Update Aquatic

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Official image for the Update Aquatic released by Mojang.

The Update Aquatic is the name for a major update that was released for all of the Minecraft editions during 2018, except for the New Nintendo 3DS Edition. The update marks the advent of the trend of major themed content updates being released across all active editions relatively simultaneously, rather than across differently-titled, unrelated-sounding updates per edition.

On the Bedrock Edition, the Update Aquatic was split into two updates due to the amount of content, with most of the features being released in Phase One as version 1.4.0 on May 16, 2018,[1] and more features released in Phase Two as version 1.5.0 on July 10, 2018.[2]

The update was released on Java Edition on July 18, 2018 as version Java Edition 1.13.[3][4]

The update was released for Legacy Console Edition on September 11, 2018.[5] Additionally, the Update Aquatic was released for the Education Edition in the 1.4.0 update on June 12, 2018.[6] The update was also released for Minecraft China; it was released on mobile devices on July 6, 2018, and on PC on July 10, 2018.[7]

The official name for the update, the Update Aquatic, was revealed on November 18, 2017, during the MINECON Earth 2017 livestream, at which time the Java Edition Update Aquatic was to be released as 1.14.

Jeb had previously stated in a 2011 interview that he wanted to implement more sea life into the game.[8]

On Java Edition, this update was previously titled Technically Updated, until the features of the Update Aquatic were added later on in the development of 1.13, starting from snapshot 18w07a. The first pre-release on Java Edition, 1.13-pre1, was released on June 4, 2018, the second pre-release was released on June 15, the third on June 21, the fourth on June 26, the fifth on June 28, the sixth on July 4, the seventh on July 10, the eighth on July 13, the ninth on July 16, and the tenth on July 17. This update had 10 pre-releases for Java Edition, the largest number of pre-releases for any update.

On July 10, Mojang released a trailer for the update.[9]

Notable features[edit]



Further revisions[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

  • 1.13.1 added a search bar to select world screens, re-added the punch-detonate TNT ability, allowed fish to drop bone meal, added dead coral, added a new /forceload command, significantly changed the spawning conditions of squid, and fixed bugs.
  • 1.13.2 fixed several bugs.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

1.4 (Phase One)[edit]

  • 1.4.1 was released exclusively on Android, Fire OS, and Fire TV to fix a bug involving players losing previously purchased items.
  • 1.4.2 fixed several crash-related bugs.
  • 1.4.3 was released exclusively on iOS devices to fix some bugs and added a new map by Blockceptions.
  • 1.4.4 was released exclusively on Android, Fire OS, and Fire TV to fix a bug that had issues with telemetry.

1.5 (Phase Two)[edit]

  • 1.5.1 fixed several bugs present in the official release of 1.5.0.
  • 1.5.2 fixed a lone bug regarding bitmap on low-end devices.
  • 1.5.3 fixed the lost inventory bug along with several other bugs.


A trailer documenting some of the Update Aquatic's features was released on Mojang's official YouTube channel on July 10, 2018. The trailer was made by Mojang themselves instead of Hat Films, similar to the 2 previous trailers.


Java Edition[edit]

Video made by slicedlime:

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Phase One

Video made by slicedlime:

Phase Two

Video made by slicedlime:

External links[edit]