Minecraft snapshot 16w50a

We are happy to introduce the first (and final?) snapshot of Minecraft 1.11.1!!!!11oneone! This patch is mainly focused on fixing more bugs, but also contains a number of minor features just in time for the Holidays. In particular, there is a new use for the fireworks, but remember to be careful when handling explosives.

There is also a new (potentially controversial) change to the combat mechanics. Without revealing what it is, you will most definitely notice the difference when you try out the snapshot. We anticipate much feedback.

Continuing on the combat system, there is a new sword enchantment, and Mending is no longer compatible with Infinity on bows.

And finally, you can now recycle many tools and items in the furnace. The reward is minuscule but considerably better than nothing!

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Shouldn’t you be on Minecraft.net right now?


This blog is no longer the go-to place for official Minecraft news! From now on we’ll be posting snapshots, updates, and lots, lots more on Minecraft.net

Minecraft.net! Bookmark it! Make it your homepage! Print it on a t-shirt (don’t use our assets because you might get sued by our ruthless enforcement team). 

Why have we done this? Learn that and more on Minecraft.net!

Note: we’ll still use this blog for any Mojang news that’s not relevant to Minecraft. There’s not a lot of that about right now but thought it was worth mentioning. 


Owen – @bopogamel and Marsh – @marshdavies

Fight in a fort or toss a tuber

Ah, Friday. For many, this signals the start of two free days to kick back and play their favorite games. To help you out with that, we’ve put some new maps on Minecraft Realms for PC, and have brought back some old favorites as well. Whether you’d like to quietly admire new builds by yourself, or frenetically compete with a group of friends, we’ve got something for everyone!

Hot Potato by Team Cyrus

Gather your friends and grab a potato! Hot Potato is the kind of sport where you don’t want to be left holding the ball. Keep your eyes peeled for any agitators rushing you with a spud, and if you get hit, mash your mouse until you pass it off to someone else. These are exploding tubers, so toss them before they detonate!

Vaslen by Excessed

If you’d like to start a new survival game, but don’t want to stress over building up your farms, fire up this world template. In Vaslen, you’ll find a green mesa and five cozy shacks. Just be careful, this map starts at night!

Fort Craft by goCreative

Zombies gather to attack, beginning their approach to your fort. The narrow canyon walls make it difficult for the creatures to move in groups, and from your perch in the guard tower, you line up the perfect shot. With a quiver of arrows and a bit of luck, the sun will be up before the monsters reach you.

Other additions

We have another round of 1.11 compatibility updates for you! If you haven’t played these before, give them a try. This week, the following maps make their return to Realms:

We also have a special mention, for anyone that didn’t catch the Light Your Way Home blog post. The map, aptly titled Light Your Way Home, is part of the #MinecraftIRL campaign, designed to blur the lines between the real world and the crafted world. You can grab this map on Realms, under the adventure map category.

Winter is… on the way

Our next Realms content update, appropriately winter and/or holiday themed, is on December 16th! Make sure that you check in on that day for another blog post filled with all of the details.

If you’re curious about how to get your own creations on Minecraft Realms, check out our updated guidelines over at /r/Realms.

That’s all for now! See you next time!

Marc – @Marc_IRL

Pocket Edition is 5 years old! Have a trailer for 1.0!

What a long way we’ve come! At its inception, Pocket Edition was little more than an experiment by mega-brained Mojang coder, Aron Nieminen. It was pretty bare bones – just the most minimal Minecrafty features in mobile form, hammered together in a mere three months.

As Aron says: “It wasn’t even supposed to have multiplayer at first, and the first internal version only had an ASCII renderer!”

It’s since grown into one of our most popular versions of Minecraft, with over 40 million players, who are now able to enjoy the rich features of redstone, join each other on Realms, and across platforms, race each other on pigback, wail on witches and – with the upcoming Ender Update – battle the ultimate boss: The Ender Dragon.

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Share your real-life Minecraft moments!


Minecraft can be a funny old game. Over the years, crafters have uncovered a wealth of secrets, and developed a bunch of unique ways to play. Dirt block towers, pigs with saddles, chests packed with mushroom stew – over time, these things have become almost… normal.

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Go googly-eyed! Cartoon textures on Pocket / Win 10!

Turn your world into a toon with the latest texture pack to arrive on Pocket and Windows 10 Edition! Give your pigs a higher derp factor – and resolution to boot. Reshape villagers’ noses! Make sheep look startled!

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