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"Beta 1.2" redirects here. For beta versions for Bedrock Edition 1.2.0, see Bedrock Edition 1.2.0/Development versions. For other uses, see 1.2.
For a guide about all content in this release and the other releases of Beta 1.2, see Java Edition guides/Beta 1.2 releases.

Beta 1.2 is a version of Java Edition Beta released on January 13, 2011,[1] which added charcoal, note blocks, dyes, squid, sugar, dispensers, lapis lazuli blocks, bone meal and sandstone, as well as changing and fixing other features.



Cake JE1 Cake
  • Crafted from wheat, egg, bucket of milk and sugar.
Dispenser JE1 Dispensers
  • Crafted from cobblestone, a bow and redstone.
Lapis Lazuli Block JE1 BE1 Lapis Lazuli Block
  • Crafted from 9 lapis lazuli.
Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1 Lapis Lazuli Ore
  • Drops one lapis lazuli when mined.
Note Block JE1 BE1 Note Block
  • Crafted from wood planks and redstone.
Sandstone JE1 BE1 Sandstone
  • Crafted from sand.
Spruce Log Axis Y JE1 BE1 Spruce Log
  • Can be crafted into wood planks.
Birch Log Axis Y JE1 BE1 Birch Log
  • Can be crafted into wood planks.
Spruce Leaves JE1 BE1 Spruce Leaves
  • Currently drops nothing.
Birch Leaves JE1 BE2 Birch Leaves
  • Currently drops nothing.
Light Gray Wool JE1 BE1Gray Wool JE1 BE1Black Wool JE1 BE1Brown Wool JE1 BE1Red Wool JE1 BE1Orange Wool JE1 BE1Yellow Wool JE1 BE1Lime Wool JE1 BE1Green Wool JE1 BE1Cyan Wool JE1 BE1Light Blue Wool JE1 BE1Blue Wool JE1 BE1Purple Wool JE1 BE1Magenta Wool JE1 BE1Pink Wool JE1 BE1 Wool
  • Re-added dyed wool with a new spectrum


Bone JE1 BE1 Bones
  • Can be crafted into bone meal.
Bone Meal JE1 BE1 Bone Meal
  • Used as a dye.
Lapis Lazuli JE1 BE1 Lapis Lazuli
  • Used as a dye.
  • 9 lapis lazuli can be crafted into a lapis lazuli block.
Cocoa Beans JE1 Cocoa Beans
  • Used as a dye.
  • Currently only obtainable by using external programs.
  • Currently named "Coco Beans".
Ink Sac JE1 BE1 Ink Sac
  • Used as a dye.
  • Currently named "Ink Sack".
Coal JE2 BE1 Charcoal
  • Has the same texture as coal.
  • Smelted from wood.
Light Gray Dye JE1 BE1Gray Dye JE1 BE1Red Dye JE1 BE1Orange Dye JE1 BE1Yellow Dye JE1 BE1Lime Dye JE1 BE1Green Dye JE1 BE1Cyan Dye JE1 BE1Light Blue Dye JE1 BE1Purple Dye JE1 BE1Magenta Dye JE1 BE1Pink Dye JE1 BE1 Dyes
Sugar JE1 BE1 Sugar


  • Added Gray Sheep JE1 gray, Light Gray Sheep JE1 light gray, and Black Sheep JE1 black variants.
  • Drop correspondingly colored wool.
Squid JE1 BE1 Squid
  • New underwater mob.
  • Drops ink sacs.
  • Currently can be milked.



Cactus JE2 BE1 Cactus
  • Can now be smelted into green dye.
Dandelion JE2 Dandelion
  • Can now be crafted into yellow dye.
  • Model changed from Furnace JE1 to Furnace JE2 BE1 to use new furnace top texture rather than stone.
Sugar Cane JE1 BE1 Sugar Cane
  • Renamed - was previously Reeds
Rose JE2 Rose
  • Can now be crafted into red dye.
Spawner JE1 Spawners
  • Again show a rotating model inside of what they spawn in single player.
White Wool JE1 BE1White Wool
  • Can now be dyed.
Crafting Table JE1 BE1 Workbench
  • Now called Crafting Table.


  • Tools made out of wood, stone, iron ingots, and diamond have increased durability.
  • Gold tools can mine blocks like stone and wood much more quickly than their diamond counterparts, with the same durability and restrictions as before this version.
Wheat Seeds JE1 BE1 Wheat seeds
  • Now harvested more often when plowing grass blocks.


Orange Sheep JE1Magenta Sheep JE1Light Blue Sheep JE1Yellow Sheep JE1Lime Sheep JE1Pink Sheep JE1Gray Sheep JE1Light Gray Sheep JE1Cyan Sheep JE1Purple Sheep JE1Blue Sheep JE1Green Sheep JE1Brown Sheep JE1Red Sheep JE1Black Sheep JE1
  • Can now be dyed.
Skeleton JE2 Skeletons
  • Now drop bones.
Spider JE3 BE2 Spiders
  • Can now climb up walls.

World generation[]

  • Iron Ore JE1 BE1 Iron, Diamond Ore JE1 BE1 diamond, and Coal Ore JE1 BE1 coal are found in larger amounts in caves and other areas.


  • Screenshots can be taken using the F2 key without having to first hold down the F1 key.
  • Included the FastRender mod by Scaevolus.[2]


  • Powered Redstone does not update properly when a new power source is added.
  • Rails always face north even if there are rails next to it.


10 bugs fixed
  • Paintings now work in multiplayer.
  • Disconnecting while riding no longer keeps the player in the world.
  • A bunch more state is properly synced in multiplayer.
  • Included PowerPC color and audio fixes by Scaevolus.
  • Fixed a horrible chunk reload loop in singleplayer.
  • Fixed most lighting bugs in newly generated multiplayer maps.
  • Falling sand behaves better in multiplayer.
  • Fixed a few crashes on load level bugs.
  • Jack o'Lantern now has correct tooltip.
  • Bricks now has the correct tooltip.
  • Sheep now visibly lose their wool when hit in multiplayer.


  • Beta 1.2 is the first version of Minecraft released in 2011.