You may already know this, but Minecraft in 2022 is not the same as the Minecraft of years past. In the Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II, the way mining works is totally different. I mean, you still swing a pickaxe at the wall until the wall goes away – that part hasn’t changed – but where you’ll find blocks has.

The biggest change is that caves will look totally different, with the new cheese and spaghetti caves, cleverly named to make us extremely hungry, as well as the MEGA-CAVES, which are really, really, really, really big. Because the mega-caves are so big, the developers have had to change ore generation, otherwise it would be way too easy to find stuff, so now diamonds and some other ores won’t appear “exposed to air” as much – you’ll have to dig to find them.

Caves & Cliffs: Part II increased the world height, bringing the lowest levels down even further – which means that diamonds, which appeared really far down, have had to move down even further. Put all of that together and you might be wondering if you’ll ever see a diamond again.

Luckily for us, Wifies has done a tutorial on how we should all be mining these days. Previously, the best level to mine at was Y=11 (11 blocks above bedrock), where you were most likely to find all the ores you needed. With the new, rejigged ore generation, each ore has a different level where you’re most likely to find it – and they don’t match up at all. Wifies went above and beyond to answer the question of “how do I mine in Caves & Cliffs”: HE USED MATH.






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