Want to find the very best Minecraft 1.18 seeds? It's certainly an exciting time to go looking for good seeds in Minecraft, because the release of Caves And Cliffs Part 2 has changed terrain generation in Minecraft forever. Now mountains are higher, caves are deeper, and the infinite landscapes in every Minecraft world are more amazing and characterful than ever before.
The very best Minecraft seeds are the ones that capture your imagination from the first moment you set foot in the world - and that's exactly what we've found with the below spawns. In this guide you'll find 25 of the best Minecraft seeds in 1.18, covering everything from gorgeous savannas and jungles to underground cave spawns, from easy diamond access to challenging island starts. Whatever you're after, we've got the perfect seed for you!
Minecraft seeds are strings of numbers and letters which the game uses to generate a new Minecraft world. As you might know, worlds in Minecraft are practically infinite in size, and they are procedurally generated, which means no two Minecraft seeds will ever create the same world.
Your choice of spawn point is a big deal when it comes to starting a new game. Depending on what you're after, it can make your job much easier, or provide a challenge for veteran players, or even just spark your creativity with a gorgeous Minecraft landscape to explore and build upon.
It's very easy to use a Minecraft seed to create a new world. Here's how to do it:
From the main menu, click Singleplayer, then Create New World, and then More World Options. Enter your chosen Minecraft seed into the black text box, and then click Create New World. Simple!
If you leave the seed box blank, then the game will randomly generate a seed for you, and then use that to generate your world. But if you want a particular world from the below list, you'll need to input that world's seed into this black box before you start your new game.
Note: if you're playing on mobile, Xbox, or anything else that doesn't use Java, then check out our list of the best Minecraft Bedrock seeds for 1.18!
Best Minecraft seeds
Incredible Hollow Mountain
This is probably the most amazing Minecraft seed I've ever had the pleasure to come across. Here you'll spawn in a Roofed Forest next to a mountain. Approach the mountain and you'll find a crack in the side, which leads into a truly magical place. Turns out the entire mountain is hollow and filled with Lush Caves, stalactites, abandoned mineshafts, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful features leading all the way down to deepslate and beyond. It's truly a sight to behold.
As you might guess, snowcapped mountains dominate the landscape in this Minecraft seed. Follow the strip of snow to the west and you'll find the peaks only get higher and higher. But this is also a starting seed of lows as well as highs: right next to where you spawn is the opening to a colossal cave system which descends far below, all the way down to bedrock. Expect plenty of opportunities for early Minecraft diamond mining and enchanting here!
This lovely starting seed plants you on the border between a meadow and a savanna, atop one of Minecraft 1.18's characterful new winding hills. But perhaps more excitingly, there are several prominent gaping holes in the ground around you, each of which leads far below sea level, through expansive caverns filled with dripstone, diamond, copper, and other useful resources.
Easy Diamonds 2
What an aesthetically pleasing curve on that there ravine, don't you agree? It's like the entire landscape is smiling at you, beckoning you to climb inside its mouth and delve into the subterranean depths below. It's always nice when you start next to the opening to such a giant cave system, because you can easily get down to the Y-Level you need and start strip-mining for diamonds and other essentials from day one.
Easy Diamonds 3
A seed of towering heights and plummeting depths, this one. You'll spawn on a forest next to an ominous snow-capped mountain, which makes for a pretty cool seed in itself. But the key here is to head down that tiny cave entrance right next to where you spawn. It may look like it leads nowhere at first, and then it'll keep going, and going, and then it'll suddenly widen out into a spectacular cavern which dips down to nearly bedrock level. From there you can easily find all the diamonds and other deep-world riches your heart desires.
Easy Diamonds 4
It's not every day you can see the sunlight shining against deepslate. This Birch Forest seed plants you next to a gaping hole in the world, down which pours a waterfall from a nearby river. Follow the cave downward and you'll quickly descend beyond Level 0 and into deepslate territory and far beyond. An excellent seed for fast diamond excavation if I've ever seen one.
Giant Cavern Spawn
This incredible Minecraft seed provides an interesting challenge: how to get out of the giant cavern you've spawned in! That's right, this seed spawns you at Y-Level 24, way below sea level, surrounded by winding cave systems and dripstone. You'll need to show some serious spelunking skill if you want to climb out of this cavern in order to harvest your first planks of wood from the snowy plains high above.
Savanna Hillside Village
What a great place for a village. This group of villagers decided to build their huts and structures spread out across the side of a large savanna hill, leading to a really lovely-looking landscape. But that's not all: there's also a gigantic stone-topped mountain that looms large over the village, so you can pick whether to expand the village or to rule above it with your first build.
I couldn't not include this seed. You don't get many tiny island starts in 1.18, because nowadays the game does a better job of placing you on the nearest bit of mainland instead. That's why this curious seed made me pause. This is one of the smallest islands I've ever spawned on, a scant few sand blocks in width. Given the lack of trees nearby, any player spawning here would likely die - that is, if it weren't for the shipwreck cresting above the water a short distance away, which gives you access to your precious first few planks of wood.
Villages & Pyramids
This desert seed is absolutely littered with structures. You'll start with two villages either side of you in close proximity, but have a wander around and you'll find plenty more, alongside desert pyramids and even a temple or two in the jungles across the water. If you're looking for early access to all sorts of useful contraptions and resources, then this is one of the best seeds we've found.
Flat Building Area
If you're looking for a nice, flat, beautiful area on which to construct a massive Minecraft build, then you'll love this seed for its sheer simplicity. Here you begin your adventure atop a meadows hill with just a handful of trees dotted about for some easy initial wood. My favourite thing about this location is the way the rivers carve their way through the landscape, giving an otherwise uninteresting patch of land some incredible vistas - particularly if you play with some of the best Minecraft shaders enabled!
Two-Tree Desert Island
For a more challenging starting seed, why not try out this desert island spawn? It's actually a rather large starting island, but the fact that there are only a couple of trees across the entire landmass may make you ponder your chances of survival a little more.
Instant Lush Caves
Above ground, this seed is nothing extraordinary (although it does feature some rather excellent ice spikes). What makes this seed a favourite is that you can easily delve below ground and find a massive, sprawling Lush Caves biome, covered in dripleaf and lichen and all sorts of other weird and wonderful subterranean 1.18 additions.
Plains & Surface Lava
This idyllic Minecraft starting seed has a little bit of everything. A plains Minecraft village right next to spawn; steep savanna peaks to the northwest; surface lava for an early Nether rush; cows and other nearby Minecraft mobs for early food... What more could you ask for in order to get set up quickly in a new Minecraft world?
Coastal Rock Formation
This lovely-looking Minecraft landscape caught my eye thanks to the towering rock formation on the coast in the distance. I love formations like these, they're just crying out for a build of some sort. Maybe a lighthouse, or a mansion of some sort. Around you the landscape is just as characterful, with flower and sunflower forests dotted about, and a ruined portal in the water not at all far from spawn.
As I've mentioned, island seeds are tough to find in 1.18, but this one really struck me as a lovely little place to start a new home. It's quite distinctive, with one half covered in sand and the other in forest. As island starts go, this seed is fairly kind, giving you several dozen trees to help kickstart your journey. But it just looks like a wonderful foundation on which to build a rustic Minecraft house, don't you think?
Desert Badlands Coast
For those who love the sight of a Badlands hilltop or two, this starting seed gives you the wonderful sight of terracotta without the challenging lack of nearby trees that might otherwise hamper your early progress. Head to the top of the nearby mountain to find wood aplenty, and from there you can also take a look around at the sprawling desert landscape and see what sights take your interest.
This interesting seed plants you right on the edge of a fascinating-looking dripstone-covered ravine, and the more you look at it the more you'll realise that such terrain generation never would have been possible before 1.18 was released. Poke your head above ground, and you'll find yourself surrounded by forests and swampland as far as the eye can see. It'll be interesting to see how Minecraft 1.19: The Wild Update changes up swampy areas like these by adding new features such as Mangrove Swamps and Fireflies.
If you want to marvel at the new peaks and troughs of Minecraft 1.18's terrain generation, this seed is a great place to start. Here you spawn near the peak of a large taiga mountain, looking down at the gorgeous valleys below. Be careful not to fall, as it's a very long way down nowadays!
Terracotta lovers will be right at home with this seed, which starts you right on top of some glorious-looking badlands surrounded by desert. It's not the most challenging starting seed in the universe, but the lack of trees and wildlife in the immediate vicinity may give you pause if you choose to try your luck in this Minecraft world.
Old Growth Pine Taiga
Old Growth Pine Taiga biomes, as they're now called in Minecraft 1.18, are one of my favourite biome types. There's something so fascinating and mysterious about these thick, towering forests. It's like something out of Lord Of The Rings. In true 1.18 fashion, the land is also broken up by hills which bulge out from the ground, taking the forest canopy even higher. A good spot for a treehouse, perhaps?
Ocean Of Ice Spikes
A twist on the typical island start, this fascinating seed plants you on a tiny snowy beach with a single tree, surrounded by an ocean of ice spikes. The only wildlife nearby are polar bears, and you'll have to slide your way out of this icy realm in order to find more hospitable climates.
This lush jungle start gives you instant access to a great deal of jungle wood, and a great deal of bamboo. Look around when you spawn, and you'll also find a fairly self-contained and safe ravine which gives you easy access to basic ores such as coal and copper. From there, you can choose to head south for warmer climates, or take a boat across the water for acres of different kinds of forests.
Savanna & Desert Village
If you love Savanna biomes as much as I do, then you'll adore this starting seed. Located right on the edge of a desert housing both a Pyramid and a Village in plain sight, this sprawling Savanna is also overlooked by a wonderful valley of forest mountains. These mountains would make for a fantastic spot to build a Minecraft castle or some other majestic build.
This seed may not seem particularly noteworthy - just a beach on the edge of some Taiga and plains. But once you're set up with the basics, take a boat our to the south-west and you'll quickly run into one of the largest Mooshroom biomes I've come across. So for those who really like their fungi, this seed is for you!
Well, those are all the best Minecraft seeds we've got for now; hopefully you've found one or two worlds that match up with what you were after. To give your new world more of a visual pop, there are various texture packs available. And why stop with just the world? A new Minecraft journey deserves a new you, so take a look at our list of the best Minecraft skins while you're here!