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Since the beginning of the development of Java Edition, there have been a number of features that were removed from the game. These features may have been replaced, or a developer decided against the feature later on.

Note: This page only documents game features that were removed; features of a particular game element that were removed are noted in that element's history. See Java Edition unused features for features that are still currently in the game.


Blocks and items[edit]

Horse saddle[edit]

The horse saddle icon used in the inventory.

Horse saddles were items added along with horses in 13w16a. Horse saddles worked just like regular saddles, but for horses instead of pigs. Taming a horse was required before putting a horse saddle on it. The horse saddle was craftable using the following recipe:

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Leather +
Iron Ingot

The item ID used was 416, which later referred to the armor stand in versions up until 1.13.

Horse saddle items were later removed from the game, and the same saddles (found in dungeons) are now used for both pigs and horses.[1][2]

Studded armor[edit]


Studded armor were several sprites that were added in Java Edition Indev 0.31 20091231-2. They were taken from Notch's unfinished game, Legend of the Chambered, along with other armor sprites. The sprites were added for testing purposes, didn't have armor health, and were eventually removed.

Infinite water source[edit]

Infinite Water Source
Infinite Water.png




Blast resistance



Any tool



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 52 hex: 34 bin: 110100

The Infinite Water Source was a block that would create infinite water, which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. Mojang removed this because of problems and glitches when they were placed next to each other. They were added originally in Indev 0.31 (January 24, 2010) to allow for infinite lakes on floating maps.[3]

It was available as block ID 52, prior to being replaced with the spawner in Infdev 20100625-2.

Infinite lava source[edit]

Infinite Lava Source
Infinite Lava.png




Blast resistance



Any tool



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 53 hex: 35 bin: 110101

Similar to the infinite water source, the Infinite Lava Source was a block that created infinite lava which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. It was also added in Indev 0.31 20100124.

It was available as block ID 53, prior to being replaced with oak stairs in Infdev 20100629.

Locked chest[edit]

Locked Chest Revision 1.png

Locked chests were an April Fools block added in Java Edition Beta 1.4. They would spawn rarely and emit a light level of 15. Pressing use on the chest would bring up a screen, and clicking on the "Go to Store" button would forward the player to the "Minecraft Store", where the player could buy a number of fake products. They were subsequently removed from normal gameplay in Java Edition Beta 1.4_01, but it remained within the game's code until it was removed entirely in Java Edition 1.7.2.

It was available as block ID 95, prior to being replaced with stained glass in 13w41a.

Powered comparator[edit]

During the development for Java Edition 1.5, the comparator at first used two separate block IDs to represent its powered and unpowered states, with names unpowered_comparator and powered_comparator, and numeric IDs 149 and 150 respectively. As of 13w05a, the powered_comparator block was removed from use in the game, replaced by a powered block state on the unpowered_comparator block. It is removed completely in the 1.13 snapshot 17w47a, as of The Flattening.

Reverted potions[edit]

Before the Java Edition 1.9 snapshot 15w31a, potions had a form known as "reverted". In the inventory, reverted potions looked identical to their base potion, much like mundane and mundane (extended), and their usage was also identical to their base potions, with the exception of turning into reverted potions rather than base potions. The only difference was data values.

There were two general methods to create reverted potions, one of which involved the addition of fermented spider eyes. Reversion, in general, referenced changing a longer, upgraded potion into its original weaker potion (for example, changing from a potion of poison (extended) into a potion of harming (reverted) by adding fermented spider eye).

  • The first method involved adding glowstone (typically) to an already upgraded tertiary potion. Since these tertiary potions have already been modified with redstone (typically), they could be changed to their original (revert) unmodified states depending on which modifier was added previously. Not all potions could be reverted (or react, for that matter) when glowstone powder or redstone dust was added to an upgraded tertiary potion (for example, adding redstone to an already redstone-extended potion did not yield a new potion).
  • The second method involved the addition of fermented spider eyes, followed by glowstone (usually). Method two worked by adding a fermented spider eye to an extended positive potion (i.e. an extended tertiary potion). In almost all cases, this would corrupt the potion and produce a negative potion of equal strength (in this case, extended). Then, glowstone (depending on the recipe) was added to the extended negative potion. Since these negative tertiary potions (regardless of origin) have already been modified with redstone, the addition of glowstone would revert the potion to a potion of lesser duration.

A good example of this process at work is the reversion of the potion of weakness. A potion of weakness can be made in two ways. The first method is by adding a fermented spider eye to a mundane potion (water bottle + ghast tear/glistering melon/blaze powder/magma cream/sugar/spider eye), then adding redstone to produce a potion of weakness (extended). The second method is by adding (again) fermented spider eye to either a potion of strength or a potion of regeneration. Potions of strength and regeneration, in their base or extended forms, will produce potions of weakness with equal magnitude (for the sake of this example, fermented spider eye is added to a potion of strength (extended) to produce potion of weakness (extended)).

Now, there should be two Potions of Weakness (4:00). Glowstone dust could be added to the Potion of Weakness (Ext) which reverted the potion into a normal duration (1:30) Potion of Weakness. The act of reducing the duration from 4:00 to 1:30 was reversion.


Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Fire Resistance

Potion of Fire Resistance

Glowstone Dust
Gives immunity to damage from fire, lava, and ranged blaze attacks. 3:00

Potion of Night Vision

Potion of Night Vision

Glowstone Dust
Makes everything appear to be at max light level, including underwater areas. 3:00

Potion of Slowness

Potion of Slowness

Glowstone Dust
Player's movement is slowed to a crouch for the given time. 1:30

Potion of Weakness

Potion of Weakness

Glowstone Dust
Reduces all melee attacks by 0.5 damage (0.25 heart). 1:30

Potion of Water Breathing

Potion of Water Breathing

Glowstone Dust
Does not deplete the oxygen bar when underwater. 3:00


Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Healing

Potion of Healing II

Restores per potion. Instant

Potion of Harming

Potion of Harming II

Inflicts of damage. Instant

Fermented Spider Eye[edit]

Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Harming

Potion of Healing

Potion of Poison

Fermented Spider Eye
Inflicts of damage. Instant

Potion of Slowness

Potion of Fire Resistance

Potion of Swiftness II

Fermented Spider Eye
Player's movement is slowed to a crouch for the given time. 1:30

Potion of Weakness

Potion of Strength II

Potion of Regeneration II

Fermented Spider Eye
Reduces all melee attacks by 0.5 damage (0.25 heart). 1:30

Generic Dead Coral[edit]

Dead Coral Block.png

In snapshot 18w09a, all coral colors had the same texture, colored differently. Because of this, there was only 1 dead variant needed. By the time of 18w10a, each color of coral had its own unique texture, but would still all die into the 1 type of Dead Coral from the previous snapshot. The generic dead coral was removed and replaced with dead variants for each color in 18w10b.


The rose.
A rose in a pot.

The rose was removed from Java Edition in 1.7.2 snapshot 13w36a, and the rose was simply replaced by the poppy as a wild flower, which had the same function: crafting red dye.

Six-sided blocks[edit]

The following blocks existed in the game at some point before being phased out with the advent of block states.[verify] Whether they will return is not known. Interestingly, other six-sided blocks resulting from similar circumstances such as wood and smooth stone were not removed, as they were made into craftable items in later updates.

Blocks previously obtainable as items[edit]

for a full list of unobtainable blocks

The game prevents certain blocks from being obtained through normal gameplay methods, such as crafting, the creative inventory, the pick block key, and the silk touch enchantment. It also prevents such blocks from being given through less conventional methods, such as inventory editing, mods, and commands. Until release versions 1.7.2 and 1.8, there had been a wide variety of blocks that could be edited into the inventory; over time, however, the game was developed so that these blocks became entirely unavailable, even through editing.

Currently, the game only accepts name IDs (such as minecraft:dirt) in most commands, and uses only name IDs when assigning blocks to the inventory and save files. The old method of obtaining a block via numerical IDs is no longer an option. In addition, the game automatically removes blocks with illegitimate name IDs from the inventory, so using inventory editors is also no longer an option. Furthermore, certain blocks such as minecraft:cake cannot be obtained in their block form; however, since the game has a corresponding item named minecraft:cake, the item form is given instead.

Obtainable until Java Edition 1.7.2[edit]

In snapshot 13w37a, the /give command was modified so that it would notify the name of the item in chat. Due to this, 26 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Namespaced ID Dec Hex
Bed bed 26 1A
Piston Head piston_head 34 22
Piston Extension piston_extension 36 24
Redstone Wire redstone_wire 55 37
Wheat wheat 59 3B
Standing Sign standing_sign 63 3F
Oak Door wooden_door 64 40
Wall Sign wall_sign 68 44
Iron Door iron_door 71 47
Lit Redstone Ore lit_redstone_ore 74 4A
Unlit Redstone Torch unlit_redstone_torch 75 4B
Sugar Cane reeds 83 53
Cake cake 92 5C
Unpowered Repeater unpowered_repeater 93 5D
Powered Repeater powered_repeater 94 5E
Pumpkin Stem pumpkin_stem 104 68
Melon Stem melon_stem 105 69
Nether Wart nether_wart 115 73
Brewing Stand brewing_stand 117 75
Cauldron cauldron 118 76
Lit Redstone Lamp lit_redstone_lamp 124 7C
Tripwire tripwire 132 84
Flower Pot flower_pot 140 8C
Heads skull 144 90
Unpowered Comparator unpowered_comparator 149 95
Powered Comparator powered_comparator 150 96

Air block[edit]

The air block was briefly available as an item during Java Edition 1.7.2 snapshot 13w38b, while Grum had been redefining the code that represented air in-game. This availability only lasted for one snapshot, as it was the focus of several bugs, most notably a bug that made mobs drop air upon death.

Block Namespaced ID Dec Hex
Air air 0 00

Obtainable until Java Edition 1.8[edit]

In snapshot 14w25a, changes were made to the way the icons of items were rendered, and the way block data was internally represented. Due to this, 12 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Namespaced ID Dec Hex
Water flowing_water 8 08
Still Water water 9 09
Lava flowing_lava 10 0A
Still Lava lava 11 0B
Double Stone Slab double_stone_slab 43 2B
Fire fire 51 34
Nether Portal portal 90 5A
End Portal end_portal 119 77
Double Wooden Slab double_wooden_slab 125 7D
Cocoa cocoa 127 7F
Carrots carrots 141 8D
Potatoes potatoes 142 8E

Obtainable until Java Edition 1.9[edit]

In snapshot 15w49a, 1 block was made unavailable:

Block Namespaced ID Dec Hex
Lit Furnace lit_furnace 62 3E

Crafting recipes[edit]

Chain armor[edit]

Since shortly after their introduction in Indev, and until snapshot 14w25a for release Java Edition 1.8, chain armor was craftable using fire. As of that snapshot, fire can no longer exist as an inventory item, even with inventory editing, and the recipe itself was removed from the game's registry of recipes.

Chain armor may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Enchanted golden apple[edit]

Since their introduction in Java Edition 1.3.1, and until snapshot 15w44a for release Java Edition 1.9, enchanted golden apples had a crafting recipe: an apple surrounded by 8 gold blocks.

Enchanted golden apples may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Gold +

Horse Armor[edit]

In the 13w16a snapshot of Java Edition 1.6.1, a crafting recipe for horse armor was added to Minecraft. In the 1.6 snapshot 13w18a, the crafting recipe was removed; it is unknown why Mojang did this.

Leather horse armor was added to the Bedrock Edition just over three years later, and had a still usable but different crafting recipe.

Horse armor may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
White Wool

Generated structures[edit]

Brick pyramid[edit]

Brick Pyramid
Brick Pyramid.png


Consists of


Can generate in
existing chunks


For a brief time, brick pyramids were large structures that generated far away from the spawn point. These pyramids were completely solid; they had no interior rooms. A strange quality about these pyramids is that if one dug under it, a layer of dirt and stone extended under the pyramid. This suggests it spawned right on top of the terrain instead of being a complete pyramid with the bottom underground (such as desert temples). Pyramids were removed in later versions of Infdev. The pyramid's base was usually 64 × 64 blocks and was 64 blocks high. Whenever it spawned on top of a large body of water, it would usually add to the amount of bases.

Indev House[edit]

Indev House.png

The Indev House was a structure available in Indev versions. It was spawned in when the player first started a world.

When the player started a world in the original Indev version, the house would spawn in as a planks house.

When the player started a world in version Indev 0.31 (January 24, 2010) to the beginning of Infdev, a mossy cobblestone house with torches would spawn in and the player would have flint and steel in their hotbar.

These two houses had the floor made out of stone.

Obsidian wall[edit]

Obsidian Wall
Obsidian Wall.png


Consists of


Can generate in
existing chunks


Obsidian walls were used in Infdev to mark the positions of the cardinal directions. This created two intersecting planes extending just above the surface of the solid material that surrounds them. This has long since been removed, as it was only found in Infdev (February 27, 2010).

Old Village[edit]

Old Village

Plains, desert, savanna, taiga

Can generate in
existing chunks


Old villages and Old zombie villages could generate in plains, savanna, taiga, ice flats and desert biomes. The type of the village, and therefore the style of all structures within it, was determined by the biome where the village well was located. All village biome variants were essentially palette swaps of each other, with the exception of one house in the old ice flats village, which would generate with randomized crop items such as carrots and beetroot. The Old Villages were not known as such until the Village and Pillage update.

Bookshelves in a village library.

Far Lands[edit]

The "corner" of the Far Lands, at ±12,550,821 on both X and Z axes, creating the corner far lands.

The Far Lands was the area that formed the "edge" of the "infinite" map in Java Edition versions prior to Java Edition Beta 1.8. They initiate differently depending on the game's version. In Infdev (February 27, 2010), there was a wall of stone that generated 33,554,432 blocks away from spawn. In a later version of Infdev, this changed to where the Far Lands we had till Java Edition Beta 1.7.3 began at about 12,550,820 blocks from the center of the world (0; 0) These Far Lands had two kinds: Edge Far Lands (The Loop) and Corner Far Lands (The Stack); both feature extremely strange terrain. They are known to have several impacts on the gameplay, including floating-point precision errors and huge framerate/tickrate drops due to excessive coordinates, and the farther from the world center, the worse the effects, until the game freezes and crashes. Beyond X/Z 32,000,000, the chunks are just fake chunks, causing the player to fall through the terrain.

When mods like the "Cubic Chunks" Mod came out, a new set of Far Lands called the Sky Far Lands was discovered. When the height limit is removed completely, the Far Lands continue to generate upward until they eventually collide with the Sky Far Lands 25,101,640 blocks upward or to the Void Far Lands 25,101,640 blocks below the world.

In Java Edition Beta 1.7.3 (and probably as far back as Java Edition Alpha v1.2.0), there existed another set of Far Lands called the Farther Lands, which was found very recently after the discovery of the Far Lands, and generate approximately 1,004,065,600 blocks away from the world center. This set combines with the previous Far Lands to create an even more strange mixture. In this set of Far Lands, the terrain is very smooth and hardly changes its shape. Every block would appear 2 dimensional. This is especially noticeable in the Corner Farther Lands.

The Far Lands were removed in Java Edition Beta 1.8. But they still exist in Bedrock Edition.


These were glitched areas of terrain circa Java Edition Alpha v1.1 which resembled chunk errors, with the terrain abruptly kicking up to the height limit, with natural grass and ore generation. Below the monoliths it was completely hollow except for the water generating at the sea level and a layer of bedrock at the bottom, making the normal terrain seem like inverse monoliths. On very large ones, it is very possible to find small crevices where normal terrain has generated within. They tend to generate around flattish terrain. They were caused by an error in the Perlin Noise generator.

By setting Biome Scale Weight to negative values in customized worlds, they can generate in versions 1.8 snapshot 14w17a through 1.13 snapshot 18w05a, but with the removal of the Customized functionality altogether in 1.13 snapshot 18w06a, this can no longer be recreated.

These can theoretically generate infinitely upwards.


Some types of trees can no longer be grown with saplings, and no longer generate naturally in new terrain. They were often the result of the fact that new log and leaves types had not yet been added; new trees subsequently "borrowed" logs and leaves from other trees. For example: acacia trees, when they were first added, used jungle logs and oak leaves.

Glass Pillars[edit]

Glass Pillar
Glass Pillar.png


Consists of


Can generate in
existing chunks


Glass pillars were added in Java Edition Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3. They were used to mark the location of strongholds, as the eye of ender was not yet added. They were removed in Java Edition Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4, due to the addition of the eye of ender.

Map settings[edit]

Isometric screenshot[edit]

An example of an isometric screenshot.

In the Indev versions of the game, players can take a screenshot of the map from an Isometric perspective using F7. When the game captures an isometric image, it will save the current location of all mobs and show any and all alterations to the map the player has made that would be visible from the perspective of the sun (at sunrise). The player will not be visible unless the player was in third person view before taking the isometric screenshot.

The isometric screenshot will save to their local user folder as "mc_map_####.png" where #### represents the number of the screenshot starting at 0000 up to 9999.

There are some limitations that existed with the screenshots:

An example of a screenshot displaying the bug of not capturing chunks, not in the players FOV.
  • Can only capture the player's sprite when in 3rd person mode.
  • Due to a glitch the screenshot will only render blocks that are in the player's FOV, and everything else will either be black or show blocks under the ground.

Indev map shape[edit]

A typical normal, small, floating, deep map in isometric view.

The map shape is the general dimensions the level generator uses to create maps. It was added in Indev 0.31[when?] and it alters the length, width, and height of the map. There are three kinds of shapes:

  • Square is a map of equal length, width and height.
  • Long is 2 times the length and 12 times the width of a normal map.
  • Deep is 4 times height and 12 the width and length of a normal map.

A small, square map is 128×128 blocks wide, a normal square map is 256×256 blocks wide, and a huge square map is 512×512 blocks. All square and long maps are 64 blocks tall.

Width × Length × Height Square Long Deep
Small 128 × 128 × 64 256 × 64 × 64 64 × 64 × 256
Normal 256 × 256 × 64 512 × 128 × 64 128 × 128 × 256
Huge 512 × 512 × 64 1028 × 256 × 64 256 × 256 × 256

Indev map theme[edit]

A Theme is the general style the level generator uses to create maps. Added in the 0.31 update on January 7, 2010, it dramatically affects Indev mode's game mechanics (such as monster spawn zones and boundary liquid). Paradise and Woods themes were added in the Indev update on February 14, 2010. Themes were removed for later on in the middle of infdev and are comparable to Biomes in Alpha, Beta, and current Minecraft versions.


A typical normal, small, island map in isometric view.

The default map theme. Overground, one will find sporadic Trees and generally favorable space. The weather is constantly partly cloudy, and the lengths of night and day are equal. Underground, ores of all types can be found and Lava is generally found near the Bedrock.

Boundary Liquid: Water.


A typical hell, small, island map in isometric view.

The second map theme introduced with the Theme feature. Hell features significantly less lighting during the day, where Mobs of all types will spawn at any time. All water is replaced with lava, grass is replaced with dirt and grass is only spawned instead of sand during map generation. Mushrooms are abundant on the surface. Farming works at a much slower rate (one plant stage per day cycle). This is comparable to The Nether.

Boundary Liquid: Lava.


A typical paradise, small, island map in isometric view.

The third map theme is more relaxed than the other Themes. It features larger beaches and plentiful flora compared to the Normal Theme, and the time is always set to "Noon" (the sun never sets); hostile Mobs will only spawn underground. Farming works at a much faster rate (from planting to harvestable in 30–45 minutes).

Boundary Liquid: Water.


A typical Woods, small, island map in isometric view.

The fourth map theme is a middle-ground of challenge between Normal and Hell, providing constant overcast during the day that reduces light, and tree density is at a higher rate than the other themes, resulting in the land space becoming smaller. Additionally, Mushrooms are spotty throughout the overground areas.

Boundary Liquid: Water.

Indev map type[edit]

The floating map type.

The map type is the general format the level generator used to create maps. Added in 0.31,[more information needed] it dramatically affected Indev mode in the availability of water, sand, and gravel. The further the player traveled towards the end of the map, the slower they moved. There were four map types:

  • Island is the default map type featuring minor hills and water existing at the borders.
  • Floating is similar to the floating islands in buffet world type today — it contains multiple floating islands. Falling from these islands results in death as the surface is covered in bedrock. Floating gravel and sand is common, while water is rare.
  • Flat is similar to superflat world type today — it features flat grass with flowers, trees and a starting house.
  • Inland features a slightly hilly landscape, which is essentially the Island map type with infinite flatland at its borders as opposed to water. Sand and gravel are common.

Winter mode[edit]

A map with snow.
A very rare occurrence: reeds generated in winter world.

Winter Mode was a randomly occurring map type for Minecraft Alpha. It was added on July 9, 2010 in Alpha 1.0.4 and was the first "biome" to appear in Minecraft.

Differences between Winter Mode and the normal map type

One of the differences was snowflakes, which fell constantly. There were four different kinds of snowflakes. These snowflakes would create snow tiles on any block that was directly exposed to the sky, provided that it was solid.

The second element unique to the Winter Mode was ice. When a map was generated, most exposed water blocks would be frozen into ice. The water does not freeze completely near gravel beaches.

In Winter Mode, passive mobs would not spawn as frequently as in normal map types.

Because all the water turns into ice it is really hard to find reeds in this world type.

The Winter Mode was removed in Halloween Update (Alpha 1.2.0) with addition of proper biomes.

Biomes prior to 1.7.2[edit]

Versions prior to 1.7.2 had many biomes that were removed in later versions.

Biomes removed in 1.7.2:

Pre-Beta 1.8 biomes[edit]

In Beta 1.8, biomes received a major overhaul, removing and changing many biomes. Prior to these changes, there were 13 biome types that were much smaller and less distinct.

Gravel path[edit]

Before Java Edition 1.10, villages used gravel paths as roads; however, in 1.10, grass paths were added as village roads.

Savanna Village[edit]

Prior to 1.10, villages that would generate in savanna biomes used oak logs, oak planks, oak fences and oak stairs, but this village type was replaced with the acacia village.

Customized world type[edit]

Customized was a world type that gave control over many settings that affected terrain generation, such as ores, sea level, biomes, structures, and many variables that govern the random shape of the terrain. It was introduced in snapshot 14w17a for Java Edition 1.8, and was removed in snapshot 18w06a for Java Edition 1.13.


Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve, and Rana[edit]

Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve, and Rana were human mobs originally in-game as a test during the Indev phase. They were made by "Dock", Minecraft's past artist, and were removed from the game when Dock left the development team in early 2010. These mobs had no animation and glided around in the same pose. Upon death, Beast Boy could drop 0–2 feathers, Black Steve could drop 0–2 sulphur (this item has since been renamed "gunpowder") and Steve could drop 0–2 string, while Rana could drop 0–2 apples, 0–5 roses and 0–2 feathers. Beast Boy, Black Steve and Steve each had 5♥♥♥ HP while Rana had 13♥ × 6.5. Beast Boy is a DC superhero and member of the Teen Titans, and Rana is an original character of Dock. "Rana" means frog in Spanish. When hurt, these mobs make the player's hurt noise. Rana is never in any of the same versions as Beast Boy, Black Steve, or Steve.


The human mob before 0.24 SURVIVAL TEST.

Humans were passive mobs who took the form of clones of the default skin. In Classic, humans could be spawned by pressing G, and would run around aimlessly. From 0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST and onwards, there was another mob called "Monster" which looked like a human, but would attack the player. The monster was the result of trying to spawn the base class for hostile mobs as an actual mob, a similar situation would become the same thing later for humans too. Their ID (Mob) , as well as the Monster's ID (Monster) existed until 1.11, which entity IDs were converted to use Namespaced IDs, and the IDs Mob and Monster were removed.

Zombie drops[edit]

Prior to Beta 1.8, zombies dropped feathers. In Beta 1.8, this drop was replaced by rotten flesh.

Zombie Pigman drops[edit]

Prior to Beta 1.8, zombie pigmen dropped cooked porkchops. In Beta 1.8, this drop was replaced by rotten flesh and gold nuggets.


Game sounds Track
Arrow Contact
Door closing
Door opening
Flint and Steel
Leveling up
Old Hurt


Player Track


These features never had any use in game.




On January 25, 2010, Notch posted a video of the gears being placed onto the wall of a cliff.[4]

In Indev on January 25, 2010, the code for gears was added. It could only be obtained by inventory editing and was invisible in the inventory. When edited into the game, gears could only be placed on a side of a block, placing them in a space where two sides are next to each other would cause two gears to appear on both sides. Placed gears were impossible to destroy; any mining directed at a gear phased through to the block behind it, much like water. If the block a gear was on was destroyed, the gear was not removed, but oddly, was invisible. The gear still existed in the map and would show up again if a solid block was replaced. Gears placed in mid-air using a map editor were also invisible and would show up if a block was placed next to them. Gears can be only removed using water to flow on them. A gear's sprite consisted of two parts; the center rod and the animated gear.

In Infdev on February 27, 2010, the gear was renamed to cog, and later on June 27, 2010, it was removed.

They had a data value of 55, which was replaced by redstone in Java Edition Alpha v1.0.1.

Crying obsidian[edit]

Crying Obsidian.png

Crying obsidian was a texture in Minecraft for an abandoned project to implement a spawn point changing obelisk.[5][6][7][8] It was abandoned after the introduction of beds.[9] It would have been crafted with an obsidian block and lapis lazuli.[10] The texture was added in Java Edition Beta 1.3.

The texture for crying obsidian was removed in Beta 1.5.

On February 9, 2012, Jeb was asked "Can you bring back Crying Obsidian or add some new color/texture blocks?" to which he responded, "As soon as I've made preparations for more texture space."[11]

Chairs and other furniture[edit]

Chair from Indev's terrain.png file.

In Indev's terrain.png were two textures which might be interpreted as a chair (side and front). The actual purpose of those textures is unknown. The 2nd texture might be the side view of a table. On Notch's blog, The Word of Notch, furniture, and more specifically chairs, are mentioned a few times.[12][13][14][15]

Grass Shrub[edit]


While looking at one of the chests in the Java Edition Beta 1.6 Test Build 3 version, a weird-looking green textured dead shrub could be seen. It is unknown what this was used for. It most likely resulted from the game attempting to apply biome coloring to the dead bush sprite since the dead bush sprite, at the time, was used for tall grass with a data value of 0. This was scrapped for unknown reasons. It was last seen in the release of Java Edition 1.7.


Paeonia texture.png

Paeonias were an unimplemented block that was replaced by the two-block-high peonies.

There was only one screenshot of the block released by Jeb.[16] When held in the hand, its height was level to the player's shoulder. The texture could still be found for this block called flower_paeonia.png until it was removed in the 17w47a snapshot for Java Edition 1.13.


Armor in Survival Test[edit]

In early versions from 0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST through Indev 20100207-2, there was a folder called "armor", which contained two files. One was called "chain.png"; and the other was called "plate.png". These files were removed in Indev 20100212-1 with the addition of normal armor models.

Armor plate (Entity).png
Plate armor[edit]

Plate armor was used in Survival Test for mobs and it gave them no additional defense.

Armor chainmail (Entity) Revision 1.png
Chain armor[edit]

Unlike plate armor, chain armor was impossible to be seen in game. It was just an unused texture. It was later removed and replaced with a new model and a texture with leggings and boots.


There were 29 potions without effects that were left behind in Java Edition Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2. All unused potions had effects when implemented but none after that, and appeared to be different colors from current potions. These potions were later removed in the Java Edition 1.9 snapshot 15w44b.

These potions could only be obtained by using the command /give @p minecraft:potion 1 <data-value> {CustomPotionEffects:[]}. Adding a multiple of 64 to the value would result in the same potion. As with other potions at the time, adding the value with 16384 would result in a splash version of the given potion.

Icon Name DVs
Uninteresting Potion.png Uninteresting Potion 2 & 3
Bland Potion.png Bland Potion 4 & 5
Clear Potion.png Clear Potion 6 & 7
Milky Potion.png Milky Potion 8 & 9
Diffuse Potion.png Diffuse Potion 10 & 11
Artless Potion.png Artless Potion 12 & 13
Thin Potion.png Thin Potion 14 & 15
Uninteresting Potion.png Flat Potion 18 & 19
Bland Potion.png Bulky Potion 20 & 21
Clear Potion.png Bungling Potion 22 & 23
Icon Name DVs
Milky Potion.png Buttered Potion 24 & 25
Diffuse Potion.png Smooth Potion 26 & 27
Artless Potion.png Suave Potion 28 & 29
Thin Potion.png Debonair Potion 30 & 31
Uninteresting Potion.png Elegant Potion 34 & 35
Bland Potion.png Fancy Potion 36 & 37
Clear Potion.png Charming Potion 38 & 39
Milky Potion.png Dashing Potion 40 & 41
Diffuse Potion.png Refined Potion 42 & 43
Artless Potion.png Cordial Potion 44 & 45
Icon Name DVs
Thin Potion.png Sparkling Potion 46 & 47
Potent Potion.png Potent Potion 48 & 49
Uninteresting Potion.png Foul Potion 50 & 51
Bland Potion.png Odorless Potion 52 & 53
Clear Potion.png Rank Potion 54 & 55
Milky Potion.png Harsh Potion 56 & 57
Diffuse Potion.png Acrid Potion 58 & 59
Artless Potion.png Gross Potion 60 & 61
Thin Potion.png Stinky Potion 62 & 63


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. It was added in Java Edition Indev 0.31 20091231-2.

Although the sprite for a quiver has been in the game since Indev, almost nothing is known about it. Jeb has stated that he is not going to add them.[17] Later, during Java Edition 1.9 development, Dinnerbone tweeted a 2×204960 image[18] which can be reformed into a 854×480 Minecraft screenshot, containing the quiver.[19] On June 30, 2015, Dinnerbone posted that he removed them again as arrows in the off-hand feel "more natural".[20]

In Java Edition 1.9, the quiver texture was removed.


Skis texture.

A texture known in the game files as "skis.png", was added in the Christmas/New Year update. Its textures were added by Dinnerbone as a red herring.[21] The texture was removed in the Horse Update.




Minecraft user Miclee came up with the idea for pigmen.[22] He was given the Bacon Cape as a reward, but when Notch was asked for personal capes by other users, the Bacon Cape was taken away from Miclee to prevent further commotion.[citation needed]

Notch mentioned in April 25, 2011 that he might add pigmen as villages' townspeople,[23] although in the Beta 1.9 pre-releases, a different villager mob was introduced.

In 1.6.2, the texture file was removed from Minecraft.

A similar mob called the piglin will be added in Java Edition 1.16.‌[upcoming]


Play Tutorial Level button[edit]

An unclickable Play Tutorial Level button was added to the main menu during Indev. With the addition of texture packs in Alpha 1.2.2, this button was removed, but no such tutorial level had actually existed during that time.


Brick Block Variations[edit]

Brick Variations Classic.png

At some point in Classic, there were 4 similar brick textures added with slight differences, hinting it might have been planned to add variations in textures.

Door Details[edit]

Doors Infdev.png

In the Infdev terrain file, there could be found two door textures that looked exactly the same except the hinges and the handle were on the opposite sides, but in today's Minecraft only one of the textures is used and is flipped when the handles and hinges are on the other sides. The alternate door was overwritten with the iron door texture in Java Edition Alpha v1.0.1.

Door Entity[edit]

Door Entity Infdev.png

In the Infdev "item" folder (where signs, arrows, and minecarts could be found at the time), a file named "door.png" could also be found. It was most likely going to be used for the door animation Notch had been wanting to add. The texture was removed in Java Edition 1.6.1.



In Infdev, a texture called "Fluff.png" was added. It was used as a texture for clouds in Infdev, but was later removed in early alpha.

Footstep particle[edit]

Footstep particles on sand.

The footstep particle was introduced, but never used in the game. It was removed in snapshot 17w47a, as part of the The Flattening.

Steve Villager Hybrid[edit]

After villagers were added, a strange file could be found in the mobs folder (outside of the villager folder) called "villager.png". It appeared to be some sort of Steve villager hybrid. This file was removed in 1.5 during the texture pack reform. It did not match the Villager model. If used for a Villager in a resource pack, it would look glitched.

Steve Villager before 1.5.png
How the Villager Steve may have been intended to look, re-created with a 3D modeling software.

Steve's hair on the 2nd layer of char.png[edit]


Char.png can be found in 0.27 SURVIVAL TEST's texture files and Steve's hair is on the 2nd layer rather than the 1st. This was possibly a failed hair test.

Another failed skin attempt on char.png[edit]

Char 2.png

Char_2.png can be found in Indev (February 12, 2010, 1)'s texture files. This was possibly another failed attempt of testing skins in Indev. There are two gold pixels on the top right of Steve's head and another layer of hair.


In Infdev, a file similar to terrain, referred to as "waterterrain.png" could be found. It appeared to be some sort of arrow system, and it is possible this was used to test water animation.

"chunkinfo" command[edit]

From Java Edition 1.8 (14w30a) to Java Edition 1.13 (17w45a), the file en_us.lang contained translation strings for a /chunkinfo command, which never existed in game. The following keys existed:

commands.chunkinfo.usage=/chunkinfo [<x> <y> <z>]
commands.chunkinfo.location=Chunk location: (%s, %s, %s)
commands.chunkinfo.noChunk=No chunk found at chunk position %s, %s, %s
commands.chunkinfo.notEmpty=Chunk is not empty.
commands.chunkinfo.empty=Chunk is empty.
commands.chunkinfo.notCompiled=Chunk is not compiled.
commands.chunkinfo.compiled=Chunk is compiled.
commands.chunkinfo.hasNoRenderableLayers=Chunk has no renderable layers.
commands.chunkinfo.hasLayers=Chunk has layers: %s
commands.chunkinfo.isEmpty=Chunk has empty layers: %s
commands.chunkinfo.vertices=%s layer's buffer contains %s vertices 64 vertices are: %s

It is unknown if this command was used by Mojang for development or was simply a dropped feature.

Placeholder Fire texture[edit]

Placeholder graphics for the fire texture found in terrain.png, which is overwritten in VRAM with the true fire texture. The text reads "FIRE TEX! HNST", which means "Fire texture! Honest!". This was replaced by the actual fire animation as part of the Redstone Update. [more information needed]

Old Lava and Water textures[edit]

The old lava and water texture from Alpha found in terrain.png. These textures were replaced by a different lava and water animation in the Redstone Update. [more information needed]

Village Border texture[edit]

A texture previously used by Mojang to mark the borders of villages found on terrain.png. This was removed in the Redstone Update. [more information needed]

Duplicate Cake texture[edit]

While this cake graphic is technically used, this duplicate in terrain.png isn't. This was removed in the Redstone Update. [more information needed]

Other snow texture?[edit]

Unknown, though it could be related to the snow weather effect. This was removed in the Redstone Update. [more information needed]



Calm4.ogg was a music file (alongside the other tracks) that was beta-tested and created by Notch himself. The song is 3:13.

It consists of an upbeat synth, battle-like tune. At 1:36 in the song, the player can hear Notch saying "Mojang Specifications" in slow-motion.

The track was released around JE Alpha v1.1.1, but in JE Alpha v1.1.2[verify], this track was omitted from the downloaded game files. Players who had the game while the song file was still included will continue to hear it being played, as the game will play any song in the .minecraft/resources/music folder.

With the introduction of the Java Edition 1.6.1 launcher, playing older versions with the track calm4.ogg will not allow the track to be heard, since music is downloaded separately from the .jar files.

Player stats[edit]

The removed player stats.

In an early Indev version, the player could open the inventory screen and view their name and three stats: "ATK", "DEF", and "SPD". These only existed briefly; when asked, Notch stated he could not remember exactly why they were implemented and subsequently removed, and he assumed they were placeholders for "vague plans".[24]

Inventory changes[edit]

An inventory rewrite was originally partially implemented in snapshot 14w07a for Java Edition 1.8, but it was reverted before the release of 1.8.[more information needed][25]

Old player death animation[edit]

Before 1.6.1, on player death, the player would stay standing, leap a little bit, and then disappear. In 1.6.1, this was replaced with the player falling and then disappearing.

Notch dropping an apple[edit]

Before Java Edition Beta 1.8, a player named Notch would drop an apple upon death.

On-screen version number[edit]

The version display in Beta 1.6 Test Build 3.
The exclusive all-text display, only shown in the Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo.

Starting with Classic 0.0.2a, all subsequent versions until RC2 had text displayed in the top left corner of the screen which told what version the player was on. Versions between Java Edition Beta 1.6.4 and Java Edition Beta 1.7.3 did not have this text. From 0.0.2a to the last 0.31 release (Indev 0.31 (February 5, 2010)), only the version number was displayed. But after Indev switched from being 0.31 to being called Minecraft Indev (Indev (February 6, 2010)), the word "Minecraft" was shown before the version number. In the Alpha development stage, the text read Minecraft Alpha v#.#.#(_#). In the Beta development stage, the text read Minecraft Beta #.#(_#). This feature was only partially removed, for, among other things, the version number can now be shown by opening the debug screen while in-game. Before Java Edition Alpha v1.2.2, the version number did not display on the main menu screen.

Unlicensed copy message[edit]

The Unlicensed Copy message as seen in Beta 1.7.3.

In the Beta stage of Minecraft's development, a message reading "Minecraft Beta #.#.#(_0#) Unlicensed Copy :( (Or logged in from another location). Purchase at" was shown. This message can only be seen in versions between Java Edition Beta 1.6 Test Build 3 and Java Edition Beta 1.7.3, as proved by a bytecode editor. The bytecode for the message was removed in Java Edition Beta 1.8.

Spawn Nether Portals with F4[edit]

In Alpha v1.2.2a, players had the ability to spawn Nether Portals by pressing F4. In Alpha v1.2.2b, spawn Nether Portals using F4 was removed.

Time control buttons F6 and F7[edit]

In Java Edition Beta 1.8 Pre-release, as a result of left-in debug code, players had the ability to use the time control buttons F6 and F7. In Java Edition Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;), the functionality of F6 and F7 was removed.


Achievements were available between Java Edition Beta 1.5 and Java Edition 1.12 (17w06a). They were ultimately replaced by advancements, though editions other than the Java Edition still have achievements instead.

"Player Activity" button on realms[edit]

The "Player Activity" button in realms was added in Java Edition 1.5, but it was removed in Java Edition 1.14.4 for unknown reasons. This button was used to show the activities that players did.

Texture pack[edit]

Texture packs were added in Java Edition Alpha v1.2.2, and were replaced with Resource packs in Java Edition 1.6.1 (13w24a).

3D Anaglyph[edit]

3D Anaglyph option before Java Edition 1.13.

3D Anaglyph is an option in video settings that applies a red-cyan stereoscopic effect, enabling the use of red-cyan 3D glasses to experience the game in more depth. This option was removed in Java Edition 1.13 snapshot 17w43a.

Void fog[edit]

Void fog as depicted before its removal in the Java Edition 1.8 snapshots.
The Void, covered in void fog.
The limit of the player's view would reduce with depth.

In Java Edition Beta 1.8, black void fog and the depthsuspend particle were introduced. As the player descended below Y=17 in the Overworld, the void fog and particles would start to appear. As the player traveled deeper, the fog at the edge of the render distance would become closer until the player reached bedrock, where visibility was reduced to just a few blocks, beyond which was complete darkness. The gray void particles appeared at and under layer 16, as well as in the void.

The void fog was removed in snapshot 14w34c, the main reason being to improve performance.[26] The depthsuspend particle was also removed from the void, but stayed in the game until snapshot 17w47a when it was removed as part of The Flattening.

Dispensing command blocks[edit]

From Java Edition 1.8 snapshot 14w07a, dispensers had the ability to place a command block that it contained, when activated. This feature was removed as of version Java Edition 1.8.6 to solve a security issue.[27][28]

Mobs running from creepers[edit]

In Java Edition 1.8, mobs ran away from creepers that were about to explode. In Java Edition 1.8.1-pre1, this feature was removed because every mob that had the ability to run from a creeper was looking for an exploding creeper every tick, degrading performance.

Water evaporating on magma blocks[edit]

In Java Edition 1.10 (16w20a), water evaporated on top of magma blocks when randomly ticked. In Java Edition 1.13 (18w07a), whirlpool bubble columns are produced on top of magma blocks instead.

Full hotbar[edit]

Before Java Edition 1.4.2, starting a world in creative mode always started the player with a full hotbar, which included oak saplings, bricks, oak planks, spruce planks, cobblestone, and dirt.


Note: When a line of splash text is removed, the line it occupied in splashes.txt is deleted, meaning the line number of all subsequent splashes lowers by one.

Main splashes[edit]

Splash text Explanation Version added Version removed Pre-removal line number
Pre-beta! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 1
Alpha version! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 30
9.95 euro! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was less than half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 48
Half price! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was about half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 49
Check it out! Duplicate of "Check it out!" on line 21. pre-Halloween Update Beta 1.8 Pre-release 47
Notch <3 ez! Most likely because of Notch's departure from Mojang. Indev 1.8.5 100
SOPA means LOSER in Swedish! SOPA was a highly controversial anti-piracy bill that made its way through the United States House of Representatives before it was rejected. In Swedish, "sopa" is a noun meaning "trash" or "garbage" and also commonly used as a slang insult. Prior to the 1.3 Pre-release, this splash read "SOPA means LOSER in Swedish", without an exclamation point.

The specific bill SOPA had not been a current issue for several years, by the time of the splash's removal.

However, the Splash still exists in Legacy Console Edition.

1.1 1.9 (15w42a) 304
Better than Prey! Prey is a first person shooter that was well received by critics.

The splash was most likely removed to avoid legal issues with ZeniMax Media, in which Bethesda published the 2017 video game of the same name.

Indev 1.12.1 (17w31a) 5
Hobo humping slobo babe! "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" was the critically-acclaimed first single of the band Whale. Beta 1.8 Pre-release 1.14 (19w12a) 259
Made by Notch! Notch is the creator of Minecraft. Indev 1.14 (19w13a) 9
The Work of Notch! Probably a reference to The Word of Notch, or Notch as the creator of Minecraft. Alpha 1.0.0 136
110813! Notch's and ez's wedding day, August 13, 2011. Beta 1.8 Pre-release 233
Woo, minecraftforum! Minecraft Forum. Removed shortly after it was announced that the forum would shut down.[29] Alpha v1.0.14 1.14.2 (Pre-Release 4) 171

Special splashes[edit]

Splash text Explanation Date/version displayed Version removed
Happy birthday, ez! Shown on ez's birthday. November 9 1.8.5
Happy birthday, Notch! Shown on Notch's birthday. June 1 1.8.5

Super Secret Settings[edit]

The "Super Secret Settings", added in Java Edition 1.7.2 snapshot 13w38a, were removed in Java Edition 1.9 snapshot 15w31a for an internal rewrite. It was a button under the options menu that, when pressed, would blare a random game sound with a lower pitch, and activate a shader.

Native integration[edit]

Native integration, added in Java Edition 1.7.4 snapshot 13w47a, was removed in Java Edition 1.9 snapshot 15w31a. Twitch chat was integrated into the game. and entity.hanging.pop[edit] and entity.hanging.pop were two sound effects added in 15w49a and removed in the next snapshot, 15w49b. The sound effects were blank audio files and were likely intended as sound effects for the Lead.

Old conduit particle[edit]

The old conduit particles.

The conduit was added in the 18w15a snapshot with particles, but those particles were changed in the next snapshot 18w16a.

Locate new village[edit]

There was a locate command called /locate New Village. This was implemented during the snapshots for Village & Pillage before the village structures from Update Aquatic and prior were removed. Once these "old" villages were officially taken from the game's structure spawn list, "/locate New Village" replaced "/locate village" as the New Village ID was no longer needed.

Start with 64 fences[edit]

In Alpha v1.0.17, the player would spawn with 64 fences in their inventory. but in Alpha v1.0.17_01 this feature was removed. [verify]

First-person view pivot[edit]

Removed in 1.14.4 for performance. [more information needed]

Placeholder block drops[edit]

Survival Test introduced item drops which were mapped as follows:

Item drops were reworked in Indev.

Minimized textures[edit]

In Survival Test, item drops were restricted to the cube shape used for blocks. The projected texture was the same on all faces and the texture scale was closer to those of blocks, making it look cropped.


The water_hacked and waterlogged was added in 1.13 snapshots 18w07a and 18w07b respectively and removed in 18w10c. Before the removal, these tags functioned as follows:

Tag name Values Usage
minecraft:water_hacked #minecraft:stairs, #minecraft:waterlogged, #minecraft:slabs, minecraft:chest
  • Blocks in this tag will render in water as if any non-filled space in the block model was water.
minecraft:waterlogged #minecraft:coral_plants, minecraft:bubble_column, minecraft:kelp, minecraft:kelp_top, minecraft:sea_grass, minecraft:tall_sea_grass
  • Used in the 'water_hacked.json' block tag file. Prevents non-water mobs from spawning in this block. Allows swimming in this block.

Java Launcher easter eggs[edit]

Prior to the release of the Minecraft Java edition launcher version 2.1.497x, the launcher contained multiple easter eggs. If the player hovered their cursor over the "Play" button for a few seconds, a random mob would appear in the bottom right corner of the launcher. In the top left corner of the launcher, the player could see a translucent creeper face. There was about a 111 chance of the creeper face being replaced with a shrugging kaomoji, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. When the player clicked on either of these, they turned solid white. Clicking them again would return them to their translucent state. In addition, if the player clicked ctrl+b, the experience orb pickup sound will play. This was removed in the launcher version 2.1.497x.

Old walking animation[edit]

From Pre-Classic prior to Alpha 1.0.9, the walking animation for the player and the human mob was different; the player and the human mob would swing their arms wildly to their sides while walking.

Creeper melee attack[edit]

From Survival Test to Indev, creepers did melee damage to the player, and in Indev 0.31 this feature was removed.


  1. "Oh, yes, one thing that I didn't explicitly say: We have removed the "horse saddle", pigs and horses use the same saddle item now"@jeb_, April 26, 2013
  2. "Twitter sometimes... =) Rehearsal: Saddles not craftable, but found in dungeons. (As before snapshots.) Horses use same saddles as pigs."@jeb_, April 26, 2013
  3. wordofnotch:333135179/i-should-be-sleeping-but
  6. user talk:Jeb mojang#Your opinion on this deletion
  12. wordofnotch:659506746/asynchronous-saving-and-loading-and-slightly-more
  13. wordofnotch:660061390/lo-and-behold-now-i-need-larger-blocks
  14. wordofnotch:666612436/i-got-my-pandora-yesterday
  15. wordofnotch:673782427/finally-an-update
  17. User talk:Jeb mojang#Quiver
  29. "Important Minecraft Forum Announcement" (archived)Minecraft Forum, May 21, 2019.