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Playable mob sounds coming to Minecraft 1.20

Try the latest feature, starting this week!

This week, Java snapshots and Bedrock betas & previews will introduce you to the next Minecraft 1.20 feature: playable mob sounds! When you place a mob head on a note block, it will now play that mob’s ambient sound. This feature also brings piglin heads to the collection that already includes the zombie, creeper, skeleton, wither skeleton, and Ender Dragon. At last you can create a zombie zymphony, or an Ender Dragon alarm system. Want to create a creeper white noise machine to help you sleep at night? Sleep sSsSsssoundly, friend.

Speaking of sleep, would you mind using your indoor voice? We’re standing in a secret library. This place is as cool as it is mysterious, so I am going to be delivering all the Minecraft 1.20 news from here. I discovered it the other day when I was looking for a new hiding spot for my first drafts. What makes it so secret, you ask (quietly)? Well, when I asked around the office about it, I was met by blanker stares than usual. It was also boarded up and had a sign on it that read “Go Away”. Luckily, I only read my own writing and those planks didn’t stand a chance against my writer’s crowbar.

With bookshelves as far as the eye can see, it proved difficult to pick which secret book to share with you first. But since playable mob sounds are still ringing in my head, I’ve headed straight for the music section!  

As you can imagine, there are endless ways to use playable mob sounds. I am going to put them to work in my own production of Phantom of the Overworld: A Minecraft Musical. Which is what brought me here, knee deep in sheet music. So don’t just stand there, help me find the perfect tune for my chorus of creepers! I already have the lyrics written out.  

To mine, or to craft, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mines to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous skeletons,

Or to take Arms against a Sea of phantoms,

And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep…

What do you mean plagiarism? William Shake-who? Never heard of him. But instead of getting into another argument about who wrote what 400 years ago, let’s get ready for the Java snapshot and Bedrock beta & preview that will be coming soon! If you’re unsure how to try out the new features, you can check out these instructions for all platforms. Good, now we’re all on the same page! 

Sofia Dankis
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