Everything new in Minecraft 1.18

January 2, 2023

Everything new in Minecraft 1.18

Minecraft 1.18 was the second update to Minecraft Caves and Cliffs. It brought about some major changes in the blocky world. The 1.18 update introduced eight new types biomes, a deeper underground and a higher sky ceiling, as well as a refreshed ore distribution. We have all the details here. Smooth or jagged configurations will be revealed while climbing mountains, as well as more varied cave systems that can be explored while spelunking. This update brings you the most important changes to Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Part 2.

When was Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Part 2 released?

Minecraft 1.18, the Caves and Cliffs Part 2 update, was released November 30, 2021. This update makes it possible to explore all the new biomes, taller mountain ranges, and larger caves. We'll also explain some of the other new features.

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update 2 now has 8 new biomes

Eight new biomes have been added to Minecraft Caves and Cliffs. This is one of the most important additions to the game. There are several new mountain biomes and underground Dripstone Cave biomes. This update also includes new cave types and aquifers, which make the subterranean Minecraft biomes even more interesting. Here's everything you need to know about each:

New cave features include noise caves and aquifers.

Noise caves are a new method of creating caves that allows for greater natural variety. There are three food-themed versions of them: Spaghetti, Cheese, and Noodle. Similar to real Swiss cheese, Cheese caves are large holes that lead into cavern formations of different sizes. Spaghetti caves, on the other hand, are long, narrow paths that run all over the place. Noodle caves, which are similar to Spaghetti Caves, are smaller and more compact than the Spaghetti caves. This new system is combined with the original cave- and canyon-generating systems to create more varied cave systems around the world.

With the Minecraft 1.18 update, you can also find aquifers in caves. These bodies of water are found in noise cave areas and have their own water level that is independent from sea level. Depending on the size and location of the cave system, these underground lakes can be enormous. However, aquifers can also form inside mountains or at the surface. If you are below y0, there is a possibility of running into a lava mine.

Dripstone Cave Biome

Dripstone Cave biomes can be found underground in the Overworld, now that Minecraft 1.18 is live. These biomes are filled with Dripstone, a block of rock that allows Pointed Dripstone formation beneath it to create stalactite like formations. Dripstone is used primarily for decoration and can be found naturally in cave biomes.

These Dripstone Cave biomes will have Dripstone in both pointed and block forms on the ceilings and floors. Dripstone blocks placed on ceilings with water above them can become stalactites which will cause stalagmites below. These formations can eventually combine to form a Dripstone column. Dripstone cave biomes are also home to copper ore and small water bodies.

Biome of the Lush Caves

This underground biome is filled with lush plants, as the name suggests. The ceilings and floors are covered in moss, and Spore Blossoms can be found on the ceilings. Glow Berries, which grow on Cave Vines suspended from the ceiling, will lighten your path. If you are exploring the Minecraft Overworld, you will see a Lush Cave below you if you come across Azalea trees. They keep their roots in the caves. Lush Caves are also a good place to find Azalea Bushes. This biome is also the only place you can find axolotls!

Grove biome

Groves are a new snowy biome. They occur in high altitude areas but below the tops of hills or mountains. Grove biomes are home to spruce trees and naturally-occurring powdered snow. There are also a lot of rabbits and foxes. To avoid getting buried in the snow, make sure you have leather boots!

Biome of the Meadow

Meadow biomes, like Groves, also spawn at higher elevations near mountain ranges and up on plateaus. Although the meadows are full of flowers and grass, there is always the possibility that a tall, lonely oak or birch tree will also be produced, which is often done with a beehive. You'll see sheep, donkeys, and rabbits grazing on the meadow grass.

Biome of Lofty Peaks

Lofty Peaks biomes contain mountains that are similar to those you might have seen on a nature documentary. They are jagged and have snow, stone and goats as their home.

Snowcapped Peaks biome

The Snowcapped Peaks biome is almost the opposite of Lofty Peaks. It has smoother mountain peaks and ice, as well as snow. You will still see goats.

Stony Peaks biome

This biome is home to many stony mountain peaks, which can be either jagged or smooth. Stony Peaks biomes are home to goats, just like Lofty Peaks. There are also chances of finding decorative Calcite blocks in the stony mountains.

Snowy Slopes biome

Snowy Slope biomes can be described as a more extreme form of Grove biomes. Snowy Slopes are found at higher altitudes below mountain peaks and hilltops, just like Groves. However, they have very snowy terrain so that powder snow traps may be hidden within. These biomes are best accessed by leather boots. Be aware of rabbits and goats while you travel.

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Part 2 Update: Mountains are growing taller, and caves are getting larger

Another major change in Minecraft 1.18's Caves and Cliffs update is that the world has undergone a large vertical expansion to accommodate many of the new biomes. Minecraft's inworld Y-axis has been extended by 64 blocks in each direction. This gives Minecraft a total vertical building range that is 384 blocks. The in-game coordinates are y-64 to the y320.

The taller ceiling allows for generated mountains to be taller, while caves can go deeper – as deep as y-64! The raised world ceiling has allowed clouds to spawn higher in space, at y192, instead of y128. These changes, along with the new biomes in update.18, have significant impacts on ore veins as well as ore distribution.

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Part 2 Update introduces large ore veins and a new ore distribution

The Minecraft underground world is expanding vertically by 64 layers. This will open up tons of mining opportunities of ores and materials. However, it may be more difficult to find what you are looking for. New large ore veins have been discovered underground in Minecraft update 1.18. These winding formations are rare, but they contain more ore than usual. To find Copper veins mixed with Granite, mine between y0 to y50. Search within y-8 to y-60 for Iron veins with Tuff.

This update has seen a lot of redistribution in ore as a whole, largely because of the large increase in the vertical world size. One of the most important changes in ore distribution is that individual minerals have more specific layers to generate in, so there won't be one Y level that is suitable for all ores. Here is the second update to the Caves and Cliffs list of where you can find ore:

Iron Ore: Below the y72 mark with a strong bias towards the y16. Also, generates above y112, with increasing iron deposits the higher you go. Copper Ore: Between 0.01 and 0.96 with a strong bias towards 0.48. Also, take a look underground at Dripstone Cave biomes.
Lapis Lazuli – Below y64, with a strong bias towards the y0. Lapis Lazuli below 32 yrs. or above 32 yrs. can't be generated in open air, so they can only be found in water or buried.
Coal: Above the y0 mark with a strong bias towards the y96 and higher. Because it has a lower air exposure, it is more often found buried or under water.
Gold: Below y32, with a strong bias towards the y-16. Badlands biomes still contain extra gold.
Redstone: Below the y16 mark and increases as you get below the y-32 mark.
Diamond: Below y16, with more Diamond the further you go. Diamond, like Lapis and Coal has a reduced air exposure and can be found either buried underwater or buried.

All Minecraft players have received candles in the Caves and Cliffs Part 2 update

After being in the Java Edition for around a year, and beta versions of the Bedrock Edition for several month, candles are now available to all Minecraft players. Minecraft update 1.18 is out. These light sources can be made with a Honeycomb, a piece String, and then dyed to change their colors. To give the cake a celebratory feel, you can add one to an unbaked cake.

In a future update, the new Warden mob will be revealed

The new Warden mob was unfortunately delayed by the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs part 2 update. However, since the Minecraft The Wild update launched it's now in the game, along with the Deep Dark.

However, Wardens and Deep Dark biomes weren't the only things that didn't make it into the 1.18 update. Minecraft won't include archeology, bundles, or goat horns yet, but they will in the next update.

Archeology allows players to use a copper toothbrush to uncover items that have been buried in Sand, Gravel or Dirt Blocks within a new Archeology site structure. Goat Horns can drop from goats if they charge into solid objects. The player can use them to make sounds. Bundles, which are craftable sacks, can hold multiple items in one inventory slot. They are useful for long journeys or extended mining expeditions where food storage and material storage are essential.