Abandoned Mineshafts are naturally generated structures that were added in Beta 1.8, along with strongholds. They were also added in TU5 for the Xbox 360 Edition and 0.9.0 for Pocket Edition.


Abandoned mineshafts are usually filled with cobwebs and many cave spider spawners. Entrances to the spawner rooms are filled with cobwebs, so it's best to bring some shears. Abandoned mineshafts are also rich with ores. The support beams are made of wood planks and fences. Abandoned mineshafts provide a very good source of wood while a player mines underground. There is a rare chance that mineshafts will generate inside of a ravine and intersect said ravine.


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. Pocket Edition did not have any chests in mineshafts until 0.14.0.


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



  • 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.



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