Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update adds archaeology, axolotls and improved caves

By Sean Carey,
Minecraft's next big update makes improvements to the game's cave generation system, adds new mobs, and will have players excavating alongside the usual mining.

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update

The Caves & Cliffs Update was announced during Minecraft Live and is slated for release during summer 2021. With the update, players can expect new cave types thanks to improved cave generation, more mobs, and a new archaeology system. Soon, you'll be able to dig within the caves and discover ancient ruins and artefacts. Mojang Studios says this new system "adds a very cool sense of history and storytelling element to the game."

In the new caverns, players can mine for crystals and build a telescope, while copper, an ageing element that turns green over time, can also be discovered and used to create new items. The new sculk sensor block is activated by movement and emits a redstone signal which can be used to make contraptions wireless. Firework triggers, automatic lights, and whatever else you can dream of, can soon be triggered by motion. That's not all that can be discovered in these new caves, though. The Warden is a hostile mob that senses your movement and tracks you in the dark, and the Axolotl is a friendly mob which can help out in fights.

minecraft caves update

The Mountain Update that players voted for during Minecon Live 2019 will be folded into the Caves and Cliffs Update. Mountains will soon look more like mountains thanks to an improved generation system, and you'll be able to encounter Mountain Goats atop these mighty peaks.

Unfortunately, due to the size of the Caves & Cliffs Update, Mojang Studios says there will be no traditional Christmas update this year.

Caves & Cliffs comes to Minecraft during summer 2021.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.