I created a brand new world in (v1.17.10) to be surprised with a spawn point that is under water:

Screenshot of spawn point.

This was a shock to me since I've never seen it before, so I began researching it. It has happened to others (here is an example that I still have open), and it doesn't appear to be that rare of an occurrence. However, I couldn't find a definitive explanation on whether this was a bug, or by design. So after some more digging, I reviewed the spawn rules documentation to reveal that it's possible to specify that an entity can spawn under water, within a behavior pack:

Name Description
minecraft:spawns_underwater This component allows the mob to spawn underwater. Adding the component sets the value of it to be true, removing it causes the mob to stop spawning underwater.

I thought this was awesome, and since I'm using the default behavior and resource packs, I pulled up the vanilla packs to review them, and... there's no spawn rules contained in the vanilla pack for the player.

Is there something, somewhere, that explicitly defines that a player can spawn under water in ?

Note: Just-in-case it's important, the world is in creative mode with a seed of -1265590396 and, the following options, experiments, and cheats are enabled: Friendly Fire, Show Coordinates, Fire Spreads, TNT Explodes, Mob Loot, Natural Regeneration, Tile Drops, Caves and Cliffs, Holiday Creator Features, Creation of Custom Biomes, Additional Modding Capabilities, Upcoming Creator Features, Enable GameTest Framework, Activate Cheats, Do Daylight Cycle, Mob Spawning, Mob Griefing, Entities Drop Loot, Weather Cycle, Command Blocks Eanbled.

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    It's definitely stated somewhere in the code, but you can be pretty sure it's hard-coded.
    – Nogard
    Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 21:10
  • @Nogard I'm hoping that's not the answer, but that's where my mind is on it too 😅 lol Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 21:37
  • I’ve seen it, you just need yo spawn in a swamp biome for this to occur
    – Deer492
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 13:30

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According to Minecraft wiki:

The player spawns within a 5-block radius of the point selected in the chosen biome, sometimes resulting in the player spawning outside the intended spawn biome, ending up in a beach, river, or swamp biome. It is also possible (but rare) for a player to spawn initially underwater and start drowning

However, it was labeled by several users as a bug on MCPE, and it's still unresolved. It's possible this could be true also for other platforms.


I'm not exactly sure about players spawning underwater, but I have had a bonus chest spawn in a deep cave underwater (Caves and Cliffs Part 2 experimental) and I found it way after I spawned into the game not knowing where my chest was. Maybe the world generated slowly and it put you in the game early just to find out you spawned underwater. I'm guessing that's pretty rare though! Hope this helps.

  • I was on Minecraft ps4 bedrock edition! Commented Aug 4, 2021 at 20:18

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