Dripstone Caves

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For the dripstone features found in caves, see Dripstone Cluster.
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This article describes content that may be included in Java Edition and Bedrock Edition. 
This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.17 and Bedrock Edition 1.17.0 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
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This page contains content on features that are part of Experimental Gameplay in Bedrock Edition. 
These features may be properly added in a future update, but requires the "Caves and 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

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, 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. They mostly appear like regular caves, except with patches of dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone. Large dripstone clusters structures generate occasionally inside ravines.

Dripstone caves cannot generate naturally in normal worlds, but can be generated with a buffet or custom world type[Java Edition only]. In Bedrock Edition, it generates randomly underground.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Dripstone Cavesdripstone_cavesbiome.minecraft.dripstone_caves

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
[No displayed name]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
1.17.0beta caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind experimental gameplay toggle.


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