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Mojang has been pumping out some shocking new biomes these past few years, but only very few of them have been friendly. These stunning new biomes are undoubtedly beautiful, however, and many of them offer amazing rewards for any players who dare to traverse their treacherous paths!

Taking high risks almost always yields high rewards, and Minecraft is no exception. Although these biomes may be dangerous, they yield some pretty profitable resources! Keep reading if you’d like to learn about Minecraft’s most dangerous biomes, what treasures they hold, and how to traverse them safely!

Dripstone Caves

Minecraft Dripstone Caves
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Dripstone caves are some of the newest, most magnificent biomes added to Minecraft in the 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update. Seeing these beautiful caves in the trailers was one thing, but exploring them yourself in real-time is quite another. These caves may be breathtaking, but beware! These caves can be extremely dangerous to any unobservational players!

These massive, underground caves are full of sharp stalagmites that will impale any player foolish enough to fall on them. In addition to the constant threat of being impaled, players will also have an extremely difficult time navigating through this maze of spikes; every Minecraft player knows the importance of navigating dark areas full of hostile mobs and monsters! This biome may be the definition of unforgiving, but it’s not entirely unworthy of exploration. Like many caves, Dripstone Caves can carry an abundance of precious ores and resources. The stalagmites and stalagtites in these caves are also mineable, so if you’re a Minecraft player who loves setting traps, you might want to pay a visit one of these treacherous caves!

The Nether

Minecraft Nether Biome
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The Nether is one of Minecraft’s most classic biomes. Every Minecraft veteran knows the importance and significance of the Nether in Minecraft; you can’t beat the game without paying the Nether a visit first! Although this biome is incredibly important to any successful Minecraft playthrough, the Nether remains one of the harshest, least forgiving biomes in the game.

If a biome filled to the brim with lava wasn’t enough, players also have to navigate through swarms upon swarms of hostile mobs! There are very few mobs that aren’t hostile in the Nether, you’ll have a tough time finding any living creature devoid of murderous intent in this biome. In addition to the oceans of lava and the murderous mobs, players also quickly realize just how difficult the Nether is to navigate. A biome without water, very little food, or any disceranble landmarks makes for an extremely treacherous exploration spot. Despite this biome’s danger, however, visiting the Nether is pertinent to any Minecraft playthrough. If you truly want to beat Minecraft the old fashioned way, visiting the Nether is a must!

Ice Spikes

Minecraft Ice Spikes Biome
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The Ice Spikes biome makes for a truly breathtaking landscape, any player lucky enough to stumble across this biome is instantly taken aback by the majesty of these crystalline towers. Lovers of Minecraft’s snowy biomes will truly adore the Ice Spikes biome. Although this biome may be beautiful, it can also be extremely dangerous, so don’t drop your guard in this frigid biome!

The Ice Spikes biome is full of hostile mobs, including a couple that are specific to frigid regions, such as polar bears and strays! If a subzero biome full of hostile mobs wasn’t enough, this biome is also incredibly difficult to navigate. Trying to run away from monstrous mobs on slippery ice can be incredibly frustrating, and an icy landscape otherwise full of powder snow doesn’t help. Any biome with countless powder snow blocks waiting to ambush their next victim is a biome worth being avoided. However, this biome does have its perks. The Ice Spikes biome is, obviously, full of ice. It’s the perfect biome for igloo lovers and parkour course creators alike! Players can also collect a wicked amount of packed ice in this biome, for those who don’t feel like collecting stacks upon stacks of regular ice to craft it themselves.

The Desert

Minecraft Desert Biome
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For as long as Minecraft has been around, so has Minecraft’s Desert biome. This biome is truly a classic, every Minecraft player can recognize the trials and tribulations of traversing this parched landscape. This biome may not be new, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its dangers. The Desert biome in Minecraft is one of the harshest, least forgiving biomes in the game to date!

This biome features an incredibly flat landscape, which makes hiding from hostile mobs, especially phantoms and husks, very difficult. This biome is also almost entirely devoid of food and water, so surviving in this biome is a difficult feat. In addition, this biome has almost no materials to build a structurally-sound shelter with! The Desert biome has no trees, and is almost completely made up of useless sand blocks. The only way to glean any useful building materials in this biome is if you’ve already got a pickaxe, in which case, you can just dig down to get to the slightly-more-useful sandstone blocks to build with. Although the Desert plain may be unforgiving, it does hide quite a few treasures in its sandy dunes. This biome is the only biome where cacti can be found in, and is the perfect biome for sandcastle builders! This biome can also feature incredibly rare structures, such as the Desert Temple, where players can collect numerous rare items!

The Badlands

Minecraft Badlands Biome
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The Badlands are rare biomes in Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean you’re lucky if you happen to spawn in one. These biomes, although astonishingly beautiful, are very difficult to traverse. These eye-catching landscapes are no walk in the park to survive in, but they do feature beautiful landscapes full of amazing colors! The Badlands, as their name would suggest, however, are no place for survival!

These harsh biomes feature almost no food, no water, and very few trees. In addition, if you’re a Minecraft player who loves setting up shop in Villages, you won’t want to visit The Badlands. These biomes are so treacherous, not even Villages will spawn in them! Although this parched, treacherous biome is home to many Minecraft horrors, it does hold quite a few treasures in its rolling landscapes as well. The Badlands feature a higher rate of gold deposits than any other Minecraft biome, so if you love striking gold in Minecraft, you may want to pay a visit to The Badlands. In addition to the abundance of gold, The Badlands also feature numerous terracotta blocks and blocks of colorful sand, so The Badlands can be a literal gold mine for any Minecraft builder!

Lush Caves

Minecraft Lush Caves
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Lush Caves have only recently been added to Minecraft in the 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update. These biomes may be new, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. These caves’ beauty, although striking, only serves to distract from this biome’s sinister dwellings. Lush Caves, although full of beautiful, unique flora and fauna, are not to be taken too lightly.

These biomes can be stumbled upon during any regular, underground mining trip, or by digging beneath above-ground azalea trees. These caves may be beautiful, but players shouldn’t let their guards down upon entering a Lush Cave. Like many caves in Minecraft, Lush Caves have a tendency to be ripe with all kinds of mischevious mobs. These caves are dark and difficult to navigate, so running or hiding from hostile mobs is made much more difficult. Although these caves may be overflowing with monsters and tripping-hazards, they’re also full of unique resources. Players can find all kinds of treasures in Lush Caves, such as glow berries, axolotls, azalea trees, and much more!

The End

Minecraft End Biome
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The End is another classic biome in Minecraft. Thankfully, players will never have to worry about being randomly spawned into this barren biome during their world’s generation. Like the Nether, The End can only be accessed via portal. Although this biome has been around for many years, its age doesn’t diminish its danger. The End has had a lot of updates in the past few years, and is a lot more dangerous than many Minecraft veterans may remember it being!

The End is a barren biome where players go to beat Minecraft, once and for all. Since this biome wasn’t created with survival in mind, it’s extremely difficult to traverse this treacherous landscape. This landscape is almost completely devoid of food and water, which is bad enough, but this biome is also devoid of any useful trees. If players need to quickly craft some sticks for new weapons or torches, they’ll be out of luck in The End. Although this desolate biome may seem like a waste of time, it’s extremely pertinent to any successful Minecraft playthrough. Traveling to The End and defeating the Ender Dragon is the only way to beat the game, and is the only way players can then access the extremely beneficial End Cities. End Cities can be accessed after the Ender Dragon has been defeated, and are full of amazing treasures that can only be found in The End, such as the Elytra and Chorus Fruit!

Deep Dark

Minecraft the Warden
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The Deep Dark is a recently added biome in Minecraft that’s host to all kinds of new horrors. The Deep Dark takes scary Minecraft caves to a whole other level. If you love being terrified while mining in Minecraft, try visiting one of these frightening Deep Dark biomes.

Deep Dark biomes, although full of unique colors and mobs, can be all kinds of dangerous to Minecraft players. Deep Dark Biomes can be found deep within the caves of Minecraft; players need to be careful when mining, or they could end up falling right into one of these scary biomes. If, for whatever reason, you’re trying to find one of these biomes, try starting your search in large ravines or deep caves. Deep Dark biomes spawn way beneath the surface, so starting at a low point will undoubtedly aid explorers in their search. Beware of these biomes, however! The Deep Dark hides horrible monsters in its depths, such as the terrifying Warden! If you’re up to the challenge, however, these biomes can also provide some very precious loot. Players can locate mysterious Ancient Cities in these biomes, which can be looted for exclusive rewards!

Snowy Tundra

Minecraft Snow Biome
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Snowy Tundras in Minecraft may not be new, but they can be very deadly. These snowy landscapes can be hosts to all sorts of unique items and fauna, some of which may even aid players in their playthroughs! These biomes can prove to be very beneficial, but aren’t great for longterm survival. Although breathtakingly beautiful, these biomes can be a deathtrap to any Minecraft player, new or old.

Snowy Tundras, as their name suggests, are full of snow. Regular snow in Minecraft doesn’t pose much of a threat to players, but powder snow is a whole other story. Powder snow can be found everywhere in Snowy Tundras, and can be extremely dangerous to players. Powder Snow blocks look exactly like regular snow blocks, but will trap and suffocate any player who steps on them. If being full of sneaky snow wasn’t bad enough, these biomes are also chock full of dangerous mobs! These biomes are ripe with hostile mobs, including strays and polar bears, which are exclusive to frigid biomes! If you’re brave enough to enter these dangerous biomes, however, you may be able to find valuable resources. Powder Snow, although dangerous, can be collected in buckets. If you love setting traps in Minecraft, try collecting some Powder Snow from a Snowy Tundra to work with!

Dark Forests

Minecraft Woodland Mansion Dark Forest Biome
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Dark Forests in Minecraft are easily recognizable, and are easily some of the most beautiful forest biomes in Minecraft. Dark Forests are full of tall, dark oak trees that yield great amounts of wood. Mushroom trees can also spawn in these forests, which can be great resources for players fond of mushroom stew! Although these forests can be ripe with resources, they can be ripe with danger, as well.

Dark Forests are full of many valuable resources, but they are also full of dangerous mobs! The tall, densely packed trees in these forests block out a lot of sunlight; no sunlight means more mobs can spawn in the daytime, which makes this biome a lot more dangerous to traverse. In addition, Woodland Mansions are structures exclusive to Dark Forests. Woodland Mansions are massive structures that can be extremely dangerous to any player who happens to stumble upon them. These mansions are exclusively inhabited by illager mobs, such as dangerous evokers and vindicators! If you’re up to the Woodland Mansion challenge, however, you can find many rare and useful items. Woodland Mansions are some of the only structures in MInecraft where Totems of Undying can be found, in addition to many rare weapons and resources!

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Many biomes in Minecraft can be dangerous, but that doesn’t make them unworthy of exploration! Minecraft has proved in the past that the badder the biome, the bigger the rewards. If you’d like to learn more about dangerous biomes in Minecraft, check out Minecraft’s new Mangrove Swamp biome or the dangerous Deep Dark biome!

Exploration may not be for everyone, but for those who love reaping in hard-won rewards, exploration is just the way to go. If you love Minecraft and enjoy traversing through dangerous biomes, you’re sure to love games like Terraria and Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V! Be sure to stay up to date with Gamer Journalist to stay current on all the latest videogame updates!