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Minecraft 1.16 Release Candidate 1
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June 18, 2020

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1.16 Release Candidate 1 (known as 1.16-rc1 in the launcher) is the first and only release candidate for Java Edition 1.16, released on June 18, 2020,[1] which modifies splash text and fixes bugs.



  • The COVID-19 pandemic set of splash texts have been added to the normal set of splashes.
  • Added new splashes:
    • This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be!
    • Honey, I grew the bees!
    • Find your claw!
    • Everybody do the Leif!
    • <3 Max & 99 & Ducky!
    • Bushy eyebrows!
    • Edit is a name!
    • From free range developers!
    • Music by Lena Raine!
    • Aww man!
    • #minecraftfarms
    • And my pickaxe!
    • Envision! Create! Share!
    • Fabulous graphics!
    • Also try Minecraft Dungeons!
    • Vanilla!
    • May contain traces of citrus!
    • Zoglin!?


World generation[]

The Nether
Optimizing Worlds
  • The progress bar when optimizing worlds are now color-coded according to the type of dimension, and the ratio is calculated according to the number of chunks to optimize for each.


  • The COVID-19 pandemic set of splashes no longer overwrite the normal ones.
  • Removed some splashes:
    • Undocumented!
    • Down with O.P.P.!
    • Lewd with two dudes with food!
    • Switches and ores!
    • Huge tracts of land!
    • Totally forgot about Dre!
    • Popping tags!
    • Getting ready to show!
    • Getting ready to know!
    • Getting ready to drop!
    • Getting ready to shock!
    • Getting ready to freak!
    • Getting ready to speak!


16 issues fixed
From released versions before 1.16
  • MC-59540 – Creating superflat world without layers causes to get "Classic Flat".
  • MC-86197 – Shield blocking happens even while eating.
  • MC-88901 – Blocking with Shield, and getting hit causes visual bug.
  • MC-109121 – 2×2 jungle and spruce trees do not grow from the lowest layer.
  • MC-117312 – Hover and click events are at wrong position for right-to-left languages.
  • MC-135333 – Open fence gates still block players in water.
  • MC-150543 – Using a stonecutter can sometimes crash the game in certain circumstances.
  • MC-152934 – Water and lava disappear when dispensed through a dispenser at build limit.
  • MC-164224 – Non updated lava layers that rarely generate in Nether wastes, crimson forests, and warped forests.
  • MC-164569 – Random "Block Broken" in jungle.
  • MC-166921 – Incorrect bow animation when eating.
  • MC-166959 – Cannot trade with villager after clicking on them while holding a written book.
  • MC-174790 – Mob on turtle eggs causes the game to crash.
  • MC-175634 – Fishing line disconnects while drinking.
From the 1.16 development versions
  • MC-181833 – Crash on world startup after playing world in 20w18a.
  • MC-187423 – Ender pearls sometimes won't work with end gateways.


Video made by slicedlime:


  • This is the first release candidate since RC2 for 1.0.0.
    • The time between the last release candidate (RC2) and this one is 8 years, 7 months and 5 days (3140 days).
  • The splash "This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be!" is a reference to Monty Python's Flying Circus "Dead Parrot Sketch".
  • The splash "Honey, I grew the bees!" is a reference to the 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids as well as the size of the bee mob added in 1.15.
  • The splash "From free range developers!" is a reference to the "From free-range hens" phrase seen on egg boxes.
  • The splash "Music by Lena Raine!" is a reference to the new music tracks added in 1.16, made by Lena Raine.
  • The splash "Aww man!" is a reference to the "Creeper, aww man" meme, originating from CaptainSparklez' Minecraft parody song, Revenge.[2]
  • The splash "#minecraftfarms" is a hashtag Felix Jones wanted to get trending.[3]
  • 1.16 Release Candidate 1 was released exactly 10 years after Infdev 20100618.


  1. "Minecraft 1.16 Release Candidate 1" – Minecraft.net, June 18, 2020
  2. ""Revenge" - A Minecraft Parody of Usher's DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (Music Video)" – CaptainSparklez on YouTube, August 19, 2011
  3. "#minecraftfarms"@Xilefian on Twitter, June 8, 2020; "just trying to get the hashtag trending"@Xilefian on Twitter, June 8, 2020.