Minecraft Beta Debuts New Mountain Biomes from Caves & Cliffs

Minecraft Beta Has Arrived, Debuting New Mountain Sub-Biomes from the Upcoming Caves & Cliffs Update

Published: March 4, 2021 2:09 PM /


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Minecraft Beta has arrived for Windows 10, Xbox, and Android, debuting new Mountain sub-biomes and several other features from the Caves & Cliffs Update that will launching later this year.

The Caves & Cliffs update will be arriving later this year for Minecraft, but there are quite a few features that you can experience right now depending on which version of the game you're playing. Thus far, we've seen Goats arrive as a feature in the Windows 10 edition; as for the Java Edition, its players got to check out new caves and Glow Squids. Now, a new batch of Caves & Cliffs features are available in the Bedrock Edition for players to check out!

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What's New in Minecraft Beta

The biggest new addition to Minecraft Beta is several Mountain "sub-biomes," adding some much-needed variety to the peaks and cliffs of Minecraft. The new sub-biomes are  Lofty Peaks, Mountain Grove, Mountain Meadow, Snow Capped Peaks, and Snowy Slopes.

Mojang is also raising the roof, so to speak — the world height limit is being increased for the first time in a very long time from 256 blocks to 320 blocks. Mountains will generate as high as 256 blocks, leaving you a solid 64 blocks of additional height to build something cool on the peak.

Also returning is the Glow Squid along with a few bug fixes and additions. For example, it will emit glow-colored ink particles when you hurt it! Bedrock Edition players will also be able to craft the Glow Item Frame to give their storage rooms a little extra flair.

As always, we've only highlighted some of the major additions; you can read the full Minecraft Beta patch notes to see everything that's now available for testing!

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How To Download Minecraft Beta

Downloading Minecraft Beta is a pretty straightforward process on the Bedrock Edition, but you'll have to generate a new world. Create a new world, scroll down to "Experiments", and toggle on "Caves and Cliffs;" from there, the new beta content should automatically be ready to go for your new world!

You can play the new Minecraft Beta on Bedrock edition right now. If you haven't yet jumped into the great world of Minecraft, you can buy it for everything short of a Samsung Smart Fridge via its official website. The Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update will arrive sometime in Summer 2021.

What do you think of the new additions in this Minecraft Beta? What do you think Mojang could do to make mountains cooler? Let us know in the comments below!

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