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Abandoned Mineshafts are naturally generated structures that were added in Java Edition Beta 1.8, Pocket Edition alpha 0.9.0, and all Legacy Console Editions.

Overview

Abandoned mineshafts are typically filled with a maze of corridors that include rails and an occasional Minecart with Chest, along with chest loot, Cave Spider spawners, cobwebs, and various hostile mobs. They generate naturally underground in the Overworld.

Abandoned mineshafts can also generate on the surface in badlands biomes, which generate Gold Ore far more often and at higher altitudes than other biomes.

Structures

There are minecarts with chests throughout the abandoned mineshafts that contain resources, such as gold and iron ingots, rails, golden apples, or seeds. Rails can also be found during the excavation in the shaft. On occasion, abandoned mineshafts can connect to strongholds or dungeons.

Exploring

Exploring a mineshaft can be quite dangerous but otherwise beneficial. Be sure to bring the following:

Loot

Trivia

  • In the Beta 1.8 pre-releases 1 and 2, support beams in mines were only made of planks. Fences were added later in the Beta 1.8 version.
  • All abandoned mineshafts have a companion cave that follows it.
  • Mineshafts intersecting a dungeon or stronghold are more common in the console editions because worlds are much smaller, and they provide less area for the structures to generate separately.
  • A rare glitch can cause a mineshaft to be floating in the sky when using the preset "Desert" for a superflat world.
  • In mesa biomes, above-ground mineshafts can generate.
    • These mineshafts are made out of dark oak planks, and gold ore is more abundant. These are also, sometimes, the only source of wood in the mesa biome.

Gallery

Mineshaft

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