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The forest biome is one of the most common biomes in Minecraft, and it holds some useful resources for players. Most obvious is the abundance of trees, which can be harvested for wood. However, this also makes the biome dangerous, as they lower a player's visibility, making it more difficult to spot hostile mobs. Most passive animal species can be found in a forest biome, as well as flowers (necessary for making dyes), mushrooms, and grass (useful for gathering seeds).
The Forest biome has both major advantages and disadvantages when it comes to survival. The area is highly populated with oak and occasional birch trees, providing a mass of wood available for logging and usage by the player. One should avoid making a base in the heart of the forest, for the following will happen: Mobs will spawn more often in a forest due to the lack of light in specific areas, making for a terrifying location to call home. A general strategy early in-game is to make a base away from a forest, and only venture there to gather wood, leaves, and other resources, at the least. At the most, later in-game, going there to kill enemy mobs for resources.
There are a few variations of the forest biome:
- Birch Forest - Only includes birch trees, however, some oak trees are possible. It looks much like the oak forest biome, although none of the birch trees can be large like their oak variants. If the biome is a hilly version, the birch trees can be extra tall.
- Flower Forest - These are forests with oak trees, but have many different types of flowers scattered around the area.