-waterloggedable‌[Java Edition only] blocks, bubble columns, turtle shell helmets with or without respiration / other helmets with respiration, or the conduit structure.
  • If the player wants to build above water, islands are sparse, usually small, and low on resources. Building anything with wood, such as a ship, is difficult due to the lack of trees, although shipwrecks can be dismantled for a good amount of wood.
  • Transport in/on oceans can be difficult for early players. A boat or boots with the Frost Walker enchantment are recommended for above water, while underwater, the player can activate the sprint button to begin swimming, and/or can use boots with the Depth Strider enchantment.
  • Guardians can be found in ocean monuments, which may be deadly to unprepared players.
  • While no mainland/underground mobs will spawn underwater, drowned, a swimming zombie variant, spawn fairly frequently anywhere underwater and in ocean ruins‌[Java Edition only]. They can occasionally wield tridents, which makes them very dangerous as they can damage the player from a distance.
  • 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]

Water, dolphins, cod, salmon, kelp, sea grass, coral, sea pickles, tridents, treasure map, prismarine shards, prismarine crystals, gold, sponges, wet sponges, ink sacs and magma blocks are useful resources found in oceans and deep oceans.

Tips[edit]

  • Unless the player explicitly wants to live underwater, building on a nearby beach may be a better idea if the player is having trouble dealing with air loss or lack of resources.
  • While drowned are the only outright hostile mobs, pufferfish can inflict poison damage if you get too close, and dolphins will become hostile if attacked like wolves.
  • Build a conduit will solve all the problems of underwater living. A beacon will massively boost the player.

Frozen Ocean/Deep Frozen Ocean[edit]

Frozen ocean is an ocean with a surface completely freeze, including deep variants‌[Bedrock Edition only]. Some resources are different enough than in other ocean biomes.

Pros[edit]

  • Frozen oceans have icebergs on the surface, composed of ice, packed ice, blue ice, and snow. Blue ice won't melt regardless of biome and is the most slippery version of ice.
    • Medium-sized iceberg (one without water pool or tunnel) can also be used as a starter house in the early game, by digging a hole in it and live inside it.
  • On some occasions, a structure such as ocean ruins and shipwreck may generate inside an iceberg, which makes these structures easier to reach without diving underwater.
  • Player don't need to worry about being attacked by drowned(especially one armed with trident) since surface on the frozen ocean is ice.

Cons[edit]

  • Strays can spawn at night in the frozen ocean and deep frozen ocean, while polar bears spawn during day, which can be dangerous.
  • Underwater, these oceans are completely barren with neither kelp nor seagrass.
  • While being saved from drowned, unlike other oceans, frozen oceans also spawn regular hostile mobs, such as creepers, zombies, spiders, and witches (skeletons spawn in fewer rate). So strays are not the only hostile mobs found in here.
  • In Bedrock Edition, due to the surface in deep frozen ocean completely freezing, ocean monuments are less noticeable until the player gets mining fatigue, especially if the player travels on ice, even when the monument under feet due to surface landscape.
  • No dolphins spawn in the frozen ocean biome, which means if ruins or shipwrecks generate underwater, the player should find it manually or by fed dolphin from another ocean biome.

Useful Resources[edit]

Water, salmon, blue ice, trident, treasure map, prismarine shards, prismarine crystals, gold, sponge, wet sponge, ink sacs, magma block, cod[Bedrock Edition only]

Beach[edit]

When it comes to how to live on a beach, it really comes down to how to survive in their adjacent biomes. Beaches themselves are small biomes of barren sand/gravel except for sugar cane, turtle nests, and buried treasure, if you manage to stumble on some when terraforming. Beaches are mainly appealing for players who want to be able to see the ocean or have an above water base for ocean operations.

Pros[edit]

  • As mentioned above, beaches are good for players who want to see the ocean, but live on land, or have an above ground base when not exploring the ocean.
  • If you live near a turtle nest, turtles will lay eggs, which hatch into babies that drop scute, who grow into an adult and repeat the process. Turtles will remember their nest location meaning that the same area will be the center of turtle activity permanently. Note that the player may need to set up protection for them, as undead mobs will attempt to crush turtle eggs or kill the baby turtles.
  • You could stumble upon a buried treasure chest without a map, but it is very unlikely. Additionally, a beach dweller would find little use for a conduit.
  • Sugar cane grows adjacent to water, so a beach makes a great natural farm.
  • A good amount of sand, or gravel if you live next to a cold biome.
  • Sometimes, shipwreck generate on beach.

Cons[edit]

  • Hostile mobs are generally no worse here than any other flat, barren biome, but a turtle nest may attract unwanted attention.
  • Other cons mainly consist of the cons of your neighboring biomes.

Useful Resources[edit]

Turtle eggs, scutes, heart of the sea, sugar cane, sand, gravel and shipwrecks are useful resources found here.

Nether[edit]

With the 1.16 Nether Update, the Nether has become a more hospitable place to permanently live in than it was previously, but it is still a dangerous and difficult place to live in. Food is absent in some biomes and hard to come by in others.

In order to set the player's spawn in this dimension, a Respawn Anchor can be crafted with crying obsidian (obtained from Piglin bartering) and glowstone blocks. More glowstone blocks are required to fuel the anchor, with each death taking away one charge, and one glowstone block.

Blackstone, a stone equivalent that generates in patched within netherrack or basalt, can be used to make stone tools and furnaces. It also has its own set of decorative blocks, such as stairs, slabs, etc.

A rare ore, Ancient Debris, generates hidden within the terrain (not exposed to air). This ore, when smelted into Netherite Scrap and combined with gold ingots, can be turned into Netherite Ingots. If the player can obtain a Smithing Table, they can use these ingots to upgrade any diamond gear to the most powerful toolset tier available.

Three notable structures generate in the Nether, those being Nether Fortresses, Bastion Remnants, and Ruined Portals. Nether Fortresses offer useful loot such as nether warts and blaze rods for brewing, saddles for Striders, iron/gold ingots, obsidian, and diamonds. Wither Skeletons can drop their skulls, which can be used in conjuncion with soul sand/soil to summon the Wither. Bastion Remnants offer an abundance of blackstone, chains, and gold blocks, as well as a variety of gold and (rarely) netherite related items. The pigstep music disc can also be obtained here. Ruined Portals are incomplete nether portals often accompanied by crying obsidian, a gold block or two, and likely a chest containing some gold and a flint and steel to ignite the portal, if the player has enough obsidian to restore it.

Useful Resourcess[edit]

The following items, blocks, and entities can be found throughout the Nether in all or most biomes: Netherrack, Blackstone, Nether Quartz Ore, Nether Gold Ore, Glowstone, Soul Sand, Lava (for smelting), Mushrooms, Nether Fortress loot, Bastion Remnant loot, Ruined Portal loot, Ghast Tears, Gunpowder, Magma Cream, Enderpearls, Rotten Flesh, Striders

Warped Forest[edit]

The easiest of the new biomes introduced to settle down in is the Warped Forest. This is a fairly crowded forest of blue warped fungi trees, which provide a blue-tinted wood that can be used in place of Overworld wood types to make a crafting station, sticks, tools, etc. Endermen are the only hostile mob to spawn in this biome, and combat can be avoided if players are careful to not look near their eyes.

Pros[edit]

  • It is the least hostile Nether biome.
  • Wood can be obtained from blue warped fungi trees, a necessary material for long term survival.
  • Nether Fortresses cannot generate in a Warped Forest biome (although they can generate into one if a neighboring biome generates the fortress), meaning blazes, wither skeletons, and normal skeletons will likely not be encountered.
  • As wtih all Nether biomes, Striders spawn in the lava lakes in this biome. For the player's safety, this is the best biome to house them in.
  • The Warped Fungi found in this biome can be used to ward off Hoglins in the Crimson Forest.
  • Twisting Vines are a flora that grows upward-similarly to kelp-that can be climbed like a ladder. Unlike ladders, they do not require a support block to be placed (aside from the block the bottom vine is placed on), meaning they are excellent for scaling cliffs or reaching higher levels of the Nether.
  • Thanks to the increased spawning of Endermen in this biome compared to the rest of the Nether, this biome makes a efficient place to gather enderpearls.

Cons[edit]

  • Due to Enderman and Striders being the only mobs to spawn here, food cannot be obtained from killing mobs. No crops can be obtained here either, meaning the only option for food is for players to venture to another biome to forage/hunt.
  • Bastions can generate in this biome, meaning Piglins may be a threat if the forest the player settles in happens to have one.

Useful Resources[edit]

Warped Stem, Warped Fungi, Twisting Vines, Enderpearls

Crimson Forest[edit]

The Crimson Forest is a red counterpart to the Warped Forest, with more dangerous mobs inhabiting it. While this makes surviving mobs harder than in the Warped Forest, the Crimson Forest offers food option that the Warped Forest cannot. It is up to the player to decide which of the two biomes is more desirable. Piglins inhabit this biome, meaning the player will need to equip at least one piece of gold armor to prevent them from attacking on sight. Piglins also become angered whenever opening a chest or mining Nether gold ore within their line of sight, so the player may want to enclose their chests in a windowless room to prevent Piglin attacks.

Pros[edit]

  • Wood can be obtained from red crimson fungi trees, a necessary material for long term survival.
  • If the player has gold armor to wear and gold ingots to spare, Piglins can be bartered with for many useful items. See Bartering for more information on what items can be obtained.
  • Hoglins, while dangerous hostile mobs, are a renewable source of pork if farmed. They can be bred with Crimson Fungi, although the player must take care to build a safe farm area for themselves.
  • The weeping vines in this biome are the Crimson Forest equivalent of the Warped Forest's twisting vines. Unlike the twisting vines, weeping vines grow downward from the underside of a block, instead of upward. This makes them more suited for creating a safe way down a cliff or ceiling, if used carefully.

Cons[edit]

  • As stated previously, Piglins and Hoglins are potential threats, especially Hoglins who cannot be pacified with gold like Piglins. However, they can be warded off with Warped Fungi. If the player does not have gold to pacify Piglins, they can similarly be warded off with soul fire related items.
  • Bastion Remnants and Nether Fortresses can generate in this biome, potentially making the forest much more dangerous.
  • Mining gold ore or opening a chest near Piglins will cause them to become hostile towards the player, whether or not they are wearing gold armor or have soul related items nearby.

Useful Resources[edit]

Crimson Stem, Crimson Fungi, Weeping Vines, Hoglins, Bartering loot

Basalt Deltas[edit]

Basalt Deltas are a unique biome in the Nether, as netherrack rarely generates within it (aside from structures). Instead, basalt and blackstone make up most of the terrain. Small lava pools are dotted around the biome, and Magma Cubes spawn much more commonly here than elsewhere, with the rare Ghast being the only other naturally spawning mob.

Pros[edit]

  • Blackstone, a necessary block for making furnaces and stone tools, is in abundance here.
  • Basalt makes for a unique building block.
  • An abundance of magma cubes means plenty of magma cream to be gathered, which can be used in brewing to make fire resistance potions. Considering the fire and lava immunity this potion gives, it can be very worthwhile to brew these potions considering the Nether's general terrain.
  • Ores generate at double the rate here than in any other biome, and they can be easy to spot due to using a netherrack based texture contrasting against the basalt/blackstone.

Cons[edit]

  • The frequent lava pools are a constant threat, and the jagged terrain can make them hard to spot beyond ridges or in small holes.
  • There is no food to be found in this biome. The player will need to bring food from another biome.
  • Magma cubes, while slow, are a dangerous mob due to their large hitbox to deal damage with when they leap onto the player, as well as their ability to split into smaller and weaker, but numerous, duplicates upon death.

Useful Resources[edit]

Basalt, Blackstone, Magma Cream

Nether Wastes[edit]

The Nether Wastes is a biome that matches the pre-1.16 Nether generation, meaning it is a barren netherrack cavern with little to offer in terms of survival.

Pros[edit]

  • If the player has gold armor to wear and gold ingots to trade, the Nether Wastes is a safer alternative for Piglin bartering than the Crimson Forest, as Hoglins are absent from this biome.
  • It ties with the soul sand valley as the biome with the most open skyline, and this biome is much safer than the soul sand valley.
  • The previous point also allows for plenty of space for the player to built.

Cons[edit]

  • There is no food to be found in this biome, aside from what can be obtained from Piglin bartering. The player may need to bring food from another biome.
  • Piglins and Ghasts can cause trouble for players who are unprepared. Zombified Piglins also spawn here commonly, although they are neutral and will only attack if they are attacked by the player.

Useful Resources[edit]

Bartering Loot

Soulsand Valley[edit]

Soulsand Valleys are by far the most trying biome to live in amongst the Nether biomes. The biome is coated in a floor of soul sand, making traversing slow. Skeletons and Ghasts spawn frequently here, which when combined with the slowing nature of soul sand, can be very dangerous to the player. Soul fire is present in this biome, and occurs whenever soul sand or soil is set on fire. It deals double the damage of normal fire, but using soul sand/soil in certain crafting recipies can allow the player to craft soul fire variants of useful blocks, such as soul torches and soul campfires.

Pros[edit]

  • Nether fossil structures generate frequently here, allowing for the harvesting of a large quantity of bone blocks for building or bone/bonemeal related purposed.
  • Soul sand and soul soil are abundant, meaning it is a good place to gather them for nether wart farming or soul fire related blocks.
  • Basalt also generates in this biome in stelagtite formations.

Cons[edit]

  • Skeletons and Ghasts spawn here in droves. This combined with soul sand to slow the player down, it can be very dangeous to live in this biome.
  • There is no food to be found in this biome. The player will need to bring food from another biome.

Useful Resources[edit]

Bone Blocks, Soul Sand, Soul Soil, Basalt, Bones, Arrows, Ghast Tears, Gunpowder

The End[edit]

This dimension would not be advisable for beginner players, but for players who want an advanced challenge, the End could serve as a home after the final boss is defeated. The End dimension is made up of two different areas: The Center Island where the final boss is fought; And the Outer Islands that begin generating 1000 blocks from the center. The Center Island is a somewhat small landmass that is made up of end stone, obsidian and bedrock. The outer islands feature many endstone islands, chorus plants, and valuable end cities. Should the player chose to live solely in this biome without important items from the Overworld (as if they had spawned into the world for the first time), the Center Island is uninhabitable on its own merits; it offers no food or resources to collect. The Outer Islands must be reached in order to obtain necessary resources. Note that the player will need to kill the final boss before the challenge begins, as it will likely kill an item-less player in a few seconds.

Central Island[edit]

This is the location the player will first encounter when entering the End, and is the location of the Ender Dragon boss. For long-term survival, the Ender Dragon will have to be defeated, as the boss will destroy any blocks other than obsidian or

Pros[edit]

  • Plenty of ender pearls. Ender pearls could be easily farmed.
  • The island is a large, flat, open space, meaning there is plenty of room for building. Although, the obsidian pillars would be a nightmare to remove if desired, as their size and the mining time of obsidian would make the project very tedious.
  • The sole portal back to the Overworld is located here, as well as all the portals to the outer islands created by killing Ender Dragons.
  • This is also the place where the player will consistently spawn within the End from the Overworld, so making the area safe is recommended.

Cons[edit]

  • There is no food to be found on the center island. Chorus fruits only generate on the outer islands. The player will have to bring food from another biome/dimension.
  • If the Ender Dragon were to be re-summoned, it would likely cause severe damage to any structures the player had built.

Useful Resources[edit]

Endstone, Obsidian, Exit Portal, End Gateway Portals, Dragon Egg, Enderpearls

Outer Islands[edit]

The outer islands of the End are more sustainable than the central island, but they are still a harrowing challenge. The biome consists of large Endstone islands that are usually separated by gaps dozens of blocks wide. Enderpearls or bridges can be used to cross these gaps, but be wary of angering Endermen, as they can teleport onto the bridge and easily knock the player off.

Pros[edit]

  • Plenty of ender pearls. Ender pearls could be easily farmed.
  • Plenty of chorus plants can be collected, which, while serving as a sufficient food source, will randomly teleport the player when eaten.
  • An End City can provide some of the tools the player had been lacking, including enchanted iron/diamond tools and armor. The most valuable loot is the elytra, found on the flying ships in an end city. This item can make traversing the vast chasms between islands much easier. Also, the cities can be renovated or deconstructed for their unique building blocks, some of the only ones the player can obtain.
  • Given that both chests and shulker shells can be obtained in End Cities, the player can create shulker boxes for mobile storage needs.

Cons[edit]

  • Living in this biome without items from the overworld is brutal.
  • To get to the outer islands, the player must either bridge to them, use a flying machine, or kill the ender dragon and get into the end gateway, either by using an ender pearl or placing water and swimming into the gateway.
  • Once the outer islands are reached, the player will need to head to an end city for tools. These structures are quite dangerous due to the shulker mobs scattered about. Given that the only thing the player will be armed with at this point is ender pearls and chorus fruit, the challenge comes with making it to the chests at the top of the towers/the end ship without being able to efficiently kill shulkers. While the towers are designed so that all areas can be reached by foot, albeit requiring parkour while under attack from shulkers, with the exception of the ship, the shulker bullets will prove difficult to avoid. A few ideas include using the shulker's bullets to your advantage to levitate upward, although it requires the consumption of chorus fruit to keep your health up, which may teleport you back down a few blocks. You could use the chorus fruit as well, in hopes that it progressively teleports you upward. The best strategy is likely using ender pearls, although you will need many, which requires a lot of bare-handed enderman farming.
  • Crossing to other islands can be achieved by either: throwing ender pearls or making bridges of chorus plant blocks. Once the player loots an end city, they could build block bridges or use elytra.
  • Endermen are everywhere and deadly to an unarmed player, so keep your head down and avoid eye contact.
  • The player will likely be using a lot of ender pearls, which can occasionally spawn endermites. While weak, they attract enderman which can teleport or walk in front of the players vision.

Useful Resources[edit]

Endstone, Purpur, Shulker Shells, Shulker Boxes, Enderpearls, End City Loot, Elytra, Chorus Fruit, Chorus Flower, Ender Chests

Other[edit]

While not technically biomes, these areas offer different base building experiences than any biome and may be desirable to some players.

Sky[edit]

Building high above the surface can be challenging, as there is a constant danger of falling, and the player will need to set up farms to sustain themselves without taking trips to the surface. However, building a skybase can allow the player lots of creative freedom without any land to get in their way.

  • The vast areas between islands in the End is similar to living in the Sky in the Overworld, with the added Con of it naturally being very dark at all times and Endermen spawning frequently.

Pros[edit]

  • At this height, the player will not have much difficulty lighting up their sky base, the only place where hostile mobs could spawn and attack. Phantoms are the sole exception, spawning in the air regardless of light level, but they can be avoided by sleeping frequently.
  • Depending on your render distance and height, you may be able to see the surface which provides a nice aerial view.
  • With no land obstructions, the player can exercise complete creative freedom, and have plenty of space for any structure.
  • A sky base is perfect for factions or anarchy servers. With only mild protection, it could be impenertratable.

Cons[edit]

  • There are absolutely no natural resources in the sky (with the exception of snow fall creating snow layers in some biome's skies, and rain fall filling cauldrons with water in some other's). The player will need to make cargo trips from the surface during building their sky base to bring up necessary resources and farmables.
  • Constant danger of falling off if not careful, likely at a height that will kill the player.
  • Unless the player intents to live on their sky base 100%, a way of getting up and down to the surface is necessary, such as a very long ladder.

Underground[edit]

As an opposite to the sky, the underground may require the player to spend lots of time mining out space for structures. Any room or cave near the players base will need to be lit up sufficiently to prevent mob spawning, however, a wandering trader along with two trader llamas can also spawn underground. However, the player would be living right next to a vast amount of resources such as iron, diamond, and more. While likely less desirable than living on the surface, living in the underground can provide a unique survival experience.

Pros[edit]

  • Immediate access to the underground's vast mining resources
  • Plenty of stone, dirt, ores, etc.
  • A cave, especially one that is big and/or opens up at the surface, can be transformed into an improvised home.
  • The player may find structures like Strongholds or Abandoned Mine Shafts suitable to easily change into a home.
  • Due to their trades, Wandering traders that spawn underground can serve as underground shops for useful resources that would otherwise require the player to go to the surface.
  • Perfect for a secret base/room.

Cons[edit]

  • Many hazards such as hostile mobs in the dark, lava lakes, loose gravel that can create cave-ins, dungeons and other structures.
  • Lots of mining may need to be done to clear out an area for a desired structure.
  • Many resources needed for ongoing survival such as wood and foods will require the player either first bring them from the surface, or find a structure such as an Abandoned Mineshaft or Stronghold that provides such things, wandering trader may also solve the problem as long as the player has a large quantity of emeralds.

Useful Resources[edit]

Stone, dirt, gravel, andesite, diorite, granite, iron, gold, redstone, lapis lazuli, diamonds, emeralds, obsidian, dungeon/abandoned mineshaft/stronghold Loot and mob farming opportunities are useful resources found here.

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