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For a guide about all content in this release and the other releases of the Halloween Update, see Java Edition guides/Halloween Update.

Alpha v1.2.0, also known as the Halloween Update, is a major update to Minecraft. It was released with server 0.2.2 on October 30, 2010, adding the Nether along with new Nether-exclusive mobs and blocks. It also added fishing, a new terrain generator, and other changes and fixes. This version is listed in the launcher, but only Alpha v1.2.0_02 is downloaded instead.

Additions[]

Blocks[]

Netherrack JE1.png Netherrack
Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png Soul Sand
Glowstone JE1.png Glowstone
Carved Pumpkin (S) JE1 BE1.png Carved Pumpkin
Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern
Nether Portal (EW) JE1.png Nether Portal

Items[]

Clock JE1 BE1.png Clock
  • Craftable item that tells the time.
Glowstone Dust JE1 BE1.png Glowstone Dust
Cooked Cod JE1 BE1.png Cooked Fish
Raw Cod JE1 BE1.png Raw Fish

Mobs[]

Ghast JE1 BE1.png Ghast
Zombified Piglin JE2.png Zombie Pigmen
  • When one pigman is attacked all nearby pigmen will retaliate and attack the player.
  • Hold gold swords.[3]

World generation[]

  • New terrain generator, featuring biomes.
The Nether
Desert
  • A biome with sand and cacti. Ice Deserts can also be found in the code, but they're unused.
Tundra
  • A cold biome with snow and ice. There's barely any trees as well.

Gameplay[]

Fishing Rod JE1 BE1.pngFishing

General[]

  • Added new music tracks and sound effects.
Splash
  • Added new splashes:
    • Slow acting portals!
    • Try the Nether!
    • Don't look directly at the bugs!
    • Oh, ok, Pigmen!
    • Finally with ladders!
    • Scary!

Changes[]

Blocks[]

Cobblestone Stairs (N) JE1 BE1.png Stairs and Furnace (S) JE1.png furnaces
  • Now face the same direction as the player when placed.
Grass Block JE3.png Grass Block and Oak Leaves JE3 BE4.png Leaves
  • Are now darker in shade, and their color is now dependent on temperature/humidity values.

Mobs[]

Mobs
  • Higher lighting values are required the deeper they are to keep mobs from spawning.
Creeper JE2 BE1.png Creepers
  • Now have new sounds.
Skeleton JE2.png Skeletons
Slime JE2 BE1.png Slimes
  • Completely removed from mob spawning code.

World generation[]

  • Fake chunks spawn at 32,000,000 blocks instead of the void.
    • They cannot be interacted with.
    • They are not solid.
    • Lighting stops working.
    • Trees, flowers, grass, and dungeons cut off.

Gameplay[]

Sunrise
  • Sunrise now creates a red glow at the horizon.
Heads-up display
  • Pressing F1 hides the HUD and the view-model from the person's view. In third person mode, pressing F1 will create a view looking back at the player's own face.

General[]

Menu screen
  • Changed Minecraft logo from Java Edition logo 2.png to Java Edition logo 6.png.

Removals[]

General[]

Distance effects
  • Due to the removal of winter mode and therefore snow, it no longer becomes visually distorted at great heights.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. The Halloween Update is out! – The Word of Notch, October 30, 2010
  2. The fireballs were using snowball texture when shot.
  3. This change occurred between the Alpha v1.2.0 preview and the full release of Alpha v1.2.0.
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