Minecraft 'The Wild Update': Features and everything we know (2023)

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Minecraft is a game that constantly improves over time, with Mojang Studios usually releasing at least one major update per year. For 2022, we now know The Wild Update is what's next for Minecraft after the release of the massive Caves and Cliffs Update. The Wild Update adds some awesome new features, improves existing mechanics, and highlights Mojang's commitment to making Minecraft a better game with every single release.

Here's everything we know about The Wild Update for Minecraft, including its release date, features, and much more.

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Minecraft

Frogs and darkness.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. The next update for Minecraft has been revealed as 'The Wild Update,' and it's coming in 2022 with new areas, mobs, and the spooky Deep Dark.

What is The Wild Update for Minecraft?

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The Wild Update is Minecraft's 2022 titular release, and will bring new levels of polish and quality to the game after the fundamental shifts and changes introduced in the gargantuan Caves and Cliffs Update. The Wild Update will be smaller than its predecessor, but will also have a finer focus on parity between Bedrock and Java Editions of Minecraft, achieving a greater level of quality for new and existing features, and making Minecraft's Overworld a more exciting and diverse place with which to explore and interact.

The Wild Update was announced during Minecraft Live 2021, The Wild Update will follow 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two, still slated for release later in 2021, with a fresh batch of additions and features for all platforms Minecraft is available. It will also likely introduce the winner of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, alongside all the other changes and brand-new features.

On the surface, The Wild Update may not be as immediately exciting as the Caves and Cliffs Update's major shifts to world generation and mining (a key pillar of Minecraft's gameplay loop), but it'll still contain plenty to get players excited. The Wild Update will, hopefully, do nothing but contribute to why Minecraft is the greatest game ever made. As we learn more about The Wild Update and everything it entails, we'll continuously update this space with all the information we have.

You can see more concept art for The Wild Update below.

How can I watch the trailers of The Wild Update for Minecraft?

As time goes on, Mojang Studios will undoubtedly release more and more looks at The Wild Update and everything included within. From cinematic trailers to developer deep-dives, we'll collect every trailer for The Wild Update and put them right here.

Minecraft Live 2021 first look

When is the release date of The Wild Update for Minecraft?

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With the second half of the Caves and Cliffs Update not even officially released to players yet, the question of when The Wild Update can be expected is met with an understandably vague answer. Mojang Studios has elected not to share any release dates or even a target window, which aligns with how the developer usually works (Minecraft updates usually are tested with the community for months before a general release). At least for now, the release date for The Wild Update is simply "2022," with nothing more specific than that.

1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is expected later in 2021, and then we'll likely begin to learn more about The Wild Update and what's to come. Right now, The Wild Update looks to be one release instead of the two-part drop that the Caves and Cliffs Update was, but plans could change later on (the Caves and Cliffs Update was also meant to be one part).

Like with every Minecraft release, The Wild Update is heading to Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition, which is available on practically every gaming platform imaginable. The Wild Update should also be closer in parity across Minecraft versions than previous updates.

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We'll continue to update this section as we learn more about when The Wild Update is coming to Minecraft players everywhere, including when Mojang begins early testing of features and changes through its beta and snapshot programs.

What are the features and gameplay of The Wild Update for Minecraft?

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The Wild Update may not be quite as grand in scale as the highly ambitious Caves and Cliffs Update that predates it, but it still contains a plethora of brand-new features and improvements to Minecraft. As Mojang Studios divulges more details on what's included in The Wild Update, we'll update the below sections with everything we learn. With new biomes, mobs, blocks and items, and several other changes, The Wild Update is another exciting addition to everything that makes Minecraft great.

Biomes

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Minecraft has many biomes to speak of, each with its own unique attributes and reasons for players to visit. With The Wild Update, Mojang is planning to add at least two brand-new biomes to the mix, which aim to diversify the Minecraft Overworld and make it more interesting to explore, even when you're underground. Here's what you need to know about the new biomes in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Mangrove swamps. The first new biome being introduced in The Wild Update are mangrove swamps, which tweak the classic and beloved swamp with a brand-new kind of tree. You guessed it, Mojang is adding mangrove trees to Minecraft. These trees feature a unique design with massive roots, but that's not all that makes the mangrove swamps interesting. Some of the features include:
    • The aforementioned mangrove trees, which are made of an all-new variant of wood that players can use for crafting or building
    • Mud blocks, which can also be used for crafting or building, like for creating the awesome-looking mud bricks
    • Frogs, which are a passive mob with unique behaviors and attributes, including a separate form when they're babies (tadpoles!)
    • Fireflies, which are the favorite food of frogs
  • The Deep Dark. There's also The Deep Dark, a biome that many Minecraft players may already be familiar with. That's because this biome was originally intended to drop with the Caves and Cliffs Update, but has been postponed so that Mojang can expand and improve upon it with new features. Some of these features include:
    • Being an underground biome, buried deep under mountains of deepslate
    • Ancient ruins of cities and long-lost civilizations, which may be filled with treasure and secrets
    • The enigmatic sculk blocks, which are able to detect sound through vibrations in the air, and give off redstone signals
    • The Warden, an incredibly dangerous mob that tracks down players by detecting sound, and guards the secrets of The Deep Dark

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Mobs

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With the addition of new biomes, of course comes the arrival of new mobs. Mojang is expanding the Minecraft ecosystems with a variety of new mobs, all of which add something new to the game. You may have already spotted them up above, but here are even more details on every mob being added in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Frogs. For some reason, frogs may end up being one of the most exciting mob additions to Minecraft in a long time. These adorable hoppy peeps aren't just here for show — they're also first to do a few things in Minecraft. Some of the highlights of frogs include:
    • Being the first cold-blooded mob in Minecraft, which means that their appearance as fully grown adults changes depending on where they grow up! Tadpoles can grow into one of three different variants, with each one corresponding to a different temperature
    • Having a different form as a child. That's right, frogs are the first mob in Minecraft that aren't just miniature versions of themselves as babies. Tadpoles are coming to Minecraft, and they'll be the ones growing into these cute frogs
    • Loving to jump and hop on dripleaf and lilypads. Frogs are known for their hopping, and that certainly isn't changing here. Frogs in Minecraft will hang out on dripleaf and lilypads, and they'll be sure to get in plenty of leaps while doing so
    • Feeding on fireflies. Another new mob being added in Minecraft with The Wild Update, frogs will actively seek out and feast on any nearby fireflies
  • Fireflies. As mentioned above, fireflies are also being added to Minecraft in The Wild Update. We don't know much about these bugs at the moment, other than they'll be the favorite food of frogs everywhere.
  • The Warden. This terrifying mob is almost boss-like, and will prowl The Deep Dark biome in search of trespassing players. The Warden doesn't have any vision, which means it relies on sounds and vibrations to make its way around. If you want to avoid a fight with The Warden (recommended unless you're seriously powered up), you'll need to sneak around The Deep Dark to survive.
  • Allays. The winner of the Minecraft Live 2021 Mob Vote, the allay is officially heading to Minecraft with The Wild Update. This adorable flying mob can be given items, even those that don't stack, and will explore the chunk it's in to find similar items that have been dropped on the ground. Here are some of the most interesting features of the allay:
    • The allay can't duplicate items, can't mine or destroy blocks for items, and can't take items from chests
    • The allay loves music, so it'll take items it has found and drop them off by note blocks it enjoys, but will keep the original item it was given
    • The allay is able to move around quite well, but it's not able to leave the loaded chunk it's on
    • Players are already strategizing how the allay might be useful for automatic farms and other purposes
    • Of course, the allay is a friendly mob, so it poses no threat to players or other mobs

Blocks & items

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Minecraft is a game all about blocks. The entire world is made of blocks, after all. Minecraft is also all about crafting, and these two facets often go hand-in-hand. With The Wild Update, Mojang is introducing a variety of new blocks and items for players to use. Here's what you need to know about the blocks and items coming in The Wild Update for Minecraft.

  • Mangrove wood. A new kind of wood, mangrove wood can be found in mangrove trees, which are in turn found in mangrove swamps. Nothing surprising there.
  • Mud blocks. The latest building block to join Minecraft is the mud block, which features a unique look and a variety of use cases, including being crafted into mud bricks.
    • Mud blocks can be found in swamps, but you can also create mud by adding water to dirt
    • You can dry out mud blocks in a furnace for an easy source of clay
    • Mud bricks are created by adding sand and wheat to mud bricks
  • Sculk blocks. One of the most interesting additions to Minecraft in ages, sculk blocks are a peculiar form of block found only in The Deep Dark biome. These blocks can detect sound and vibrations in the air, and give off a redstone signal corresponding to the strength of the vibrations. Players are sure to find some amazing uses for this unique redstone-related block.
    • Sculk can appear in The Deep Dark as both blocks and a moss-like substance, both of which can be harvested with a hoe
    • Sculk can be crafted into sculk sensors, which are what detects sound and gives off redstone signals, which can also be found in The Deep Dark. Sculk sensors are mined with a pickaxe.
    • There are also sculk shrikers. This abnormal block tends to live near sculk sensors and blocks, and makes a ton of noise whenever a nearby sculk sensor detects movement or vibrations. This terrifying shriek can attract The Warden, so watch out! Also, sculk shriekers cause the surrounding area to darken considerably for a few moments when it screams.
  • Boats with chests. This is probably one of the most requested features from the Minecraft community. While minecarts with chests have been in the game for a while, players have been looking for a way to transport goods over water for a while. With The Wild Update, players will be able to craft boats with chests to accomplish exactly that. Yes, you can use the new mangrove wood, too.

Other changes

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Beyond the big three categories, there are other changes and tweaks Mojang Studios might be planning on incorporating with The Wild Update for Minecraft. We'll keep track of any features that slip between the cracks here, as well as the overarching focuses of The Wild Update.

  • A renewed focus on parity. Parity between Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition has been steadily improving for years, and has reached new milestones with the Caves and Cliffs Update. However, with The Wild Update, Mojang intends to continue focusing on bringing these two wildly different versions of the same game closer together. It remains to be seen what exactly this will look like, but any improvement to Minecraft parity is welcomed.
  • A focus on feature quality. The Wild Update is understandably smaller in size than the Caves and Cliffs Update, but this also means that Mojang Studios can focus wholeheartedly on not only ensuring The Wild Update features are polished and complete, but that existing mechanics and systems are improved and provide the experience Mojang originally intended them to. It's not clear exactly what improvements we can expect from The Wild Update yet, but it's always good to hear these intentions.
  • A change to how sound works. You may have already guessed from the addition of sculk blocks and The Warden, but Mojang intends to drastically alter how sound works in Minecraft (a lot of this has already been in testing). Different actions and sounds will cause various levels of vibration, which can be detected by The Warden and sculk blocks. This includes walking and running, eating, using tools and weapons, placing blocks, mob and villager noises, and more.

The Wild Update is the next Minecraft release, and will undoubtedly help secure Minecraft's position as one of the best Xbox games you can play. It will also likely inspire a new wave of Minecraft toys and gifts, especially The Warden.

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Frogs and darkness.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. The next update for Minecraft has been revealed as 'The Wild Update,' and it's coming in 2022 with new areas, mobs, and the spooky Deep Dark.

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FAQs

What does 1.19 Minecraft look like? ›

The Minecraft 1.19 The Wild update also features new world generation such as ancient cities that spawn in the Deep Dark – an area that only spawns underground. The Deep Dark also features new items like echo shards and disc fragments.

What is the wild Update feature in Minecraft? ›

It introduces the deep dark and mangrove swamp biomes; ancient cities; mobs such as the warden, the frog, the tadpole, and the allay, as well as new items obtainable only in these new biomes.

What will be in the 1.19 update in Minecraft? ›

The 1.19 update: The Wild is finally out in Minecraft. It was released on June 7, 2022. The Wild update introduces lots of new content to the game, such as blocks, biomes, mobs, and so much more. At first, glance, knowing what you can do in The Wild update may be overwhelming.

What will 1.20 be in Minecraft? ›

The End Update is a major Minecraft Update released on August 6th, 2021. It completely overhauls and revamps The End Dimension and adds a massive amount of content. It also includes 6 new biomes in the End and a revamp of Bows.

How do you tame allay? ›

How to Tame an Allay in Minecraft. Technically speaking, you can't tame an Allay in Minecraft. But if you want this mob to follow you around just like tamed mobs, you have to hand Allay an item. You can use any common item like a button or even rare items like a diamond to get the job done.

What does the warden drop? ›

Wardens drop a single sculk catalyst upon death. They also drop 5 experience if killed by either a player or a tamed wolf.

Is Minecraft 1.19 out on bedrock? ›

10 Update Out on Bedrock. A new update is now available for Minecraft, featuring allay duplication, locate biome command capabilities, and a swath of new improvements.

How do you get the Allay in bedrock? ›

How to Find the Allay in Minecraft Java + Bedrock MCPE | Wild Update

What time will 1.19 come out? ›

The official release date for the Minecraft 1.19 update is Tuesday 7 June, with an expected release time of 3PM BST, which is when new snapshots are issued each week.

What is the Minecraft 1.21 update? ›

The Desert Update is a major Minecraft Update released on May 23, 2023. It overhauls the Desert Biome and adds a lot of new content announced in Biome Vote featured in MineCon LIVE 2018. It includes 40 new Blocks, Items, Armor, and a new type of Tool, 4 new Mobs, and a Boss.

What is the Minecraft 1.22 update? ›

The Badlands Update is a major Minecraft Update released on April 1st, 2022. It overhauls the Badlands Biome and adds a lot of new content including the announced features of Biome Chooser 2019. It includes 31 new Blocks and Items, a new Weapon, 4 new Mobs, and a new Boss.

What is the next Minecraft Update 2023? ›

Minecraft 2.0, also known as the MC Grand Revamp, is a major update released on February 14, 2023. This update added 12 new dimensions to Minecraft and fundamentally changed the way the game is beaten. In Java Edition, most Cave Update features are added in this update.

Does allay Despawn? ›

Allays can despawn after being given an item if they haven't picked up any items yet.

How much health does the warden have? ›

The Warden has a total of 500 health. This equates to a total of 250 hearts in-game. It was designed to be an overwhelming force of nature, too resilient to kill before its massive damage output kills the player.

What do allay eat in Minecraft? ›

In a way, Allays eat amethyst shards, allowing you to create an army of friendly spirits to help you find items out in the wild.

Will allays follow me? ›

Here's the quick details on the Allay:

It will follow you around if you've given it an item.

Can you tame a fox in Minecraft? ›

To tame a fox you'll need to feed it either sweet berries or glow berries. Once you feed the two foxes, they'll enter love mode and a baby fox will spawn in a few seconds. Now that the baby fox is there you can either feed it berries to accelerate its growth or wait for it to become an adult.

Can warden break blocks? ›

Attacks and Abilities of Minecraft Warden

It can detect you through blocks. Even if you somehow escape it, the Warden can sniff you from a 20 blocks distance. It can climb on single blocks like other mobs, but it can't break them.

Is the warden Killable? ›

Warden Spawn Criteria

Whilst technically killable, Mojang developers intend for the Warden to be similar to a horror movie villain; a threat that can catch you off-guard, and your best course of action is to run away immediately.

Can the warden spawn in peaceful? ›

The Warden can be spawned in peaceful difficulty, which is not supposed to since the Warden is considered a hostile mob on Java Edition. 1.

When did Minecraft 1.19 2 come out? ›

2 is a minor update to Java Edition, released on August 5, 2022, which fixes two critical issues.

Is Minecraft 1.19 out on mobile? ›

0 (Android, iOS, iPadOS, Fire, Windows, Xbox, PlayStation) or 1.19. 1 (Nintendo Switch), the first release of The Wild Update, is a major update to Bedrock Edition released on June 7, 2022. The update was first announced on October 16, 2021 during Minecraft Live 2021.

Where is the deep dark in Minecraft? ›

The Deep Dark is a biome introduced in The Wild 1.19 update. This biome can be found deep underground in the Overworld, usually in the - Y level. Like other biomes, the Deep Dark has items you can only get there. Deep Dark biomes are great at supplying your base with good-looking blocks.

How do you make allay dance? ›

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Can allays find diamonds? ›

It's worth noting that the Allay will only gather dropped items. It cannot mine or destroy blocks itself, so it won't be able to mine diamonds or Netherite for you while you complete other activities.

What day will 1.19 come out for bedrock? ›

10, released on June 8, 2022, which added allay duplication, brought more parity from Java Edition, and fixed bugs.
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Is the warden in Minecraft yet? ›

The Warden has finally been added to Minecraft. This was a part of a recent update, so that means it can now be obtained in Java and Bedrock.

Is Minecraft 1.19 out on Xbox? ›

Minecraft update 1.19 will soon roll out on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. According to the official Minecraft 1.19 patch notes, the latest update added new features, fixes and various improvements. Apart from this, Minecraft version 1.19 also includes performance and general stability fixes.

What date is Minecraft 1.19 coming out? ›

The latest Minecraft update is adding a new type of area and new enemies when it launches today. Launching today, June 7, Minecraft will be getting its 1.19 update entitled 'The Wild'. Featuring a new enemy called the Warden, it will add jungles and a little more horror into the game.

Has Minecraft 1.19 been released? ›

Minecraft 1.19 Release Date (Confirmed)

UPDATE [June 7, 8:30 AM PST]: Mojang has officially rolled out the Minecraft 1.19 update, and it is now available to download on all the compatible platforms and devices. Eager players, go ahead and update your game and meet all the new mobs in the new biomes in the 1.19 update.

What time will 1.19 come out? ›

The official release date for the Minecraft 1.19 update is Tuesday 7 June, with an expected release time of 3PM BST, which is when new snapshots are issued each week.

Does allay Despawn? ›

Allays can despawn after being given an item if they haven't picked up any items yet.

Is Minecraft 1.19 out on bedrock? ›

10 Update Out on Bedrock. A new update is now available for Minecraft, featuring allay duplication, locate biome command capabilities, and a swath of new improvements.

How much health does the warden have? ›

The Warden has a total of 500 health. This equates to a total of 250 hearts in-game. It was designed to be an overwhelming force of nature, too resilient to kill before its massive damage output kills the player.

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