Minecraft Biomes Explained: Mushroom Biome!

What you need to know about this unique biome

Minecraft’s many biomes are often confusing, and the Mushroom Biome is the most mysterious of them all. Let’s take a look at this freak of virtual nature and see what makes it tick.

The Mushroom Biome is also referred to as the "Mushroom Fields."

Where to Find the Mushroom Biome

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You need some sturdy sea legs to get to a Mushroom biome. It takes a lot of sailing (or swimming if you’re Minecraft’s Michael Phelps). ​The Mushroom biome is primarily found far out in the ocean, not connected to any other landmasses. There are some rare occurrences of Mushroom biomes being found connected to the main plot of land players spawn in. You can immediately tell the difference between a Mushroom biome and a normal biome by the distinct color of Mycelium (the grass found in the Mushroom biome).

Why Is the Mushroom Biome Unique?

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As previously mentioned, there's Mycelium in the Mushroom Biome and it's what allows the mushrooms to flourish everywhere in the area. Generally, a block rejects Mushrooms and won't allow them to grow in bright light, while Mycelium lets them grow at any time of day or night. Huge Mushrooms also grow on the Mycelium, making the biome stand out even more. 

The Mushroom Biome Is a Great Place to Live

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For some reason, Mushroom biomes are generally safe. While almost all biomes can spawn hostile mobs, the Mushroom ones generally don't. The only mob that naturally spawns there are Mooshrooms (the mushroom version of a cow, if you couldn’t tell) and bats. This makes it a peaceful habitat for all players to enjoy and not worry about picking a fight.

The safeness of this biome extends underground as well. Creepers generally won't spawn, but if there's a mineshaft, dungeon, or stronghold it will still create a spawner. Also, villagers can still spawn during raids and lightning strikes still have a small chance to spawn skeleton traps.

The Mushroom Biome's Unlimited Food Supply

Minecraft screenshot of multiple mooshrooms

If you have the resources available to make a Bowl, you should have the resources to make a Mushroom Stew. A lack of food is never a problem in the Mushroom Biome, since Mushrooms and Mooshrooms should be flooding the area. When a player shears a Mooshroom, turns into a regular cow. Upon shearing the Mooshroom, it drops five Red Mushrooms.

Mooshrooms contain more than just Mushrooms. When a Mooshroom is killed, they have a chance of dropping raw beef, leather, or even steak. (That last one happens only if they're burned and killed.)

Also, farming is possible on a Mushroom biome, even if it doesn't seem that way at first glance. When using a Hoe on a block of Mycelium, the Hoe does nothing. To farm in a Mushroom biome, break the block of Mycelium and place the Dirt block you’re given in return. Use the Hoe again on the Dirt and the land should be farmable.

The Downsides of the Mushroom Biome

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While there are Huge Mushrooms as far as the eye can see in the Mushroom Biome, there's a distinct lack of trees. This is because trees don't naturally spawn in the area. While it's completely possible to grow trees in a Mushroom biome from saplings, it can be very hard to do (which can make survival very difficult). When dirt, grass, or anything along those lines is placed next to Mycelium, the Mycelium overpowers the dirt-related block and turns it into Mycelium. Making an elevated platform that's not touching Mycelium should do the trick. Just remember to bring saplings with you when traveling to your potential new home.

Prepare Yourself for the Mushroom Biome Search

While Mushroom biomes are tough to find, they're a very interesting place to live in and experience. Definitely try finding your own little enemy-free safe haven and enjoy yourself in a world full of toadstools. Remember to prepare for a long trip between the mainland, the ocean, and your destination. Don’t be afraid to stop at islands along the way to replenish your supplies.

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