minecraft continent seeds

The best Minecraft seeds for beautiful, amazing worlds

A comprehensive list of Minecraft seeds to generate amazing worlds in-game.

There’s something inherently alluring about rolling the dice on a new Minecraft world and just seeing what you get. Most of the time, that random result is great. It’s exciting to step out into a vast, pure, totally unknown world. Other times you may have a specific type of adventure in mind, or maybe you want to see a world that recreates the Minecraft title screen seed. That’s where Minecraft seeds come in.

Simply put, Minecraft seeds are a string of numbers that determine exactly what kind of Minecraft world you’ll load into. Before creating a new world, you can punch these numbers in to conjure up the particular place you want to explore, and creators share these codes online. We’ve scoured the Minecraft community and gathered a list of our favorites below. Just be sure you’re running the right version of Minecraft the seed is built for, or the world might not load as advertised.

The only thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to using these 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. All 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. Now, an in-depth look at the best Minecraft seeds.

Minecraft survival seeds

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Shipwreck seeds are popular because they give you that wonderful little head start that we all crave. This one is particularly potent thanks to the collection of different enchanted items, some TNT, and even a diamond, among other things. Not only that, but these can all be found close to your spawn point. If you want a strong start, this is a great choice.

Exposed Stronghold

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Don’t be fooled by your spawn point—that’s not the ravine you’re looking for. Want a glimpse of a true underground wonder? Head towards coordinates 236 68 -704. Peeking into the chasm, you’ll spot an oaken, open-plan (alright, it’s just missing a few walls. Let us play estate agent) library intersecting a stronghold. Ladders and bookshelves line the walls: you might need a few tomes to enchant your gear, seeing as though the end portal is nearby.

Minimalist Survival Island

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As Gandhi once remarked, “To achieve true enlightenment, one must isolate themselves upon an unforgiving Minecraft survival island seed.” This pared-down setting might well inspire some soul-searching. Essential supplies are practically non-existent here, the nearby squid your only friends—not counting Mr. Grass, Mr. Sand and Señor Gravel. After some time you too may find yourself anthropomorphising inanimate blocks.

Best survival seed ever; 10/10, would go mad there again.

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Temple of Doom

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What if we put a temple right inside a jungle, and then plonked that near a pillager outpost? Sounds good, right? Well, that’s exactly what this seed does. It’s a great choice for players looking for a nice challenge that stays within sight, but it’s also just a lot of fun starting so close to a temple.

Double shipwreck at spawn

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What’s better than coming across a desolate shipwreck? Finding two within spitting distance of each other, of course. If you fancy a wee break from searching the world in search of booty, this seed spawns you on a small island. Look to the left and you’ll find a floating ruined ship, and to the right, another one. What more could you ask for? No, not a third ruined ship; that would be too far.

Turtle power

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Teenage, standard, boring turtles. Teenage, standard, boring turtles. Teenage, standard, boring turtles. Turtles in a regular shell. Turtle power! Although raising your own turtle colony would be fun, there’s more than that to this seed.

As you’ve probably already spotted, just right of the spawn is a slightly buried ocean ruin. After you’ve looted up that one, head into the water for yet another ocean ruin to explore.

Commandeer Your Own Mansion

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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?

Minecraft village seeds

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The Township

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On the subject of Shipwrecks, we have no idea how this ended up here, but there seems to be a ship parked in the middle of this village. We feel as though having a gigantic ship in the centre of town might be a cause for alarm, but nobody else seems all that bothered by it. Well, there’s also another ship underwater nearby and even an ocean ruin to explore. You had better start learning to hold your breath.

Village Surrounded by Snow

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Best return to civilisation, eh? There’s no NPC village more scenic than this one, a diminutive hamlet nestled in a thawed patch of Cold Taiga biome. You’ve a friendly neighbourhood blacksmith, a quaint little farm for food, and there are even diamonds to, erm, borrow, if you poke about. If you’re after something to build a thriving metropolis off of, and are a sucker for a snowy backyard, this is the seed for you.

Overpowered Loot and Water Village

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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?

Monstrously Massive Seaside Village

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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.

Spoopy Zombie Village

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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.

Minecraft world seeds

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What Lies Beneath

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This seed places you within spitting distance of a blacksmith village, but one that is more than it seems. Just underneath the village is a great ravine and a complex system of mines. It’s all very dramatic and feels like you’ve discovered some hidden mythical cave complex, especially if you accidentally fall into the lava below.


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Okay. So. Iceberg biomes are cool. Not only do they carry this weird foreboding feeling, but they’re great to build a home in. Who doesn’t want to live in an ice castle? What makes this seed so special is, like many seeds, you spawn on an island. Only with this seed, turn in any direction and all you see is ice spikes. You better think fast, because surviving this seed isn’t going to be easy.

Dive into the reefs

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It’s been said a million times already but it bears repeating: Minecraft can be beautiful, and since the introduction of coral, it’s never looked better. What this seed is all about is seeing the beauty that lurks beneath.

From the spawn, kick off your shoes and take a plunge. Just be sure to have your screencap key at the ready because this one’s quite the sightseeing diving adventure.

Something’s Wrong

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I’ve gotta be honest with you, I have no idea what’s going on with this world. Why is there a mountain on top of a mountain? Why is the village built up that high? How are the villagers even able to reach their crops? Why is there a small shack on the side of the mountain to the right? Although that last one would make a pretty decent place to store your loot. Let’s see a skeleton try to snipe you up there.

To get this one working, just create a new world, input the seed, and turn amplified worlds on. You’ll spawn right near the village, meaning setting up before you go hunting should be a breeze.

Live Life Above the Clouds

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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 starting a new life up in the sky.

Flower Forest and Ice Plains

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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.

Giant Floating Island feat. Ominous Abyss

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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

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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.

Beautiful Mesa Forest

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As if layer upon fudgy layer of colourful clay wasn’t a tasty enough prospect for you, this mesa seed boasts several other interesting quirks. You start in a ravine where thick clusters of oak trees grow: a short stroll up onto the plateau, and you’ll notice a wide-ranging mesa forest with a lake inside a deep crater. Find the cave hidden around the rim of the crater, and you’ll drop right into an extensive system of underground tunnels.

Landlocked Mushroom Biome

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Minecraft’s shroomy kingdoms are normally rather lonely affairs: Tiny little landmasses far out to sea, with a few Mooshrooms sprinkled about for good measure. This seed, however, generates a uniquely landlocked Mushroom Biome. Upon spawning, you’re at liberty to leg it into the emerald wilderness, butarmed with just a wooden bowl and your wits, it’s possible to craft a fungal abode and live on infinite mushroom stew. Going veggie has never been so simple.

Hollow Mountain, Hello Zombies

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Being an aspiring Minecraft supervillain in this day and age is no picnic. In fact, it’s a logistical nightmare. Where to find room to install an intimidatingly large lava wall? How to conceal your TNT-powered superweapons? And the bodies? Well, this seed has a solution: a 244-block-high hollow mountain practically made for housing all your dastardly designs. There’s even an exposed zombie dungeon at the summit for unlimited XP farming.

Seaside Mega-Taiga

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Live out all your wildest lumberjackin’ fantasies in this Mega Taiga seed, which contains an absolutely massive redwood forest. You’ll spawn by the cave seen at the bottom of this picture, so you can get your shelter or mineshaft started quickly, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings. One of the two paths inside the cave leads to a dead end—but the other leads you to a gorgeous ocean vista.

Crazy Crater

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I’m not entirely sure how Steve survived the End Times, but this seed proves that it must take a whole lot more than a piddling shower of flaming meteors to kill him. A giant, perfectly-circular crater in the earth leads deep down into an underground network of caves, ravines, and mineshafts. There’s tons of ore to mine, including plenty of sparkly diamond goodness. The crater’s also a handy natural mutton-generating trap. Sorry, sheep.

Mountainous Snowy Island

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Not all islands have to be tropical, you know. The highest points of this Extreme Hills island are dusted with snow and covered with clouds. The downside is that there are no animals living on the island, so your lunchtime BLT ain’t happening here. It’s far from a hostile place, though: there’s tons of exposed coal in the cliffs, and plenty of trees and grass to get you up and running.

Minecraft Pocket Edition seeds

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Amazing Aquatic Minecraft PE Seed

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This is a handy seed if you want a world that lets you immediately get into some aquatic action. Nearby the island spawn you’ll find an ocean ruin, ocean monument, a mushroom biome, and an iceberg field. That’s a pretty rare combination to find so close together.

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Diamonds Below Spawn Village

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Sometimes you just want to hop into a new Minecraft world and get some good tools quickly. With this seed, you’re guaranteed to find some handy diamonds early on if you head to the village near spawn and start digging. For the best chance at finding a diamond cluster, dig straight down from the handing bell in the village.

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Coastal Blacksmith Village by Giant Ravine

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You definitely want to check out this picturesque blacksmith village. Not only is it on a peaceful sandy coast, but flanking it from the left is a giant ravine. It’s such a cool place to explore, but even cooler if you decide to build your own home nearby. It kind of has everything: good sights, useful resources, and a friendly village.

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Shipwreck Overtaken by Coral Reef

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I’ll take any excuse to diver underwater and visit a coral reef in Minecraft. They’re beautiful enough to justify a trip in their own right, but this seed spawns the player near a reef that has overtaken a sunken ship! It’s a fun and pretty way to get a jump start on your new Minecraft world.

Here’s our definitive list of the best Minecraft seeds, from cool to village and survival seeds.

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Minecraft island seeds (also small continents!)

Where are all the island paradises?

PLEASE NOTE! This is an old post. These seeds will only work for older versions of Minecraft from V1.2.5 to 1.6.4! Worldgen was changed in Minecraft version 1.7.

2012-09-06 – isolated small continents
2012-10-25 – more islands
2013-06-04 – very remote island continents
2013-07-04 – more remote island continents

Aside from small isolated islands (aka survival islands) you sometimes start at, normal islands are pretty hard to find because of the land generating algorithm preferring larger continents.

The trouble with “survival islands” are that they’re simply high terrain, sticking out of the water surface of normal ocean biomes. The drawback of starting in an ocean biome is that there are no animals, this removes many aspects of the game.

The black circle is the approximate starting area. At least this is where I ended up, you might spawn somewhere else.

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If you travel south a bit from the spawn you reach this group of very isolated islands.

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Beginning in a plains biome there are two nearby jungle islands and a larger swamp/desert/jungle island nearby. There is also a mushroom island not too far to the east.

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Not quite as isolated as the previous but you start on a jungle island with many ponds and several other large islands nearby.

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You begin in a jungle island nearby several larger islands.

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A larger island group.

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Several smaller swamp biome islands.

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A larger swamp island with larger cliffs nearby.

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Great mini-continent for your server! Desert, jungle, taiga, plains, extreme hills, a village, two temples (in 1.3.2) and a stronghold!

Update 2012-09-06
Isolated small continents

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This is the most isolated small continent I have encountered in Minecraft. To get to the closest continent you will have to travel a total of 3000 blocks. As if that wasn’t enough you also begin on a small forest island!

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Here is another very isolated small continent! This one lacks villages and temples. You also begin on a forest island.

Update 2012-10-24

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Plains and grasslands island with a small forest patch, also a nearby jungle island

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Forest island, extreme hills, taiga and some larger islands.

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An isolated small/medium size continent. From the desert island its about a thousand blocks to reach the mainland.

Update 2013-06-04

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Another extremely isolated island continent. Your new favorite island paradise!

Here’s a better visual that shows how remote this island group is in relation to the mainland:

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Another remote island group!

Distance to the mainland:

Update 2013-07-04

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Another extremely isolated island continent made up of smaller islands.

Distance to the mainland:

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Another extremely isolated island continent made up of smaller islands.

Distance to mainland:

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A fairly isolated island continent.

All of the maps above were generated using the software Amidst, get it here!

Benefits, tips & recommended mods:

  • Separating continents by water is one solution to make chunk jags less noticeable.
  • Move the spawn point using MCEdit!
  • Looks nice on a map (check out the mod Dynmap for a dynamic webpage map)
  • The open sea is a good looking way of border off and restrict the available area on a server. (check out the mod World border on how to limit the server area)

Want to find your own island seeds?

Download Amidst and run my AutoHotkey script to quickly generate new random seeds every time you press enter!
If you find anything cool be sure to leave a comment!

Where are all the island paradises? PLEASE NOTE! This is an old post. These seeds will only work for older versions of Minecraft from V1.2.5 to 1.6.4! Worldgen was changed in Minecraft version 1.7. Updates: 2012-09-06 – isolated small continents 2012-10-25 – more islands 2013-06-04 – very remote island continents 2013-07-04 – more remote island… ]]>