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Minecraft 1.20: Release date, Features, Beta, & All We Know

Mojang has decided to do things a little differently this year. After 1.19 was split into two updates: The Cave and Cliffs and The Wild Updates, Mojang decided to work with the community to develop the 1.20 Update. While the theme has been decided on, Mojang hasn’t titled it, nor did they announce all the new features. Instead, they plan on getting community feedback throughout the process and ensuring that this update is more “Minecraftier” than ever.

However, as always, there’s been a backlash from the Minecraft Community over the emphasis on community engagement. For example, their community page is insanely outdated, and the only effective channel for community engagement seems to be Twitter.

Regardless, let’s dive in and explore everything we learnt about the Minecraft 1.20 update from Minecraft Live, what we can expect, and the release date.

Minecraft 1.20 – The Untitled Update

“Introducing Minecraft 1.20, designed to inspire self-expression, representation, and storytelling through your Minecraft worlds!”@Minecraft.

For those who watched Minecraft Live on Saturday, the 15th of October, the event was excellent, and a ton of new information was released regarding Minecraft Legends and Dungeons Season 3. However, the event didn’t unveil much regarding the next Minecraft update: Minecraft 1.20.

Instead, the Game Director Agnes Larsson announced that Mojang will be working with the community to develop a nostalgic and relatable update for all players. Agnes opened the section with the following:

“I’d love to take some time to talk about what we learnt from previous years. Because we had announced some features that we didn’t manage to deliver. And it’s important that we learn from that and that we take action from that.”

Here Agnes is referring to the previous Caves and Cliffs update that needed to be divided into two sections due to missed targets and complex coding.

“This year we will only show features that have come very very far in the development process.” She said. “So this year, we think we’ll have the time to really iterate on the features, together with the community of course.”

Mojang and the Community

The idea of working with the Minecraft community isn’t such a bad idea. While Mojang can’t take features and ideas directly from the community, sharing snapshots and images and getting feedback is a good way forward. In addition, Minecraft 1.20 may be the first update in a long time that includes features that the majority of the community has been asking for.

For example, as we’ll discuss later, camels were added to the game that provided PvE advantages and answered the community calls for new mounts.

Kingbdogz, a popular member of the Mojang Minecraft team, tweeted the following shortly after Minecraft Live:

“The Wild Update for many was not wild enough, and if we had known that we would spend more time to refine the Ancient Cities as a result of player feedback, we probably wouldn’t have named it that. Now we have a good chance to name it something fitting for the content inside.” @kingbdogz

Minecraft 1.20: New Features

Now that we know where the Minecraft team from Mojang stands let’s take a closer look at the new features introduced. These include new default skins, new blocks, new mobs, and more.

Default Skins

Image via Mojang

The Minecraft 1.20 section of the event kicked off with the announcement of new default skins. These skins include a variety of skin tones as well as a character with a prosthetic arm.

The feature was added to ensure more community members feel represented in the default Vanilla world. In addition, it looks like many skin options were pulled from Minecraft Dungeons, which keeps the continuity in the Mojang Universe.

Many players don’t see the point of offering new default skins, as skins are easily customized. Even when playing on Bedrock, selecting a different skin in the store is not hard.

Toolbox Mode (Unverified)

Please note that the following was not announced during Minecraft Live and is rather unverified news sourced from a reputable source on Twitter.

If you’ve been following Minecraft 1.20 news on Twitter, you might have seen this tweet from @SmokeyStack. He’s a data miner and has recently discovered some code already in the Minecraft snapshots. The code reveals that there’s most likely going to be an editor mode added to the game. In addition, it’ll add powerful tools to the game intended for experienced players. It sounds like it’ll be some toolbox mode.

New Mobs in Minecraft 1.20

Two new mobs have been announced so far. These are the Sniffer (winner of the Mob Vote) and the Camel. We hope to see new mobs through the development process of Minecraft 1.20, but we’re pretty content with what we’ve seen so far.

The Sniffer

Image Via Mojang

Winning 55.1% of the communities votes, the Sniffer won this year’s Mob Vote. The mob is hugely popular, and community members have started making prototypes on BlockBench.

The Sniffer was once lost and considered an extinct mob (maybe the fossils we see in Minecraft?). It’s up to you, the player, to find their eggs in the ocean’s depths and revive the species. Chests in underwater ruins have a chance of holding Sniffer eggs which you can collect and help hatch. We can also assume that breeding these dinosaurs will be much easier once you have two Sniffers.

These ancient creatures are known for their horticultural skills and will help you find long-lost ancient seeds that you can nurture into new plants!

We can’t wait to learn more about the Sniffer, such as its history, how it went extinct, and what plants it will uncover.


Camels are the brand new mount in Minecraft. These animals that can leap ravines can carry two players at a time. So while the front player steers the camel, the back player is free to look around and fight off mobs.

The feature is beneficial when fighting off hoards of zombies or even zombie pigmen in the Nether. You see, the camel is tall enough that player-sized mobs can’t reach players on the back of the camel. We can only guess that the same can be said for players unless they have the sweeping edge enchantment or those using a bow.

Camels are nearly fully developed, and we expect to see them in snapshots soon.

New Blocks in Minecraft 1.20

Let’s move on to the new blocks we know will be added to Minecraft 1.20. These include a complete bamboo wood set, chiseled bookshelves, and hanging signs.

Bamboo Wood Set

Bamboo finally has another purpose other than scaffolding and breeding Pandas. Now, players can use this fast-growing plant as a source of wood. The set includes:

  • Bamboo Planks
  • Bamboo Stairs
  • Bamboo Fences
  • Bamboo Gates
  • Bamboo Trap Doors
  • Bamboo Doors
  • Bamboo Slabs

And even a boat made from Bamboo: the raft!

In addition, we can expect to see a new bamboo block called bamboo mosaic! This is the first of its kind and adds a fascinating pattern to the bamboo wood block. We’re excited to use this new block to make interesting floor patterns and more!

Chiseled Bookshelves

Next up, we have chiseled bookshelves. Finally – a way to store books that isn’t a chest. With a chiseled bookshelf, players can store up to six books in the block, including enchanted books and signed books.

We can see how this block directly ties into the concept of player stories and in-game narratives. We can now finally write about our journeys and store them in a library on our bases.

Additionally, the chiseled bookshelf will have unique Redstone capabilities, allowing players to build hidden bookcase entrances and more!

Hanging Signs

Say goodbye to blocky signs outside your shops and along your roads, and say hello to the hanging sign. Players can now craft signs that hang from blocks above using wood and chains.

There are three variations depending on how the sign is positioned. For example, side-hanging signs look different from those hanging from a fence post.

We’re excited to see what the building community can do with these signs and the colorful banners and walkways that can be built.

Beta Versions and Snapshots For Minecraft 1.20

While there is no title or official release date for the complete Minecraft 1.20 update, we expect to see these features soon.

Agnes announced that these new features will be available soon in future snapshots! So we no longer have to wait months before seeing these new developments filtering into snapshots and beta versions of Minecraft 1.20.

“This year you will actually be able to play-test the new features in betas, snapshots and previews just a few days from now.” @LadyAgnes

Final Thoughts

We can’t wait to get our hands on these features and share our opinions with our readers. These features will be available in Minecraft snapshots within a few days. You can expect to see feedback and reviews regularly added to this article.

And that’s all we know for now! The great thing about Minecraft 1.20 is that we can expect to see new features added throughout the year. So stay tuned to our article and Twitter feed to discover breaking news about Minecraft and more!

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