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Take a deep breath and dive into a vibrant new world beneath the surface! Full of marine life, new mobs and colourful sea-nery, Minecraft’s oceans get their biggest update yet!

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The Update Aquatic is the name for a major update that was released for most versions of Minecraft in 2018, with the exception of the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and New Nintendo 3DS editions. The Update Aquatic focuses on revamping the oceans in Minecraft, adding many new aquatic mobs, blocks, items and structures. The update marks the advent of the trend of major themed content updates being released across certain editions relatively simultaneously, rather than across differently-titled, unrelated-sounding updates per edition.

The official name for the update, the Update Aquatic, was revealed on November 18, 2017, during the MINECON Earth 2017 live stream, at which time the Java Edition Update Aquatic was to be released as 1.14. On July 10, 2018, Mojang Studios released a trailer for the update.[1]

On Java Edition, this update was previously titled Technically Updated, until the features of the Update Aquatic were added later on in the development of 1.13, starting from snapshot 18w07a.


The update was released for Java Edition on July 18, 2018 as version Java Edition 1.13.[2][3]

The update was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Wii U editions, on September 11, 2018.[4] The Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and New Nintendo 3DS editions were omitted from the update.

On Bedrock Edition, the Update Aquatic was split into two updates, with most of the features being released in Phase One as version 1.4.0 on May 16, 2018,[5] and more features released in Phase Two as version 1.5.0 on July 10, 2018.[6] Additional features were added in 1.6.0 on August 28, 2018.

Additionally, the Update Aquatic was released for Minecraft Education in the 1.4 update on June 12, 2018,[7] and additional features released in the 1.7 update on November 12, 2018. The update was also released for the China Edition; it was released on mobile devices on July 6, 2018, and on Windows on July 10, 2018.[8]

The first pre-release on Java Edition, 1.13-pre1, was released on June 4, 2018, the second pre-release was released on June 15, the third on June 21, the fourth on June 26, the fifth on June 28, the sixth on July 4, the seventh on July 10, the eighth on July 13, the ninth on July 16, and the tenth on July 17. This update had 10 pre-releases for Java Edition, the largest number of pre-releases for any update.

Notable features[]



Further revisions[]

Java Edition[]

  • 1.13.1 added a search bar to select world screens, re-added the punch-detonate TNT ability, allowed fish to drop bone meal, added dead coral, added a new /forceload command, significantly changed the spawning conditions of squid, and fixed bugs.
  • 1.13.2 fixed several bugs.

Bedrock Edition[]

1.4 (Phase One)[]

  • 1.4.1 was released exclusively on Android and Fire OS to fix a bug involving players losing previously purchased items.
  • 1.4.2 fixed several crash-related bugs.
  • 1.4.3 was released exclusively on iOS devices to fix some bugs and added a new map by Blockceptions.
  • 1.4.4 was released exclusively on Android and Fire OS to fix a bug that had issues with telemetry.

1.5 (Phase Two)[]

  • 1.5.1 fixed several bugs present in the official release of 1.5.0.
  • 1.5.2 fixed a lone bug regarding bitmap on low-end devices.
  • 1.5.3 fixed the lost inventory bug along with several other bugs.



A trailer documenting some of the Update Aquatic's features was released on Mojang Studios' official YouTube channel on July 10, 2018. The trailer was made by Mojang Studios themselves instead of Hat Films, similar to the 2 previous trailers.

Note: The video's footage is taken from the Bedrock Edition.


Videos made by slicedlime:

Java Edition[]

Bedrock Edition[]

Phase One[]
Phase Two[]



Update Aquatic Dungeons Reference

The Update Aquatic poster seen in the Minecraft Dungeons cross-platform play trailer.



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