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1.16[4], the first release of the Nether Update,[5] is a major update for Minecraft: Java Edition[2] and Bedrock Edition[3] themed around revamping the Nether, released on June 23, 2020.



  • Have 16 (Heart.png x 8) health
  • Spawn in Crimson Forests,Bastion Remnants, and Nether Wastes biomes
  • Randomly spawn with golden sword or crossbow and a random loadout of golden armour
  • Adults are hostile unless the player is wearing at least one piece of gold armor. Despite this, adult piglins turn aggressive when a player is mining blocks of gold or opening/breaking chests.
  • Players can barter with them by right-clicking with gold ingots or dropping them on the ground, which makes them drop at least one item or block in return but the drop is completely random.
  • Attack wither skeletons on sight, as well as hoglins
  • Avoid all soul fire blocks due to them being afraid, Zombified Piglins, and Zoglins
  • Will convert to a zombified piglin when in the overworld or the End
  • Able to be affected by Fire damage
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  • Have 40 (Heart.png x 20) health
  • Spawn in Crimson Forests
  • Drops raw porkchop and leather
  • Naturally hostile towards the player
  • Attacks by throwing its enemies up into the air using its tusks similar to an Iron Golem.
    • Appears to have a higher melee range than most Mobs
  • Can be bred with crimson fungi
  • Previously known as the "piglin beast", soon changed to "Hoglin" by the community.[6]
  • When bred using crimson fungus, they will produce baby hoglins.
  • Will avoid warped fungus, Nether Portals, and Respawn Anchors
  • Able to be affected by Fire damage
  • Have 20 (Heart.png x 10) health
  • A passive mob that spawns in the Nether on lava oceans
  • Drops strings
  • Can be saddled and controlled with a Warped Fungus on a Stick similar to a pig
  • Can be damaged by water and rain
  • Moves in and out of lava, though it moves significantly slower out of lava.
  • Are immune to fire and lava damage.
  • Are breedable with warped fungus
  • Have 40 (Heart.png x 20) health
  • A zombified variant of the hoglin, created when it is brought into the overworld
  • Attack most mobs on sight except for Creepers and its kind.
  • Immune to lava and fire damage.
  • Has the same attack as the Hoglin.
  • Ignores warped fungus and cannot be bred by the player.
Piglin Brute
  • Have 50 (Heart.png x 25) health
  • Holds an axe instead of a sword or crossbow.
  • Attacks the player even if they throw gold ingots, or wear any gold armor piece.
  • Isn't scared of Soul Fire items.
  • Spawns only in a Bastion Remnant.
  • Added in 1.16.2 (1.16.20 bedrock edition)
  • They do not trade with the gold


Netherite Ingot
  • Can be used to craft the best tools and armor in the game by putting a diamond armor or tool with a Netherite Ingot in a smithing table.
  • Can also craft a block of Netherite and vice versa.
  • Crafted from Netherite scraps (which are smelted from ancient debris).
  • Can float on lava so you don't lose items.
  • Crafted from 4 Netherite Scraps and 4 gold ingots.
  • Can be used as fuel for a beacon
  • Used in a Smithing Table to upgrade Diamond Armor to Netherite Armor.
Netherite Scrap
  • Made after smelting ancient debris in a furnace, blast furnace, or smoker.
  • If the player puts 4 pieces of Netherite scrap and 4 pieces of gold in a crafting grid, it will make one Netherite ingot.


Soul Speed Enchanted Book

  • Enchants Boots.
  • Allows for the player to run faster on soul sand and soul soil.
  • Allows for up to 3 levels of enchantment on the boots without using commands.
  • Makes a new particle while the player is running on Soul Sand or Soul Soil.

Lodestone Compass

  • This compass will work in any dimension.
  • This compass will point to the Lodestone it's linked with.

Warped Fungus on a Stick

  • Crafted with a Warped Fungus and a Fishing Rod.
  • Are used to direct Striders while riding (Similar to A pig with a Carrot on a Stick).
  • Striders will also be attracted to it.

Pigstep music disc

  • Can only be found in Bastion Remnants.
  • Song composed by Lena Raine.
  • Its color is uniquely red, perhaps reflecting the fact that it comes from the Nether instead of the Overworld.

Snout Banner Pattern

  • Can also only be found in bastion remnants.
  • Was renamed from the Piglin Banner Pattern to Snout.


Soul Fire
  • Acts the same as regular fire.
  • Deals double the damage of regular fire per second.
  • Fire lit on soul soil and soul sand will turn blue.
  • It generates naturally in the soul sand valley biome in the Nether.
  • It currently does not melt snow and ice.
  • It does not burn wood.
  • Gives a light level of 10 instead of 15 from regular fire.
  • Scares away Piglins
Soul Campfire
  • This block can scare away piglins.
  • Functions exactly like a normal campfire, except that it gives a light level of 10 instead of 15 from a regular campfire.
Soul Torch
  • The Soul Torch can scare away Piglins.
  • The Soul Torch produces less light than normal torches.
  • The Soul Torch acts the same as a regular torch, except that it gives a light level of 10 instead of 14 from a regular torch.
Soul Lantern
  • The Soul Lantern acts the same as a regular lantern.
  • The Soul Lantern can scare away Piglins.
  • The Soul Lantern produces less light than a normal lantern.
Nether Roots
  • Generated in the warped forest & crimson forest.
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Nether Sprouts

  • Generated in the warped forest & crimson forest.
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  • Two new types of fungus will be added to the warped forest & the crimson forest. One is teal with orange spots and the other is pinkish-red with a brain-like pattern.
  • It grows the warped/crimson Trees in the warped Forest & crimson forest if bonemealed.
Warped Wart Block

A variation of the Nether wart block.

  • Generates in the warped forest.
  • Along with the Nether wart block, it can now be easily mined with hoes.
  • Is blue instead of red.
  • Veiny looking blocks that comprise trunks on the huge warped/crimson fungi in the crimson forest & warped forest.
  • Can be stripped to produce Stripped Warped and Crimson Stems.


  • Resemble Warped & Crimson stems, but with the "bark" on all sides.
  • Can be stripped with an axe.
  • Is crafted with 4 of either stem to create its corresponding Hyphae.
  • Resembles grass blocks.
  • Grows on top of Netherrack.
  • Comes in red and blue (crimson and warped).
  • Grass of the Warped and Crimson forest.
  • Can reproduce using bone meal on netherrack next to nylium.
  • Resembles hay bale's side texture.
  • Emits a Redstone signal when shot with an arrow.
  • The signal is stronger depending on how close the arrow is to the center of the block, up to 15 when the arrow is in the center.
  • Advancement "bullseye" is obtained when shot at the exact middle.
  • This light-emitting Shroomlight block which closely resembles glowstone can also be seen.
  • Appears to compose the spots of fungus.
  • This block makes up pillars of basalt and the spikes of the Basalt Deltas.
  • Can be crafted to polished basalt.
  • Generates when lava comes into contact with blue ice.
Polished Basalt
  • Obtained by crafting normal basalt into polished basalt and is purely decorative.


  • Found in basalt deltas.
  • Is a alternitive source of cobblestone
  • Can be crafted into furnaces, brewing stands and stone tools.
  • Can be crafted into polished blackstone.


Polished Blackstone
  • Is crafted from blackstone.
  • Can be crafted into many block variations.


Chiseled Polished Blackstone


Polished Blackstone Bricks


Cracked Polished Blackstone Bricks
Quartz Bricks


  • Crafted in a stonecutter with or by crafting four quartz blocks together.

Cracked & Chiseled Nether Bricks 


  • Cracked Nether Bricks are obtained by smelting Nether Bricks in a Furnace.
  • Chiseled Nether Bricks are obtained through a Stonecutter or by crafting two Nether Brick Slabs together.
Soul Soil
  • Appears almost everywhere in the soul sand valley biome.
  • It slightly resembles soul sand.
  • Light a fire on a soul soil block to get soul fire. 
  • Can be crafted into soul torches and soul campfires.
Weeping Vines
Twisting Vines
Block of Netherite
  • Can be crafted back into Netherite ingots.
  • This block can be used as a decoration.
  • This block is crafted using nine Netherite ingots.
  • This block can be stacked in a pyramid form to power a beacon.
  • Can be pushed and pulled by pistons.
  • you will need 36 netherite scraps and 36 gold ingots to make one netherite block
Nether Planks
  • Can be used to craft all wood related items just like regular wood planks (except for boats).
  • Does not burn in the fire.
  • They come in blue or red (warped and crimson).



Ancient Debris
Crying Obsidian


Gilded Blackstone
Nether Gold Ore 
  • Is obtainable by mining it in the nether.
  • Drops 2-6 gold nuggets when mined by any pickaxe.
  • Makes 1 gold ingot when smelted.

Fully charged

Respawn Anchor
  • Crafted with crying obsidian.
  • Can be used to set spawn points using glowstone as charges.
  • A maximum of 4 charges can be set at once, with one charge being depleted each respawn.
  • Using it in the Overworld or The End causes it to explode and set fire to surrounding blocks, like beds in the nether and end.


  • The Nether had gotten four new biomes, and renamed a biome:
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      The Soul Sand Valley includes uncovered fossilssoul sand, large basalt pillars, blue fog, and soul fire. Ghasts and Skeletons spawn here.
    • CrimsonForest.png
      The Crimson Forest is a dense forest with trees made of nether wart blocks and weeping vines. Piglins and Hoglins spawn here.
    • WarpedForest.png
      The Warped Forest is a variation of the Crimson Forest, with warped fungus, twisting vines, and nether roots found on the ground. Endermen spawn here.
    • BasaltDeltas.png
      The Basalt Deltas are volcanic places made up of Basalt and Blackstone on the ground and roof, lava, magma cubes, magma blocks, glowstone, gravel, and mushrooms.


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Basalt Pillars


Bastion Remnants

  • Huge fortifications that are found in the Nether.
  • Have piglins and piglin brutes inside


Nether Fossils


Ruined Portals


  • /locatebiome (Java Edition only)
  • /attribute


Zombie Pigman
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Farmer Villagers
Nether Wastes



Smithing Table

  • Can now be enchanted with the curse of vanishing enchantment.


  • Treasure loot can only be fished up when fishing in open waters.
  • Added additional ambient sounds for the Nether.
Soul Sand
Spawning rules
  • Fish now despawn when 64 blocks away from the player, unless placed from a bucket or named with a name tag.

Bartering is a form of trading with Piglins and is a gameplay mechanic that allows the player to throw or right-click a Gold Ingot at a Piglin and the Piglin will give an item in return.

  • Basalt can be generated when lava runs over soul soil while it comes into contact with blue ice.
  • Added 4 new songs to The Nether, composed by Lena Raine: "Rubedo", "Chrysopoeia", "So Below", and "Pigstep".

Snapshots and Subsequent updates


As of June 18, 2020 there were 19 snapshots, eight pre-releases, and one release candidate for 1.16.


1.16.1 was released on June 24, 2020, and fixed a bug with Realms.[7]


1.16.2 was released on August 11, 2020, and added Piglin Brutes, experimental support for custom Biomes, and fixed bugs.[8]

As of August 10, 2020 there were four snapshots, three pre-releases and two release candidates for 1.16.2.


1.16.3 was released on September 10, 2020, and fixed two known bugs.[9]

As of September 7, 2020 there was only one release candidate for 1.16.3.


1.16.4 was released on November 2, 2020,[10] adding a social interactions screen and fixing three bugs.[11]

As of October 27, 2020 there were two pre-releases and only one release candidate for 1.16.4.


1.16.5 was released on January 15, 2021, fixing two issues related to server crashes.[12]

As of January 13, 2021, there was only one release candidate for 1.16.5.[13]


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  • Starting with 1.16, all major update version numbers will be the same for both Java and Bedrock editions.[14]
  • 1.16 is the first update since Java Edition Indev to add a new set of tools and armor.
  • 1.16 is the first update to add biomes to a dimension other than the overworld.
  • Pigstep is the first music disc composed by Lena Raine and the first to have a red disc as opposed to the normal black color.
  • 1.16 is the first update to have release candidates since 1.0.0.
  • Near the end of the trailer, you can hear the currently unused sound for the Ghast, affectionate_scream.ogg.
  • There were nineteen snapshots, eight pre-releases, and one release candidate for 1.16.
  • This is the first update in a while to not include "Removed Herobrine" in the change log.