Abandoned mineshaft



  • In the Beta 1.8 Pre-Release 1 and 2, support beams in mines were only made of planks. Fences were added later in the Beta 1.8 version.
  • All abandoned mineshafts have a companion cavern that follows it.
  • Mineshafts intersecting a dungeon or stronghold are more common in the console editions because worlds are much smaller, and they⃂₠provide less area for the structures to generate separately.
  • A rare⃂₠glitch can cause a mineshaft to be floating in the sky when using the preset Desert for a superflat world.
  • In Minecraft: Pocket Edition Version 0.10.0, there are above-ground mine shafts in Mesa biomes.
    • These Mineshafts are made out of dark oak planks, and they mainly contain gold ore as treasure.
  • Turning on subtitles on Minecraft can yield a subtitle saying minecart rolling which can be useful in finding mineshafts.
  • There`s a bug where abandoned mineshafts that are underground in water biomes may leave underwater air pockets in the water. This can also be useful to find mineshafts.


  • At bedrock layer, abandoned mineshafts will cut through the top bedrock layer(s).verify
  • Mineshafts can generate on top of other mineshafts. If you see two different ones intersecting each other anomalously, they are two different shafts, even if they somehow meet up perfectly elsewhere.
  • Mineshafts are less common near the origin of the world (0,0).verify
  • Mushrooms can be found at the bottom of mineshafts.



Abandoned mineshafts generate naturally in the Overworld; they are usually found underground but some can be found in the ocean. They are generated before chunk featuresSpecial attraction such as ores. As with other features, multiple abandoned mineshafts can generate near each other and intersect, producing larger complexes. They can also intersect with other cave systems. Corridors will generate a floor of wooden planks if they cross over empty space.

They can also generate on the surface in mesa biomes. These are composed of dark oak planks and fences, rather than oak. Cave spider spawners and various wooden pieces will not generate if above ground (i.e. the sky light where they generate is 8 or more), and generated railways will be less complete above ground.


An abandoned mineshaft with a minecart with chest.
The dirt room found in abandoned mineshafts
A mineshaft generated on superflat using the customize feature

Abandoned mineshafts consist of:


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 mineshaft chest contains 3 groups of 1, 2–4, and 3 item stacks, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight # Items Chance # Chests
1⃗ 2–4⃗ 3⃗ 1⃗ 2–4⃗ 3⃗

4–8 2050 7.200 78.4% 1.3

1–16 1550 7.650 65.7% 1.5

1–3 1583 1.084 45.0% 2.2

Name Tag
1 3071 0.423 42.3% 2.4

3–8 1083 1.988 32.0% 3.1

Beetroot Seeds
2–4 1083 1.084 32.0% 3.1

Melon Seeds
2–4 1083 1.084 32.0% 3.1

Pumpkin Seeds
2–4 1083 1.084 32.0% 3.1

Iron Ingot
1–5 1083 1.084 32.0% 3.1

Golden @@@#@@@Apple(apple.com)###@### (Normal)
1 2071 0.282 28.2% 3.5

Activator Rails
1–4 550 0.750 27.1% 3.7

Detector Rails
1–4 550 0.750 27.1% 3.7

Powered Rails
1–4 550 0.750 27.1% 3.7

Lapis Lazuli
4–9 583 1.175 17.0% 5.9

4–9 583 1.175 17.0% 5.9

Gold Ingot
1–3 583 0.361 17.0% 5.9

Enchanted Book
1 1071 0.141 14.1% 7.1

1–2 383 0.163 10.5% 9.6

1 571 0.070 7.0% 14.2

Iron Pickaxe
1 571 0.070 7.0% 14.2

Golden AppleTechnology company (Enchanted)
1 171 0.014 1.4% 71.0
  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.



Beta Beta Starting version Beta 1.0 (Dec. 20, 2010) Latest version Beta 1.9-pre6 (Nov. 13, 2011) Paid Yes These versions are available to play in the launcher. Be that as it may, please note that these versions contain bugs. You ll minecraft
1.8 Beta 1.8 Official name Adventure Update (Part 1) Release date Sep. 15, 2011 Development versions View all Pre-releases Beta 1.8-pre1 Beta 1.8-pre2 Download Client Server Other editions of 1.8 Java Edition ◄◄ Beta 1.7 ◄ minecraft 1.8-pre1 Added abandoned mineshafts.
1.8.1 Beta 1.8.1 Release date Sep. 19, 2011 Download Client Server Other editions of 1.8.1 Java Edition ◄◄ Beta 1.8 1.0.0 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see Version history (disambiguation). minecraft Support beams in mineshafts are converted from wood planks Wood Planks Transparency No Luminance No Blast resistance 15 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable Yes Drops Itself Data value dec: 05 hex: 5 bin: 101 Name planks Wood planks are common blocks used in many crafting minecraft to oak fences Fence Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 15 (Wood) 30 (Nether Brick) Tools Renewable Wood: Yes Nether Brick: No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable Wood: Yes Nether Brick: No Drops Itself Data values See Data values minecraft .
Official release
1.2.1 12w05a Added wooden bridges under floating sections of mineshafts.
It is no longer possible to place and ride minecarts on floating rails without the use of mods.
1.4.2 Chests can no longer generate right next to each other, meaning naturally-occurring large chests do not generate any more.
Chests can no longer be found floating in air.
1.4.6 Added enchanted books in abandoned mineshaft chests.
1.5 13w02a Changed abandoned mineshaft chests to minecarts with chests Minecart with Chest Type Vehicles Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable No Internal ID PC: 43 PE: 98 Network ID PC: 10 Entity ID chest_minecart Drops 1 Minecart 1 Chest plus contents Health points 6 () minecraft on rails.
1.5.2 Minecarts with chests may be generated on cobwebs.
1.9 15w44a Added torches, beetroot seeds, enchanted and normal golden apples, and activator, detector and powered rails to minecart chests.
Removed saddles and iron horse armor from chests.
Decreased the average yields of iron and gold ingots, melon and pumpkin seeds, diamonds, lapis lazuli, redstone and bread.
Increased the average yield of iron pickaxes, and substantially increased the average yield of rails and enchanted books.
1.10 16w20a Abandoned mineshafts can now generate on the surface in mesa biomes, using dark oak planks and fences rather than oak.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added abandoned mineshafts.
Cave spider spawners replaced with regular spiders until potion effects are added.
0.10.0 Sep. 9, 2014 Tommaso Checchi tweeted a picture of mineshafts generated at surface level within a mesa, in a mesa biome.
build 1 Abandoned mineshafts can now generate on the surface in mesa biomes.
Above-ground mineshafts now use dark oak planks and fences rather than oak.
0.11.0 build 12 Abandoned mineshafts now generate with cave spider spawners.
0.14.0 build 1 Abandoned mineshafts will now generate minecarts with chests Minecart with Chest Type Vehicles Durability N/A Renewable Yes Stackable No Internal ID PC: 43 PE: 98 Network ID PC: 10 Entity ID chest_minecart Drops 1 Minecart 1 Chest plus contents Health points 6 () minecraft .
Console Edition
TU5 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added abandoned mineshafts.
TU12 Added wooden bridges under floating sections of mineshafts.
TU43 CU33 1.36 Patch 13 Abandoned mineshafts can now generate on the surface in mesa biomes, using dark oak planks and fences rather than oak.


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  • In LEGO Minecraft Micro World- The Village, an abandoned mineshaft is beneath the village.


Pocket Edition

Odd generation




    Abandoned Mineshafts are usually filled with cobwebs and many cave spider spawners. Entrances to the spawner rooms are filled with cobwebs, so it`s best to bring some Shears. Abandoned Mineshafts are also rich with ores such as iron, gold, sometimes lapis lazuli, diamonds, and, very rarely, Emeralds. The support beams are made of wooden planks and fences. Abandoned Mineshafts provide a very good source of wood while the player mines underground. There is a rare chance that mineshafts will generate inside of a Ravine and intersect said ravine.


    There are chests (in Minecarts as of 1.5) throughout the Abandoned Mineshafts that can contain resources, such as gold, iron ingots, ores, food, or seeds. Some items, such as rails and ores, can be found during the excavation in the shaft. Items, such as diamonds, wood, and rails, are rare to find in chests. On occasion, abandoned mine shafts can connect to Strongholds or dungeons. Abandoned Mineshafts are a naturally generated structure. Beginners should try to find an Abandoned Mineshaft in underground ravines. The Pocket Edition did not have chests in Mineshafts until 0.14.0.


    Exploring a mineshaft can be quite dangerous but otherwise beneficial. Be sure one has the following:

    • An iron or diamond Sword to fight any hostile mobs that spawn.
    • An iron or diamond Pickaxe to mine the ores one may find.
    • Some Buckets of Milk. (These can help cure Poison caused by Cave spiders.)
    • Food to replenish hunger and to enable health regeneration.
    • Easy to find blocks like Cobblestone or Dirt, so that one can make pillars or bridges if necessary.
    • Shears to collect the String from the cobwebs.
    • Armor to protect one from fall damage or hostile mobs.
    • Torches to mark one`s path and to prevent mobs from spawning.
    • If possible, bring Potions to help give one the upper hand in mob combat, preferably bring potions of strength, regeneration, or splash potions of instant health.


    • Diamond
    • Coal
    • Lapis Lazuli
    • Redstone Dust
    • Iron Ingot
    • Gold Ingot
    • Melon Seeds
    • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Wheat
    • Bread
    • Rail
    • Iron Pickaxe
    • Golden Apple
    • Wood planks
    • Fences
    • String
    • Gunpowder