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The Boss Update is the name for Minecraft: Pocket Edition version Alpha v0.16.0, an update that was released on October 21, 2016.[1] The iOS version was released a few days later on October 25, 2016.[2]

The official name for the update, the Boss Update, was revealed on August 29, 2016 in a blog post on the Mojang website.[3]

Notable features[]


  • Lots of settings changes.
  • Add-ons.
  • Commands.
  • Ocean monuments.
  • 4 new blocks:
    • Sea lantern, Prismarine, Wet sponge, and Beacons.
  • 6 new items:
    • Prismarine crystals, Prismarine shards, the Nether star, and the Potion/Splash Potion/Arrow of Decay.
  • 3 new mobs:
    • Guardian, Elder Guardian, and Wither.


  • Added sounds for various items, blocks, and mobs.

Further revisions[]

  • Alpha v0.16.1 fixed some bugs and crashes from Alpha v0.16.0.
  • Alpha v0.16.2 fixed some bugs from Alpha v0.16.1, and also added the Cartoon texture pack.