Java Edition guides/Beta 1.2 releases

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This guide is a simplified overview of all the changes in the Java Edition Beta 1.2.x releases, which assumes at least some familiarity with Beta 1.1.x releases

Mobs[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Habitat Drops Note
Squid Squid Revision 1.png Water
  • The first aquatic mob.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Sheep Orange Sheep JE1.pngMagenta Sheep JE1.pngLight Blue Sheep JE1.pngYellow Sheep JE1.pngLime Sheep JE1.pngPink Sheep JE1.pngGray Sheep JE1.pngLight Gray Sheep JE1.pngCyan Sheep JE1.pngPurple Sheep JE1.pngBlue Sheep JE1.pngGreen Sheep JE1.pngBrown Sheep JE1.pngRed Sheep JE1.pngBlack Sheep JE1.png
  • Sheep can now be dyed.
  • Dyed sheep drop wool of the respective color when punched.
  • Black, gray and light gray sheep can naturally spawn.

Blocks[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Cake Cake JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Milk +
Sugar +
Egg +
Wheat

  • Any
  • Right-click to eat a slice of cake.
Dispenser Dispenser (S) JE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone +
Bow +
Redstone

  • Pickaxe
  • Launches items from inside it when it receives a redstone signal.
Note Block Note Block JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Oak Planks +
Redstone

  • Axe
  • Plays a musical note when it receives a redstone signal.
  • Right-click to change the note.
Lapis Lazuli Ore Lapis Lazuli Ore JE1 BE1.png
  • Found underground.
  • Pickaxe (stone or better)
  • Drops lapis lazuli when mined.
Lapis Lazuli Block Block of Lapis Lazuli JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lapis Lazuli

  • Pickaxe
  • Can be used for compact lapis lazuli storage.
Sandstone Sandstone JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Sand

  • Pickaxe
  • Can be used as a building block.
Birch Log Birch Log (UD) JE1 BE1.png
  • Found in birch trees.
  • Axe
  • Can be crafted into wood planks.
Spruce Log Spruce Log (UD) JE1 BE1.png
  • Found in spruce trees.
  • Axe
  • Can be crafted into wood planks.
Birch Leaves Birch Leaves JE1 BE2.png
  • Found in birch trees.
  • Any
  • Can drop saplings.
Spruce Leaves Spruce Leaves JE1 BE2.png
  • Found in spruce trees.
  • Any
  • Can drop saplings.
Dyed Wool Orange Wool JE1 BE1.pngMagenta Wool JE1 BE1.pngLight Blue Wool JE1 BE1.pngYellow Wool JE1 BE1.pngLime Wool JE1 BE1.pngPink Wool JE1 BE1.pngGray Wool JE1 BE1.pngLight Gray Wool JE1 BE1.pngCyan Wool JE1 BE1.pngPurple Wool JE1 BE1.pngBlue Wool JE1 BE1.pngBrown Wool JE1 BE1.pngGreen Wool JE1 BE1.pngRed Wool JE1 BE1.pngBlack Wool JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
White Wool +
Matching Colored Dye


  • Any
  • Can be used as building blocks.

Changed[edit]

Name Image Changed
Furnace Furnace (S) JE2 BE1.png
  • Top texture changed (was the same as stone)
Crafting Table Crafting Table JE1 BE1.png
  • Renamed from "Workbench" to "Crafting Table".
Sugar Cane Sugar Cane JE1 BE1.png
  • Renamed from "Reeds" to "Sugar Cane".

Items[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Bone Bone JE1 BE1.png
  • Drops from skeletons.
  • Can be used to make bone meal.
Bone Meal Bone Meal JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bone
  • Can be used to instantly grow wheat and saplings to maturity.
  • Functions as white dye.
Ink Sac Ink Sac JE1 BE1.png
  • Drops from squids.
  • Functions as black dye.
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli JE1 BE1.png
  • Drops from lapis lazuli ore.
  • Can be used to make lapis lazuli blocks.
  • Functions as blue dye.
Cocoa Beans Cocoa Beans JE1 BE1.png
  • Not legitimately obtainable.
  • Functions as brown dye.
Sugar Sugar JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Sugar Cane

  • Used to make cake.
Charcoal Coal JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Oak Log +
Any fuel


  • Functions identically to coal.
Dyes Light Gray Dye JE1 BE1.pngGray Dye JE1 BE1.pngRed Dye JE1 BE1.pngOrange Dye JE1 BE1.pngYellow Dye JE1 BE1.pngLime Dye JE1 BE1.pngGreen Dye JE1 BE1.pngCyan Dye JE1 BE1.pngLight Blue Dye JE1 BE1.pngPurple Dye JE1 BE1.pngMagenta Dye JE1 BE1.pngPink Dye JE1 BE1.png
  • Red dye is made from roses.
  • Yellow dye is made from flowers.
  • Green dye is made from cacti.
  • The remaining dyes are crafted from other dyes.
  • Can be used to dye sheep and wool.

Structures[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Generates Chests Mobs Description
Birch tree Birch Tree JE1 BE1.png
  • Forests
  • No
  • None
  • A tree with light-colored bark and leaves.
Spruce tree Spruce Tree JE1 BE1.png
  • Taigas
  • No
  • None
  • A tree with dark-colored bark and leaves.

Biomes[edit]

New[edit]

Name Image Description Structures
Taiga Taiga.jpg
  • A snowy forest of spruce trees.
  • Spruce trees