Java Edition Alpha v1.2.0

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Alpha v1.2.0, also known as the Halloween Update, was released with server 0.2.2 on October 30, 2010, adding the Nether along with new Nether-exclusive mobs and blocks. It also added fishing, a new terrain generator, and other changes and fixes. This version is listed in the launcher, but attempting to play it downloads Alpha v1.2.0_02 instead.[2]

Additions[edit]

Blocks[edit]

Netherrack JE1.png Netherrack
Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png Soul Sand
Glowstone JE1.png Glowstone
Carved Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Carved Pumpkin
Jack o'Lantern JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern
Nether Portal JE1.png Nether Portal

Items[edit]

Clock.png Clock
  • Craftable item that tells the time
Glowstone Dust JE1 BE1.png Glowstone Dust
Cooked Cod JE1 BE1.png Cooked Fish
Raw Cod JE1 BE1.png Raw Fish

Mobs[edit]

Ghast Revision 1.png Ghast
  • Large white mobs that float around in the Nether.
  • Shoots fireballs at the player[3]
Zombified Piglin JE2.png Zombie Pigman
  • When one pigman is attacked all nearby pigmen will retaliate and attack the player.
  • Hold gold swords.[4]

World generation[edit]

  • New terrain generator, featuring biomes
    • Changed the "depth noise scale" from 100 to 200.
The Nether
  • A hell-like dimension that can be used for quick travel.

Gameplay[edit]

General[edit]

  • Added new music tracks and sound effects.
Splashes
  • Added "Slow acting portals!".
  • Added "Try the Nether!".
  • Added "Don't look directly at the bugs!".
  • Added "Oh, ok, Pigmen!".
  • Added "Finally with ladders!".
  • Added "Scary!".

Changes[edit]

Blocks[edit]

Stairs and furnaces
  • Now face the same direction as the player when placed.
Grass and Leaves
  • Are now darker in shade, and their color is now dependent on temperature/precipitation values.

Mobs[edit]

Mobs
  • Higher lighting values are required the deeper they are to keep mobs from spawning.
Creepers
  • Now have new sounds.
Skeleton Revision 2.png Skeletons
  • Now hold bows.
Slimes
  • Completely removed from mob spawning code.

World Generation[edit]

General[edit]

  • Sunrise now creates a red glow at the horizon.
  • Pressing F1 hides the HUD and the view-model from the person's view. In third person mode, pressing F1 will create a view looking back at the player's own face.

References[edit]

  1. The Halloween Update is out! – The Word of Notch, October 30, 2010
  2. MCL-1421
  3. The fireballs were using snowball texture when shot.
  4. This change occurred between the Alpha v1.2.0 preview and the full release of Alpha v1.2.0.