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Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Part One is Finally Live

Caves & Cliffs has just found its way to Minecraft and brings with it tonnes of new mobs, blocks and more.

Here's everything there is to know.

LATEST - Part One Has Just Launched

The latest update has just arrived and can be found in both Java and Bedrock.

If it doesn't go live when it says it should just give it a few minutes and you should be able to get the latest update.

When Will Part 2 Release?

When Caves & Cliffs was first announced it was stated that Part 1 would release in Summer 2021, while Part 2 would during Holiday 2021.

Given the release window of Part 2, we can expect it to release at some point around November 2021, but Mojang will confirm the release date at a later point.

Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update Release Date & Time

Caves & Cliffs was so huge that the team ended up splitting it into two central parts. The first part is out now and the second should arrive around the holiday this year.

Over on Twitter, SlicedLime, the tech lead for Minecraft Java tends to update people on new pre-releases and he tends to do so around 4-8 pm BST so we might see the official release around the same time.

For the sake of brevity, this will centrally focus on the first part, the update we know the most about right now.


Caves and Cliffs will be arriving on all versions of the game at the exact same time on June 8th. This means that its crossplay functionalities will be fully operational for launch.

New Features

The first part of Caves & Cliffs is all about setting the groundwork for part two. It adds new ores, blocks and mobs.

Some of those blocks include Amethyst, Copper and Deepslate. These can mostly be found deep down in new cave structures and can be used to build new items. The mobs included are Axolotls, Goats and Glow Squids.

The Axolotl can play dead to regenerate health and seem to be very tough fighters. Goats are standoffish and can knock players far away. They can also climb huge heights. Glow Squids are a new type of squid that can light up the ocean and drops new items.

This sets the groundwork for part two, which totally restructures cave generation and makes the height of the world much taller. It will also bring new biomes and change the way that mountains work.

Minecraft Update 1.17 Patch Notes

There have been a number of big pre-releases coming up to Caves & Cliff's official release.

As the official update arrives, we will update here with the latest patch notes.

Download Size

Unfortunately, as the game is still being updated, we don't have a full update size just yet. With the release candidate, we may not see any more updates but it could change over the next few days.

We will update here as we find out the full size of Caves & Cliffs part two.

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