Minecraft 1.18 Update Caves and Cliffs Part 2: Release Date, Patch Notes, Snapshot and Everything You Need To Know

Here's everything you need to know about the Cliffs and Caves in Minecraft 1.18

Minecraft 1.18 is set to be released in late 2021, but what exactly will be coming as part of the new update with the game?

1.18 will be released for both the Java and Bedrock editions of the game and will be the official Part 2 of the Caves and Cliffs update.

Here’s everything that we know about Minecraft 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Part 2.

Caves and Cliffs was originally expected to be released in full as part of the 1.17 update, however, Mojang opted to split the release over two updates.

This gave the development team more time to work on the huge changes that the overall Caves and Cliffs update would bring to Minecraft as a whole.

Caves and Cliff Part 1 added over 90 new block types, as well as new tools such as Lightning Rods and Spyglasses.

Several new creatures were also added to the game with the Part 1 update, such as the Axolotls, Glow Squid and Goats.

Minecraft Axolotl

Latest News

UPDATE November 27th: What is the official launch time for the update?

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Minecraft 1.18 Caves and Cliffs

UPDATE November 23rd: Mojang has confirmed that several biomes will be renamed with the update.

Read More: Minecraft 1.18 Update Cliffs and Caves Part 2: Several Biomes Renamed

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Part II

Release Date

Mojang has confirmed that the release date for the 1.18 Update is Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Patch Notes

Minecraft 1.18 will see some major terrain changes to the game. These were released as part of Java patch information on the Minecraft wiki as part of the Fandom site:

World Generation

Caves

  • Completely overhauled.
  • Now stretch down to Y=-59.
  • The caves now generate in 2 layers of different stone bases depending on the depth.
  • The layer above Y=0 is made up of regular stone.
  • Stone transitions to deepslate from Y=0 to Y=-7.
  • Deepslate completely replaces stone from Y=-8 to bedrock.
  • Certain types of ores and structures still generate in the deepslate layer, as well as tuff and gravel.
  • Dirt, diorite, granite and andesite do not generate in this layer.
  • Biomes such as the dripstone caves and lush caves now generate in the underground.
  • Contain aquifers, bodies of water with different heights, independent of sea level (Y=63).
  • Aquifers below Y=0 sometimes generate with lava instead of water.
  • Improved old caves to blend in with the new generations of caves better
  • New noise caves, coming in 3 forms, "cheese", "spaghetti", and "noodle".
  • Cheese caves have large stone towers stretching from the bottom of the cave to the top, and are often large enough to allow safe elytra flight.
  • Spaghetti caves are long, thin caves that have small aquifers and are more similar to original caves.
  • Noodle caves are thinner, squigglier, and more claustrophobic variants of spaghetti caves.
Minecraft Caves

Mountains

Come in 6 sub-biomes:

Meadow

  • A flat but elevated biome that looks like a flowery and colder plains, with an aqua grass color and dark blue water color.
  • Generates in plateaus and the lowest layers of some mountains, usually near plains and other temperate biomes.
  • Contains grass, tall grass, dandelions, azure bluets, cornflowers, poppies, daisies and alliums
  • Birch and oak trees can rarely appear in this biome, and always have bee nests.
  • Only rabbits, donkeys, and sheep spawn in this biome.
  • Plains villages and pillager outposts can generate in this biome.

Grove

  • Generates in the slopes of a snowy mountain when next to forested biomes.
  • Reminiscent of a snowy taiga with a surface of snow blocks and powder snow, instead of grass blocks.
  • Rabbits, wolves, foxes, sheep, pigs, chickens and cows spawn in this biome.
  • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.

Snowy Slopes

  • Generates in the slopes of a mountain when next to plains and snowy tundras.
  • Covered in snow, snow block and powder snow.
  • Only rabbits and goats spawn in this biome.
  • Igloos and pillager outposts can generate in this biome.

Jagged Peaks

  • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
  • Covered in snow, snow blocks and stone.
  • Tends to generate in sharp and jagged peaks in areas with snowy, cold, and temperate biomes.
  • Only goats spawn in this biome.
  • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.

Frozen Peaks

  • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
  • Covered in snow, snow blocks, ice, and packed ice.
  • Tends to generate in smoother and smaller peaks in areas with snowy, cold, and temperate biomes.
  • Only goats spawn in this biome.
  • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome

Stony Peaks

  • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
  • Covered in stone, gravel, and strips of calcite.
  • Tends to generate in any peak surrounded by warm biomes such as jungles and savannas, to avoid temperature clashes.
  • No animals spawn in this biome.
  • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.

Ore veins

  • Long and rare ore formations.
  • Copper ore veins mixed with granite and blocks of raw copper generate above Y=0.
  • Iron ore veins mixed with tuff and blocks of raw iron generate below Y=0.

Credit to Minecraft Wiki for the information

Minecraft Mountains

Snapshot

Mojang confirmed the following with the release of the 1.18 snapshot in October 2021:

“Have a random snapshot! In this snapshot, we've replaced the random number generator used for world generation, which makes more seeds come out as different...

“But it also moves everything around in the world, so expect all worlds to look different in this snapshot.

“Another thing that we've replaced is the cubemap - the spinning image that you see behind the main menu. It's pretty sweet!”

Snapshots are available for Minecraft: Java Edition. To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the "Installations" tab.

Snapshots can corrupt your world, so please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

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