Java Edition guides/1.3 releases

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1.3 releases
Edition

Java Edition

Released versions

1.3.1 •  1.3.2

This guide is a simplified overview of all the changes in the Java Edition 1.3.x releases, which assumes at least some familiarity with the Java Edition 1.2.x releases.

Mobs[edit]

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
All mobs
  • Mobs can now spawn on top of all upside down slabs and stairs
Pigs Pig.png
  • Drop 1-3 porkchops instead of 0-2.
Silverfish Silverfish.gif
  • Will now spawn more silverfish from nearby silverfish blocks more often, when suffering from poison potions.
Creepers Creeper.png
  • Now have increased knockback effect.
  • Now do more or less damage depending on difficulty:
    • Easy: ~50% less damage
    • Normal: same damage as before
    • Hard: 33 1⁄3% more damage.
Endermen Enderman.png
  • Now stop in front of the player.
  • Now teleports behind the player when the player swings their sword.
Villagers Plains Villager Base.png
  • Will now get a random profession when spawned from spawn eggs.

Blocks[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Wood Oak Wood.pngSpruce Wood.pngBirch Wood.pngJungle Wood.png
  • Only obtainable by commands
  • Can be mined with any tool or hand
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Emerald Ore Emerald Ore Revision 2.png
  • Can be mined with pickaxe only.
Emerald block Block of Emerald Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Emerald

  • Can be mined with pickaxe only
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Ender Chest Ender Chest.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Obsidian +
Eye of Ender

  • Can be mined with pickaxe only
    • Drops itself when mined with a tool enchanted with Silk touch, otherwise drops 8 Obsidian.
  • Can store items per player, and which contents can be accessed from anywhere in all dimensions.
Tripwire Hook Tripwire Hook.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Stick +
Any Planks
  • Can be mined with any tool or hand.
  • Can be used as in a trap.
Sandstone stairs Sandstone Stairs Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Sandstone

  • Can be mined with pickaxe only
  • Can be used as a decorative block

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Wooden slabs, and Wooden stairs Oak Slab Revision 1.png

Oak Stairs Revision 1.png

  • Added all wood types.
    • Wooden slabs crafted after the update act like wood.
    • Adjusted hitbox.
Wooden pressure plates Oak Pressure Plate Revision 1.png
  • Can be triggered by arrows.
Log Oak Log Axis Y Revision 1.png
  • Can now be placed in 3 different directions.
    • Placement works similar to piston placement.
Furnaces Furnace Revision 2.png
  • Can now be fueled by wooden tools.
  • Now return an empty bucket when using lava buckets as fuel.
Ice Ice Revision 1.png
  • Now disappears instead of melting when placed in the Nether.
  • Can now be obtained using Silk Touch-enchanted tools.
Glass panes Glass Pane Revision 1.png
  • Can now be obtained using Silk Touch-enchanted tools.
All Slabs & stairs
  • Will now be placed upside-down when placed against the upper half of a block's side.
    • When placed upside down, rails, pressure plates, levers, doors, torches, redstone torches, repeaters, redstone dust and beds can be placed on them - Redstone dust behaves like on glowstone - It transmits power horizontally and upwards, but not downwards. Redstone torches don't power redstone placed on slabs/stairs above them.
Dispenser Dispenser Revision 2.png
  • Minecarts & boats will now be placed if there's rails/water in place respectively.
  • Will now suck in or place water or lava in front of them instead of dispensing buckets.
Gravel Gravel Revision 4.png
  • Changed texture
Levers Lever Revision 2.png
  • Can be placed on the underside of blocks.
Pistons Piston Revision 1.png
  • Now take 2 redstone ticks (4 game ticks) seconds to expand.
TNT TNT Revision 1.png
  • Now does different amounts of damage depending on difficulty:
    • Peaceful: no damage
    • Easy: ½ less damage
    • Normal: same damage as before
    • Hard: ⅓ more damage.
Nether wart Nether Wart Revision 1.gif
  • Can now be grown in the Overworld and in the End.
Signs Oak Sign Revision 1.png
  • Now stack up to 16.
  • Crafting now gives 3 signs instead of 1.
Monster spawners Spawner Revision 3.png
  • Added NBT tags to further customize spawned mobs.
    • Only changeable using map editors or mods.
Doors Oak Door Revision 3.png
  • Now show their damage when being broken by zombies.

Items[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Emerald Emerald.png
  • Is used to trade with villagers
Book and quill Book and Quill Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Book +
Ink Sac +
Feather


  • Right-click to read or write in and edit up to 50 pages.
  • Clicking 'Done' saves the text edited into the book
  • Clicking 'Sign' chooses a title to finalize the book

Structures[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Generates Chests Mobs Description
Desert Village Desert village on bedrock.png Generates in deserts Can generate houses with chests. Villagers Desert village variant
Desert pyramid Desert pyramid.png Generates in desert. 4 chests None
  • Built out of various kinds of sandstone and wool.
  • Includes hidden chest room and TNT trap, with loot including rotten flesh, bones, iron ingots and gold ingots, diamonds and emeralds.
Jungle pyramid Jungle pyramid.png It generates in jungles One chest None
  • Built out of various kinds of cobblestone.
  • Contains multiple tripwire traps triggering dispensers filled with arrows.
  • Loot chests include bones, rotten flesh, gold ingots, iron ingots, diamonds and emeralds.

World types[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Description Structures
Large Biomes Large Biomes Button.png
  • Generate as default worlds, but 16× bigger
  • Beaches look closely to what they looked like in Java Edition Beta 1.7.3 and prior.
Same, as in normal world.