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Nether Update
Edition

Bedrock Edition

Official name

Nether Update

Released versions

1.16.0

Iron Pickaxe JE2 BE2.png
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This guide is a simplified overview of all changes in the Nether Update (Bedrock Edition 1.16.0), which assumes at least some familiarity with the Buzzy Bees update (Bedrock Edition 1.14.x releases).

Mobs[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Habitat Drops Note
Hoglins Hoglin BE2.pngBaby Hoglin JE2 BE3.png
  • Hoglins will run if in contact with warped fungi or a Nether Portal.
  • Hoglins will turn into zoglins if in the Overworld or the End after 15 seconds.
  • Hoglins can be bred with crimson fungi.
  • Hoglins are hostile towards the player.
  • Baby Hoglins are also hostile, but will retreat if attacked.
Piglin Piglin BE.pngBaby Piglin.png
  • Adult piglins are hostile and babies are passive.
  • Adult piglins can be bartered with using gold ingots.
  • Piglins will run from placed soul fire and soul fire items.
  • Piglins will not immediately attack the player if they're wearing at least one piece of golden armor.
  • Piglins will immediately attack the player if they open a chest, mine nether gold ore, mine Gilded Blackstone, or break any gold blocks nearby, despite if the player is wearing a piece of golden armor or not.
  • Piglins will turn into zombified piglins if in the Overworld or the End after 15 seconds.
  • Piglins will occasionally hunt adult hoglins, and baby piglins will ride baby hoglins.
  • Piglins will sometimes dance after a successful hunt.
  • If a Piglin is attacked all other adult piglins nearby will become agressive towards the attacker.
Piglin Brute Piglin Brute.png
  • 8.5% chance to drop their held item (a golden axe with random durability).
  • Piglin brutes are tougher and stronger variants of piglins.
  • Piglin brutes are always hostile unlike other Piglins.
  • Piglin brutes attack the player even when they're wearing golden armor.
  • Piglin brutes do not run away from placed soul fire and soul fire items.
  • Piglin brutes will occasionally join other Piglins to hunt adult hoglins, but will never engage themselves.
  • Piglin brutes will turn into zombified piglins if in the Overworld or the End after 15 seconds.
Strider Strider JE2.gifSaddled Strider JE3.gifStrider Shiver JE2.gifSaddled Strider Shiver BE1.gif
  • Striders can walk on top of the surface of lava.
  • Striders can be saddled, and can be controlled with warped fungi on a stick.
  • Striders can spawn with a zombified piglin or a baby strider riding on them.
  • Striders are attracted by and can be bred with warped fungi.
  • Striders shiver and turn purple outside of lava, which makes them move slower.
  • Striders are damaged by rain and water.
  • Striders can walk on top of other mobs as if they were solid blocks.
Zoglin Zoglin BE.png
  • None
  • Zoglins and baby zoglins attack all nearby mobs and players except for creepers and other zoglins.
  • Zoglins are incapable of breeding.
  • Unlike baby hoglins, zoglins do not play with baby piglins.
  • Piglins will flee from zoglins if unengaged in combat.
  • Zoglins do not flee from warped fungi.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Spawning
  • Passive mobs now spawn on blocks they are supposed to.
  • Improved spawn rates of iron golems by 10 times.
  • Despawn Rules have been changed to closely match Java Despawn Rules.
Enderman Enderman.png
Ghast Ghast.gif
  • Ghasts' sounds are now heard at a shorter range.
  • Ghasts now commonly spawn in the soul sand valley, as well as in the nether wastes and basalt deltas.
  • Ghasts’ now only attack you if you are on the same level as them
Wither Wither.png
  • Withers can now be summoned using soul soil in the base.
Wolf Wolf.png
Zombie Pigman Zombified Piglin JE9.pngBaby Zombified Piglin JE8.png
  • Zombie pigmen now spawn in the crimson forests.
  • Zombie pigmen are renamed to "zombified piglin" and given a new model and texture.
Villager Plains Villager Base.pngDesert Villager Base.pngJungle Villager Base.pngSavanna Villager Base.pngSnowy Villager Base.pngSwamp Villager Base.pngTaiga Villager Base.png
  • Villagers that are cured now offer trading discounts.

Blocks[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Ancient Debris Ancient Debris JE1 BE1.png
  • Ancient debris can be found in the Nether, but are extremely rare.
  • Never generates exposed to air, and is most common between levels 8-22.
Ancient debris can be mined with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.
  • Ancient debris can be smelted into netherite scrap.
  • Ancient debris can be used in blast-resistant doors, as it is movable by pistons.
Basalt Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.png Basalt can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Basalt can be used as a decorative block.
  • Basalt can be crafted into polished basalt.
Blackstone Blackstone JE1 BE1.png
  • Blackstone can be found in large patches in basalt deltas.
  • Blackstone can be found on all nether biomes at the lava level.
Blackstone can be mined with any pickaxe
Block of Netherite Block of Netherite JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Netherite Ingot

Blocks of netherite can be mined with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.
  • Blocks of netherite can be used decoratively, as a storage block for netherite ingots, or as part of a blast-resistant wall/door.
  • Blocks of netherite can be used in the base of a beacon.
Chain Chain JE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Nugget +
Iron Ingot

Chains can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Chains can be used as a decorative block.
  • Chains can be used to suspend both types of lanterns.
Chiseled Nether Bricks Chiseled Nether Bricks JE2.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Nether Brick Slab

Chiseled nether bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Chiseled nether bricks can be used as a decorative block.
Cracked Nether Bricks Cracked Nether Bricks JE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Nether Bricks +
Any fuel


Cracked nether bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Cracked nether bricks can be used as a decorative block.
Crimson and Warped Fungus Crimson Fungus JE1 BE1.pngWarped Fungus JE1 BE1.png
  • Crimson fungi generate in crimson forests and warped fungi in warped forests. However, crimson fungi can generate less commonly in warped forests and vice versa.
Fungi can be mined with any tool or hand.
  • Fungi can be used as a decorative block.
  • Crimson fungi can be used to breed hoglins, while warped fungi will repel them.
  • Warped fungi can be used to breed striders.
  • Fungi can be grown into huge fungi when bonemeal is used on it.
Crimson and Warped Nylium Crimson Nylium JE1 BE1.pngWarped Nylium JE1 BE1.png Nylium can be mined with any pickaxe.
Crimson and Warped Planks Crimson Planks JE1 BE1.pngWarped Planks JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Crimson Stem or
Warped Stem
Crimson and warped planks can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with axes being the fastest way to break them.
Crimson Roots, Warped Roots and Nether Sprouts Crimson Roots JE1 BE1.pngWarped Roots JE1 BE1.pngNether Sprouts JE2 BE2.png Crimson roots, warped roots, and nether sprouts can be mined with any tool or hand.
  • Crimson roots, warped roots, and nether sprouts can be used as a decorative block.
Crimson and Warped Stem Crimson Stem Axis Y BE1.gifWarped Stem Axis Y BE1.gif
  • Stems comprise the trunks of huge fungi.
Crimson and warped planks can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with axes being the fastest way to break them.
  • Stems can be placed directionally, similarly to logs.
  • Stems do not burn and cannot be used as fuel in a furnace.
  • Stems can be stripped.
Crimson Hyphae and Warped Hyphae Crimson Hyphae Axis Y JE1.gifWarped Hyphae Axis Y JE1.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Crimson Stem or
Warped Stem
Hyphae can be mined with any tool or hand, with axes being the fasted way to break them.
  • Hyphae does not burn and cannot be used as fuel in a furnace.
  • Hyphae can be stripped
Crying Obsidian Crying Obsidian JE1 BE1.png Crying obsidian can be mined with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.
  • Crying obsidian is used to craft respawn anchors.
  • Crying obsidian has the same blast resistance and hardness as obsidian.
  • Unlike normal obsidian, crying obsidian can NOT be used to make a nether portal.
Gilded Blackstone Gilded Blackstone JE1 BE1.png
  • Gilded blackstone can be found in bastions.
Gilded blackstone can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Gilded blackstone has a chance to drop gold nuggets or the block itself.
Lodestone Lodestone JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Chiseled Stone Bricks +
Netherite Ingot

Lodestones can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Lodestones can be used to link a compass to its position, acting as a waypoint.
  • Lodestones can be used in any dimension, allowing compasses to be functional in the Nether and the End.
Nether Gold Ore Nether Gold Ore JE2 BE1.png
  • Nether gold ore can be found at any height in the Nether.
Nether gold ore can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Nether gold ore drops gold nuggets.
    • Nether gold ore is affected by the Fortune enchantment.
  • Nether gold ore requires Silk Touch to be obtained as an item.
Polished Basalt Polished Basalt Axis Y JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Basalt
Polished basalt can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Polished basalt can be used as a decorative block.
Polished Blackstone Polished Blackstone JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Blackstone
Polished blackstone can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Polished blackstone can be used as a decorative block.
  • Polished blackstone can be made into slabs, stairs and wall variations.
Polished Blackstone Bricks Polished Blackstone Bricks JE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Polished Blackstone
Polished blackstone bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Polished blackstone bricks can be used as a decorative block.
  • Polished blackstone bricks can be made into slabs, stairs and wall variations.
  • Polished blackstones can be smelted in a furnace to create cracked polished blackstone bricks.
Chiseled Polished Blackstone Chiseled Polished Blackstone JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Polished Blackstone Brick Slab

Chiseled polished blackstone bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Chiseled polished blackstone bricks can be used as a decorative block.
Cracked Polished Blackstone Bricks Cracked Polished Blackstone Bricks JE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Polished Blackstone Bricks +
Any fuel


Cracked polished blackstone bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Cracked polished blackstone bricks can be used as a decorative block.
Quartz Bricks Quartz Bricks JE2.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Quartz
Quartz bricks can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Quartz bricks can be used as a decorative block.
  • Quartz bricks have a different pattern than stone bricks.
Respawn Anchor Respawn Anchor Charges 0 JE1 BE1.pngRespawn Anchor Charges 1 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 2 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 3 JE1 BE1.gifRespawn Anchor Charges 4 JE1 BE1.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Crying Obsidian +
Glowstone

Respawn anchors can be mined with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.
  • The player can set their spawn point in the Nether by clicking the respawn anchor in the Nether.
  • Respawn anchors can only have four charges set at once, and one is used up for every respawn.
    • Respawn anchors can be recharged with glowstone.
    • Respawn anchors emit 4 different light levels depending on what charge it is at.
  • Respawn anchors explode if used in the Overworld or End.
  • Respawn anchors can be charged with a dispenser.
Shroomlight Shroomlight JE1 BE1.png Shroomlights can be mined with any tool, but hoes are the most efficient.
  • Shroomlights emits a light level of 15, similarly to glowstone.
Soul Campfire Soul Campfire.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
Soul Sand or
Soul Soil +
Any Log or
Any Stripped Log or
Any Wood or
Any Stripped Wood or
Any Stem or
Any Stripped Stem or
Any Hyphae or
Any Stripped Hyphae

Soul campfires can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with axes being the fastest way to break them.
  • Soul campfires emit a light level of 10, instead of 15 by the regular one.
  • Soul campfires have a blue flame instead of orange.
  • Soul campfires have all behaviors of the normal campfire.
  • Soul campfires repel piglins.
Soul Fire Soul Fire BE.gif Soul fire can't be obtained but can be extinguished by clicking on it.
  • Soul fire deals damage at a rate of 2 per second as opposed to the 1 per second of regular fire.
  • Soul fire repels piglins.
Soul Lantern Soul Lantern.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Nugget +
Soul Torch


  • Soul lanterns are crafted similarly to a normal lantern, using a soul torch instead of a normal torch.
Soul lanterns can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Soul lanterns give off a light level of 10.
  • Soul lanterns repel piglins.
Soul Soil Soul Soil JE1 BE1.png Soul soil can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with shovels being the fastest way to break them.
  • Fire lit on soul soil appears as soul fire.
  • The player does not sink and is not slowed when walking on soul soil.
  • Soul soil can be used to summon the wither.
Soul Torch Soul Torch BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal or
Charcoal +
Stick +
Soul Sand or
Soul Soil

Soul torches can be broken instantly with any tool as well as by hand.
  • Soul torches give off a light level of 10.
  • Soul torches repel piglins.
Target Target JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Dust +
Hay Bale

Targets can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with hoes being the fastest way to break them.
  • Targets emit a redstone signal for 1 second when hit with most projectiles.
  • The closer a projectile hits to the center, the stronger the signal it gives off.
Twisting Vines Twisting Vines Plant JE1.png
  • Twisting vines generate in the warped forest biome.
  • Twisting vines grow upward.
Twisting vines can be broken instantly with any tool as well as by hand.
  • Twisting vines can be used as a decorative block.
  • Twisting vines can be climbed like vines. In addition, if warped vines are fallen on the player does not take fall damage.
  • Twisting vines can be grown taller using bone meal.
Warped Wart Block Warped Wart Block JE1 BE1.png

Warped wart blocks generate as a part of huge warped fungi.

Warped wart blocks can be broken with any tool as well as by hand, with hoes being the fastest way to break them.
  • Warped wart blocks can be used as a decorative block.
Weeping Vines Weeping Vines Plant.png
  • Weeping vines generate in the crimson forest biome.
Weeping vines can be broken instantly with any tool as well as by hand.
  • Weeping vines are placed on the bottom of a block and grows downward.
  • Weeping vines can be used as a decorative block.
  • Weeping vines can be climbed like vines.
  • Weeping vines can be grown using bone meal.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Beacon Beacon JE6 BE2.png
Bone Block Bone Block Axis Y JE2 BE2.pngBone Block Axis X JE2 BE2.pngBone Block Axis Z JE2 BE2.png
Conduit Conduit JE1 BE1.png
Dispenser Dispenser JE3 BE2.png
  • Crafting dispensers no longer require a fully repaired bow.
Pumpkin, Jack o'Lantern, and Fence Gate Pumpkin JE2 BE2.pngCarved Pumpkin JE3 BE2.pngJack o'Lantern JE3 BE2.pngOak Fence Gate JE4 BE2.pngBirch Fence Gate JE3 BE2.pngSpruce Fence Gate JE4 BE2.pngJungle Fence Gate JE3 BE2.pngAcacia Fence Gate JE3 BE2.pngDark Oak Fence Gate JE3 BE2.png
  • Pumpkins, jack o'lanterns, and fence gates can now be placed without supporting blocks underneath.
Flower Pot Flower Pot JE2 BE2.png
  • Potted plants can now be removed from the pot by tapping/clicking on it.
Jigsaw Block Jigsaw Block (S) JE3 BE2.png
  • Jigsaw block's texture is changed.
  • Jigsaw blocks can now be obtained by /give command.
Nether Wart Block Nether Wart Block JE3 BE3.png
Netherrack Netherrack JE4 BE2.png
  • Using bone meal on netherrack adjacent to nylium converts it into nylium.
    • If two nylium blocks of different types are present, it chooses the type at random based on how many blocks of each type are around it.
Oak and Birch Sapling Oak Sapling JE5 BE2.pngBirch Sapling JE2 BE2.png
  • Oak and birch saplings planted within 2 blocks of a flower on the same Y-level have a 5% chance of the grown tree having a bee nest.
Observer Observer JE4 BE3.png
  • Observers no longer emit a redstone signal when placed.
Shulker Box White Shulker Box.pngLight Gray Shulker Box.pngGray Shulker Box.pngBlack Shulker Box.pngBrown Shulker Box.pngRed Shulker Box.pngOrange Shulker Box.pngYellow Shulker Box.pngLime Shulker Box.pngGreen Shulker Box.pngCyan Shulker Box.pngLight Blue Shulker Box.pngBlue Shulker Box.pngPurple Shulker Box.pngMagenta Shulker Box.pngPink Shulker Box.png
  • Shulker boxes can now be undyed in a cauldron.
Smithing Table Smithing Table JE2 BE2.png
Soul Sand Soul Sand JE2 BE2.png
  • Soul sand now generates in soul sand valley biomes at the lava level of the lava ocean.
Spruce Sapling Spruce Sapling JE2 BE2.png
Structure Block Structure Block JE2 BE1.png
  • Added detect button for save mode.
  • Structure block functionality is no longer only available through experimental gameplay.
Vines Vines JE2 BE2.png
  • Vines now play a sound when climbed.

Items[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Banner Pattern (Snout) Banner Pattern JE1 BE1.png
Music Disc (Pigstep) Music Disc Pigstep JE1 BE1.png
Netherite Scrap Netherite Scrap JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Ancient Debris +
Any fuel


Netherite Ingot Netherite Ingot BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Netherite Scrap +
Gold Ingot


  • Netherite ingots can be used for upgrading diamond armor, weapons and tools into netherite versions.
Netherite Armor Netherite Helmet JE2 BE1.pngNetherite Chestplate JE2 BE1.pngNetherite Leggings JE2.pngNetherite Boots JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Smithing recipe
Diamond Helmet or
Diamond Chestplate or
Diamond Leggings or
Diamond Boots +
Netherite Ingot
Upgrade Gear


Netherite Axe, Hoe, Pickaxe, Shovel, and Sword Netherite Axe JE1.pngNetherite Hoe JE1.pngNetherite Pickaxe JE1.pngNetherite Shovel JE1.pngNetherite Sword JE1.png
Ingredients Smithing recipe
Diamond Axe or
Diamond Hoe or
Diamond Pickaxe or
Diamond Shovel or
Diamond Sword +
Netherite Ingot
Upgrade Gear


  • They do not burn in lava and instead float on the surface.
  • They have a higher durability, mining level, breaking multiplier, and enchantability than diamond.
  • All items, except the hoe, deal 1 more damage than their diamond counterparts.
Warped Fungus on a Stick Warped Fungus on a Stick JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Fishing Rod +
Warped Fungus

  • Warped fungus on a stick can be used to control striders
Spawn Egg
(Hoglin/Piglin/Strider/Zoglin/Piglin Brute)
Hoglin Spawn Egg BE1.pngPiglin Spawn Egg BE1.pngStrider Spawn Egg JE1 BE1.pngZoglin Spawn Egg JE1 BE1.pngPiglin Brute Spawn Egg JE1 BE1.png
  • Can be obtained only via creative inventory.
  • Has the same function as any other spawn egg.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Dropped Item BowSpinning3.gif Dropped items now transform into a 3D model and start spinning.
Bone meal Bone Meal JE2 BE2.png
Compass Lodestone Compass BE1.gif
  • Using a compass on a lodestone creates a lodestone compass, which points to that block.
  • Compasses can now be enchanted with Curse of Vanishing.
All hoes Wooden Hoe JE3 BE3.pngStone Hoe JE2 BE2.pngIron Hoe JE2 BE2.pngGolden Hoe JE3 BE3.pngDiamond Hoe JE3 BE3.pngNetherite Hoe JE2.png

Potions[edit]

New[edit]

Name Obtaining Effects
Potion of Slowness IV
Ingredients Brewing recipe
Glowstone Dust +
Potion of Slowness



Potion of Slowness
Slowness IV

Biomes[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Description Structures
Crimson Forest Crimson Forest.png
Warped Forest Warped Forest.png
  • Warped nylium carpets the cave floor with nether sprouts and warped fungi growing throughout the biome.
  • Huge warped fungi make up the "trees" of this forest, with shroomlights lighting up their interiors.
  • Many twisting vines grow upwards from the floor of the biome.
  • A dark blue fog covers the forest.
  • Warped spores swirl through the air.
  • The warped forests are the least hostile place of the Nether.
  • Endermen can be found more frequently within the forests.
  • Biome-exclusive ambient sounds can be heard within the forests.
Soulsand Valley Soulsand Valley.png
  • An open space made mostly of soul sand and soul soil.
  • Basalt pillars span from floor to ceiling.
  • Nether fossils generate across the valley.
  • Ash falls through the air.
  • A light blue glow envelopes the valley.
  • Ghasts and skeletons traverse the valley.
  • Biome-exclusive ambient sounds can be heard within the valley.
  • The music track 'So Below' composed by Lena Raine will play inside this biome.
  • Soul sand can be found on this biome at the lava level of the lava ocean.
Basalt Deltas BasaltDeltas.png
  • Basalt is found in an abundance in this biome.
  • Patches of blackstone, (but not the polished blackstone variants) generate inside the basalt formations.
  • A gray fog covers the deltas.
  • White ash swirls through the air.
  • Magma cubes spawn very frequently within the deltas.
  • The basalt deltas come with a variety of ambient sounds.
  • The music track 'So Below' composed by Lena Raine will play inside this biome.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Nether Nether.png
  • The Nether was split into biomes.
Nether (as original biome) Nether Wastes.png

Structures[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Generates Chests Mobs Description
Bastion Remnant Bastion Remnant.png Yes (3)
Nether Fossil Nether fossil 1.pngNether fossil 2.pngNether fossil 3.pngNether fossil 4.pngNether fossil 6.pngNether fossil 7.pngNether fossil 8.pngNether fossil 9.pngNether fossil 11.pngNether fossil 12.pngNether fossil 13.pngNether fossil 14.png No No
Ruined Portal Overworld Ruined Portal 1.png
  • Generate in all biomes in both the Nether and the Overworld. They can spawn underground (partially or fully), underwater, or exposed to the air.
Yes (1) No
Basalt Pillar
No No
  • Pillars made from Basalt blocks.

Music[edit]

Note: Tracks composed by C418 have been shortened to 30 second previews in exchange for permission to reproduce them on the wiki.

New[edit]

Four new music tracks composed by Lena Raine have been added to the game, as well as the new aquatic tracks by C418.

Filename Gameplay Soundtrack Title Track Preview
Axolotl Underwater "Axolotl"
Dragon Fish Underwater "Dragon Fish"
Shuniji Underwater "Shuniji"
Rubedo Nether Wastes "Rubedo"
Chrysopoeia Crimson Forest "Chrysopoeia"
So Below Soul Sand Valleys

and Basalt Deltas

"So Below"
Pigstep Music Disc

(Bastion Remnants)

"Pigstep"

Enchantments[edit]

New[edit]

Enchantment Max Level Applicable Items Notes
Soul Speed 3 Boots Makes the player move faster when on Soul Sand and Soul Soil, and overrides the slowing functionality of the former.

Gameplay[edit]

New[edit]

Name Description
Bartering Trading system between players and piglins.