Best Minecraft Ancient City Seeds for Bedrock & Java (February 2024)

Minecraft Ancient Cities are rare, elusive structures that contain many hidden structures, plenty of Skulk, and the terrifying Warden. After exploring tons of seeds and uncovering numerous Ancient Cities, I’ve come up with this list of the best Ancient City seeds in both Java and Bedrock editions.

Best Minecraft Java Ancient City Seeds

If you’re a spelunker with a wild side, you’ll enjoy uncovering every one of these Ancient Cities! Whichever you decide to enter, make sure you’re prepared to face the Warden on his own turf.

Revealed Ruins

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Seed: -6095923343192628299

While this seed has five Ancient Cities scattered around the mountains near Spawn, there is one that stands above the rest. This giant city is located in an open-air Dripstone cave. The edges of the city can be seen from the cave’s entrance and a mineshaft lies in the upper half of the cavern. Players will even be able to find a Plains Village containing a Blacksmith near the cavern’s entrance! While the other cities on the seed are great as they are, this is the one that you’ll remember for ages to come.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City 1: 145, -43, -152
Ancient City 2: 232, -43, 72
Ancient City 3: -184, -44, 216
Ancient City 4 (Dripstone City): -222, -43, 553
Dripstone City Entrance: -299, 90, 471
Plains Village above Ancient City: -164, 120, 325
Mineshaft: -349, 7, 509
Ancient City 5: 152, -45, 408

Eight Ancient Cities

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Seed: 7762290327547314529

This seed has the second-highest amount of Ancient Cities available in one area on our list! The giant Grove biome spawn is set in contains 8 Ancient Cities within a 1,000 block radius. There are a few more cities in the area, but they are over 1,000 blocks away.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City 1: 195, -42, 149
Ancient City 2: 536, -42, 200
Ancient City 3: 424, -42, 408
Ancient City 4: 888, -43, 536
Ancient City 5: 776, -45, 856
Ancient City 6: 440, -43, 856
Ancient City 7: 212, -42, 883
Ancient City 8: -343, -44, 392

Dripstone City

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Seed: -8939450148029235612

This Ancient City has dripstone hanging from the ceiling like teeth from a giant monster. On the way down to the city, a mineshaft and a Stronghold are available to explore. The two structures combined, so some pieces of the stronghold are missing, with the missing spaces leading to different areas of the mineshaft.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Mineshaft: -2,499, -728
Ancient City: -2,503, -43, -727
Stronghold: -2,495, -5, -623

14 Cities within 1,500 blocks

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Seed: -9120244995390914005

If you want to experience Ancient Cities in more than one way, this seed is for you. There is a 1,500 x 1,500 block area near Spawn that is filled with them. While none are close enough to merge, tunnels could easily be built between all of them. Creative players could enjoy rebuilding the cities and constructing tunnels to act as highways beneath them in order to create one giant country beneath the Overworld.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City 1: -376, -43, -248
Ancient City 2: -360, -43, 72
Ancient City 3: -568, -43, 8
Ancient City 4: -984, -43, 184
Ancient City 5: -1,304, -43, 248
Ancient City 6: -1,352, -43, 440
Ancient City 7: -936, -43, 456
Ancient City 8: -584, -43, 600
Ancient City 9: -328, -43, 488
Ancient City 10: 136, -43, 808
Ancient City 11: -280, -43, 936
Ancient City 12: -552, -43, 1,192
Ancient City 13: -296, -43, 1,336
Ancient City 14: 40, -43, 1,288
Bonus Ancient City 15: 952, -43, 1,384

Civilizations Past and Present

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Seed: -3357859088329589424

This world is filled with remnants of the ancient civilizations that used to inhabit it. The most grand of these is the Ancient City. There is also a mineshaft that juts out of the cavern wall surrounding the Ancient City, which implies that the city’s residents were miners. Additionally, Trail Ruins containing relics of another society can be found near the world’s beginning.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Taiga Village: 96, 176
Trail Ruins: 100, 45
Ancient City: 200, -43, 40
Mineshaft with Cave Spider Spawner: 139, -29, -115

Slice of the Earth

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Seed: 2851726316935960465

At the base of this snowy mountain, a sliver has been taken out of the earth, revealing a deep cavern. At the surface, I initially only saw the remnants of a Lush Cave. Venturing inward, however, reveals first a mineshaft and then a large Deep Dark biome with an Ancient City! It’s a straight shot down to the Ancient City from the top of the cavern—this makes it possible for players to dig up more of the earth in order to reveal the Ancient City to everyone living above ground.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Cavern Entrance: -123, 11
Mineshaft: -93, 4, 36
Ancient City: 31, -40, 21

Ancient City Beneath Spawn

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Seed: 4664851906503284504

This seed spawns players within 50 blocks of an Ancient City! While resources are sparse, especially with the closest village being over 1,000 blocks away, this seed is best for those who just want to dive into exploring an Ancient City with little to no preparation.

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City: 32, -22, 0
Ruined Portal: -335, 224
Shipwreck: -95, 240
Plains Village: -751, 816

Related: 15 Luckiest Minecraft Seeds (Java and Bedrock)

Cherry Grove Ancient City with Outpost

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Seed: -6731578495346077883

This seed spawns you in a forest just 300 blocks away from a Cherry Grove, an Ancient City, and a Pillager Outpost. With multiple Dripstone caves and a mineshaft on the way down to the Ancient City, there is tons of loot available for players to uncover. While villagers are farther away from the Ancient City, there are still two within 1,000 blocks.

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City: 184, -42, 200
Mineshaft: 185, 18, 200
Pillager Outpost: 105, 375
Plains Village: 208, 768

Mournful Metropolis

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Seed: -8835422761617239676

Two ancient cities sit eerily close to one another, hinting at a past connection. Surrounding them are some small biomes with a lot of character! You spawn right next to a village, so this is a great get-up-and-go seed for instantly getting a lot of advancements!

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City 1: 216, -51, -376
Ancient City 2: 520, -51, -168
Savanna Village: 63, 48
Large ruined portal: 360, 152

Mansion City

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Seed: 27989392284679975

What’s more formidable than a Woodland Mansion packed with Pillagers? One on top of an Ancient City of course! This unique seed has a Mansion directly above the Ancient City. Take over the Mansion and kick out the Pillagers in order to tunnel directly down to it.

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City: 232, 6, -1704
Woodland Mansion: 227, -1813
Ruined Portal: 208, 288
Shipwreck: -96, -224

Best Minecraft Bedrock Ancient City Seeds

For players on Bedrock/Windows 1.19 edition, you may need to turn on Wild Update Experiments in the Options menu to make sure an Ancient City is generated. Some of these seeds were generated with the Wild Update Experiments option activated.

Mountain Tunnel to Ancient City

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Seed: -2252503491947155020

While this tunnel looks unassuming at first glance, it actually leads directly to an Ancient City! It begins as a Dripstone tunnel, which you’ll need to tread through carefully. Once you’ve successfully passed through the Dripstone, you’ll be able to traverse a Deep Dark tunnel that drops into the Ancient City.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Tunnel Entrance: 90, 179, 21
Deep Dark Tunnel: 70, 30, -46
Ancient City: 136, -45, 120

Skulk City

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Seed: -6974167071068923208

The massive Skulk City of this seed was created from the combination of two Ancient Cities! That means double the treasure, double the danger, and, of course, double the Skulk. A mineshaft can be found tucked away in one of the city’s corners. If you want to take your time experiencing everything there is in an Ancient City, Skulk City is the seed for you.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Skulk City: -602, -42, 21
Mineshaft: -700, -38, 56

Two Mountain Cities

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Seed: 1818253573302603436

The two cities closest to spawn are hidden beneath snowy mountains in this world. While visiting the first, you’ll be able to explore a large cavern containing a zombie spawner! It’s the perfect place to set up an easy experience farm so that you can enchant weapons and armor in order to take on the Ancient City. Once the first city is looted, the second can be found in the mountain to the east.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Cavern Entrance: 136, 98, -167
Zombie Spawner: 152, 65, -148
Ancient City 1: 153, -43, -248
Ancient City 2: -248, -43, -263

Quadruple-City Mountain

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Seed: -4850116730494539458

This Mountain is well worth the trek due to the numerous Ancient Cities beneath it. If you want to prepare yourself before jumping in, there are a few villages and a Pillager Outpost in the Badlands Desert near Spawn. If you want to jump straight into the cities, head towards them while gathering wood and food and dive on in.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City 1: -712, -43, -248
Ancient City 2: -952, -43, -248
Ancient City 3: -1,032, -43, -600
Ancient City 4: -648, -43, -600

Ancient Dwarven City

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Seed: 468893351111893428

A large, snowy mountain looms in the distance, filled with visible caverns and Dripstone Caves. Venturing into the mountain reveals the remnants of a dwarf-like ancient civilization! A mineshaft hangs above the Ancient City, serving as a sign that the civilization likely relied heavily on mining. Exploring the city will give you answers on what happened to them to make them leave their home behind.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City: 24, -44, 152
Taiga Village: 248, -264
Ancient City 2: 136, -44, -328

Related: Best Minecraft Deep Dark Seeds (Bedrock and Java)

Ancestors’ Savannah

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Seed: -2546237744985555990

A wide Savannah covers the Overworld, with pockets of Stony Peaks throughout it. From the Overworld, the land looks desolate. Only one singular Pillager Outpost can be seen across the entirety of the plateau. Beneath the ground, however, the world teems with remnants of life long ago. There are three Ancient Cities to be explored, as well as a series of mineshafts. It is impossible to tell if they left descendants behind or if these remnants are the last remaining pieces of their civilizations.

Key Locations and Coordinates
Ancient City: 136, -40, -200
Ancient City 2: 488, -45, -296
Ancient City 3: 488, -43, -600

Ancient City Beneath Cherry Grove

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Seed: -5180491134649022265

This seed spawns you just a short walk away from a large cherry blossom biome resting on top of a massive cave system containing an Ancient City. The cave system’s entrance lies on the snowy part of the hill, providing players with a direct path to the Ancient City. The path to the city is dotted with mob spawners, an amethyst geode, and plenty of ores. For those wanting to be fully prepared before heading into the cave, there is a Savannah Village just a few hundred blocks away that can be used to stock up on goods, enchantments, and more!

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City: -263, -41, 117
Spider Spawner: -298, 81, 269
Amethyst Geode: -283, 8, 309
Savannah Village: 195, 114

Ancient City next to Spawn

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Seed: 8080406849999409967

This seed has an Ancient City just a stone’s throw away from Spawn. Walking northeast from Spawn about 200 blocks and digging down will drop players into the city. The area around Spawn has buried treasure hidden along the coast in addition to a nearby ruined portal in the ocean. The area also contains a variety of different biomes scattered about, giving players the opportunity to collect a variety of natural resources.

Key Locations with Coordinates
Ancient City: 471, -42, -320
Ruined Portal: 136, 248
Buried Treasure 1: 392, 48, -120
Buried Treasure 2: 456, 58, 8

Dangerous Mountains

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Seed: 7842580296603006545

As you probably know, Ancient Cities spawn more frequently under mountains. Which is fine, until you find yourself spawning on a giant one! There are over 10 ancient cities within less than 2,000 blocks of spawn on this incredible seed. If you’re looking to meet some Wardens, this is the seed for you!

Key Locations with Coordinates
Closest Ancient City: -280, -51, 504
Ancient City 2: 488, -51, 248
Ancient City 3: 952, -52, 184
Village: -368, 105

Multi-City Madness

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Seed: 7532078582357717303

This seed is infamous because of its multiple ancient cities very close together. Explore at your own risk as that means more Wardens, more danger, but lots of loot! Honestly, if you’re looking for a lot of Skulk to mess around with, this is one of the best seeds there is.

Key Locations with Coordinates
Closest Ancient City: 568, 6, -1068
Village: -952, -936
Ruined Portal: -328, -472
Shipwreck: -600, -552

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