This Minecraft tutorial explains the Mesa Plateau 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 Plateau biome in Minecraft.


In Minecraft, the Mesa Plateau is a biome in the Overworld and is very rare to find. It is a high area of land that is made up of red sand, and various colors of terracotta. Starting in Minecraft 1.18, the Mesa Plateau is no longer a unique biome, but has become part of the Mesa biome.

Let’s explore the characteristics of the Mesa Plateau biome.


The weather in the Mesa Plateau 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 Plateau biome (the oak trees are found in the nearby Wooded Badlands biome).


The vegetation found in the Mesa Plateau biome consists of dead bushes:

Item Description
Dead Bush


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

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

Other Standard Blocks

If you dig down far enough in the Mesa Plateau 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 Plateau 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 Plateau biome, such as creepers, endermen, skeletons, spiders, witches and zombies:


Biome ID for Mesa Plateau

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

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

Minecraft ID Version
minecraft:badlands_plateau 1.16 – 1.17.1

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 Plateau Seeds

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

Mesa Plateau Seeds (Java Edition)

Mesa Plateau Seeds (Bedrock Edition)

Other Biome Tutorials

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