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Java Edition



Release date

August 24, 2015

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15w35a[1] is the fourteenth snapshot released for Java Edition 1.9.



Command Blocks
  • Now have an option of "Needs Redstone" or "Always Active".
    • "Needs Redstone" is the previous behavior (default).
    • "Always Active" causes the command block to always behave as if it was powered.
    • Also changeable via the auto NBT tag for all command blocks.
  • New textures for command blocks.
    • Darkened outlines on the center panel.
    • The back of the arrow texture is now curved when the command block is set to conditional.


  • New VillagerProfession tag for zombie villagers is used to determine what profession the zombie is represented as, as well as what profession it will become when cured.
    • Zombie villagers now have different textures based on their profession and career.
    • The tag is always conserved upon transformation and curing.


  • Shovel base attack damage reduced from 4.5 to 2.5.
  • Pickaxe attack speed reduced from 1.5 to 1.2.
  • Axe base attack damage reduced from 8 to 7.
  • Axe attack speed increased from 0.85 to 0.9.
    • This slightly reduces the damage per second.
  • Hoe attack damage is now always 1.
  • Hoe attack speed now increases by 1 every tier, starting at 1.
Attack speed and damage
Item Attack speed Attack damage Damage/Second (DPS)
Swords 1.45 4Heart.svgHeart.svg 5Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 6Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg 7Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 5.8 7.25 8.7 10.15
Axes[note 1] 0.9 7Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 8Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg 9Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 10Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg 6.3 7.2 8.1 9
Pickaxes[note 1] 1.2 2Heart.svg 3Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 4Heart.svgHeart.svg 5Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 2.4 3.6 4.8 6
Shovels[note 1] 1 2.5Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 3.5Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 4.5Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 5.5Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5
Item Attack damage Attack speed Damage/Second (DPS)
Hoes 1Half Heart.svg 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
  1. a b c dealing damage with an axe, pick, or shovel decreases its durability by 2.


  • The Slot string tag within AttributeModifiers determines which slot the modifier is applied to.
  • Available slots are: "mainhand", "offhand", "feet", "legs", "torso", "head".
  • e.g.: give @p minecraft:diamond_chestplate 1 0 {AttributeModifiers:[{AttributeName:"generic.maxHealth",Name:"Test",Amount:10.0,Operation:0,UUIDLeast:1l,UUIDMost:1l,Slot:"torso"}]}.
  • Experimental performance enhancements.
  • Fixed client memory leaks.


5 issues fixed
From released versions before 1.9
  • MC-2664 – Floating mob heads above baby mobs that wear them/baby zombie hitbox too high.
  • MC-45763 – Some blocks are facing the wrong way if placed in an item frame.
From the previous development version
  • MC-86925 – Running out of memory when exiting.
  • MC-86937 – Empty chunks duplicate one-another and cause weird behavior.
  • MC-87050 – (2 bugs in one) glitch with adding attributes to items in 1.9.


Video made by slicedlime:


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