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Not to be confused with Meadow or Snowy Plains.

A plains biome. A flower field along with some cows can be seen.

Plains are flat grasslands biomes. They are among the first biomes added to the game. There are two plains biome variants in the biome family.


Plains biomes are quite common and expansive, and often border forests and savannas.

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 (120), 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, cornflowers, dandelions, poppys and azure bluets flowers sporadically generate within the plains. Sunflowers are found in the sunflower variation.

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.

Horses and donkeys spawn in plains biomes. The following mobs are naturally spawned here:

In Java Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1005154
Zombie Villager55151
Ambient category
Creature category
Underground water creature category
Glow Squid14–6
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.
In Bedrock Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1004951
Zombie Villager54952–4
Creature category
Glow Squid10552–4
Ambient category
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.


There are two plains biome variants: plains and sunflower plains.


The plains biome is the most abundant variant, which are common in a Minecraft world.

Villages generate in plains, using oak planks and logs. Pillager outposts generate here as well.

Sunflower Plains[]

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

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 mob spawning is otherwise no different from the regular plains.

Sunflower plains are most commonly bordered by regular plains or cherry groves, and separated from flower forests by rivers.

In Bedrock Edition, villages and outposts still generate here, but in Java Edition they don't.[1]

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Sunflower Plainssunflower_plainsbiome.minecraft.sunflower_plains

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID
[No displayed name]plains1
[No displayed name]sunflower_plains129


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
1.6Test 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.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1The plains biome no longer generates in patches within dark forest and regular deep ocean biomes.
1.2023w17a"A Familiar Room" can now be played in plains and sunflower plains.
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 cornflowers, which can generate in plains biomes.
1.10.0beta pillager outposts, which can spawn in plains biomes.
1.11.0beta Illager patrol, which can spawn in plains.
1.14.0beta 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.



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