Minecraft: the Wild Update

Jude Albader, Writer

Since the release of the Caves and Cliffs update, Minecraft has wasted no time before working on the Wild update. Currently, the Wild update, 1.19, is expected to come out June 2022. It’s unconfirmed whether or not the 1.19 update will follow the same pattern as the Caves and Cliffs update, which was released in two parts, 1.17 and 1.18. Earlier this spring, a snapshot was released of what we can look forward to in 1.19 and there’s a lot of content in it to cover.

To start off, two new biomes are being added to the game. They are the deep dark and a mangrove swamp. These two are the host for new structures, blocks, and mobs. As of now, the only confirmed structure is an ancient city in the deep dark but new types of villages are rumored to appear. The deep dark will be a biome that hosts a new Minecraft boss, the Warden. 

The Warden is terrifying and should not be taken head on. It’s a blind mob but don’t be fooled because not only can it hear the player, but it can also smell the player. As a result, sneaking near it is ineffective. To further benefit the Warden, Sculk Shriekers will be added to Minecraft and they function as an alarm system. They will cause a Warden to spawn and will alert it that a player is in the area. The best way to get around it is for the player to throw projectiles in the opposite direction of themselves. If the Warden senses the player’s presence, it only takes two hits for the player to find themselves back at their spawn point. It has 250 hearts and the point of this is to force the player to use strategy instead of just killing it. It also drops nothing after being killed so getting around it is the best way to continue mining. 

Aside from the Warden, multiple new passive mobs are being added such as Allays, frogs, tadpoles, and fireflies. The Allay resembles a fairy and its purpose is to bring dropped or found items to the player and to hold any item the player has given to it. 

Those are all the bigger changes to Minecraft but there’re also more things being added. Boats with chests are going to arrive into the game and will be extremely useful, bringing large amounts of items to different areas. More blocks will be added including mud blocks, mud bricks, mangrove trees, and frog lights. These will all be able to be found in swamps and mangrove swamps. 

As it gets closer to the release date, players are getting more and more excited for the 1.19 update. It’s sure to change some of the ways people play Minecraft.