Minecraft needs more ancient city-like structures to provide players with a greater incentive to explore in search of a challenge and an opportunity.
Minecraft is a game filled with activities, such as constructing a base, searching for buried treasure, and exploring one of the perilous dimensions. In addition, with each new update, Minecraft adds new mobs, blocks, items, and features that alter the way players navigate the game. The most recent Minecraft update, The Wild Update, added Ancient Cities, filled with darkness and the lurking Warden, to the revamped caves.
Ancient cities are not a unique feature of the game; rather, they are a variant of structures that naturally spawn. Woodland mansions and ocean monuments are two rare structures that can be discovered through world exploration. Each of these structures has a lot of useful loot inside, and the Ocean Monument has blocks that can’t be found anywhere else. These structures are similar to Ancient Cities in these ways, and while players already have the ability to search for three unique structures, adding more could make exploring the worlds of Minecraft significantly more rewarding.
Ancient Cities, Forest Mansions, And Seaside Monuments
The primary function of each of these structures in Minecraft is the loot that can be obtained from them, ranging from diamonds to useful armor and weapons. Players are encouraged to explore these structures because they can yield valuable resources that would otherwise take hours to locate. The Woodland Mansions are the most reliable locations for players to obtain Totems of Undying, a particularly useful item that, when held, prevents death. Ocean Monuments are the only place to find sponge blocks, which are required to drain large quantities of water, and Sea Lanterns, which are excellent decoration blocks.
Ancient Cities appear to be headed in the same direction, but for the time being, their primary use is to find chests filled with loot and the sculk catalyst that allows players to produce an infinite number of shriekers and sensors, which is particularly useful for Redstone builds. In addition, Ancient Cities spawn blocks that were formerly exclusive to the Nether, such as soul sand and basalt, the former of which is a staple for many automated farms. While each of these structures generates the blocks that players actively seek, they are also filled with extremely dangerous mobs, making exploration of these structures exceedingly difficult.
Other Biomes Deserving Comparable Structures
Currently, only the Deep Dark, Deep Oceans, and Dark Forest contain these types of structures. In spite of this, there is a case for Minecraft to include even more structures in various biomes. While it would be simple for the game to include them in every biome, keeping certain biomes as they are gives players a greater incentive to explore, so the game should only include these structures in biomes that are exceptionally rare. Badlands, specific mountains, ice spike variants of the Snowy Biome, and Mushroom Fields could all benefit from a unique structure that would make them more useful to the player and encourage them to explore these biomes.
Ice Spikes are especially in need of a structure, as there is currently little use for these biomes and many players choose to ignore them. Adding a structure with useful variants of ice that can aid in creating automated farms or even stacking them with massive amounts of loot will make the biomes significantly more explorable for players. In the wake of the Caves & Cliffs update, adding structures to mountains, or even just reworking the Pillager Outposts, could help different types of mountains stand out and encourage players to explore the terrain near their home base.
Minecraft is a game that emphasizes exploration and progression through the discovery of valuable resources. So, with new structures such as Ancient Cities, Woodland Mansions, and Ocean Monuments, not only will players be encouraged to explore more, but they will also have more opportunities to discover useful loot that can help them advance in their world. There are several biomes in Minecraft that stand out for being extremely uninteresting at the moment. Adding a single structure to these biomes could make them viable locations for exploration, and players may even choose to make these biomes their home.
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