Top 25 Best Minecraft Building Mods (All Free To Download)
Minecraft is not all about building. That said, coming up with your own creations is definitely a big part of the game.
The tools provided in the base game give you ample possibilities. But there are times when they feel a little limiting, or if you’ve played the game for years then you probably want something new by now.
The mods you’ll find here not only make it easier to go wild with your creativity, but also unlock a world of possibilities when it comes to building your ideas (virtually, of course).
25. Basalt Blocks
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Are two different basalt blocks not enough for you? My my, how demanding we get after years if vanilla play.
Basalt Blocks is pretty straightforward: the mod adds new basalt blocks that are perfect for any type of building, ranging from world to house and even castle building.
No more complaining there are too few of them. Now show me what you can do with 36 different blocks!
24. Dirt Slabs
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Slab up your Minecraft building with the Dirt Slabs mod.
I honestly do not know what you can really achieve with these new slabs, which come in different colors and materials, considering how many block types are in the game…
But I have a hunch you’ll be able to surprise yourself nonetheless.
These are certainly great for aesthetic styles, if that’s something you’re after.
23. Carpenter’s Blocks (lower)
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If you really want your creations to stand out, Carpenter’s Blocks is a mod worth trying.
This is a very simple building mod that lets you add textures on-the-fly to any craftable block.
You can also add textures to stairs, fences, and anything else you can think about.
The hammer and the chisel included in this mod will also let you change the block shapes, granting you ultimate crafting power that you’ve been craving for so long.
22. Instant Buildings
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I wonder how much funnier Minecraft would be if we could build things instantly?
I suppose my days spent wondering are over, thanks to the Instant Buildings mod.
This is a must-try add-on that lets us build a lot of different buildings instantly.
Just grab the blocks in creative, place them, and watch a new village spring up from the earth as if it were a flower. A flower that immediately blooms, of course.
21. Fast Building Mod
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If building anything instantly takes the fun out of the game for you, then you maybe have a look at this one.
The Fast Building mod continues placing blocks in a line until you’re out of block, or until you run out of space.
The mod can be used to place blocks both horizontally and vertically, so you can see how useful it actually is once you get going. Especially if you have a thirst for creativity that no blueprint can quench.
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I never knew I needed a sports stadium in Minecraft so badly… until I discovered the StadiumCraft mod.
Here you’ll be able to build an extremely detailed stadium complete with seating, advertising billboards, floodlights, nets, and everything you can think of to provide some solid entertainment for your villagers.
And maybe some entertainment for yourself, in case exploring and building starts growing stale.
19. Hospital Mod
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Every city worthy of its name needs a fully-functional hospital.
Even if this city is full of virtual citizens.
With the Hospital Mod, you’re able to create a working hospital in Minecraft.
This comes complete with tons of objects and machines that allow you to set up x-ray rooms, multi-bed wards, and so on. Things look so great that it almost feels like you’re playing Surgeon Simulator.
18. Darksteel Mod
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I have always wanted to be a villain. If only to be able to create dungeons full of evil traps.
And thanks to the Darksteel Mod, I won’t need to fall to the dark side to make my dream come true.
This mod introduces, among many other features, a dungeon building kit. And it’s really more fun than it sounds.
This also comes with new mobs and even a brand new boss. A boss that I’ll put right at the beginning of the dungeon, to show that I really mean business.
17. ModernArch Mod
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Your buildings will never look the same with the ModernArch mod.
While the mod doesn’t feel much in tune with the Minecraft spirit(as it doesn’t introduce any new craftable items) the ModernArc Mod is an essential mod for all the builders out there.
It adds new decorative items like mirrors, cabinets, desks, tables, and plenty of other nifty furniture building blocks.
They do not have any real function here. But new items don’t need to have a function if you’re just going for design ideas.
16. Chisel 2
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You can never have too many block types in Minecraft: variety is the spice of life, after all!
Chisel 2 adds a ton of new blocks, some of them so unique that you may have a hard time integrating them into your creations.
And if your amazing building is located near the sea, throw the Ball O’ Moss at it to turn its blocks mossy.
A very bad idea in the real world, an amazing one in Minecraft.
15. World Edit
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Building is all well and good. But what about rebuilding an entire world itself?
World Edit has got to be one of the most versatile Minecraft building mods ever made.
It provides tools that make it possible to place or erase multiple blocks at the same time, so it’s basically The Sims but Minecraft edition.
Plus you can also reshape the world to your liking. Understanding the advanced editing technique requires a lot of time and patience, but the effort will be worth it. Give this a try if you like, but don’t give up on it too quickly!
14. Effortless Building Mod
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Here’s how I like my building process:
Effortless. And a bit random, too.
The Effortless Building Mod provides all the tools you need to make building faster and smoother. Like the ability to mirror blocks in real-time, or to replace existing blocks, build repeated sections quickly, and so on.
But what truly sets this mod apart from all the others is the ability to place random blocks using the Randomizer Bag. If you feel like you can control chaos, this is your chance to prove it.
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People have weird tastes sometimes.
Some have an unhealthy love for dirt slabs. Others, for pipes.
With the pipe networks you can build in BuildCraft, you’ll almost feel like you’re playing Super Mario Bros. rather than Minecraft.
Unlike the classic platformer, however, these pipes have unique functions that’ll help you transport stuff from one place to another. That way all your creations will be well-stocked with whatever they need.
And even if you do not have to transport anything anywhere, can you say no to gold, diamond, emerald, or obsidian pipes? I know I can’t.
12. NiftyBlocks Mod
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Enough with these dull grey blocks.
It’s time to bring some color to your Minecraft world.
NiftyBlocks Mod adds a lot of different materials, as well as new blocks like checkered tiles and lamps that will make your buildings look a lot livelier.
And if you really cannot make due without a little grey, you can use the asphalt blocks to create a modern Minecraft city that will be the envy of the world.
11. Industrial Craft
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Industrial Craft is among the most popular crafting mods ever made for Minecraft.
But it includes plenty of features that are great if you’re into building as well.
Among the many new items are Metal Poles and Rubber Sheets, that can be used to create obstacle courses. Plus a ton of machines that will make your life easier in the game, and also look amazing inside that huge house you spent thousands of hours building.
10. Just Enough Items Mod
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I have just enough items to create everything I want. Only because I installed this mod.
The Just Enough Items mod is one that I’d recommend for players who are not particularly patient. Isn’t that most of us?
It grants immediate access to any block in the game and to any recipe too, including those added to the game through other mods. Minimum effort, maximum profit.
9. Crafting Tweaks Mod
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Crafting can be so tiresome in the vanilla game, that you may just give it up entirely and prefer to move onto more exciting ventures.
I don’t blame you.
Now if you indeed gave up crafting, but not entirely, you’ll probably want to take a look at the Crafting Tweaks Mod.
This is a very handy freebie that adds a few commands that make crafting much easier to manage. This also works great with a few other mods, so it can definitely become the gateway to much bigger worlds, with little risk of bugs from the overlap.
8. Prefab Mod
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Prefabs are definitely handy in the real world. And even more so in Minecraft!
Prefab lets you place several different premade buildings like houses and farms anywhere in the world without having to build them manually.
The selection is actually so vast that you may end up never building anything in the vanilla way ever again. Depends how much you really like building, I guess?
The mod even includes a premade ready-to-go portal to the Nether: what else could you ask for?
7. Light Overlay Mod
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Think a mod that controls mob spawn rates has got nothing to do with building? Well think again!
The Light Overlay Mod lets you know how much the total lighting in your area influences mob spawning.
It also lets you tweak these values to spawn even more mobs, or to make mobless areas.
Great for dungeon designers who want to make their creations the most dangerous in the world. And a solid choice for those pacifists who want their Minecraft experience to be as relaxing as possible.
6. Minecraft Painting Mod
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Teachers always told me I couldn’t draw or paint (great teachers, I know).
Well with the Painting Mod, I proved all of them wrong.
It’s a pretty simple mod that has a ton of potential, as it lets you repaint any block in the game in any way you wish.
Meaning you can turn your walls into a work of art of unprecedented quality.
Are you ready to become the next Minel-angelo? Sorry for the pun, couldn’t resist.
5. Bounding Box Outline Reloaded
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The Bounding Box mod is the only one you really need when you get the urge to improve your villages and cities, without tearing everything down.
This mod puts the titular bounding boxes around every structure in your world.
This lets you instantly see how much space you have to build other structures, or how much you can expand existing ones.
It’s probably something you’d use if you really like building detailed areas. But also helps a lot with pre-planning ideas too.
And if you’re looking for ideas, I’d recommend Minecraft Building Inc. There’s a lot of really cool stuff there, also totally free!
4. Mine Menu
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With all the Minecraft mods one can install, it’s easy to mess things up. Or even lose track of every new feature.
But not with the Mine Menu mod in play.
This handy little thing is not just for building, but rather meant to help you build by organizing all the mods you’ve installed along the way.
It introduces a new menu system where you can pin all building functions onto, making it very easy to pick what you want without having to remember hundreds of different commands.
If something like this isn’t essential, I’m not sure what else could be.
3. Building Gadgets Mod
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For a proper building job, you need the right tools.
And no tools are better than the ones included in the Building Gadgets mod.
The two new gadgets added here are the Construction Gadget: which lets you build structures from a distance (and quickly).
And the Exchanger Gadget: which lets you exchange any given block in a structure with any other of your choosing.
With these two gadgets, creating the perfect Minecraft world will be a lot easier with a lot fewer headaches.
2. Blockus Mod
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Did I already say you can never have too many blocks in Minecraft?
The Blockus mod adds even more blocks, including a lot of decorative blocks as well as simple building blocks that come in different variants.
This is truly the mod that will let you be as creative as humanly possible.
All of these new items can also be crafted in Survival mode. So no matter where, no matter how, no matter when, this mod will be an asset to your next Minecraft session.
1. MrCrayFish’s Furniture Mod
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How can we top off all the building we’ve been doing? By prettying it all up.
Plenty of Minecraft mods introduce new furniture items.
But none are on the same level as McCrayFish’s Furniture mod. Why?
Because all the items included in this mod are incredibly detailed, but also created in the game’s blocky style.
This means that they never look out of place. No matter what building you’re designing, there’s probably some furniture in here fit to match.
Building and Protecting Structures
In this project, I walk you through the steps to build and protect structures in your Minecraft world. First I describe how to build small structures like towers, and then I progress into how to build complex, intricate structures like houses, castles, and villages. I tell you how to build a structure brick by brick, how to protect your structures with lightning, and then how to use loops to build them faster.
Use Drones to Build Structures in Minecraft
Building structures is made much easier when you can use drones. A drone is an invisible robot that can move around and place blocks and entities at its location. In this section, you start building structures in Minecraft using drones — knowledge that comes in handy when you need to build large structures.
For example, in Project 4, I show you how to make the game of Spleef, which requires you to create a platform with a short fence around it and then put lava all over the platform. Then you have to create another platform with a tall fence around it, directly above the first platform you made. Because the platform has to be at least 20 blocks wide, placing the platform brick by brick would take a long time. (That’s more than 1,000 blocks!) Instead, you can write a mod that builds these platforms, and you can play lots of versions of the game without having to rebuild it every time. ...
Minecraft, the best-selling video game of all time, has been around for more than a decade. The procedurally generated survival sandbox is constantly evolving, playing host to everything from speedrun challenges and political dramas to lessons. But it’s best known as digital Lego— and it's seen some incredible creations over the years.
Inventive and gifted builders, often working in teams, craft reconstructions of real-life buildings, fantasy or sci-fi settings, and even whole cities. For most, it’s a time-consuming hobby, but a few have parlayed their passion into a professional career. Here are some of the most spectacular Minecraft creations that took years to build.
J. R. R. Tolkien arguably created the greatest of all epic fantasy worlds. Fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy have recreated some of the highlights of Middle-Earth in Minecraft form. There are so many impressive builds in Minecraft Middle-Earth, from Helm’s Deep to Isengard to the mines of Moria, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but Minas Tirith is truly breathtaking. Around nearly as long as Minecraft itself, the map now covers an area equivalent to Dallas, Texas. You can join the server as an adventurer, get a guided tour and learn the lore, or sign up as a builder to work on expanding the world.
Heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest, this modern city combines elements of Vancouver and Seattle, though you can also find references to New York. It’s a gorgeous,sprawling build with distinct commercial, residential, and industrial districts surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are some landmarks here, including the Space Needle, and the imposing skyline features countless skyscrapers. Devised and constructed by a Finnish architecture student named Matias, Mattupolis has been redesigned and reorganized several times since its original release a decade ago and is still growing.
This enormous fictional city, inspired by Los Angeles, is extraordinarily detailed. It’s not the prettiest of maps, but what Greenfield lacks in looks it makes up for in scale, and most of the realistic-looking buildings boast fully modeled interiors you can explore. There are beautiful beachfront apartments, skyscrapers, and even a football stadium. But Greenfield is a warts-and-all city, so you’ll find busy docks, an industrial zone, and some shady neighborhoods too. Designed on a 1:1 scale, where each block is equivalent to 1 meter, it has an authentic metropolitan feel. The city is all about exploration, and there are several weird and wonderful easter eggs to discover. It’s still growing, and you can apply to help at the Greenfield website.
The Uncensored Library
Conceptually, this is our favorite Minecraft, build because it gives journalists battling against repressive regimes a place to make their voices heard. The Uncensored Library features news from countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Vietnam, and Egypt. This vast working library is constantly growing and offers many books, even some music discs to play while you read. It’s not the best format for long reading sessions, but you can dip in and find important articles about the state of press freedom and what oppressive regimes are doing. Built by Blockworks, a team of professional Minecraft builders for hire, it’s also an interesting structure to explore.
Witchcraft and Wizardry
Designed by The Floo Network, the inspiration for this build is no mystery. The Witchcraft and Wizardry map brings the world of Harry Potter to life with locations like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley painstakingly realized block by block. The original was simply a map to download and explore, but the makers continued working to create an adventure map that allows you to experience the magic of J. K. Rowling’s famous books. It features several characters to meet, proper cut scenes, a storyline, and plenty of side quests.
Fans of Game of Thrones can visit Winterfell, King’s Landing, Highgarden, and many other places mentioned in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series in the vast WesterosCraft map. Under construction for close to a decade, this map covers a staggering 485 square miles. We first visited WesterosCraft in 2013, but it has been revamped and has grown significantly since then. Even after the disappointing ending to the wildly popular TV show, WesterosCraft still has a very active community. The eventual aim is to build every city, castle, and landmark that encompasses Westeros—all 500 of them!
Cyberpunk 2077caused a stir for all the wrong reasons and failed to impress, but the game does feature a gorgeous futuristic city that serves as the inspiration for this astounding map. Built by a French team, Elysium Fire, this glowing neon megacity has incredibly tall and densely packed skyscrapers awash in lights, holograms, and billboards. The scale of the Cyberpunk map and the skill of the building team can hardly fail to impress. Fans of CD Projekt Red, the developer behind Cyberpunk and The Witcher games, owe it to themselves to check out Elysium Fire’s Novigrad map too.
The Kingdom of Cipher
It’s tough to choose a map from visionary builder Circleight, because she produces some truly astounding builds with complex constructions and incredible colors. The Kingdom of Cipher might just be the most memorable. It features nine pillars representing different gods or goddesses standing before an incredibly ornate cathedral. A flying dragon, or “soul serpent,” ferries the souls of the dead across the sky. This ethereal world is amazingly vibrant and packed with little details that make it a joy to explore. Circleight passed away last year, but her wonderful creations live on in Minecraft.
The home of deities like Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Aphrodite, Mount Olympus is an important place in Greek mythology. Olympus builds are common, but this map, from the German ChaosOlymp team, stands out. It takes some inspiration from the game God of War. There are countless details beyond the massive statue of Poseidon that make this map fun to fly or walk around. It’s not very big compared with others on this list, but it’s a terrific piece of sculpture that nails the essence of Olympus.
Riffing on the Cosmic Turtle, which carries the world on its back, the Atropos map is a beautifully imaginative build. It has an industrial, steampunk-feel with cogs, machines, and canons amid medieval buildings, all crammed onto the back of an enormous clockwork tortoise. It is impressive enough as a sculpture, but you can also go inside and explore the fully built interiors. The work of Minecraft builder carloooo, you can see how Atropos evolved from sketches and learn more about the concept at Planet Minecraft. It also happens to be a great place to discover more inspiring builds.
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5 best structures in Minecraft
Structures are a unique aspect of Minecraft. They are pre-existing builds dispersed throughout the world map that usually have incredible loot for gamers.
Structures even add to the lore of Minecraft. Given the shipwrecks, witch huts, igloos, and much more, many gamers conjure up stories that give some form of explanation as to why these structures exist before a player’s arrival into a world.
There are so many structures that can possibly generate in Minecraft worlds, but some are arguably better than others. Here are the best structures that players can find in a Minecraft world.
Also read: 5 best loot locations in Minecraft 1.17 Caves & Cliffs update
Note: this list is objective and reflects the views of the author
Most useful Minecraft structures generating into any world
Although they are some of the more common structures, villages are valuable finds nonetheless. Typically, there are a variety of villages scattered throughout any given Minecraft world. They almost always have loot chests with valuable items.
Plus, there is an even wider variety of villager types to trade with. Villager types also determine some of the loot in chests. For example, if players can find a village with a blacksmith, they could find an iron sword in a chest and eliminate the need to craft one themselves.
While not every village will provide overly powerful loot, gamers will indeed find something of use in a village, even if that’s just stacks of hay to make bread or feed their farm animals. The sheer diversity of a Minecraft village earns the structure a spot on this list.
Also read: Top 5 types of villager professions in Minecraft
4) Ruined portal
Ruined portals are excellent structures for several reasons. Firstly, those found in the overworld can help save time to get to the nether faster.
Sometimes, a ruined portal will be nearly complete and just need a few more pieces of obsidian. It is no doubt easier and more efficient to finish a pre-existing nether portal than creating one entirely from scratch.
On top of that, ruined portals tend to have nice loot in their chests. This can include gold armor that will help with traveling past piglings in the nether, obsidian to complete the ruined portal, flint and/or flint and steel to light it, and more useful items.
Ruined portals also usually have blocks of gold that users can mine and turn into ingots to trade with piglins or craft things like armor.
Something interesting about ruined portals is that they are some of the only structures found in both the overworld and the nether. Hence, there are usually many to be discovered around a Minecraft world, and they can prove to be helpful time and time again.
Also read: Ruined portals in Minecraft - Everything players need to know
3) Bastion remnant
Another nether structure that deserves top five recognition is the bastion remnant. They can be incredibly helpful and lucky finds while traveling through the nether realm.
Bastions have lots of loot chests and gold blocks scattered throughout the structure. Bastion remnants are perhaps the best places to obtain large amounts of gold and gold items in all of Minecraft.
Some chests in bastion remnants feature rare items like ancient debris and enchanted gold apples, and sometimes even diamond armor and tools in addition to gold ones.
Navigating through bastions can be pretty dangerous due to the extremely hostile and overpowered piglin brutes. They will attack players regardless of if they’re wearing gold armor or not. However, bastions can be some of the best structures to run into if gamers can survive them.
Also read: How to find Minecraft bastion remnant
2) Woodland mansion
One of the coolest-looking structures in Minecraft is also one of the best overall. Woodland mansions are quite rare to come across, but some of the best treasure is the most difficult to find.
There are nearly endless rooms full of fabulous finds in woodland mansions with valuables around basically every corner. There are even secret rooms within the mansion waiting to be discovered. Players can spend lots of time just wandering through woodland mansions observing the interesting design.
Not only do these massive structures look amazing, but they also have an ample supply of great loot. The loot within woodland mansions can include name tags, diamond armor, and even music discs.
Woodland mansions can be quite tricky to take on given the large number of evoker mobs living within the structures, plus any other hostile mobs that might spawn in the dark corners. Hence, Minecraft gamers will need to be well equipped or with a group of other gamers before entering a woodland mansion.
Also read: How to defeat a woodland mansion in Minecraft
1) End city
The best Minecraft structure is one that requires far and risky travel. End cities, which can only be found in the outer islands of the end dimension, are some of the best places for Minecraft players to venture off to.
End cities are not always easy to get to but are surely worth the travel. Not only will gamers find blocks and items unique to the end dimension that cannot be found anywhere else in a Minecraft world, but they are also home to one of the most valuable items in the entire game: elytras.
Elytras allow gamers to travel faster by flying as if they were in creative mode. This undoubtedly gives any Minecraft user a stark advantage in a server. On top of elytras, they can obtain incredible items like enchanted diamond armor, enchanted diamond tools/weapons, emeralds, and saddles.
Also read: The End city in Minecraft - Everything players need to know
Structures minecraft building
By Jared Newman4 minute Read
When a group of AI researchers started using Minecraft to simulate cellular growth, even they were startled by the sophistication of the structures—such as a jungle temple with a fully-functioning arrow trap—they were able to create.
Their goal was to build complex Minecraft structures by having each block learn to communicate with the ones around it, mimicking how the human body develops from a single cell in a process called morphogenesis. That model worked out even better than they anticipated, with one block growing into exactly the kinds of objects it was trained to create. In addition to the jungle temple, the system generated immaculate castles, stylish apartments, and even a caterpillar that regenerates after being cut in half.
Sebastian Risi, an AI researcher at IT University Copenhagen, says this work could be a foundation for more ambitious projects to come, including a version of Minecraft that simulates evolution. He conducted the research along with his ITU Copenhagen colleagues Shyam Sudhakaran, Djordje Grbic, Siyan Li, and Elias Najarro; University of York’s Adam Katona; and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Claire Glanois.)
“We have the basic components now,” Risi says. “It’s just about figuring out how to connect them all.”
From one cell to another
The Minecraft project’s underlying concept, called cellular automation, has been around since the 1940s. It’s the idea that cells in a system can live, die, or reproduce according to a set of rules. John Conway’s Game of Life, which dates to 1970, is probably the best-known example.
But in those early systems, the researchers had to program the rules themselves, a process that eventually becomes impractical as the systems become more complex.
This new Minecraft simulation works differently. Instead of coding the rules by hand, the researchers used neural networks to train each cell on what a set of finished structures should look like. Each cell figures out what type of Minecraft block to become by looking at the cells around it, then passes that information along to its neighboring cells so they in turn can figure out what to become next.
“We only told it what it has to grow, but we didn’t tell it exactly how it has to grow it,” Risi says.
This type of intercellular communication roughly approximates the way in which human cells work together toward a common goal, which Risi says is part of what makes the research exciting. The exact language our cells communicate is still somewhat of a mystery; Risi hopes that by visualizing the messages that each cell sends—something the researchers hope to do in the future—they can help biologists understand more about how the body works.
“It’s difficult to study those things in nature because it’s hard to extract those exact messages that cells pass,” he says. “We think you could get some insights about the nature of what cells need to send in order to self-assemble.”
Biological building blocks
Even if this project doesn’t unlock the secrets of the human body, it could still lead to some other interesting applications.
For one thing, it could create new possibilities for Minecraft as a game. You might imagine a game world with structures that self-assemble before your eyes, or that heal themselves automatically after being destroyed. Perhaps players could also get involved in the creation process by starting to build a structure and then letting cellular automation take over.
“Instead of having a fixed world, as you explore the game, the world could grow around you or grow with you, maybe also involving you in this kind of cellular automata,” Risi says.
‘Minecraft’ could simulate evolution, with structures that not only regrow, but adapt to become more resilient.
“We saw with this caterpillar, you cut it in half and get another caterpillar,” he says. “Now we need to figure out how to build this evolutionary loop, so that starting from this caterpillar, other organisms can evolve.”
The researchers’ paper throws out some wilder ideas as well, like how further research in Minecraft could help us figure out how to create better artificial organs, or real-world buildings that repair themselves. Risi acknowledges that this sounds like science fiction, but the researchers are serious about taking their lessons from Microsoft’s virtual world out into the real one.
“It’s cool to do stuff in Minecraft,” he says, “but it goes beyond Minecraft, in that we want to ultimately use it as a tool for developmental biology.”
You will learn the fundamentals for creating a basic structure using MCreator in this guide.
Building the structure
Structure blocks allow to create structures of 32x32x32 blocks. However, since Minecraft 1.16.x, Mojang has increased the maximal size for 48x48x48 blocks.Follow the steps below to build and export your ".NBT" structure file.
Build the structure
- Start the test environment.
- Make a new world. (We suggest using a flat world with no generated structure and use creative mode. With command enabled)
- Build your structure.
- Stay within the size of your Minecraft version.
- You can use your own blocks for the structure too.
- When you are ready to make your structure file follow the steps below.
- Type /give <press tab> minecraft:stucture_block
- Open F3 and find the corner where all the lines meet each other.
- Place your structure block at the bottom of the axis where all the lines meet each other near your structure.
- Right-click the structure and click data until you have a button where it says save.
- The top cords are relative to the structure block's location. The bottom cords are for the size relative to the structure block where you opposite corner of the structure block is located at.
- Mesure your structure and type the appropriate cords to make your structure fit in the boundary box outline.
- When you are happy with the outline you can name your structure something you can remember and press the save button on the right side of the UI.
- First, go to the workspace.
- Next click on Resources.
- Next click on the tab called Structures.
- Next click on Import structure from Minecraft.
- Next, select the structure that you just made.
- Click ok.
Creating the mod element
Creating and naming
- First, go to the workspace tab.
- Next click on the Mod elements tab.
- Next, click the add button and select the Structure spawn element.
- Enter the name of your element.
|Structure to spawn||This is the model which you will be selecting to spawn.|
This is how rare or common the structure can spawn per 1,000,000 chunks
Setting this value too high might cause slow world generation.
|Randomize structure rotation||If checked then the structure can rotate in different directions.|
|Spawn height offset||You can control the offset of your structure if it is buried or floating using this setting.|
|Spawn world types|
What worlds that the structure can spawn in.
|Restrict spawn per block||If checked you can control the structure to spawn only where certain blocks are located in the world. This is great for underground structures.|
|Spawn block types (if restricted)||The blocks to replace if you check the setting above.|
|Restrict spawn per biome||If checked you can control the structure to spawn only in specific biomes.|
|Biome to spawn in (if restricted)||The biomes which the structure can generate in.|
Spawn frequency: The minimum and the maximum number of structures that the game has to spawn each time it spawns this structure.
Finding your structure
If you are not sure if your structure is spawning or if it just varies rare you can increase the Spawn probability value temporarily to test to see if the structure is spawning at all. If you find your structure then you know it's just very rare and the value needs to be slightly increased for the spawning probability.
Structure voids and blocks.
Structure blocks are a built-in vanilla block that can save builds as .NBT structures. You can use structural voids to allow the structure to let other blocks override air blocks in your structure when it is generated. For example, if you want your structure to be buried on the inside you can fill the inside of the structure with structure voids using the /fill command to allow natural blocks to spawn where the voids are. Also, voids will not generate in your structures they are just placeholder blocks to let other blocks override the area on generation.
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This article is about natural buildings and other structures. For terrain features, see Terrain features.
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This page lists generated structures in Minecraft. A generated structure is defined as any structure that is disabled when the "Generate structures" world creation option is turned off. Some structures, such as dungeons and desert wells, do still generate with this option turned off; however, they are listed on this page due to them having the appearance of an artificial structure as opposed to a natural formation.
Main article: Overworld
The Overworld contains numerous generated structures, at a wide variety of scales.
These structures can only generate underground in normal worlds, although in Superflat they can generate above ground in Java Edition and in custom worldsmineshafts can generate aboveground in the void in Java Edition.
These structures only generate aboveground (the Igloo does have an underground portion sometimes)
|Desert Pyramid||Large sandstone buildings containing four loot chests in an underground room hidden beneath terracotta. The chests are trapped with TNT which detonate when the stone pressure plate in the center is stepped on, destroying the chests and their contents.||Uncommon|
|Igloo||Snow buildings that may have a basement hidden under carpet. The igloo itself contains nothing much of interest, but the basement has a villager and a zombie villager held captive behind iron bars. The splash potion of weakness on the brewing stand, together with the golden apple in the loot chest, can be used to cure the zombie villager.||Rare|
|Jungle Temple||Overgrown cobblestone structures containing two loot chests, with one trapped with two dispensers firing arrows and the other hidden behind a lever puzzle. Setting the correct combination for the lever puzzle moves a block on the main floor, revealing a hidden cavity and the chest.||Rare|
|Pillager Outpost||An assortment of structures spawning Pillagers. The main feature of interest is the watchtower: a tall structure built with wood and cobblestone that generates a loot chest on the top floor. Located around the watchtower are up to four small structures, including tents, target scarecrows, and wooden cages sometimes containing an Iron Golem.||Rare|
|Swamp Hut||Also known as witch huts, these are small wooden buildings on log stilts containing a cauldron and crafting table. It spawns Witches and, upon generation, one black Cat. The cat and the first witch do not despawn naturally. You can use these witch huts to create a witch farm, as the witches will spawn automatically.||Rare|
|Village||A collection of houses and job sites inhabited by Villagers of random professions and one Iron Golem. They are constructed with a wide variety of materials, depending on the biome that they generate in. Although village buildings do not have variants for Jungle and Swamp biomes, villagers wear different outfits when spawning in said biomes.||Uncommon|
|Woodland Mansion||Massive, systematically-generated buildings constructed with dark oak wood and a cobblestone foundation. They contain many rooms (some hidden) and loot chests in their three floors, and are inhabited by Vindicators and Evokers that do not naturally despawn.||Rare|
Aboveground and Underground structures
These structures generate both aboveground and underground.
Note that ocean ruins and shipwrecks sometimes generate above water on shores, and icebergs are partially above and below water.
Main article: The Nether
The Nether, though equally vast, contains far fewer generated structures than the Overworld.
Main article: The End
The End is the final and most barren dimension, with no generated structures on its main island. After defeating the Ender Dragon, gateways to the outer islands are created.
Main article: Terrain_features
These worldgen features have similarities to structures but they are not true structures. Instead, they are coded and generated the same way as trees or ores. This is why they generate even when the "Generate structures" world option is disabled, and also cannot be located with the command.
|Dungeon||All Overworld Biomes||A small cobblestone room containing a spawner, which spawns Zombies, Skeletons, or Spiders, as well as up to two loot chests. They are typically connected to underground caves but may generate above ground or intersected with true structures such as Mineshafts or Strongholds.||Common|
|Desert well||Small sandstone feature holding water in their center cavity. They do not generate gold or treasure as part of their generation but the water can be used as an infinite water source.||Uncommon|
|Forest rock||Small mossy cobblestone boulders randomly found throughout Giant Tree Taiga, often partially buried.||Uncommon|
|Geode||All Overworld Biomes||Large, hollow spherical rocks composed of outer layers of smooth basalt and calcite with an inner layer of amethyst blocks. This is the only place where budding amethyst and amethyst blocks can be found. They come in many sizes, including open geodes and entirely encased geodes.||Rare|
|Fossil||Usually buried feature made of bone blocks and some coal ore.||Rare|
|Iceberg||A feature varying in size, consisting of packed ice and snow blocks, with blue ice on the bottom. Note, not all iceberg-looking terrain in Frozen Ocean Biome are created by feature but as part of the biome itself through Surface Builders.||Uncommon|
Structures are generated for a given chunk after the terrain has been formed. The chunk format includes a tag called that indicates whether structures whose point of origin is in that chunk have been generated. If it is false or missing, it generates again. Structure generation is based on what is already in the chunk, so (for example) flagging a chunk that has already been populated for repopulation approximately doubles the amount of ore in it. When structures are generated, they can spill over into neighboring chunks that have been previously generated.
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Added Nether fortresses.|
|1.2.1||12w04a||Added desert wells.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Added desert pyramids.|
|12w22a||Added jungle pyramids.|
|1.4.2||12w40a||Added swamp huts.|
|1.8||14w25a||Added ocean monuments.|
|1.8.1||pre1||Swamp huts can now spawn witches at levels 64 to 71, enabling three spawning floors for witches.|
|1.9||15w31a||Added End cities.|
|16w21a||Blacksmith job sites in villages now generate with cobblestone in all biomes, rather than acacia logs in savannas and sandstone in deserts.|
|pre1||Zombie villagers generated in zombie villages no longer despawn.|
|Wooden fences are now substituted with the biome’s corresponding wood type.|
|Paths no longer replace most blocks, preventing them from generating in treetops or bridging ravines.|
|1.11||16w39a||Added woodland mansions.|
|Added the command that shows the coordinates of the nearest structures.|
|16w42a||Witches that spawn upon the generation of witch huts no longer despawn.|
|1.13||17w43a||Structures using structure files can now be modified, with the addition of data packs.|
|17w47a||Flower pots in swamp huts now contain mushrooms; they were previously empty.|
|18w09a||Added ocean ruins.|
|18w10a||Added buried treasure chests.|
|1.14||18w47a||Added pillager outposts.|
|1.16||20w06a||Added nether fossils.|
|20w16a||Added bastion remnants and ruined portals.|
|1.17||20w45a||Added Amethyst Geodes.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.9.0||build 1||Added villages, abandoned mineshafts, strongholds, dungeons and desert wells.|
|v0.10.0||build 1||Abandoned mineshafts now generate on ground level in Badlands biomes.|
|v0.11.0||build 1||Added desert wells.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Added the Nether along with Nether fortresses.|
|v0.13.0||build 1||Added desert pyramids.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Added swamp huts.|
|Cauldrons in swamp huts are filled with a random potion.|
|v0.15.0||build 1||Added jungle temples.|
|Added savanna and taiga village variants.|
|Villages can now generate in cold taiga and ice plains biomes, where village buildings are constructed with spruce wood like in taiga villages.|
|Villages have a slim chance to generate as abandoned villages, which spawn zombified villagers. Cobwebs and moss stone replace some blocks in the buildings of such villages.|
|v0.16.0||build 1||Added ocean monuments.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Added the End and along with End cities.|
|1.1.0||alpha 18.104.22.168||Added woodland mansions.|
|1.1.3||alpha 22.214.171.124||Added fossils.|
|1.4.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Added shipwrecks.|
|Added buried treasure chests.|
|beta 188.8.131.52||Added ocean ruins.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Added pillager outposts.|
|1.16.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Added Nether fossils, bastion remnants and ruined portals.|
|1.17.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Added Amethyst Geodes.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added dungeons.|
|TU5||Added villages, abandoned mineshafts, and strongholds.|
|TU12||Added desert wells.|
|TU14||1.04||Added jungle and desert pyramids.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Added swamp huts.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Added ocean monuments.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added fossils and igloos.|
|TU54||CU44||1.52||Patch 24||1.0.4||Added woodland mansions.|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added shipwrecks, ocean ruins, icebergs, and buried treasure chests.|