This Minecraft tutorial explains the Mesa biome (also referred to as the Badlands biome) with screenshots.

In Minecraft, you will spawn into worlds with unique weather, animals, and plants. These regions are known as biomes. Let’s explore the Mesa biome in Minecraft.


In Minecraft, the Mesa is a biome in the Overworld. It is very rare to find and is made up of red sand, and various colors of terracotta. It also has many rivers flowing through the valleys of red sand. Gold ore is found more commonly in the Mesa biome than any other biome. So if you are looking for gold, this is a great biome to explore.

Let’s explore the characteristics of the Mesa biome.


The weather in the Mesa biome is very dry with little precipitation. It is very similar to a desert biome, but it is made up of beautiful red, orange, and yellow colors.


There are no trees in the Mesa biome (oak trees can be found in the nearby Mesa Plateau).


The vegetation found in the Mesa biome consists of dead bush and cactus which are the only plants that can survive in this dry environment:

Item Description
Dead Bush


In this biome, you will find blocks such as red sand, terracotta, yellow terracotta, red terracotta, orange terracotta, white terracotta, and light gray terracotta:

Item Description
Red Sand
Yellow Terracotta
Red Terracotta
Orange Terracotta
White Terracotta
Light Gray Terracotta

Other Standard Blocks

If you dig down far enough in the Mesa biome, you will find the standard Minecraft building blocks such as stone, coal ore, iron ore, gold ore, diamond ore, redstone ore, copper ore:


In the Mesa biome, there is very little wildlife with only squids found swimming in the rivers:

Overworld Mobs that Spawn at Night

You will still find the usual Overworld mobs that spawn at night in the Mesa biome, such as creepers, endermen, skeletons, spiders, witches and zombies:


Biome ID for Mesa

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft, the Mesa biome has the following Minecraft ID values:

Minecraft ID Version
minecraft:badlands 1.16 – 1.19.2

See a complete list of Biome IDs that is interactive and searchable.

  • Minecraft ID is the biome’s Internal ID that is used in game commands such as /locatebiome command.
  • Dimension is the dimension that the biome can be found (such as the Overworld, Nether, or End).
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers that the Minecraft ID is valid for.

Mesa Seeds

You can use a seed to create a world where you spawn in a Mesa biome:

Mesa Seeds (Java Edition)

Mesa Seeds (Bedrock Edition)

Other Biome Tutorials

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