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Java Edition version history
1.151.16 (NYR)

1.16[1], the first release of the Nether Update,[2] will be a major update for Minecraft: Java Edition themed around revamping the Nether. This update was announced at MINECON Live 2019, and a release date has not yet been announced. New mobs, as well as existing mobs, will spawn in the new biomes.[3] 

Additions

Mobs

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Piglins
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Hoglins
  • Found in the Nether.
  • Are naturally hostile towards the player.
    • Appear to have a higher melee range than most mobs.
  • Can be bred with crimson fungus and used as a source of food in the Nether.
  • the hoglin drops leather and raw porkchops.
  • Previously known as the "piglin beast", the name "hoglin" was chosen by the community.[4]
  • When bred using crimson fungus, they will produce baby hoglins.
  • will avoid warped fungus because they don't like the smell.
StriderFace
Striders
  • Are attracted to Warped Fungus
  • The first passive mob inside of the nether.
  • They spawn on lava lakes.
  • They are immune to fire and lava damage.
  • They are breedable with Warped Fungus and are Ridable with a saddle.
ZoglinFace
Zoglin

Items

NetheriteIngot
Netherite Ingot
  • Can be used to craft the best tools and armor in the game.
  • Can also craft a block of Netherite and vice versa.
  • Crafted from Netherite scraps from Ancient Debris.
NetheriteScrap
Netherite Scrap


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  • Enchants Boots.
  • Allows for the player to run faster on Soul Sand and Soul Soil.
  • Allows for up to 3 levels of enchantment on the boots. without using commands.
  • Makes a new particle while the player is running on Soul Sand or Soul Soil.

Lodestone Compass

LodestoneCompass
  • This compass will work in any dimension.
  • This compass will point to the Lodestone it is linked with.

Warped Fungus on a Stick

  • Crafted with a Warped Fungus and a Fishing Rod.
    WarpedFungusOnAStick
  • Are used to direct Striders while riding.

Blocks

BlueFire
Soul Fire
  • Acts the same as regular fire.
  • Fire lit on soul soil or soul sand will turn blue.
  • It generates naturally in the soul sand valley biome in the Nether
  • It currently does not melt snow and ice, though it has not been confirmed.
  • This block has the ability to scare away piglins.
    BlueNetherFungi
    Nether FungiShort
Nether Roots
  • Generated in the warped forest & crimson forest.

Nether Sprouts

  • Generated in the warped forest & crimson forest.
BlueNetherMushroom
Fungus
  • Two new types of fungi will be added to the warped forest & the crimson forest. One is teal with orange spots and the other is pinkish-red with a brain-like pattern.
  • It grows the warped/crimson Trees in the warped Forest & crimson forest.
Warped Wart Block
WarpedStem
Stems
  • Veiny looking blocks that comprise trunks on the huge warped/crimson fungi in the crimson forest & warped forest.
  • Can be stripped to produce Stripped Warped and Crimson Stems
    WarpedHyphae

Hyphae

  • Resemble Warped & Crimson stems, but with the "bark" on all sides
  • Can be stripped with an axe
    StrippedWarpedHyphae
  • Is crafted with 4 of either stem to create its corresponding Hyphae
Nylium
  • NetherGrassBlueNew
    Resembles grass blocks.
  • Grows on top of Netherrack.
  • Comes in red and blue.
  • Grass of the Netherwart forest.
  • Can reproduce using bone meal on netherrack next to nylium
TargetBlock
Target
  • Resembles hay bale's side texture.
  • Emits a redstone signal when shot with an arrow.
  • Signal is stronger depending on how close the arrow is to the center of the block.
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Shroomlight
  • This light-emitting Shroomlight block which closely resembles glowstone can also be seen.
  • Appears to compose the spots of mushrooms.
Basalt
Basalt
  • This block makes up pillars of basalt.
  • Can be crafted to Polished Basalt.
  • Generates when lava flows over Soul Soil while it comes into contact with Blue Ice .  
Polished Basalt
PolishedBasalt
  • Obtained by crafting normal basalt into polished basalt and is purely decorative.
Soul Soil
  • Appears almost everywhere in the soulsand valley biome.
  • It slightly resembles soul sand .
    UnnamedSoulSandBlock
  • Light a fire on a Soul Soil block to get Soul Fire
  • Can be crafted into Soul Torches.
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Weeping Vines
TwistingVine
Twisting Vines
BlockOfNetherite
Block of Netherite
  • Can be crafted back into Netherite Ingots.
  • This block can be used as a decoration.
  • This block is crafted using nine Netherite Ingots.
  • Can be pushed and pulled by pistons
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Nether Planks
  • Can be used to craft all wood related items just like regular wood planks (except for Boats).
  • Does not burn in fire.
  • They come in blue or red.
AncientDebris
Ancient Debris
CryingObsidian
Crying Obsidian
  • Crying obsidian is obtainable by bartering with a piglin.
  • Is used to craft a respawn anchor.
  • Unlike normal obsidian, this cannot be used to make a Nether Portal.
  • Unlike narmal obsidian, this is glowing and makes an light level of 9.
NetherGoldOreNew
Gold Ore
  • Is obtainable by mining it in the nether.
  • Drops 2-6 gold nuggets when mined by any pickaxe.
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Fully charged

Respawn Anchor
  • Crafted with Crying Obsidian.
  • Can be used to set spawn points using glowstone as charges.
  • A maximum of 4 charges can be set at once, with one charge being depleted each respawn.
  • Using it in the Overworld or The End causes it to explode and set fire to surrounding blocks.
Lodestone
Lodestone

Biomes

  • The Nether will get at least three new biomes:
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      The soul sand valley includes uncovered fossils, soul sand, large Basalt speleothems, blue fog, and soul fire.
    • CrimsonForest
      The crimson forest is a dense forest with trees made of nether wart blocks and weeping vines.
    • WarpedForest
      The warped forest is a variation of the Crimson forest, with warped fungi, twisting vines, and nether roots found on the ground.

Structures

Bastions
  • Fortifications built by piglins that are found in the Nether.
Basalt Pillar

Speleothems

  • Pillars in the Soul Sand Valley made of Basalt


Nether Fossils

  • Generate in Soul Sand Valleys, And are comprised of Bone Blocks

Commands

  • /locatebiome

Changes

ZombifiedPiglinFace
Zombie Pigman
Illusioner
Illusioner
  • Illusioners may be added to raids.
Villagerhead
Farmer Villagers
TheNetherBefore1.16
Nether Wastes
HoesNew

Hoes

SmithingTable
SmithingTableUI

Smithing Table

  • Now upgrades diamond tools into Netherite tools.
Compass
Compass
  • Can now be enchanted with the curse of vanishing enchantment.

Gameplay

Fishing

  • Treasure loot can only be fished up when fishing in open waters.
Respawning
  • Players will be able to respawn in the Nether with the Respawn Anchor.
Ambience
  • Added additional ambient sounds for The Nether.
Spawning rules
  • Fish now despawn when 64 blocks away from the player, unless placed from a bucket or named with a Name Tag.

Other

  • Basalt can be generated when lava runs over Soul Soil while it comes into contact with Blue Ice.

Subsequent updates and snapshots

As of April 2, 2020, there are ten snapshots: 20w06a[5], 20w07a[6], 20w08a[7], 20w09a[8], 20w10a[9], 20w11a[10], 20w12a[11], 20w13a[12], 20w13b[13], and 20w14a[14].

Gallery

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Click for full 1.16 - Nether Update gallery.

Trivia

  • Beds will still blow up in the the Nether.
  • More biomes have a chance to be announced and released later in the snapshots.

References

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