Dripstone Caves

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Dripstone Caves
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Dripstone Block
Pointed Dripstone

The dripstone caves biome is an underground biome filled with pointed dripstone and dripstone blocks.


On the surface, this biome is indistinguishable from a plains biome.(Java Edition only)

Underground, dripstone caves generate as a cave biome but with dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone both hanging as stalactites and growing from the ground as stalagmites. They mostly appear like regular caves, except with patches of dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone. Large dripstone clusters structures generate occasionally inside ravines.

In Java Edition, dripstone caves cannot generate naturally in normal worlds, but can be generated with a buffet or custom world type.

In Bedrock Edition, dripstone features generate throughout the Overworld caves.

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Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Dripstone Cavesdripstone_cavesbiome.minecraft.dripstone_caves


October 3, 2020The dripstone caves biome is shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w49aAdded the dripstone caves.
21w03adripstone_caves display name is now Dripstone Caves instead of Dripstone caves.[1]
March 22, 2021Henrik Kniberg shows the natural generation of dripstone caves.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.220beta the dripstone caves. They don't naturally generate yet and are only accessible through add-ons.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta features now generate throughout caves in the Overworld.


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  • The Sơn Đoòng cave in Vietnam was of particular inspiration when coming up with the features of dripstone caves.[2]