Dripstone caves were introduced to Minecraft 1.17 as part of the Caves & Cliffs update. They are biomes rife in dripstone stalagmites, stalactites, and water.
Dripstone caves are relatively new and have seen a lot of popularity in Minecraft. This is due to their uniqueness and the different aesthetics that it brings to Minecraft.
Although they might look like regular biomes, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you explore a dripstone cave.
The Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions have had long-standing differences. This is also true for aspects such as dripstone caves. They differ in the temperature and coloration of their leaves.
The mob behavior and spawning rates seem to be almost identical in both versions of Minecraft. This is a bit surprising considering many of the differences between Minecraft versions have to do the mobspawn rates. However, Minecraft players who are attentive may be able to spot subtle visual differences between the two versions.
Dripstone caves cannot claim their names without water and dripstone. Dripstone cave biomes often have small water reservoirs, usually in areas 1×1 or similar. Although these cave biomes may contain significantly more water than others, players shouldn't be surprised if they have very small water pools. This is probably an aesthetic choice as many caves that inspired dripstone caverns were those like Hang SAE!n Aoong, Vietnam. It has a large subterranean stream.
Dripstone caves contain water, so drowned can spawn as hostile mobs in the biome. Dripstone caves' underground nature allows non-hostile mobs such as glow squids, to emerge within their waters.
These mobs don't often spawn within Minecraft's cave biomes, so players should be alert in the biome.
Many of the ores in Minecraft are created in small clusters called “blobs”. The blobs may contain more or less ore blocks, depending on where they are located.
Dripstone caves have a higher number of copper ore blocks per block than other cave or mountain biomes. Dripstone caves can be a good place to find extra copper ore for your projects.
Dripstone cave biomes, which are subterranean and can be found in caves, are just as dangerous as any other cave biomes. These biomes can also generate within ravines, so players who aren't alert could end up with a terrible fall.
Dripstone caves can also house the same types of hostile mobs that are found in other parts of the Overworld, such as spiders and slimes. Rarely, even chicken jockey and spider enemies can spawn.
Dripstone caves offer a lot of enjoyment, but players need to be careful when exploring. The dangers don't stop just because they have entered a new biome.