Answering Gaming Questions with AI – Finding a Warm Ocean in Minecraft

Back again with another edition of AI Question Time, where I ask the AIs a gaming related question that I have asked here on the blog in the past to see how the AIs answer it.

AIs thinking about video game questions… drawn by an AI

The questions so far:

This week I have decided to go a bit more specific, focusing on a question that brings a lot of traffic to this site.  That question is:

How do i find a warm ocean in Minecraft?

Seriously, almost every month the number one Google search that sends people here is the search for a warm ocean.  This is because I wrote a post about my own search for a warm ocean, which was kind of a big deal back when the aquatic update landed.

Minecraft under the sea

So Google sends a lot of people here looking for an answer.  Unfortunately, my post is about how I did it the hard way, sailing around all over until I eventually found a warm ocean and all the coral and cool stuff that goes with it.

After the traffic to that post continued, I eventually put an addendum at the top directing people to go find their world seed and bring it over to Chunkbase, which will then display where you can find the various biomes in your world.

So those have been my answers, either do it the hard way or cheat.  Those are not great alternatives, so we have a chance for the three starring AIs to show me up with some better options.

First up is Bing AI which, as usual, gets straight to the answers.

To find a warm ocean in Minecraft, you need to explore the Overworld and look for a biome that has a warm ocean. A warm ocean is a water biome that is filled with tropical fish, pufferfish, squids, and coral reefs². It has a light blue color and a temperature of 0.5¹.

There are a few ways to locate a warm ocean biome in Minecraft:

  • You can use a seed that spawns you in or near a warm ocean biome. For example, the seed 1404986100 will spawn you on an island surrounded by a warm ocean biome².
  • You can use the /locatebiome command to find the coordinates of the nearest warm ocean biome. For example, type /locatebiome minecraft:warm_ocean and press Enter. The game will display the coordinates of the nearest warm ocean biome in the chat window. You can then use the /tp command to teleport to those coordinates.
  • You can use an online tool such as Chunk Base to generate a map of your world and highlight the biomes. You can then look for the light blue areas that indicate warm ocean biomes and travel to them in-game.
  • You can use an in-game map or compass to navigate the Overworld and look for warm ocean biomes. You can also use a boat or an elytra to travel faster on water or in the air.

I hope this helps you find a warm ocean biome in Minecraft. Have fun exploring!

(1) Warm Ocean in Minecraft
(2) Ocean – Minecraft Wiki
(3) Around the Block: Lukewarm Ocean

We have my two responses covered, with Bing specifically mentioning Chunk Base (or is it Chunkbase?) as an option as well as giving some helpful tips on how to do it the hard way.

It also provides a world seed that will create a world where you start off in a warm ocean, which is good for those who are rolling up a new world and really want the warm ocean experience.

Finally it provides an in-game command to get coordinates for the nearest warm ocean and how to teleport to that location.  That is very direct, though I believe you have to have been granted admin level rights to be able to go that route.

All in all, a couple of options outside of what I had to offer, examples of what to do, names named, and even a command to try out.  Pretty comprehensive really.  My only wish is that it would have mentioned how to get your world seed if it was going to use that as an example.

Grade: A-

Then we have Google Bard.

Here are some tips on how to find a warm ocean in Minecraft:

  • Look for coral reefs. Warm oceans are the only biomes that have coral reefs. If you see coral reefs, you’re in a warm ocean.
  • Look for warm-water fish. Warm oceans are home to a variety of warm-water fish, such as tropical fish, pufferfish, and cod. If you see these fish, you’re in a warm ocean.
  • Look for the right biome temperature. Warm oceans have a biome temperature of 0.5 or higher. You can use a thermometer to check the biome temperature of your surroundings.
  • Use a biome finder. There are a number of online tools that can help you find warm oceans in Minecraft. These tools use your seed to generate a map of your world, which you can then use to find warm oceans.

Once you’ve found a warm ocean, you can explore it for all sorts of resources, such as coral, seashells, and fish. You can also build a home in a warm ocean, or even start a coral reef farm.

That isn’t very helpful really.  The first three points are things you would need to actually FIND a warm ocean first in order to see.  It might have been useful to mention that the coral reefs have things that glow at night, so they are much easier to find in the dark… but that didn’t come up.

Finally it kind of gives up and say you should take your map seed and go use a biome finder.  I suppose you could just go Google that to find one… be nice if it just mentioned one being you’re on Google already.

And then, having dispensed with that, it tells you that you can build a home in a warm ocean, which sounds wet.  I might build one on the shore.  But maybe this is Bard’s way of telling me to go jump in a lake… or ocean… or whatever.

Basically, it doesn’t get a failing grade because it wrote “biome finder” in its response.

Grade: D

Then there is ChatGPT.

To find a warm ocean in Minecraft, you need to travel to a specific biome that has the warm ocean biome. Here are the steps to find a warm ocean in Minecraft:

  1. Look for a world that has been generated with the Aquatic Update or later, as that’s when the warm ocean biome was added to the game. If you’re playing on an older version of Minecraft, you may not be able to find a warm ocean biome.
  2. Once you’re in a world with the Aquatic Update or later, look for an ocean biome. You can find oceans by looking for large bodies of water that surround the land.
  3. Once you’ve found an ocean, check the temperature of the water. Warm oceans are characterized by water temperatures of 1.5 – 2.0 degrees Celsius.
  4. If the water is warm, you’ll see a coral reef structure and various tropical fish swimming around. This is a sign that you’ve found a warm ocean biome.

If you’re having trouble finding a warm ocean biome, you can also use the “/locate” command in Minecraft to locate the nearest warm ocean biome. Simply open the chat window and type “/locate biome minecraft:warm_ocean” to get the coordinates of the nearest warm ocean biome.

Hrmm… with the past prompts ChatGPT has generally excelled because it has been creative… at least compared to the other two.  This time… maybe it doesn’t do details.

It starts out rough with that first sentence, stating essentially that to find a warm ocean you need to find a warm ocean.  I thought we could take it as read that it was a biome, but silly me and my assumptions.

Then it does make sure you know you need to at least have the Aquatic update.  I will hand it that, as that was another thing I though could just be assumed, but I see the wisdom in checking.

Then, in what I would assume would be the actual meat of any response, it basically says to go find a warm ocean biome.  Not helpful.  That I am sure could be assumed.

Then we’re on about the temperature.   I get it, all three list out the temperature, that being an obvious characteristic of an ocean we deem to be “warm” I guess.  But there isn’t a thermometer in game… or wasn’t when I last checked… and there are about a dozen obvious visual cues that would serve a user better… like all the stuff in the next point.

Then, after all of that it finally goes with the /locate command to get the coordinates of the nearest warm ocean.  A solid response, though I believe you have to have sufficient rights if you’re on somebody’s server to use that command.

Basically, that is all the game it brings.  Like Bard, it didn’t fail, but it didn’t exactly shower the user with useful information either.

Grade: D-

So, in a surprise turn after the previous questions, Bing AI is the clear winner, literally shaming the other two AIs and doing better than I could manage, with a couple of creative options that wouldn’t have necessarily occurred to me.

It has been noted that Bing AI is geared more as an AI search engine assistant rather than something to help you craft notes from Epstein’s mother.  It is not as expressive, even though I run it in the most creative setting, but it does pull up facts and provides some sources.

So if you need to find a warm ocean, or a forest mansion, or a desert temple, Bing AI should be your choice.

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