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Dark Forest in Minecraft

The dark forest is a temperate forested biome that is a variant of the forest biome. It is known for its thick, dense leaf canopies that block light sufficiently to allow hostile mobs to spawn during the daytime.


A dark forest (via screenshot)


Description


Dark forests feature a much higher density of trees compared to other forest biomes, which often times block direct views of the sky entirely. Oak, dark oak, and sometimes birch trees generate in these biomes; the only place where dark oak trees naturally generate.


Additionally, both types of huge mushrooms generate among the trees, though the red variants are more common. Unique to dark forests are woodland mansions, enormous dungeon-like structures that rarely generate within the trees. Woodland mansions are home to the dangerous iilager mobs and are one of the only places where said mobs spawn.


Thick dark oak trees (via screenshot)


Mob Spawns


The dense leaf canopy can diffuse skylight sufficiently for hostile mobs to spawn during the day in some spots. Additionally, hostile mobs can spawn atop huge mushrooms and suddenly fall near the player. Woodland mansions are dangerous to explore without adequate preparation, due to their large size and the difficult Illager and other hostile mobs inside.


A woodland mansion found in a dark forest (via screenshot)


Conclusion


Dark forests are a forest biome that is quite densely populated with trees as compared to other variants of forests. Since the canopy of this forest is extremely thick, it allows hostile mobs to spawn even in the daytime. This is also the only biome a woodland mansion can generate in.


FAQs


Q. Are dark forests rare?

A. Yes, dark forest biomes are somewhat rare in the game.


Q. Do woodland mansions only generate in dark forests?

A. Yes, woodland mansions will generate exclusively in the dark forest biomes.


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