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

Mobs[]

New[]

Name Image Habitat Drops Note
Ghast Ghast JE1 BE1.gif The Nether
  • The first flying mob.
Zombie Pigman Zombie Pigman JE2.png The Nether
  • The first neutral mob.

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Creeper Creeper JE2 BE1.png
  • Have new sound effects.
Skeleton Skeleton JE2.png
  • Now hold bows.

Blocks[]

New[]

Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Netherrack Netherrack JE1.png
  • Found throughout the nether.
  • Any pickaxe.
  • Burns indefinitely when lit on fire.
Soul Sand Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png
  • Found in patches on the floor of the nether.
  • Any shovel.
  • Slows down entities that pass over it.
Glowstone Glowstone JE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Glowstone Dust

  • Found in growths on the ceiling of the nether.
  • Any
  • Produces light.
Pumpkin Carved Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png
  • Any axe.
  • Can be worn as a hat or crafted into a Jack o'Lantern.
Jack o'Lantern Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Carved Pumpkin +
Torch

  • Any axe.
  • Produces light.
Nether Portal Block Nether Portal JE1.png
  • Created when the interior of an empty 4x5 frame of obsidian is lit on fire.
  • Any
  • Touching this block teleports entities between the Overworld and Nether dimensions.

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Grass and Leaves Grass Block JE3.pngOak Leaves JE3 BE4.png
  • Are now darker in color, and change shade based on the biome.

Items[]

New[]

Name Image Obtaining Uses
Clock Clock JE1.gif
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Clock
  • Can be used to tell the time.
Glowstone Dust Glowstone Dust JE1 BE1.png
  • Obtained from glowstone blocks.
  • Can be used to craft glowstone blocks.
Raw Fish Raw Cod JE1 BE1.png
  • Can be cooked into cooked fish.
Cooked Fish Cooked Cod JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Raw Cod +
Any fuel


0.35
  • Can be eaten to restore 5 hp.

Changed[]

Name Image Changed
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod JE1 BE1.png
  • Can now be used to catch fish.
  • No longer stackable.

Structures[]

New[]

Name Image Generates Chests Mobs Description
Nether Portal Nether portal (animated).png
  • Created when a player enters another dimension through another portal, if there are no portals already nearby.
  • No
  • Zombie Pigmen
  • A portal made of obsidian and portal blocks used for interdimensional travel.
Glowstone blob Glowstone Cluster JE1 BE1.png
  • The Nether
  • No
  • No
  • A cluster of glowstone blocks hanging from the nether ceiling.

Biomes[]

New[]

Name Image Description Structures
The Nether Halloween Update Screenshot.png
  • A cavernous alternate dimension made up of netherrack and lava.
  • Nether Portals
  • Glowstone Clusters
Desert Old Desert.jpg
  • A sandy biome.
Savanna Savanna.jpg
  • A flat grassy biome.
Plains Plains.jpg
  • A flat grassy biome.
Shrubland Shrubland.jpg
  • A grassy biome with some trees.
Swampland Swampland.jpg
  • A grassy biome with some trees.
  • Oak trees
Seasonal Forest SeasonalForest.jpg
  • A grassy biome covered with trees.
  • Oak trees
Forest Forest.jpg
  • A grassy biome covered with trees.
  • Oak trees
Rain Forest Rainforest.jpg
  • A grassy biome covered with trees.
  • Oak trees
Tundra Tundra.jpg
  • A flat snowy biome.
Taiga Biomes Example.png
  • A snowy biome covered with trees.
  • Oak trees

Gameplay[]

New[]

Name Description
Sunrise and Sunset The sky now changes color during sunrise and sunset.
Controls F1 now enables you to hide your HUD.

Music Tracks[]

New[]

Filename Gameplay Soundtrack Title Track Preview
hal1.ogg Survival "Subwoofer Lullaby"
hal2.ogg Survival "Living Mice"
hal3.ogg Survival "Haggstrom"
hal4.ogg Survival "Danny"
nuance1.ogg Survival "Key"
nuance2.ogg Survival "Oxygène"
piano1.ogg Survival "Dry Hands"
piano2.ogg Survival "Wet Hands"
piano3.ogg Survival "Mice on Venus"
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