[ #3F76E4JE 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.
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|October 3, 2020||The dripstone caves biome is shown at Minecraft Live 2020.|
|1.17||20w49a||Added the dripstone caves.|
|March 22, 2021||Henrik Kniberg shows the natural generation of dripstone caves.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.18||Experimental Snapshot 1||Dripstone caves now generate naturally.|
|experimental snapshot 4||Larger blobs of copper ore now generate in dripstone caves.|
|experimental snapshot 5||Dripstone caves now place stone instead of grass blocks when they leak out of cave entrances.|
|Caves & Cliffs (experimental)||beta 18.104.22.168||Added the dripstone caves. They don't naturally generate yet and are only accessible through add-ons.|
|beta 22.214.171.124||Dripstone caves now generate throughout the Overworld behind experimental gameplay toggle.|
|1.17.10||release||Dripstone caves can now generate naturally outside the beta versions behind experimental gameplay toggle.|
|1.17.30||beta 126.96.36.199||Dripstone caves can now generate below Y=0 to Y=-64 if the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled.|
- The Sơn Đoòng cave in Vietnam was of particular inspiration when coming up with the features of dripstone caves.
A large cavern below y=0 in the Dripstone Caves biome. Multiple dripstone clusters are visible.
- – "Dripstone caves biome name is not properly capitalized" – resolved as "Fixed"
- "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 Twitter, February 12, 2021