Minecraft's ever-expanding repertoire of items includes bamboos since the 1.14 update, which significantly changed villages. Bamboo is a special type of plant or rather tree that can be planted and grown to an impressive height and then harvested using an axe.
However, bamboo is quite rare in most Minecraft worlds. Its uses are also somewhat niche, but there are a few ways in which it can significantly help players on their journey through Minecraft's survival. Here's where bamboo can be found in Minecraft, and what its most common uses are.
How To Get Bamboo
Bamboo is exclusive to warm regions, mainly jungle biomes. While it's possible for players to come across bamboo in regular jungle biomes where they might spawn randomly and sporadically, their best bet is to try and find a jungle biome variant called bamboo jungle. These biomes are often thick and overcrowded with a ton of tall bamboos that grow tightly together, and there's plenty to be harvested here for players.
It's also possible to find bamboo in a few structures typically also found in jungle biomes. Players who come across a jungle temple should check both of its chests for some bamboo. Any shipwrecks in a warm, jungle region will also have a high chance of carrying bamboo in their treasure chests.
Finally, players can go fishing while in a jungle biome for a slight chance of finding bamboo, though this is hardly the most reliable way of farming the item. Luckily, once players have even just one piece of bamboo, they can plant it on dirt, grass, mud, and a few other soil variants, and it will grow tall quite fast. Pandas can also be killed for bamboo if no other option remains.
Best Ways To Use Bamboo
Bamboo can be used in crafting to make scaffolding. This is a wonderful in-game tool that allows players to climb and move seamlessly without having to use dirt or stone blocks as support blocks while building tall or complicated houses in Minecraft. Six bamboos and one string yield six pieces of scaffolding.
Two bamboos can also be turned into a single stick. This can help players save up their wooden planks if they're low on wood but need sticks in a pinch. It's one good reason for most players to make themselves a bamboo farm.
Bamboo is also the go-to food for pandas, which are found in bamboo jungles. If players want to breed these mobs, they'll need to gather a bunch of bamboo for them to munch on. Feeding bamboo to a baby panda will also help it mature faster.
Minecraft is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and many other platforms.