Desert temple



  • The desert temple`s basement is 21 blocks by 21 blocks.
  • The orange symbols on the outside resemble the Ancient Egyptian symbol for Life, an Ankh.
  • Desert temples have a rare chance of generating improperly causing some blocks to be lost or added.
  • As there is no light in the lower chamber, mobs can spawn inside and trigger the TNT trap, destroying the chests and loot before any player can reach it. Also, rarely a lava lake might generate next to TNT, potentially setting the trap off as well.
  • A desert temple will not generate fully if generated partially on water. When generated on lakes, they are only half-generated.
  • The top hole in the temple`s ceiling is almost always generated above ground, so buried temples will be accessible, but fall damage is likely.
  • When a desert temple generates above a ravine, it will not have a deeper foundation the way village buildings do; rather, its shaft will be left hanging. There will always be a one-block floor under the TNT.



Desert temples naturally generate in desert A river bisecting a jungle biome. At the top right is a forest. A river running through a mesa biome with mesa plateaus, with a savanna biome in the bottom right. “ In case you minecraft biomes. Desert temples always generate with their floor at y=64. This may cause the desert temple to be partially buried.


Inside view of a desert temple.

Desert temples are constructed from sandstone (all 3 variants), orange and blue terracotta Terracotta Transparency No Luminance No Blast resistance 21 Tool Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Experience Smelted: 0.1 Drops Itself Data values Terracotta dec: 172 hex: AC bin: 10101100 Stained Terracotta dec: 159 hex: 9F bin: 10011111 Name Terracotta hardened_clay minecraft , sandstone slabs Slab Transparency Double slab: No Single slab: Partial (blocks light) Luminance No Blast resistance Wood: 15 Stone: 30 Tools Renewable Stone: Yes Wood: Yes (except Fake Wood) Cobblestone: Yes Stone Brick: Yes Purpur: Yes Quartz: minecraft , and sandstone stairs Stairs Transparency Partial (blocks light) Luminance No Blast resistance Wood: 15 Stone: 30 Sandstone, Quartz, Red Sandstone: 4 Tools Renewable Cobblestone, Stone Brick, Wood, Purpur: Yes All others: No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable Wood: Yes minecraft .

In the center of the temple`s ground floor is a single block of blue terracotta. Underneath this terracotta is a `booby-trapped` hidden chamber with four chests that can each contain very valuable loot. The trap consists of a stone pressure plate Pressure Plate Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tools Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable Wooden: No, but catches fire from lava Others: No Drops Itself Data values See Data values Name See Data minecraft (located directly under the blue terracotta), connected to a 3x3x1 grid of TNT.

Preview of the 4 hidden chests with the TNT Trap under the desert temple.

Desert temples look yellow on maps Map Type Tools Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) First appearances See History Data values Drawn dec: 358 hex: 166 bin: 101100110 Empty dec: 395 hex: 18B bin: 110001011 Name PCPersonal Computer Drawn: filled_map Empty: map PE Drawn: ? Empty: emptymap This minecraft , similar to sand and sandstone, but with a distinctive shape.


See also: Chest loot This table summarizes the average quantity of each item that can be found in a naturally-generated chest, depending on its location. show all columns View at: Chest loot/All edit] Values represent the number of items

Each desert temple chest contains 2 groups of 2–4 and 4 item stacks, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight # Items Chance # Chests
2–4⃗ 4⃗ 2–4⃗ 4⃗

4–6 1–8 25232 1050 5.216 70.9% 1.4

Rotten Flesh
3–7 1–8 25232 1050 5.216 70.9% 1.4

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

1–8 1050 3.600 59.0% 1.7

Spider Eye
1–3 25232 0.647 29.0% 3.5

Enchanted Book
1 20232 0.259 23.7% 4.2

1 20232 0.259 23.7% 4.2

Golden @@@#@@@Apple( (Normal)
1 20232 0.259 23.7% 4.2

Gold Ingot
2–7 15232 0.873 18.2% 5.5

Iron Ingot
1–5 15232 0.582 18.2% 5.5

1–3 15232 0.388 18.2% 5.5

1 15232 0.194 18.2% 5.5

Iron Horse Armor
1 15232 0.194 18.2% 5.5

Gold Horse Armor
1 10232 0.129 12.4% 8.1

1–3 5232 0.129 6.3% 15.8

Diamond Horse Armor
1 5232 0.065 6.3% 15.8

Golden AppleTechnology company (Enchanted)
1 2232 0.026 2.6% 39.0
  1. All enchantments are equally probable, and any level of the enchantment is equally probable.
  2. `Nothing` does not refer to the chance of an empty chest. Instead, it refers to the chance that the random loot generator will not add any loot on a single roll.


Block Amount


Smooth Sandstone

Orange Terracotta

Chiseled Sandstone

Sandstone Stairs



Sandstone Slab

Blue Terracotta

Stone Pressure Plate



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1.8 1.8 Official name Bountiful Update Type Release Release date Sep. 2, 2014 1] Development versions View all Snapshots 14w02a 14w02b 14w02c 14w03a 14w03b 14w04a 14w04b 14w05a 14w05b 14w06a 14w06b 14w07a 14w08a 14w10a 14w10b 14w10c 14w11a minecraft 14w03a 14w03a Type Snapshot Release date Jan. 16, 2014 Snapshot for 1.8 Download Client (.json) Server ◄◄ 1.7.10 ◄ 14w02c 14w03b ► 1.8.1 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see Version minecraft Desert temples now generate with terracotta (at that time called "hardened clay") instead of wool.
1.9 15w44a Chest loot is changed.
Added gunpowder, sand, string, spider eye, and normal and enchanted golden apples.
Average yields of diamond, gold ingots and iron ingots are decreased.
Average yields of horse armor, enchanted books, rotten flesh, saddles and emeralds are increased.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0 build 1 Added desert temples.
0.15.0 build 1 Enchanted books now generate in desert temple chests.
Console Edition
TU14 CU1 1.05 Patch 1 Added desert temples.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Desert temples now generate with stained clay instead of wool.


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