New and old Minecraft players are well aware of the depths they can go in their worlds. Mojang announced this summer that a new deep dark cave biome would be available. This biome will allow for a new type of mining, and it has many new features that feel almost alien.
The release of the deep dark biome and Minecraft's massive Caves & Cliffs update was planned at the time. Part 1 introduced many new biomes and blocks as well as items and mobs. The deep dark biome was intended to be an extension of this content.
However, Mojang's game development team announced during Minecraft Live 2021 that the deep dark biome would now be moved back to 2022 by the 1.9 update also known as The Wild Update.
Although the Minecraft community won't see much of the dark biome until the end of the year for now, there are still many things that have been revealed. Mojang, Microsoft will likely show more as The Wild Update gets closer.
Some Minecraft players also use experimental gameplay toggles and certain builds of Minecraft to interact with deep dark biomes' blocks and some of their items, despite not being able to access the biome directly.
It is possible to see why the Minecraft deep dark biome has been pushed back. The biome evolved from a cave biome that was sculk-ridden underground to one that can contain entire ruined cities.
Deep dark has no water reservoirs or lava. This is in contrast to higher layers below, which may have lava pools or running waters. The deep dark biomes are currently aiming to be located in the deepslate layers at Y=-1 through Y=-64 elevations, which makes them lower than bedrock.
However, the biome will ensure that Minecraft's bedrock layers are not placed beneath the layers of deep darkness.
The deep dark will not spawn standard mobs, except from directly from spawners. The Warden, a new mini-boss, patrols the deep darkness and its city structures. It is unable to see, but can hear entities and feel the vibrations from those who cause too much commotion.
The Warden is able to detect entities when they are too close. Players should be cautious when this foreboding creature is present.
Sculk, a fungal growth capable of causing many things, is the most important new component of the upcoming biome. Sculk can transmit sounds and vibrations throughout its coverage, as well as sense redstone currents.
Blocks like sculk-shriekers can make loud noises when they are disturbed by entities. They also create a pulsing dark effect for a brief time. Setting off too many sculk-shriekers can summon the Warden to the user's location.
The catalyst grows sculk when a mob dies in the dark near blocks called sculk catalysts. Its size depends on how much XP they have dropped.
The Wild Update will bring the deep dark biome to Minecraft, along with its shadowy, loot-filled towns, to 2022. Minecraft gamers have plenty to look forward too. Users will be able to spelunk underground at a new level thanks to the deep dark.