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Nether Update

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Official logo for the Nether Update.

The Nether Update is an upcoming major update themed around revamping the Nether. This update was announced at MINECON Live 2019.[1] It is to be released on Java Edition as version 1.16.[2]

Notable features[edit]


  • New blocks:
    • Blue fire
      • Created when fire is created on or somehow spreads to soul soil only, regardless of dimension or biome.
    • Nether Fungi
    • Nether vegetation
    • Soul Soil
    • Basalt
    • Target Block
    • Other unnamed blocks
  • New mobs:
    • Piglins
    • Hoglins
      • Found in the Nether.
  • New generated structures:
    • Bastions
  • New biomes:
    • Soulsand Valley
    • Netherwart Forest red
    • Netherwart Forest blue



  1. "Everything We Announced At MINECON Live 2019" – Minecraft.net, September 28, 2019
  2. "Minecraft Snapshot 19w40a" – Minecraft.net, October 2, 2019