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Top 10 Best Biomes in Minecraft

Minecraft is arguably one of the best games ever made. It’s a true open-world experience that gives players the ability to go anywhere and do just about anything. The worlds you can explore are not only infinite* in all directions, but are entirely destructible. And within these massive worlds, you can find a huge diversity of biomes.

But with so many different biomes to build your home in — from damp swamps to dry deserts — how do you decide which one is the best? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 most favorite biomes in Minecraft, so that you can decide which one of them is right for you.

Top 10 Best Biomes in Minecraft, Ranked in no Particular Order

With that out of the way, let’s jump right into this article for the top 10 best biomes in Minecraft!

1. Mangrove Swamp

1. Mangrove Swamp - Best Biomes in Minecraft
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The first biome on our list is also the newest one added to the game — it’s the Mangrove Swamp! Added as a part of the 1.19 Wild Update, these are a new type of swampland that you can find in the game. They are incredibly rare and make a real treat when you find one on your own out in the wild. While many players are confused why these didn’t just replace existing swamps, I’m just glad they’re in the game.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

As previously mentioned, it is a type of swampland. The region generates thick mud blocks covering the ground, with lots of water spread in between. It is also very dense with mangrove trees. Additionally, you’ll see lots and lots of frogs and tadpoles in this biome, which really adds to the atmosphere! This is the perfect biome for building a wetland home atop some stilts, with a nice dock that you can park your boat next to.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

The most striking thing about this biome is the unique mangrove trees that cannot be found anywhere else. Due to the biome’s rarity, these trees are a very rare resource that can add a luxurious look to your builds. The planks are a nice shade of red, which can look great if you’re building a barn!

Additionally, you can find mud blocks only in this biome. These mud blocks can be made into mud bricks, which are great for creating all sorts of unique-looking builds, such as mud huts and ancient-city-themed buildings! You can also obtain froglights from this biome using the previously mentioned frog mobs. This is a unique decorative light source that is perfect for making a swamp village.

2. Badlands

Badlands -  Best Biomes in Minecraft
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For our next pick, we have the Badlands biome! This is a very underrated biome that is near and dear to my heart. Many people are turned away from setting up shop in this biome, which is a real shame. If you are okay traversing the difficult terrain and don’t mind the heat, a badlands biome can be turned into a cozy home for you and any friends you want to tag along with.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

If you’ve ever seen those mesas in the state of Utah, then you should know what to expect. The biome is generated with these fairly tall hill-like mesas made of terracotta, sometimes topped with grass blocks and some trees. The “oasis” on top of certain mesas can make great places for building homes! In between these mesas are red dunes and the occasional river/stream of water for navigation.

It is a hot biome, so greenery is sparse (but not as sparse as in a desert). Also, there is an increased rate of abandoned mineshafts to find in this region. This is great if you enjoy spelunking and finding rare treasures inside of chests.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

The most obvious resource to find here is terracotta blocks. You’ll find plenty of different colors of terracotta naturally generated inside the mesas. If you love making organic, nature-oriented builds, you might want to consider building a quarry here to mine some terracotta! You can keep these blocks as is, or turn them into glazed terracotta, which is a really good-looking decorative block.

Additionally, you can also find red sand here, which can’t really be turned into anything unique but can be used decoratively. You can also turn it into glass-like regular sand blocks. Lastly, while this isn’t really a “unique” resource, you can find an abundance of gold ore in this biome. This is really great if you want to make some netherite gear or use gold as a decorate block in your builds.

3. Warped Forest

Best Biomes in Minecraft - Warped Forest
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For our next pick, we have the warped forest from the Nether! This isn’t really the most survival-friendly place to set up shop in (it does literally spawn in the depths of Hell). But if you bring along the right resources and equipment, you can set up a really good home here. The biome is one of my personal favorites, as it finally lets you live in the Nether, a place that was previously inhospitable.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

This is a mushroom forest with very tall warped fungal trees. They are blue in color, and stretch out to cover the entire biome. Additionally, the “grass” that grows here is a matching shade of blue. This is my favorite part of the biome, as it’s such a unique piece of “greenery!” Inside the biome, you’ll find naturally spawnling Enderman, which I think is a really neat feature and a cool piece of lore, implying the Endermen can travel through a warped forest from other dimensions.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

The first and most obvious is the huge fungus that spawns throughout the region. When you harvest their logs, they can be refined into warped planks. This is a special type of wood that can be used to create a unique blue plank! This is a must-get for the creative builders out there. Additionally, if you have a Silk Touch tool, you can acquire nylium, the unique “grass” block that is only found here.

4. Lush Caves

Best Biomes in Minecraft - Lush Caves
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For our next pick, we have the new-ish lush caves biome! This is a very special underground biome that only spawns beneath the surface. You can find one by looking for the unique azalea tree, which looks like an oak tree but with purple flowers on some of its leaves. When following it below ground, you’ll come across a big underground ecosystem complete with lots of beautiful plants to find and collect!

What Does the Biome Look Like?

As suggested by the title, the biome is very green and lush. When you first enter it, you’ll see tall and thin vines dropping down from the ceiling. There will also be loads of clay spawned along the bottom of the cave, forming pools of water. My favorite part about this biome is the unique pink flowers and bushes that you can find spawned randomly across the entire cave. It’s one of the prettiest biomes.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

Firstly, there are the pink flowers and bushes I mentioned earlier. These are decorative blocks that are really handy for sprucing up your builds and doing some landscaping. You can also find glow squid here, who drop glow sacks that can make special glowing item frames. They can also be used to make the text on signs glow!

There is also an abundance of clay in lush caves compared to other biomes, which is really great for creating bricks and blocks of terracotta.

5. Bamboo Jungle

Bamboo Jungle
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Halfway through our list of the top 10 best biomes in Minecraft, we have the bamboo jungle! This is a special variant of the jungle, which spruces it up with some new flora and fauna. The jungle has always been one of my favorite biomes in the game due to how cool it looks. So getting a variant of that with more practical resources added to the game was a huge plus.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

Jungles consist of very tall and thicker-than-usual trees. They dominate most of the region, with some smaller jungle trees and lots and lots of thick undergrowth covering the ground in between them. The bamboo variation of jungles contains forests of bamboo, usually populated by panda bears. Since the biome is tropical and warm, the leaves and plants here are all a very saturated shade of green!

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

Jungle wood is the most abundant resource here. It can be harvested and used to create wood with a slight pink tone to it. You’ll also find cocoa beans that can be used to craft dye and cookies.

But most importantly, the unique bamboo that you can find here is abundant and can be used to craft scaffolding! This is a special type of block that makes climbing up tall places and building things very, very easy. It’s definitely a must-get resource if you love building.

6. Mushroom Fields

Mushroom Fields
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Next up on our list, we have arguably the most survival-friendly place in the overworld, mushroom fields! These are a special and rare biome overabundant with mushrooms. A unique thing about this world is that hostile mobs do not spawn naturally here due to the mycelium blocks that make up the ground. So if you set up a homestead in a mushroom field, it will be like you are playing in Peaceful mode!

What Does the Biome Look Like?

Every mushroom field spawns naturally on an island away from the mainland. On this island, the place will be abundant with mycelium blocks instead of grass. This is a gray-colored block that giant mushrooms will grow out of. And in between all the giant red and brown mushrooms will be herds of Mooshrooms, cow-like creatures that are completely overgrown with mushrooms!

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

The mycelium block mentioned earlier is the most obvious unique resources. This is a great block for decorating your builds. The Mooshrooms that spawn here are a great food source, as you can right-click them with a bowl to get a bowl of mushroom stew, which fills up a lot of your hunger bar. Overall, this biome isn’t very abundant in rare resources. The main appeal is its safety and easy survivability.

7. Warm Ocean

Best Biomes in Minecraft - Warm Ocean
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For spot number seven on this list, we have the warm ocean biome. This is a tropical and sunny biome complete with plenty of unique flora and fauna to discover. The biome is stunning to look at both above and below the water. Speaking of which, underwater bases have been very popular in Minecraft sense the beginning. If you are interested in making one, then this is the perfect spot for you to do it in!

What Does the Biome Look Like?

The water of the biome is clear and is a lighter shade of blue than normal. Under the sea, you’ll find forests of coral stretching upwards towards the surface. These coral forests are very pretty to look at and make a great view to look at from your underwater base. Additionally, there are huge schools of fish, sea turtles, and dolphins swimming around, making this one of the liveliest biomes.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

The coral blocks can be harvested and brought back to your base to create your own underwater aquarium. You can also find sea turtles here, who drop a unique item called scutes. These can be used to craft a special helmet that allows you to breathe underwater for longer! Additionally, there are tropical fish that you can collect either as a food source or as pets.

8. Giant Tree Taiga

Best Biomes in Minecraft - 8. Giant Tree Taiga
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For our next spot, we have a pick that I don’t see being mentioned very often. This is a shame, as this is in my opinion one of the best looking biomes in all of Minecraft. I am talking about the giant tree taiga biome! This beautiful frontier is a great place to set up shop and build an A-frame log cabin. Or, you could climb one of the many tall trees here and build your own tree house! So many options for builds.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

The biome is a forest consisting of very tall and nimble taiga trees. On the forest floor, you will find many boulders of cobblestone, which are a spawn unique to this biome. The ground of the forest is mostly covered in podzol, a ground block that acts similarly to grass blocks. You’ll also be able to find foxes roaming around in the area, which are easy to spot by their bright orange fur coats.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

This biome is really more for aesthetics than it is for its unique resources. There is a huge amount of timber to be harvested here, but that really isn’t a unique resource. There is an abundance of podzol here, however, which can be used as a decorative block for landscaping. Foxes can spawn in all types of taiga biomes, this one included. These fuzzy creatures make great pets!

9. Grove

Best Biomes in Minecraft - Grove
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For our next pick, let’s take a look at the grove biome. This is a very beautiful cold biome that spawns next to naturally generating mountains. They were added recently in the Caves & Cliffs Update Part 2, making them one of the newest biomes in the entire game. They make very peaceful and scenic spots to set up, as they are almost always in great view of a nearby mountain off in the distance.

What Does the Biome Look Like?

These winter wonderlands consist of forests of taiga trees covered in snow and ice. The lakes that spawn here almost never have flowing water, except for at the edge of the biome. It is a very steep and rugged terrain that takes a bit of difficulty traversing. This biome has some of the best natural terrain generations I’ve seen. It really highlights the new world generation of the Caves & Cliffs update!

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

Like the previously mentioned biome, this is not a region in an abundance of rare resources. The primary reason for its inclusion on the list is because of how beautiful its terrain generation is. You will find snowy foxes, which are a variant of the regular ones but with white fur. You can also find and collect powder snow in this biome, a new item added to the game alongside the Caves & Cliffs update.

10. Flower Forest

Best Biomes in Minecraft - Flower Forest
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And finally, we’ve reached the end of our list for the top 10 best biomes in Minecraft. Next up we have another one of my favorite biomes, the flower forest! This is a variant of the regular forest biome, one of the oldest regions in the game. This is one of my favorite places for building, as it’s always very pretty to look at and it gives me an abundance of flowers, my favorite item for decorating with!

What Does the Biome Look Like?

As previously mentioned, it’s a variant of a regular oak forest. You’ll find lots of oak and spruce trees here, with grass covering the ground. But most notably, you’ll find a huge abundance of flowers here! Nearly every type of flower in the game can spawn naturally in this biome. This wide diversity of plants makes it a very colorful and vibrant place full of life. Bee hives can also spawn naturally in this biome.

What Unique Resources Are in This Biome?

Flowers exist in abundance here, which can be either used as decoration or turned into dyes. Tulips — one of the rarest flowers in the game — spawn in this biome. This is good to know, as the only other place they can spawn in is a grassland biome, but seeing them there is uncommon.

Bees are also a great source of honey in this region. Their honey can be turned into honey blocks, which are useful for various different redstone contraptions.

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