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These features only exist in outdated versions of Java Edition.
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Since the beginning of the development of Minecraft: Java Edition, there have been a number of features that were removed from the game. These features may have been replaced, or a developer decided against the feature later on.

Note: This page only documents game features that were removed; features of a particular game element that were removed are noted in that element's history. See Java Edition unused features for features that are still currently in the game.


Blocks and items[edit]

Horse saddle[edit]

The horse saddle icon used in the inventory.

Horse saddles were items added in snapshot 13w16a during the development of 1.6.1, along with horses. Horse saddles worked just like regular saddles, but for horses instead of pigs. Taming a horse was required before putting a horse saddle on it. The horse saddle was craftable using the following recipe:

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Leather +
Iron Ingot

The item ID used was 416, which now refers to the armor stand in newer versions.

Horse saddles could stack up to 32.

Horse saddle items were later removed from the game in 13w18a, and the same saddles (found in dungeons) are now used for both pigs and horses.[1][2]

Infinite water source[edit]

Infinite Water Source
Infinite Water.png

Solid Block







Blast resistance




Data value

dec: 52 hex: 34 bin: 110100

The infinite water source was a block that would create infinite water, which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. Mojang removed this because of problems and glitches when they were placed next to each other. They were added originally in Indev 0.31 (January 24, 2010) to allow for infinite lakes on floating maps.[3] Also, it acted like water in Classic.

It was available as block ID 52, prior to being replaced with the monster spawner in Infdev (June 25, 2010, 2).

Infinite lava source[edit]

Infinite Lava Source
Infinite Lava.png

Solid Block







Blast resistance




Data value

dec: 53 hex: 35 bin: 110101

Similar to the infinite water source, the infinite lava source was a block that created infinite lava which would replicate infinitely to fill up volumes. It was also added in Indev 0.31 (January 24, 2010).

It was available as block ID 53, prior to being replaced with oak stairs in Infdev (June 29, 2010).

Locked chest[edit]

Locked Chest Revision 1.png

Locked chests were an April Fools block added in Beta 1.4. They would spawn rarely and emit a light level of 15. Pressing use on the chest would bring up a screen, and clicking on the "Go to Store" button would forward the player to the "Minecraft Store". They were subsequently removed from normal gameplay in Beta 1.4_01, but it remained within the game's code until it was removed entirely in 1.7.2.

It was available as block ID 95, prior to being replaced with stained glass in 13w41a.

Powered comparator[edit]

During the development for 1.5, the comparator at first used two separate block IDs to represent its powered and unpowered states, with names unpowered_comparator and powered_comparator, and numeric IDs 149 and 150 respectively. As of 13w05a, the powered_comparator block was removed from use in the game, replaced by a powered block state on the unpowered_comparator block. It is removed completely in the 1.13 snapshot 17w47a, as of The Flattening.

Reverted potions[edit]

Before the 1.9 snapshot 15w31a, potions had a form known as "reverted". In the inventory, reverted potions looked identical to their base potion, much like mundane and mundane (extended), and their usage was also identical to their base potions, with the exception of turning into reverted potions rather than base potions. The only difference was data values.

There were two general methods to create reverted potions, one of which involved the addition of fermented spider eyes. Reversion, in general, referenced changing a longer, upgraded potion into its original weaker potion (for example, changing from a potion of poison (extended) into a potion of harming (reverted) by adding fermented spider eye).

  • The first method involved adding glowstone (typically) to an already upgraded tertiary potion. Since these tertiary potions have already been modified with redstone (typically), they could be changed to their original (revert) unmodified states depending on which modifier was added previously. Not all potions could be reverted (or react, for that matter) when glowstone powder or redstone dust was added to an upgraded tertiary potion (for example, adding redstone to an already redstone-extended potion did not yield a new potion).
  • The second method involved the addition of fermented spider eyes, followed by glowstone (usually). Method two worked by adding fermented spider eye to an extended positive potion (i.e. an extended tertiary potion). In almost all cases, this would corrupt the potion and produce a negative potion of equal strength (in this case, extended). Then, glowstone (depending on the recipe) was added to the extended negative potion. Since these negative tertiary potions (regardless of origin) have already been modified with redstone, the addition of glowstone would revert the potion to a potion of lesser duration.

A good example of this process at work is the reversion of the potion of weakness. A potion of weakness can be made two ways. The first method is by adding fermented spider eye to a mundane potion (water bottle + ghast tear/glistering melon/blaze powder/magma cream/sugar/spider eye), then adding redstone to produce potion of weakness (extended). The second method is by adding (again) fermented spider eye to either a potion of strength or a potion of regeneration. Potions of strength and regeneration, in their base or extended forms, will produce potions of weakness with equal magnitude (for the sake of this example, fermented spider eye is added to potion of strength (extended) to produce potion of weakness (extended)).

Now, there should be two Potions of Weakness (4:00). Glowstone dust could be added to the Potion of Weakness (Ext) which reverted the potion into a normal duration (1:30) Potion of Weakness. The act of reducing the duration from 4:00 to 1:30 was reversion.


Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Fire Resistance

Potion of Fire Resistance

Glowstone Dust
Gives immunity to damage from fire, lava, and ranged Blaze attacks. 3:00

Potion of Night Vision

Potion of Night Vision

Glowstone Dust
Makes everything appear to be at max light level, including underwater areas. 3:00

Potion of Slowness

Potion of Slowness

Glowstone Dust
Player's movement is slowed to a crouch for the given time. 1:30

Potion of Weakness

Potion of Weakness

Glowstone Dust
Reduces all melee attacks by 0.5 damage (0.25 heart). 1:30

Potion of Water Breathing

Potion of Water Breathing

Glowstone Dust
Does not deplete the oxygen bar when underwater. 3:00


Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Healing

Potion of Healing II

Restores Heart.svgHeart.svg per potion. Instant

Potion of Harming

Potion of Harming II

Inflicts Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg of damage. Instant

Fermented Spider Eye[edit]

Potion Base Reagent Effect Duration

Potion of Harming

Potion of Healing

Potion of Poison

Fermented Spider Eye
Inflicts Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg of damage. Instant

Potion of Slowness

Potion of Fire Resistance

Potion of Swiftness II

Fermented Spider Eye
Player's movement is slowed to a crouch for the given time. 1:30

Potion of Weakness

Potion of Strength II

Potion of Regeneration II

Fermented Spider Eye
Reduces all melee attacks by 0.5 damage (0.25 heart). 1:30


The rose.

The rose was removed from the Java edition in 1.7.2 snapshot 13w36a. In 1.7.2, the rose was simply replaced by the poppy as a wild flower which had the same function: crafting red dye.

Blocks previously obtainable as items[edit]

for a full list of unobtainable blocks

The game prevents certain blocks from being obtained through normal gameplay methods, such as crafting, the creative inventory, the pick block key, and the silk touch enchantment. It also prevents such blocks from being given through less conventional methods, such as inventory editing, mods, and commands. Until release versions 1.7.2 and 1.8, there had been a wide variety of blocks that could be edited into the inventory; over time, however, the game was developed so that these blocks became entirely unavailable, even through editing.

Currently, the game only accepts name IDs (such as minecraft:dirt) in most commands, and uses only name IDs when assigning blocks to the inventory and save files. The old method of obtaining a block via numerical IDs is no longer an option. In addition, the game automatically removes blocks with illegitimate name IDs from the inventory, so using inventory editors is also no longer an option. Furthermore, certain blocks such as minecraft:cake cannot be obtained in their block form; however, since the game has a corresponding item named minecraft:cake, the item form is given instead.

Obtainable until 1.7.2[edit]

In snapshot 13w37a, the /give command was modified so that it would notify the name of the item in chat. Due to this, 26 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Name ID Dec Hex
Bed bed 26 1A
Piston Head piston_head 34 22
Piston Extension piston_extension 36 24
Redstone Wire redstone_wire 55 37
Wheat wheat 59 3B
Standing Sign standing_sign 63 3F
Oak Door wooden_door 64 40
Wall Sign wall_sign 68 44
Iron Door iron_door 71 47
Lit Redstone Ore lit_redstone_ore 74 4A
Unlit Redstone Torch unlit_redstone_torch 75 4B
Sugar Cane reeds 83 53
Cake cake 92 5C
Unpowered Repeater unpowered_repeater 93 5D
Powered Repeater powered_repeater 94 5E
Pumpkin Stem pumpkin_stem 104 68
Melon Stem melon_stem 105 69
Nether Wart nether_wart 115 73
Brewing Stand brewing_stand 117 75
Cauldron cauldron 118 76
Lit Redstone Lamp lit_redstone_lamp 124 7C
Tripwire tripwire 132 84
Flower Pot flower_pot 140 8C
Heads skull 144 90
Unpowered Comparator unpowered_comparator 149 95
Powered Comparator powered_comparator 150 96

Air block[edit]

The air block was briefly available as an item during 1.7.2 snapshot 13w38b, while Grum had been redefining the code that represented air in-game. This availability only lasted for one snapshot, as it was the focus of several bugs, most notably a bug that made mobs drop air upon death.

Block Name ID Dec Hex
Air air 0 00

Obtainable until 1.8[edit]

In snapshot 14w25a, changes were made to the way the icons of items were rendered, and the way block data was internally represented. Due to this, 12 blocks were made unavailable:

Block Name ID Dec Hex
Water flowing_water 8 08
Still Water water 9 09
Lava flowing_lava 10 0A
Still Lava lava 11 0B
Double Stone Slab double_stone_slab 43 2B
Fire fire 51 34
Nether Portal portal 90 5A
End Portal end_portal 119 77
Double Wooden Slab double_wooden_slab 125 7D
Cocoa cocoa 127 7F
Carrots carrots 141 8D
Potatoes potatoes 142 8E

Obtainable until 1.9[edit]

In snapshot 15w49a, 1 block was made unavailable:

Block Name ID Dec Hex
Lit Furnace lit_furnace 62 3E

Crafting recipes[edit]

Chain armor[edit]

Since shortly after their introduction in Indev, and until snapshot 14w25a for release 1.8, chain armor was craftable using fire. As of that snapshot, fire can no longer exist as an inventory item, even with inventory editing, and the recipe itself was removed from the game's registry of recipes.

Chain armor may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Enchanted golden apple[edit]

Since their introduction in 1.3.1, and until snapshot 15w44a for release 1.9, enchanted golden apples had a crafting recipe: an apple surrounded by 8 gold blocks.

Enchanted golden apples may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Gold +

Horse Armor[edit]

In the 13w16a snapshot of 1.6.1 a crafting recipe for horse armor was added. In snapshot 13w18a, the crafting recipe was removed.

Leather horse armor was added to the Bedrock Edition just over three years later, and had a still usable but different crafting recipe.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]

Horse armor may still be obtained in other ways.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Any Wool

Generated structures[edit]

Brick pyramid[edit]

Brick Pyramid.png

Brick pyramids were large and extremely rare structures that generated randomly in Infdev worlds in Infdev (February 27, 2010) onwards. These pyramids were completely solid; they had no interior rooms. These pyramids generated directly on top of the terrain instead of being a complete pyramid with the bottom underground (such as desert temples). Caves are also capable of generating inside these (only in Infdev (March 25, 2010). Brick pyramids were removed in Infdev (March 27, 2010).

Indev House[edit]

Indev House.png

The Indev House was a structure available in Indev versions. It was spawned in when the player first started a world.

When the player started a world in the original Indev version, the house would spawn in as a planks house.

When the player started a world in version Indev 0.31 (January 24, 2010) to the beginning of Indev, a mossy cobblestone house with torches would spawn in and the player would have flint and steel in their hotbar.

These two houses had the floor made out of stone.

Obsidian wall[edit]

Obsidian Wall.png

Obsidian walls were used in Infdev to mark the positions of the cardinal directions. This created two intersecting planes extending just above the surface of the solid material that surrounds them. This has long since been removed, as it was only found in Infdev (February 27, 2010).

Far Lands[edit]

The "corner" of the Far Lands, at ±12,550,821 on both X and Z axes, creating the corner far lands.
Comparison of land before and after X/Z of ±12,550,821.

The Far Lands was the area that formed the "edge" of the "infinite" map in Java Edition versions prior to Beta 1.8. They initiate differently depending on the game's version. In Infdev (February 27, 2010), there was a wall of stone that generated 33,554,432 blocks away from spawn. In a later version of Infdev, this changed to where the Far Lands we had till Beta 1.7.3 began at about 12,550,820 blocks from the center of the world (0; 0) These Far Lands had two kinds: Edge Far Lands (The Loop) and Corner Far Lands (The Stack); both feature extremely strange terrain. They are known to have several impacts to the gameplay, including floating-point precision errors and huge framerate/tickrate drops due to excessive coordinates, and the farther from the world center, the worse the effects, until the game freezes and crashes. Beyond X/Z 32,000,000, the chunks are just fake chunks, causing the player to fall through the terrain.

When mods like the "Cubic Chunks" Mod came out, a new set of Far Lands called the Sky Far Lands was discovered. When the height limit is removed completely, the Far Lands continue to generate upward until they eventually collide with the Sky Far Lands 25,101,640 blocks upward or to the Void Far Lands 25,101,640 blocks below the world.

In Beta 1.7.3 (and probably as far back as Alpha v1.2.0), there existed another set of Far Lands called the Farther Lands, which was found very recently after the discovery of the Far Lands, and generate approximately 1,004,065,600 blocks away from the world center. This set combines with the previous Far Lands to create an even more strange mixture. In this set of Far Lands, the terrain is very smooth and hardly changes its shape. This is especially noticeable in the Corner Farther Lands.

The Far Lands were fixed in Beta 1.8.


These were glitched areas of terrain circa Alpha v1.1 which resembled chunk errors, with the terrain abruptly kicking up to the height limit, with natural grass and ore generation. Below the monoliths was completely hollow except for the water generating at the sea level and a layer of bedrock at the bottom, making the normal terrain seem like inverse monoliths. On very large ones, it is very possible to find small crevices where normal terrain has generated within. They tend to generate around flatish terrain. They were caused by an error in the Perlin Noise generator.

By setting Biome Scale Weight to negative values in customized worlds, they can generate in versions 1.8 snapshot 14w17a through 1.13 snapshot 18w05a, but with the removal of the Customized functionality altogether in 1.13 snapshot 18w06a, this can no longer be recreated.

These can theoretically generate infinitely upwards (i.e. up to the Far Sky).


Some types of trees can no longer be grown with saplings, and no longer generate naturally in new terrain. They were often the result of the fact that new log and leaves types had not yet been added; new trees subsequently "borrowed" logs and leaves from other trees. For example: acacia trees, when they were first added, used jungle logs and oak leaves.

Glass Pillars[edit]

A glass pillar in Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3.

Glass pillars were added in Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3. They were used to mark the location of strongholds, as the eye of ender was not yet added. They were removed in Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4, due to the addition of the eye of ender.

Map customization[edit]

Isometric screenshot[edit]

In the Indev versions of the game, you can take a screenshot of the map from an Isometric perspective using F7. When the game captures an isometric image it will save the current location of all mobs and show any and all alterations to the map the player has made that would be visible from the perspective of the sun (at sunrise). The player will not be visible unless the player was in third person view before taking the Isometric screenshot.

The Isometric screenshot will save to your local user folder as "mc_map_####.png" where #### represent the number of the screen shot starting at 0000 up to 9999.

There are some limitations that existed with the screenshots:

  • Can only capture the player's sprite when in 3rd person mode.
  • Due to a glitch the screenshot will only render blocks that are in the player's FOV, and everything else will either be black or show blocks under the ground.

Indev map shape[edit]

A typical normal, small, floating, deep map in isometric view.

The map shape is the general dimensions the level generator uses to create maps. Added in Indev 0.31[when?], it alters the length, width, and height of the map. There are three kinds of shapes:

  • Square is a map of equal length, width and height.
  • Long is 2x the length and 1/2 the width of a normal map.
  • Deep is 4x height and 1/2 the width and length of a normal map.

A small, square map is 128x128 blocks wide, a normal square map is 256x256 blocks wide, and a huge square map is 512x512 blocks. All square and long maps are 64 blocks tall.

Width x Length x Height Square Long Deep
Small 128 x 128 x 64 256 x 64 x 64 64 x 64 x 256
Normal 256 x 256 x 64 512 x 128 x 64 128 x 128 x 256
Huge 512 x 512 x 64 1028 x 256 x 64 256 x 256 x 256

Indev map theme[edit]

A Theme is the general style the level generator uses to create maps. Added in 0.31 update in January 7, 2010, it dramatically affects Indev mode's game mechanics (such as monster spawn zones and boundary liquid). Paradise and Woods themes were added in Indev update on February 14, 2010. Themes were removed for later on in the middle of infdev and are comparable to Biomes in Alpha, Beta, and current Minecraft versions.


A typical normal, small, island map in isometric view.

The default map theme. Overground, one will find sporadic Trees and generally favourable space. The weather is constantly partly cloudy, and the lengths of night and day are equal. Underground, ores of all types can be found and Lava is generally found near the Bedrock.

Boundary Liquid: Water.


A typical hell, small, island map in isometric view.

The second map theme introduced with the Theme feature. Hell features significantly less lighting during the day, where Mobs of all types will spawn at any time. All Water is replaced with Lava, Grass is replaced with dirt and Grass is only spawned instead of sand during map generation. Mushrooms are abundant on the surface. Farming works at a much slower rate (one plant stage per day cycle). This is comparable to The Nether.

Boundary Liquid: Lava.


A typical paradise, small, island map in isometric view.

The third map theme is more relaxed than the other Themes. It features larger beaches and plentiful flora compared to the Normal Theme, and the time is always set to "Noon" (the sun never sets); hostile Mobs will only spawn underground. Farming works at a much faster rate (from planting to harvestable in 30–45 minutes).

Boundary Liquid: Water.


A typical Woods, small, island map in isometric view.

The fourth map theme is a middle-ground of challenge between Normal and Hell, providing constant overcast during the day that reduces light, and tree density is at a higher rate than the other themes, resulting the land space becoming smaller. Additionally, Mushrooms are spotty throughout the overground areas.

Boundary Liquid: Water.

Indev map type[edit]

The floating map type.

The map type is the general format the level generator used to create maps. Added in 0.31,[more information needed] it dramatically affected Indev mode in the availability of water, sand, and gravel. The further the player travelled towards the end of the map, the slower they moved. There were four map types:

  • Island is the default map type featuring minor hills and water existing at the borders.
  • Floating contains multiple floating islands. Falling from these islands results in death as the surface is covered in bedrock. Floating gravel and sand is common, while water is rare.
  • Flat is similar to superflat today - it features flat grass with flowers, trees and a starting house.
  • Inland features a slightly hilly landscape, which is essentially the Island map type with infinite flatland at its borders as opposed to water. Sand and gravel are common.

Winter mode[edit]

A map with snow.

Winter Mode was a randomly occurring map type for Minecraft Alpha. It was added on the 9th of July, 2010 and was the first "biome" to appear in Minecraft, although not a true biome as it made the entire world snowy. It was removed in Alpha v1.2.0. Maps with the Winter Mode theme could not be converted back to normal worlds and vice versa without the use of third-party programs. Players could, though, force their savegame into/out of the Winter Mode by activating/deactivating the "SnowCovered" parameter in "level.dat" using a map editor.

Differences between Winter Mode and the normal map type

One of the differences was snowflakes, which fell constantly. There were four different kinds of snowflakes. These snowflakes would create snow tiles on any block that was directly exposed to the sky, provided that it was solid. Snow tiles which were hit by a light level of 12 or brighter (sunlight ignored) would melt. Snow could be broken by hand or with tools, and a shovel could be used to produce snowballs (at a rate of 1 per tile), which could then be thrown with a right-click or crafted into snow blocks. Snow would automatically disappear if a block was placed on it. It would also hover in the air if placed over a slab.

The second element unique to the Winter Mode was ice. When a map was generated, all exposed water blocks would be frozen into Ice, which is semi-transparent and slippery. Ice could be changed back to a water spring by breaking it by hand or tools, pickaxes being faster. Upon destruction, ice would not yield any item. Like snow, it could be melted by being hit with a light level of 12 or higher (sunlight ignored).

Also, animals would not spawn as much as in the normal world.

Biomes prior to 1.7.2[edit]

Before 1.7.2, many biomes existed which some of them got removed.

Biomes that got removed in 1.7.2:

  • Mountain Edge
  • Frozen Ocean (readded in 1.13)

Pre-Beta 1.8 biomes[edit]

In Beta 1.8, biomes received a major overhaul, removing and changing many biomes. Prior to these changes, there were 13 biome types which were much smaller and less distinct.

Gravel path[edit]

Before 1.10, villages used gravel paths as roads; however this was changed and grass paths were added as village roads instead.

Savanna Village[edit]

Prior to 1.10, villages that would generate in savanna biomes used oak wood, oak planks, oak fences and oak stairs, but this village was later replaced with the acacia village.

Customized world type[edit]

Customized was a world type that gave control over many settings that affected terrain generation, such as ores, sea level, biomes, structures, and many variables that govern the random shape of the terrain. It was introduced in snapshot 14w17a for 1.8, and was removed in snapshot 18w06a for 1.13.


Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve, and Rana[edit]

Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve, and Rana were human mobs originally in-game as a test during the Indev phase. They were made by "Dock", Minecraft's past artist, and were removed from the game when Dock left the development team in early 2010. These mobs had no animation and glided around in the same pose. Upon death, all of them except Rana could drop 0–2 string, 0–2 feathers, 0–2 sulphur (this item has since been renamed "gunpowder") and 0–1 flint and steel. Beast Boy, Black Steve, Steve had 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) HP. Rana had 13 (Heart.svg × 6.5) HP. [4] Beast Boy is a DC superhero and member of the Teen Titans, and Rana is an original character of Dock. "Rana" means frog in Latin, Spanish, and Italian. Rana bears a striking resemblance to Jenny Sanderson from the Gamecube game Chibi-Robo. When hurt, these mobs make the Player's hurt noise.

If the player looks closely at the Indev versions with these mobs, the player will notice that Rana is never in any of the same versions as Beast Boy, Black Steve, and Steve. They are always in separate versions.


The human mob before 0.24 SURVIVAL TEST

Humans were hostile mobs with the default skin. In early versions Classic, humans could be spawned by pressing key G. They did not have a punching animation like the player; they only ran into the player like a zombie would.

In Classic, humans would just move around the map aimlessly, walking in slightly imperfect circles, flailing their arms and heads, and jumping occasionally. They could not move or destroy blocks, and were not affected by liquids. Mobs pursued player and applied him 1 unit of damage. Changing a player's skin would not change the skin of the human mob.

In Beta 1.8, humans were removed. In 1.11, the savegame IDs Monster and Mob for humans were also removed.

Zombie drops[edit]

Prior to Beta 1.8, zombies dropped feathers. However, this drop was later removed; currently, feathers are not dropped by zombies, and are replaced by rotten flesh.

Zombie Pigman drops[edit]

Prior to Beta 1.8, zombie pigmen dropped cooked porkchops. However, this drop was later removed; currently, cooked porkchops are not dropped by zombie pigmen, and were replaced by rotten flesh and gold nuggets.


Game sounds Track
Arrow Contact
Door closing
Door opening
Flint and Steel
Leveling up
Old Hurt


Player Track


These features never had any use in game.

Blocks and items[edit]



On January 25, 2010, Notch posted a video of the cogs being placed onto the wall of a cliff.[5]

Gear in inventory

In Indev on January 25, 2010, the code for cogs (originally named Gear) was added. It could only get obtained by inventory hacking and was invisible in the inventory, at some point an animation was added to the item when in the inventory. When hacked into the game, cogs could only be placed on a side of any block, placing them in a space where two sides are next to each other would cause a cog to appear on each of both sides. Placed cogs were impossible to destroy; any mining directed at a cog phased through to the block behind it, much like water. If the block a cog was on was destroyed, the cog was not removed, but oddly, was invisible. The cog still existed in the map and would show up again if the block was replaced. Cogs placed in mid-air using a map editor were also invisible and would show up if a block was placed next to them. Cogs can be only removed using water to flow on them. Cogs do not show up on non-solid blocks. A cog's sprite consisted of two parts; the center rod and the animated gear.

In Infdev on February 27, 2010, Gear was renamed to Cog, and later on June 27, 2010, it was removed.

They had a data value of 55, which was replaced by redstone in Alpha v1.0.1.

Crying obsidian[edit]

Crying Obsidian.png

Crying obsidian was a texture in Minecraft for an abandoned project to implement a spawn point changing obelisk.[6][7][8][9] It was abandoned after the introduction of beds.[10] It would have been crafted with an obsidian block and lapis lazuli.[11] The texture was added in Beta 1.3. The crying obsidian would have been craftable using the following recipe:

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lapis Lazuli +

Crying Obsidian

In Beta 1.5, the texture is replaced with a grass-type texture.

On February 9, 2012, Jeb was asked "Can you bring back Crying Obsidian or add some new color/texture blocks?" to which he responded "As soon as I've made preparations for more texture space."[12]

Chairs and other furniture[edit]

Chair from Indev's terrain.png file.

In Indev's terrain.png were two textures which might be interpreted as a chair (side and front). The actual purpose of those textures is unknown. The 2nd texture might be the side view of a table. On Notch's blog, The Word of Notch, furniture, and more specifically chairs, are mentioned a few times.[13][14][15][16]

Grass Shrub[edit]

Green Shrub.png

While looking at one of the chests in the Beta 1.6 Test Build 3 version, a weird looking green textured dead shrub can be seen. It is unknown what this was used for. It most likely resulted from the game attempting to apply biome coloring to the dead bush sprite since the dead bush sprite, at the time, was used for tall grass with a data value of 0. This was scrapped for unknown reasons. It is last seen in release 1.7.


Paeonia texture.png

Paeonias were unimplemented flowers that were replaced by the two-block-tall peonies.

There was only one screenshot of the block released by Jeb.[17] Its texture file was still in the /texture/block folder and was named flower_paeonia.png, but it was later removed in the 17w47a snapshot for 1.13.


Unused armor file
How the plate would look on a player.

In numerous versions such as 0.30, there was a folder called "armor", which contained two files in development, showing only a helmet and chestplate. One was finished and called "chain.png" and resembled chain armor, and the other was unfinished and called "plate.png". Plate.png was used in Survival Test for mobs, and eventually removed in an unknown version. These were presumably added in Classic 0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST[verify], however, when they were truly added is unknown.


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Please remove this notice once you've added suitable images to the article. The specific instructions are: Textures of these potions.

There were 29 potions without effects that were left behind in Java Edition Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2. All unused potions had no effect[needs testing] and appeared to be re-textures of other potions. These potions were later removed in the 1.9 snapshot 15w44b.

These potions could only be obtained by using the command /give @p minecraft:potion 1 <data-value> {CustomPotionEffects:[]}. Adding a multiple of 64 to the value would result in the same potion. As with other potions at the time, adding the value with 16384 would result in a splash version of given potion.

Name DVs
Uninteresting Potion 2 & 3
Bland Potion 4 & 5
Clear Potion 6 & 7
Milky Potion 8 & 9
Diffuse Potion 10 & 11
Artless Potion 12 & 13
Thin Potion 14 & 15
Flat Potion 18 & 19
Bulky Potion 20 & 21
Bungling Potion 22 & 23
Name DVs
Buttered Potion 24 & 25
Smooth Potion 26 & 27
Suave Potion 28 & 29
Debonair Potion 30 & 31
Elegant Potion 34 & 35
Fancy Potion 36 & 37
Charming Potion 38 & 39
Dashing Potion 40 & 41
Refined Potion 42 & 43
Cordial Potion 44 & 45
Name DVs
Sparkling Potion 46 & 47
Potent Potion 48 & 49
Foul Potion 50 & 51
Odorless Potion 52 & 53
Rank Potion 54 & 55
Harsh Potion 56 & 57
Acrid Potion 58 & 59
Gross Potion 60 & 61
Stinky Potion 62 & 63

Studded armor[edit]


Studded armor were several sprites that were added sometime around Indev 0.31[more information needed] in items.png. They were taken from Notch's unfinished game, Legend of the Chambered, along with other armor sprites. The sprites were never implemented into gameplay in early 0.31 and were eventually removed.


The reformed screenshot

In Legend of the Chambered (an abandoned RPG that Notch made), there was a quiver item available to be picked up as loot. Notch reused the sprite from that game and put it in Minecraft, albeit flipped horizontally. It was added in early 0.31 and eventually removed.

Although the sprite for the quiver has been in the game files since Indev, almost nothing is known about it. Jeb originally stated that there were no plans to add them.[18] Later, during 1.9 development, Dinnerbone tweeted a 2×204960 image[19] which can be reformed into a 854×480 Minecraft screenshot, containing the quiver.[20] On June 30, 2015, Dinnerbone posted that he removed them again as arrows in the off-hand feel "more natural".[21]

In 1.9, the quiver texture was removed.


Skis texture

A texture known in the game files as "skis.png" was added in 1.4.6 by Dinnerbone as a red herring.[22] It was intended as a joke and only the texture ever existed; it never had an id, item, code in the game, and as confirmed by Dinnerbone, it could not be summoned. The texture was removed in Horse Update.



A pigman texture

Pigmen are Mobs with the same shape as the player but the skin of a pig. Notch mentioned that he might add them as villagers (which didn't happen). The skin was created by a Minecraft user named Miclee.[23]

Minecraft user Miclee came up with the idea for pigmen.[23] He was given the Bacon Cape as a reward, but when Notch was asked for personal capes by other users, the Bacon Cape was taken away from Miclee to prevent further commotion[citation needed].

Notch mentioned in April 25, 2011 that he might add pigmen as villages' townspeople,[24] although in the Beta 1.9 pre-releases, a different villager mob was introduced.

In 1.6.2, the texture file was removed from Minecraft.


Play Tutorial Level button[edit]

An unclickable Play Tutorial Level button was added during Indev. It could be found on the main screen. However, there was no tutorial level in the games code. It was finally removed during the transition from Alpha to Beta stage.


Brick Block Variations[edit]

Brick Variations Classic.png

At some point in Classic, there were 4 similar brick textures added with slight differences, hinting it might have been planned to add variations in textures.

Door Details[edit]

Doors Infdev.png

In the Infdev terrain file there could be found two door textures that looked exactly the same except the hinges and the handle were on the opposite sides, but in today's Minecraft only one of the texture is used, and is flipped, when the handles and hinges are on the other sides. The alternate door was overwritten with the iron door texture in Alpha v1.0.1.

Door Entity[edit]

Door Entity Infdev.png

In the Infdev "item" folder (where signs, arrows, and minecarts could be found at the time), a file named "door.png" could also be found. It was most likely going to be used for the door animation Notch had been wanting to add.



In Infdev, a texture called "Fluff.png" was added. It was used as a texture for clouds in Infdev, but was later removed in early alpha.

Footstep particle[edit]

Footstep particles on sand.

The footstep particle was introduced, but never used in the game. It was removed in snapshot 17w47a, as part of the The Flattening.



In Beta 1.7.3[verify], a texture called "power.png" was added. It can be found in .minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar, but was removed in 1.6.

Steve Villager Hybrid[edit]

After villagers were added, a strange file could be found in the mobs folder (outside of the villager folder) called "villager.png". It appeared to be some sort of Steve villager hybrid. This file was removed in 1.5 during the texture pack reform. It did not match the Villager model. If used for a Villager in a resource pack, would look glitched.

Steve Villager before 1.5.png
How the Villager Steve may have been intended to look, re-created with a 3D modeling software.

Steve's hair on 2nd layer of char.png[edit]


Char.png can be found on 0.27 SURVIVAL TEST's texture files and Steve's hair is on the 2nd layer rather than the 1st. It is unknown why this switch occurred. This was possibly a failed hair test.

Another failed skin attempt on char.png[edit]

Char 2.png

Char_2.png can be found on Indev (February 12, 2010, 1)'s texture files. This was possibly another failed attempt of testing skins in Indev, there are two gold pixels on the top right of Steve's head for unknown reasons and another layer of hair.



In Infdev, a file similar to terrain, referred to as "waterterrain.png" could be found, it is unknown when this file had been added, and unknown when it was removed. It appeared to be some sort of arrow system, and it is possible this was used to test water animation.

"chunkinfo" command[edit]

From 1.8 (14w30a) to 1.13 (17w45a), the file en_us.lang contained translation strings for a /chunkinfo command, which never existed in game. The following keys existed:

commands.chunkinfo.usage=/chunkinfo [<x> <y> <z>]
commands.chunkinfo.location=Chunk location: (%s, %s, %s)
commands.chunkinfo.noChunk=No chunk found at chunk position %s, %s, %s
commands.chunkinfo.notEmpty=Chunk is not empty.
commands.chunkinfo.empty=Chunk is empty.
commands.chunkinfo.notCompiled=Chunk is not compiled.
commands.chunkinfo.compiled=Chunk is compiled.
commands.chunkinfo.hasNoRenderableLayers=Chunk has no renderable layers.
commands.chunkinfo.hasLayers=Chunk has layers: %s
commands.chunkinfo.isEmpty=Chunk has empty layers: %s
commands.chunkinfo.vertices=%s layer's buffer contains %s vertices 64 vertices are: %s

It is unknown if this command was used by Mojang for development or was simply a dropped feature.



Calm4.ogg was a music file (alongside the other tracks) that was beta-tested and created by Notch himself. The song is 3:13.

It consists of an up-beat synth, battle-like tune. At 1:36 in the song, the player can hear Notch saying "Mojang Specifications" in slow-motion.

The track was released around JE Alpha v1.1.1. In JE Alpha v1.1.2[verify] this track was omitted from the downloaded game files. As such, players who had the game while the song was still in it will continue to hear it being played, as the game will play any song in the .minecraft/resources/music folder.

With the introduction of the 1.6.1 launcher, playing older versions with the track calm4.ogg will not allow the track to be heard, since music is downloaded separately from the .jar files.

Player stats[edit]

The removed player stats.

In an early Indev version, the player could open the inventory screen and view their name and three stats: "ATK", "DEF", and "SPD". These only existed for a very brief period of time - when asked, Notch stated he could not remember exactly why they were implemented and subsequently removed, and he assumed they were placeholders for "vague plans".[25]

Inventory changes[edit]

An inventory rewrite was originally partially rewritten in the snapshot 14w07a for 1.8, but a roadblock was hit and it is reverted before the release of 1.8.[more information needed][26]

Old player death animation[edit]

Before 1.6.1, on player death, players would stay standing, leap a little bit, and then disappear. In 1.6.1, this was replaced with players falling, and then disappearing.

On-screen version number[edit]

The version display in Beta 1.6 Test Build 3.
The exclusive all-text display, only shown in the Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo.

Starting with Classic 0.0.2a, all subsequent versions until RC2 had text displayed in the top left corner of the screen which told what version the player was on. Versions between Beta 1.6.4 and Beta 1.7.3 did not have this text. From 0.0.2a to the last 0.31 release (Indev 0.31 (February 5, 2010)), only the version number was displayed. But after Indev switched from being 0.31 to being called Minecraft Indev (Indev (February 6, 2010)), the word "Minecraft" was shown before the version number. In the Alpha development stage, the text read Minecraft Alpha v#.#.#(_#). In the Beta development stage, the text read Minecraft Beta #.#(_#). This feature was only partially removed, for, among other things, the version number can now be shown by opening the debug screen while in-game. Before Alpha v1.2.2, the version number did not display on the main menu screen.

Unlicensed copy message[edit]

The Unlicensed Copy message as seen in Beta 1.7.3.

In the Beta stage of Minecraft's development, a message reading "Minecraft Beta #.#.#(_0#) Unlicensed Copy :( (Or logged in from another location). Purchase at" was shown. This message can only be seen in versions between Beta 1.6 Test Build 3 and Beta 1.7.3, as proved by a bytecode editor. The bytecode for the message was removed in Beta 1.8.

Loading screen[edit]

Loading screen as seen from Infdev (June 29, 2010) to Alpha v1.0.3.

From Infdev (June 29, 2010) to Alpha v1.0.3, a screen that read "Loading..." could be seen in the bottom left corner when launching the game. This was replaced in Alpha v1.0.4 with the Mojang logo splash screen.

Spawn Nether Portals by with F4[edit]

In Alpha v1.2.2a, players had the ability the spawn Nether Portals by pressing F4. In Alpha v1.2.2b, spawn Nether Portals using F4 was removed.

Time management button F6 and F7[edit]

In Beta 1.8 Pre-release, players had the ability to use the time management buttons F6 and F7. In Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;), F6 and F7 working as a result of left-in debug code was removed.


Achievements were available between Beta 1.5 and 1.12 (17w06a). They were ultimately replaced by advancements, though editions other than the Java Edition still have achievements instead.

Texture pack[edit]

Texture packs were added in Alpha v1.2.2, and were replaced with Resource packs in 1.6.1 (13w24a).

3D Anaglyph[edit]

3D Anaglyph before 1.13.

3D Anaglyph is an option in video settings that applies an red-cyan stereoscopic effect, and when wearing 3D glasses, can actually see different parts of the game in varying depths, making the world "pop out". In the 1.13 snapshot 17w43a, 3D Anaglyph was removed for unknown reasons.

Void fog[edit]

Void fog as depicted before its removal in the 1.8 snapshots.
The Void, covered in void fog.
The limit of the player's view would reduce with depth.

In Beta 1.8, black void fog and the depthsuspend particle were introduced. As the player descended below Y=17 in the Overworld, the void fog and particles would start to appear. As the player traveled deeper, the fog at the edge of the render distance would become closer until the player reached bedrock, where visibility was reduced to just a few blocks, beyond which was complete darkness. The gray void particles appeared at and under layer 16, as well as in the void.

The void fog was removed in snapshot 14w34c, the main reason being to improve perfomance.[27] The depthsuspend particle was also removed from the void, but stayed in the game until snapshot 17w47a when it was removed as part of The Flattening.

Dispensing command blocks[edit]

From 1.8 snapshot 14w07a, dispensers had the ability to place a command block that it contained, when activated. This feature was removed as of version 1.8.6 to solve a security issue.[28][29]

Mobs running from creepers[edit]

In 1.8, mobs ran away from creepers that were about to explode. In 1.8.1-pre1, this feature was removed because every mob that had the ability to run from a creeper was looking for an exploding creeper every tick, degrading performance.

Water evaporates on magma blocks[edit]

In 1.10 (16w20a), water evaporates on top of magma blocks when randomly ticked. In 1.13 (18w07a), whirlpool bubble columns is produced on top of magma blocks instead.

Full hotbar[edit]

Before 1.4.2, creating a world in creative mode always having full hotbar, which includes oak sapling, bricks, oak planks, spruce planks, cobblestone, dirt, etc.


When a splash is removed, the line it occupied in splashes.txt is deleted, meaning the line number of all subsequent splashes lowers by one.

Main splashes[edit]

Splash text Explanation Version added Version removed Pre-removal line number
Pre-beta! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 1
Alpha version! Alpha version of Minecraft. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 30
9.95 euro! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was less than half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 48
Half price! The pricing of the Alpha version of Minecraft, which was about half that of the final price. Indev or earlier Beta 1.2 49
Check it out! Duplicate of "Check it out!" on line 21. pre-Halloween Update Beta 1.8-pre1 47
Notch <3 ez! Most likely because of Notch's departure from Mojang. Indev 1.8.5 100
SOPA means LOSER in Swedish! SOPA was a highly controversial anti-piracy bill that made its way through the United States House of Representatives before it was rejected. In Swedish, "sopa" is a verb meaning "to sweep" and also commonly used as a slang insult (comparing someone or something to the dirt that someone would sweep up). Prior to the 1.3 Pre-release, this splash read "SOPA means LOSER in Swedish", without an exclamation point.

The specific bill SOPA had not been a current issue for several years, by the time of the splash's removal.

However, the Splash still exists in Legacy Console Edition.

1.1 1.9 (15w42a) 304
Better than Prey! Prey is a first person shooter that was well received by critics.

The splash was most likely removed to avoid legal issues with ZeniMax Media, in which Bethesda published the 2017 video game of the same name.

Indev 1.12.1 (17w31a) 5
Hobo humping slobo babe! "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" was the critically-acclaimed first single of the band Whale. Beta 1.8 (pre1) 1.14 (19w12a) 259

Special splashes[edit]

Splash text Explanation Date/version displayed Version removed
Happy birthday, ez! Shown on ez's birthday. November 9 1.8.5
Happy birthday, Notch! Shown on Notch's birthday. June 1 1.8.5

Super Secret Settings[edit]

The "Super Secret Settings", added in 1.7.2 snapshot 13w38a, were removed in 1.9 snapshot 15w31a for an internal rewrite. It was a button under the options menu that, when pressed, would blare a random game sound with a lower pitch, and activate a shader.

Native integration[edit]

Native integration, added in 1.7.4 snapshot 13w47a, was removed in 1.9 snapshot 15w31a. Twitch chat was integrated into the game. and entity.hanging.pop[edit] and entity.hanging.pop were two sound effects added in 15w49a and removed in the next snapshot, 15w49b.

Old conduit particle[edit]

Old Conduit Particles.

The Conduit was added in the 18w15a snapshot with particles, but those particles were changed in the next snapshot 18w16a.


The water_hacked and waterlogged was added in 1.13 snapshots 18w07a and 18w07b respectively and removed in 18w10c. Before the removal, these tags functions follows:

Tag name Values Usage
minecraft:water_hacked #minecraft:stairs, #minecraft:waterlogged, #minecraft:slabs, minecraft:chest
  • Blocks in this tag will render in water as if any non-filled space in the block model was water.
minecraft:waterlogged #minecraft:coral_plants, minecraft:bubble_column, minecraft:kelp, minecraft:kelp_top, minecraft:sea_grass, minecraft:tall_sea_grass
  • Used in the 'water_hacked.json' block tag file. Prevents non-water mobs from spawning in this block. Allows swimming in this block.


  1. “Oh, yes, one thing that I didn't explicitly say: We have removed the "horse saddle", pigs and horses use the same saddle item now”@jeb_, April 26, 2013
  2. “Twitter sometimes... =) Rehearsal: Saddles not craftable, but found in dungeons. (As before snapshots.) Horses use same saddles as pigs.”@jeb_, April 26, 2013
  3. wordofnotch:333135179/i-should-be-sleeping-but
  7. User talk:Jeb mojang#Your opinion on this deletion
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  14. wordofnotch:660061390
  15. wordofnotch:666612436
  16. wordofnotch:673782427
  18. User talk:Jeb mojang#Quiver
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