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For the dripstone features found in caves, see Dripstone Cluster.
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This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.18 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
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These features may be properly added in a future update, but requires the "Caves & Cliffs" option toggled to be enabled in the current version.
Dripstone Caves
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0.8‌[Java Edition only]
0.2‌[Bedrock Edition only]


Dripstone Block
Pointed Dripstone
Copper Ore

Grass color

[JE only]

[BE only]

Foliage color

[JE only]

[BE only]

Water color

[JE only]

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


A dripstone cluster.

On the surface, this biome is indistinguishable from a plains biome, except from cold looking grass‌[Bedrock 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, 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 1.18 Experimental Snapshot 1, Dripstone Caves generates naturally underground. In Bedrock Edition, it generates randomly underground in caves if the Experimental Gameplay feature is turned on.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Dripstone Cavesdripstone_cavesbiome.minecraft.dripstone_caves

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID
[No displayed name]dripstone_caves?


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.
Upcoming Java Edition
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.
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.
1.17.10releaseDripstone caves can now generate naturally outside the beta versions behind experimental gameplay toggle.
1.17.30beta caves can now generate below Y=0 to Y=-64 if the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled.


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.[2]