Important information about the Grasslands / Plains biome in Minecraft

What is the grasslands?

The grassland biome, better known as the plains biome, is one of Minecraft’s many unique biomes inside the game. In many different Minecraft seeds, you’ll find this to be one of the first biomes you’ll stumble upon.

What does it look like?

The plains are known for their rather flat landscape filled with grass blocks, grass, flowers, grass, and tall grass. You can also typically find oak trees in the area spread out across a wide space, sometimes these spawn with bee nests.

Bees nest in a grasslands biome

Plains are usually quite large, but it’s also easy to see across them do their relatively flat nature. Usually (but not always) they are surrounded by a forest and savanna biomes.

What can spawn in a plains biome?

Many different types of mobs can spawn in the plains biome, it has one of the most diverse sets of creatures you can find in a single biome.

  • First of all, the plains have pigs, chickens, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, bees, and bats. Most of which are great sources of food and farms. Horses are also a great way to travel for early gameplay
  • Another thing that can spawn is a plains village. This will typically have villagers and an iron golem to defend them. It’s best to locate these as they usually have great early-game resources for players and give access to villagers, which are needed for late-game.
  • It’s also classified as one of the grassy biomes, meaning that pumpkins can spawn randomly within the biome as well.
  • Pillager outposts can also spawn within the plains, so it’s best to be on the lookout, though they should typically be quite obvious due to the flat land.
  • You can find different flowers in the area, including azure bluets, dandelions, poppies, oxeye flowers, cornflowers, and various types of tulips.
  • Multiple types of hostile mobs also spawn in the area during the night time, including zombies, skeletons, slimes, witches, spiders, endermans, creepers, witches, and zombie villagers. These mobs can be quite dangerous in this biome, as the player will lack places to hide outside or underground.

How to check when I’m in the right biome?

Outside the visual cues that were explained earlier. There are a few ways to check if you’re in the correct biome. Pressing the f3 button on your keyboard (for Java Edition users) will show you not only your coordinates, but the exact biome you’re currently in, plus more information. This is important, especially when trying to find the edge of biomes when building certain farms.

Different variants

This biome only has one distinct variant, and that would be the sunflower plains, also known as a meadow. This place is known for its abundance of flowers, especially sunflowers, which its name originates from.

Tip: This makes this area a great place for yellow dye, as it’s usually hard to find sunflowers outside of this location.

Most of what spawns in normal plains is similar to this version, including the mobs, but there are some distinct differences, especially depending on what version of the game you play

  • Sunflower plains usually are surrounded by cherry forests, and normal versions of the biome, and are usually separated by flower forests by a river. Though this does depend on many factors, the terrain will usually try to generate with these rules in mind.
  • In the bedrock edition of the game, pillager outposts and villages still spawn in these versions of the biome. In the Java Edition, they will not spawn at all.

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