1.8 (also referred to as the Bountiful Update), was a major update to Minecraft: Java Edition, released on September 2, 2014. It added many map-making and survival mode features.

Java Edition version history

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  • Chiseled and Cracked Stone Bricks, Mossy Cobblestone, and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Beacon light beams now change color when going through stained glass/stained glass panes
  • Doors stack to 64, and give three instead of one when crafted
  • Furnaces now rewind at 2 times speed when they run out of fuel
  • Buttons can be placed on the ceiling and on the ground
  • Daylight sensors can now be inverted by right clicking
  • Mob heads are available in Survival
  • Monster Spawners can be right clicked with a spawn egg in hand to change what it produces
  • Updated mob AI for all mobs
  • Removed AI for Giants and Humans
  • Iron Golems no longer attack the player while in Creative Mode
  • Tamed Ocelots and Tamed Wolves display a death message in chat if they were named with a name tag
  • Arrows behave differently underwater, losing all velocity after a few blocks and slowly fall
  • Enchanting now costs Lapis Lazuli
  • Added new default skin with slim arms: Alex

Subsequent updates


Released on November 24, 2014. This update adds the doEntityDrops gamerule.


  • This version had the longest wait for a major update to Minecraft at the time, since 1.7.2 was released on October 25, 2013.
    • 1.3.1 had the previous longest development version, with a release on August 1, 2012, 153 days after the release of 1.2.1.

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