Minecraft 1.18 dripstone caves: 5 things to know!

Minecraft 1.18 is now live! One of the many new features in this update is dripstone caves.

As part of the upcoming Caves & Cliffs update, Minecraft 1.18 will introduce three new cave biomes, including the dripstone cave. This is one of Minecraft’s strangest cave generations yet.

Stalactites and stalagmites form inside dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone blocks. Installing the 1.18 snapshots will allow you to explore these dripstone caves.

Caves made of dripstone will be fascinating once released in Minecraft:

1. Location

This cave biome always generates below the surface of the Overworld since it is a cave biome. Due to their appearance, these are easily recognizable and can be found pretty frequently by gamers.

Mountains and hills are the best places to look for dripstone caves.

They generate the most inside mountains and hills (Image via Minecraft)

2. Ores

As they are so huge and generate such low amounts of rare ores, dripstone caves are going to be excellent places to find rare ores. Diamond ores were reduced in air exposure in one of the 1.18 snapshots.

Therefore, dripstone caves generate a lot more copper ore than any other place.

Copper ores are very common in dripstone caves (Image via Minecraft)

3. Mob Spawning

Overworld is filled with frightening caves such as dripstone caves. This biome spawns many hostile mobs because there are no light-emitting blocks. This area has no neutral mobs, and glow squids are the only passive mob in there.

A skeleton, a creeper, a slime, or a spider has the highest spawning chances. Aquifer-filled dripstone caves are another potential breeding ground for drowneds.

In spite of zombies being a commonly encountered hostile mob, they do not appear here.

A skeleton in a dripstone cave (Image via Minecraft)

4. Water and aquifers

Water is commonly found in dripstone caves since the plant needs it to reproduce.

These are aquifers, which are water-filled caves. These caves will also have rare ore exposed to the air, and they are as large as the normal dripstone caves.

An underwater dripstone cave (Image via Minecraft)

5. Cave of inspiration

Dropstone caves are the result of an update to Minecraft and are inspired by a real-life cave named Hang Sơn Đoòng. One of the largest natural caves in the world is located in Vietnam.

Hang Sơn Đoòng (Image via Wikipedia)

Summing up

Since the release of 1.14, Minecraft has been a very different game to play, and one that has divided opinion. While some players have expressed a dislike for the new features and the direction the game is going in, others have been very positive, claiming that Minecraft has never been more fun. With the release of 1.18 just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at the 5 things you need to know about the upcoming update.

Written by IOI

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