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For the dripstone features found in caves, see Dripstone Cluster.

The dripstone caves biome is an Overworld cave biome filled with clusters and pillars of pointed dripstone and dripstone blocks.


Large dripstone

A dripstone cluster.

Dripstone caves generate underground at any altitude. They favor generating beneath areas with high continentalness values, which means they are usually found far inland, and are essentially never found under ocean biomes or bordering a coast.

Dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone both hanging as stalactites and growing from the ground as stalagmites, small water wells of 1×1 blocks are generated in the ground. They mostly appear like regular caves, except with patches of dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone. Large dripstone clusters structures generate occasionally inside ravines. This biome also generates larger copper ore blobs compared to other biomes. In Java Edition, drowned are able to spawn in aquifers.

When exposed to the surface, the surface is made entirely out of stone with occasional patches of dripstone.

The following mobs are naturally spawned here:

In Java Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Underground water creature category
Glow Squid14–6
Ambient category
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1006104
Zombie Villager56101
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.
In Bedrock Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1005951
Zombie Villager55952–4
Creature category
Glow Squid12–4
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.



These music tracks play while the player is in the Dripstone Caves.

in Minecraft
Gameplay Soundtrack Title Soundtrack Track preview Weight
hal1.ogg The Overworld "Subwoofer Lullaby" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 3 1
hal4.ogg The Overworld "Danny" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 21 1
nuance1.ogg The Overworld "Key" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 1 1
nuance2.ogg The Overworld "Oxygène" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 9 1
wending.ogg Dripstone Caves, Grove, Jagged Peaks, Stony Peaks, and Menu screen "Wending" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 4 File:Wending.ogg 2
infinite_amethyst.ogg Dripstone Caves, Grove, and Menu screen "Infinite Amethyst" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 5 File:Infinite amethyst.ogg 1
an_ordinary_day.ogg Dripstone Caves, Snowy Slopes, and Menu screen "An Ordinary Day" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 10 File:An ordinary day.ogg 1

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Dripstone Cavesdripstone_cavesbiome.minecraft.dripstone_caves

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID
[No displayed name]dripstone_caves188


October 3, 2020The dripstone caves biome is shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1720w49aAdded the dripstone caves.
21w03adripstone_caves display name is now Dripstone Caves instead of Dripstone caves.[2]
March 22, 2021Henrik Kniberg shows the natural generation of dripstone caves.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Dripstone caves now generate naturally.
experimental snapshot 4Larger blobs of copper ore now generate in dripstone caves.
experimental snapshot 5Dripstone caves now place stone instead of grass blocks when they leak out of cave entrances.
21w39aDrowned are now able to spawn in aquifers inside dripstone caves.
Zombies no longer spawn in dripstone caves.
21w40aZombies once again spawn in dripstone caves.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta the dripstone caves. They don't naturally generate yet and are only accessible through add-ons.
beta caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind experimental gameplay toggle.
beta caves can now generate below Y=0 to Y=-64.
beta caves now place stone instead of grass blocks when they leak out of cave entrances.
1.18.0beta caves can now generate naturally by default, and no longer have to be enabled with experimental gameplay toggle.
Larger blobs of copper ore now generate in dripstone caves.


Issues relating to "Dripstone Caves" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The Sơn Đoòng cave in Vietnam was of particular inspiration when coming up with the features of dripstone caves.[3]


See also[]


  1. MCPE-142225 — Dripstone Caves biome temperature is too cold
  2. MC-207250 — "Dripstone caves biome name is not properly capitalized" — resolved as "Fixed".
  3. "One of the sources of inspiration for the new Minecraft caves & the large dripstone was Hang Son Doong caves in Vietnam. Mind blowing place with 80 meter stalagmites and other craziness!"@henrikkniberg on X, February 12, 2021
  4. https://youtu.be/vdrn4ouZRvQ

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