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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition. 

The disclaimer that appears when toggling Experimental Gameplay in the world settings.

Example of a world with the experimental tag on.

Experimental Gameplay (also known in-game as Experiments) is a game option exclusive to Bedrock Edition. When enabled, it allows players to test some unfinished or work-in-progress features that would eventually be released in future updates.

Toggling[]

Experimental Gameplay is found in the world options when creating or editing a world. When turning the option on in an existing world, a copy of the world will be created automatically. Turning the option on does disable achievements after the world is created. Once the experimental world is created, it cannot be turned off again. Worlds with the experimental on will have an "Experimental" tag right next to the game mode name in the world menu.

Warnings[]

The warning message when attempting to play on an experimental world.

The point of Experimental Gameplay is for the player to look at some not-quite-finished features, which could crash, break, or stop working at any point in future updates. When the player attempts to load the experimental world, it will show a warning message before loading it. Attempting to disable experimental gameplay toggle via external tools could also crash and break the world.

It is recommended to create back up copies of the world when playing on experimental, or not enabling experimental toggle on to avoid breaking the world and having issues in future updates.

Features[]

There are 8 different toggles of Experimental Gameplay.[1][2] These are:

  • "Wild Update"
  • "Spectator Mode"
  • "Vanilla Experiments"
    • Enables work-in-progress features that may be included in future versions.
  • "Holiday Creator Features"
    • Enables add-ons features added on the holiday update and some further updates that include the creation of custom blocks and items, Molang enhancements and the run_command method.
  • "Custom biomes"
  • "Upcoming Creator Features"
    • Used for Volume Driven Fog and entity properties and permutations.
  • "Gametest Framework"
    • Enables GameTest Framework automation tool feature.
  • "Molang Features"
    • Enables experimental Molang features.

As of 1.18.33, the following features are behind the "Wild Update" and "Vanilla Experiments" toggles in Experimental Gameplay:

Blocks
Mobs
Items
World generation

As of beta 1.19.0.32, the following features are locked behind the "Spectator Mode" toggle in Experimental Gameplay:

Gameplay

History[]

Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Added the experimental gameplay option.
Turning on the experimental gameplay option gives the player access to the following features: stripped wood, prismarine stairs and slabs, tridents, drowned and new swimming animations.
beta 1.2.20.1Added nautilus shells, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseAll above features, except for drowned and nautilus shells, are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.0Drowned and nautilus shells are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.7.0beta 1.7.0.2Added the scoreboard command and basic scoreboards, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.7.0.7Scoreboards are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.10Added crossbows and their enchantments, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Added pillagers and bamboo jungles, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.9.0.2Added lanterns and many new job site blocks, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
beta 1.9.0.3Added Minecraft script engine, available only through experimental gameplay.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added composters, campfires, a new stonecutter block, sweet berries, ravagers, wandering traders, pillager outposts, new village structures, villager_v2, and zombie_villager_v2, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
Crossbows, pillagers, lanterns, and entity scripting function are no longer only available behind experimental gameplay.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added raid captains, raids, the Bad Omen status effect and the Hero of the Village status effect, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
Bamboo jungles are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.11.0.3Fletching tables, smithing tables, sweet berries, ravagers, the new villagers, pillager outposts, new zombie villagers and the new villages are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.11.0.4Wandering traders are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRaid captains, raids, the Bad Omen status effect and the Hero of the Village status effect are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added structure voids, save and load mode for structure blocks, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Added targets, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.0.57Targets, Structure Voids and Structure Block functionality are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
Added Lodestones, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.0.63Lodestones functionality are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.55Experimental Gameplay toggle has been revamped and expanded.
Added "Custom Biome Add-Ons", "Experimental Scripting Add-Ons", "Experimental Molang Features", and "Next Gameplay Update" toggle.
beta 1.16.100.56Added "Experimental Add-On Features" toggle.
beta 1.16.100.57Added "Holiday Creator Features" toggle.
"Experimental Scripting Add-Ons", "Experimental Molang Features", and "Experimental Add-On Features" toggle are merged into "Additional Modding Capabilities" toggle.
Changed "Custom Biome Add-Ons" toggle name to "Creation of Custom Biomes".
Removed "Next Gameplay Update" toggle in preparation for "Caves and Cliffs" toggle.
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Added "Caves and Cliffs" toggle.
Added goats, goat horns and powder snow, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
Goats, goat horns and powder snow have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.53Added powder snow buckets, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.56Added pointed dripstone and sculk sensor, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.57Added all copper block variants, copper ingot, copper ore, and lightning rod, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.59Added glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.60Removed glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids temporarily.
Added GameTest framework to the experimental gameplay, by enabling "Enable GameTest Framework” toggle to test the new GameTest automation tool.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
All Caves and Cliffs content was removed in the full release.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Added the new mountain biomes: Lofty Peaks, Snow Capped Peaks, Snowy Slopes, Mountain Grove, and Mountain Meadow behind experimental gameplay.
Increased height limits to 320 blocks behind experimental gameplay.
Re-added glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids.
Added dripstone blocks, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
Changed and updated the textures of the ores behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.220.52Added azaleas, azalea leaves, big dripleaves, cave vines, hanging roots, moss blocks, moss carpets, rooted dirt, small dripleaf and spore blossom, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
Added glow berries, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Extended the build limit to 64 blocks down, to a total range of 384 blocks behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
All Caves and Cliffs content was removed in the full release.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.50Added glow lichen, which is available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.230.52Added axolotls and deepslate and its variants, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Added "Upcoming Creator Features" toggle.
beta 1.16.230.56Revamped cave generation by adding cheese caves, spaghetti caves, and flooded aquifer caves behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.17.0.50Added amethyst geodes, amethyst blocks, budding amethyst, amethyst clusters, amethyst shards, tinted glass, tuff, calcite, smooth basalt, spyglasses, raw metals, lush cave biomes and raw metal blocks, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Glow Lichen, Powder Snow and Powder Snow Buckets are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.17.0.52All above features and changes, except for the revamped cave generation, new mountain biomes, sculk sensor, and goat horns, are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.17.0.56Added lava aquifers, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Added description for Experimental features in the world creation screen.
Added a warning message when attempting to load an experimental world.
Added "Experimental" label to indicate the world is experimental in the world menu.
beta 1.17.0.58Description changes in the previous beta were removed.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
All Caves and Cliffs: Part II content were removed in the full release.
1.17.10beta 1.17.10.20Description changes in beta 1.17.0.56 was re-added.
releaseAdded "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release for all platforms.
1.17.30beta 1.17.20.22Hostile mob spawning has been changed to only spawn at light level 0 behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.17.30.21Re-added "Experimental Molang Features" toggle.
beta 1.17.30.23Terrain now generates using the multi-noise biome source type behind experimental gameplay.
Added noodle caves behind experimental gameplay.
Added ore veins behind experimental gameplay.
1.17.40beta 1.17.40.20Deepslate now generates below Y=0, gradually replacing stone and then fully replaces it at Y=-8 behind experimental gameplay.
Added the stony peaks biome behind experimental gameplay.
Clouds now float between layers 192 and 196 behind experimental gameplay.
1.18.0beta 1.18.0.20All above features and changes related to new world generation, new mountain biomes, revamped cave generation, sculk sensors, and goat horns are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
Removed the "Caves & Cliffs" toggle as the result.
beta 1.18.0.22Added "Vanilla Experiments" toggle.
Goat horns and sculk sensors have been moved behind the new experimental gameplay toggle.
Added sculk blocks, sculk catalysts, sculk shriekers, and sculk veins, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
1.18.10beta 1.18.10.21Added "Wild Update" toggle.
Sculk blocks, sculk catalysts, sculk sensors, sculk shriekers, and sculk veins have been moved behind the new Wild Update experimental toggle.
beta 1.18.10.24Added frogs, tadpoles, frog egg, and bucket of tadpole, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.18.10.26Added froglight blocks, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
1.18.30beta 1.18.20.21Removed the "Additional Modding Capabilities" toggle.
beta 1.18.30.22Added allays behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.18.30.26Added copper horns behind the "Vanilla Experiments" toggle.
beta 1.18.30.28Added chest boats and the deep dark behind the "Wild Update" toggle.
beta 1.18.30.32Added the warden, ancient cities, and reinforced deepslate behind the "Wild Update" toggle.
1.18.31Added “Spectator Mode” toggle and moved spectator mode behind it.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.19.0beta 1.19.0.20All above features with the exception of goat horns, copper horns, and spectator mode are no longer behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.19.0.24Copper horns have been removed.
beta 1.19.0.28Goat horns are no longer behind experimental gameplay.

References[]

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