An aerial view of a large basin

2012-04-04 12.31.17

A Basin covered in sand.

In Minecraft, a Basin is a type of biome in which Stone and ores are exposed. Basins could be considered "chunk errors" because of how they appear out of nowhere and in strange areas; however, they are not. Basins can be helpful as they generally have exposed Coal and Iron Ore, making them a quick and easy way to start, as a player can get some useful materials early on. At very low altitudes, one may find Redstone Ore if they are lucky.


  • There is a rare chance where basins will generate around a Ravine.
  • Basins do not "point" to generated structures like Dungeons and Villages, despite claims that they do.
  • Basins can stretch to many places, including ravines, dungeons, and even abandoned mine shafts.
  • Basins can appear in any biome type.
2012-05-03 18.38.29

A huge area of basin with some pigs.