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Minecraft 1.8-pre1
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Java Edition



Release date

August 22, 2014

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of 1.8-pre1

1.8-pre1 is the first pre-release for Java Edition 1.8[1], which adds new alternative skin named Alex and fixes bugs.



  • New alternative default skin: Alex.[2]
    • The Alex skin features what appears to be a human with long ginger hair, a green top, brown pants, and black boots as well as 3-pixel wide arms.
    • All accounts will be assigned the Steve or Alex skin based on its random user ID.
  • There will be a choice to select 4 or 3-pixel arms on minecraft.net/profile in the future.
    • However, there is a bug in the pre-release which sometimes displays the wrong model.
  • Added "Any computer is a laptop if you're brave enough!"



Killer Bunny
  • Texture changed (it no longer has blood).


21 issues fixed
From released versions before 1.8
  • MC-5312 – Thorns not working against some monsters.
  • MC-5313 – Durability on shears does not go down when used on wool blocks.
  • MC-5477 – Fireworks and given dye beyond id 15.
  • MC-5610 – Redstone dust on tall grass (placement bug).
  • MC-5860 – Endermen can place cacti in illegal places.
  • MC-6179 – Chickens don't save their egg lay timer.
  • MC-48340 – Lava pools change leaves.
  • MC-68341 – Cinematic camera keeps momentum.
  • MC-68524 – Java not properly capitalized in splash "Now java 6!"
From the 1.8 development versions
  • MC-55549 – Snow (cover) makes mobs jump but do not move.
  • MC-56771 – Baby zombie pigmen don't forgive, while adults do.
  • MC-58120 – "DoMobSpawning" is causing reduced tick speed, causing general tick lag.
  • MC-60428 – Yellow/gold rabbits don't spawn naturally.
  • MC-61676 – Tab list expands too far and is unreadable.
  • MC-63381 – Constant crash - Locked out of world.
  • MC-63388 – Player heads do not render in inventory or when equipped.
  • MC-63896 – High CPU load on superflat.
  • MC-63973 – Multiplayer: giving yourself a player-skull crashes the game.
  • MC-65237 – When invisible, endermen can see you when you stare at them.
  • MC-68140 – Opening a command block doesn't pause the game.
  • MC-68350 – Dispenser TNT summon position offset.


  • 1.8-pre1 was previously removed from the launcher for some time, but was added back in September 2018.
  • Alex's name is depicted with a "?" at the end, a reference to how Steve's name was written by Notch as a joke.[1]


  1. a b "Minecraft 1.8 Pre-release – The Bountiful Update" (Archive) by Jens Bergensten – Mojang.com, August 22, 2014.
  2. Minecraft skins - Mojang