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These features only exist in outdated versions of Minecraft.

Since the beginning of Minecraft's development, there have been a number of features that were removed from the game. These features may have been replaced, or a developer decided against the feature later on.

Note that this page only documents game features that were removed; features of a particular game element that were removed are noted in that element's history. See unused features for features that are still currently in the game.

Blocks and items[edit | edit source]

Horse saddle[edit | edit source]

See also: Saddle
Horse Saddle.png

Horse Saddles were items that were added in snapshot 13w16a during the development of 1.6.1, along with horses that worked just like regular saddles, but for horses instead of pigs. Taming a horse was required before putting a horse saddle on it. The horse saddle was craftable using the following recipe:

The item ID used was 416, which refers to the armor stand in current versions.

Horse saddle items were later removed from the game in 13w18a, and normal saddles are now used for both pigs and horses.[1][2]

Infinite water source[edit | edit source]

Infinite Water.png

The infinite water source was a block that would create infinite water, which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. They were added originally in Indev (January 24, 2010) to allow for infinite lakes on floating maps.[3]

It was available as block ID 52, until it was replaced with the monster spawner in Infdev Seecret Friday 2 (June 25, 2010).

Infinite lava source[edit | edit source]

Infinite Lava.png

Similar to the infinite water source, the infinite lava source was a block that created infinite lava which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. It was also added in Indev (January 24, 2010).

It was available as block ID 53, until it was replaced with oak stairs in Alpha 1.0.0 (June 28, 2010).

Locked Chest.png

Locked chest[edit | edit source]

Locked chests were an April Fools block. Pressing use on the chest would bring up a screen, and clicking on the "Go to Store" button would forward you to the "Minecraft Store".

Powered Comparator[edit | edit source]

During the development for 1.5, the comparator at first used two separate block IDs to represent its powered and unpowered states, with names unpowered_comparator and powered_comparator, and numeric IDs 149 and 150 respectively. As of 13w05a, the powered_comparator block was removed from use in the game, replaced by a powered block state on the unpowered_comparator block. It can still be placed using /setblock, though it will not function, and will transform into an unpowered_comparator block if its facing side is powered, then unpowered.

Rose[edit | edit source]


The rose was removed from the Computer Edition in 1.7.2 snapshot 13w36a, from the Pocket Edition in Alpha 0.9.0 and from the Console Edition in TU25/CU14/1.17. In both cases, the rose was simply replaced by the poppy as a wild flower which gives a red dye, though in the Console Edition it was still named 'rose'.

Blocks previously obtainable as items[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values#IDs for a full list of unobtainable blocks

The game prevents certain blocks from being obtained through normal gameplay methods, such as crafting, the creative inventory, the pick block key, and the silk touch enchantment. It also prevents such blocks from being given through less legitimate methods, such as inventory hacking, mods, and commands. Until release versions 1.7.2 and 1.8, there had been a wide variety of blocks that could be hacked into the inventory; over time, however, the game was developed so that these blocks became entirely unavailable, even through hacking.

Currently, the game only accepts name IDs (such as minecraft:dirt) in most commands, and uses only name IDs when assigning blocks to the inventory and save files. The old method of obtaining a block via numerical IDs is no longer an option. In addition, the game automatically removes blocks with illegitimate name IDs from the inventory, so using inventory editors is also no longer an option. Furthermore, certain blocks such as minecraft:cake cannot be obtained in their block form; however, since the game has a corresponding item named minecraft:cake, the item form is given instead.

Obtainable until 1.7.2[edit | edit source]

In snapshot 13w37a, the /give command was modified so that it would notify the name of the item in chat. Due to this, 26 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Name ID Dec Hex
minecraft:bed 26 1A
Piston Head
minecraft:piston_head 34 22
Piston Extension
minecraft:piston_extension 36 24
Redstone Wire
minecraft:redstone_wire 55 37
Wheat Crops
minecraft:wheat 59 3B
Standing Sign
minecraft:standing_sign 63 3F
Oak Door
minecraft:wooden_door 64 40
Wall Sign
minecraft:wall_sign 68 44
Iron Door
minecraft:iron_door 71 47
Lit Redstone Ore
minecraft:lit_redstone_ore 74 4A
Unlit Redstone Torch
minecraft:unlit_redstone_torch 75 4B
Sugar Cane
minecraft:reeds 83 53
minecraft:cake 92 5C
Unpowered Repeater
minecraft:unpowered_repeater 93 5D
Powered Repeater
minecraft:powered_repeater 94 5E
Pumpkin Stem
minecraft:pumpkin_stem 104 68
Melon Stem
minecraft:melon_stem 105 69
Nether Wart
minecraft:nether_wart 115 73
Brewing Stand
minecraft:brewing_stand 117 75
minecraft:cauldron 118 76
Lit Redstone Lamp
minecraft:lit_redstone_lamp 124 7C
minecraft:tripwire 132 84
Flower Pot
minecraft:flower_pot 140 90
Mob Head
minecraft:skull 144 94
Unpowered Comparator
minecraft:unpowered_comparator 149 95
Powered Comparator
minecraft:powered_comparator 150 96
Air block[edit | edit source]

The air block was briefly available as an item during 1.7.2 snapshot 13w38b, while Grum had been redefining the code that represented air in-game. This availability only lasted for one snapshot, as it was the focus of several bugs.

Block Name ID Dec Hex
minecraft:air 0 00

Obtainable until 1.8[edit | edit source]

In snapshot 14w25a, changes were made to the way the icons of items were rendered, and the way block data was internally represented. Due to this, 12 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Name ID Dec Hex
minecraft:flowing_water 8 08
Still Water
minecraft:water 9 09
minecraft:flowing_lava 10 0A
Still Lava
minecraft:lava 11 0B
Double Stone Slab
minecraft:double_stone_slab 43 2B
minecraft:fire 51 34
Nether Portal
minecraft:portal 90 5A
End Portal
minecraft:end_portal 119 77
Double Wooden Slab
minecraft:double_wooden_slab 125 7D
Cocoa Pod
minecraft:cocoa 127 7F
Carrot Crops
minecraft:carrots 141 91
Potato Crops
minecraft:potatoes 142 92

Generated structures[edit | edit source]

Brick pyramid[edit | edit source]

A brick pyramid spawned on a small island in the middle of the ocean.

For a brief time, brick pyramids were large structures that generated far away from the spawn point. These pyramids were completely solid; they had no interior rooms. A strange quality about these pyramids is that if one dug under it, a layer of dirt and stone extended under the pyramid. This suggests it spawned right on top of the terrain instead of being a complete pyramid with the bottom underground (such as desert temples). Pyramids were removed in later versions of Infdev.

Obsidian wall[edit | edit source]

The obsidian walls in Infdev

Obsidian walls were used in Infdev to mark the positions of the cardinal directions. This created two intersecting planes extending just above the surface of the solid material that surrounds them. This has long since been removed.

Far Lands[edit | edit source]

Both types of Far Lands

The Far Lands were the area that formed the “edge" of the “infinite" map in PC versions prior to Beta 1.8. They were removed as a result of an update to the terrain generation. They are currently found in the Pocket Edition.

Mobs[edit | edit source]

Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve, Rana[edit | edit source]

Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve and Rana were human mobs originally in-game as a test during the Indev phase. They were made by "Dock", Minecraft's past artist, and were removed from the game when Dock left the development team in early 2010. These mobs had no animation and glided around in the same pose. Upon death, Beast Boy, Black Steve and Steve could drop 1-2 string, 1-2 feathers, 1-2 gunpowder and 0-1 flint and steel, while Rana could drop 0-2 apples, 0-5 roses and 0-2 feathers. Beast Boy, Black Steve and Steve each had 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) while Rana had 13 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg).[4]

Human[edit | edit source]

Humans attacking the player

Humans were hostile mobs which take the form of clones of the default skin. In Classic mode, humans could be spawned by pressing G. Strangely, they did not use the punching animation that a normal player would use; they only ran into the player like a zombie would.

Otherwise, humans would just move around the map aimlessly, walking in slightly imperfect circles, flailing their arms and heads, and jumping occasionally. They could not move or delete blocks, and were not affected by liquids. Changing your own skin would not change the skin of the human mob.

Generic villager[edit | edit source]

Green Villager.png

Generic villagers were a type of villager with a green robe. In 1.3.1, the ability to spawn them was added, though it required external tools or mods. In 1.7.2 and above, they could be spawned using /summon Villager ~ ~ ~ {Profession: -1}. They only had the default trade available: 7-9 gold ingots for 1 emerald. In 14w02a, due to changes in the trading system, there was no longer a default trade, and thus attempting to trade with generic villagers will crash the game. In 14w20a, generic villagers were removed from the game, as villagers with negative profession IDs become farmers. Despite being removed, the texture still remains in minecraft.jar. A green-robed zombie version exists in snapshots of 1.9.

Unused[edit | edit source]

These features never had any use in game.

Cog[edit | edit source]


On January 25, 2010, Notch posted a video of the cogs being placed onto the wall of a cliff.[5]

In Indev on January 26, 2010, the code for cogs (originally named Gear) was added. It could only get obtained by inventory hacking and was invisible in the inventory. When hacked into the game, cogs could only be placed on a side of any block, placing them in a space where two sides are next to each other would cause two cogs to appear on both sides. Placed cogs were impossible to destroy; any mining directed at a cog phased through to the block behind it, much like water. If the block a cog was on was destroyed, the cog was not removed, but oddly, was invisible. The cog still existed in the map and would show up again if a solid block was replaced. Cogs placed in mid-air using a map editor were also invisible and would show up if a block was placed next to them. Cogs can be only removed using water to flow on them. A cog's sprite consisted of two parts; the center rod and the animated gear.

In Infdev on February 27, 2010, Gear was renamed to Cog, and later on June 27, 2010, it was removed.

Cogs had a data value of 55, which was replaced by redstone in Alpha 1.0.1.

Crying obsidian[edit | edit source]

Crying Obsidian.png

Crying obsidian was a texture in Minecraft for an abandoned project to implement a spawn-point changing obelisk.[6][7][8][9] It was abandoned after the introduction of beds.[10] It would have been crafted with an obsidian block and lapis lazuli.[11]

The texture for crying obsidian was removed in Beta 1.5.

On February 9, 2012, Jeb was asked "Can you bring back Crying Obsidian or add some new color/texture blocks?" to which he responded "As soon as I've made preparations for more texture space."[12]

Furniture[edit | edit source]

Chair from Indev's terrain.png file.

In Indev's terrain.png were two textures which might be interpreted as a chair (side and front). The actual purpose of those textures is unknown. The second texture may be the side view of a table, or possibly the front of the chair. On Notch's blog, The Word of Notch, furniture, and more specifically chairs, are mentioned a few times.[13][14][15][16]


Pigman[edit | edit source]

Minecraft user Miclee came up with the idea for pigmen.[17] He was given the Bacon Cape as a reward, but when Notch was asked for personal capes by other users, the Bacon Cape was taken away from Miclee to prevent further commotion[citation needed].

Notch mentioned April 25, 2011 that he might add pigmen as villages' townspeople,[18] although in the Beta 1.9 pre-releases, a different villager mob was introduced.

In 1.6.2, the texture file was removed.

Plate.png[edit | edit source]

The unused armor file

In c0.30_01c, there was a folder called "armor", which contained two files in development, showing only a helmet and chestplate. One was finished and called "chain.png" and resembled chain armor, and the the other was unfinished and called "plate.png". Plate.png remained unused and eventually removed. It is possible that this was replaced by the iron armor or that this was originally supposed to be iron armor.

Studded armor[edit | edit source]

One example of unimplemented armor

Studded armor were several sprites that were added sometime around Indev 0.31 in items.png. They were taken from Notch's unfinished game, Legend of the Chambered, along with other armor sprites. The sprites were never implemented into gameplay and were eventually removed.

Play Tutorial Level button[edit | edit source]

An unclickable Play Tutorial Level button was added during Indev. It could be found on the main screen. It was finally removed during the transition from Alpha to Beta stage, but no such tutorial level existed between Indev and Beta.

Skis[edit | edit source]

Skis texture

A texture known in the game files as "skis.png", was added in the 1.4.6 update. Its textures were added by Dinnerbone as a red herring.[19] The texture was removed in 1.6.

Other[edit | edit source]

Calm4.ogg[edit | edit source]

Calm4.ogg was a music file (alongside the other tracks) that was beta-tested and created by Notch himself. The song is 3:13.

It consists of an up-beat, battle-like tune. At 1:36 in the song, you can hear Notch saying "Mojang Specifications" in a slowed-down voice.

The track was released around Alpha 1.1.1 (Seecret Saturday 10), but it is unknown when and why it was omitted from the downloaded game files. As such, players who had the game while the song was still in it will continue to hear it being played, as the game will play any song in the .minecraft/resources/music folder.

With the introduction of the 1.6.1 launcher, playing older versions with the track Calm4.ogg will not allow the track to be heard, since music is downloaded separately from the .jar files.

Isometric screenshot[edit | edit source]

An example of an isometric screenshot

In the Indev versions of the game, you can take a screenshot of the map from an isometric perspective using F7. When the game captures an isometric image it will save the current location of all mobs and show any and all alterations to the map the player has made that would be visible from the perspective of the sun (at sunrise). The player will not be visible unless the player was in third person view before taking the Isometric screenshot.

The Isometric screenshot will save to your local user folder as "mc_map_####.png" where #### represent the number of the screen shot starting at 0000 up to 9999.

There are some limitations that existed with the screenshots:

An example of an screenshot displaying the bug of not capturing chunks not in the players FOV
  • Can only capture the player's model when in 3rd person mode.
  • Due to a glitch the screenshot will only render blocks that are in the player's FOV, and everything else will either be black or show blocks under the ground.

Indev map settings[edit | edit source]

A map theme was the general style the level generator uses to create maps. Added in 0.31 update in January 7, 2010, it dramatically affects Indev mode's game mechanics. Paradise and Woods themes were added in Indev update on February 14, 2010. Themes were removed for later on in the middle of infdev and are comparable to biomes in Alpha, Beta, and current Minecraft versions. In addition, map type and shape were customisation options for maps during the Indev period.

Winter mode[edit | edit source]

A map with winter mode.

Winter mode was a randomly occurring map type for Minecraft Alpha. It was added on the 9th of July, 2010 and was the first other "biome" than the generic one to appear in Minecraft. It was removed in the Halloween Update.

Lighting updates[edit | edit source]

World generation lighting issues were temporarily fixed in snapshot 12w39a during the development of 1.4.2,[20] but Dinnerbone reverted these changes due to performance decreases. Bi-directional lighting changes were also reverted, with Dinnerbone promising that he'll "come back to it in 1.5", however this never eventuated.[21][22]

Many of these changes were implemented in 1.8.[Verify]

Void fog[edit | edit source]

Void fog as depicted before its removal in the 1.8 snapshots
The limit of the player's view would reduce with depth

Starting in Beta 1.8, black Void fog existed which increased with depth as the player descended past Y=17. As the player traveled deeper, the fog at the edge of the render distance would become grow closer, until the player reached the deepest depths, where visibility was reduced to just a few blocks, beyond which lay only blackness. There were also dark gray void particles that appeared at level 16 and below, plus in the void.

Void fog and the void particles were removed in snapshot 14w34c for release version 1.8. The main reason for its removal was to increase performance.[25]

Minecart changes[edit | edit source]

In snapshot 14w11a during the development of 1.8, the physics of minecarts were changed. Their collision and position handling was improved, and they could go faster and farther, derail at corners if going too fast and refuse to go uphill. However, these changes were reverted in 14w17a after the developers decided that the behavior was too buggy.

Dispensing command blocks[edit | edit source]

From 1.8 snapshot 14w07a, dispensers had the ability to place a command block that it contained, when activated. This feature was removed as of version 1.8.6 to solve a security issue.[26][27]

Mobs running from creepers[edit | edit source]

In 1.8, mobs ran away from creepers that were about to explode. In 1.8.1-pre1, this feature was removed due to issues with lag, as every mob that had the ability to run from a creeper was looking for an exploding creeper every tick.

Game sounds[edit | edit source]

Game sounds Track

Splashes[edit | edit source]

When a splash is removed, the line it occupied in splashes.txt is deleted, meaning the line number of all subsequent splashes lowers by one.

Main splashes[edit | edit source]

Splash text Explanation Version added Version removed Pre-removal line number
Pre-beta! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 1
Alpha version! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 30
9.95 euro! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was less than half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 48
Half price! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was about half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 49
Check it out! Duplicate of "Check it out!" on line 21. pre-Halloween Update Beta 1.8-pre1 47
Notch <3 ez! Most likely because of Notch's departure from Mojang Indev 1.8.5 100
SOPA means LOSER in Swedish! SOPA was a highly controversial antipiracy bill that made its way through the United States House of Representatives before it was rejected. In Swedish, "sopa" is a verb meaning "to sweep" and also commonly used as a slang insult (comparing someone or something to the dirt that you would sweep up). Prior to the 1.3 Pre-release, this splash read "SOPA means LOSER in Swedish", without an exclamation point.

The specific bill SOPA had not been a current issue for several years, by the time of the splash's removal.

1.1 1.9 (15w42a) 304

Special splashes[edit | edit source]

Splash text Explanation Date/version displayed Version removed
Happy birthday, ez! Shown on ez's birthday. November 9 1.8.5
Happy birthday, Notch! Shown on Notch's birthday. June 1 1.8.5

References[edit | edit source]