Minecraft 1.16 – 1st Nether Update Snapshot Released

5th February 2020
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A Minecraft Java Snapshot

The first snapshot for 1.16, the “Nether Update” is here, and we’re very excited to share it with you! This snapshot contains new biomes, blocks, and a fancy new ore called “ancient debris”.


  • Added new Nether blocks!
  • Knockback resistance is now a scale instead of a probability
  • Added Crimson Forest biome to the Nether
  • Added Hoglins – they don’t do much yet, but they have cute flappy ears!
  • Patrols no longer spawn when the player is close to any village
  • Added Netherite!
  • Added Soulsand Valley biome to the Nether
  • Walls do not have gaps anymore when stacked vertically
  • Added Warped Forest biome to the Nether


Many new block types have been added!

  • Two new wood-like materials – Crimson Stems and Warped Stems
  • Basalt blocks – you can find them as pillars but they can be placed in any direction
  • New ground surface blocks: Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium
  • New vegetation: Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots and Warped Roots
  • Two types of Fungi: Crimson and Warped – try using bone meal to grow them!
  • Warped Wart blocks
  • Weeping Vines that grow from the bottom of a block downwards!
  • A new natural light source: Shroomlights
  • Added Soul Soil! Whenever fire burns on Soul Soil, it burns with a blue flame!
  • Soul Soil can be used to craft Soul Torches – and those can be crafted into Soul Lanterns!
  • Using bone meal on Netherrack can now spread Nylium


Crimson Forests can now be found in the Nether!

  • Crimson nylium carpets the cave floor with all kinds of strange new vegetation
  • Huge Crimson Fungi make up the “trees” of this forest, with Shroomlights lighting up the forest floor
  • Weeping Vines grow from the cave ceilings and fungi
  • Hoglins wander these forests
  • Crimson spores swirl through the air


  • A new high-level material found in the Nether. Use it to upgrade your diamond gear!


  • Mine Ancient Debris in the lower depths of the Nether. At own risk. No insurance coverage for that
  • Refine it into Netherite Scrap in a Furnace (although that’s kind of slow so you might want a Blast Furnace)
  • Combine 4 Nether Scrap with 4 Gold Ingots in a crafting table to make a Netherite Ingot


  • Netherite items float in lava so you don’t lose all your gear after that unplanned lava bath
  • Netherite items have higher enchantment value than diamond (but not as high as gold)
  • Netherite tools work faster and last longer than diamond
  • Netherite weapons do more damage than diamond
  • Netherite armor have higher toughness and durability than diamond
  • Netherite armor gives you knockback resistance, so you barely get knocked back at all when hit by arrows and such
  • …and it looks cool!


Soulsand Valleys can now be found in the Nether!

  • An open space made mostly of Soul Sand and Soul Soil
  • Basalt pillars span from floor to ceiling
  • Fossil remains of unknown creatures from the past litter the valley
  • Ash falls through the air
  • A light blue glow envelopes the valley
  • Beware of Skeletons here!


  • Ghasts sounds are now heard at a shorter range
  • Updated block sounds for Bone Blocks, Netherrack, Soul Sand, Netherwart, Nether Bricks and Quartz Ore


Warped Forests can now be found in the Nether!

  • Warped nylium carpets the cave floor with all kinds of strange new vegetation
  • Huge Warped Fungi make up the “trees” of this forest, with Shroomlights lighting up the forest floor
  • A dark blue fog covers the forest
  • Warped spores swirl through the air
  • The Warped Forests are strange, but also the least hostile place of Nether


  • The old Nether biome is now called Nether Wastes
  • Made shipwrecks and ocean ruins a bit less common, so you get more excited when you find one!


  • Added a locatebiome command



New command that locates a specified biome. Useful in creative mode when you’re
looking for a specific biome and don’t want to fly around randomly searching for it.
Syntax: locatebiome <biome>

  • biome – The id of the biome to find


  • New particle types: ash, crimson_spore, soul_fire_flame and warped_spore


  • Nailed Entity shadows to the ground.


  • MC-17431 – Shift-clicking stacked items with a data tag into the enchanting table GUI removes data tags from the moved item
  • MC-45619 – Water, Signs, Vines, Torches etc. in the same block as item frame break item frame’s redstone signal
  • MC-52178 – Cape doesn’t move down while sneaking / Cape detaches from body while sneaking
  • MC-59363 – Items in item frames are deleted if both mouse buttons are used simultaneously
  • MC-82235 – Baby pigs turn into adult zombie pigmen when struck by lightning
  • MC-92889 – Mending doesn’t always consume experience if the player wears items with mending that are already fully repaired
  • MC-93198 – Throwing potions / throwable projectiles causes both hands to bob up and down
  • MC-93631 – Pistons pop off blocks attached to their back when retracting
  • MC-96436 – Eggs/snowballs/xp-bottles break instantly when thrown while riding a horse
  • MC-97958 – Small slime has no jump or squish sound
  • MC-103655 – Cats don’t stand up when using right click on them while they’re sitting on chests or beds
  • MC-109370 – Bottom face of column blocks are rotated 180 degrees
  • MC-109844 – en_us.json contains unused strings
  • MC-109850 – Redstone wire doesn’t have a bottom texture
  • MC-112630 – Carrot on a stick cannot be broken
  • MC-113381 – Falling dust particles of anvil and concrete powder blocks are black
  • MC-120335 – Flower pot bottom texture is not rendered because of incorrect “uv” values in the model file
  • MC-131440 – The message for trying to sleep at the wrong time implies that you can only sleep at night during a thunderstorm
  • MC-131770 – Rain particles appear one block below the water or lava surface
  • MC-132607 – Splitting slimes and magma cubes do not copy NoAI value
  • MC-134162 – Item entities can break turtle eggs
  • MC-136868 – Ignited TNT, arrow or trident turns black when it falls on soul sand or snow layers
  • MC-138600 – Cats don’t bring gifts if they have already decided to sit on your bed
  • MC-140544 – Pickaxes don’t speed up piston breaking
  • MC-148474 – Sloped powered detector rails break when pushed or pulled by a piston
  • MC-149052 – Stonecutter recipe list doesn’t show item tooltips
  • MC-149776 – Cartography Table requires string for the recipe to show up in the recipe book
  • MC-150020 – Composter is in the “Miscellaneous” category instead of “Decoration” like the other workstation blocks
  • MC-154867 – Tamed cats remain sitting if the world is reloaded while the cat is sitting on a chest
  • MC-158807 – You can remove cursed enchantments on items by repairing them in inventory
  • MC-159300 – Villagers that have been infected by a zombie can despawn, even if they have been traded with
  • MC-159773 – Shulkers can teleport to non-solid faces, and don’t teleport to some solid faces
  • MC-159918 – Foxes don’t run from polar bears
  • MC-159963 – Minecarts can break turtle eggs
  • MC-160897 – Dropping an item using the drop key displays the hand animation but dropping items from within the inventory does not
  • MC-160902 – Arm swings when right-clicking on full minecart
  • MC-161156 – Silverfish and endermites appear black on soul sand
  • MC-161259 – Using the carrot on a stick while riding a pig plays no hand animation
  • MC-162881 – Composter doesn’t display particles when being fed composting items through a hopper
  • MC-163286 – /setblock ~ ~ ~ air destroy does not destroy liquids
  • MC-164184 – Breaking a shulker box with contents in Creative mode drops the block at an incorrect location
  • MC-164948 – Entity shadow renders through transparent blocks
  • MC-167077 – Foxes sleep on top of honey blocks, even in broad daylight
  • MC-167512 – Glass in the hand is rendered differently depending on the “Clouds” setting
  • MC-167989 – Spawn point is not set when monsters are nearby
  • MC-168540 – Threads created by net.minecraft.Util.backgroundExecutor() have misleading names
  • MC-168772 – Experience orbs can crush turtle eggs
  • MC-169679 – Composters do not make sounds when fed by hoppers
  • MC-169692 – Entity shadow floats slightly above the ground
  • MC-169832 – Transparent item models have inconsistent rendering when a glowing entity is present
  • MC-170128 – Cannot build an EntityType without a datafixer due to an IllegalArgumentException


To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the “Installations” tab.

Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

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