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Release date

January 24, 2013[1]

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13w04a is the sixth snapshot released for 1.5.



  • Added a new command feature – scoreboard
    • Not 100% done yet
    • The scoreboard can be used to track deaths, players killing another player, players killing something a mob, or players activating commands
    • The complicated system uses a combination of name, display name, and criteria, and track an integer number of points for players
  • Mobs now show the name given to them, either by anviling on their Spawn Egg or external editors, above their head when the player looks directly at them within a circular 6 block radius


  • Renamed command blocks now use their name instead of @ in the chat
  • Comparators can now be used with jukeboxes
    • Output signal strength relates to disk number
  • Changed bone meal
    • No longer gives instant growth – instead, each use advances one growth stage:
      • Crops require seven bone meal
      • Saplings and Cocoa Beans require two bone meal to grow into Trees and Cocoas, respectively
      • Brown and Red Mushrooms still grow into Huge Mushrooms instantly
    • Gives off green particles when used
    • Note: Dinnerbone has stated that he still has to balance out this new bonemeal growth system[2]
  • Improved double slabs
    • 43:8 will now be the "smooth stone full half-slab block" and will remain so
    • Generally: If the top bit is set, the top texture will be used on all sides, also allowing for smooth sandstone full half-slab blocks (43:9)
  • Improved dispensers
    • Now equip players with armor from one block away.
    • They now activate TNT
    • They now use bone meal
    • They now use flint and steel
      • This will accurately decrease the durability of the tool
  • Dispensers and droppers can now face all directions
  • In Creative, the player can now hit mobs/players from five blocks away
  • Mobs will not actively path over rails
  • Held armor can be equipped by right-clicking
    • In this particular snapshot, this functionality is very faulty, prone to crashing and incorrect slot usage. It is fixed in the next snapshot.


26 bugs fixed

From released versions before 1.5

  • MC-127 – Piston extended and retracted at the same time.
  • MC-195 – Flowing water still drags the player while flying.
  • MC-515 – Chest glitch that lets them appear as if they are opened while they are not.
  • MC-519 – Achievements lost after update
  • MC-562 – Breeding cows can consume more than one wheat
  • MC-835 – In the server log, /say commands performed by the server do not appear to be in the console but do appear to the players
  • MC-1914 – Mob spawners sometimes show up as pig spawners
  • MC-2503 – Boats and minecarts should not be dropped in Creative
  • MC-3316 – Armor enchantments (besides Thorns) have no effect on mobs
  • MC-3981 – Dispensers no longer dispense item through blocks in the downward direction
  • MC-4052 – Powered redstone mechanisms react to change in redstone power level

From the 1.5 snapshots

  • MC-5742 – Redstone signals shortened by devices that output a shorter signal
  • MC-6069 – Server loading issue
  • MC-6118 – Monostable circuits only work in a North/South configuration
  • MC-6228 – Hopper doesn't accept items from second slot when container has different items in first slot
  • MC-6486 – Variable redstone strength causing strange update behavior
  • MC-6779 – Particle effects are messed up again...
  • MC-6851 – Doorhandle position wrong
  • MC-6906 – Chest minecart won't deposit items in hoppers while moving
  • MC-6952 – Iron door stays powered when retrieving the redstone block

From the previous snapshot

  • MC-7619 – If a minecart with hopper falls into the Void, the game will crash
  • MC-7627 – Changing the texture pack ingame renders strange
  • MC-7663 – Hopper minecart behave like they are on powered activator rail if they never touched one.
  • MC-7668 – Using Pick Block on Minecart with TNT or hopper gives you just a minecart
  • MC-7940 – Wrong death message of renamed mobs spawned by dispensers
  • MC-8042 – Minecart with hopper is not placed on rail