Abandoned Mineshaft
150px-Minecraft Mineshaft


Generated Structure


Underground in All Biomes

First Appearance

Update 0.9.0

Abandoned Mineshafts are naturally Generated Structures added in Update 0.9.0.


The Structure can be found in any Biome, but is placed underground which makes it a little harder to spot. The Mesa Mineshafts, found only in the Mesa Biome, can spawn at the surface, making the entrance more visible.



Abandoned Mineshafts are long winding maze-like structures. They usually begin with a large Dirt room, with an arched roof, and continue into a long tunnel-type maze, with Fences and Oak Planks approximately every 4 Blocks

They will sometimes have Torches and Rails, along with large numbers of Cobwebs. Most Abandoned Mineshafts also contain Cave Spider Spawners. The Spawners are protected by many Cobwebs, making it harder to break.

As tunnels intersect there is also Oak Plank pillars supporting the upper tunnel, and Oak Planks in the floor and/or roof between the different tunnels.


Loot can be found in Minecarts with Chests that spawn in Abandoned Mineshafts. The Loot consists of items from 3 different groups each with their own distribution:

Name Weight Chance Count
Group 1 count: 1
Golden Apple Golden Apple 20/71 28.2%  1
Enchanted Apple Enchanted Apple 1/71 1.4% 1
Name Tag Name Tag 30/71 42.3% 1
Enchanted Book Enchanted Book 10/71 14.1% 1
Iron Pickaxe Iron Pickaxe 5/71 7.0% 1
Nothing 5/71 7.0%  
Group 2 count: 2-4
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot 10/83 12.0%  1-5
Gold Ingot Gold Ingot 5/83 6.0% 1-3
Redstone (Dust) Redstone 5/83 6.0% 4-9
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli 5/83 6.0% 4-9
Diamond Diamond 3/83 3.6% 1-2
Coal Coal 10/83 12.0% 3-8
Bread Bread 15/83 18.1% 1-3
Melon Seeds Melon Seeds 10/83 12.0% 2-4
Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin Seeds 10/83 12.0% 2-4
Beetroot Seeds Beetroot Seeds 10/83 12.0% 2-4
Group 3 count: 3
Rail Rails 20/50 40.0% 4-8
Powered Rail Powered Rail 5/50 10.0% 1-4
Detector Rail Detector Rail 5/50 10.0% 1-4
Activator Rail Activator Rail 5/50 10.0% 1-4
Torch Torch 15/50 30.0% 1-16
Based upon 1.7.0 behavior pack

In addition to the loot found in Chests, Mineshafts expose the Ores of the surrounding Biome, making it a good place to mine.


  • Before Update 0.11.0, Abandoned Mineshafts contained Spider Spawners, due to Cave Spiders not being implemented.
  • Abandoned Mineshafts can occasionally be intersected by a Stronghold or a Dungeon.
  • Some areas of the Mineshaft are lit by torches, but not enough to stop Mobs from spawning.
  • Sometimes, part of the Mineshaft can be missing or on Fire due to a natural Lava stream.
  • Abandoned Mineshafts are not only very long, but they are deep, since they can go from sea level to Bedrock.
  • Abandoned Mineshafts are more likely to spawn the deeper underground the Player goes.
  • As of Update 0.14.0, Abandoned Mineshafts now have a chance to have a random Minecart with a Chest containing loot.

Generated Structures
Lava PoolsTree (Fallen)CavesIce SpikesGiant MushroomsMoss Stone BouldersMineral VeinRavineFossil
Small Structures
Witch HutDesert WellIglooLibraryDungeon
Large Structures
Abandoned Mineshaft (Mesa)Woodland Mansion • Temples (Jungle | Desert)StrongholdOcean MonumentVillageShipwreck
Nether Structures
Nether FortressGlowstone Cluster
End Structures
End CityChorus TreeEnd PortalEnd Gateway Portal
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