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Minecraft: Java Edition - Snapshot 21W03A

Today's Caves & Cliffs snapshot is particularly shiny! You could almost say it's glowing... Oh wait, that's a squid.

NEW FEATURES IN 21W03A ======================

  • Added glow lichen!
  • Added glow squid!


  • A dim light source that generates in caves.
  • Use shears to pick it up.
  • Use bonemeal to spread it along block surfaces.



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Minecraft: Java Edition - 1.16.5

Happy Friday! We're now releasing 1.16.5, which fixes two critical stability issues. We are not releasing more information about these issues at this time to protect servers that have not yet updated.

This release is network compatible with 1.16.4 - this means you do not need to upgrade your game right away to play on an upgraded server. However, we highly encourage all server owners to update as soon as possible to apply the stability fixes.


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Minecraft: Java Edition - Snapshot 20w51a

Ready your screenshot buttons and start rehearsing your best "naaaaww"s. The final snapshot of the year enters Minecraft Java, and what better way to end the year than with something that has been on our bucket list for quite a while: the adorable axolotl?

We hope you'll end the year on a good note, and the entirety of the Java team wishes you happy holidays.

NEW FEATURES IN 20W51A ======================

  • Added the axolotl!


  • Amphibious! ...

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Minecraft: Java Edition - Snapshot 20w49a

Another snapshot is going out, and this one introduces the sculk. They're a bit creepy, but don't let that put you off. Pick up some good vibrations!

NEW FEATURES IN 20W49A ======================

  • Added dripstone caves biome
  • Added sculk sensors


This biome doesn’t generate naturally yet since it is designed for the upcoming larger caves. However, if you want to see the biome in the current caves you can create a single-biome world with dripstone...

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Minecraft: Java Edition - Snapshot 20w48a

Did someone ask for a snapshot full of tasty Caves & Cliffs features? Then you came to the right place! This particular snapshot adds blocks for dripstone – stalagmites and stalactites. Or is it stalactites and stalagmites? Anyway, you can’t find them in the world just yet… but try out the functionality of the new blocks!

NEW FEATURES IN 20W48A ======================

  • Added dripstone blocks and pointed dripstone



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Minecraft: Java Edition - Snapshot 20W46A

The snow is snowier than before.

For today’s snapshot, we’ve changed most of the textures introduced in the previous snapshot. This is simply to test if these textures give a better experience in exploring and building. We’re interested to hear what you think. Keep in mind, that some textures might be reverted or changed again in the future.

NEW FEATURES IN 20W46A ======================

  • Added powder snow


Snowier snow!