Minecraft updates: The latest Java and Bedrock patch notes


What are the latest Minecraft patch notes? A decade into Minecraft’s life, it’s still one of the most-played games around. In 2020 there are two version of Minecraft still getting regular updates: Minecraft Java, the original, and Minecraft Bedrock, the modern version built to run across Windows, mobile, and consoles. Minecraft Bedrock is always playing catch up with Java’s features, but there’s a good reason for that. Mojang uses Java as a testing ground for Minecraft’s newest features and typically irons out issues by the time they reach Bedrock.

This is our running catalog of what’s new in both versions of Minecraft. Read up on Minecraft Java’s latest patch notes on this page and head over to page two for Minecraft Bedrock patch notes.

Page 1: Minecraft Java patch notes
Page 2:
Minecraft bedrock patch notes

Latest Minecraft Snapshot updates

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Minecraft’s big Nether update still hasn’t seen official release, but Mojang’s latest Snapshot builds have added even more to the region that gives players more of a reason to stick around and explore. Like the Nether update itself, there’s no saying when these features will be added to the live game.

Snapshot 20W11A

  • Added Soul Speed enchantment
  • Added Twisting Vines that grow upwards
  • Nether gold ore can now be found in the nether – it is just like gold ore, but more Nether-y
  • Bone meal can now be used to grow kelp, weeping vines and twisting vines
  • Hoes are now the appropriate tools for mining Hay, Targets, Dried Kelp Blocks, Shroomlights, Nether Wart Blocks and Warped Wart Blocks
  • Doors, rails, buttons, pressure plates, redstone and more can now be placed on soulsand and full-block of snow layers
  • Soul sand with a rail on top will no longer slow-down minecarts
  • TNT and Campfires will now ignite when hit by any burning projectile
  • Bell blocks will now ring when hit by any projectile

Snapshot 20W10A

  • Added crimson and warped hyphae – all-sided “stem” blocks including stripped variations
  • Use a smithing table to fuse the Netherite ingot with your diamond weapon/tool/armor
  • New ambient sounds for the Nether biomes
  • Fish now despawn when further than 64 blocks away from the closest player
  • Hoes are now more like other tools used to break blocks
  • Updated the Netherite item textures
  • Bartering loot has been tweaked once again to bring back Soul Sand, make Netherite Hoes less common, and remove/add items to better fit survival players
  • Each Hoe tier has different speed at which Hoes mine blocks they are effective against
  • Hoes can now be enchanted with the following enchantments: Efficiency, Fortune, Silk Touch
  • Those enchantments can now be provided through the enchanting table.

Minecraft Java update (Upcoming): The Nether Update

Minecraft Netherwart Forest

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Minecraft’s big Nether update is still on the horizon, but it’s available to play as of snapshot 1.16. Below is everything we know about what’s coming and what’s there to try right now. Remember: if you want to play Minecraft snapshots, back up your current worlds. They tend to be unstable.

New biomes

Soulsand Valley
Teeming with skeletons, Soulsand Valley is a spooky region filled with fossilised remains. The sky is thick with ash and the land is bathed in an eerie blue light. An area resting on Soul Sand and Soul Soil, this valley is heavily populated with Basalt pillars.

Warped Forests
A funky fungi forest. Shroomlights illuminate the dark walkways of a forest where Warped Fungi manifest as tall, tree-like structures. Warped Spores hang in the air like unfallen snowflakes as a blue fog shrouds the forest. Surprisingly, this is the safest area in the Nether.

Crimson Forests
Similar to the Warped Forests, Crimson Forests provide the perfect conditions for fungi and Shroomlights to thrive. Crimson Nylium is found everywhere, and Crimson Spores clog the air. Weeping Vines hang low from ceilings and Hoglins are found patrolling their territory.

New enemies

Piglins
Piglin mobs are hostile by default and love collecting gold. In fact, they love gold so much that they won’t attack you if you’re wearing gold armour. Turn up in your best golden ensemble and Piglins will even barter with you. Good luck negotiating with them, though.  

Hoglins
Previously referred to as Piglin Beasts, Hoglins are a mysterious species. Very little is known about them, other than the fact that they have floppy ears and aren’t capable of doing much, yet. Their huge tusks make them look threatening, but oddly sweet. 

Netherite ore

Netherite is a new high level ore that’s even stronger than diamond. You can upgrade your diamond tools with it, but acquiring some is a little more complicated than slapping a block with a pickaxe.

Here’s how to craft with Netherite

  • Head to the lower depths of the Nether. 
  • Use a Blast Furnace to transform the material into Netherite Scrap.
  • Add 4 Gold Ingots and 4 Netherite Scrap to a crafting table to craft a Netherite Ingot.

New blocks

The Nether update is also bringing a bunch of new blocks to spruce up your nether home and further complicate redstone contraptions.

  • Target blocks: hit with an arrow to send out a redstone signal.
  • Crimson Stems and Warped Stems: wood-like materials.
  • Basalt blocks: similar to pillars and can be placed in any direction.
  • Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium: ground surface blocks. Nylium can be spread by using bone meal on Netherrack.
  • Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots and Warped Roots: vegetation blocks.
  • Crimson Fungi and Warped Fungi: can be grown using bone meal.
  • Weeping Vines: vines grow from the bottom of the block.
  • Shroomlights: a source of natural light.
  • Soul Soil: when fire touches this soil the flames turn blue.
  • Warped Warts: decorative blocks.

Minecraft Java update: 1.15.2 patch notes

minecraft update 1.15

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Patch 1.15.2 has a bit more meat on the bones than 15.1. We’ve got small changes to how bees bee-have when using a silk touch tool and extensive changes to hive spawn rates in certain biomes. Bees are still relatively rare, so get to hunting! See the official patch notes page here.

  • Bees no longer anger when a nearby nest/hive is destroyed using a silk touch tool
  • Added doPatrolSpawning and doTraderSpawning game rules that control spawning of patrols and wandering traders, respectively
  • Added gui_light option in block models to allow controlling light when rendering model as item in GUI
  • Controls light when rendering block model inside slot. If set to side, model will be rendered like block. If set to front,  model is shaded like flat item
  • Any birch or oak sapling grown near a flower within 2 blocks distance on the same y-level has a 5% chance of having a bee nest
  • Bee Nests now have a 2% chance of spawning in Flower Forests
  • Bee Nests now have a 0.2% chance of spawning in Forest, Wooded Hills, Birch Forest, Tall Birch Forest, Birch Forest Hills, and Tall Birch Hills biomes
  • Fixed bugs

Minecraft Java update: 1.15.1 patch notes

Patch 1.15.1 is a simple little patch with mostly full of bug fixes. No new content, but important improvements nonetheless! Head here for the official patch page.

  • Optimized chunk rendering performance, especially for chunks with many different block states
  • Fixed an error spammed to the game’s log files caused by custom spawner blocks spawning villagers
  • Improved network handling of invalid Biome ids
  • Fixed a crash in the Realms screen
  • Fixed bugs
  • Removed Herobrine

Minecraft Java update: 1.15 patch notes

Minecraft Java 1.15 adds something that not enough of our real world appreciates enough: bees! Minecraft bees live in bee nests that spawn in flowery biomes. They pollinate flowers and crops to help them grow better, fill nests and craftable hives with honey, and can captured and farmed.

For everything else bees can do and more in this update, check out the full patch notes. Here are the highlights:

  • Added Bees
  • Added Bee Nests and Hives
  • Added Honeycomb
  • Added some dispenser functionality
  • Minecraft: Java Edition now requires OpenGL 2.0
  • New function for loot tables called copy_state
  • Fixed bugs

Minecraft Java update: 1.14.4 patch notes

Looking through the Minecraft update 1.14.4 patch notes, minor adjustments and a variety of fixes dot the landscape. Adjustments to villager behavior, the new sieges, and some multiplayer settings changes are the highlights.

For access to the full patch notes including bugfixes, check here.

  • Fixed bugs.
  • Performance improvements.
  • Suspicious stew made from poppies now gives you night vision instead of speed.
  • Added /debug report for getting more detailed information.
  • Fixed a memory leak.
  • Removed camera pivot offset in first-person.
  • Improved chunk loading when traveling at high speed.
  • Fixed incorrect Pillager texture.
  • /reload and /forceload are now available to gamemasters.
  • function-permission-level is a new setting in server.properties that controls which commands functions have access to.
  • Villagers now stock more items.
  • Villagers will now remember their gossip after becoming a Zombie Villager .
  • Improved performance of Villager pathfinding.
  • Villagers can now work without also restocking at the same time.
  • Gossip about players who converted a zombie villager will now last longer.
  • The Player Activity button on the Realm screen has been removed.
  • Villagers now wait with restocking until they have trades that need restocking.
  • Village sieges no longer occur on mushroom islands.
  • Mobs will no longer try to pathfind their way through bamboo.
  • Pinged the human.

Minecraft Java update: 1.14.3 patch notes

Check here for the full patch notes, including bugfixes

  • Items can now be repaired by crafting them together again.
  • Reverted the enchanting system to how it was before 1.14.
  • Torches, lanterns and pressure plates can now be placed on glass panes and iron bars.
  • Lanterns can now be attached below iron bars and glass panes.
  • Saturation is no longer required for the “How did we get here?” advancement.
  • You can now turn off raids with ‘/gamerule disableRaids true’
  • Villagers that are panicking now have a bigger chance of spawning Iron Golems, assuming they can occasionally work and sleep
  • “Last slept” and “last worked” is now saved properly for Villagers
  • Farmers now spend more time farming when they are working
  • Farmers can now always give away food even if other villagers don’t need it
  • Improved performance
  • Fixed bugs

Patrol Changes:

Minecraft Java update: 1.14.2 patch notes

You can find the full patch notes, with bugfixes, over here.

  • All light will now be re-calculated the first time you open a world saved in a previous version
  • Errors encountered while loading regions now print more diagnostics to the log file
  • Fixed so parrots can spawn on grass blocks and not only on grass
  • Added server-side chunk count to debug screen
  • Modified raider spawning so they can only ever spawn in fully loaded chunks
  • Increased search radius for bell when starting a raid from 48 to 64 blocks
  • Fixed bugs

Minecraft Java Village & Pillage update: 1.14.0 patch notes

Minecraft – Village & Pillage – 1.14.0 patch notes

For the full listing, including technical changes and bug fixes, check here.

General Features Overview

  • Lots of accessibility improvements.
  • Added bamboo blocks into the game.
  • Added bamboo jungles in the world.
  • Added barrels.
  • Added the bell.
  • Added yummy sweet berries and sweet berry bushes to the game.
  • Added blast furnace.
  • Rewrote the book & quill editing to be more intuitive.
  • Added campfire.
  • Added cartography table.
  • Split cats and ocelots to their own creatures and updated cats with new features.
  • Added composter.
  • Added crossbows.
  • Added lots of new blocks.
  • Added lots of new decorative blocks.
  • Added fletching table.
  • Added new dyes and flowers.
  • Added some community suggestions.
  • Updated the credits list.
  • Added in-game buttons for reporting bugs or giving feedback.
  • Improvements to invisibility to allow it to correctly work in many cases where it didn’t but you’d expect it to.
  • Added grindstone functionality.
  • Added ‘Hero of the Village’ effect.
  • Added leather horse armor.
  • Added lantern.
  • Added lectern.
  • Added loom.
  • Existing special banner patterns can now be crafted into a new item that is not consumed when used, Banner Patterns.
  • Added a new “Globe” banner pattern and item.
  • We’re now using the new textures.
  • Added new noteblock sounds.
  • Added pandas.
  • Added foxes.
  • Added Illager patrols.
  • Added Pillagers.
  • Added Pillager outpost.
  • Added raids.
  • Added Ravager.
  • Added Wandering Trader.
  • Added scaffolding.
  • Rewrote the sign editing to be more intuitive.
  • Added smithing table.
  • Added smoker.
  • Added stonecutter.
  • Added suspicious stew.
  • Trading changes.
  • Villager changes.
  • Biome based architecture for villages.

Accessibility

  • There’s a new Accessibility menu which provides a useful place for all of our accessibility features to be toggled.
  • When the narrator is turned on, buttons will be narrated on focus.
  • Most screens allow tab and shift+tab navigation through buttons, edit boxes and other UI elements.
  • Most lists allow up/down arrow keys to navigate through them.
  • We’ve added a new option for turning up the background of all transparent text elements, which should help make them more readable for some people.

Bamboo

  • Can be found in Jungles and the two new biomes: bamboo jungle and bamboo jungle hills.
  • Can grow to a max height of 12 to 16 blocks.
  • When sprinkled with bone meal, bamboo will grow with one or two bamboo blocks on the top.
  • When struck with a sword, bamboo will instantly break.
  • Two bamboo can be crafted into a single stick.
  • Can be used as fuel, with four bamboo required to smelt a single item.
  • Bamboo can be placed into flower pots.
  • Bamboo can also be found in shipwrecks and jungle temples.

Barrels

  • Store things in them!
  • Rotate them!
  • Find them in villages!

Bells

  • Trade with certain villagers to obtain the bell
  • Use the bell to alert villagers of nearby danger
  • A villager will ring the bell to alert other villagers of an impending raid
  • Ringing bells reveals all nearby mobs that can appear in raids

Berries

  • Delicious!
  • Not very filling!
  • Plant your berries in the ground and look with your special eyes as they grow up into a strong, independent bush!

Berry Bush

  • Commonly found in taiga, taiga hills, and taiga mountains
  • Rarely found in snowy taiga and snowy taiga hills and snowy taiga mountains
  • You can stand inside them, but be careful, it will hurt to move
  • Has four stages of growth: sapling, no berries, some berries, full berries
  • Drops one or two berries in younger stage, then two or three in full growth stage
  • Supports bone meal!
  • Doesn’t support silk touch!

Biome-based Architecture for Villages

  • Villages have recieved an updated look, with several new themes
  • The theme depends on the biome the village is in, taking both climate and to available resources into consideration
  • Uses the new mysterious jigsaw block for generation
  • Adds new structure files, quite many actually

Blast Furnace

  • A new furnace upgrade that allows for smelting ores and melting metals faster than the traditional furnace
  • Can be crafted via three smooth stone, one furnace, and five iron ingots
  • Added to world gen in some villager buildings

Campfire

  • A decorative fireplace without fire spread
  • Cooks up to four foods, but slowly
  • Acts as a smoke signal you can see very (VERY!) far away when a hay bale is below (hint: think note blocks!)
  • Cosy light source
  • Can be lit/unlit

Cartography Table

  • New functional block that provides an easier and simpler way of cloning, extending, and locking of maps
  • New map functionality with cartography table
    • Map Locking: allows you to lock maps in the cartography table with a glass pane so that they can no longer be modified
  • Map Locking: allows you to lock maps in the cartography table with a glass pane so that they can no longer be modified
  • Fancy UI to more closely represent what the recipes actually do functionally
  • Crafted with two planks and two paper

Cat and Ocelot Split

  • Stray cats can be tamed
  • Tamed cats can give lovely (or less lovely) morning gifts to their owners
  • Ocelots can’t be tamed, but might start trusting you if you feed them with fish
  • Phantoms are terribly scared of cats – how convenient!
  • Cat collars can now be dyed
  • Added several new cat skins!

Community Suggestions

  • Leaves now have a small chances to drop sticks
  • Chorus fruit flowers now break when shot by an arrow
  • Dead bushes can now be used as furnace fuel
  • Rabbit stew and beetroot soup have been changed to a shapeless recipe
  • Creepers will now drop records when killed by Stray in addition to skeletons
  • Dispensers with shears in them will now shear sheep that have wool in front of them
  • TNT and TNT minecart explosions now have 100% drop rate

Composter

  • Instead of eating your veggies you can make fertilizer from it!
  • Crafted with 3 planks and 4 fences

Crossbows

To charge the crossbow, hold down the “Use” button. Once the crossbow string has been pulled all the way back, let go. Your crossbow is now loaded and ready to shoot with a single click of the “Use” button.”

  • Shoots arrows with base power slightly stronger than the bow, but has less durability
  • Three unique enchantments
  • Fun, challenging advancements
  • New loading mechanics
  • Unique load animation

Enchantments

Three new enchantments for Crossbows.

Decorative Blocks

  • Changed all existing stone slabs to smooth stone slabs (same look, new name!)
  • Changed all existing signs to oak signs (same look, new name!)
  • Made smooth stone slabs craftable from smooth stone
  • Added spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark oak signs
  • You can now right click on signs with dyes to change the text colour
  • Added stone stairs and slabs
  • Added granite stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added polished granite stairs and slabs
  • Added diorite stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added polished diorite stairs and slabs
  • Added andesite stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added polished andesite stairs and slabs
  • Added sandstone walls
  • Added smooth red sandstone stairs and slabs
  • Added smooth quartz stairs and slabs
  • Added brick walls
  • Added stone brick walls
  • Added mossy stone brick stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added nether brick walls
  • Added end stone brick stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added prismarine walls
  • Added red sandstone walls
  • Added red nether brick stairs, slabs and walls
  • Added smooth sandstone stairs and slabs
  • Added mossy cobblestone stairs and slabs
  • Made smooth stone obtainable by smelting stone
  • Made smooth sandstone obtainable by smelting sandstone
  • Made smooth red sandstone obtainable by smelting red sandstone
  • Made smooth quartz obtainable by smelting quartz block
  • Changed the recipe of nether brick fence to four brick blocks and two brick items
  • Changed the recipe of signs to require all of the same wood type, not any wood type

Dyes

  • Separated bone meal, ink sac, cocoa beans, and lapis lazuli into their own dyes
  • Unified all dye names (red, yellow, and green dyes no longer have special names)
  • Added new recipes to obtain coloured stained glass and coloured carpet

Fletching Table

  • Crafted with four planks and two flint
  • Villagers use it as a work site

Flowers

  • Added cornflower, wither rose and lily of the valley
  • Be careful of the wither rose!

Foxes

  • Foxes come in two variants: red and snowy
  • Foxes are nocturnal
  • Foxes will hunt rabbits, chickens, and fish
  • Foxes are hunted by wolves and polar bears
  • Foxes are nimble and quick, so sneak up on them carefully!
  • Breed foxes with berries
  • If you breed two foxes, their offspring will trust you forever
  • Trusting foxes will defend you, but will still eat your chickens
  • Foxes like to eat any and every food item they find on the ground
  • You may find a fox exploring a nearby village at night

Grindstone

  • Moved inventory and crafting table repairing into the grindstone, this will be its new home
  • Has the ability to remove all non-curse enchantments from an item; for each enchant removed some XP is reimbursed

Hero of the Village

  • Hero of the Village effect causes the cost of trades with villagers to be reduced by a percentage and scales with level of the effect.
  • Hero of the Village additionally causes Villagers to occassionally toss items to you to thank you!

Horse Leather Armor

  • Added a new armour type for horses
  • Dye it in lots of different colours

Illager Patrols

  • Spawn in the world as a pack of five random illagers
  • Spawn in all variations of the Plains, Taiga, Deserts, Savanna
  • Scary-spooky new banner can be found a top the patrol leaders head

Lantern

  • The lantern is a new light source
  • The lantern can be placed either hanging under a block or on top of a block
  • It gives slightly more light than the torch

Lectern

  • Right-click an empty lectern to place book
  • Right-click a lectern with book to open
  • Current page is persistent and shared between all readers
  • Emits redstone pulses when page is changed
  • Use a comparator to get book reading progress

Loom

  • New and easier way of being able to apply patterns to banners, can still only apply six max patterns to a banner
  • Generic patterns now only require one dye in order to create patterns, instead of one to eight (depending on the pattern)
  • Special banner patterns (oxeye daisy, creeper skull, wither skeleton skull, enchanted golden apple) can now be crafted. These patterns don’t consume the pattern item when used in the loom
  • Old pattern recipes in the crafting table for apply patterns to banners have been removed

New Blocks

  • Added barrel
  • Added smoker
  • Added blast furnace
  • Added cartography table
  • Added fletching table
  • Added grindstone
  • Added lectern
  • Added smithing table
  • Added stonecutter
  • Added village bell

New Textures

  • Renovated the old textures of Minecraft and polished them for a new beginning
  • If you’re feeling nostalgic you can always enable the old “Programmer Art” textures in the resource pack menu

Noteblock

  • 5 new Noteblock sounds have been added: Iron Xylophone, Cow Bell, Didgeridoo, Bit, and Banjo
  • 1 previously existing, but unused, sound effect has now been made available: Pling
  • The new Noteblock sounds can be heard by using Iron Blocks, Soul Sand, Pumpkins, Emerald Blocks, Hay Blocks, or Glowstone

Pandas

  • Pandas come in different types and personalities! 
  • Pandas love bamboo! They kinda like cake as well
  • Pandas can be bred, and the cubs can inherit traits through a special panda inheritance system
  • Pandas spawn naturally in the new bamboo forest biome
  • Pandas drop bamboo when killed.

Pillager

  • A new type of illager that, well, pillages!
  • Pillagers wield a new weapon, the crossbow!

Pillager Outpost

  • As if finding pillager patrols out in the wild wasn’t scary enough, keep an eye out during your explorations and you may just find one of their outposts
  • Can be found in any biome villages generates in
  • Takes advantage of the new mystery block, the jigsaw, for generation

Raids

  • If you find an illager wearing a banner on its head, be careful not to kill it!
  • If you do kill it, you might find yourself facing a ‘Bad Omen’
  • If you find yourself with a bad omen buff, be especially careful not to walk into a village
  • If you do walk into a village with it? Best of luck!

Ravager

  • A fearsome new foe who packs quite a wallop. Grab your sword and shield and prepare to get knocked around!

Rewrite of Book and Quill Editing

  • Movable cursor for free text editing
  • Selection support
  • Copy & paste
  • Keyboard and mouse handling
  • Improved page filling and line wrapping
  • Increased book length (100 pages)

Rewrite of Sign Editing

  • Movable cursor for free text editing
  • Selection support
  • Copy & paste

Scaffolding

  • Easily buildable
  • Easily destroyable
  • Easily climbable
  • Easily the best use of your Bamboo

Smithing Table

  • Crafted with 4 planks + 2 iron ingots
  • Villagers use it as a work site

Smoker

  • New furnace upgrade that allows for the smelting of foods faster than the traditional furnace
  • Can be crafted via four Logs, and one furnace
  • Added to world gen in some villager buildings

Stonecutter

  • New functional block that provides a simpler way to craft various stones (stairs, slabs, chiseled, and more)
  • Crafted with three stone + one iron ingot

Suspicious Stew

  • Found in buried ship treasure chests
  • Also craftable!
  • Whoever eats this stew will be imbued with an unknown effect for several seconds!
  • Whoever crafts the stew will know what effect they gave it

Trading Changes

  • Lots of new trades have been added
  • Villagers now level up in a new way
  • The trading UI is updated (WIP)
  • The trading prices now depend on your reputation and on demand
  • The villagers will restock up to two times per day (if they can work at their work station!)
  • Added visual trading; villagers will display the item they want to trade for your in-hand item

Villager Changes

  • Villagers and zombie villagers now have new fancy skins
  • Added mason profession
  • Cured zombie villagers retain their trades
  • Villagers now have a daily schedule. They will for example go to work and meet up at the village bell
  • Each villager will try to find their own bed and work station
  • Each profession has a specific block that works as a work station for them (e.g. lectern for the librarian and cauldron for the leatherworker)
  • Village detection is now based on beds, job sites, and meeting points instead of doors
  • Iron Golems will spawn when enough villagers meet

Wandering Trader

  • A mysterious trader that can be randomly found around
  • Provides various random trades from a variety of different biomes
  • Is escorted around by a few llama with some sweet new decorations! (Careful! They can be temperamental)

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