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

Underground

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.8‌[Java Edition only]
0.2‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Blocks

Dripstone Block
Pointed Dripstone
Water
Copper Ore

Grass color


 #91BD59
[JE only]

 #8AB689
[BE only]

Foliage color


 #77AB2F
[JE only]

 #6DA36B
[BE only]

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

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

Description[]

A dripstone cluster.

Dripstone caves generate commonly as an underground biome with 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. Drowned are able to spawn in aquifers.

When generated through a single biome world, the surface is made entirely out of stone with occasional patches of dripstone.

In Java Edition, the mob spawn rate for dripstone caves is:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Water creature category
Glow Squid10104–6
Hostile category
Spider100611.254
Zombie95611.254
Drowned95611.254
Zombie Villager5611.251
Skeleton100611.254
Creeper100611.254
Slime[note 1]100611.254
Enderman10611.251–4
Witch5611.251
Spider Jockey1611.251
Chicken Jockey0.25611.251
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition :

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Spider995951
Zombie94.255952–4
Zombie Villager55952–4
Drowned1005951–2
Skeleton805951–2
Creeper1005951
Slime[note 1]1005951
Enderman105951–2
Witch55951
Spider Jockey15951
Chicken Jockey0.755951
Passive category
Glow Squid10102–4
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.



Sounds[]

Music[]

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

Filename
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 2
infinite_amethyst.ogg Dripstone Caves, Grove, and Menu screen "Infinite Amethyst" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 5 1
an_ordinary_day.ogg Dripstone Caves, Snowy Slopes, and Menu screen "An Ordinary Day" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 10 1

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Dripstone Cavesdripstone_cavesbiome.minecraft.dripstone_caves

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID
[No displayed name]dripstone_caves?

History[]

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.[1]
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 1.16.220.50Added the dripstone caves. They don't naturally generate yet and are only accessible through add-ons.
beta 1.17.0.50Dripstone caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind experimental gameplay toggle.
beta 1.17.20.22Dripstone caves can now generate below Y=0 to Y=-64.
beta 1.17.40.21Dripstone caves now place stone instead of grass blocks when they leak out of cave entrances.
1.18.0beta 1.18.0.20Dripstone 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.
beta 1.18.0.21Drowned are now able to spawn in aquifers inside dripstone caves.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

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

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