It's finally here, folks...our first Java 1.17 Snapshot! There are alot of really awesome new features and blocks with this update. The developers have done such an incredible job so far. Also, interesting to note, it seems that Bedrock Beta updates are focusing on the Cliffs side the update and Java Snapshots are dealing with the Caves side of the update. I love this strategy. That way the Minecraft Community are able to get a glimpse of the entire update in a broader sense. What are your favorite feature of this latest Java Snapshot?
A Minecraft Java Snapshot
Good things come to those who wait, and we believe you've waited long enough. The first Caves & Cliffs snapshot is finally here and ready to enter the Java Edition of Minecraft! We hope that you're as excited about this as we are, because this snapshot brings you a variety of features, some changes to existing features, and a few technical changes. All of it is listed in this blog post, and we can't wait to see you experiment with it all.
NEW FEATURES IN 20W45A
Added lava cauldron!
Added lightning rod!
Added tinted glass!
A shulker hitting a shulker with a shulker bullet can make a new shulker.
Amethyst comes in block form inside the geodes in two ways: block of amethyst and budding amethyst.
All types of Amethyst blocks (clusters included) create beautiful sounds when you walk on them, break them, place them, or hit them with a projectile – go make some music!
Amethyst clusters grow from budding amethyst, which can be found inside geodes.
Clusters have four growth stages: small amethyst bud, medium amethyst bud, large amethyst bud, and amethyst cluster.
Clusters can only grow when they are placed on budding amethyst blocks.
Fully-grown amethyst clusters drop four amethyst shards (or more with Fortune) when an iron pickaxe or higher is used, and drop nothing otherwise when broken.
Clusters can be silk touched at any stage.
These huge geodes can be found anywhere underground in the Overworld.
Amethyst geodes have an outer layer of a new stone called tuff.
Amethyst geodes have a second layer of another new block called calcite.
Amethyst geodes have an inner layer of various amethyst blocks.
Amethyst clusters drop four amethyst shards (or more with Fortune).
On any side of a budding amethyst block where there is air or a water source block, a small amethyst bud will eventually grow.
Amethyst Buds can only grow when attached to budding amethyst and will grow until they become amethyst clusters.
Bundles are items that hold other items.
A bundle can hold a mixture of items, but only one stack’s worth. For example, a bundle could fit:
32 dirt + 32 stone
32 dirt + 8 ender pearls
One of every color of wool, concrete, carpet and terracotta (64 blocks in total)
Or one diamond helmet
Use right-click to put an item into a bundle.
Right-click a bundle to empty it.
Wrap a present in a bundle and give it to your friend!
Candles come in all 16 colors + one uncolored variant.
Up to four can be placed in one block.
Candles allow you to properly wish someone a happy birthday.
Waterloggable! (But you cannot light them underwater, silly).
Wish anybody a happy birthday with a candle cake!
Cauldrons can now be filled with buckets of lava!
Filled lava cauldrons give off a redstone signal of strength 1.
Craft nine copper ingots to a copper block.
Craft cut copper, cut copper stairs and cut copper slabs.
Use honeycomb to craft waxed copper blocks.
Copper ore can be found in ore blobs across Overworld, similar to iron and coal (this is not the final generation for copper…)
Smelt copper ore to get a copper ingot.
The lightning rod is crafted from three copper ingots.
Keep your builds safe (well, as long as the closest area around the lightning rod is fireproof) during thunderstorms!
The lightning rod will protect an area of 4 * 16 blocks around it from the, sometimes devastating, lightning strikes!
Lightning rods give off a redstone signal when struck by lightning
Copper will oxidize over time
There are for stages: copper, lightly weathered copper, semi-weathered copper, and weathered copper.
It takes 50-82 Minecraft days (in loaded chunks) for a copper block to oxidize one stage.
Waxed copper blocks will not oxidize.
You can wax any oxidation stage – how lovely that means you can keep that pretty lightly weathered copper block in it’s lightly weathered stage forever!
You can use your spyglass to see faraway things.
Pretend to be a sea captain, or catch your neighbor in the act as they dye your sheep lime green.
The spyglass is crafted from two copper ingots and one amethyst shard.
Tinted glass is a type of glass that does not allow light to pass through.
Tinted glass is crafted by putting a glass block in the middle of four amethyst shards.
Tinted glass can be obtained without silk touch; it does not shatter like normal glass.
CHANGES IN 20W45A
Experience orbs now sometimes merge when in large quantities to improve performance. This does not change the rate at which the player can absorb them – it simply limits the amount of separate orbs floating around in the world. Orbs that merge will gain the lifetime of the most recently created one.
Particles now appear when pistons break blocks.
Simple firework rockets with one gunpowder can now be crafted using the recipe book.
Dirt paths (formerly grass path) can now be made by using a shovel on dirt, podzol, mycelium, or course dirt (as well as grass).
Minecarts and rails work in water.
Minecarts and rails work in water
All rails can be waterlogged (works with a dispenser & water bucket too).
Flowing water doesn’t break rails.
Minecarts can pass through water, but get slowed down more than usual.
TECHNICAL CHANGES IN 20W45A
Entities are now saved separately from terrain chunks.
Added loot table function set_banner_pattern
Pack format in version.json has been split into data and resource versions
Servers can now require custom resource packs to be accepted
CUSTOM SERVER RESOURCE PACKS
A dedicated server can enforce custom resource packs by setting require-resource-pack in server.properties. When this option is used, players will be prompted for a response and will be disconnected if they decline the required pack.
Entities have been extracted from main (terrain) chunks and are now stored in a separate entities directory (similar to POI storage).
Those new files are still region files with NBT.
NEW FUNCTIONS SET_BANNER_PATTERN Sets tags needed for banner patterns. Parameters:
patterns - list of pattern objects:
pattern - name of pattern (square_bottom_left, bricks, etc.)
color - name of color (light_gray, etc.)
append - if true, new elements will be appended to existing ones instead of replacing
FIXED BUGS IN 20W45A
MC-98219 - Experience orbs follow dead players
MC-108469 - Chunk-wise entity lists often don’t get updated correctly (Entities disappear)
MC-112147 - Lava burning items or XP orbs sound muted when “Friendly Creatures” slider is turned off
MC-127201 - /replaceitem makes quite an obnoxious sound, which is not heard by the person whose items are being replaced.
MC-127692 - Experience build up in furnace when using a hopper which can cause severe lag
MC-130449 - Cartographer villager freezes or crashes the game when unlocking explorer maps
MC-130584 - When a structure loads, water sources in the structure spread into waterloggable blocks
MC-133691 - Blocks can’t be placed normally on a full cauldron
MC-135552 - Dead Entities are saved to chunk
MC-136497 - XP orbs causing severe lag
MC-141034 - taiga_fisher_cottage_1 is filled with water
MC-169900 - Incorrect jigsaw setting in snowy_small_house_8
MC-169945 - Skeletons don’t burn in minecarts while being exposed to daylight
MC-171852 - Putting item in a spectator’s hand plays sound “Gear equips” for other players
MC-174685 - Drowned arm texture is reversed by the model
MC-175959 - One door is open in taiga_shepherds_house_1
MC-177622 - One log in taiga_butcher_shop_1 seems to be misrotated - causing the side roof to look asymmetrical
MC-177624 - Entrance in snowy_medium_house_2 is asymmetrical
MC-181889 - Equipping sound plays when mobs picking up non-armor items
MC-185357 - Removing a plant from a flower pot still plays generic armor equipping sound/shows Gear equips in subtitles
MC-185359 - Using a bucket in Survival mode still plays generic armor equipping sound/shows Gear equips in subtitles
MC-185360 - Milking a mooshroom for stew still plays armor equip sound/shows Gear equips subtitle
MC-189565 - Some entities do not render inside of spawners and producing error log spam in console, potentially causing lag
MC-190896 - Lag when opening a shipwreck chest containing buried treasure map
MC-192594 - plains_stable_1 misplaced blocks
MC-192629 - plains_stable_2 misplaced blocks
MC-192876 - Misplaced trapdoor on taiga_decoration_6
MC-192879 - Wall incorrectly placed on certain taiga houses
MC-192930 - Zombies picking up items play the gear equipping sound and subtitle
MC-193071 - Eating food items that return empty containers still play gear equipping sound
MC-195125 - plains_animal_pen_1 misplaced block
MC-195126 - plains_animal_pen_3 misplaced blocks
MC-195351 - Comparator in compare mode can schedule unneeded tileticks
MC-196542 - Small cleanup for skylight propagation code
MC-197009 - Referencing empty item tag in recipe can crash client
MC-197140 - Jack o’Lantern doesn’t come after Carved Pumpkin in Creative Inventory
MC-197179 - Baby piglins that pick up leather don’t despawn, cluttering the Nether with unnecessary baby piglins
MC-197524 - Border chunks do not enforce neighbors to be loaded, causing light updates to get stuck
MC-198129 - ReplaceBlobsFeature changed from 1.16.1 to 1.16.2, affecting Basalt Delta generation
MC-198414 - if the angle in /spawnpoint is set to ±infinity, and the player dies, it will kick the player, and upon rejoin will crash the game
MC-198807 - Making piglins and piglin brutes angry at certain entities (like dropped items) crashes the game
MC-202246 - Drowned navigation causes memory leak/performance degredation
GET THE SNAPSHOT
Snapshots are available for Minecraft: Java Edition. To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the "Installations" tab.
Snapshots can corrupt your world, so please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.
Cross-platform server jar:
Minecraft server jar
Report bugs here:
Minecraft issue tracker!
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