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A plains biome. A pillager outpost can be seen close to a village.

Plains are temperate grasslands biomes. They are among the first biomes added to the game. There are two plains biome variants in the biome family. They are the second most common biome, with Forest being slightly more common.

Description[]

Plains are grassy and mostly flat. Many of the grass blocks are covered in grass or tall grass. Oak trees generate sometimes; 13 are large. Rarely, these trees have bees and bee nests.

Some patches of plains grow various colors of tulips and these patches, along with flower forests, are the only places where tulips generate. Oxeye daisies, cornflower, and azure bluets flowers sporadically generate within the plains. Sunflowers are found in the sunflower variation.

Villages from plains use oak planks and logs. Pillager outposts generate as well, but are even rarer.

Horses spawn in plains biomes. In Bedrock Edition, this is the only biome where donkeys can spawn.

Despite the calmness, survival in plains biomes can be a little hard due to the relative sparseness of the biome, though villages can serve as a temporary refuge if they are found. Oak trees sparsely generate, making wood scarce should one not want to tear down village houses or battle pillagers in outpost for wood. Additionally, the amounts of grass can prove to be a nuisance when building a shelter or combating. However, tamed horses can serve as a method of travel, allowing players to more efficiently explore their surroundings for more resources.

There are some unique features concerning the plains biome in the game's world generation: small forest biomes often generate in patches within large plains, and small plains generate in patches within large dark forest or deep oceans as glades.

Variants[]

There are two plains biome variants.

Plains[]

Plains
Plains.png
Type

Temperate/Lush

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.8

Structures

Villages
Pillager Outposts

Blocks

Grass Block
Tall Grass
Oak Log
Oak Leaves
Bee Nest
Azure Bluet
Oxeye Daisy
Cornflower
Various Tulips
Vines[BE only]
Mushrooms[BE only]

The plains biome is the most abundant variant. Plains biomes are common in a Minecraft world, generating in both temperate and dry biome clusters. It also generates as a separation when a swamp biome generates alongside a desert.

In Java Edition
MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12464
Pig10464
Chicken10464
Cow8464
Horse5462–6
Donkey1461–3
Hostile category
Spider1005154
Zombie955154
Zombie Villager55151
Skeleton1005154
Creeper1005154
Slime[note 1]1005154
Enderman105151–4
Witch55151
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.
In Bedrock Edition
MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12452–3
Pig10451–3
Chicken10452–4
Cow8452–3
Horse4452–6
Donkey1452–6
Hostile category
Spider1004951
Zombie954952–4
Zombie Villager54952–4
Skeleton804951–2
Creeper1004951
Slime[note 1]1004951
Enderman104951–2
Witch54951
Ambient category
Bat10102
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.


Sunflower plains[]

"Sunflower Plains" redirects here. For the double plant, called sunflower, see Flower.
Sunflower plains
Sunflower Plains.png
Type

Temperate/Lush

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.8

Structures

Villages[BE only]
Pillager Outposts[BE only]

Blocks

Grass Block
Tall Grass
Sunflower
Oak Log
Oak Leaves
Bee Nest
Azure Bluet
Oxeye Daisy
Cornflower
Various Tulips
Vines[BE only]
Mushrooms[BE only]

Typically found in large patches within regular plains, the sunflower plains features large numbers of sunflowers across its landscape, and is the only place where sunflowers may generate. The sunflowers make for a good source of yellow dye and a makeshift compass, as they always face east. The terrain and mob spawning is otherwise no different from the regular plains.

Villages and outposts still generate here.‌[BE only]

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Plainsplainsbiome.minecraft.plains
Sunflower Plainssunflower_plainsbiome.minecraft.sunflower_plains

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
[No displayed name]plains1
[No displayed name]sunflower_plains129

History[]

Before alpha 1.2.0, flatter areas similar to plains existed within "plains" landforms which were randomly generated across the world as true biomes did not exist yet.

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded true biomes, including plains.
Plains were defined by having a rainfall value of over 45% and a temperature value over 97%.
Java Edition Beta
1.61.6 Test Build 3added tall grass. it generates here in abundance.
1.8Pre-releaseAdded villages, which can generate in the plains biome.
Java Edition
1.7.213w36aAdded sunflower plains variant, along with many other biomes.
Tall grass, azure bluets and oxeye daisies now generate in the plains biome.
Tulips now generate in patches within plains biomes.
1.1016w20aPlains and sunflower plains now have some trees (5% of chunks). 13 large oak, 23 normal oak.
1.13pre5The biome ID of sunflower plains has changed from mutated_plains to sunflower_plains.
1.1418w43aCornflower now generates in normal/sunflower plains.
18w47aAdded pillager outposts, which can spawn in plains biomes.
1.1519w34aBee nests now spawn attached to trees in plains biomes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Added biomes, including plains.
v0.9.0build 1Added sunflower plains variant, along with many other biomes.
Added villages, which can generate in plains biome.
v0.15.0build 1Added horses, which can spawn in plains and sunflower plains biome.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Added cornflowers, which can generate in plains biomes.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can spawn in plains biomes.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added Illager patrol, which can spawn in plains.
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Plains now have bees and bee nests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added the plains biome.[verify]
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added the sunflower plains variant, along with many other biomes.
1.91 Added pillager outposts, which can spawn in plains biomes.

Trivia[]

  • The plains biome also generates in patches within dark forest and regular deep ocean biomes, similar to how hills biomes generate within their respective base biomes.
  • Plains use regular forest and wooded hills as their hills biome variants.

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