Java Edition Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;)

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Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;)
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Java Edition



Release date

September 13, 2011

Pre-release for

Beta 1.8



Protocol version


Other instances
of 1.8-pre2

Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;)[sic] is the second and last pre-release for Java Edition Beta 1.8.


  • Mineshafts
    • Their density is now significantly decreased
    • To counter this change they generate about 2.5 times as often
  • Strongholds
    • Increased stronghold count to three per map instead of one
  • Swords
    • Blocking now works in multiplayer.
  • Creative inventory
    • Some of the missing blocks are now on the creative selection screen
  • Creative
    • The player can no longer eat in creative
  • Drops
    • Chickens and cows killed by burning now drop their cooked meat
  • Squid
    • Squid now drop experience orbs when killed
  • Options
    • "Generated Structures" is now on by default
  • Crafting
    • Holding shift while grabbing a crafting output now automatically takes the maximum amount of outputs from the ingredients it was given.
  • Bone Meal
    • Can now be used on pumpkin and melon seeds
    • Huge mushrooms can only be made if a mushroom is planted on grass or dirt
  • Vines
    • Vines spread infinitely down now, but do not spread if there are more than four other vine blocks nearby.[7]
  • Cracked and mossy stone bricks now drop themselves instead of regular stone bricks.
  • Fog
    • Adjusted fog strength at low altitudes to be less extreme
  • Other
    • F6 and F7 working as a result of left-in debug code being removed
    • Fog key mapped to F


7 bugs fixed

  • Fixed endermen having client-side problems in multiplayer
  • Sprinting with right-click or sneaking is now fixed
  • Fixed furnace tile entity crash
  • Fixed leaving the crafting table with items on the grid creating phantom blocks
  • Fixed singleplayer chunk memory leak
  • Fixed vines and leaves no crashing the game when placed in the Nether
  • Fixed farmlands rejecting melon and pumpkin seeds


  • This version features a winking-face emoticon (";)") in its name, for unknown reasons.