The first real release for the second part of the cave and cliff update is Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta

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Mojang Studios has been quietly testing features from 1.18 ‘Caves and Cliffs Update’ Part Two in Minecraft betas and snapshots.

What you need to know


  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta is the first build to sit under the 1.18 version umbrella, and is now available to testers.

  • With the latest Minecraft: Bedrock Edition snapshot, Mojang Studios is finally moving those experimental changes into the spotlight.

The journey for Minecraft to reach the second half of the Caves and Cliffs Update has been a long and winding one, but Mojang Studios has tirelessly continued their work. Today, a huge milestone is being reached in the development phase, as Minecraft: Bedrock Edition officially breaks cover and becomes available to Minecraft testers on Xbox, Windows, and Android devices.

There are tons of features, changes, and fixes for players to test in this beta, most of which are being brought out from the “Experimental Features” toggle.

The latest Minecraft beta is the first build to move under the 1.18 version umbrella that will contain Part Two of the Caves and Cliffs Update. While a version number is ultimately arbitrary and doesn’t affect much, what does matter is that all of the features and changes that were previously being hidden under the “Experimental Features” toggle are now out in the open and affect nearly all worlds in this beta. This means 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two features are now enabled by default, and will inevitably be tested by considerably more players in the beta program.

We may hear more about the 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two (and when it might release) during Minecraft Live 2021 later this year, and even what other games Mojang might be working on. Until then, though, Minecraft continues to be one of the best Xbox games around, with this constant influx of testable features confirming the notion.

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Caves and Cliffs Update features Features related to Caves & Cliffs Part II have been moved from the Experimental Toggle and are now enabled by default

Note: Upon loading your world into this beta, new Caves & Cliffs Part II world generation will automatically be introduced with no default world copy created. You can read more about how new generation will be added below your existing chunks in our FAQ! New world generation in Caves and Cliffs Part II is currently incompatible with the ‘Creation of Custom Biomes’ experiment. In this beta, expect worlds with custom biome generation to be potentially unstable and for custom biomes to only exist in currently saved out areas of the world


Fixed an issue that prevented large trees from growing below y=0 Changed ore generation rates to be in parity with Java Edition