Dripstone cluster

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Dripstone cluster
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Dripstone caves

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Dripstone clusters are large dripstone block structures found uncommonly in most cave biomes, but generate commonly in dripstone caves.


Dripstone clusters generate inside large dripstone caves, going from the ceiling to the floor of the cave. Clusters may also rarely generate in other cave types as well.[more information needed] Due to their size, they are usually only generated in canyons and noise caves.


Dripstone clusters take the form of either a separated stalagmite and stalactite or a stalagnate, composed entirely of dripstone blocks. The maximum possible size of a stalagnate varies depending on the available space.

Stalagnates generate around two positions selected on the floor and ceiling of a cave, which may potentially be separated by several blocks horizontally. The shape of stalagmites is determined by the function l(r)=scale((3/4)r^(4/3)-r^(2/3)-1/3ln(r)).

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October 3, 2020Dripstone clusters are announced and shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
November 18, 2020Henrik Kniberg tweeted a picture of the equation used to generate the shape of stalagmites.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w49aAdded dripstone clusters.
21w13aDripstone clusters can now be found rarely in regular caves.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.220beta the dripstone clusters. They don't naturally generate yet and are only accessible through add-ons.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta clusters now generate throughout caves in the Overworld.


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  • For a brief time in snapshot 21w06a, dripstone clusters were one of the only underground structures that did not generate correctly in negative y levels. This was because the developers initially hardcoded the minimum y level to be 0, intending to change it when changing the world height, then forgot to.