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This page documents a major update currently being worked on. 
Therefore, not all official feature names or items are mentioned.

The Wild Update is the name of an upcoming major themed update set to release in 2022 as Java Edition 1.19 and Bedrock Edition 1.19.0.[1] It adds the Deep Dark biome, along with the warden, sculk blocks and the Deep Dark Cities, and makes various other biomes more atmospheric and immersive. In addition, it also introduces several new mobs and biomes variants.

Notable features[]

Blocks[]

Mangrove Log.png Mangrove Log
  • Generated as a part of mangrove trees which are located in swamps and mangrove swamps.
  • Can be crafted into mangrove planks.
Mangrove Leaves.png Mangrove Leaves
  • Generated in mangrove trees.
  • A decorative block.
Mangrove Flowers.png Mangrove Propagule (fruit form)[unofficial name]
  • Generated in mangrove trees.
Mangrove Planks.png Mangrove Planks
Mangrove Roots.png Mangrove Roots[unofficial name]
  • A decorative block.
  • Can be waterlogged.
Mangrove Sappling.png Mangrove Propagule[2]
  • Grows into a mangrove tree.
  • Grows underneath mangrove leaves.
  • Can be placed both on land and in water.
Mud.png Mud
  • Found in mangrove swamps.
  • Can be created by using a water bottle on a dirt block.
  • Can be placed on top of dripstone to dehydrate and form clay.
    • This in turn enables renewable clay.
Mud Bricks Render.png Mud Bricks
  • Crafted using mud, sand, and wheat.[3]
  • A decorative block.

This image shows the Sculk Blocks in the Redstone tab in creative mode, implying that the other sculk blocks also have redstone uses.

Sculk BE1.gif Sculk
  • Generates in the deep dark.
  • Has an animated texture.
  • Drops only experience when broken without Silk Touch.[4]
  • Sculk blocks grow underneath a mob corpse around a sculk catalyst.
  • Warden may spawn from it, if nearby sculk shrieker was activated too many times.
Sculk Catalyst BE1.png Sculk Catalyst[5]
  • Generates in the Deep Dark.
  • Made of sculk and a bone-like material.[6]
  • May be used in redstone.[7]
  • Spreads sculk blocks to wherever a nearby mob dies. The amount it spreads depends on the amount of experience the mob is meant to drop.[8]
    • This means that even if the mob doesn't drop experience as it wasn't killed by a player, the blocks would still spread based on the amount of experience it normally drops.
  • Sculk Catalyst Bloom BE1.gif Blooms when activated.
  • Drops only experience when broken without Silk Touch.[4]
  • Emits light.
  • Emits soul particles after a mob dies and grows sculk.
Sculk Vein BE1.gif Sculk Vein[9]
  • Generates in the Deep Dark.
  • Generates in a layer on top of blocks, similar to snow.
  • Can be placed in all directions, like glow lichen.
  • Has an animated texture.
  • Drops nothing when broken without Silk Touch.[4]
  • Some have parts that are transparent, allowing the player to see the block it is on top of.
  • May be used in redstone as seen in this video when they talk about the sculk sensor.[7]
Sculk Shrieker Minecraft Live.gif Sculk Shrieker
  • Generates in the Deep Dark.
  • Perhaps made of sculk and a bone-like material.
  • Has 2 soul-shaped patterns in the center.
  • Has the ability to 'shriek', emitting ring-like/sonic particles.
  • Is activated by the sculk sensor.
  • Gives players the Darkness effect when activated.
  • If activated too many times, a warden spawns.
Unknown frame block.png Frame Block[unofficial name]

Items[]

Spawn Eggs
  • Warden Spawn Egg (pre-release).png Warden spawn egg.[10]
  • Frog spawn egg.
    • Possibly spawn eggs for each variant: tropical and snowy.
    • Possibly tadpole spawn egg.
  • Allay spawn egg.
  • Firefly spawn egg.
Bucket of Tadpole
  • Obtained by using a water bucket on a tadpole, similar to obtaining a bucket of fish or axolotls.
  • Can be used to transport tadpoles, also as with fish and axolotls.

Mobs[]

AllayPixel.png Allay
  • Voted to be in the update during Minecraft Live 2021.
  • Can find dropped blocks or items for a player.
    • Picks up dropped items in loaded chunks and can carry up to a stack at a time,[11] and cannot duplicate items[12] or take items out of chests.[13] It drops its collected items when in range of a note block.
Frog (pre-release).gif Frog
  • Comes in three variants: default, tropical, and snowy.
    • The default variant is orange, the tropical variant is white, and the snowy variant is green.
  • Grows from a tadpole.
  • Variants depend on the temperature of the biome it turns from a tadpole to a frog in.
  • Jumps on lily pads and big dripleaves.
  • Eats fireflies.
  • Each variant is planned to have a unique use for players, currently unknown.
Firefly.gif Firefly
  • Glows in the dark.
  • Is eaten by frogs.
  • Is currently only two pixels big, making it the smallest mob in the game.
Tadpole.png Tadpole
  • Grows up into a frog.
  • Can be held in a water bucket.
  • Frog type dependent on which temperature a tadpole grows in. This mob has 3 variants, tropical, temperate, and tundra.

A picture of the warden and iron golem standing side by side

A picture of the warden and player standing side by side

Warden and rabbit

Warden.png Warden
  • Spawns in the Deep Dark biome, including within Deep Dark Cities.
  • The first fully blind mob (bats have basic eyesight, both in-game and in the real world).
    • Has a sense of smell. It can detect and pathfind towards the general location of a player or mob through a "smelling" action.[14]
      • Prioritizes smelling the player or mob that it is most suspicious of, rather than the one closest to it.[15]
    • Has a sense of vibration. When sensing movement, it pathfinds toward the source of the movement.
      • It follows and attacks players, mobs, and other entities that make vibrations.[note 1]
        • It does not attack other wardens.
      • Seems to follow the same rules as the sculk Sensor when detecting vibrations.
        • When it detects a vibration, the growths on its head rattle and light up, similar to the sculk sensor.
      • If any projectile (e.g. egg, snowball, arrow) lands near the Warden, the mob inspects the location where the projectile landed, due to the projectile creating significant movement. This feature can be used in order to cause a distraction.
      • Does not detect players that are sneaking.
    • Because of this, it can detect players or mobs that are invisible.[16]
  • Becomes more suspicious of a player or mob as it detects it's location more through vibrations and/or smelling. When it suspects the target enough, it identifies it's exact location, which causes it to aggravate and pathfind towards said target to attack regardless of outside distractions.[17]
  • Burns in direct daylight.[18]
  • It is the only mob that spawns in Deep Dark.[19]
  • A mob designed to be extremely difficult, intended to be avoided and fled from.[20]
    • Has a way to counter "cheesing" strategies like pillaring up to avoid attacks. The solution does not involve block breaking.[21][22]
    • Incredibly strong, doing 32♥ × 16 damage, bringing players wearing full netherite armor from full health to 7♥♥♥♥ health points.
    • Currently has 500♥ × 250 health points.[23]
    • At least as fast as the player's walking speed.
    • Seems to have knockback resistance.
  • The warden's chest has a glowing core that appears to brighten and dim in tandem with the Darkness effect.
    • The core creates a low throbbing or "heartbeat" sound as it pulses. The sound and animation speed up rapidly as the warden gets more suspicious of or closer to attacking a player or mob.[24]
  • Is about 3.5 blocks tall, making it one of the tallest mobs in the game, exceeding the iron golem and enderman in height and width (the same).[note 2][25]
  • Can be summoned by sculk shriekers; a warden rises out of the ground nearby if too many are activated.

World generation[]

Swamp
  • Completely overhauled.
  • Contains mangrove trees.
  • Contains mud.
  • Can spawn frogs.
  • Can spawn fireflies while nighttime.
Mangrove Swamp
  • New biome variant of a swamp.
  • Contains mangrove trees, and are the only trees that can generate there.
  • Contains mud as ground.
Mangrove Trees
  • New type of tree.
  • Made of mangrove logs.
  • Generated roots composed of mangrove root blocks.
  • Has propagules hanging from leaves.
  • Found in swamps.
Deep Dark
  • New biome at the "deepest depths of the world".
  • Originally planned for 1.17, then moved to 1.18, and was then postponed to 1.19 due to increased scope.
  • May not contain any water or lava aquifers.[26]
  • May be the rarest cave biome.[27]
  • Tends to generate under continental/mountainous areas.[28]
  • Generates exclusively within the deepslate layer between Y=-1 and Y=-64.[29]
  • Contains Deep Dark Cities.
  • Wardens can spawn there through the activation of sculk shriekers.
  • Contains all sculk-related blocks.
  • With the exception of spawners, no mobs other than wardens can spawn there, similar to mushroom fields.[19]
Deep Dark City[unofficial name]
  • New structure that generates within the Deep Dark.
  • Includes all of the Deep Dark features within it.
  • Made of deepslate and its variants, basalt blocks and its variants, planks, and wool.[30]
  • Contains soul sand, soul fire and soul lanterns.
  • Contains candles and skeleton skulls.
  • Contains chests with unique loot.[31]
    • The loot is intended to be items that cannot be found anywhere else, and that provide unique abilities and mechanics to players that weren't possible before and are not attainable by other methods.[32]
  • Contains the unknown frame block.
  • Has different levels and open spaces.
  • May have been built by an ancient civilization according to Brandon Pearce.[33]

Non-mob entities[]

An image of two variants of the Boat with Chest shown during Minecraft Live 2021

Oak Boat with Chest.png Boat with Chest
  • Similar to a minecart with chest but with a boat instead of a minecart.
  • Unlike the functionality of a minecart with chest, a player (but only one) can still ride in the boat when the chest is present.
  • Different wood variants.

Gameplay[]

Particles
  • Sculk Soul.gif Sculk Soul
    • Sculk Catalyst Bloom BE1.gif Emitted by sculk catalysts when activated.
  • Shriek BE1.png Shriek
    • Sculk shriek particles.png Emitted by sculk shriekers when activated.
Status effects
  • Darkness BE1.png Darkness
    • A status effect triggered by the sculk shrieker block, causing the player's camera to dim in brightness, thus limiting vision.

Planned changes[]

Blocks[]

Clay
  • More efficient way to regenerate clay by placing mud over a dripstone block with a stalactite dripstone growing under. The dripstone dries it out, producing a clay block[34].
Sculk Sensor
  • Now are able to activate sculk shriekers.
  • Now are able to communicate with warden.
  • Now are able to detect sneaking players who step on top of it.
  • Now generate in the Deep Dark biome.
  • Potentially planned to be able to detect a wool block but only when it is placed.[35]

World generation[]

Biomes
  • Updating various overworld biomes, such as Birch Forests, to make them more diverse, unique and add more immersion to biomes in general.

Unconfirmed features[]

Gameplay[]

Status effects
  • Darkness might also be triggered by wardens given how the duration of the effect extended past the one imposed by the sculk shrieker in the Minecraft Live 2021 showcase, and as suggested by a tweet from kingbdogz.[36]

Trivia[]

  • The warden was originally known as the "stalker" early during development. That iteration also had white flesh with holes in it, to the point where it was deemed too gory by the developers and had to be tuned down.[37]
    • Brandon Pearce also mentioned that this is one of various "wildly different" iterations that he's going to preview once the warden is released to the public.
  • This was the first update to add a 2-dimensional mob, the firefly.
  • This is the first update that features a losing vote candidate (biome, in this case), the Swamp biome update from MINECON Live 2019.
  • The tropical frog is based on the grey foam-nest tree frog.[38]
  • While this update introduces mud as a block, mud has existed in the franchise as a fluid in Minecraft Earth. The properties of mud in this update have not been stated.

Gallery[]

Concept artwork[]

Some concept art in this gallery was originally made for the Caves & Cliffs update.

References[]

  1. https://youtube.com/watch?v=1yrrUU1o5qI
  2. https://youtube.com/watch?v=or1DfXdqu3U&t=821
  3. "You can actually play in the mud without being told off! You’ll find mud blocks in swamp biomes, but why not make your own, just add water to dirt! Mud has other uses too; let it drip dry to make clay, or add sand and wheat into the mix to craft clay bricks!"@Minecraft on Twitter, October 16, 2021
  4. a b c https://youtube.com/watch?v=or1DfXdqu3U&t=318
  5. "New skulk textures and UI file for "darkness effect""@NetherNinja on Twitter, August 25, 2021
  6. "That is actually a bone-like material, not End Stone :)"@kingbdogz on Twitter, November 13, 2020
  7. a b "Caves, Cliffs & Other Updates: How We Make Minecraft - Episode 5" – Minecraft on YouTube, November 27, 2020
  8. "My day: experimenting with Axolotls and Sculk Catalysts... for reasons. How's your day going?"@kingbdogz on Twitter, August 4, 2021
  9. "This is really cool, but won't be necessary because Sculk Veins (on the edge of growths) can be placed in all directions like Glow Lichen. That means you can find veins on top of anything, including Grimstone Bricks, which is a better approach than a specific block type."@kingbdogz on Twitter, February 18, 2021
  10. "Feeling kinda short myself..."@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 6, 2020
  11. https://reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/q81usv/comment/hgmfpl6
  12. "Allays are not item duplicators, they pick up items nearby on the floor that are the same item it has been given. So you could give it a dirt block, then it will find dirt blocks that are dropped, collect them, then return and drop them to you or a note block you've set up."@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 12, 2021
  13. "They cannot get items from chests either. Only dropped items. You could feasibly use this for item sorting if you make a cool contraption :D"@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 12, 2021
  14. "Kinda. Wardens have no capability to detect players through vision. It technically has no idea where the player is, a system tells the Warden a general location that the player MIGHT be, not exactly. Only when the Warden suspects a mob enough that it knows their exact position"@kingbdogz on Twitter, November 26, 2021
  15. "Also currently it sniffs out the mob/player that it is most suspicious of, rather than the nearest mob/player."@kingbdogz on Twitter, November 26, 2021
  16. "Wardens will still be able to detect entities that are invisible :)"@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 26, 2020
  17. "Kinda. Wardens have no capability to detect players through vision. It technically has no idea where the player is, a system tells the Warden a general location that the player MIGHT be, not exactly. Only when the Warden suspects a mob enough that it knows their exact position"@kingbdogz on Twitter, November 26, 2021
  18. "3. Nope, but in the current design it will burn in sunlight."@kingbdogz on Twitter, May 21, 2021
  19. a b "1) Deep Dark is the name for now, but like anything names can change. I like it though. 2) Deep Dark is one of the only Overworld biomes where only one type of enemy can spawn: Wardens. So no Zombies, Creepers, etc. 3) That is a mystery for you players to reveal in-game."@kingbdogz on Twitter, June 17, 2021
  20. "I'd actually consider it something entirely new. The Warden is a force of nature, not a boss. When a tornado is barreling toward you, you don't try to kill it - you run away! The Warden is exactly the same."@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 3, 2020
  21. "It absolutely has some tricks up its sleeves to counter that particular strategy :)"@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 26, 2020
  22. "When it comes to "cheesing" the Warden with, for example, pillaring a few blocks up, I've made a conscious decision to find design solutions for that without making them break blocks. I think the obvious solution is always destruction, but I think we can make the Warden smarter."@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 17, 2021
  23. "In the current build Wardens have 500 health. Wonder if that's too little"@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 17, 2021
  24. "October 17, 2021"@kingbdogz on Twitter
  25. "Looking kinda short there, Iron Golem."@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 6, 2020
  26. "We're aiming to have no aquifers/lava in the Deep Dark"@kingbdogz on Twitter, September 2, 2021
  27. "It will likely be the most rare biome out of the 3, but not impossible to find either. And when you find it, it should be a big area."@kingbdogz on Twitter, September 2, 2021
  28. "Getting the Deep Dark biome distribution right has been tricky. Generally we're looking to get it deep underneath very continental/mountainous areas, and it will stretch all the way to -64. Looking forward to see how it feels."@kingbdogz on Twitter, September 2, 2021
  29. "Also, to clarify, the Deep Dark won't take up all of below y 0. Other biomes like Lush Caves and Dripstone Caves will be able to generate there too, it's just that Deep Dark can only be found below y 0. Grimstone is its natural stone ;)"@kingbdogz on Twitter, February 17, 2021
  30. https://youtube.com/watch?v=or1DfXdqu3U&t=184s
  31. "The point is to have special loot in the chests. We don't want players encouraged to kill the Warden."@kingbdogz on Twitter, February 16, 2021
  32. https://youtube.com/watch?v=wi-QS43xDTc&t=2m22s
  33. https://youtube.com/watch?v=wi-QS43xDTc&t=2m4s
  34. For the clay farming tutorial page, click here.
  35. "There are potential plans to make wool still create vibrations ONLY when placed, but not afterwards. Currently it's a bit too easy to just use wool to block sensors or shriekers."@kingbdogz on Twitter, November 26, 2021
  36. "It is much darker in-game I would say, we had to brighten things up a lot for the Live showcase :) But I agree the name "Deep Dark" doesn't really fit the cities - but it does when the Darkness effect creeps in from the Sculk Shriekers and Wardens :D"@kingbdogz on Twitter, October 17, 2021
  37. "146 - From Modding to Mojang with Kingbdogz // The Spawn Chunks: A Minecraft Podcast" – The Spawn Chunks on YouTube, June 21, 2021
  38. https://youtube.com/watch?v=w6zLprHHZOk&t=2h8m30s

Notes[]

  1. The Warden does not attack non-mob entities but it does follow the vibrations that they make. It is unknown whether it does attack mobs (apart from the player) or not.
  2. Height of the warden is based from the image found on Twitter.
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