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Official logo for the Nether Update.

The Nether Update is an upcoming major update themed around revamping the Nether. This update was announced at MINECON Live 2019.[1] It is to be released on Java Edition as version 1.16.[2]

Notable features[]


  • New blocks:
    • Blue fire
      • Created when fire is created on or somehow spreads to soul sand, regardless of dimension or biome.
    • Nether fungi
    • Nether vegetation
    • Target block
    • Other unnamed blocks
  • New mobs: piglins and hoglins
  • New generated structures:
    • Bastions
  • New biomes:
    • Soulsand valley
    • Netherwart forest red
    • Netherwart forest blue


  • Similarly to the announcement of the Update Aquatic, this update was announced during the development of Java Edition 1.15, and before the features of 1.15 were even added to Bedrock Edition.


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