What is copper in Minecraft? Yes, we have a brand new resource to play with, which you can smelt, wield, and craft until your heart desires. The new material arrives in the upcoming Minecraft 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update and as part of Mojang’s promise to the community to spruce up the cave and mountain system.
As well as copper, the upcoming update will also add new Minecraft mobs such as adorable mountain goats, sweet little axolotls, and the warden – a blind monster mob found lurking in your newly excavated caves. For everything we know about these updates, check out our guides on the Minecraft 1.17 update and Minecraft 1.18 update to get the full Caves and Cliffs release dates, how the new cave system works, and of course the biomes themselves.
It also has a fun quirk that veteran players will adore, in that copper turns green over time as it’s naturally exposed to the elements, so long term players can celebrate their turquoise trophies. Or passing players can marvel at your greening Minecraft house – or whatever you decide to build with copper in Minecraft.