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Java Edition Beta 1.3

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Beta 1.3[1] was a version of Java Edition Beta released on February 22, 2011, which added redstone repeaters, beds, three types of slabs, and a new splash screen, among other changes and fixes.



Red Bed JE1 BE1.png Beds
  • Crafted from wood planks and wool.
Redstone Repeater JE1.png Redstone Repeater
  • Crafted from stone and redstone.
  • Cobblestone Slab JE1.png Cobblestone Slab
    • Crafted from cobblestone.
  • Oak Slab JE1.png Wood Slab
    • Have to be mined with a pickaxe to collect, were not affected by fire, and had stronger blast resistance than wood planks, like cobblestone slabs.
    • Crafted from wood planks.
  • Sandstone Slab JE1.png Sandstone Slab
    • Crafted from sandstone.

Command format[edit]

  • Added whitelisting to multiplayer servers.
    • Can turn on/off the whitelist.
    • Can add/remove players from the whitelist.
    • Can give a list of whitelisted players and reload that list.


Crying Obsidian (texture) JE0 BE0.png Crying obsidian


  • Smooth lighting engine added with the help of MrMessiah.
  • New graphics setting screen.
    • Added "Smooth Lighting" option.
Splash screen
  • New Mojang logo.



Redstone dust
  • Will get darker the farther away it is from a source of power.
  • Now found at the bottom of naturally generated sand.
  • Mine time for sandstone has been decreased.
  • Breaking a block made of two slabs now drops 2 slabs.
  • Stone slabs are now created by using 3 of the materials.
Stone pressure plate & Wooden pressure plate
  • Now require two of its materials, instead of 3.


  • Renamed back from "Sulphur"


  • Fewer passive mobs spawn when on harder difficulties.
  • Now have a higher spawn rate.

World generation[edit]

  • Players can now choose the name of the world.
  • Players can now choose the seed for world generation.
  • More than 5 worlds can now be created.
  • Deleting world confirmation changed slightly.


3rd person mode
  • Player can be visibly seen to bob side to side when the player walks (only when View Bobbing is enabled).


  • F1 and F3 are now toggled when pressed.
  • When F3 is toggled on, mobs display their unique entity ID numbers over their heads.
  • F8 toggles mouse smoothing.
  • Ability to toggle between classic lighting and "smooth" lighting.
  • Scrollbars added in the map selection screen.
  • Players can now choose the name of the world when creating a new one.
  • Worlds now use a generic McRegion chunk save format, with a built-in auto conversion.
Texture packs
  • Scrollbars added in the texture pack list.


10 bugs fixed
  • When breaking double slabs (one slab placed on another) it will now drop two slabs instead of one.
  • Wood doesn't burn forever anymore.
  • Grassland/Sand related biome border fixed (Boundaries line up, rather than obviously show chunk borders)
  • No longer receiving Java Log error .txt file spam in the minecraft.exe folder when closing the Minecraft client program.
  • Players can no longer use the click-release to quickly mine blocks (referred to as "click mining" in Multiplayer only).
  • Players no longer glitch when standing on fences in multiplayer.
  • Players can no longer milk squids.
  • When right-clicking on a wooden door while holding a bow or fishing rod, arrows will no longer be fired into the door, nor will the fishing hook be cast into the door.
  • Hostile mobs can now be attacked properly in multiplayer.
  • Lapis lazuli ore now drops 4-8 Lapis Lazuli in multiplayer.

Debug version[edit]

There is a debug version of Beta 1.3 that spawns the player with 64 torches, 64 beds, a diamond pickaxe, a diamond shovel, and a diamond axe upon creating a new world. This version is unofficially referred as Beta 1.3a, as the version of Beta 1.3 available in the launcher is labeled old_beta b1.3b.


  1. Minecraft Beta 1.3 – The Word of Notch, February 22, 2011