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August 14, 2015

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15w33c[1] is the ninth snapshot released for 1.9, which was released to fix some bugs and crashes from 15w33a and 15w33b, along with adding and changing some features.

This version was previously removed from the launcher for some time, but was added back in September 2018.



  • New tool used for blocking incoming attacks.
    • Holding right click while being attacked reduces damage on the player and the durability of the shield.
      • This works when the shield is either in the main hand or in the offhand.
        • The player can hold 2 shields at once, but it does not affect the damage taken.
  • Can be combined with banners of the same base color to transfer its pattern.
    • This does not consume the banner.
  • The player cannot attack while blocking.
  • Crafting recipe: One column of wool (of the same color), one column of planks (any kind), an iron ingot in the middle of the last column.
  • Can only be repaired on the anvil.
  • Cannot be enchanted on the enchanting table, but can have Unbreaking added via an enchanted book.



Brewing stands
Ender crystals
  • New BeamTarget tag for ender crystals.
    • Used to specify a custom target for the beam.
    • Example: /summon EnderCrystal ~ ~1 ~ {BeamTarget:{X:1,Y:2,Z:3}}.


Fire charges
  • Now shoot as ender dragon fireballs when ejected from a dispenser, appearing purple and casting dragon's breath.
    • Before this, they had shot as blaze fireballs.
    • This was reverted in 15w44b to shoot as blaze fireballs once again.
  • Can no longer be used for blocking, since shields now serve that function.


Ender dragon
Creepers, skeletons, & zombies
  • Detection range for players wearing the corresponding mob head adjusted to be 37.5% of the normal range.

World generation[edit]

End ships
  • No longer generate with a pumpkin.
  • The middle iron block has been replaced with a hopper.
    • Inside, there is a book written by Searge.
      • It reads: "We will have something else here soon..."


Pick block
  • Respects the tags of items in item frames while holding Ctrl.


22 issues fixed
From released versions before 1.9
  • MC-10447 – Pick up framed enchanted items with "Pick Block (MOUSE 3)" doesn't give player the enchanted item.
  • MC-68399 – Pressing the '<' key takes screenshot on certain keyboard layouts.
  • MC-73474 – Rail duplication glitch.
From the 1.8 development versions
  • MC-48732Ctrl plus pick block overwrites selected item.
From the 1.9 development versions
  • MC-82855 – Invisible shulker shows white box until relog.
  • MC-82875 – Right-clicking with sword still blocks.
  • MC-82986 – Stackable items of same id and meta value but different NBT tags will stack in Creative menu.
  • MC-83350 – Entities teleporting through a portal disappear instead of teleporting.
  • MC-83945 – Item counts can go negative when interacting with entities, allowing duplication.
  • MC-84320 – Respawned ender dragon doesn't drop experience.
  • MC-84681 – If in block when you log out, you spawn 1 block lower.
  • MC-85500 – Syntax for '/scoreboard players' doesn't include 'tag' parameter.
  • MC-85801 – Ender dragon dying randomly at portal.
  • MC-85834 – Pick-Block on mobs gives you a blank spawn egg.
  • MC-85865 – Can't put splash potions in brewing stands.
  • MC-86007 – Both the bottle and dragon's breath are consumed when making lingering potions.
From the previous development version
  • MC-85925 – Problems while loading NBT [AreaEffectCloud].
  • MC-85973 – Modifying the 'Age' tag of an 'AreaEffectCloud' entity will result in the 'Effects' tag being duplicated.
  • MC-85999 – NBT Tag "Peek" is broken.
  • MC-86066 – Mob spawner spawns skeletons without bow.
  • MC-86082 – Cannot summon an entity with a custom UUID.
  • MC-86085 – Potions and spawn eggs still show data values in tooltips.


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