Java Edition 1.16

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Minecraft 1.16
Nether Update.png

Java Edition

Official name

Nether Update[1]

Planned release date


Other editions of 1.16

1.16, the first release of the Nether Update,[3] is an upcoming major update to Java Edition set to release in 2020[2], which will overhaul the Nether. This update was announced at MINECON Live 2019.[1] The update will not include the announced features for the mountains biome.[4]

Planned additions[edit]


Basalt.png Basalt[5]
  • This block makes up speleothems.
  • Generates in Soul Sand Valleys.
Blue Fire.gif Blue Fire
  • Acts the same as regular fire.
  • Fire lit on soul soil will be blue fire regardless of dimension.[6]
  • Generates naturally in the soulsand valley biome in the Nether.
Nether Fungi.pngBlue Nether Fungi.pngSmall Blue Nether Fungi.png Nether Fungi
  • Generates in both netherwart forest biomes.
Soul Soil.png Soul Soil[8]
  • In clips of the soulsand valley, blocks with a similar color scheme to soul sand can be seen, alongside conventional soul sand.
  • Fire lit on soul soil will be blue fire.
  • Will not slow the player more than soulsand.[9]
Target Block.png Target Block
  • Emits a redstone signal when shot with an arrow.
    • Signal is stronger depending on how close the arrow is to the center of the block. The signal strength goes up to 15.
Blue Nether Wart Block.png Blue Nether Wart Block
  • A variation of the nether wart block.
  • Generates in the blue netherwart forest as part of the Nether trees.
Unnamed light block.png Unnamed light block
  • A light-emitting block which closely resembles glowstone can also be seen.
  • Appears to correspond to the spots seen on new mushrooms, due to how it appears as part of large fungal structures in the netherwart forest.
Red Nether Mushroom.pngBlue Nether Mushroom.png Nether Mushrooms
  • At least two new types of mushroom will be added to the netherwart forests.
  • Can be used to breed hoglins.[10]
Red Nether Grass.pngBlue Nether Grass.png Nether Grass
Nether Vine.png Red Nether Vine[citation needed]
  • Generates under red nether trees in the red netherwart forest.
Red Nether Wart Trunk.pngBlue Nether Wart Trunk.png Nether Wart Stems
  • Blocks that comprise trunks in the netherwart forest
    • Red and blue variants
    • Have animated textures


Spawn eggs
  • At least two new spawn eggs, implied to be that of the piglin and hoglin due to its appearance in the footage.
An unnamed food item
  • Will be dropped by hoglins.


Hoglin.png Hoglins
  • Found in the Nether.
  • Are naturally hostile towards the player.
    • Appear to have a higher melee range than most mobs,
  • Can be bred using the new mushrooms[10] and used as a source of food in the Nether.
    • Appear to drop raw beef, though this is a placeholder.
  • Name has been chosen by the community to be "Hoglin" (previously known as "Piglin Beast" as a placeholder name)[11]
  • Baby hoglins will also spawn.[12]
  • Has an attack that flings the target into the air, similar to iron golems.[13]
Piglin.png Piglins
  • Found in the Nether.
    • Have an adult and baby variant, as zombie pigmen and hoglins.[14]
  • Are naturally hostile towards the player, unless the player is wearing gold armor.
    • Even if the player wears gold armor, piglins will become aggravated towards the player if they open a chest containing any item crafted with or related to gold near the piglin.
  • They can wield gold swords or crossbows.
    • Will drop arrows if wielding a crossbow.
  • Will be able to "barter" (similar to trading) with the player.
    • To barter with piglins, players have to throw them a gold ingot and piglins will throw them an item in exchange.[15]
  • Will attack wither skeletons and adult hoglins.
  • Will be able to spawn with golden armor.[16]

More mobs will get added in the nether update.[17]

World generation[edit]

  • The Nether will get at least three new biomes:
    • The Soulsand Valley includes uncovered fossils, soul sand, soul soil, large speleothems made of basalt, blue fog, and blue fire.
    • The Netherwart Forest Red is a dense forest with trees made of nether wart blocks, with nether fungi found on the ground and unnamed nether red vines found under the trees.
    • The Netherwart Forest Blue is a color variation of the Netherwart Forest Red, but with different vegetation and particle effects.
  • Fortifications built by piglins that are found in the Nether.[1]
Unnamed tree-like structures
  • Tree-like structures resembling the new mushrooms that generate in netherwart forests.
  • Floor to ceiling speleothems that generate in soulsand valleys made out of Basalt.

Planned changes[edit]


Bone Block
  • Now generates in Soulsand Valley biomes.
Nether Wart Block
  • Now generates in Netherwart Forest biomes.
Soul Sand
  • Now generates in Soulsand Valley biomes.


Zombie pigmen
  • Will be renamed to zombified piglins.[18]


  • Players will be able to respawn in the Nether.

Unconfirmed features[edit]

These features were mentioned during the development of Java Edition 1.16 or earlier, or during MINECON Live 2019, but have not been confirmed to be added in this update.

Smithing Table and Fletching Table
  • May get functionality. It was mentioned during the development of Village & Pillage that it would be added in "...the next major themed update..."[20][21]
  • The feature of pigs transforming to zombie pigmen when struck by lightning may be removed.[23]
Nether wood types
  • Maria Lemón stated that she likes the idea of implementing new types of woods. However, it is unknown if they're going to be implemented.[24]


MINECON Live 2019[edit]

Subsequent screenshots[edit]

Concept artwork[edit]



  1. a b c "Everything We Announced at MINECON Live 2019" –, September 28, 2019
  2. a b "What we've announced is "this year""@jeb_, January 13, 2020
  3. "Minecraft Snapshot 19w40a" –, October 2, 2019
  4. "But mountains will come in a later update."@MiaLem_n, September 28, 2019
  5. "They are called Basalt."@MiaLem_n, December 3, 2019
  6. "Only soul soil."@MiaLem_n, December 3, 2019
  7. "Yes"@MiaLem_n, December 5, 2019
  8. "Yes it is when you light a soul soil block on fire that you get the blue fire."@MiaLem_n, December 3, 2019
  9. "No I'm not that evil."@MiaLem_n, December 4, 2019
  10. a b "Dad what did you do at work today?". Me: "Fixed a problem with Hoglins. They couldn't get close enough to each other to... um... make baby Hoglins."@henrikkniberg, January 9, 2020
  11. "Meet the Hoglin" –, October 19, 2019
  12. a b "No, piglin, don't hunt the baby hoglins."@henrikkniberg, December 5, 2019
  13. "Hoglin programming is dangerous work."@henrikkniberg, January 14, 2020
  14. "Yes!"@MiaLem_n, December 10, 2019
  15. "The Nether: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Minecraft" – via YouTube
  16. "Hmmmm.... OK gotta teach the piglins how not to kill off all the hoglins at once."@henrikkniberg, December 13, 2019
  17. "There will be more mobs, don't worry"@jeb_, January 13, 2020
  18. "Yes it's just a new name"@jeb_, September 29, 2019
  19. "I have seen a lot of suggestions for crying obsidian since we announced at Minecon my biggest concern is how would people who are not familiar with Minecraft history understand why the block is for setting your spawn point?"@MiaLem_n, December 3, 2019
  20. "Minecraft Snapshot 19w11a" –, March 12, 2019
  21. "Not in 1.15 and I can't promise anything for 1.16 either I'm afraid."@MiaLem_n, September 30, 2019
  23. "We will likely remove that feature, because it will work differently"@jeb_, September 29, 2019
  24. "I like the idea of new wood types."@MiaLem_n, December 3, 2019