Unused features

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Since the beginning of Minecraft's development, there have been a number of features added to the game that have no actual use. Some of these features are leftover from removed features, or simply placeholders for new features.

Note that this page only documents features that are currently in the game. See removed features for features previously in the game that are no longer available.

Mobs[edit | edit source]

Giant[edit | edit source]


Giants are an unused mob added in classic. They appear to be a giant zombie. Giants have no AI and only spawn when the light level is both greater than 11 and less than 8. They can be summoned using the /summon command.

Killer Bunny[edit | edit source]

Killer Bunny.png

The killer bunny is a variant of the rabbit that is hostile to all players and dogs. Its fur is pure white with blood-red eyes that are horizontal, compared to a normal rabbit's vertical eyes.

On peaceful difficulty, the killer bunny will not despawn, despite its hostile nature. It will still attack wolves and pet dogs.

The Killer Bunny can only be spawned with the /summon Rabbit ~ ~ ~ {RabbitType:99} command.

Skeleton Horse[edit | edit source]


The skeleton horse is a type of horse which can only be spawned using the /summon command. It drops a single bone when killed.

Zombie Horse[edit | edit source]


The zombie horse is a type of horse which can only be spawned using the /summon command. It drops a single rotten flesh when killed.

Particles[edit | edit source]

These particles are unused and can only be spawned using /particle.

  • depthsuspend
    • Was previously used by The Void to decrease ones view the further down they venture.
    • In 1.8 (14w34c) it was changed so that the void no longer emits these. The reason was for better performance.
  • footstep
  • cloud
  • take

Potions[edit | edit source]

The unused potions can be seen in the inventory GUI files but some effects are not present. However, in 1.4.2 the custom potions feature was introduced. It is the only way to access the unused potion effects.

  • Stinky
  • Acrid
  • Harsh
  • Rank
  • Odorless
  • Foul
  • Potent
  • Sparkling
  • Cordial
  • Refined
  • Dashing
  • Charming
  • Fancy
  • Elegant
  • Gross
  • Debonair
  • Suave
  • Smooth
  • Buttered
  • Bungling
  • Bulky
  • Flat
  • Thin
  • Artless
  • Diffuse
  • Milky
  • Clear
  • Bland
  • Uninteresting

These potions can only be obtained using /give, and have no effect when you drink them. This implies these are unused base potions.

There are also potions that cannot be brewed, and give you status effects not intended to be received by potions; e.g. Wither, Nausea. Again, these can only be obtained through custom potions.

A more detailed list can be found at Potions.

Status effects[edit | edit source]

Various status effects remain unused in the game. They can be obtained using /effect or potion NBT data, but have no way of being obtained other than that.

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Blindness is a status effect which creates thick black fog around the player.

Health Boost
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During the 1.6 snapshots, the health boost status effect was added. It boosted the player's hearts for a temporary time. It could be obtained from eating a golden apple.

In a later snapshot, golden apples give the player absorption instead of health boost, but the effect was still left in the game.

Saturation[edit | edit source]

Saturation is a status effect added in the 1.6.1 pre-release. It causes the hunger bar to refill by 1 (Half Hunger.svg) each tick.

Sounds[edit | edit source]

Audio loops[edit | edit source]

Loops were unused sounds, found in the game files, and were possibly meant for when the player is in a specific type of location (i.e., in caves, woods, the ocean and beside a waterfall).

They were found in .minecraft/resources/sound/loops/, and could be converted to reveal four loops, of birds chirping, cave chimes, ocean and waterfall noises.

Loop Track
Birds Screaming Loop
Cave Chimes

Textures[edit | edit source]

Various textures located in minecraft.jar remain unused.

Paeonia[edit | edit source]

Paeonia texture.png
Jeb holding the unimplemented paeonia.

Paeonias are unimplemented flowers that were replaced by the two-block-tall peonies.

There was only one screenshot of the block released by Jeb. When held in your hand, it is held up level with your shoulder. Its texture file can still be found; it is named flower_paeonia.png.

Purple arrow[edit | edit source]

See also: Arrow#History

Purple arrows were shot by skeletons in Survival Test and acted the same as regular arrows, but the texture is not currently in use.


Quiver[edit | edit source]

The reformed screenshot

In Legend of the Chambered (an abandoned RPG that Notch made), there was a quiver item available to be picked up as loot. Notch reused the sprite from that game and put it in Minecraft, albeit flipped horizontally.

Although the sprite for the quiver has been in the game files since Indev, almost nothing is known about it. Jeb originally stated that there were no plans to add them.[1] Later, during 1.9 development, Dinnerbone tweeted a 2×204960 image[2] which can be reformed into a 854×480 Minecraft screenshot, containing the quiver.[3] On June 30th, 2015, Dinnerbone posted that he removed them again as arrows in the off-hand feel "more natural".[4]

Quivers are obtainable in the Pocket Edition using hacks. However, these quivers do nothing but freeze the game when used as they are an "empty" item using the quiver texture.

Ruby[edit | edit source]

See also: Emerald

On May 21, 2012, Jeb released a screenshot of himself testing the trading system. At this time, what would become emerald ore in 1.3.1 was ruby ore. The previous ruby texture remains in the ruby.png file. It is unknown if the texture will ever be used. Dinnerbone stated in a forum post[5] that they went with emeralds instead of rubies at the last minute because he is color-blind and he had a hard time spotting the difference between ruby ore and redstone ore.

Villager speech bubble[edit | edit source]

Unused villager speech bubble.png

The villager speech bubble is an image that got added along with the villager.png file in the jar when the trading system was added. It showed a trade, where raw chicken could be sold to villagers for another raw chicken. Both raw chickens have the old texture. Its use is unknown.

References[edit | edit source]