Java Edition 1.16

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Minecraft 1.16
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Java Edition

Official name

Nether Update[1]

Planned release date


Development versions

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Other editions of 1.16

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



Ancient debris
  • Can be found throughout the Nether at any altitude, though it is much more common at lower levels.
  • Can be refined into a netherite scrap by smelting in a furnace or blast furnace.
  • Same blast resistance as obsidian.
  • Inventory item floats on lava.
  • Cannot burn in lava or fire.
  • A diamond pickaxe or better is required to mine it.
  • Always spawns covered by lava and/or blocks on all sides
Block of netherite
Crimson and warped fungi
Crimson and warped nylium
  • Resemble grass blocks.
  • Can be spread to netherrack by using bonemeal on a netherrack block next to a nylium block.
Crimson and warped planks
Crimson and warped roots
Crimson and warped signs
Crimson and warped stems
  • Blocks that comprise the trunks of huge fungi.
  • Have animated textures.
  • Has a top texture similar to regular log blocks.
  • Can be placed directionally, similarly to logs.
  • Does not burn.
  • Have respective stripped variants.
Nether sprouts
  • Emits a light level of 15, similarly to glowstone.
  • Can be mined with any tool, but axes are the most efficient.
  • Generate as a part of huge fungi.
Soul fire
  • Blue variant of fire.
  • Fire lit on soul soil turns into soul fire regardless of dimension.
    • Burns forever, similar to regular fire on netherrack and magma blocks.
  • Generates naturally in the soul sand valley biome in the Nether .
  • Deals damage at a rate of 2♥ per second as opposed to the 1♥ per second of regular fire.
  • Does not extinguish when in the rain.[5]
Soul fire lantern
  • Gives off a light level of 10.
  • Crafted similarly to a normal lantern, using a soul fire torch instead of a normal torch.
  • Have an animated texture.
Soul fire torch
  • Gives off a light level of 10.
  • Crafted similarly to a normal torch, with soul soil being placed under the stick.
Soul soil
Warped wart block
  • A variation of the nether wart block.
  • Generates as a part of huge warped fungi. Sometimes generates in the ground replacing the warped nylium in warped forest biome.
Weeping vines
  • Generates in the crimson forest.
  • Is placed on the bottom of a block and grows downward.


Netherite armor
  • Crafted with a netherite ingot and the respective diamond item.
  • Does not burn in lava, as a dropped item or when worn (players equipping netherite armor, however, can still take burning damage).
  • Floats in lava.
  • Grants one additional point of knockback resistance per item.
  • Tougher than diamond armor.
  • Has higher durability and enchantability than diamond.
Netherite axe, hoe, pickaxe, shovel, and sword
  • Crafted with a netherite ingot and the respective diamond item.
  • Does not burn in lava.
  • Floats in lava.
  • Has higher durability, mining level, breaking multiplier, and enchantability than diamond.
  • All items, except the hoe, deal 1 more damage than their diamond counterparts.
Netherite ingot
  • Created with 4 gold ingots and 4 netherite scraps.
  • Can be used to upgrade diamond tools and armor.
  • Floats in lava.
  • Cannot burn in lava.
Netherite scrap
  • Created by smelting ancient debris in a furnace or blast furnace.
  • Used to create netherite ingots.
  • Floats in lava.
  • Cannot burn in lava.
Spawn eggs


  • Spawn in crimson forests.
  • Attack players on sight.
  • Drop raw porkchop and occasionally leather.
  • Have an adult and baby variant.
  • Can be bred with crimson fungi.
  • Are hunted by adult piglins sometimes.
    • Are not hunted by baby piglins and baby hoglins are not hunted.
  • Avoid warped fungi.

World generation[edit]


Command format[edit]

  • Used to locate specific biomes.




  • Added ash, crimson_spore, soul_fire_flame, and warped_spore particles.
  • Added the zombified piglin entity texture.
  • Added the leather, chainmail, iron, golden, diamond and netherite helmet textures used for piglins.



Bamboo saplings
  • Renamed to "bamboo shoot".
  • Netherite blocks can be used as the base of a beacon.
  • Netherite ingots can be used as fuel for a beacon.
Bone blocks
  • Generate as part of nether fossils in soul sand valleys.
  • Changed the way to calculate the input signal.
    • First, if there is an adjacent container behind, it detects the signal from the container. If not, it detects the signal from redstone components.
    • Then, if it is not less than 15, the detected signal becomes the input signal. Otherwise, it also gets a signal from item frame and container behind separated by a redstone conductor block from the comparator, and take the maximum of the three as the input signal.
Flower pots
  • Has a bottom texture when empty.
Gravel and soul sand
  • Generate in the new soul sand valley biomes.
  • 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.
Nether wart blocks
  • Generate as a part of huge crimson fungi. Sometimes generates in the ground replacing the crimson nylium in crimson forest biome.
  • Texture changed from Nether Wart Block JE2 BE2.png to Nether Wart Block JE3.png.
Pistons and sticky pistons
  • Hardness has been increased to 1.5.
  • Pickaxes are now more efficient on pistons.[7]
  • Pistons can now support non-solid blocks on its top face without them popping off when the piston retracts.[8]
Redstone dust
  • Has a bottom texture.
Smooth quartz
  • Renamed to "smooth quartz block".
  • Walls in the middle of a row have longer pillars when stacked vertically.
    • Block state now uses none, low, and tall for east, west, north, and south directional values.


  • Renamed to "clay ball".
Spawn eggs
  • Using a spawn egg on a mob that doesn't have a baby variant now spawns an adult of that mob type.


  • Now spawn in soul sand valleys and warped forests.
  • Can now pick up nylium, roots, and fungi variants.
  • No longer pick up netherrack.
  • Sounds are now heard at a shorter range.
  • Now spawn in soul sand valleys.
  • Now spawn in soul sand valleys.
Zombie pigmen
  • Now spawn in crimson forests.

World generation[edit]

  • Biomes in the Nether may now differ based on altitude.
  • Alongside mushrooms, huge crimson and warped fungi can generate over y=128 in the nether.
Nether biome
  • The old "Nether" biome is now called "Nether wastes".

Command format[edit]

  • The message shown when running an unknown/incomplete command has changed.


Knockback resistance
  • Is now a scale of the amount of knockback taken instead of a probability to take no knockback.
  • Patrols no longer spawn when the player is close to any intact village.
Recipe book
  • Updated block sounds for bone blocks, netherrack, soul sand, nether wart blocks, nether bricks (and variants), and nether quartz ore.
  • Player can reset their spawn point using a bed when hostile mobs are near, although players still cannot sleep when hostile mobs are near.


  • Piglins and Hoglins are now required for "Monster Hunter" and "Monsters Hunted" advancements.
Debug menu
  • When outside the world's vertical area, the debug menu no longer lists 'minecraft:the_void' as the biome.
    • Instead, it simply hides the biome information.
  • Added new nether wood material.
    • Uses the wood material color.
    • Uses default properties.
  • Improved entity shadows to the ground.
  • Added crimson and warped wooden items to the planks, standing_signs, wall_signs, wooden_buttons, wooden_doors, wooden_fences, wooden_pressure_plates, wooden_slabs, wooden_stairs, and wooden_trapdoors block tags.
  • Added crimson and warped wooden items to the planks, signs, wooden_buttons, wooden_doors, wooden_fences, wooden_pressure_plates, wooden_slabs, wooden_stairs, and wooden_trapdoors item tags.
  • Updated block tag enderman_holdable.
  • The slabs block and item tags now use the respective wooden_slabs tag.


87 issues fixed
  • MC-2591 – Walking over the corner of lava deals damage.
  • MC-10727 – Player and entity shadows experience z-fighting with redstone.
  • MC-17431 – Shift-clicking stacked items with a data tag into the enchanting table GUI removes data tags from the moved item.
  • MC-45619 – Water, signs, vines, torches, etc. in the same block as item frame break item frame's redstone signal.
  • MC-52178 – Cape does not move down while sneaking and detaches from body while sneaking.
  • MC-59363 – Items in item frames are deleted if both mouse buttons are used simultaneously.
  • MC-64871 – Can't sleep while on fire, even with Fire Resistance.
  • MC-65951 – Armor stands fall through fences.
  • MC-75328 – /clear doesn't clear items in the inventory crafting grid.
  • MC-79944 – Various statistics overflow at 32-bit integer limit.
  • MC-82235 – Baby pigs turn into adult zombie pigmen when struck by lightning.
  • MC-85527 – Shulkers opening into blocks.
  • MC-89043 – Slime blocks moved by pistons often fail to bounce up the player.
  • MC-92889 – Mending does not always consume experience if the player wears items with mending that are already fully repaired.
  • MC-93198 – Throwing potions or throwable projectiles causes both hands to bob up and down.
  • MC-93477 – Shulkers opening into shulker.
  • MC-93631 – Pistons pop off blocks attached to their back when retracting.
  • MC-93813 – Snow golems throwing snowballs play arrow shooting sound.
  • MC-94094 – Snow golems don't drop their pumpkin when sheared.
  • MC-94730 – Endermen become passive when teleporting randomly during day while being aggressive.
  • MC-96436 – Eggs, snowballs, and experience bottles break instantly when thrown while riding a horse.
  • MC-97958 – Small slime has no jump or squish sound.
  • MC-101084 – Held items/blocks appear to bob down and up when opening horse's inventory
  • MC-103655 – Cats do not stand up when using right-click on them while they are sitting on chests or beds.
  • MC-109370 – Bottom face of column blocks is rotated 180 degrees.
  • MC-109844en_us.json contains unused strings.
  • MC-109850 – Redstone wire does not have a bottom texture.
  • MC-111133 – Piston pushing opened shulker makes said shulker glitch.
  • MC-112630 – Carrot on a stick cannot be broken.
  • MC-113381 – Falling dust particles of anvil and concrete powder blocks are black.
  • MC-114304 – Retracting piston pushes entities standing behind the back of it.
  • MC-120335 – Flower pot bottom texture is not rendered because of incorrect uv values in the model file.
  • MC-122187 – Teleported to coordinates wrong when teleporting entities relatively.
  • MC-122335 – Projectiles go through an entity if it is close to a player or a snow golem.
  • MC-122715/teleport command no longer prevents teleporting to invalid coordinates.
  • MC-131440 – The message for trying to sleep at the wrong time implies that players can sleep only during a thunderstorm at night.
  • MC-131770 – Rain particles appear one block below the water or lava surface.
  • MC-132607 – Splitting slimes and magma cubes do not copy NoAI value.
  • MC-132967 – Mushrooms show as green dots on map.
  • MC-133088 – Missing translation string death.attack.magic.player.
  • MC-134162 – Item entities can break turtle eggs.
  • MC-134481 – Typo in en_us.json: "Status requst has been handled".
  • MC-135034 – Burning mobs are extinguished by snow in cold biomes, but not in snowy biomes.
  • MC-135151 – Typo in en_us.json: "An error occured!".
  • MC-136063 – Incorrect spacing for "entity.minecraft.tropical_fish.type.sunstreak"s value.
  • MC-136868 – Ignited TNT, arrow or trident turns black when it falls on soul sand or snow layers.
  • MC-138402 – Waterlogged walls "connect" to water source blocks above.
  • MC-138600 – Cats do not bring gifts if they have already decided to sit on the user's bed.
  • MC-140544 – Pickaxes do not speed up piston breaking.
  • MC-148067 – Snow Golems Damaged by Snowfall in Mountain/Cold Biomes.
  • MC-148474 – Sloped powered detector rails break when pushed or pulled by a piston.
  • MC-149052 – Stonecutter recipe list does not show item tooltips.
  • MC-149776 – Cartography table requires string for the recipe to show up in the recipe book.
  • MC-150020 – Composter is in the "Miscellaneous" category instead of "Decoration" like the other workstation blocks.
  • MC-154867 – Tamed cats remain sitting if the world is reloaded while the cat is sitting on a chest.
  • MC-155977 – Enchanting a book makes the book lose its name.
  • MC-158807 – Players can remove cursed enchantments on items by repairing them in inventory.
  • MC-159300 – Villagers that have been infected by a zombie can despawn, even if they have been traded with.
  • MC-159672 – Vex will occasionally try to attack the player in creative/spectator.
  • MC-159773 – Shulkers can teleport to non-solid faces, and do not teleport to some solid faces.
  • MC-159918 – Foxes do not run from polar bears.
  • MC-159963 – Minecarts can break turtle eggs.
  • MC-160053 – Enderman keeps following the player after becoming neutral/passive.
  • MC-160897 – Dropping an item using the drop key displays the hand animation but dropping items from within the inventory does not.
  • MC-161259 – Using the carrot on a stick while riding a pig plays no hand animation.
  • MC-163286/setblock ~ ~ ~ air destroy does not destroy liquids.
  • MC-164184 – Breaking a shulker box with contents in Creative mode drops the block at an incorrect location.
  • MC-166245 – No sound for shearing snow golems.
From the 1.15.x releases
  • MC-160902 – Arm swings when right-clicking on full minecart.
  • MC-161156 – Silverfish and endermites appear black on soul sand.
  • MC-162881 – Composter does not display particles when being fed composting items through a hopper.
  • MC-164158 – Lava doesn't emit smoke during rainfall.
  • MC-164948 – Entity shadow renders through transparent blocks.
  • MC-167077 – Foxes sleep on top of honey blocks, even in broad daylight.
  • MC-167447 – Wrong RenderStateShard name.
  • MC-167512 – Glass in the hand is rendered differently depending on the "Clouds" setting.
  • MC-167561 – All players can make a dog stand up or sit down.
  • MC-167669 – Piston collision issue.
  • MC-167692 – Infested blocks don't spawn silverfish when blown up.
  • MC-167989 – Spawn point is not set when monsters are nearby.
  • MC-168540 – Threads created by net.minecraft.Util.backgroundExecutor() have misleading names.
  • MC-168772 – Experience orbs can crush turtle eggs.
  • MC-169679 – Composters do not make sounds when fed by hoppers.
  • MC-169692 – Entity shadow floats slightly above the ground.
  • MC-169832 – Transparent item models have inconsistent rendering when a glowing entity is present.
  • MC-170128 – Cannot build an EntityType without a datafixer due to an IllegalArgumentException.
  • MC-172025 – Several misrotated blocks at snowy_medium_house_2.

Planned additions[edit]


Target Block.png Target block[1]
  • 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.

World generation[edit]

  • Fortifications built by piglins that are found in the Nether.[1]

Planned changes[edit]


Zombified Piglin.png Zombie pigmen
  • Will be renamed to zombified piglins.[9][1]
  • Will get a new texture and model to match piglins [10]

More mobs in general will be added.[11]


  • Players can 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.

  • The feature of pigs transforming to zombie pigmen when struck by lightning may be removed.[13] However, since the bug involving piglets transforming into adult zombie pigmen was fixed, it might not get removed after all.
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..."[14][15]
Fog and sky color
  • Changes in color may appear less abrupt.[16]
  • There might be another biome added in the future.[17]


MINECON Live 2019[edit]

Screenshots of the Nether Update from MINECON Live 2019:

Subsequent screenshots[edit]

Concept artwork[edit]


  1. a b c d e "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. MC-171413 resolved as "Works As Intended"
  6. "Hmmmm.... OK gotta teach the piglins how not to kill off all the hoglins at once."@henrikkniberg, December 13, 2019
  7. MC-140544 – Pickaxes don't speed up piston breaking
  8. MC-93631 – Pistons pop off blocks attached to their back when retracting
  9. "Yes it's just a new name"@jeb_, September 29, 2019
  10. "What makes a mob truly terrifying? Why, flappy ears of course! Get ready to shiver and shake when the updated Zombified Piglin model comes knocking on your door!"@Minecraft, February 9, 2020
  11. "There will be more mobs, don't worry"@jeb_, January 13, 2020
  12. "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
  13. "We will likely remove that feature, because it will work differently"@jeb_, September 29, 2019
  14. "Minecraft Snapshot 19w11a" –, March 12, 2019
  15. "Not in 1.15 and I can't promise anything for 1.16 either I'm afraid."@MiaLem_n, September 30, 2019
  16. comments of MC-170879
  17. "At the time I really thought there was going to be another biome, but unfortunately we cannot promise it now (personally I really hope for another one though). There are so many cool prototypes for Nether Update and we prioritise the ones that add most fun to our dear game! <3"@_ladyagnes, February 17, 2020