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What’s the story behind Disc 5 of Minecraft?

Minecraft implemented its third mysterious music disc, Disc 5, in the 1.19 update. The music disc, which was found split into nine pieces, is similar in tone to Minecraft discs 11 and 13. Rather than emitting pleasant, ambient music, these three discs tell a story through various unstressed sonic cues.

Disc 5 is found exclusively in pieces hidden in loot chests in underground ancient cities, originating in the deep dungeons. None of the traditional methods for obtaining music discs worked with this newly added disc, leading theorists to suspect that the disc’s story is linked to Ancient Cities/Deep Dark.

Theories have emerged that the new mysterious disc could tell the story of not only abandoned ancient cities, but the origins of the Warden.

Sound Analysis of Minecraft Music Disc 5


Disc 5 begins with the sound of a still, followed by a loud rumble that is cut off by a speeded-up sonic cue that suggests the quick passage of time. The next set of sounds emit the ominous noise of someone walking underground, especially on a dripstone.

These sounds of someone walking underground are all too familiar to those studying discs 11 and 13. Because all the individual stories in these three discs mainly take place underground.

The sounds of underground walking rapidly turn into character illuminating their flint and steel, the sound of bats swirling around them. The chirping sounds of bats further confirm that the character is actually completely drenched in the darkness of an open, underground cavern.

This lone character begins to march and is quickly joined by heavily armored soldiers in a simultaneous timely march. During their march the sound of their armor moving around can be heard, as well as the sounds of sirens in the background of their march.

When a switch (or lever) is pulled, the march stops abruptly, and the sound of large doors opening slowly followed by the whistle of a strong wind.

Unlike most of the sound cues heard on this disc, there is no direct match between the lever pulling/door cracking sound effects heard in disc 5 and the current sound cues located in audio files for Minecraft. It appears that new sound cues have been added specifically for this music disc, or perhaps these cues are hints of items that arrive in a future update for Minecraft.


The character takes a deep breath, only to hear a monster scream nearby. Suddenly, the disc takes a quick change in tone as the pleasant ambient music lasts for about twenty-three seconds. This is likely due to the fragments of music discs being found and combined with other music discs in the process.

After the music ends, bubbling lava can be heard. The character continues to rapidly walk underground, either towards a block of sapphires or an exposed sapphire geode. They then break a block of sapphires, which immediately triggers what seems to be a devastating cave-in.

The character quickly attempts to escape the falling cave and his footsteps can be heard transitioning from dripstone to stone and finally into dirt. Phantoms’ distant cries can be heard everywhere, making it likely that the character is relatively close to the surface of Minecraft Overworld.

The cave-in appears to have turned the character off, due to the sound of tools hammering desperately and coughing as the character, who is clearly out of torches, lighting a fire to see his dark surroundings. tries to.

The character, becoming anxious, attempts to escape, before another monstrous roar is heard.

The disc distorts and the scene changes abruptly, with the sound of distant explosions now ringing the confined cave system. The character is heard attempting to initiate a mythical mechanism as they pour sand and scrape an instrument against the stone before hearing the sound of mechanical noises.

The mechanism appears to be more than just a redstone contraption, as after hearing the character rumble with it, eerie voices can be heard whispering in the background. The voices are similar to the voices whispered in the Soul Sand Valleys.


The explosions in the background become louder and more frequent, before finally detonating in the surrounding area. A monster, in a way, appears to break through the crater created by the explosion, but is interrupted by the reverberating sound of glass breaking.

A loud squeak is heard, like the reverberating sound of breaking glass, tormented souls are released. Together, the signs sound similar to the humming sound of a portal being opened.

The character moves toward the portal as his hump intensifies. The crackling sound of the Skulk sensor plays as the character approaches, which is then signaled by the Warden’s powerful roar. With the roar of this terrifying beast the sound of the death of The Wither is heard.

Music Disc of Minecraft 5: The Haunting Story of Settlers Who Summoned a Terrible Monster in Ancient Cities

It’s hard to gain a firm grasp on how the story being told in Disc 5 fits into the larger knowledge of Minecraft. That said, there are several theories about the story being told on this fragmentary music disc detailing the origins of the now-abandoned ancient cities and the involvement of the warden.


Towards the end of the music disc, the sound of a portal opening can be heard. It is only after this portal is opened that the disc plays a sound signal from the Skull sensor and the warden.

Ancient cities arise with a large, broken portal near their center. The face of that portal is the same size as the head of The Warden. It is likely that this huge portal is the one being opened on Disc 5 of Minecraft.

Likewise, it is likely that this portal was able to reach the home dimension of the Skulk Bloks and the Warden. The settlers who once occupied these underground ancient cities opened this portal as an attempt to escape the wrath of The Wisdom.

When he opened it, however, the sinister warden (as well as the Skulk Bloks) was able to come through and not only defeat The Wither, but infect ancient cities.

There is evidence around the now-abandoned underground cities that the settlers attempted to stay in their homes when they accidentally gave birth to wardens. Quickly learning that the animal was blind and could only hear footsteps, they laid down wool and carpets in their town to deafen their presence.

Unfortunately, the simple act of opening his chest can trigger the Skulk sensor and summon the warden.

It is unknown what happened to the settlers before the complete abandonment of the ancient cities. Some Minecraft theories speculate that they then built strongholds that lead to the end, while others believe that they were all killed by wardens.

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