How to find an ancient city in Minecraft

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How to find an ancient city in Minecraft

The 1.19 Wild update for Minecraft added many new features to the game, many of which focus on the Deep Dark biome. As the name suggests, this eerie area spawns underground depths and is most notable for the vast, yet unusual, Ancient Cities it contains.

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Although very rare, Ancient Cities contain numerous exclusive items, so it’s worth taking the risk to find one and brave the challenge of entering it. Half the battle is getting there in the first place.but luckily this guide has everything you need to track down and enter the elusive Old City.

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What is the deep dark biome?

The Deep Dark biome is a biome that spawns deep underground and is characterized by having no natural lightning at all, while largely being made up of the new sculk blocks. This biome is the only place where Ancient Cities can spawn.

Finding a Deep Dark biome is the first step in finding an ancient city, so being able to recognize when you’re in one is important. Deep dark biomes spawn around level Y -52, so head to that level and start mining or digging until you see sculk.

Once you find a Deep Dark biome, be careful: Guardian generation is not limited to ancient cities. Activating a Sculk Shrieker anywhere in Deep Dark can summon a Wardenso be aware of the noises you are making and stay away from Sculk or Shriekers sensors.

What is an ancient city?

Ancient Cities are a new type of structure that spawns within the Deep Dark. They are very rare, so not every Deep Dark biome will contain an ancient city. Also, being underground makes them hard to find: rare above-ground structures like Woodland Mansions can at least be seen from afar, but you really won’t know you’ve come across an ancient city until you’re standing in it. .

The Ancient Cities occupy huge Sculk-lined caverns and are composed primarily of deep slate. The cities are illuminated by soul lanterns and occasional torches, though unlit candles can also be seen around the structures. Dark oak planks are used for some structures, and wool can also be seen in construction around the city.

While the exact composition of each Ancient City will vary, much like the rooms within a Fortress or Ocean Monument, the centerpiece will always be a large portal-like structure in the center, made of reinforced deep slate. At the time of this writing, this portal cannot be activated in any way, so it leads nowhere. The portal area is surrounded by two large walls and has an altar-like area with candles in front. A kind of main road, covered by a tunnel, runs from the edge of the city to the portal.


Despite the dead portal, Ancient Cities are desirable due to the exclusive loot they contain, as well as providing easy access to Sculk blocks. The benefits of Sculk are two: Sculk Catalysts introduce exciting new ways to farm and store XP, while Sculk Sensors enable the creation of wireless redstone gadgets. These alone would provide strong incentives to seek out the Deep Dark, but the riches stored in the chests of the Ancient Cities make it even better.

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What loot do ancient cities contain?

Ancient cities are full of chests containing valuables. All the normal end-game loot you’d expect to see can be found — enchanted armor, horse armor, golden apples (Ancient Cities actually have a higher than normal spawn rate for enchanted golden apples), books, bones, 13, and cats. You can even find bottles of enchantment!


There is also loot specific to the Old City. Lots of Sculk items can be found, and you’ll also be able to grab atmospheric soul torches and snowballs that you can use to distract an attacking Warden.

Finally, there is the exclusive loot. This is the main reason to come in search of an Ancient City, and there are many exciting things that cannot be found anywhere else. First of all, among all the other enchanted books you can find, there are Swift Sneak books. This new enchantment goes up to level 3 and is Minecraft’s first mesh-exclusive enchantment. Increases your movement speed when sneaking. — useful for quickly navigating around Sculk Sensors silently, as well as building without things falling over.

You can also find Echo Fragments, which can be used to craft the new Recovery Compass.. Unlike a normal compass, this handy item points to the location of your last kill, making it easy to go looking for possessions you dropped as you perished.

Finally, there are fragments of music records. Collect nine of these and you can create the “5” music disc. – a spooky disk similar to “11” that appears to be the audio of a player activating some kind of portal, before the Warden arrives and ruins their plans.

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How to find ancient cities

Unlike other rare structures that have special maps leading to them, such as Ocean Monument or Woodland Mansion, or Strongholds, which can be located using Eyes of Ender, there is no direct way to locate an ancient city in the game. All you can really do is head to a Y level of 52 negative, mine or cave until you find a Deep Dark biome, then hope it has an Ancient City in it.

If you are mining, branch mining will give you the best chance of finding a town. It is also noteworthy that Ancient cities spawn more frequently under the mountain biomes introduced in 1.18, so traveling to one of them could be a good starting point. Once underground, you can use the F3 screen to make sure you’re still below the mountains.

If you’re playing cheats, you can use the /locate command to find an ancient city. The full command “/locate minecraft structure:old_city” will return the coordinates of an old city, allowing you to easily find where to go.


Lastly, if you don’t have any cheats, but you know your world seed and just want the coordinates of the closest ancient city, Chunkbase has an Ancient Cities search tool you can use (along with tools to find just about anything else you might need). Simply set the tool to the correct version of Minecraft, place your seed, and the map will show you all the ancient cities within your world and their coordinates.

How to explore ancient cities safely

Once you’ve found an ancient city, you’ll want to get your hands on all that exciting loot. However, the Old Cities are teeming with Sculk Shriekers that summon the terrifying Warden, as well as Sculk Sensors that can activate Sculk Shriekers from further away. It’s key that you avoid activating them, as once the Guardian is summoned, all he can do is run.

Sculk blocks are activated by noise, so to avoid doing something while moving, stay crouched. Similarly, opening a chest produces sound, but you can surround yourself and the chest with wool to avoid triggering any Sculks. The wool dampens sound, which means that vibrations produced by chests (or anything else) cannot travel through the wool to activate any Sculks.so you can safely open chests.

Placing and destroying blocks also makes noise, but wool is the exception. If you need to stack anywhere, use wool to avoid the risk of Shriekers shooting off.. Essentially, just bring lots of wool and you should be able to explore the Ancient Cities safely.


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