Welcome to our list of the best Minecraft seeds. No two Minecraft runs are ever the same. One minute you could be legging it from an army of the dead, the next you could be knee-deep in creepers ready to pop. But if you’re looking to pre-plan your next adventure, that’s where seeds come in.
Seeds are, in layman's terms, a string of numbers which control what spawns and where. Maybe you’re looking to venture off into a winter wasteland. Maybe you want to spawn with God-tier loot. Or, perhaps, you’re tired of the standard Minecraft survival challenge and want to mix things up a bit. How does spawning on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere sound?
The only thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to seeds is to make sure you’re running the correct version of Minecraft, otherwise your seed has a chance of not spawning exactly what you want.
Thankfully, it’s pretty painless to run legacy versions of Minecraft. Alls you need to do is open the launcher, click on “Launch Options” then “Add New.” From here you can name it, and below that is a drop-down box with all the previous editions. Just click on the one you need, head back to the “News” section, and load up the version you need.
Overpowered Loot and Water Village
An ample village can make or break a run. This village in particular isn’t your usual wheat and wooden swords affair. Oh no. This village has a blacksmith forge which contains seven blocks of obsidian, nine steel ingots, two gold ingots, a steel helm and chestplate, a steel pickaxe, and a super-useful three diamonds. And better yet, it’s technically not classed as cheating. What’s not to love?
The Sunken Temple
Sometimes Minecraft doesn’t spawn buildings as it should, which leads to exciting anomalies such as this one; a Temple that’s been reclaimed by the desert. Not only do you have a handy village next door, you’ll also be able to explore this submerged temple as you would any other. And for your troubles you’ll be treated to a wealth of emeralds, gold, a selection of golden apples, saddles, and horse armour, meaning you’ve got a kitted-out horse right out of the gate.
Monstrously Massive Seaside Village
Fancy moving to a seaside town with a gorgeous view? Then look no further! Villages often spawn in small groups. You may have seen images online of hundreds of villager houses smushed together. They’re fake, and in most cases, from a mod. In actual fact, getting multiple villages to spawn next to each other is really quite rare. That is, with the exception of this seed where an absolutely gigantic village has spawned just off the coast.
Tiny Island and Ocean Monument
Do you see it? Just to the right of the island, the shadowy structure below the water’s surface? If you’re looking to explore the depths and battle an Elder Guardian, then this is the seed for you. The island to the left of the Ocean Monument is pretty useful, too. It’s far enough away to avoid being cursed (and having your mining speed greatly reduced—URGH!), and it’s got a decent amount of space and materials to get you started. Plus there’s land a short swim away should you need any supplies.
Commandeer Your Own Mansion
Nothing beats charging headfirst into a mansion with the intention of besting every Illager (not to be confused with Villager) that moves. But finding a mansion in survival is no easy feat. It’ll take hours of scouring every forest hoping that one day you’ll come face-to-face with that foreboding wooden structure. So instead of wasting countless hours, how about you just type this seed in and spawn directly in front of the mansion?
Live Life Above the Clouds
Turn directly right from the spawn area and keep heading in that direction. You’ll eventually come to a host of islands, only they won’t be out at sea, they’ll be floating in the air like they’re being held up by some sort of invisible marionette. Magic, you say? Yeah, lets go with ‘magic’. As sky islands take a fair amount of time to build, this seed is great for those who want to skip the building part and head straight to building a new life up in the sky.
Minecraft Mineshaft Spawn
Who doesn’t love a good ravine? With this seed you’ll spawn just behind this whacking great big slice in the ground. But journey North of the spawn and that’s where the real fun begins. Around 100 metres away is a village. It’s a pretty standard affair—villagers shouting “Hurgh?” and getting stuck on even ground, you know, the usual—so just loot it and head to the well. Climb inside, mine straight down, and you’ll find yourself in an abandoned mineshaft that’s just begging to be explored.
Fun Fact: A group of parrots are referred to as “a pandemonium.” Sadly, knowing what they’re called won’t help with finding them. This seed definitely will, though! Once you’ve loaded up you’ll be standing in the centre of a Jungle Biome. Grab yourself some seeds by smacking about some tall grass, and after a few minutes of exploring you’ll find yourself—wait for it!—a pandemonium of parrots. Feed them seeds and you’ve got some new friends for life.
Spoopy Zombie Village
Finding Survival too easy? Turn Minecraft into The Walking Dead and that’ll surely solve it. This seed puts the zombies front and centre. For some strange, unexplained reason, all that remains of this forgotten settlement are zombie villagers. Maybe the regular zombies didn’t like their prices, formed a union and rebelled? Who knows… Either way, it’s your job to sort this mess out. Just make sure you set the time to night (“/time set night”) before they all burn to smithereens in the sunlight.
Flower Forest and Ice Plains,
The Ice Plains Spikes biome is a rare variant of the Tundra biome, featuring huge sculptural pillars of Packed Ice and, er... not a lot else, actually. It doesn’t half make a lovely backdrop though—which is why this seed is so spectacular. You spawn in a picturesque flower forest, the ocean lapping at one side and a frigid paradise skirting the other. The perfect setting for an Adventure Time tribute build, perhaps.
It’s worth uncorking this version 1.4 vintage for the chance to dip your toes in one of Minecraft’s most gorgeous natural pools. Jungle biomes are somewhat rare, and finding such an exquisite example of one as a randomly-generated archipelago rarer still. But this little looker is more than just a pretty place. It’s chock-a-block with animal life and rich in easily-accessible resources—a fine choice for playing Survival mode in style.
Giant Floating Island feat. Ominous Abyss
Paradisiacal islands are all well and good, but if you fancy something a little more existential, why not try this highly improbable seed? A gigantic grassy landmass hovers in the air with a flagrant disregard for the laws of physics, overlooking the dark, hopeless maw of a perversely alluring ravine… But before you go flinging yourself in in search of treasure, we should mention there’s a jungle temple just across the river. Slightly less drastic.
Lava-filled Desert Mountain with Splash of Greenery
Normally, I’d deem throwing all your favourite things into a blender and mixing them together madness (step away from your cat, please). With this particular seed, however, the Frankenstein fusion of biomes really works. A vast desert setting; an Extreme Hills mountain; a high-altitude forest; an inexplicably-lush base camp area; a village; a desert temple… It all comes together to produce endless potential for a variety of adventures.