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An easter egg is an intentional hidden message, inside joke, or feature in a work such as a computer program, web page, video game, television program, movie, book, or crossword. Minecraft features several easter eggs hidden within the game.

Holidays[edit]

April Fools'[edit]

Many joke features and updates are teased on April 1. Some of these, such as stained glass, blocks of coal and horses, eventually made their way into the official game.

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.

2011[edit]

The Minecraft "store" in seizure mode.

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The Locked Chest was a naturally generated block used as the premise of Notch's 2011 April Fools' Day joke. Upon attempting to open the chest, a message would appear stating that a Steve Co. Supply Crate Key is needed and that one could be purchased at the Minecraft store.

This concept is a reference to the Team Fortress 2 item drop system, where you can pick up an item while playing. One of the receivable items is called Mann Co. Supply Crate, which required a key purchased from the Mann Co. Store, a microtransaction system integrated into the Steam client. The font used in the GUI is also the same as the one used in Team Fortress 2.

Within the Minecraft store, there were many easter eggs:

  • Clicking on the proceed to checkout button triggers a screamer in which a Velociraptor from the film Jurassic Park will growl loudly and fly across the screen. Once clicked, the Proceed button also changes its display name to Fiddlesticks!!!1[sic].
  • Entering items totalling over $10,000 into the cart causes a window pop-up asking if you are prone to seizures. Clicking OK or Cancel makes the screen start flashing, causing every element to flash multi-color.
    • Later, the window pop-up said: "If you are prone to seizures, press cancel.". This was done likely to avoid lawsuits because of the rapidly changing color flashes.
  • The script that causes the Velociraptor to appear has a reference to the Konami Code in it:
// Determine Entrance
if(options.enterOn == 'timer') {
	setTimeout(init, options.delayTime);
} else if(options.enterOn == 'click') {
	_this.bind('click', function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
if(!locked) {
	 init();
}
	})
} else if(options.enterOn == 'konami-code'){
var kkeys = [], konami = "38,38,40,40,37,39,37,39,66,65";
$(window).bind("keydown.raptorz", function(e){
kkeys.push( e.keyCode );
if ( kkeys.toString().indexOf( konami ) >= 0 ) {
	init();
	$(window).unbind('keydown.raptorz');
}
}, true);

2013[edit]

During 2013, Mojang released a pre-release for a fake future version to various YouTubers.

2014[edit]

A post was added to Mojang's blog[1] for the joke.

The long-nosed villagers introduced in Minecraft Beta 1.9 have become sentient. They have taken over our skin servers and content delivery networks (CDN), so, unfortunately, you will not be able to change your skins until we fix the problem. We are desperately trying our best to pull the plugs, but we should prepare ourselves to serve under our new villager overlords. Singularity may be upon us.

The Minecraft Team

This caused players's current skin to turn into villager skins, and caused users to be unable to change their skins unless modifying the launcher .json file. Different career villager skins were used, including the then-unused nitwit villager (green robe).

In-game, villagers still acted the same, (with their programmed AI) but they made different sounds. Every player's skin was replaced by a villager skin. Not all players had the villager skin; skins varied by player. Other villager noises were implemented in non-villager parts of the game. All noises were replaced with the sound effects of Element Animation's "T.E.A.V.S.R.P" (The Element Animation Villager Sounds Resource Pack). Mojang also added in-game villager music. The title screen music contains a parody of the "Game of Thrones" theme, due to the new series starting in early April and also because of its being included in the original trailer for "T.E.A.V.S.R.P." Jeb also claimed the villager got his Twitter account.[2]

Grum released the villager skins on reddit on April 1, 2014. There were seven variants, including a base skin.

An updated version of TEAVSRP, complete with the new music, was released by Element Animation on April 2, 2014.

Soon afterward, Element animation released this video, and the skins and the sounds were reverted to the way they were before on April 2, 2014. However, this update cannot be activated by setting the computer's date to April 1, 2014.

Bedrock and Legacy Console editions are not affected from this April fools' Joke.

2015[edit]

15w14a was released as an April Fools' joke for version "1.10", when the next update was supposed to be 1.9. This "Update" is called the Love and Hugs Update.[3] There was also a QR code written in the snow that generated in a super flat world that when scanned reads "Java Edition 1.9: The Combat Update".

2016[edit]

1.RV-Pre1 was released as an April Fools' joke for the update 1.RV. This "Update" is called the Trendy Update. [4]

2017[edit]

The Mine & Craft Digital Leisure Device, a 'games console' resembling a Game & Watch, was announced on the Minecraft website.[5]

2018[edit]

A comparison of some textures.

The new 8-bit default version of textures was released for Java Edition. The new textures are available in versions of Java Edition 1.12.x and versions from Java Edition 17w43a to Java Edition 18w11a. It was announced that all editions of Minecraft will get the new version of textures. The new textures are actually the original textures using 8-bit color, leading to a drastic reduce in detail.[6] The splash text for this day also can only read any of the following:

  • Cleaner!
  • Simplified!
  • Perfected!
  • Art directed! (by robots)
  • Machine learned textures!
  • Not blurry!
  • Not bubbly!
  • Not cartoony!
  • Photo realistic!
  • Hand painted!

The textures and the splashes were reverted to the way they were before on April 2, 2018.[7] However, this update cannot be reactivated by setting the computer's date to April 1, 2018.

Bedrock, Legacy Console, New Nintendo 3DS and Education editions are not affected from this April fools' Joke.

2019[edit]

An April Fools' version officially called "Minecraft 3D" was released,[8] which contained many references to gaming in the 1990s, primarily DOOM.

Halloween[edit]

Between October 20 and November 3, bats are able to spawn at light level of 6 or less instead of the normal light level 3 or less.

On October 31, zombies, zombie villagers, husks, drowned, skeletons, strays, zombie pigmen, and wither skeletons may sometimes wear pumpkins or jack o'lanterns on their heads. These mobs will drop these blocks if killed using a tool enchanted with Looting. This feature was added in Java Edition 1.4.2 for Halloween 2012 and every Halloween thereafter.

Also, the only splash text shown is "OOoooOOOoooo! Spooky!"

Christmas[edit]

From December 24 – 26, chests, large chests, trapped chests and Ender Chests have their textures changed to Xmas chests, which resemble wrapped Christmas presents. This was added in Java Edition 1.4.6 for Christmas 2012. A texture known in the game files as "skis.png", was also added in Java Edition 1.4.6 in the same folder as the Xmas chests, however these textures were added by Dinnerbone as a red herring. This was re-added for Christmas 2013,[9] along with a new 'rain' - feature - pigs riding chickens (this is not planned to be fully implemented). This also happened again in 2014 with a new splash reading, "Merry X-Mas!", and repeated in every Christmas since.

Items & textures[edit]

Items[edit]

Cake[edit]

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10 Years Cake.jpg

In 1.14.2-pre2 and for the occasion of the 10 years of Minecraft's release on May 17, 2019. The cake has a big "10" placed like candles and the only splash text that appears is "Turning 10 years old!". This is reverted to the way they were before on May 20, 2019.

Thing banner[edit]

A "Thing" pattern can be crafted using an enchanted golden apple and paper. When put on a banner, it will display Mojang's logo in whatever color dye was used. It is labeled "Thing" in the inventory.

Textures[edit]

Some textures have hidden things in space unused by the game. Some of these are accessible by unzipping client.jar found in the versions folder.

Guardian[edit]

Before the Texture Update, in the Guardian and Elder Guardian textures, there was an unused area saying "jeb".

Armor stand[edit]

In the texture for the armor stand, in an unused area in the bottom right, the word "Searge" can be seen in a black box. This is presumably put there as a signature by Searge, the developer that implemented armor stands. In the bottom left, the word "Jappa" can be seen. This is likely another signature, this time from the texture artist, Jappa, who was in charge of the Texture Update.

Zombie pigman[edit]

Before the Texture Update, in an unused area for the zombie pigman texture, the words "THX XAPHOBIA" could be seen. This was written by Notch to give credit and thanks to the original creator of the texture, XaPhobia.[10][11]

Languages[edit]

There are five joke languages available at the language menu: Pirate Speak, LOLCAT, Shakespearean English, Anglish (puristic English), and ɥsᴉlƃuƎ (ɯopᵷuᴉʞ pǝʇᴉu∩) (Upside-down English).

Minecraft is also translated into tlhIngan Hol, the Klingon language from Star Trek; Quenya, one of the Elvish languages from Lord of the Rings;, Lojban, a conlang made by the LLC (Logical Language Group) and Esperanto, another conlang created by L.L. Zamenhof.

If a player types "excitedze" into the search bar in the recipe book, their language is automatically switched to Pirate Speak. "ExcitedZe" is the username of Maria Lemón, one of Mojang's staff members.[12]

Names[edit]

Easter eggs related to names of mobs or players.

Naming mobs[edit]

Several mobs can renamed by using a name tag to create an effect.

Upside-down mobs[edit]

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Anything with my name in Minecraft is upside down, including myself.

Dinnerbone
An example of a skeleton, a pig, a creeper, a chicken, and a cow being named "Dinnerbone"

As of 1.6, any mob named "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" (first letter must be capitalized) through name tags, commands, or any other method, will cause it to render upside-down. The mob's behavior will not change.

This also applies to players, allowing Dinnerbone and Grumm's avatars to be rendered upside-down. This can be toggled using the "Show cape" button from "Skin Settings".[13] In Bedrock Edition, if the player names themselves Dinnerbone or Grumm, they will be rendered upside-down. This only works if the player did not sign into Xbox Live.

Jeb sheep[edit]

A sheep named "Jeb"

Naming a sheep jeb_ using a name tag or a renamed spawn egg will cause it to appear to constantly fade through all colors a sheep can be dyed. When sheared using shears, however, the sheep will bear wool of the original color of the sheep and not the color of the wool that the sheep appears to be. For example, when a black sheep is named jeb_ and then changes to the color red, if sheared it will still drop black wool. In Bedrock Edition, if a sheep is named jeb_, then sheared, the leftover wool on its skin will cycle through all the colors, too.

"Toast the Bunny"[edit]

When Ryan Holtz was developing rabbits, user xyzen420 asked him to make a skin that would look like his girlfriend's lost rabbit, Toast. Now, naming a rabbit with a name tag or a rabbit spawn egg called "Toast" will spawn/switch the rabbit's skin to look like Toast as a memorial. This also works if the player attempts to name The Killer Bunny, where as the rabbit's appearance will be the Toast skin, but will still have the ability to attack the player as it would without the given name. When the player is killed by the renamed Killer Bunny, the death message would say “<playername> was slain by Toast”.

"Johnny"[edit]

If a vindicator is named Johnny or has its Johnny tag set to 1b they will attack any nearby mobs, with the exception of other illagers. This references the movie "The Shining".

Players[edit]

Deadmau5's ears[edit]

Deadmau5 and his skin

With the capes addition, Notch also added ears for the player deadmau5. The ears are "vanity items and are worn in addition to the player's skin", with the texture contained within deadmau5's skin.

deadmau5 cannot disable his ears, as a translucent part of the skin is automatically converted into a black color. His name tag is also programmed to render ten pixels higher to render above the ears.

The ears are set to show up based on the username, rather than the UUID of the player, meaning that if deadmau5 were to change his name, he would not keep his ears.

Notch's death[edit]

When Notch died in-game, he dropped an additional apple along with his inventory.[14] However, it appears that this is no longer the case,[15][16] and it is unknown whether this was intentionally removed.

Splashes[edit]

Never displayed splash[edit]

Within the "texts" folder, there will be a text file named splashes.txt. The text file contains all the splashes appears on the title screen. One of them is "This message will never appear on the splash screen, isn't that weird?"; as its text implies the splash is never displayed.

missingno[edit]

If one were to delete the file splashes.txt without deleting the META-INF folder first, the splash text on the title screen would switch to missingno. This is a reference to the infamous glitch Pokémon found in the first generation of Pokémon games, MissingNo. This is no longer the case in modern versions of the game.[more information needed]

Notch's Birthday[edit]

Notch's Birthday splash text in 1.7.9

On June 1, Notch's Birthday, the only splash that is displayed is "Happy Birthday, Notch!"

This splash was removed as of the Java Edition 1.8.5 update, since Notch no longer works for Mojang.

Holiday Splashes[edit]

Various splashes will appear all day on many holidays, like "Happy New Year!" on January 1, and "Merry X-mas!" on Christmas Day. They may change slightly every year.

Removed easter eggs[edit]

Several easter eggs have been removed from Minecraft.

Command blocks[edit]

Command blocks have various Easter eggs with messages being added to the previous output.

Searge[edit]

Running "Searge" as the command in the command block without a preceding "/" will now set the previous output to "#itzlipofutzli". This Easter egg is case insensitive.

Searge says[edit]

If the command /help is run via command block, it gives various messages prefixed with "Searge says: " as the previous output when activated. The following messages exist:

  • "Yolo"
  • "/achievement take achievement.understandCommands @p"
  • "Ask for help on twitter"
  • "/deop @p"
  • "Scoreboard deleted, commands blocked"
  • "Contact helpdesk for help"
  • "/testfornoob @p"
  • "/trigger warning"
  • "Oh my god, it's full of stats"
  • "/kill @p[name=!Searge]"
  • "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
  • "Sorry, no help today".

This no longer works in 1.13 (MC-124295); instead the /help command now runs normally, but the previous output will only give the last line ("/xp -> experience") due to there only being space for one line.

Launcher[edit]

Java Launcher[edit]

Some main menu easter eggs. The shrugging emoticon has been clicked, causing it to turn white. A witch has also appeared after the player hovered over the play button.

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 emoticon, ¯\_(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.

Legacy Console Edition tutorial world[edit]

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Tower of Pimps[edit]

Tower of Pimps
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Biomes

Desert

Consists of
Can generate in
existing chunks

No

In the old Legacy Console Edition TU12-TU13 Tutorial World, at the Sandstone Pyramid, go to the top floor. There are four blocks of gold on top of a block of Obsidian, which is the "Tower of Pimps". The "Tower of Pimps" was created by Gavin Free of Achievement Hunter in their video "Let's Play Minecraft Part 2 - On a Rail!" and has become a symbol of the group's Let's Play Minecraft series, mainly as a trophy of their competitions in their Achievement City world within Xbox 360 Edition and Java Edition.[17]

Stampylonghead reference[edit]

In the Legacy Console Edition TU19/CU7/1.12 Tutorial World, there was an island in the north east side of the world and it had a remake of stampy's house along with his boat, the S.S. Stumpy[18].

Additionally, the boat was seen in the trailer for Legacy Console Edition TU19/CU7.[19]

References to other franchises[edit]

Portal[edit]

The achievement for crafting a cake is called "The Lie" in reference to the phrase "The cake is a lie!" from the popular Valve game Portal.

Super Mario 64[edit]

The elytra's behavior, Tommaso tweets, "is like Mario 64" in reference to the wing cap from Super Mario 64.

Star Fox[edit]

The achievement for using a trident enchanted with Riptide is called "Do a Barrel Roll!" in reference to the popular phrase said by Peppy Hare in Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Zero proposing the player to execute the aerial maneuver named under "barrel roll" with the Arwing.

2001: A Space Odyssey[edit]

Using /help in a command block displays one of a few joke messages. The 2001: A Space Odyssey quote "Oh my god it's full of stars" is referenced. In the witty comments, there are two other quotes, "I'm sorry, Dave." and "Quite honestly, I wouldn't worry myself about that."

Age of Empires[edit]

If an evoker sees a blue sheep, it will turn the sheep into a red sheep while uttering "wololo". This is a reference to the Priest unit from the Age of Empires real-time strategy game series, which would utter "wololo" while converting enemy units to their own side, changing their color. The evoker specifically uses the sound sample from the 1999 title Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.[20][21]

Other[edit]

Minceraft[edit]

There is a 0.01% chance that the title screen will display "Minceraft" instead of "Minecraft". The beginning of crash logs can have the phrase "You should try our sister game, Minceraft!", too, and its also one of the crash reports when Minecraft crashes.

Someone is closing me![edit]

The "Someone is closing me!" Easter Egg.

After a crash, the second-to-last line of text on the game output launcher tab says "Someone is closing me!".

Enchanting symbols[edit]

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The enchanting symbols shown on the enchantment selection contain random words using the standard galactic alphabet from Commander Keen games, but the words in enchanting tables are randomized and do not correlate with any enchantments.

Sounds[edit]

Disc 11[edit]

When the ogg for music disc 11 is converted to wave and run through a spectrogram, an image is created. Several theories for this image exist, but the most popular is that the image depicts the default player head and C418's autograph. C is the hexadecimal of 12, so 12418 is actually C418.

Cave sound 14[edit]

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When Ambient sound 14 is put into a spectrogram, it appears to be a creeper face.

The Killer Bunny[edit]

The Killer Bunny is a variant of the rabbit that is hostile to all players. This is a reference to The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It can only be spawned using commands.

"Super Secret" settings[edit]

In snapshot Java Edition 13w36a for Java Edition 1.7.2, Dinnerbone added a Super Secret Settings button, which could be viewed in the options screen. Clicking it would blare a random game sound with a lower pitch, and change the shader of the screen. These effects would not necessarily work on computers without a graphics card that supported OpenGL 2.1. This was removed in snapshot Java Edition 15w31a for 1.9.

Crash Screens[edit]

When the game runs into a fatal error and crashes the crash log will also include a "message" such as "Hi. I'm Minecraft, and I'm a crashaholic.", "Who set us up the TNT?", or "You should try our sister game, Minceraft!". The latter references another easter egg where in the menu screen there is a 0.01% chance of the title being "Minceraft".

.minecraft[edit]

debug-profile results[edit]

Debug profile results (triggered via /debug) contain witty comments at the top, much like with crash reports.

  • Shiny numbers!
  • Am I not running fast enough? :(
  • I'm working as hard as I can!
  • Will I ever be good enough for you? :(
  • Speedy. Zooooom!
  • Hello world
  • 40% better than a crash report.
  • Now with extra numbers
  • Now with less numbers
  • Now with the same numbers
  • You should add flames to things, it makes them go faster!
  • Do you feel the need for... optimization?
  • *cracks redstone whip*
  • Maybe if you treated it better then it'll have more motivation to work faster! Poor server.

Item and Block NBT Tags[edit]

If one were to use /give to give themselves an item that can mine a non-existent block ID (Any invalid block ID that is not in the game) the text will simply display "missingno". This is a reference to the infamous glitch Pokémon of the very same name found in the first generation of Pokémon games.

Scottish Steve and Swedish Alex[edit]

In Legacy Console Edition and Bedrock Edition, in the Default Skin Pack or the Legacy Skin pack, the Scottish Steve and Swedish Alex Skins are references to the locations of the companies developing the game. 4J Studios is located in Scotland and Mojang is located in Sweden.

References[edit]