The first snapshot of the next Release 1.16: the Nether Update was released on Wednesday, adding all the new Nether biomes and a huge number of new blocks to the game.
In this second part we will see new blocks, crafting, and new materials stronger than diamonds!
As we have seen, the blue light is naturally found in the Soul Sand Valley biome, it is created when you light a fire over a block of Soul Soil : Although the blue light emits light, it is less brighter than the classic orange light: But Mojang did not stop there, and pushed the concept even further. If a flame on a block of Soul Soil is blue, what color would a torch crafted with Soul Soil be? 🙂 And as for the normal fire, the blue torches are less bright than the traditional torches: Finally, let’s continue with the craftings: the torch can be put in an iron bell, it is the lantern, it is therefore also possible blue crafter:
And again, the blue lantern is less bright than its orange equivalent: The Netherite The Netherite is a new material which is likely to become soon a reference in the community, destroying the mythical diamond, because the promise is enticing: to make the diamond even more hard and even stronger! But to take advantage of his powers you have to deserve it, as you will see. As begins with old debris
(this is the name of the block). They are found in the deep basement of the Nether, mainly around layers 11 to 18 (so under the ocean of Lava which is 32 blocks above sea level, although they can be found everywhere up to the ceiling) , you will have to be reckless to go and mine under this ocean. And to be sure to complicate our task, the world generator is programmed to never make appear a block of old debris on the visible surface, so it will be impossible to find while exploring, it will be necessary to dig to find them. And they are rare, very rare, more rare than diamonds!
Because it seems that the blocks of old debris are not present as a vein like other ores, but most of the time they are always present alone, in a single copy. Rarely the veins can go up to 4 blocks maximum. Interesting feature: the old debris is resistant to TNT explosions, which can perhaps help to find them.
The old debris can then be converted into Netherite Scrap by baking them in an oven ( normal oven or blast furnace ): You can then finally create your precious Netherite ingot … by combining it with gold ingots , but the price paid is high: 4 Netherite Scrap ingots
and 4 gold bars for a single Netherite bar . But this lingo will be the sesame of a new force for you, because it has the power to make objects: tools, weapons and diamond armor even more resistant! You can therefore, with a single Netherite ingot, convert at choice, or a tool: Either a piece of armor: Either your weapon: Objects in Netherite have multiple advantages compared to their version “only” in diamond:
- They have a higher durability, for example a diamond pick can only “mine” 1,561 blocks, while the same Netherite pick can mine 2031 blocks.
- The tools are faster, we can mine faster
- Netherite sword inflicts more damage than diamond version
- Netherite armor protects better than diamond armor, and has better durability
- Netherite armor provides protection against the recoil effect, for example you will no longer repel at all if you are hit with an arrow.
- Objects in Netherite benefit from a boost in the enchantment table, they can obtain a better level of enchantment than a similar diamond object (but the boost remains less important than a gold object)
Items in Netherite float in lava, so even if you die in lava, you can collect your items in Netherite when you return:
Finally the Netherite armor gives you a warrior look 🙂
When crafting objects in Netherite, durability is reset to zero, so it can be interesting to use already used diamond tools to combine them with Netherite, because they will find their maximum use: By cons attention, because the enchantments are also lost during the conversion: If you have too much Netherite and you can no longer store it in your trunk (good luck before getting the xD), Mojang has thought of you, it is possible to create netherite blocks, combining 9 Netherite ingots: This block will probably be one of the most precious blocks in the game! Of course (and fortunately) the reverse operation is also possible, in order to find the original ingots: The Nether Wood
As we saw in the presentation of biomes, 2 new types of trees have been added to the game: the Warped Stem and the Crimson Stem . It is actually more fungus than tree, since they are produced by the growth of 2 new types of mushrooms, Warped Fungi and Crimson Fungi . Note that during the growth of the tree (giant mushroom), Shroomlight blocks are naturally integrated into the tree, which allows these light blocks to be reproduced. The Shroomlight having a light intensity of 15 (the maximum possible in the game), it becomes a means to illuminate excelent in the game.
Fungi can grow on Nether “mycelia” ( Warped Nylium and Crimson Nylium ) as well as on the soils of the normal world: lawn , podzol , etc. As with young tree growth, it is possible to accelerate the growth of these fungi by adding fertilizer: The size of the growing tree seems random, it can be small or giant: It would seem to after my tests that the more fertilizer we put the bigger the tree (knowing that we don’t control the amount of fertilizer we can put in it, the tree grows on its own when it wants).
A small bug, however, crept into this snapshot, adding fertilizer to a tree planted on the lawn does not make it grow: This will of course be corrected in a next snapshot. These Nether trees allow to have a natural access in the Nether to this very common resource in the crafting recipe that is wood, without having to bring our own trees to make them plantations. The blocks of trunks can, as with the wood of the normal world, be transformed into board, 2 new types of colored boards: These boards can then be used in most of the crafting recipes: They can also be used as fuel in the ovens:
On the other hand, surprisingly the blocks of trunks can neither be cooked (to make charcoal like the classic trunks), nor be used as fuel in the ovens, it is thus obligatorily necessary to transform them into board to be able to exploit them: The blocks of trunk can be skinned using an ax: And these blocks of skinned trunks can also be transformed into a plank: On the other hand there are no (not yet?) versions of bark block and block of skinned bark of Nether trunks. Most of the objects available in the different wood shades also exist in the 2 new varieties of Nether wood:
By cons it is not yet possible to craft the panels, probably an oversight that will be quickly corrected.
We have seen that the Nether vegetation grows on a particular soil, Nylium (Crimson Nylium in green or Warped Nylium in red). This Nylium can easily be harvested using a simple pickaxe (wooden or higher). It can then be replanted anywhere, including in the normal world. Unlike the lawn, Nylium does not spread naturally, neither on the Netherrack , nor on the ground.
It is however possible to spread it manually using fertilizer. If there is Netherrack next to a Nylium surface (including diagonally), put some fertilizer on the Netherrack block, and Nylium will appear there, the same color as on block a side: If you add fertilizer between 2 surfaces of 2 different types of Nylium, the game will choose a random type. Putting fertilizer on an isolated Netherrack block has no effect: This Nylium serves as a support for all Nether plants, they can only grow on it: All Nether plants can be harvested and replanted on this Nylium.
The type of Nylium (Crimson or Warped) has no importance for plants, they can grow indifferently on one or the other: We also find in the Nether a new plant which grows in trees, the equivalent of lianas found in swamps , the Weeping Vines . It grows downwards, in a similar way to aquatic plants (but in the opposite direction of course). It can be harvested quickly by cutting its base, all the blocks of the plant then fall to the ground and can be picked up. We can replant it by placing it on a ceiling, it can grow up to 25 blocks in length:
We can accelerate its growth by manually placing new blocks of the plant at its end.
The other novelties
- A Hoglin egg has been added to spawn the new Nether mob. Oddly it has exactly the same colors as the zombie pigman egg :
- A new command has been added, the / locatebiome command. This command allows, as its name suggests, to find the position of a particular biome. Its syntax is simple:
/ locatebiome < id_du_biome >
Example: It is possible to click on the coordinates of the biome to be directly teleported to this position
- The generation of wrecks and underwater ruins have been modified to make them more rare
- It is now possible to stack the walls to make large walls:
In 1.15: In 1.16:
- The effect of resistance to recoil (an effect given by certain armor, making it possible not to retreat when one is hit by a projectile for example) is no longer a random effect (a percentage chance of resisting recoil), but a proprotional effect (we more or less resist recoil). So we can have several resistance levels, with better resistance in high levels.
- The pistons are now made of stone, so you need a pickaxe to mine them quickly, and their resistance to explosion has been increased (multiplied by 3)
- The sound of the Ghast has been reduced in order to hear them from a shorter distance (and therefore make the ambient noise in the Nether less unpleasant).
- Adding sounds when laying or walking on certain blocks:
- Bone block
- Soul sand
- Soul soil
- Nether wart
- Nether Bricks
- Ore Quartz
- Fungi (mushrooms)
- Stem (Nether Wood)
- Nether plants
- Old debris
- Netherite block
- Added sound when fitting Netherite armor
- Addition of new particles: dust particles in the new Nether biomes and a blue flame particle
About fifty bugs were fixed in this snapshot, the main ones being:
- Shulkers can no longer teleport to non-planar surfaces (for example on top of a staircase), but they can on the flat surface of the block (for example under the staircase)
- When a cat was sitting on a chest or a bed, it could no longer be raised. In the case of tame cats, there was no solution, so they were blocked forever.
- Foxes could sleep on blocks of honey even in broad daylight
- Foxes didn’t run away from polar bears
- It was possible to remove a curse (a negative enchantment) on an object by repairing it in a crafting table
- Turtle eggs are no longer broken by droppy items, XP orbs or minecarts
- By retracting, the pistons could destroy the block behind them (a switch for example)
- The small slimes now have their own sounds when they jump
- The shadows no longer float a few millimeters above the ground, they remain glued to the ground.
- It is now possible to see the redstone circuits from below (they are no longer transparent)