Minecraft – Caves and Cliffs

More information about what to expect from Caves and Cliffs is available, read here to find out more about the latest news!

The upcoming updates collectively titled “Caves and Cliffs” will be coming in two parts. The first update 1.17 will be released sometime this Summer, and the second update 1.18 is expected this Winter. In the past, updates to Minecraft have been criticized for being too simple, uninspired, and uninnovative. Frequently the so-called “new” content has already existed as fan-made mods for a long time, and so the official content essentially comes off as just a rip-off. But these upcoming updates are sure to be a strong rebuttal to that perception.

We have already touched on some topics related to “Caves and Cliffs”, such as the increase to max depth and height by 64 blocks, the inclusion of a new set of mountain biomes, and the introduction of some new ores and mobs, but the truth is that there’s so much ground left for us to cover! In our last update about the upcoming 1.17 and 1.18 “Caves and Cliffs” updates, there were some things we decided to leave out to keep the text from getting way too long, and since then, some new information has become available. With that in mind, we will update you on some things we left out last time that we wish we could’ve covered!

Players can now craft and use cauldrons! The containers can hold water, lava, snow, dye, and potions. Interestingly, they cannot hold any food items, such as milk, honey, or any kind of stews or soups. They can be found in the huts that spawn in swamp biomes (sometimes called ‘witch huts’), or can be crafted with 7 iron ingots. By using dye on water that is in the cauldron, you can use the dyed water in the cauldron to dye items. Instead of using one dye on one item, and consuming the dye, by using the cauldron, you can use one dye three times, essentially tripling its number of uses.

Candles have been added to the game. In the old days of Minecraft, often, it was sort of a bore to decorate homes because at that point, there weren’t really that many items, and in terms of lighting, basically all there was to light interior spaces was the standard coal torch. Now you can use candles to brighten up your base and add in a much-needed cozy home feeling, as well as allowing players to celebrate birthdays ingame by placing a candle onto a cake. Players can place down as many as four candles onto a block, meaning if you want to go really overboard and fill your living space with enough candles to look like a set for the Phantom of the Opera, you can finally fulfill that dream.

Another fascinating new addition to the game is the Lightning Rod. Making good use of the new copper ore added with “Caves and Cliffs” can be crafted with three copper ingots. Just as it is used in real life, the lightning rod will redirect lightning strikes to protect flammable structures from being struck by lighting and then catching fire.

As we mentioned before, this update has a surprisingly large amount of new content coming, including new ores, mobs, biomes, plants, items, and tools. We’re pretty impressed and fairly excited to learn more and try out some new things. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any news that comes out.

Since Minecraft’s release in 2009, the game has been a worldwide cultural sensation and is currently the best-selling video game of all time, with 200 million copies sold and at least 126 million monthly active users as of 2020. Minecraft is available on Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, macOS, and Linux.

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  1. Amelia -

    I love Minecraft so much that I read all the up coming updates! I think that Minecraft is better than other games!

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