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Minecraft 1.18 Update – Caves and Cliffs Part 2 Details

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If you want to know what’s coming in the Minecraft 1.18 update, The Caves and Cliffs update has been divided into two parts: the first part has already been released with the Minecraft 1.17 update. This means we have loads of new Minecraft mobs to get to know with such as goats, glow squid, and axolotls, as well as the amazing new amethyst blocks.

The 1.18 update is where all the world-changing innovations will come. These cover all new biomes, a terrifying new enemy mob in the form of the Minecraft Warden, and new blocks that allow wireless Redstone for the first time in Minecraft. It’s all pretty exciting stuff and if you want to know the details before the official release date to experience it for yourself, you should check out the Minecraft snapshot betas.

Check this roundup of everything that we know about the Minecraft 1.18 update, otherwise known as part 2 of the Caves & Cliffs update. As well as the release date, we have everything here which is appeared as of Minecraft snapshot 21w37a. We’ll also include all of the items that Mojang has made regarding any approved features coming after the 1.18 update.

 

MINECRAFT 1.18 UPDATE RELEASE DATE

The Minecraft 1.18 release date is November 30. Mojang announced the official Minecraft 1.18 launch date via a tweet some weeks after the Minecraft Live 2021 stream.

MINECRAFT 1.18 UPDATE CAVES & CLIFFS BIOMES

NOISE CAVES

This is new, Noise caves are a new type of cave that produce underground – they come in two types: cheese and spaghetti. Cheese caves have wide-open areas packed with stone pillars, and spaghetti caves are long, narrow, and twisted. Caves can also include aquifers, flooded cave systems with an excess of ores within.

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LUSH CAVES

The Lush Caves biome is now a thing that you can discover in Minecraft as of the 21w37a snapshot. This cave system is packed with vines, fruit, and flowers that dangle from the ceilings. They are motivated by paintings by Swedish painter John Bauer, whose work frequently depicts people walking through enormous woodland areas.

To discover a Lush Cave, you can try to find Azalea trees on the exterior. These can show that there are Lush Caves below that you can mine into and investigate.

The Lush Caves are included with new flora. The aforementioned Azalea plants come in flowering and non-flowering models, turning the dirt into rooted dirt. This is essential as rooted dirt has an opportunity to spawn hanging roots below them, which you can harvest.

Spore Blossoms are the little pink flowers on the roof and they drip down particles. Mojang didn’t say if these particles do anything, but it did say that the Spore Blossoms can be moved to ceilings elsewhere. Moss also develops in the Lush Caves, and is readily available in block form or as tiles.

Some vines develop within the Lush Caves with orange berries. These are glow berries that can be pulled and can be consumed, filling a little amount of the hunger meter. However, it’s probably better to leave them on vines as they give natural light on their own. As the vines grow, there is a little possibility that they will grow a berry on the next section down.

The new plant is the Dripleaf plant. They’re located in clay pools and could be helpful for those wanting to create a jungle-themed obstacle course. You can pounce on their leaves, but the leaf will droop the longer you stand on them. You will finally fall through it, but thankfully this won’t cause any lasting damage to the plant as the leaves do grow fully.

You can only plant the small dripleaf plants on clay or dirt that is underwater. Once they’re fully grown, you can harvest the big dripleaves that you can place anywhere.

When the Lush Caves are officially in the game, the watery fields will be where you can find the axolotls, rather than their current location of underground rivers.

DRIPSTONE CAVES AND THE DEEP DARK BIOME

Dripstone Caves in Minecraft as of the 21w37a snapshot. Though the stalagmites and stalactites did make it into 1.17, they’re also what will make the Dripstone Caves stand out. Destroying the blocks at the top of the stalactites will drop the rest from above. Stalagmites, on the other hand, act like spikes and can harm friends and foes alike. Stalactites also drop water, so you can use a container to collect the water. This gives you a renewable source of water.

You can combine multiple stalagmites and stalactites to create long as. Stalactites will not only drip water, but they can also drip lava, which you can get in a cauldron placed below it, just in case you want it for later. It’s also worth seeing that the dripstone will break if you throw a trident at a pointed dripstone. There is also copper ore here than in normal caves.

CHANGES TO MINECRAFT MOB SPAWNS

In the first Minecraft 1.18 experimental snapshot, there’s a terrain change that is separate from how the biomes work. The patch notes state an example of this, implying that “forests and deserts could form up on a hill without needing a special biome just for that”. Mobs that spawn in the dark will now only spawn in total darkness, so poorly lit areas are safer. However, a subsequent experimental snapshot makes zombies, spiders, and skeletons come out at light level 11, so many torches are needed to ward away those beasts.

 

CHANGES TO MINECRAFT TERRAIN LIMITS

As of Minecraft snapshot 21w37a, all of the terrain variations and ore distribution updates are now released. You can get a complete list of these changes at the official site, but here are some of the new additions to mountains, rivers, and caves.

It would not be easy to execute with the current terrain height restrictions, so these are changing to provide for the underground biomes. You may have heard Y=0, this refers to the coordinates you can turn on in the options menu, and the Y axis shows the vertical distance. The lowest Y axis block distance limit will change to -64 in the upcoming update, giving you a great number of blocks to dig into. This is where you’ll find Deepslate blocks, including new types of Minecraft copper, iron, and gemstone blocks.

The same can be stated for the most height, as the new highest Y axis block distance limit is 255, and this suggests there are new snowy biomes to explore:

  • Mountain Meadow: Found in Y-level 100 to 140 in mountains, this biome has sweet berry bushes, cornflowers, and dandelions growing in the soil. No trees will naturally grow here.
  • Mountain Grove: Found on the lower slopes of mountains if they’re between Y-level 110 and 140, this biome has polar bears and rabbits running around a forest of spruce trees. You’ll also find snow, snow blocks, and powder snow on the ground.
  • Snowy Slopes: If the mountain still goes up between Y-level 140 to 170, you’ll soon see lots of snow and ice, but no plants. This is also the biome where Minecraft goats spawn.
  • Lofty Peaks: Any set of mountain blocks above Y-level 170 results in a Lofty Peak biome or Snow Capped Peaks, depending on temperature. There is no life here.
  • Stony Peaks: Introduced in the third experimental snapshot, Stony Peaks changes the snow and ice with stone and gravel. Appears from Y-level 170 and reaches as high as Y-level 260. Goats also spawn here.
  • Snow Capped Peaks: Just like Lofty Peaks, this biome appears above Y-level 170, but it has to be extremely cold for the Snow Capped Peaks to form. The only real difference is there’s more snow and ice blocks and is the only place where you can see naturally appearing Packed Ice.

CHANGES NOT COMING IN MINECRAFT 1.18

With the Minecraft Live 2021 stream revealing the Minecraft 1.19 update, otherwise known as the Wild update, some earlier announced features are not going to be released.

 

BUNDLES

Bundles are for the people who need a little guidance with inventory management. You’ll be able to produce bags where you can put as many items as you can fit. Their overall size is unknown at this time, but it seems like it could be many full inventory slots full. You can store bundles in chests and you can mix-and-match.

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THE DEEP DARK BIOME, SCULK BLOCKS, AND WIRELESS REDSTONE

One of the Deep Dark biome’s features is that it’s where you can usually find Sculk Growths. These growths a new Redstone-like power source but is the key for finally adding us to the wireless activation of Redstone-powered gadgets.

If a Sculk Sensor detects footsteps or destroy/place a block, it will release a new Redstone signal. You can use these to work gadgets without a trail of Redstone combining the two.

You can use wool to stop the signal from passing through too, which means that you can guarantee that the trigger only activates the signal between Sculk signals and contraptions. So the opportunities for wireless Redstone in building city builds or colossal Minecraft castles are nigh-on endless!

 

WARDEN

The all-new mob aims to take gamers back to their first night in Minecraft when things were scary. The Warden lives in the Deep Dark biome, and its only purpose is to make you scared. They can be located deep in the dark underground areas and are deemed a hostile monster mob.

Wardens are totally blind, but they react to vibrations and alerts from the shriekers – a new block that makes a loud noise whenever you get too close. Snowballs can occupy the warden as it detects the vibration of the snowball’s contact. They can make the screen go dark briefly when one is nearby, though Sculk Sensors – a new block type – also react to their behavior.

Should you come across one, you can try to hide around it, but you’ll need to be very cautious. If it knows where you are, the light in the center lights up when it’s following you, it’ll run quite swiftly and can thump you for a lot of health. It’s worth noting that damage taken from the Warden ignores armor, so it’s best to go in ready.

 

ARCHAEOLOGY

This is the one announced feature that will be released after the Minecraft 1.18 update that may not even make the Wild update. We say ‘sadly’ because this is the most amazing new addition.

Around the surface, there are excavation sites that will pop up. These have chests that come with brushes. You can then use the brushes within the dig sites themselves, or make them yourselves with some materials, to brush away at some blocks, like gravel and dirt.

Hidden treasures are just waiting to be found. But there is a huge catch. If you are not careful and don’t completely uncover the artifact before moving on, you’ll risk damaging it and losing it forever. If you are careful enough, you can excavate valuable artifacts or rare blocks, such as a Blue Ceramic Shard with art on it or a block of emerald.

When you get one you can use ceramic shards to build pots by placing them on templates over fire pits. Once you’re pleased with their design, you can fire up the pit below them with some flint and steel to finish the pot.

And that’s everything we know so far about the Minecraft 1.18 update, and beyond.

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