Dungeons are generated structures found at any layer of the overworld. They typically only spawn next to caves and are mostly made up of cobblestone and mossy cobblestone. You can find treasure here, and if you want to destroy the spawner that resides in these dungeons it awards a decent chunk of experience. There is a lot that is desirable with a dungeon. This guide will outline what a dungeon is, the structure of a dungeon, how to easily locate dungeons in your world, and the differences of dungeons between the Java edition and the Bedrock edition.
What is a Dungeon?
Dungeons are structures that are created during world generation regardless of if “generate structures” has been toggled on or off. They are hostile environments made up of cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, a monster spawner, and 0-2 chests. While it is rare to find a dungeon without a chest it is possible.
The dungeons you find in the overworld are 50% likely to be zombie spawners, 25% to be skeleton spawners, and 25% likely to be spider spawners. The monster spawner is always located in the center of the dungeon structure and will never stop spawning monsters until the area around it is lit up or the spawner itself is destroyed.
Dungeons typically have 2 chests, but it is not uncommon to find a dungeon with just one chest. The generated loot found within these chests can vary wildly.
Structure of a Dungeon
Every dungeon contains a monster spawner. This monster spawner will not stop spawning mobs unless the area around it is lit up or the spawner itself is destroyed. If you get close enough to the monster spawner you can see what type of mob it will spawn. As the mob doll speeds its spin up, it will eventually reach a peak of speed and subsequently spawn the appropriate mob.
Dungeons are made up primarily of cobblestone and mossy cobblestone. Since mossy cobblestone now generates in taiga biomes, it can be difficult to determine immediately if the mossy cobblestone is indicative of a dungeon or not. However, if you are underground and you happen upon a cobblestone wall, chances are you have found a dungeon.
Dungeons are desirable not just for their chest generated loot, but also because being able to control the spawns of monsters is very useful for your experience bar. Try to avoid destroying the monster spawner as they are fairly rare and you can easily turn the spawner into an unlimited source of experience.
This mob spawner can be turned on and off by stepping on a pressure plate which turns the lights off. Standing near the spawner causes the zombies to fall into an area where they can be safely farmed. This is incredibly useful for mending enchanted tools, weapons, and armor. Having a spawner that is easily within reach ensures that you always have a quick and easy method of obtaining a lot of experience.
As you can see the zombies are stuck and not able to attack you in any capacity. You can easily loot the experience from over the cobblestone slabs, and if you want to grab the iron, carrots, rotten flesh, or any other drop from the zombies you can enter from the side. The fall damage ensures they do not require many hits to kill and you can accomplish a similar design with a skeleton spawner as well.
How to find Dungeons in Minecraft?
Hopefully you now know the benefit of maintaining a dungeon as an essential project, but how can you easily find dungeons? There exist many methods, but as it stands it is primarily up to luck. If you want to forgo the work involved with finding a dungeon you can look towards third party extensions.
https://www.chunkbase.com/apps/seed-map# offers a map of your world that only requires you to look up your world seed. After plugging in your seed, it will generate a map of your world with potential dungeon spawns located throughout your world. To obtain your world seed, enter your world, open your settings and in the game tab, scroll down until you see “Seed”.
You can do this for any world and the chunkbase seed map will show you where potential dungeon spawns are, slime chunks, underwater monuments, strongholds, and more. This is without a doubt the easiest way to locate where places of interest exist in your world.
Java Edition vs Bedrock Edition of Dungeons
There are not many differences between the Java edition and Bedrock edition dungeons that are generated in Minecraft. The overall structure remains essentially identical. In fact the only difference between the two versions is the rules by which they generate naturally. There are no differences in the items that generate in the chests. Even the odds of an item spawning remain the same.
In the Java edition, dungeons will generate at any altitude next to caves. In the Bedrock edition dungeons will be generated as underground structures above sea level. That is about it for the differences in generation between the two versions.
In a Nutshell
Dungeons are useful and exciting generated structures to find in your Minecraft world. While the structure itself is nothing too exciting, having an unlimited source of experience and respective mob drops is too enticing to ignore. You may also find special treasure items like enchanted golden apples, diamond horse armor, or even a mending enchanted book. If you have not found a dungeon in your world yet you ought to try and locate one quickly.
Can you find a Creeper spawner in Minecraft?
Creeper spawners do not exist in Minecraft. It is probably for the best as creepers would end up destroying the entirety of the dungeon anyways. While not being able to have a constant stream of gunpowder is upsetting, you can always supply your gunpowder through other means.
Why does the creative monster spawner not work correctly?
The coding behind a dungeon spawner is different than simply generating a monster spawner yourself. In the Java edition you can easily give yourself a monster spawner and change what monster spawns by placing a spawn egg in the monster spawner. In the Bedrock edition, the monster spawner exists only as a cosmetic block and would require a deep dive of the game’s code in order to function properly.
Congratulations, you now know what a dungeon is, the structure of a dungeon, how to locate them easily, and the difference between the Java edition and Bedrock edition of dungeons. Dungeons are exciting generated structures that can give you a lot of benefit if you are willing to put in the time. While they are nothing too interesting on their own, the potential you can take them to is impressive considering the simplicity in their design.