- The release date and the name of the Minecraft 1.21 are not certain yet, but we do know the update is related to combat and tinkering.
- New mobs include the Breeze and the armadillo. New biomes are not revealed yet.
- New update's features include trial chambers, trial spawner, copper and tuff blocks, the crafter and the trial key item.
Minecraft 1.21 is the new major update coming to Minecraft. The snapshot marathon is in full swing, giving players a chance to test out all the new features this update will bring to the game. And that’s exactly what we are covering here, shedding light on the release date and new features such as mobs and biomes coming with the Minecraft 1.21 update.
Last updated on November 25, 2023 @ 4:20 AM PST to include the new Armadillo concept art, details for the new Trial Key item, and more.
Minecraft 1.21 Release Date
[UPDATE | October 15, 11:30 AM PST] – As confirmed during the Minecraft Live 2023 event, Mojang is satisfied with the way they handled the development and beta testing of the previous update. So, they are following the same release cycle as last year, which means you will only get the Minecraft 1.21 update sometime in June 2024, as expected. The quote below is said by Mojang’s Sophie Austin in an official blog post.
While next year’s update doesn’t have a name yet, I’m going to call it “1.21” for now, even though it’ll be coming midway through 2024.
The official release date is still under wraps, but we will update this post once we have more information. So, stay tuned.
Why the yearly cycle, you ask? This was, unfortunately, a result of community disappointment as a lot of promised features were canceled or delayed in past updates, like the 1.18 Cliffs and Caves. So, with the Minecraft 1.20 update, the developer decided not to overpromise and underdeliver like the previous updates. Here’s a brief rundown of the recent update cycle. We expect the same pattern to continue with the upcoming Minecraft 1.21 update.
Minecraft Update Name Release Date Minecraft 1.17 Caves & Cliffs Part 1 June 8, 2021 Minecraft 1.18 Caves & Cliffs Part 2 November 30, 2021 Minecraft 1.19 The Wild June 7, 2022 Minecraft 1.20 Trails and Tales June 7, 2023 Minecraft 1.21 Update possibly June 2024
Minecraft 1.21 Name: What Is the Update Called
The last major update MC 1.20 didn’t have an official name when it was first announced back in October 2022. Minecraft 1.20 received its official name several months later. This was possibly an outcome of the community discontent mentioned in the previous section. For this reason, Mojang will possibly take its sweet time with naming Minecraft 1.21 and focus on the features first. And that’s exactly how Mojang is approaching this update, which will heavily focus on combat and tinkering.
While we initially speculated that an inventory update, End update, or biome-specific update is desirable by the community, Mojang has decided to give us something even better. Though we don’t have an official name just yet, Minecraft 1.21 will be termed something similar to the “COMBAT and TINKERING” update.
Well, the official name would be more catchy like the Trails and Tales update or the Wild update, but we will have to make do with this for now. We will update this section once we have more official information, so stay tuned. And let us know your thoughts on the new combat changes in this update, which we have detailed below.
Minecraft 1.21: New Mobs
The Minecraft Live event has happened, and the Minecraft 1.21 update has been officially announced. So, let’s go over the new mobs that will be added to the game in the next major update.
The Breeze will be the new hostile mob of Minecraft, only found in the new Trial Chamber structure (more on this below). This mob will be a rather playful wind-controlling mob. It will be constantly moving, jumping from one location to the other while attacking players.
The Breeze will have a distinctive attack called the “wind charge”. This unique ranged attack will not deal damage when it bursts and blows things away, but it will damage anything that it collides directly with. When that happens, it’ll create a wind burst knocking back entities by several blocks.
Not only that, but the wind burst also interacts with some blocks, such as levers, buttons, non-iron trapdoors and doors, lit candles, bells and fence gates. The Breeze’s special projectile can also break decorated pots, chorus flowers and pointed dripstone as of the latest snapshot Minecraft 1.20.3 prelease 2.
This will make it even harder to defeat the Breeze since certain rooms inside the Trial Chambers contain spots with trapdoors and blocks with levers. This special hostile mob will provide the combat experiences you have never had in Minecraft before.
Armadillo (Mob Vote 2023 Winner)
[UPDATE | October 15, 11:30 AM PST] – The winner of the Minecraft Mob Vote 2023 has been announced and it’s the armadillo! This mob, which is passive, will join Minecraft with the unique and playful hostile mob, Breeze, in a future snapshot or preview build. The image below is concept art for this cute mob which shows multiple different variations. There are possibly different armadillo sizes and colors we can expect in the Minecraft 1.21 update.
In the official video, the armadillo lives in the savanna biome and can curl into a ball. Its ability is to drop scutes, items that you can use to craft armor for your tamed wolf.
This addition would make wolves much tougher and let them fight off the hostile mobs more easily. Also, if Mojang gives players the option to dye wolf armor in different colors (see Minecraft dye colors list), then your doggos will slay in style! So, are you happy that the armadillo got the most votes? What else would you like it to do? Let us know in the comments below!
Ducks, Maybe Soon!
The latest Minecraft Monthly episode was released on September 22, 2023, and it was filled with duck references throughout the show. So, once I put my detective hat and glasses on, I believe Mojang is strongly hinting at the possibility of Duck being an upcoming mob.
I mean, we had too many jokes that chickens in-game already look like ducks, and why not just let them swim; well, yeah. The same was the case with the Minecraft Live 2023 event. Jokes aside, the idea of having ducks in Minecraft sounds fun. We will get a new mob that not only swims but also lays eggs and provides food. Will we get duck variants, like we do with horse breeding? Interesting, right?
So far, ducks have not been mentioned as part of the Minecraft 1.21 update, but this mob might be added later such as archeology or cherry blossom trees. However, that can’t stop us from still wanting them! If you want ducks in Minecraft too, let us know in the comments below!
Minecraft 1.21: New Biomes
[UPDATE | October 15, 11:30 AM PST] For now, we don’t have any evidence of the new biome that’s coming to the game, if there is one. So, don’t forget to check in regularly, as we’ll keep this article up to date with all the Minecraft 1.21 update news.
Before Minecraft 1.16, the Nether dimension was quite unpretentious. Its terrain almost completely consisted of netherrack and the mobs roaming the land were zombified piglins with ghasts in the air. With Minecraft 1.16 update, the whole Nether got an unbelievable upgrade through new biomes, mobs, ambient music, and more.
Imagine if the End dimension got a similar revamp since it represents the “old Nether” vibes. There could be various new End biomes with some growing exotic End plants and others being home to dangerous mobs, such as a red dragon that was mentioned in Notch’s tweet a long time ago.
New Features in Minecraft 1.21
1. Trial Chambers
Trial Chambers are new, procedurally generated structures in Minecraft that focus on exploration and combat. You can easily find trial chambers while exploring caves in the deepslate layers, due to the fact they are relatively common. Moreover, the center of the structure is called the corridor, and it will be connected to the various rooms on different Y levels.
While exploring the tunnels of the Trial Chambers, you will stumble upon traps, supply, and reward chests. You’ll never find two identical chambers, meaning they will get exciting every single time (and we can’t wait to explore them all). The structure will consist of all sorts of epic blocks, such as new building tuff and copper block variants, which we will mention a bit later in the post. Furthermore, while raiding these extensive structures, you will find the new spawner type – the trial spawner.
2. Trial Spawner
The trial spawner is a special spawner type that will adapt to the number of players that join the battle in the new Trial Chambers. It spawns a limited number of mobs, unlike the regular monster spawner. The mobs that the trial spawner spawns are classified into 3 categories.
Every trial chamber will spawn mobs from all three categories and only one mob per category. The blocks around a spawner indicate the mobs that will spawn from it. With that said, here are the mobs that the trial spawner can spawn and the blocks that are associated with them:
- Zombie (mossy cobblestone)
- Husk (chiseled sandstone)
- Slime (moss block)
- Small Melee
- Silverfish (stone bricks)
- Baby Zombie (cobblestone and mossy cobblestone)
- Spider (stone and cobweb on top)
- Cave Spider (stone and cobweb on top and podzol with a red mushroom)
- Stray (packed ice)
- Skeleton (bone block)
- Skeleton with Poison Tipped Arrow (bone block and podzol with a red mushroom)
- Breeze (chiseled tuff)
Once you defeat the mobs, the trial spawner goes into a cooldown state, which lasts for 30 minutes and is indicated by the smoke particles. Not only that, but the spawner itself drops some precious resources, encouraging you to find even more. However, you can come back later, when the cooldown has worn off, and enjoy the battle once again.
It takes a long time to mine and break the trial spawner, and it’s completely unobtainable in survival. The trial spawner represents a well-balanced combat experience that you can enjoy on your own or with your friends.
3. Trial Key
Trial key is a brand new item coming in Minecraft 1.21. You may only get it in the trial chambers from multiple sources. One of them is the chest at the entrance of the structure, the second one is the decorated pots in the corridor and the third is the trial spawner, which has a chance to drop the trial key after you complete its challenge. You’re most likely to get the trial key from the trial spawner. So far, the uses of this mysterious item are unknown, so stay tuned for updates!
4. Copper and Tuff Blocks
[UPDATE | November 10th, 5:30 AM PST]: Throughout the entire Trial Chambers structure, you will find all sorts of amazing new and unique building and decorative blocks. Though, you’ll also be able to craft those and many more whenever you wish.
These gorgeous blocks were recently added to the game in Minecraft snapshot 23W43A. We’ve showcased all the new blocks in the linked post, so check it out to learn more about them. All the building blocks coming to Minecraft 1.21 update, known so far, are the following:
- Chiseled Copper
- Copper Grate
- Copper Door
- Copper Trapdoor
- Copper Bulb
- Tuff Slab
- Tuff Stairs
- Tuff Wall
- Chiseled Tuff
- Polished Tuff
- Polished Tuff Slab
- Polished Tuff Stairs
- Polished Tuff Wall
- Tuff Bricks
- Tuff Brick Slab
- Tuff Brick Stairs
- Tuff Brick Wall
- Chiseled Tuff Bricks
All of the copper blocks mentioned above behave as the already-existing copper blocks. Meaning, they will oxidize over time, can be waxed with honeycomb and can be scraped with an axe.
5. Copper Bulb
The copper bulb is the new light source block coming to Minecraft. It’s far more unique than most other ones as well because the amount of light they emit depends on the oxidation stage they are at. If this block is fully oxidized, it will emit the lowest light level. On the other hand, if it’s at the initial stage and fully orange, Copper Bulb will glow the brightest. Similarly to the regular copper blocks, you can scrape off the oxidation from the oxidized copper bulbs, making them emit more light.
You can wax the copper bulb as well to preserve its state. This block can only be turned on and off with a redstone signal. It’s not enough to deactivate the power source it’s attached to, you’ll need to power it again to fully turn off the bulb. Moreover, if the copper bulb is receiving constant power from a source, it’ll display it with a red dot in the center of its texture.
Now this is the feature no one saw coming, but everyone wanted. The crafter block is the ultimate form of the crafting table. It’s an incredible utility block that can allow you to automate crafting in Minecraft. Instead of making and pulling the items out yourself, you can hook this block to Redstone and have the items pulled automatically.
Moreover, it’ll also act as a container block, since it will be possible to leave the ingredients inside it and craft the item you want whenever you want. By activating this block, the item you completed the crafting recipe for will get crafted and pushed out.
If you also add a collection system, like a hopper, below or in front of the crafter, the item crafted will get picked up and moved wherever you need it to go. You can also use hoppers to channel the items inside the crafter. One more amazing feature of this block is that you can toggle slots, so you can actually program the crafter where to place the ingredients. We’ve created a full dedicated guide about the crafter block in Minecraft 1.21, so check it out to learn everything related to this mind-blowing addition.
With that said, you’ll be able to infinitely craft an item or a block without actually having to do all the boring placements yourself. What do you think about this game-changing block? Tell us in the comments below!
7. Minecraft Marketplace Pass?
Recently, it was leaked that Mojang may be planning on introducing some kind of in-game subscription, a battle pass of sorts.
In this tweet below, the question “What is Marketplace Pass?” is mentioned and the answer is: “Marketplace Pass is a subscription offer with unlimited access to 150+ great Minecraft worlds, texture packs, skin packs, and mash-ups for one low monthly price.”
People speculate this subscription would be similar to Minecraft Realms Plus but without a realm attached to it. It would provide you with all sorts of cool custom maps and exclusive content for a price probably a bit lower than the Realms Plus price. If you’re into playing on different and unique maps, this may be something you should look forward to.
Although Minecraft is one game, it has two different versions – Java and Bedrock Edition. The developers at the Mojang Studios have been trying to bring parity to their feature set for the past couple of years. Their efforts were rather successful as more and more exclusive to one edition features lost that title. However, there are still some distinguishable features that should be fixed in the Minecraft 1.21 update.
This is so far everything we know about the Minecraft 1.21 update. We’ll be updating this article as soon as any new features are announced, so stay tuned! What is your favorite Minecraft 1.21 feature so far? Let us know in the comments below!